(pb; 2013: erotic anthology)
Paradise is an excellent, mood-effective and often humorous collection of lesbian sex stories with a strong emphasis on character, smart writing, mood, foreshadowing and other elements that are vital to superb storytelling. This is one of the best single-author erotica anthologies I've read in a while, one that easily transcends its genre. If you're a fan of lesbian sex works, this is likely a must-own book for you.
1.) "Suckin' It Up": A bartender (Emily) hooks up with one of her customers, a dark-eyed beauty named Stephanie. Nice balance of sexual tension, humor and storytelling to this one. Thoroughly entertaining read.
2.) "The Truth Be Told": Funny microstory about alphabet soup, the author, and - according to this work of fiction - one of her personality traits.
3.) "A True Love": After her lover passes away from ovarian cancer, a woman (Megan) pines for her rotting lover. This especially worthwhile Gothic and witchcraft toned work brings to mind certain Edgar Allan Poe stories.
4.) "Hurtful Imagination": Romantic, entertaining tale about a heartbroken woman (Regina) whose best friend (Claire) and a hot next door neighbor (Grace) work her out of her love funk.
5.) "The Shady Motel and the Secret Door": Excellent, intriguing - if you don't mind extreme sexual darkness - thriller-update of the Bluebeard fable. Its ending may be familiar to those well-acquainted with the aforementioned fable and Seventies horror films, but that familiarity does little - if anything - to detract from its masterful lead-up.
6.) "One Hell of a Friend": A deal with a devil takes a personal and traitorous twist. Succinct, perfect microstory.