Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 by Sinclair Sexsmith (Editor)
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have mixed feelings about this collection. There were a couple of stories I genuinely enjoyed, but more that I was somewhat indifferent to. I liked that there was a diverse mix of stories, all different types of people from different walks of life. Most of the stories though followed a similar pattern.
This was not a collection that suited my tastes entirely and a couple of them were not written as well as others, but it was a nice mix of mostly BDSM kink stories.
I feel that I should start off by saying clearly that the stories in this book didn’t hit my particular brand of erotica. It’s not to say they aren’t good for some, but for me, it didn’t really click. There were a couple of stories in this collection that I did enjoy though.
Pleasure with Her Pain by Ada Lowell was one that I enjoyed a great deal. This story involves dealing with a sexual kink while suffering from a health condition. For me, this one had a great deal of emotion attached to it that made me appreciate the sexual interactions more.
Modern Lovers (You Probably Haven’t Heard of Them) by V.R. Verten was another story I liked for different reasons. I enjoyed the gritty power play that was featured and I liked the history the two main characters had.
Most of the rest of the stories featured in this collection had things I enjoyed, though there was a couple that just didn’t work for me. Most of them, but not all, featured kink in some form and primarily that centered around BDSM. (Again, not all of them are BDSM specific.) I am perfectly fine with kink and BDSM, but I think perhaps I simply enjoy them more when they are part of a longer story. I need a bit more context and possibly more of an emotional connection.
Overall, I think this was a good collection of sexual encounters that people from various walks of life could relate to and feel empowered by. For me though, I wasn’t able to really connect with them as well.