Thursday, 2 January 2014
REVIEW: Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers by Shawna Kenney
Publish Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Seal Press
Genre: Adult, Anthology
Date Read: January 2, 2014
Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies.
Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights —this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies.
Includes contributions from Izabella St. James, Slash Coleman, Trina Calderón, Cara Bruce, and Stephanie Auteri.
This is an interesting anthology. There are about 23 short stories but only 4 really stick out in my mind.
All are well-written. Some are hot [ A to Z by Kristina Wright , some are disturbing [An Ode to Ass-Lick Park by Assia Fengari ], a few left me confused [The Wolf by Amy Halloran and Marcoby Laurie Stone], and the rest just didn't do anything for me.
There's love, lust, long lost love, reminiscing, longing, fantasies, cheating. There's bittersweet stories, surprising stories, weird stories and hot stories. The thing that all the stories have in common is books.
I skimmed over a few because I couldn't get into it and some I reread.
Most of it isn't explicit which is good in my opinion.
My favourites are Ana Maria by Michelle Cruz Gonales, Whom by Jeremy Edwards and Smut by Jay Xuret.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read
Like the title suggests, those one is for book lovers especially if you like a little bit (or a lot of smut)