Control by Charlotte Stein

4/5 stars.
(ARC) ebook, 238 pages.
Read from January 02 to 13, 2014

Well out of all the Erotica I’ve read so far, this one, surprisingly, has been my favourite. Ms. Stein has found the perfect balance of smut, character and plot. She was able to provide the reader just enough information about the characters for you to invest into them but didn’t divert so far that you forgot you were reading a piece of Erotica. The story plays with the idea of both female and male dominance and the author was very effective in showing both of these stances in the same story.

Madison, the main female in the story, which seems to be a popular name to use in Erotica as it’s the second piece I’ve read that has used the name for their main female character, owns a bookstore. Not just any bookstore but one that specifically sells Romance and Erotica. In her pursuit to find some help running her store she encounters Andy and Gabriel. While she doesn’t hire Andy, she has rough dirty sex with him on a regular basis. Andy himself, is rough and takes great pleasure in taking control of any sexual encounter. She hires Gabriel because she is enthralled by his passive and quiet nature. Gabriel is the exact opposite of Andy, in every aspect, and what Madison will end up discovering through the many sexual adventures between and with both of them (at the same time) is a side of her she didn’t know about and a pleasure and a love she didn’t know existed.

This book has some immensely erotic scenes that would get just about anyone’s heart racing. I would highly recommend this book to any Erotica lovers or new comers into the genre who aren’t afraid of something new and a little adventure.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

3/5 stars.
ebook, 288 pages.
Read from January 07 to 08, 2014.

Ahh how delightful! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to know how successful Ms. Allie Brosh has become with her work. I can’t imagine that Allie ever believed that her comedic posts about her obnoxious childhood or hilarious coping mechanisms would ever become the star of the blogging internet world but it’s because Allie truly does have a gift. Allie’s imagination and experiences are so immensely relatable and in combination with her writing/comic style that’s easy to read it’s hard not to become addicted to her posts. Allie seems to let you know that what you think and feel is not so abnormal. For example, I too have an issue with people who choose to ignore spelling and grammar and in her post titled, The Alot I found some relief from my grammar Nazi ways and I will now use the same method she endorses in that post to deal with those who have poor spelling and grammar.

If you are unfamiliar with Allie’s blog, I absolutely insist that you visit it. You won’t be sorry: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/

Her book is a collaboration of some of her most popular blog posts as well as some new content and while I enjoyed the book the reason I did not give it a higher rating is that I’m not sure her content worked in book format.  What I enjoy about her blog is that the posts are concise and moderately short, just tid bits and bursts of awesome when you choose. When it’s all in a book I found that the style is overwhelming and can get redundant. I didn’t want to devour it all at once and maybe I shouldn’t have. While I understand that this book means profit for Allie and it’s a great way to commemorate her success it just felt like a weird medium to me while I was reading it.

So overall I’m glad this book was published and I want Allie to keep writing but I would like to see her success continue through her blog.

Bing Cherry Silk by Valentine Bonnaire

3/5 stars.
ebook, 10 pages.
Read on January 06, 2014.

This was a recommended read from Valentine Bonnaire herself to introduce me to her writing. Needless to say I was more than happy to do so and after reading “Bing Cherry Silk” I am looking forward to seeing what else this author has to offer.  You can download and read this lovely short piece at Smashwords. Click here to follow Valentine’s blog.

I admit, I did not know what a bing cherry was. Yes, I have had cherries before but I had never heard of this type. I am from Canada in a province where it is too cold to grow fruit even in the summer, where as Valentine is from Southern California according to her About Me page and I imagine items like bing cherries are much more common there. If you need to know what a bing cherry looks like, this is it:

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They’re a glorious colour aren’t they? I am glad I was able to get an idea of their colour and lustre before reading this story as it just added to imagery of the silk panties that are so deliciously described in this short story.

The story is hugely sensual and focuses on the complications of love, relationships and desire and how our personal growth can alter all of that. A nameless art student finds herself in love with her professor and is torn by her neediness for him and his apparent love for her despite not wanting to leave his wife. It’s when a pair of bing cherry coloured silk panties are left for her by a random admirer at her own house party does she come to a realization about herself, her needs and her own desires. What makes this story erotic isn’t the neat and stimulating sex scenes but the suspense and awakening that comes with the presence of these silk bing cherry panties.

I think my biggest disappointment with the story was the ending. The story built up the impeding decision that the main character was going make in terms her lover after the appearance the pink panties and I just felt the ending was rushed and unsatisfying in this sense. I believe that author was trying to go for something more subtle but I feel that it feel short of my expectations and with how the rest of the story built up.

Overall, a wicked steamy and satisfying short read for any erotica lover. Thanks Valentine!