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Monday, 30 January 2012

Pleasurists Edition #166

Crystal Delights Crystal Twist by Epiphora

Courtesy of Epiphora*

Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.
Did you miss Pleasurists 165? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 167? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday February 5th @ 11:59pm Pacific.
*Pleasurists recently started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Randy Reading Re-scheduled

Given I'm reviewing books faster than I can read them, and I have way too much college work on the horizon to guarantee I'll keep to the bi-weekly schedule, I'm now returning to regular haphazard reviews, published once a week on a Friday. However, I've enjoyed sharing some works of erotic fiction - and hopefully encouraging a smattering of folk to try it themselves at least - and I definitely intend to keep that up. Therefore, I'm declaring the last Friday of every month to be the scheduled next installment of my Randy Reading focus. If anyone has any recommendations, I'm always open to suggestions, especially when it comes to word-porn.

BB
x

Friday, 27 January 2012

Randy Reading #4: Teasing The Devil


My first review of an Xcite book, and the first in my Randy Reading focus to be a full-length novel, Teasing The Devil by Monica Bell is a rather clever little tale of supernatural horror that could still just be shadows and an easily-influenced imagination.

There is a hint of the wicked about Julian d'Alveda, 
a darkness that fascinates pretty student Chloe Anthony.  
Keen to learn more about his scandalous activities, she joins him 
at Candle Street Hall in Norfolk, a house with a reputation darker still.  
Once there, she quickly finds herself drawn 
like a moth to a flame, first as his lover, then more deeply 
as the full scope of his strange obsessions and desires become clear.


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Pleasurists Edition #165


Courtesy of the bedroom blogger

Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.
Did you miss Pleasurists 164? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 166? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday January 29th @ 11:59pm Pacific.
*Pleasurists just started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Randy Reading #3: Enchanted: Erotic Fairy Tales

After last week's short story double-up, I thought it was time to look at something of a gateway-book to the more lengthy novels.  This one I picked up a couple of years ago, back when I was still getting to grips with erotic literature myself, and I found it much more fulfilling than some of the shorter Black Lace collections, as well as being slightly more in tune with my own draw to the paranormal-slash-supernatural style of fiction.  Black Lace's Enchanted: Erotic Fairy Tales is a trilogy of not-so-short stories focusing on the concept of adult fairy tales.  Now, as I mentioned in Randy Reading #1, I find Black Lace stories to be a little too eager to find the happy ending and have every couple ride into the sunset (take that how you wish!).  That failing is probably exactly why I find these stories to work so well: that fairy tale mentality is exactly what's needed in a genuine fairy tale.

Be Careful What You Wish For.
Three writers from the best of Black Lace 
show there's nothing 
childish about fairy tales.

The three pieces, spanning 272 pages in all, are each long enough to explore their own tale, but not so long as to forbid getting distracted lest you lose the thread of the narrative.  There was overall enough plot and character development to prevent me getting testy about lazy writing as I'm prone to with the shorter BL stories, whilst still keeping things brief.



Friday, 20 January 2012

Randy Reading #2: Yes, Ma'am - Erotic Stories of Male Submission

Following on from my review of the newbie-friendly collection of short stories, Black Lace Quickies 6, I thought I'd explore a collection that I personally found more appealing: Yes, Ma'am - Erotic Tales of Male Submission.  I do enjoy short stories, not least because, once something whets my literary appetite, I find it impossible to do anything until I've devoured the book whole, and short stories allow me to live a normal life despite how good they are.  Why, just the other night I stayed up until 5am to finish a novel, when I then had to get up two hours later.  Not fun.  So, yes, short stories are a thumbs up as a format.  I do also like a bit of spice to my erotic fiction, preferably either a bit of kink or the supernatural (or both), depending on my mood.

But, not all short story collections have the same umph.  Yes, Ma'am is published by the impressively elegant Cleis Press, who, to me, stand out even just by their Twitter bio as a company who try to keep a bit of class in with the ass.

Cleis Press publishes provocative, 
intelligent books in the areas of sexuality, 
gay and lesbian studies, erotica, fiction, 
gender studies, and human rights.

Sounds exactly like the kind of attitude I can get behind!  Intelligent and sexy is pretty much the best combo I can think of.  Add that to how well-received the counterpart to this anthology - Yes, Sir - Erotic Tales of Female Submission - I had rather high expectations of Yes, Ma'am.
"No" is not an option...


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Randy Reading #1: Black Lace Quickies 6

"Inaugurated in July 1993, Black Lace has emerged as the leading imprint 
of erotic fiction for women, selling over four million books worldwide. 
It has without question been an enormous success, 
 and the success looks set to continue. 
In publishing a series of attractive, strongly branded books aimed at women, 
we have created a new genre."

Whether or not you agree with how big an impact Black Lace have had on the erotic fiction market, they certainly are a household name (depending on your household, clearly!).  Even though they've taken a back seat in the past year, with their publishing house, Virgin Books, making the decision to focus more on their non-fiction texts, the vast BL catalog means most, if not all, erotic literature stockists will still carry a decent selection.

