As we all know, there isn’t just one special day of the year that commemorates our love and appreciation for those we care about. Romance and relationships happen across time, regardless of when Valentine’s day falls. What I loved the most about xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance, edited by Kristina Wright, was that each story depicted an event that I would love to experience on a date. To me, these stories covered the range of ways I would love to celebrate this romantic holiday with someone. I adored living vicariously through each of these characters, and this book helped me appreciate the magic, the love, that can occur between strangers as well as lifetime partners.

XOXO

Not once did this book make me reflect negatively on my own life. I never felt jealous or grumpily wistful; rather I felt appreciative of this anthology because of its ability to capture what is so beautiful about intimacy. These stories range from being hot and fierce, to silly and affectionate. As Wright explains in the introduction, she thought of these stories much like those Valentine’s candy hearts. A piece of candy is small and sweet, so are the tales in this book. They tease you by leaving you with not only a pleasurable little taste, but they leave you craving for more.

Here’s a wonderful quote:

I wriggled in bedside her and she pressed her body up against me. She sighed at the contact as if she’d just come home. I held her and whispered,

“Have you been lonely?” She nodded. “What happened?”

“Ah. Sam. Nothing dramatic. Just sometimes life changes and you get left behind.”

I loved reading about a man getting buried into the sand, and how his lover plays with him. Reunited young lovers discover they have a deeper connection even after all those years spent apart. And of course, bathtubs can create a safe, soothing space for couples to clean and care for one another. Morning sex is one of my favorite activities to do and read about, but I also really love reading about hotel sex. Let’s not forget bondage! These tales of sweet sexiness depict a wonderful range of encounters.

These stories reminded me that although sometimes life gets us down, there are many reasons relationships are wonderful gems of life that many of us are dying to get our hands on. And while I may be a realist, I am definitely a romantic. Okay–a lustful romantic.

Thank you Cleis Press for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I recommend this book to those readers who sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses. So cheers to you, xoxo, for I now want what you have–exciting, lustful dates with someone I care about and connect with. Perhaps then I’ll have created a sweet and sexy story of my own to tell. xoxo

Giveaway
Cleis Press has graciously agreed to sponsor my giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers!

To Enter: Leave a comment (or email me at geekynymph [at] gmail [dot] com) telling me what is your favorite way to show someone you love them.
Deadline: April 15th, 2014 11:59 PM EST
Eligibility: Open worldwide

Winner: Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner is Brittany! I used a number randomizer to select the winning comment/email. Brittany, you should receive an email from me.