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Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women
Edited by Violet Blue


Book Review by Ashley Lister




LustAlison Tyler invited me over to Lust Bites last month where we chatted about the seven deadly sins. The reason this topic was associated with me was not because Alison knows about the extensive list of sins I have perpetuated (which probably isn't as many as seven). The reason this topic was associated with me was because I had written a novel called Original Sins which weaved a full length tale around a series of seven erotic stories each story dealing with one of the seven deadly sins.

One of the things I didn't mention on Lust Bites was that some of the stories had been easy to write and some of them had proved more challenging. Anger remains my favourite out of that collection: it was so much fun to tangle with an infuriated, bossy antagonistic bitch. I also enjoyed sloth because sloth and sexual excitement seem to be diametrically opposite. Finding a way to make the two subjects connect was an enjoyable challenge.
 
But the story I had the biggest problems with was the one based on lust. The reasons for my problems were various. The collection involved linking each of the stories and, because they were erotic stories, lust needed to be the main motivational force for the thematic structure of the overall plot construct.
 
And, being honest, I found the subject of lust was just too daunting.
 
Yes, there were lusty characters in each of the other six stories. I've been writing about lust in various forms for more than a decade now. But writing a story based solely on lust was an intimidating prospect.
 
Which is one of the reasons I have so much respect for the authors who have contributed to Violet Blues latest collection of shorts: Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women.
 
First of all full credit is due to Violet Blue for having the courage to take on a project as bold as this one and to see it through to successful fruition. As she mentions in her introduction to the book, [Lust is] a short, simple name and at first glance it could seem like a very self-aggrandizing title for a single book. But what she neglects to mention is that, self-aggrandizing or not, this anthology gives exactly what it promises.
 
Starting with K L Gillespies "Golden Hand", Lust begins with a trip to Londons Underground and a story about a lady who likes to put her hand into men's pockets. I've been to Londons Underground and I know there are lots of ladies there who like to put their hands into men's pockets. But Molly, the heroine of "Golden Hand", finds more than she was anticipating.
 
"Golden Hand" is a perfect example or erudite erotic storytelling. Cleverly shifting from one perspective to another, introducing the pickpocket and her mark as separate characters with separate points of view, K L Gillespie delivers a story that epitomises the word satisfying.
 
And, while Lust fulfils its promise of providing the reader with examples of lust (and possibly a hunger for the same) it also provides more top-rate fiction from some fantastic female writers.
 
Saskia Walker, "The Importance of Good Networking," narrates a sultry story that is wonderfully subversive and perfectly executed. Saskia Walker always creates credible characters and brings out the magnificent from what should be mundane. "The Importance of Good Networking" is no exception and she relates a tale of office ennui spiced up by a man-hunters mischievous machinations.
 
In "Kidnapped", Debra Hyde, exposes her tough-talking protagonist to a vigorously rough ride and shows another example of quality writing from this celebrated pen-mistress of the perverse.
 
In "Sixth Sense," Teresa Noelle Roberts tells the simple story of a private investigator and a psychic advisor, and tweaks the inevitable interrogation into something that should illustrate the dictionary definition of the word lust.
 
There's a lot in this anthology of erotic fantasies for women and it contains something for everyone who loves good hot storytelling. If you enjoy passion and eroticism you'll love Lust.

Ashley Lister
September 2007


Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women
(Cleis Press; May 25, 2007; ISBN-10: 1573442801)
Available at:  Amazon.com  / Amazon UK


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© 2007 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.


About the Author:
Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms.His most recent work, Swingers: True Confessions from Today's Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753511355), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.
Websites: www.ashleylister.co.uk / ashleylister.blogspot.com/



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