The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica, edited by Rose Caraway, is a delightful new anthology from Cleis Press. I love how much this book pays homage to libraries and librarians–from the array of topics and sub-genres to the card catalog chapter introductions. I love books. Oof.
What makes this anthology unique is how varied the stories are. The theme is that of a library, and the topics are just as far-reaching while still maintaining an erotic aspect. Stories range from being fantasy to horror, office services to superheroes, and even Greek mythology to horticulture. This book is as diverse as it is sexy.
I really enjoyed Rachel Kramer Bussel’s introductory tale, “Book Swap,” not only because it involved books, but because it brought the readers into a modern day story of dirty talk and resultant sexy times with a total stranger.
“Now fetch me your book and get across my lap.” I rushed to retrieve the novel, handing it to him gingerly before climbing across his lap. There’s nothing to take the years off like settling into such a submissive pose. Whether he was going to “punish” or “pleasure” me with my spanking, I felt far younger than the face that stared back at me in the mirror.
Lynn Townsend’s piece, “Full-Frontal Neighbor” is a delightful, surprising tale about an exhibitionist who learns to feel safe in his own skin once again, thanks to the admiring eyes from across the way.
“I don’t see how you could possibly disgust anyone,” I said.
Wordless, he held up his mauled hand. I moved slowly, I knew something about trauma, and I knew I didn’t always want to be touched, didn’t always like human contact. He never wavered and I took his hand in mine, pressed my lips to each scar.
“I think you’re beautiful.”
A deliciously dark piece is “A Perverted Fairy Tale” by Emily Bingham which is a spin-off of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Rose Caraway’s “The Mating Chamber” had a fantastical, historical feel to it that I simply adored.
Indeed this book is an entertaining assortment of stories. I loved how different the approaches to erotic deeds were that these authors took. This is my first book I reviewed by Rose Caraway and I’m seriously looking forward to more. This happy bookworm is happy!
Thanks to Cleis Press for sending me this book in exchange for my review. xoxo