Review: Smut in the City by Lucy Felthouse and Victoria Blisse

smut in the cityReviewed by Sandra Scholes

Why This Type of Anthology: Different people have views on what is smutty, some think it is a bad thing full of thoughts of men in dirty mackintoshes holding brown paper bags full of pornographic material, but that isn’t always the case. If readers have seen comedy movies such as the Carry On ones, they will know that this type of comedy exists for those who understand and like it, and it’s just as fun as seaside postcards.

What is Smut in the City: This anthology wants to evoke the feeling of being in the hustle and bustle of the city, where the naughty leers and sensual looks from all around you are supposed to be the introduction to what would be a sensual, sexual affair, and this could happen anywhere in any city from a man or woman in a shop, store, office giving you one of those long, lingering stares, to a wink that could mean more than just a twitch. Urban fantasy is where it’s at with these stories.

Does it Live up to the Hype: For the most part it does what it says in the introduction, the stories are funny, creative, and sexy in a way that is fresh and new, but some of the stories are a bit slow to get going, and don’t seem to fit into the theme. My favourites are Lights Out by M.A. Stacie, Verona by Geoff Chaucer, and Saturday on a Tuesday by Giselle Renarde.

Outcome: I liked some of the stories, they had more fun and excitement than I expected.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Off the Shelf by Lucy Felthouse

off the shelfReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Annalise Berger is trying to take care of her sexual needs before she has to go to the airport. She’s a woman that travels a lot. I envy people that can travel all over the world. Her mother calls to give her some motherly advice.

Once Annalise is at the airport, she ends up in the bookshop. There she meets Damien. This is a sweet romance for Lucy. It had just the right amount of sex with just a hint of more to come. But Lucy has left me wondering.

In one scene there is a naked guy at the hotel that Annalise is staying at. Has Lucy left it that there is going to be a sequel? Is there going to be more for Lucy and Damien? You may want to stop by her web site, http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/, and see if you can find answers to these questions or to see what else she has written.

This is a perfect book to take to the beach or if you’re in between flights and you only have a little time in which to read. You want something that is going to grab and hold your attention from the first and until the very last page. You want something steamy and that will fuel your imagination. You can never go wrong when reading something written by Lucy Felthouse.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Review: The Cottage in the Woods by Lucy Felthouse

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is a F/F erotic short story.

Heidi is at the sink washing a bowl when she sees something out in her garden. Heidi lives in a little cottage far out in the wilderness. She finds that her nocturnal visitor is a fox. Something occurs as she goes out into the garden to investigate.

Ava has come to the cottage but we see that she’s injured. Heidi gives her a place to stay for the evening. Because this is a short story things move quickly between the two women. I found that this was more of a sensual story than an erotic story. I would have also liked to have seen more of the paranormal in the story.

If you are a fan of erotica you may be a little disappointed in not seeing more sex but remember that is what our imagination is for. If you’re looking for a sweet story where two women love each other than you won’t be disappointed. Being a short story, it may leave you wondering what happens between Heidi and Ava but you can create their ending.

If you have a short amount of time and you want a quick read, this would be a good story to choose. I have read a few of Lucy’s other stories and she never fails to grab my attention. If you are fan of the F/F genre you will enjoy reading The Cottage in the Woods.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Get into Bed with Lucy Felthouse (Author Interview)

Keira: Tell us about your newest release, The Cottage in the Woods, in 3 sentences. Make it hot. ;)

Two hot chicks. One cottage in the woods. Seriously hot sex mixed with sweet romance.

Lynn: Have you always wanted to write romance?  What made you decide to write erotica?

I write a mixture of erotica and erotic romance. Most of the time, unless I’m writing for a specific call, I just write the stories that come into my head so that’s what decides whether there’s romance or not.

I got started writing erotica on a dare. It was when I was at University and one of my friends dared me to write an erotic story. I did, then I took it back into University and let my friends read it – the ones in question were all guys. I think the story was well-received given the fact none of them would get up from the table for a little while!

Keira: Do you find that you write to your tastes or to what sells or both?

I mainly write to my tastes – I already write across several sub-genres of erotica/erotic romance and I’m always challenging myself to try different things, but at the end of the day, if I’m not enjoying what I’m writing, it doesn’t come out very well.

