My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My review stems not from the fact that this covers sensitive topics such as pedophilia, rape, bestiality, and other fetishes (because, hello, I’m reading erotica. Of course there’d be a number of taboo topics) but from the fact that some of the latter stories in this collection went nowhere fast.
The first few stories were good–short, succinct, and stayed with the plot. The latter three or four, I think, got away from the author and she tried developing a series of interconnected stories with them–that while if the characters had depth, actual characterization, would have worked, but as they didn’t, it felt like you were getting dragged into one long story with no point (which really was a stark contrast to the first few short stories).
WhatI liked: the repeated themes of first sexual awakenings (whether it was happening in real time, through flashbacks or dialogue), entering into taboo territory without the pain factor, women are acknowledged sexual creatures–not as objects.
It’s only a two here because THOSE LAST THREE STORIES. SO DRAGGING. SO BORING.