Women with Handcuffs: Lesbian Cop Erotica

Cleis. Apr. 2014. 234p. ed. by . ISBN 9781627780384. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781627780551. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarOur final quickie contender is a sizzling anthology of lesbian cop erotica. These pieces run the gamut of filthy, raunchy fun to aching romance. Edited by erotica veteran Green (editor, Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians; Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories), this title stands out for its refusal to gloss over the dangers of the profession in the name of erotic effect. It doesn't dismiss the latent misogyny and homophobia that can exist within the cop community. Evan Mora's "A Cop's Wife," for example, tempers fantasy with a layer of grim yet tender reality, as lesbian couple Amie and Patrice find their loving home threatened by a perp Patrice sent to jail years ago. Each author brings their own style to their piece: R.G. Emanuelle's stark, sexy writing perfectly encapsulates a hot hookup between a cop and a quarrelsome neighbor ("Cop at My Door"), while the lyrical narrative of R.V. Raiment's "Chapel Street Blue" poetically recounts a bittersweet liaison, with a surprising twist. Despite the varying content and styles here, one theme remains: a warm, resounding respect for the concept of the female authority figure. This solid anthology highlights cop fetish without merely fetishizing the cop. The female policewoman is portrayed as a multifaceted figure with weaknesses, desires, quirks, and concerns.
VERDICT It is the mark of a truly exceptional erotic compilation that these stories are not all froth or filth but convey a range of emotions that incorporate reality into erotic fantasy and make it all the hotter. Fans of other Cleis anthologies (including the two reviewed above) will definitely want to check out this one, as will those with a "thing" for ladies in uniform!

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