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In Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5, award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel takes readers on an outrageous journey into the world of female fantasy and desire. These sexy stories offer up wild, hot, and steamy tales from today’s top authors. You’ll be swept away by the sexiest business deal ever, break the rules in a future world where skin-on-skin contact is ...more
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Published December 10th 2019 by Cleis Press
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
Like all RKB anthologies this one has a pretty big array of different types of stories. Only one of which that I actually skimmed through. 'If By Ocean', which is about love with a merman. Sorry, I'm just not a fan of creature stuff.

There are f/f, f/m/m/m and f/m/m/m/m stories within this anthologies. Anal play, gang bangs, revenge sex, sex with strangers, BDSM, and sex at work. To name just a few.

Some of my favorites in this anthology were "At the Pleasure of the President" by 'Sabrina Sol' and
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Albert
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A terrific collection of erotica from a woman's point of view. Their is a little something for everyone and everyone's tastes. An enjoyable read. ...more
TrulyDeeplyBookishly_708456
ARC generously provided by Cleis Press and I've voluntarily decided to leave my honest review

If you're looking for something to steam up your bedroom windows, this is a definite must read!!
There's a big variety of different types of stories, and it contains both PNR and contemp. F/F, M/M/M/F short stories, within this anthology. There's also a wide selection of sexual stuff; anal play, revenge sex, stranger sex, BDSM, sex at the workplace, sex with non-human beings and so, so, so much more
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Michelle Claypot_Reads
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this set of short stories. There is definitely something for everyone. From porn stars to mermaids - yep, mermaids. These authors bring you a range of erotica you didn't even know existed. Sierra Simone's story was a stand out for me and I also loved the CD Reiss contribution.

One thing I love about these is the opportunity to find new to me authors to follow into other stories.
Will definitely keep an eye out for Volume 6.

I received an arc of this book
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Suz Jay
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This collection includes twenty-one sensuous stories that include BDSM, toys, multiple partners, different sexual orientations, aerial sex, and historical, contemporary, and futuristic settings. The variety makes this collection special. Some of the characters are simply seeking pleasure, while others desire love and commitment.

My favorites are as follows:

“At the Pleasure of the President” by Sabrina Sol displays the needs of the first female president, which may jeopardize her reelection campa
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Living My Best Book Life
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 is HOT! I loved all the stories. With over 20 stories by some of my favorites like Sierra Simone, CD Reiss, and Sabrina Sol you can expect a WILD ride full of passion and heat.

I love the wide variety of these stories. They range from BDSM, mermaids, and even a female President. Be prepared to have a fan ready because it’s about to get STEAMY.

Another great part about this entire book is that it has something for everyone. Ther
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Dr. J.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you hit the mark on outrageous? Read the twenty-four stories in Best Women’s Erotica Volume 5 and you’ll experience it.
Could you have a more perfect theme?
The authors' choice to showcase what’s outrageous was phenomenal. From the people, the places, the cultures, to the future, the past, and the sex.
Did I mention the sex?
Hot, creative, and interesting sex were woven into scenes within political situations, at the office, featuring sculpture inspiration, a find in the basement, hidden in
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Lisa
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What are you in the mood for tonight? Go ahead and pick a quick bedtime story to keep you warm. There was quite a variety to choose from- some ff, some mfmm, a mermaid, a historical, some bdsm. I'd say I was into most of it. The great thing about steamy short stories is if one isn't your thing, you can just turn the page til you find one that tickles your fancy. There's somethin here for everyone. And even a couple I thought I wouldn't be into but was. ...more
Dawnny
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These are short quick stories that linger. There is something for every woman in this steamy,and I do mean steamy collection. This is well written erotic fire! I recommend a tall cool drink while reading. You'll enjoy these stories of passion. Erotica in it's finest. 5 flames.

Dawnny-BookGypsy
Novels N Latte
Hudson Valley NY
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Robert Mannix
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this Volume 5 of Rachel's continuing annual series of spectacular stories she has endeavored to find an array of new authors fresh with a different focus from the familiar veteran erotic writers we've often enjoyed before. Each years anxiously awaited collection just gets better and more diverse until it becomes impossible to choose a favorite tale. Rachel not only hits the mark, she raises the standard with each new book.
1. 'TERMS': Rubicon, the perfect beginning to a womens volume of erotic
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Oleander Plume
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I don’t think Rachel Kramer Bussel could put together a less than stellar erotic anthology. The woman has a knack for finding quality content, and volume five of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year is no exception.

The theme this time around is “Totally Outrageous”. Each story features a strong female character who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to make it happen, in or out of the bedroom. With today’s current (deplorable) political climate, reading about badass, sexy chicks taking
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Reflections of a Swede
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: big-no
This is an anthology with bite-sized erotic stories meant for women. The stories are all very well written and there's a vast array of erotic tastes represented. Which is perhaps the problem.
I enjoyed less than half of the stories. And some of them I found even nasty. But I suppose that's the trouble with trying to please everyone. In doing so, nobody gets what they want.

I don't consider my taste in erotica to be vanilla. But even so, there were several off-putting stories. From this collection,
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Seb
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read every volume of Rachel Kramer Bussel's "Best Women's Erotica of the year" series so far, and [although volume #3 gets re-read frequently] I've got to say that the series keeps getting better and better. I don't know how Ms. Kramel Bussel] finds so many wonderfully-talented short-story writers... but one of the things I like most about her anthologies is being exposed to collections of writers that I wasn't familiar with. And this collection doesn't disappoint! I absolutely loved "After ...more
Alyssa
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
Best Women's Erotica Volume 5 exceeded my expectations! All I have to say is mermaid sex, frosting and multiple partners... I don't want to give too much away about each story ( I find it fun to just go into a story and not know exactly which direction its going).

