EROTICA

When She Was Good: Best Lesbian Erotica

Cleis. Aug. 2014. 266p. ed. by . ISBN 9781627780698. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781627780810. EROTICA
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OrangeReviewStarA domme brings her work home with her, much to her date's delight, in Rachel Kramer Bussel's "Domme's Games," while Tamai Kobayashi's "Different Girls" speaks to the fumbling awkwardness of blossoming young relationships with equal power and arresting language. Though vastly different in content, these stories share the same thread of powerful, vivid attraction between women. There's sweet, pretty love (two women from different lands speak with their bodies instead of words in Shanna Germain's sensuous "Native Tongue"), frantic, desperate sex, as well as everything in between. It comes as no surprise that this bold, unapologetically hot collection is edited by Taormino (Down and Dirty Sex Secrets), a well-known talent among the queer erotica circuit. She has compiled a group of fantastic, fearless writers whose stories depict "the real lesbians I'd been looking for my whole life," as Ali Liebegott declares in her introduction, which is just as stunning as the anthology's contributions.
VERDICT This fantastic collection of distinct voices and a beautifully wide array of identities, pairings, and fetishes will appeal to many who find diverse representation in mainstream erotica woefully lacking.

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