Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year

Vol. 3. Cleis. Dec. 2018. 216p. ed. by Sacchi Green. ISBN 9781627782869. pap. $16.95. EROTICA
Readers are taken to the highest of heights and a bevy of locales in this newest collection of steamy f/f shorts. Characters and scenarios are delightfully varied. Valerie Alexander's dark, heady "Ninjutsu" serves as a phenomenal introduction, as an unnamed narrator with aerial fantasies searches hungrily for a mile-high club companion on her flight to Hawaii. Scout Rhodes's "Morning Fog" explores a very different narrative terrain with aplomb as two older women self-described as "gold star survivors" of storied pasts share a languid, sensual morning in San Francisco. An introverted barista meets her perfect match in Sommer Marsden's plucky entry, "Husher." Xan West's "Trying Submission" examines the first taste of submission for Liliana, who has autism, to gentle powerhouse Roz and offers a lovely depiction of power play that might be an introduction for some to service-oriented submission. Other highlights include M. Birds's "Where There's Smoke," a quietly appealing tale of small-town weed dealer June, who never followed her dreams of leaving home, but all is not lost when she meets a reserved English professor in need herself of a little escape. In Mags Hayward's lyrical "Yin and Yang," a young dancer and her lighting technician show their deep appreciation for each other's complementary skills with a thrilling post-rehearsal lovemaking session.
VERDICT Recommended for stalwart erotic anthology fans as well as those seeking a wonderfully naughty inauguration to the genre.

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