In my opinion the stories in this collection were very passionate, intense and included varied situations and partners. There are stories that will appeal to various tastes and this is a collection that everyone can enjoy as each story
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Ryan (the.darkandgritty.reader)
5/5 - this is an excellent group of erotica stories.

Each story offers something different. From politicians, art lovers, porn stars addiction, and even a mermaid, they all stimulate the senses.

My favorite submissions were:

Nymph and Satyr by Justine Eloyt
If By Ocean by Loretta Black (legit mermaid sex with a human) -

These two stories had something extra that made me want to read even more about the characters.

Thank you NetGalley for the arc in exchange for a honest review.
Publication date: Dece
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Charlotte
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed each and every story in this book. Ms. Bussel writes her stories specifically for us women - each and every one the woman is completely in control, or at least it begins that way. Point being SHE chooses what to do, who with and when.
Each one of these in this anthology is by a different author which makes more reads because each author offers more titles. Each story is a very exciting one that you cannot put down until the end - oh how many of us wish our offices were more like the on
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LaGina
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RKB has brought together more authors for her new Best Women's Erotica of the Year Vol.5 and each story gives you a taste of the authors style. This volume contains different toy play, multiple partners, BDSM, a wide range of sexual orientations(F/M, F/F, M/M and everything in between) in all kinds of settings that promises to catch your attention and keep you reading for hours. You have characters looking for love and some just looking for sex. Some of these authors I have read so I was happy t ...more
Beach Bums Romance
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Some of the best Erotica novellas of the year! Grab a glass a wine and sit back and enjoy some steamy make your panties wet sexy stories! It’s great to find new authors in a collection like this! Thank you Rachel Kramer Bussel & Netgalley for this ARC for a review of my honest opinion.
Debbie
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I just finished Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 5 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. I found the short stories to be too short be truly erotic as I felt I needed more story. Saying that I had my favourites Outlaws, if the Ocean, Broken thing fixed, Dancing with myself and Vintage Treasures. As people have said before me there is a short story for everyone. There is erotica of every genre.
Phoebe
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sexy stories offering up wild, hot, and steamy tales from today’s top authors.
In Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 (Cleis Press, 978-1627782906, 2019), award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel takes readers on an outrageous journey into the world of female fantasy and desire.

You’ll be swept away by the sexiest business deal ever, break the rules in a future world where skin on skin contact is forbidden, and discover the art of getting off by phone sex.
From threesomes to mermaid sex,
...more
Suzanne
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As you probably know, we don't review much erotica. But ever since I was handed one of her anthologies in my days at Heroes & Heartbreakers, I've followed Rachel Kramer-Bussel's work with Cleis Press. Kramer-Bussel's curation of these anthologies, particularly the Best Women's Erotica of the Year series, is what really makes them sing. The collections are diverse in both authorship and content and while most readers won't love every story, there's something for everyone in them--as with most ant ...more
Long Island Reader
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being outrageous is the theme of Rachel Kramer Bussel's latest book in her Best Women's Erotica of the Year series, and it delivers, at least for the most part. With any anthology, for any individual reader, there will be some hits and some misses. The 5 star rating I gave the book are for the stories that rang my own particular bell. For myself, the best of those stories rang with crystal clarity.

I particularly enjoyed Sabrina Sol's 'At The Pleasure of The President.' which features a widowed f
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Jillyn
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, owned
The theme of this erotica anthology is "outrageous", and on this word alone, I'd say this collection delivers. There are 21 short stories in here, each of them drastically different but all linked by that one word. Each story is short enough to read in a quickie, but long enough that it satisfies. Because each story is unrelated to the others in the book, this is a good book to read in bursts. One story here, two stories there.

This collection does a really good job with inclusivity and diversit
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N.G. Peltier
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5
An eclectic mix of steamy stories. Some I loved more than others but there was lots to enjoy here.

Some of my fave stories include:
- Sabrina Sol's about a female president, who is also latinx seeking pleasure with someone close to her.
- Interpretation about Stella Harris which was all about the sensuality of touch.
- the last story in the anthology, f/f with two circus performers. Who covertly have some sexy fun while doing their routine for an audience.
- the story with a fat non-bina
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Jodi George
Sizzle..Sizzle..Sizzle ... so many fantasies coming to life .. a very erotic collection of short stories..One of my favorite is "At the Pleasure of the President" ..I would love to read what comes next !!! ...more
Jessica
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this anthology. All the stories had something different, yet still sexy to offer. Some were sweet, some were more cerebral, some had multiple partners, there were woman/woman stories as well. Pretty much everything you could ask for in erotic short stories!
I received an arc from Netgalley for my review
Michelle
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. I got ot as an arc from netgalley. . I loved the short stories.
Sayo    -bibliotequeish-
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, fiction, adult
As this is a book of short stories, some were definitely better than others. But since they are all so short, if you're not a fan of one story, soon you will be on to the next.
Definitely an interesting concept.
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CR
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love me some erotica but these short stories just way to short. I needed more story for these to really work for me and the erotic bits just fell apart and didn't seem right. Some of these were better than others like in most short story collections but for the most part I have read better ones. ...more
Linda Reads
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes gripping, always steamy erotic short stories
This is an Over The Top anthology of 21 erotic short stories, which encompass F/M, F/F, M/M and more. All are explicit in details and short enough to read on lunch break or less time. They also give the reader an opportunity to see if you like that author’s writing style. Here is a short synopsis:
Terms by Sierra Simone: Sweet and steamy revenge on her 3 ex-bosses
Just Inappropriate by Alexa J. Day: Taboo imaginary situation (???)
At the Pleasur
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