Review: Oysters and Pearls: Collected Stories by Mitzi Szereto

Oysters and Pearls: Collected Stories by Mitzi Szereto
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Publisher: Midnight Rain Publishing
Pages: 168
Source: Book provided by the author for review



Acclaimed author Mitzi Szereto explores the many complexities of desire, love and lust in this rich and varied “best of” collection of erotically charged short stories.

In these 17 provocative and often witty offerings, Mitzi Szereto travels expertly between genres with tales that explore both the light and the dark sides of sexuality. Oysters and Pearls gives the reader a glimpse into worlds that are as ordinary as they are fantastical and mysterious. Like a skilled lover, this sensuous and imaginative compilation will leave you wanting more.


Review:  Before even reading the first line of Miti Szereto’s Oysters and Pearls: Collected Stories anthology, my attention was caught by the accolades from other authors. The comments boosted my expectations as I read the foreword claiming that the author’s “style is erotic romance with a sharp edge…”

With that said, I was ready to dive into the anthology of 17 short stories. One of the benefits of a collection like this is that the subject matter differs, providing a good mix ranging from BDSM to paranormal topics. I found the first story, complete with a vampire theme, to be interesting in its detail, but I was left hanging at the end. As I progressed through the stories, I realized that my focus needed to be less on the end result and more about the basic concept.

The author has a clear talent for delivering a wide range of erotic tones, with a bold dramatic flair on one hand and subtle innuendo on the other. I didn’t expect some of the twist and turns, especially in the second story where the main character professes to love her husband. The witty banter did make me smile, particularly the Bakewell Pudding conversation in the third story. If I had to describe the collection, I would say these are naughty tidbits with a shot of humor.

While the stories didn’t appeal to me, it was more so because of the short story format. My preference is more toward a fully developed storyline, especially when dealing with erotic subject matter. I give the writer credit for her versatility, which will certainly appeal to a reading audience.