Edited by Rose Caraway
Published by Cleis Press
Publication date: August 12, 2014
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Book Swap - Rachel Kramer Bussel
Sensate Silicone - Lillian Douglas
Three Legs in the Evening - Janine Ashbless
The Contest - Michael Lewis
The Secret Game - Chase Morgan
POW! It's Shibari Girl! - Tamsin Flowers
Vivi and the Magic Man - Kristina Wright
Second Look - Heidi Champa
Taped - Kay Jaybee
Lauren's Journey - D.L. King
A Perverted Fairy Tale - Emily Bingham
The Skilled Technician - Kate Maxwell
Shades of Desire - Allen Dusk
Moonshine Ballad - Salome Wilde
Cherries in Season - KD Grace
The Perfect Massage - Olivia Archer
Full Frontal Neighbor - Lynn Townsend
The Whole of Me - Katya Harris
Notes on a Scandal - Kelly Maher
Appetizer - Sommer Marsden
Mikhael - Angela Caperton
The Mating Chamber - Rose Caraway
"Cleis remains a prolific publisher of diverse, enjoyable erotic anthologies, and this collection of literary lust is not to be missed. The structure alone is worth a perusal, with each submission sporting a catalog card display that serves as both a cheeky homage to librarians and a handy summary (i.e., Lynn Townsend’s “Full Frontal Neighbor” falls under category: Romantic Hero, subject: 1. Exhibition 2. Trauma 3. Curvaceous). Big Book kicks off with seasoned erotica author Rachel Kramer Bussel’s “Book Swap,” in which an older woman meets her kinky match in a curious younger seatmate on her flight. Many contributions draw on bibliophiles’ favorites—mythology and fairy tales—such as Janine Ashbless’s tale of Oedipus sharing the “whole” story, and much more, with a beautiful stranger (“Three Legs in the Evening”), or Emily Bingham’s “A Perverted Fairy Tale,” which puts a fantastically wicked twist on Little Red Riding Hood and her big, bad wolf. The tone ranges from fun and frothy (Tamsin Flowers’s “Pow! It’s Shibari Girl” simultaneously plays on the superhero genre and provides a healthy dose of erotic rope play), while others take a darker turn. “The Whole of Me,” by Katya Harris, depicts an alternate world where memories can be digitized and downloaded, a mechanism the grieving Shaun uses to keep his dead wife alive in his own mind, to his detriment. Three women share a mysterious love from the beyond (or possibly from above) in Angela Caperton’s delightfully spooky “Mikhael.” VERDICT With a wide array of bombastic, bookish stories, this anthology would do well in any erotica collection."
"This voracious volume is simply bursting at the binding with amorous archives and bibliophilic bliss."
—Publishers Weekly, in their Top 10 Romance & Erotica column
"Rose Caraway is a librarian on a very sexy mission and the library she’s created carries as many diverse stories as any library I’ve ever entered (and I’ve been in a few) but with a twist. All the stories should come with a warning stating that they are dangerously sexy. This book might only contain 22 stories, but these are the types of stories that all libraries should carry in my book."
"Stories for every kind of taste."
"Rose Caraway's Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica is as naughty as it is nice; you can see the careful hand of the curator behind every choice in this terrific tome."
—Alex Algren, author of Stories of O
"Carefully collected fantasy stories that are perfect for dealing with literary lusts."
—Reviews by Amos Lassen