cover image Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 6

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 6

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Cleis, $16.95 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-62778-301-9

Twenty fan-favorite authors serve up tantalizing treats in this anthology of bite-sized erotica focused on female pleasure. There’s not a clunker in the bunch, but standouts include Elizabeth SaFleur’s “The Escape Room,” about a resort-owning dom and his devoted wife/submissive testing out a new game; Naima Simone’s “Inked on My Skin,” which casts a tortured tattooist who blames himself for a violent attack on his best friend’s sister as its romantic hero; and Shelly Bell’s “New Year’s Chance,” which reunites a woman with her high school crush. BDSM makes frequent appearances, recurring in Leah W. Snow’s “Change of Season” and Margot Pierce’s “Calyx,” while “Inflated Egos” by Evie Bennet and Alexis Wilder’s “The Instruction Manual” explore their heroines’ fetishes. Some variety comes in Zoey Castile’s “Far Side of the World,” an irresistible travelogue, and Jeanette Grey’s “Adult Time,” about a quickie between new parents. Fans of erotic romance will eagerly devour this scorching, well-selected anthology. (Dec.)