I know this will come as a surprise, but I love smutty books. I’m very much a fan of collections of short stories. I have quite a few of them on my bookshelves. The ones I keep I re-read often, more often than I buy new books–and like any book-lover, I buy too many new books that remain unread for far too long because I’ve got my nose buried in an old favorite.
Pat Califia‘s work had a formative influence on my understanding of sex and sexuality and on my literary kinks. I read Doing it for Daddy in the library the first time when I was seventeen? Maybe eighteen? It has stuck with me for thirteen years now. I finally bought my own copy earlier this year and it’s easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There are some kinks you just don’t talk about in regular company. This is a kink I don’t even talk about in fandom. But, oh, it’s so, so good.
The thing about anthologies is that you’re not committed to just one story. Sometimes the stories aren’t your thing and you can skip right over them, sometimes the stories stick with you. Breathless has two that stuck with me–the titular one and Body by Gibson–and one in particular I return to often–Body by Gibson. Art and smut, what else could I ask for? Well, my other weakness: stories about women finding the confidence to ask for what they want… and getting it.
Delilah Devlin is incapable of writing anything that isn’t super smokin’ set-your-cunt-on-fire hot. Seriously. This one’s got the best of everything: cowboys, light bondage, double penetration, a threesome, serious kink including more serious bondage, and the self-conscious and unsure heroine who gets hers from the self-assured and giving hero.
Most of the time when I pick this book off the shelf, it’s just to read the second story, Luring Lucy. The rest of the stories in this anthology are by no means terrible in any way, and Cooper’s Fall is definitely my second favorite, but Luring Lucy is my favorite. Our hero is dreamy in that one.
You know what’s really great in fiction? Threesomes. Specifically, male-female-male threesomes. This book is three stories all about the best kind of threesome. (Men will tell you the mfm is the Devil’s Threesome and they are lying liars who lie. The only thing better than one hot guy is more than one hot guy.) My favorite of the three is probably A Question of Trust. I love it so much I have a shameless fanfiction version drafted and ready to be finished, I just haven’t felt sufficiently prepared to deal with the characters’ utter filth yet. It’s a perfect story.