Sara Habein’s #CBR5 Reviews #16-19

Forgive me for a link dump, friends, but let me get caught up on where my book reviews have appeared lately…

ultimate-guide-prostate-pleasure-199x300Book #16: The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure by Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian

(Because sometimes review copies turn up in the mail, and I think, “Huh. Okay. We’ll give this a whirl.”)

My full review can be found at Persephone Magazine: “Feminist sex guides aimed at men: They exist, y’all.”



unchangeable-spots-leopards-jansmaBook #17: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

(As recommended by Pajiba’s own Joanna Robinson.)

My full review can be found at Glorified Love Letters:The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is not terribly long for a novel, which makes it all the more amazing that Kristopher Jansma is able to weave together so much simultaneous information and mystery. I loved it, and I will eagerly await any other books he may release in the future.”

pain-parties-work-plathBook #18: Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder

My full review can be found at P-Mag: “If Pain, Parties, Work is supposed to be a commentary on the whole of standards applied to young women, then the followup interviews with her fellow guest editors make sense. We find out about how the magazine work informed the rest of their lives, and how the women handled it in different ways. If it’s supposed to be a book about how this time broke the “sunny” girl, then there’s not enough information. A major Sylvia Plath fan may still enjoy this book for whatever new facts they might glean, but for anyone else, one might be better off sticking to Plath’s actual work.”

suite-encounters-hotel-sex-busselBook #19: Suite Encounters edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

My full review can be found at Glorified Love Letters: “I can’t tell you your own desires, but I can tell you that I liked it. The hotel room is a fantastic setting around which to assemble a short stories (erotica or otherwise), and Suite Encounters (if you’ll forgive my word play here) provides above-and-beyond service.”

sonk’s #CBR5 Review #19: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Isadora Wing is bored. She’s on her second husband, a rather stuffy psychiatrist, and she’s looking for someone to shake things up in her now-predictable life. When she accompanies her husband to Austria for a conference, she meets Adrian Goodlove, and begins to explore and understand what it is she really wants, both emotionally and sexually.

Read the rest of my review here.

The Mama’s #CBR5 Review #26: Enslaved by Shoshanna Evers

enslavedOne of the side effects of the success of Fifty Shades is the plethora of BDSM novels that have come out. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised; after all, Twilight gave birth to about a half-million different vampire stories. (Seriously. I was in the teen section of Barnes & Noble this weekend (don’t judge!), and that was all there was. I feel bad for kids who don’t like vampires. What are they supposed to read?

My biggest problem with this book was, ironically, the sex. I’ve read my share of books with sex – everything from Judith Krantz (I think that was my first lesbian scene) to Danielle Steele to Fifty Shades to erotica collections. This feel somehwere near Danielle Steele in the spectrum. Actually, it was Danielle Steele with a side of clinical coldness. It was almost bizarre in its non-sexiness.
Read more here…

The Mama’s #CBR5 Review #20: Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh

wickedpleasureIt should be noted that when I went to Amazon to grab a picture of the cover of this book, I had to search through several books with the same title. I’m just guessing, but I’m pretty sure they’re all about sex. They might not all have hot male twin threesome sex, but it’s a fair bet that they all have sex. Read more here…

Sara Habein’s #CBR5 Review #4: Sexy Sailors edited by Neil Plakcy

Sexy Sailors: Gay Erotic Stories edited by Neil PlakcyOh, lovely men of the water! Not that I have anything against the Navy, but what a relief to see that this collection did not solely focus on gay men who were involved in military service. Military-themed erotica is a whole other people-in-uniform subset that one often sees in collections, but this one branches out to include men who know their way around shipping vessels, yachts, basic sailboats, and more. Not every story takes places on an actual boat, but all are tied to the sailing profession in some way. Though the book is a scant 200 pages, most of the stories are quite good and full of fun, hot scenes that should satisfy anyone who likes reading about men who are attracted to each other.

(My full review appears on Glorified Love Letters. Might be NSFW.)