Erotic writing is no longer something that someone does when they can’t write very well, but they want to make money writing anyway. Now you find excellent writers choosing to include explicit sexual scenes in their stories, and not getting criticized for it. This year’s Best American Erotica stories are interesting to read, and sometimes arousing as well. Our reviewers found the writing to be engaging, though the stories are rather dark in tone. The people are from all parts of life, from the detox clinic to the tennis court. The stories are not so directly sexually explicit to be considered quick arousal material, but they are interesting views into the wide range of sexual expression. Erotica collectors will certainly want to pick this one up, as it is quite unusual and thought-provoking.