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5.19.2010

Review: Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women by Kristina Wright


Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women by Kristina Wright
Erotica, Fantasy
Trade Paperback (CLEIS PRESS, 256 pages, $14.95)
ISBN# 1573443972
Award-winning novelist and top erotica writer Kristina Wright goes over the river and through the woods to find the sexiest fairy tales ever written. Playfully seductive, supernaturally sensual, and darkly erotic, Fairy Tale Lust showcases clever twists to classic tales and introduces new stories inspired by the ever-popular genre. Here, a walk in the forest is likely to lead to an erotic encounter with a mysterious stranger and the silver light of a full moon might illuminate an orgy of sensual delights! Highly imaginative and downright stimulating, these stories take fairy tale erotica to the next level. Top erotica contributors deliver sizzling work, including Janine Ashbless, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Delilah Devlin, Shanna Germaine, and Saskia Walker.
Author Site: www.kristinawright.com

Fantasies for Non-Fantasy Erotica Fans (2 stars)

Sometimes when you review a book you write it all out and when you read it realize its just way too long. So long that no one is going to read it, let alone get any use out of it. The review I started to write for this book would have been one of those. But I think I'd like to spare those of you out there who actually want to know whether this book is for you or not some grief and try to be a bit cut and dry with it.

I expected Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women to be a collection of erotic retellings of favorite classic fairy tales like Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast with a strong emphasis on the female as powerful, sensual and sexual. Unfortunately this book didn't deliver the kind of fantasy tales I got the impression it would have. Many are very loosely inspired by fairy tales and children's stories in contemporary settings. Don't come to this one expecting a virginal Rapunzel waiting to bring a handsome prince up to her tower of lust. You're going to get a story about a sexually adventurous woman dressing up as a mermaid complete with sex toy rigged costume (no joke!) and put on display in a restaurant.

Because so few of the stories fit my traditional ideal I really wasn't very impressed with the majority of the stories offered here. If your mind is a bit broader in your definition of fairy tale and you're much more interested in bondage, exploring back entrances *ahem*, and a little F/F then you'll probably find more here for you than I did. That said I really enjoyed a couple of the stories and felt they were worth highlighting for the sake of review.

Craig Sorenson's Ducking is an interesting contemporary Ugly Duckling story about a divorcee who discovers the definition of MILF and seeks to own the term while winning over a sexy much younger neighbor. While some of the cheesy narration bugs me with this one there was just something about it I liked. Definitely fit the feminine sexual empowerment idea I think the title of this book refers to.

Three Times by Justine Elyot is my favorite of the collection. Centering around a bar maid's observations of the men in the kingdom's pathetic attempts at freeing the princess from a magical tree's vines this one fits a more traditional fairy tale theme. Featuring some F/F and M/F/F this one is really a sexy wink at how men and women approach things differently and had a really clever ending.

Sleep Tight by Janine Ashbless is another good take on a traditional fairy tale but retold in a contemporary setting. When a man is paid to clear out an overgrown garden and yard surrounding an aging Victorian house he'll find a Sleeping Beauty within who awaits his hungry touch with hungers of her own. Really different and with a surprise ending I really liked.

Some of the others were okay but several of them I actually really disliked a lot. In general there just weren't enough that I liked to give the book more than two stars. If I had known most of these didn't fit the traditional fairy tale retold with smutty details idea I had I wouldn't have bothered reading it.

Other Reviews:

Steph @ Amazon.com



Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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