The main selling point of Black Lace books is that they're 100% written by women, for women.  This probably links closely into why, in all the books I've read, the stories have to resolve with some form of fairytale ending.  I know that many women can write without resorting to such clich├ęs, but I get the impression that Black Lace specifically seek those whose writing leans more towards the fluffy hetero-normative fantasy. Now, personally, while I can handle a happy ending with the best of them, I rail against one being shoehorned in against all logic simply to satisfy some publication guidelines.  Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed many BL books, and some I actually see as having some literary value.  But, overall, I've seen too many of their stories as designed purely for someone who is unsure as to what they like, and wants a story that cares more about delivering an evocative, yet mild-mannered, sex scene than about finding the next The Canterbury Tales.

The book I've chosen to be the first in this series of reviews is exactly that: it is lightweight and accessible, but relatively insubstantial.  As someone who is confident of what she does and does not enjoy in a piece of porny prose, and is a little of a literary snob, it didn't do all that much for me, but I can see that I am clearly not it's target audience, and since I know many people who might be out there in internet-land browsing around fit perfectly into that category - new to erotic literature, not willing to spend a lot on something they may not like - I thought it would be a good jumping-off point.  So, let us jump off and have a peek at Black Lace Quickies 6.


Welcome to Randy Reading Review Focus!

I love myself some erotic fiction.  I don't love all of it, and even the books I've re-read until the spine cracks merged together into one tattered fray of overuse, I've found myself distracted by some niggling little quirk.  Right now, I've just finished yet another book, and have two more sitting on my bedside table calling out to me.  As soon as I see an online retailer start a sale, I'm right into the erotic fiction section, seeing what gems I can winkle out to keep my imagination-fires well stoked.  But I'm relatively new to these kind of books, which is why I thought I should do something to convince others to take that first toe-dip into the rich world of erotic fiction.


Pleasurists Edition #164



Photo courtesy of Pixel*

Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.
Did you miss Pleasurists 163? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 165? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday January 22nd @ 11:59pm Pacific.
*Pleasurists just started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.


Monday, 16 January 2012

Why must I be so poor?

People who've been following my links will know that a) I'm a bit of a fan of Lovehoney, and b) they do mental deals now and then, including a daily Deal of the Day.  Today, their DotD has blown me away: get the We-Vibe Tango for only £35 with free UK shipping and a no quibble 365 day returns policy.

I'm so tempted, despite my impoverished state!  But if anyone wanted to be a dear... *wiggley eyebrows of suggestiveness*

Ah, I kid (half!), I'm spoilt enough.  Seriously though, I rarely like the idea of plugging something I've not tried myself, but the Tango has had such positive reviews from people whose opinions I'd trust - including the one by Laveila on the product's own page - and is at such a crazy price for only 24 hours (well, 22.5 now), that I must urge anyone who has been lusting after this to go-go-go before it go-go-goes.  And it will.

Much love!
BB x

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Study Time!

Given I have a few erotic books that I've half-written reviews for and never published here, and two-and-a-half sitting on my bedside unit awaiting some love, and with a metric assload of college assessments due in the next couple of weeks, I'm going to declare the next fortnight or so Randy Reading R-season!  Yeah, maybe I'll work on the name a bit.  Anyway!  Beginning next Tuesday 17th, I'll be publishing an erotic fiction review every Tuesday and Friday until I run out or get distracted by something too shiny to not post about.

I'll announce each as it goes live on Twitter, so if like me you're not so great on the checking in thing, follow along and I'll yell at you to go read.  Sexercise your brain!  Yeah, I'll work on the tagline, too...

Friday, 13 January 2012

Simple Elegance ~ Fun Factory's G4 Elegance

If there's one thing that makes me happy, it's pretty toys that come in colours other than pink. And if there's two things, it's pretty toys that come in colours other than pink and leave me a quivvering heap. And if there's three things, it's pretty toys that come in colours other than pink and leave me a quivvering heap, made by people who genuinely care about providing the best and most innovative products they can whilst also being as eco-conscious and health-conscious as possible. Drumroll please, here comes the G4 Elegance from Fun Factory, and me with a great, sloppy grin.

All things should be waterproof!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Beware of low-flying trampolines!

My internet access has been curtailed, since a rogue trampoline, aided by some pretty severe winds, decided to take a shortcut right through my phone cable. Unfortunately, here in the UK these lines are all owned by BT, meaning a) my supplier isn't allowed to touch them, and b) the people who are allowed to fix it tend to be slow at best and deathly allergic to sticking to appointments. Thus, I have been exiled from cyberland for almost a week, connected only via my phone, which has an auto-correct made of pure liquid evil, and a browser window that likes to sgcurry away at random. This in itself has been painful to type. In short, this sucks too much to post anything worthwhile. However, I had been in the process of finalising a couple of reviews, which are now being super-edited into oblivion, so there shall be some make up posting - not as fun as make up sex, but just as enthusiastic - upon my return! It remains to be seen whether my over-zealous revisions will make them better or worse.

Pleasurists Edition #162



the eyes say it all by cub69

Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.
Did you miss Pleasurists 161? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 163? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday January 1st, 2012 @ 11:59pm Pacific.