ARC Review: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 7 by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Dive into these sexy surprises…


From a model and her hot security guard using a new sex toy to a shifter triad taking a major new step in their relationship, these sexy stories are sure to wow you. Lovers deviate from their set routine to explore the thrill of the unknown in “Tulsa,” while one woman goes on a very “Wicked Ride” that takes her to a totally different kind of arousal. From fetishes to fantasies to the taboo, the women in these stories are ready to surprise you. Discover a new way of getting off with “Gravity” and unravel a “Puzzle” about a male stripper who’s even hotter than Magic Mike. Whether you’re new to erotica or a longtime reader, these scenarios deliver the heat.

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 7 features the hottest erotic stories by popular authors such as Lucy Eden, Adriana Herrera, Erin McLellan, Angelina M. Lopez, Holley Trent, Sara Taylor Woods and many others, edited by the award-winning Rachel Kramer Bussel.

My thoughts

Rachel Kramer Bussel‘s mission to the authors this year was to surprise us. I do not know if I was surprised, but I do like the diversity happening in the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 7.

Dripping by Adriana Herrera

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I have only read male loving male romances by Adriana Herrera so imagine my surprise and urgent need to find a female loving female romance written by Herrera. Holy sugar. Dripping has everything that a romantic wants in a short story. It has history, heat, and a happily-ever-after. I loved the story of Freya and Julissa. Freya learns Spanish words to whisper to her love. The confidence with which Julissa feels with her very much in shape lover. Herrera manages in one quick story to promote diversity, body positivity, success, and love.

A Modest Woman by Lin Devon

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The power of a woman is celebrated by Lin Devon. I always find it interesting that the acceptable power exchange or acknowledgment of it is during sex. This does not mean that I didn’t find A Modest Woman to be a turn on. It is stapled with the preconceived trappings of what makes a woman sexy: Parisian lingerie, stockings, and then taking them off and flaunting their absence. Then furthering the male ideal of the “perfect” woman by not speaking so he feels free to say whatever he wants. Devon continues to perpetuate this spiel by having ____ “rebel” by sleeping with someone economically inferior to her. All A Modest Woman provides is mixed messages and a large penis.

Phosphorus by Kim Kuzuri

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Kim Kuzuri swaps perceived roles in a historical tale of friendship and lust. I am using the wrong terminology here and I apologize. Kuzuri does not so much tackle “roles” as the costumes we wear to go about in public. Historically, women wore dresses and men wore pants, especially those considered to be western out-laws. In Phosphorus, Billy wears the pants in the story and we are introduced to Reaver coming down the stairs wearing petticoats and nothing else.

Now if you live in my city, Billy tends to be considered a name given to bio-males. Reaver would be pronounced as “Reva” as we have a tendency to drop our “r”s. Reva would be considered to be a bio-female’s name.

Billy is the perceived top in this relationship (as we only get a small portion of their story here). It is an interesting and combustible twist. Billy takes her pleasure with both a female and Reaver. She is in charge and I like it.

On a personal note, there is a scene where Reaver is sitting in the chair at the table and Billy is looking at his softened penis through the petticoats and how this scene is written is still sitting with me. I am still turned on by a scene I read a week ago (I am transcribing my hand-written review). Kudos to Kuzuri for making a simple erotic scene stand out.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Cleis Press, 9781627783118, 14 December 2021

Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel

Series: Best Women’s Erotica 

Pages: 270


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