Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year: 20th Anniversary Edition (BLEY20)
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been twenty years since the inaugural volume of Best Lesbian Erotica was published. As an avid reader of the past several collections, I eagerly awaited my ebook to arrive. From start to finish, I was not disappointed by the quality of the writing. The erotic build between the characters in the stories is a result of well-crafted depictions of emotional and physical connections. One of my favorite aspects of this collection is how the stories let me taste and touch and see everything: juicy heirloom tomatoes; the crowded, over-bright London Underground; bright red belt welts on tender flesh; and more.
Editor Sacchi Green explains her idea of what “Best” translates to on the page, in her introduction to the collection:
Above all, “best” should mean original ideas, vividly drawn settings, creative imagery, fully developed, believable characters (even if occasionally that requires readers to suspend disbelief for the sake of arousal), and of course, plenty of steamy sex, with intensely erotic scenes that flow naturally from vanilla to BDSM to edgy frontiers that defy classification.”
Green’s parameters for “Best” are inclusive, with women and genderqueer partners represented; and a wide range of body types, occupations, and ages visible. The stories she curated for the BLEY20 deliver on her erotic vision. There’s no guarantee you’ll like any of the stories, but no matter what how your tastes run, I think there’s a good chance you’ll find something savory in this box.
Cleis Press – http://cleispress.com
Edited by Sacchi Green
Published: February 9, 2016