A great author once said that if you want to be a writer, you need to read! So, I do. And, if you are reading my blog, perhaps you want to read something more, too.
By Megan Hart
This one was also a recommendation. I was told to read some of Hart’s work, but to be careful, because “when she is on, she is on!”, but she also has some duds. Well, in this case, she is on!
The blurb on the back of this book gives the idea that it is another really great sex book, steeped in fantasy and voyeurism. That is certainly true, but it is SO much more than that! I will not summarize the plot, because that will absolutely spoil it. I would love to share the details with you, but you are just going to have to get slapped by them on your own. I had to put the book down three times to recover before I could finish it. Suffice it to say that there are some fabulous plot twists that will leave you alternately in tears, shuddering with pleasure, full of anticipation, totally angry, and absolutely sated. This book is great!
Hart had me hooked on page 1 with a description of a one-night-stand encounter between two people named Mary and Joe. Every following chapter has its own, nearly stand-alone, story. There are the main characters: Sadie, Joe and Adam. Then, there are the story characters who are different in every chapter. I have my favorites and I really enjoy revisiting their chapters. You will, I am sure, have your favorites, too.
This is a book that has an excellent balance between erotica and novel. The plot is well formed and complete. It takes you on a full emotional journey with the main characters while giving you lots of sex in a variety of forms. Good sex + good plot = winner. Read it!
Here is Hart’s website: http://meganhart.com/
By Charlotte Stein
I came to this book out of an erotica hiatus. I hadn’t read anything in a long time and it was recommended to me as a favorite. It was well worth it.
There are 4 characters in this book. Madison owns an erotica book shop, Wicked Words. Andy and Gabriel both interview for positions as her assistant. Jeanette is her next-door neighbor. The main action occurs in the triangle comprised of Madison, Andy and Gabe.
This book is erotica in the plainest sense of the word. The book is about the sex, and Stein has serious stamina in that department. Reading this book was like drinking from a sexual firehose. It just did not stop! But, for me, that is the point of erotica, so that was one of the things I really liked about it. Even with that, she manages to weave in an excellent story. Her characters are well developed and complete. Their interactions come across as sincere, not cursory. The storyline actually enhances the sexual interactions, rather than acting as cheap tape to stick them together. Subject-wise, this book is a lightweight introduction to more serious erotica genres. It ventures into domination and submission, voyeurism and exhibitionism, 2-on-1, and anal sex, but cannot really be classified as focusing on any one of those things. They are all just part of the sexual exploration of the main trio.
As a return to the genre, this book was fantastic. I didn’t want to put it down for a couple of reasons. The first was that the scenes just kept rolling into one another. Just when I thought one sexual encounter was over, the wave of the next one began, and I wanted to ride it. The second was that I really liked the story. The characters, although secondary to the sex, drew me in. I liked them. All of them. I wanted to get to know them and I wanted to find out what they would do to each other next. Stein gave me just enough of them.
Stein is from the UK, so Americans will have to get used to some of her terminology, but I think that just adds to the fun there is to be found in her writing.
Definitely read this book. It is enticing, titillating and totally satisfying! I am looking forward to reading more of her work. Here is a link to her website: http://charlottestein.net/about/