Who doesn’t love a good work-related fantasy? After all, work is an often less-than-pleasurable activity that swallows up far too much of our time. So who wouldn’t want to mix a little business and pleasure? I’m of the belief that it only adds to worker morale. And apparently so does, Lucy Felthouse, author of The Not-So-Blushing Bride in Alison Tyler‘s Sudden Sex: 69 Sultry Short Stories. Felthouse does something interesting and somewhat surprising for a short short (each tale in this anthology maxes out at 1500 words)–the great majority consists of buildup. The reader is made to wait as the narrator draws out the disclosure of his secret fantasy. One element I particularly enjoyed about this story is that the bride is far from conventional (as you may presume from the title). She knows what she wants. Then she goes and gets it. Without the slightest frill, nicety, or apology. That’s the type of bride I can get behind.
Also included in this collection is a story by the name of Possessive Tense by Raziel Moore. (And if you know me at all, you know I loooove word play, so this was a winner for me right from the get-go–a story dripping with possession.) Moore really cuts to the chase, starting off hot and heavy. (I adore a saga that starts with a well warranted F-word.) And although we, the readers, never quite know exactly what activities are transpiring between the Dom and sub in this taudry tale, this only adds to the allure. Intrique piques the interest. “If she kept sounding like that, so delicious, so vulnerable and needy, I wouldn’t be responsible.” Possession never sounded so good.
Bulging with 69 stories, this steamy anthology surely has a little something (or a lot) for everyone.