CW: References to sexual and kink things.
Me and one of my partners were on a train. I said: “I am reading this book, and it’s so so so cool”. I was a bit loud, and there were many people around us, since we were close to the doors, and the train was about to reach its next stop. It made multiple people look up to me expectantly. “Okay, sorry if this shocks ya’ll, but it’s a lesbian erotica anthology”, I said. Everyone sniggered. A lady in her 60’s said: “Well, have a lot of fun with it”, and my partner mentioned this did definitely not shock him, hehehe.
I do think I might’ve found my favourite book I’ve read in 2020 already, because it is really that amazingly good. The title: Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 4. It’s been edited by Sinclair Sexsmith who I have been following off and on for about a decade now. They write about queer sex, kink, gender, and relationships, and have a lot of experience in the world of lesbian/queer erotica, which made them an excellent choice as editor. Seeing as I have quite some overlap in interest- and identity-wise with Sinclair, it should not be surprising I found so many stories in this anthology that tickled my fancy.
So here’s what the amazon page says about the book:
A mysterious warrior at the Renaissance Faire.
An elder reunited with a lost love.
A bottom with chronic pain.
A new play party for a long-term couple.
A fantasy speed-dating night.
A dress-up doll.
A femme gangbang…
Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 has it all!
Written by a refreshing group of individuals of various genders and sexualities, this arousing anthology explores identities and stories beyond the usual lesbian erotica. A diverse group of multi-talented authors explore a myriad of erotic delights: from fruit to silk scarves to spanking to whips, from the cozy home to the leather dungeon to the wrong side of the tracks. Award-winning editor Sinclair Sexsmith has put together a collection of varied sensual textures and flavors, but they all explore what it feels like to step fully into one’s own power, and feel deeply into one’s own body.
What made it so amazing for me, was that this was erotica I could see myself in. People with bodies like mine, identities like mine, pronouns like mine. Multiple times I read a story and ended up not only aroused but with tears in my eyes. Like the story where one of the people has chronic pain, and how her partner and her navigate this. The story about the threesome where one person is a trans woman, one a cis woman and one is non-binary (if I remember this correctly). The story in which a cis women gets together with someone who is coded as non-binary (using neopronouns), in which the specific kind of genitals xy have are not even mentioned.
If you’re queer, and even slightly into kink: Go. Read. This. Buy it now, or get (or request) it at your local bookshop or library. Put it on your kindle or bedside table, and take the plunge into this lovely set of amazing erotic stories. I already gifted a copy to one of my datefriends, and she won’t be the last I’ll be gifting this book to this year.