Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women

edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women
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Cleis Press
Release Date
August 2011
Erotic Romance

Experience the Heights of Passion and the Depths of Desire

We've all been there—so taken by a lover that you just can't stop thinking about him. Your imagination runs wild, fueling your fantasies. You feel hot, feverish, out of control. Your only hope of release is to possess and be possessed. In Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women, Rachel Kramer Bussel has curated a gloriously explicit collection of riveting romance with an edge. Whether just-blooming passions, rekindled sparks, or reinvented relationships, these lovers put the object of their obsession first. From the almost-divorced couple in "Aftershocks," by Bella Andre, who finally confess their deepest desires during an earthquake to a woman who tells her boyfriend just how much she lusts after another man in Emerald's "Then," these lovers push the boundaries of their trust, and are rewarded for taking those risks. Obsessed lovers don't always do what is rational; sometimes they chase their dreams, as in Kayla Perrin's "One Night in Paris," across the world and across the landscape of their lovers' bodies. Lustful and literary, Obsessed asks just how far you'll go for the man you love.

With contributed stories by Donna George Storey, Kayla Perrin, Portia Da Costa, Logan Belle, Justine Elyot, Emerald, Jennifer Peters, Ariel Graham, Bella Andre, Adele Haze, Charlotte Stein, Kristina Wright, Garnell Wallace, Andrea Dale, Elizabeth Coldwell, K.D. Grace, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Teresa Noelle Roberts, and Louisa Harte.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Sep 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
178 people found the following review helpful
OBSESSED is a collection of short stories that range from sweet to intensely erotic, from vanilla to strange, and everything in between. It was an immensely interesting read that left me thinking: just how far would I go for love?

There are nineteen stories in this collection, so I won't go through them all, but overall I thought that the anthology was steamy and erotic, and while I liked some stories more than others, I truly enjoyed the book on a whole.

There were many notable stories. "One Night in Paris" by Kayla Perrin was an extremely erotic story about a woman in love with her boss who decides to take matters in her own hands. "Then" by Emerald was about a woman getting her fantasy while discovering a depth to her current relationship she didn't even know was there.

There were also stories that made me really think. "Silent Treatment" by Donna George Storey, looked at how to find the way to express yourself without getting bogged down by the words. It was extremely poignant. Also, "Loser" by Charlotte Stein, which examines what is truly important for one woman in her relationship with an unlikely beau.

There were also some that were a bit on the odd side, some that showed us how not being honest about what we want can make us lose the ones we need the most, some that made me laugh, and a few that made me cry. As a whole though, I thought that this was a very well put together exploration of what some women would do and how far they would go to achieve love.

There were some authors that I was familiar with already, but there were also many I wasn't, so I loved that I have discovered some new names to look out for and read more of. I think that short stories are the hardest to write because of the limited amount of time/words you have to work with, but these authors did a wonderful job of pulling me in to each and every story.
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