Violet Blue set a tall task for herself when editing this year's collection of best women's erotica: the stories had to turn the reader on, show sex in the unflinching light of day (literally or figuratively), and be so well written that the reader would find the scenes replaying in her head long after finishing the stories. She succeeds admirably, with explicit erotica that is not sugar-coated, and showcases strong women's fantasies clearly and with all the heat of the hottest summer day. Mostly heterosexual, these stories are filled with women who know what they want, and get it. Definitely not vanilla, these stories manage to show women in and out of control, in pain and pleasure, and in clear-eyed lust. If you like your erotica served straight up and don't want to have the editor in your head working overtime, this is a great choice for you.
Many stories are short enough to read aloud to a partner...if you can actually get through one without having to toss the book aside and pursue some of your own pleasure. This collection features many authors that may be unfamiliar, but deserve more attention.