The Furry Future – Fred Patten (Ed)

Great writing, and not just for furries

The Furry Future edited by Fred Patten

This one isn’t romance, per se, and especially not erotica. But it is a great collection of SF that you should check out.

Some of the stories do have a romance theme, or at least subplot. The Analogue Cat  is a beautifully tragic romance, while A Bedsheet for a Cape in part explores the ramifications of romantic attraction between humans and intelligent, genetically engineered creatures.

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UNICORN: Horn of Lust – Cecilia Chase

Good writing, but story flags in comparison with the first

UNICORN: Horn of Lust by Cecilia Chase

While on the one hand, I appreciated that the author expands the universe of the first book, and creates actual characters, not just cardboard cutouts that are lined up to be had sex with, overall this installment of the series just seemed to drag. Nonetheless, the writing and characterisation are miles above the standard of most Kindle erotica.

And unicorn sex galore.

3/5

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The First Taste is Free (The Pixie Chix Book 1) – Zephyr Indigo

Clever and well written

The First Taste is Free (The Pixie Chix Book 1) by Zephyr Indigo

While the sex scenes are OK, the story is witty and fresh, the characters are engaging, and the writing is excellent. I’ll definitely be buying the next in the series on the strength of this free sampler.

Update: I bought the next in the series, and the sex scenes got even hotter, without sacrificing the story.

5/5

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Monstrous Lust: The Festival of Taboo Carnal Lords – E. M. Beastly

If Lord Dunsany had written porn, this would be it

This is a fascinating short, which mashes the genres of weird fiction, fantasy and erotica in a dreamlike phantasm. If Lord Dunsany had written porn, it would probably have been something like this.

Monstrous Lust: The Festival of Taboo Carnal Lords by E. M. Beastly

The dreamlike quality of the story also puts me in mind of Neil Jordan’s subtly erotic 1984 movie, The Company of Wolves – although there’s little subtle about the eroticism of “Monstrous Lust’ – and that’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!

The story is at once simple and weird – an ordinary mountains town slips into a dream-state where only a select company of the wild women of the town remain awake to greet the forest gods who move in, to celebrate their festival of lust.

And celebrate, they do. If weird monster sex is your thing, this story will do it for you.

4/5

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Charming: A Cinderella Billionaire Story – Sophie Brooks

A fantastic debut novel that goes above and beyond its genre

This debut novel from Sophie Brooks had me hooked from the first few paragraphs, and its charm (no pun intended), clever story and thoroughly engaging characters kept me turning pages as few other books have done in a very long time. This is not just one of the best romance stories I have ever read, it is an excellent book that exceeds its genre to be Just A Good Book, period.

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Old Habits – Tabitha Kiss

Settling down ain’t easy, but it sure makes a good story

Old Habits – Tabitha Kiss

What happens when bad boys and girls grow up? Tabatha Kiss explores the complexities of dealing with past lives in a small town, where nobody ever forgets, and everybody’s business is everybody’s business.

This is a tightly-written romance that grabs you from the get-go. The story was so good that I pretty much skimmed right through the sex scenes to find out what was going to happen next. Which is a pity, because they seemed pretty steamy!

I guess I’ll have to go back and read this book again, now that I know how it ends.

5/5

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