Spanked: Red Cheek Erotica

by Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor

reviewed by AlwaysArousedGirl on Sun 31 Aug 2008

My favorite spankophile was at my house the day Rachel Kramer Bussel’s latest anthology, Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica, arrived in the mail.  She squealed.  She’s read Rachel Kramer Bussel’s anthologies before.

“You can borrow it,” I told her, extending the book toward her hands.  She backed away.  “What’s wrong?” I asked.  “You’ll have plenty of time to read it before I need it back.”

She shook her head.  “If I take that book now, you’ll never get it back.”

“I trust you!  I know you’ll bring it back!”

She laughed.  “Well, yes.  But it would be sticky.”  In the past she and her boyfriend have read these books together, and I do mean together.  In some cases they’re enjoyed story time while actually engaged in intercourse.  Nice trick if you can manage it.

So I held on to the book, and even though spanking is but a passing interest of mine, I thoroughly enjoyed the stories.  I’ve got my favorites now among Bussel’s frequent contributors.  I’ve loved Shanna Germain’s stories in past books; this time, her fiery tale of a bookseller who gives new meaning to the word “bound” got my panties all in a bunch.

By the time I got to Thomas S. Roche’s “Pre-Party,” which focuses on a couple’s sexy preparations for a kink event, I’d dragged my vibrator out from under the bed and applied it to the pertinent bits of my anatomy.

Rachel Kramer Bussel’s “The Depths of Despair” finished out the book; this dark story details a woman’s wish for her lover to push her to (and beyond) her limits.  By this point in my reading I was enjoying both book and vibe quite thoroughly.

And this is exactly what’s expected from collections of naughty tales:  a variety of settings, characters and levels of intensity capable of taking readers right over the edge of erotic pleasure.

Spank-loving friend, are you ready to get the book sticky?  Or *ahem* stickier?

Come on over.  Spanked is all yours.


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Spanked: Red Cheek Erotica by Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor
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220 pages, 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
Cleis Press, 2008