Review: Lustfully Ever After Anthology

Lustfully Ever After Anthology edited by Kristina Wright
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 232
Source: book provided by the publisher

In Lustfully Ever After, classic fairy tales are reimagined for an adult audience with twists (and kinks) to keep readers entertained. In Michelle Augello-Page’s romantically charged BDSM tale “Wolf Moon,” Little Red Riding Hood is the big bad wolf, while Kristina Lloyd rewrites “”he Twelve Dancing Princesses” as a scorching hot MFM threesome in “The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces.” Shanna Germain’s “”Mirror Mirror”” shows the sensual Sapphic side of Snow White’s stepmother and Andrea Dale pens a contemporary version of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” in the poignantly erotic “Steadfast.”

This delightful collection of fairy tales will lead you down a magical path into forbidden romance and erotic love. You won’t need those bread crumbs to find your way home—for home is where the heart is and the authors of Lustfully Ever After know your heart’s most wicked and secret desires.

 

Review: While going into this book I had quite a few high hopes, and yet it felt as though each of these stories just left me wanting. Going through each of the 17 stories, by several authors that I have read and loved in the past, the majority of the stories rarely made sense and most of the time had me rereading them to try and keep track of what was happening where and to whom.

By the end of the book I found only 3 of the stories that I would read again in the future, especially if they were books of their own. “Gretel’s Lament” was a nice spin on Hansel and Gretel and made me think from the beginning that she is with the witch. The ending was something that I didn’t expect at all. My second favorite would have to be “Steadfast”. While I still haven’t been able to place the fairy tale that this one is based off of, the under lining themes made me think of the soldiers coming home from our war in Iraq and one way for their spouses to try and “heal” them. And finally “You” by Charlotte Stein, was probably my third favorite out of the bunch. While it took a reread or two to get my head around the main character as a Minotaur (or what I would imagine a Minotaur to be described as) in the end the story was quite well put together and it is another one that I wouldn’t mind reading again in the future.

Working within the confines of the fairy tales from our childhood I was able to discern most of the tales and which ones they were loosely based on but I just can’t see this book making me want to come back for more anytime soon. I had such high hopes and yet I am walking away with a sense of sadness and a general bad taste in my mouth.

Below is a list of the title included in this publication, and in parenthesis is the fairy tale that I believe it is loosely referencing.

“Rosa Redford” – Anya Richards
“Gretel’s Lament” – Jeanette Grey (Hansel and Gretel)
“Matches” – Anna Meadows
“The Beast Within” – Emerald (Beauty and the Beast)
“Wolf Moon” – Michelle Aurgello Page (Red Riding Hood)
“Mirror Mirror” – Shanna Germain (Snow White)
“The Last Dance” – Kristina Lloyd (Jon and Kate + 8)
“Name” – A.D. Forte (Rumpelstiltskin)
“Sensitive Artist” – Donna George Storey (Princess and the Pea)
“You” – Charlotte Stein (Three Billy Goats Gruff)
“The Long Night of Tanya McCray” – Michael M. Jones
“Kit In Boots” – Sacchi Green (Puss in Boots)
“Shorn” – Lisabet Sarai (Rapunzel)
“Real Boy” – Evan More (Pinocchio)
“Garden Variety” – Lynn Townsend (Jack in the Bean Stalk)
“Steadfast” – Andrea Dale
“A Sea Change” – Kristina Wright (Ariel)






3 thoughts on “Review: Lustfully Ever After Anthology

  1. Hey Ashleigh. Sorry this anthology didn’t do more for you. In case you’re curious, my story, “The Long Night of Tanya McCray is based off of a lesser-known tale generally called “The Boots of Buffalo Leather.”

  2. I mention the origins of all of the fairy tales in my introduction to Lustfully Ever After. No guessing necessary. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to read the introduction before diving into the stories as it not only clarifies the basis of the fairy tales, it explains my intentions for compiling the anthology.

    I’m also sorry you didn’t enjoy the collection. Anthologies aren’t for everyone.

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