Monday, August 10, 2015
Book Review: Forbidden Fruit: Stories of Unwise Lesbian Desire
Forbidden Fruit: Stories of Unwise Lesbian Desire is a collection of 17 erotica stories edited by Cheyenne Blue. The book was published in 2015 by LadyLit Publishing.
Overall, I found this to be a solid collection that featured a wide range of stories that hinged on the theme of taboo desire in playful and surprising ways. The book opens with a wonderful futuristic dystopian tale followed by a wide array of situations: historical pieces, contemporary work, age differences, power dynamics, religious transgressions, and one case of this isn’t quite cheating, is it?
There are horse thieves and modern outlaws. A head coach and an artist and an old fling. An old fling’s daughter. An old fling’s mother. My, oh my.
My favorite story in the collection is by Laila Blake and is entitled The Law of Reciprocity. It is a mystical tale involving a servant Hannah and her Mistress, Lady Rose. The tension and texture of the story was divine.
A few stories were a bit hard to believe, the turn of events a tad bit too acute. This is the trouble of many short stories. I also felt like many of the stories followed the same formula, spending much time on exposition with a direct lead to sex and a fast release at the end. However, many erotica short story collections suffer the same quibble of mine and the diversity of the stories made up for this.
The writing in a majority of the stories was strong, sensual, and descriptive. The theme kept me on the edge of my seat, and the uniqueness of each story had me eager to see what would come next. If you need more lesbian erotica in your life (and truly, who doesn’t?) take a chance and give this collection of longing and taboo a taste. I dare you.
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