Review: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 3 anthology

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Series: Volume 3
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 216
Source: Book provided by publisher for review



Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere.

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, winner of multiple Independent Publishing Book Awards, these scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are “supposed” to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate “Body Shots,” and get tied up with “Red Satin Ribbons.” They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies—from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready—and make them come alive.

Written by beloved authors Abigail Barnette, Annabel Joseph, and Charlotte Stein along with several genre newcomers, these are erotic encounters you’ll want to savor again and again and again…


Review:  One of my favorite ways to find new authors is through anthologies. With the third edition of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Rachel Kramer Bussel has compiled 21 different writers for a quick introduction, just the way I like it.

Although I typically read anthologies in the order presented, I made an exception when I realized that one of my favorite authors, Annabel Joseph, had written a story in this collection. “Making It Feel Right” is a beautiful story about a woman seeking a BDSM experience as a submissive, only to discover a fondness for domination. It was an incredibly empowering story.

The other 20 stories provided perfectly curated selections with strong female characters who are in the driver’s seat when it comes to sexual exploration. With each story coming in at less than 20 pages, it was easy to read one without pausing. For me, the appeal lies in the diversity of the storylines. While they obviously share an erotic theme, the characters, storylines and sexy moments are incredibly unique.

I was pleased to see older characters included such as 53-year-old Neil and his wife Sophie in Abigail Barnette’s “The Birthday Gift.” No boring presents were included in that selection!

Rachel Woe’s contribution, “Weightless,” tells the story of poor sexiled Zoe, who recently got dumped. An impromptu haircut gives her a much different outlook on life and restores her confidence. With “Demon Purse,” author Sommer Marsden focuses on an elaborate role play that simply dripped with hotness.

In “Body Shots,” author Thien-Kim Lam presents a delightful challenge for the main character, Kit. It was impressive to read how the couple celebrated their anniversary in a very “not boring” way. The next selection, “A Love Affair All My Own,” by R.J. Richardson features a graceful ballerina who finds a special partner.

With “The Follow-Through,” author Kris Adams proves that age is simply a number. The main character, Janelle, may be 61, but she’s ready for some excitement in her retirement village. This was one of my favorite selections because of the humorous aspects.

“A Matter of Trust” by Angell Brooks uses wrestling as a backdrop with a female character who has a crush. As it turns out, her crush is waiting for just the right moment to set her on fire. “Romance and Drag” is Lyla Sage’s contribution. It features a bisexual drag king who finds a perfect match in a drag queen.

August McLaughlin’s “Watch Me Come Undone” is an incredibly hot story about a sexy photo shoot and a voyeur. Charlie Powell’s “Falling” is next in the lineup. Featuring a female main character with a disability, this selection features a strong dose of kink. It was an incredibly powerful story.

“Bibliophile” by Dee Blake introduces sexually obsessed Sophie and an encounter in the library. Aya de Leon’s “After the Heist” comes next, detailing a role play between two women. The next story, “Overexposed” by Brandy Fox, gets high marks for its descriptive language as Shannon, the main character, takes photos of Seattle. She sees a familiar face through her lens, which creates the perfect storyline. I loved how this story unfolded.

Leandra Vane tells the story of an archives librarian in “A Stolen Story,” providing a ghostly encounter. Lynn Townsend features a birthday girl in “Tanked” who is not so thrilled to be hitting 40. Her husband is determined to make it a night to remember. With “Guyliner and Garters,” author B.B. Sanchez starts with a costume party and ends with a private interlude.

In “The Skin of Someone Else,” author Charlotte Stein uses the neighborhood bar as a setting for a potential encounter. A sexy stranger leaves notes behind, but the woman who picks them up doesn’t believe she is worthy of attention. This was a beautiful story, complete with all the “feels.” Author Tamsin Flowers takes readers into the art of shibari in “Red Satin Ribbons.” Next is “Through the Lens” by Emmanuelle de Maupassant that tells the story of a couple that met in a sex shop. This selection was particularly spicy, including a ménage scene.

“Infused Leather” by Dr. J. centers around a shoe-shine event, which was unusual for me. As it turned out, the author knew exactly how to spice it up, turning the event into much more than expected.

With this anthology, I believe the editor did an amazing job selecting stories that fit well together. I was pleased to discover these new authors and look forward to reading more selections.