I like reading erotica because it's always interesting to me what turns other people on. Some of it I can relate to and it gets me a little hot. Others, I read and think, "Really? That gets you going?" The Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 this year is edited by lesbian musician and comedian Lea DeLaria. I was curious what kind of stories would appeal to her and to see if there would be some humorous yet sexy stories.
Lesbian Sex Stereotypes and Surprises
Have I ever read a lesbian erotica book that didn't have a locker room scene? That must be big on the list of lesbian fantasies. And why not? The physical nature of sports and sex can be very similar. Teamwork, sweat, exertion, being present in your body. Narine Holtz's "Most Valuable Player" is a classic tale of competition and conquest. And of course, performing for an audience, even if you didn't know it was there.
Having sex while others watch is another theme. Whether that encounter is in a lesbian bar or a candy factory. As so is sex with someone in uniform. A sexy metro driver, a forest ranger? Sure, why not?
But I love the bit of lesbian twist added even to these predictable themes. There's Catherine Lundoff's story of forbidden love: between the forest ranger and a tree sitter. Of course a lesbian would be trying to save the world while getting her rocks off. Classic!
There's stories that push boundaries, even with the title, you have a sense of what you're going to get with Xan West's "My Precious Whore." It's a story of working out abuse issues with a partner you can trust. It's not for everyone, but it's there for those who want to read it.
Love in all the Right Places
Lea DeLaria identifies as butch. So, it's no surprise that this year's Best Lesbian Erotica series features butches, femmes and boi dykes. Sinclar Sexsmith of Sugarbutch Chronicles
has a hot story of sex in public. And there's D.L. King's "Walk like a Man" where a woman is surprised to find out the guy she's just picked up is actually a woman.
This book has it's share of sexy hot chance encounters. Like lusting after a subway train driver in Heidi's Champa's "The Number 91." There's a story of suddenly finding yourself attracted with your best friend or having one last romp with an ex.
The Power of Laughter?
The release we experience when we laugh is similar to the release of an orgasm. Or at least, that's what I hear. Have you ever burst out laughing immediately after an orgasm? Unfortunately, I didn't find much humor in Best Lesbian Erotica 2011
. There were a few "ha, ha" moments, like when the tree hugger discovers the forest ranger's last name is Rick. "Ranger Rick." Get it? Or a few fun surprise twists at the end of stories. But that's it. No laugh out loud moments.
Even without the humor though, The Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 is a great book to have around. Read yourself a short story before going to bed, or better yet, read one aloud to your lover.