As a connoisseur of erotic books, I find that erotic anthologies are like ice cream sundaes—different flavors all mix together to offer a new and unique taste. Some you’ll like. Some you won’t. And some will become favorites to tempt you over and over again.
Anthologies, no matter the genre, offer a wonderful opportunity to meet new authors and to reacquaint ourselves with old favorites. I admit to occasionally buying an anthology just for one story from a favorite author; Jaci Burton, Robin Schone, and Anne Calhoun are just a few names which will guarantee I’ll buy the anthology. Below I have put together a sampling of “flavors” that I’m sure will tempt your erotic palate.
Laced With Desire by Jaci Burton, Jasmine Haynes, Joey W. Hill, and Denise Rossetti
Rough hands rounding the curves of a soft warm body-caressing, stroking, edging her toward exquisite pleasure. Seduction is a cinch in these four sizzling stories from the hot authors of Unlaced. And that’s not just talk. These women deliver...
Jaci Burton breaks the rule about mixing business with pleasure...Jasmine Haynes explores the lust of a former supermodel who needs to finally fulfill a no-holds-barred sexual fantasy...Joey W. Hill reveals the erotic bond between a master and the beautiful submissive who stole his heart...And Denise Rossetti goes beyond the limits of desire when she pairs a battle-scarred veteran of love and war with a woman who’s just as fearless and twice as dangerous.
Fascinated by Bertrice Small, Susan Johnson, Thea Devine, Robin Schone
This one was first published in 2000, but it has stood the test of time. I have to confess to purchasing it for Robin Schone’s entry.
Beatrice Small turns the tables on an unforgettable lesson in seduction when a group of gentleman determined to teach Lady Lucinda Harrington a lesson get schooled instead in “Mastering Lady Lucinda.”
Susan Johnson’s “Risking It All:” Felicia Greenwood wins much more then money when the Duke of Grafton introduces her to the pleasurable delights of desire.
Thea Devine takes revenge to a wicked level when her hero and heroine embark on a game of seduction that takes a decidedly romantic turn-making them both winners in “The Pleasure Game.”
Robin Schone’s “A Man And A Woman” is a delectable, dark, wildly romantic tale of loss, redemption, and love when an widow seeks intimacy by posing as a lady of the night for a man whose tragic past has prohibited him from ever experiencing true physical passion. A sequel to The Lady’s Tutor.
Agony/Ecstasy: Original Stories of Agonizing Pleasure/Exquisite Pain by Jane Litte, Bettie Sharpe, Meljean Brook, Anne Calhoun, and more.
With historical, contemporary, and futuristic backdrops, this outrageously diverse collection of original stories explores every conceivable variation of BDSM erotica—from knitting circles to the Titanic to a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Featuring all-new stories by Meljean Brook, Jean Johnson, Bettie Sharpe, Jill Myles, Margaret Rowe, Sara Thorn, and more, this book has everything a reader could hope for in an erotic romance. 21 short stories in all (11 of Agony and 10 of Ecstasy).
Ann Calhoun writes for both sides with two stories-“Transfixed” and “Transformed”—featuring a domme and an ex-marine who submits for his and her pleasure. Delphine Dryden shows us how best friends can often become the best of lovers in “Safeword.” A new bride finds out exactly how “binding” marriage can be when her husband introduces her to the pain and pleasure to be found in bondage in Margaret Rowe’s “Wicked Wedding Night.” In Meljean Brook’s “Rescue Me,” a young lady uses her wits and very, very vivid imagination to escape from a madman before he returns and kills her. When a couple break up due to miscommunication in the bedroom, Sara Thorn explores the intriguing world of role play and expectations in “Overtaken.”
Everlasting Bad Boys by Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden, Noelle Mack
They’re bad boys with that little something extra. Sexy, wild, out-of-this-world talents that can leave any woman feeling weak at the knees (among other body parts), they’re the ones to call when you want pleasure that lasts... and lasts...
In Shelly Laurenston’s “Can’t Get Enough,” Ailean the Wicked shows Shalin the Innocent that a bad-boy dragon can show a girl a good time that’s truly off the scale. When a desperate witch summons a sexy immortal soul-hunter to her aid, she gets more then she bargained for in Cynthia Eden’s “Spellbound.” Beth Danforth “lights up” when she meets the owner of Justin Watts, CEO of SpectraSign, and his extraordinary powers in Nicole Mack’s “Turn Me On.”
Primal Heat by Lora Leigh, Sherri L. King, Lorie O’Clare, Jaci Burton
Supernatural lust saturates the air as these four authors being us stories of strong woman and the sexy alpha men who claim them. Each of these are part of established series.
Lora Leigh turns up the heat when Hope’s long lost mate rises from the dead and demands what is his in “Wolfe’s Hope.” An accident places Brianna at the mercy of a reclusive stranger who’s secrets and passions will change her life forever in Sherri L. King’s “Moonlust.” Lori O’Clare brings us one woman, three mates, and a passion unlike any other in “Lunewolf.” A reporter’s quest for an interview with a secretive senator gives her the scoop of her life in Jaci Burton’s “Running Mate.”
Chains by Shiloh Walker is an erotic offering that tells the story of three young ladies who are all linked by one explosive, unforgettable night. Years later, they come together and find more than they bargained for.
Renee was the homecoming queen with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Lacey was the golden girl with the bright future. Sherra always looked like the princess in a fairy tale. The three girls each seemed charmed—until one tragic night shattered their hopes for normalcy. Now, fifteen years later, the women are returning to their hometown of Madison, Ohio, where three men await them—each dangerous in his own way. And when each of the women succumb to desire, they may also find the safety they’ve been searching for.
What kind of stuff do you like to read in erotic anthologies? And which erotic authors guarantee you’ll buy the book?