Well written bundle of erotica stories and novellas. In terms of the quality level of each story these are consistently well written, unique and interesting. A few were shocking. A few stories contain some very gritty or… ahem *messy* elements and some explore the outer limits of how far a love relationship or a partner’s emotions can be pushed and still spring back relatively unharmed. Every story tried to explore difficult aspects of open relationships or encounters- many the result of careful planning by one or both partner’s in the core relationship. I didn’t read any that were here for the titillation alone.
I appreciated that these stories were very creative and complex. Almost all of the stories are either from the woman’s point of view or if from her partner’s POV they still concentrate on the woman’s needs, desires, thoughts and satisfaction. I would say this is very female-centered erotica.
There is one story which *appears* to have dubious consent- “Obsessed with Tori,” even though it is the woman’s husband who is the apparent victim. Coincidentally, “Obsessed with Tori” was the only story containing noticeable editing flaws- the type where the author forgets the names of the characters involved mid-tryst, which is pretty jarring! The story was very good, so I will overlook those errors but I recommend the author or editor fix those details!
All of these stories were new to me except for Selena Kitt’s Bluebeard’s Wife. I will admit that I had never read Bluebeard’s Wife prior to this because when I have seen it offered as a single the cover art was dated and not attractive and the brief excerpt didn’t make sense to me! I was therefore VERY pleasantly surprised to read Bluebeard’s Wife was far better than I expected. I am glad I finally sat down and read it.
Altogether, the stories boast a high literary quality so if you like thoughtful erotica you will find it here and will see some intense intimacy explored beyond the level I have seen in other “Hotwife” stories. This went way beyond “wife-swapping.”
I have a criticism regarding Lucee Lovett’s “A Question of Size.”
The story was great and I appreciate that the author tried to write a non-white character. However, in doing so, she describes the Asian male (potential partner) in a way that makes him an “exotic” OTHER. It is subtle but it is slightly offensive. Here is the passage. Continue reading “Book Review: Selena Kitt’s “Swap Meets, Vol. 1” (Shhhh…Erotica!)”