About Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3
Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, winner of multiple Independent Publishing Book Awards, these scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are "supposed" to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate "Body Shots," and get tied up with "Red Satin Ribbons." They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies—from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready—and make them come alive. Written by beloved authors Abigail Barnette, Annabel Joseph, and Charlotte Stein along with several genre newcomers, these are erotic encounters you'll want to savor again and again and again...These brand new adult stories are available in Print and Ebook - see buy links below (Audiobook coming soon).
Table of contents
Introduction: Doing What Feels “Right,” from Sex Tapes to Bondage and Beyond
The Birthday Gift Abigail Barnette
Weightless Rachel Woe
Demon Purse Sommer Marsden
Body Shots Thien-Kim Lam
A Love Affair All My Own R.J. Richardson
The Follow-Through Kris Adams
A Matter of Trust Angell Brooks
Romance and Drag Lyla Sage
Watch Me Come Undone August McLaughlin
Falling Charlie Powell
Bibliophile Dee Blake
After the Heist Aya de Leon
Overexposed Brandy Fox
A Stolen Story Leandra Vane
Tanked Lynn Townsend
Guyliner and Garters B.B. Sanchez
The Skin of Someone Else Charlotte Stein
Red Satin Ribbons Tamsin Flowers
Through the Lens Emmanuelle de Maupassant
Infused Leather Dr. J.
Making It Feel Right Annabel Joseph
Introduction: Doing What Feels “Right,“ from Sex Tapes to Bondage and Beyond
One of the great joys of editing the Best Women’s Erotica of the Yearseries is discovering with each volume how sexy, outrageous, and powerful the characters in the stories sent to me truly are. I consider them fierce role models who don’t let anyone else dictate how they should behave, in bed and out, and in this third volume, every story features a woman who, in some way, defies our culture’s expectations that we all be “good girls” who grow up to be women who behave, conform, and don’t make too much of a fuss about sex.
These women make a fuss—and they are greatly rewarded for their leaps of faith when it comes to having the kinds of sex they want, with the lovers they prefer, on their own terms. Perhaps they make a sex tape, something considered the ultimate scarlet letter in our society (see pretty much every article about Kim Kardashian), as Sophie does as a gift to her husband Neil in Abigail Barnette’s sizzling opening story “The Birthday Gift.” It’s very clear that while this is indeed a present that he’s extremely eager to open, Sophie’s tape is as much a gift to herself as it is for him.
The women you’ll read about in these pages defy cultural expectations, both their own and the ones set by those around them. They don’t shrink into the background to be bit players in someone else’s drama, or kowtow to the urges and desires of those who make unwanted advances. Instead, they stand up for themselves, figuring out the kind of sex and desire that will truly fulfill them, whether that involves Zoe getting over a breakup in “Weightless,” by Rachel Woe, or Anouk claiming the real object of her heart’s affection in R.J. Richardson’s beautiful, lesbian erotic story, “A Love Affair All My Own.”
They take dressing up to a whole new level, whether it’s Halloween costumes as Cinna from The Hunger Games and Agent Carter in “Guyliner and Garters,” by B.B. Sanchez, the lesbian couple riffing on the soccer star and cheerleader in “After the Heist,” by Aya de Leon, or the makeup artistry that leads to some very spirited dirty talk in “Demon Purse,” by Sommer Marsden. Lyla Sage’s “Romance and Drag” turns gender norms on their heads as both halves of a couple don alternate genders and personas that are as vital to their sexuality as the ones they were born into.
They take their curiosity, whether for an old-time tale come to life in “A Stolen Story,” by Leandra Vane, or the bookish fetish of Dee Blake’s “Bibliophile,” and don’t just wonder what if, but live out their fantasies. They pursue partners whom the rest of society may look down upon, judging without a thought to the core of humanity in all of us, and instead, they let their own preconceived notions get upended. It’s a beautiful unfolding, the moment when a real, live, gorgeous person with their own passions and desires becomes more than just a label, as you’ll read about in the tender and heartfelt “Overexposed,” by Brandy Fox, and the deliciously wicked “Making It Feel Right,” by Annabel Joseph.
These authors also prove that desire doesn’t fade with age, and that older women, such as Janelle, the heroine of “The Follow-Through,” by Kris Adams, are proud and powerful enough to know exactly the kind of mate they want next to them.
For those who’ve navigated the drama of dating, wondering if you’ll be stuck with someone who bores you to tears or someone who makes your every cell in your body perk up, you’ll find a bit of yourself in “Falling,” by Charlie Powell, in which the narrator grapples with how much to trust her new partner, and finds that sharing all of herself leads to the joy of delivering lines like, “I can keep quiet…but having my mouth full makes it easier.” Powell also seamlessly weaves in her narrator’s disability as part of their first date conversation, part of their process of getting to know each other.
Her debate over how much of herself to reveal to a new partner is similar to that of Cassidy in kinky bondage erotica tale “A Matter of Trust,” by Angell Brooks, as she has to decide just how far she wants to let her longtime friend go with her, and how the dynamics of being tied up will or won’t change their relationship. Will she obey her “begging slut of a clit?” Keep reading to find out.
There are stories here that I hope make you swoon, and others that might make you a little uncomfortable. These are not all pretty, perky narratives of oral sex and orgasms, or role-play and bondage, though there’s plenty of all these. “Infused Leather,” by Dr. J., tackles the topic of sexual abuse as its heroine discovers a way to overcome her past and make her current fetish one that leaves her utterly smitten, while also showcasing just how hot having an inanimate object to fixate on can be. In “Watch Me Come Undone” by August McLaughlin, one of several stories here that play with photography, a woman struggles with the weight of infidelity, balancing her deepest desires with her deepest love.
The women whose stories are gathered in this book don’t have to leave their true selves behind to live out their sexual fantasies. Rather, they take their unique quirks, talents, and personalities and bring them into their erotic games, whether it’s the perfectionism of Kit in “Body Shots,” by Thien-Kim Lam, the curiosity that compels the bold narrator to go after a stranger in “The Skin of Someone Else,” by Charlotte Stein, or the combined cynicism, cunning, and arousal of the heroine in “Through the Lens,” by Emmanuelle de Maupassant. In “Tanked,” by Lynn Townsend, Jory brings the full history of her relationship along on an arousing overnight sexual journey with her husband as they celebrate their anniversary in a way they never have before.
Many of these stories made me question whether I have anything in common with the women starring in them. Would I ever let myself be stowed in a box tied up in shibari (a style of Japanese bondage) with “Red Satin Ribbons,” as Leah does in the story by Tamsin Flowers, presenting my body as a gift to a woman I didn’t even know? I’m not sure, but I loved taking the ride right along with her.
These twenty-one all-new stories run the gamut, from down and dirty adventures to swoon-worthy erotic love, with all sorts of nuances, fetishes, turn-ons, challenges, and first times. They take us through many of the ways women celebrate their bodies, understand their desires, come to terms with what turns them on and figure out how to make their relationships work on every level. Most of all they are hot, and, I hope, they are tales that you’ll return to again and again when you want to relive these intimate, sexy moments. I’d love to hear what you thought of these stories, and what you’d like to see more of in future volumes; you can reach me at and visit bweoftheyear.com to find out more about the series.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Atlantic City, New Jersey
"Tamsin Flowers’s shortie is just one of 22 kinky stories included in the comprehensive book of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3. It turns a workplace acquaintanceship into a birthday threesome when a married man gifts his wife with the ultimate surprise: a woman in a box, wrapped in red satin ribbons, just waiting to be opened." -- O, The Oprah Magazine
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