Monday, July 23, 2012

Red Velvet and Absinthe edited by Mitzi Szereto

Release Date: September 6th, 2011
Publisher: Cleis Press
Page Count: 220
Source: Complimentary copy provided by Naked Reader Book Club in exchange for an honest an unbiased review
Explore Your Dark Desires

The supernatural: Think vampires, werewolves, ghosts...eerie sounds in the night, impassioned whispers teasing at the depths of sleep...Think red velvet, flickering candles, love and lust with otherworldly partners who unleash passion and desire far beyond that inspired by simple mortals. Editor Mitzi Szereto's sensual stories provide thrills and chills of telltale hearts, redolent with romance and danger. Red Velvet and Absinthe will carry you away, conjuring up the romantic spirit of classic Gothic fiction with a generous dose of eroticism.

A lusty lady, ravaged, seeks comfort in the arms of her maidservent in Giselle Renarde's rapacious "Milady's Bath," while bondage and desire enslave a wolf girl to her master in "Snowlight, Moonlight" by Rose de Fer. Janine Ashbless's "Cover Him with Darkness" is an exquisite tale of secret love between an imprisoned fallen angel and the girl he seduces. Editor Mitzi Szereto's vampire romance "The Blood Moon Kiss" is sexy Southern Gothic at its finest.
What Stephanie Thinks: I cannot stress how much I love the paranormal genre, let alone the paranormal erotic genre. Szereto's collection features paranormal crossovers involving wolves, vampires, and bloodlust, and it was all of spicy and hot, as it was compelling and engaging.

Stories: Some of the best stories I've read. The fantasy element of paranormal beings or circumstances make them all the more exciting. As with most Cleis anthologies, each of the stories are very different from the others, so you don't have to worry about getting bored after the first few; Red Velvet and Absinthe makes you want to read every story in the book!

Writing quality: Certainly doesn't disappoint, perfect typography and grammar. Overall very well-written; I couldn't have done better with editing and structure.

Complaints: Really none at all *grin* erotica is my favorite genre once again.

Stories I liked: Favorite is 'Bitter and Intoxicating' by Sharon Bidwell, by far! Hot hot hot!

Stephanie Loves: ""

Radical Rating: 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Thank you SO much. You definitely made my day, maybe my week!