Keira: M/F, M/M, F/F – which is more fun for you to write?

I have a M/M WIP at the moment, and it’s taking me a while to get into it because I haven’t written in the genre before, so I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. But in terms of M/F and F/F, I don’t have more or less fun dependent on the pairing, it’s more about the story, really. I have fun writing most of my work because it’s what I enjoy doing.

Lynn: What made you decide on the topic of erotic literature and women for your dissertation?

I can’t really remember, to be honest. I suspect it was due to my growing interest in the genre, the fact I’d already been researching the market and I thought I’d put my knowledge to good use, dig deeper and use the information for my dissertation.

Lynn: Did you ever publish Sam and Katie’s story or was it just a piece you did for your friends?

It was only ever published online on my website. I look back at the story now and think it’s absolutely awful! But in a way, that’s a good thing as it must mean I’ve improved!

Lynn: How did you go from writing erotica to doing web design?  What is it that you like most about doing web design?

I got into web design because I wanted to run my own author website, rather than having to rely on someone else to make changes for me. I’ve always enjoyed using computers and figuring out how things work, so I basically taught myself everything I know about creating websites. I enjoy doing it because I like tinkering with things, building something that the client will be happy with and that I can see the end product of!

Lynn: What author’s work impresses you and why?

There’s no way I could name just one. I read in so many genres and admire so many authors that I couldn’t pick a single name. The traits that I enjoy in authors’ work are creating real page-turners, and stories that stay with you long after you’ve finished them.

Lynn: How has the internet and social networking changed the erotica industry?

It’s made it easier for authors to connect with readers, and one another. I’ve met so many great people online, and it’s great to have platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to chat to one another, share news, ask questions, and more. It’s an online support network where people help one another.

In terms of changing the industry, it’s given us solidarity and a way to share news and information quickly and easily – the recent PayPal fiasco being a good example.

Keira: What’s next on your agenda?

A million and one things! I have a few deadlines on the horizon for longer works, but I’m always trying to answer calls for submissions for short stories, too. My biggest aims this year are to be accepted by two publishers I really want to write for, and also to write the novel that’s been bouncing around in my head for the last six months or so.

Living in her remote cottage in the woods, Heidi doesn’t get many visitors. So when she spots a fox in her garden, she’s delighted. However, her joy quickly turns to dismay when she thinks the beautiful creature may be injured. Heading out to see how she can help, Heidi is astounded when something happens that makes her question her eyesight – not to mention her sanity. Once she gets over her shock and discovers the reason behind the peculiar encounter, Heidi is mighty glad that the fox chose her garden to visit.

More info and excerpt: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/the-cottage-in-the-woods/

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lucy felthouse

Lucy Felthouse is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, House of Erotica, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Review: Susie White and the Right Hand Man by Lucy Felthouse

Susie White and the Right Hand ManReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

The book starts off with a real hunk on the cover. He can be my right hand man anytime. This cover will tempt you to open the book and see what’s inside. Scott invites us to join him on a very sensual ride.

Susie is the owner of a confectionary company called “White Bites”. The story reads like a fairytale. Which one do you think it could be – keep in mind the cast of characters. She is seen participating in her father’s wedding when she sees him walking through the doorway. His name is Scott and he works for her new stepmother.

If you’re expecting an erotic tale, I’m afraid that you will be disappointed. But if you like to read a sweet romance with a smidge of suspense, than you will like this one. You’ll want to see what happens to Susie and Scott. If you don’t have a lot of time, this is a fast read and one that you can read over and over again.

Lucy also makes this a cliffhanger. Will this story continue? Will Lucy write another story based on a fairy tale? We’ll just have to watch to see what Lucy comes up with next.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Reviewed: Love Through Time by Lucy Felthouse

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Emily Stone is a book conservator who is sent to Westbury Manor to clean and conserve the book in the library. George is the hunky night guard who watches over the manor at night.

I love how Lucy describes Emily’s first glimpse of the library. You can almost picture the look of awe on her face when she sees all those books for the first time. You can just about see Emily drooling over what she’s seeing and then lovingly touching all the books she can.

As a romance reader, I would be in heaven if I went into that type of library and it was filled with all types of romance novels. You’d never get me out of there. All I would need is a nice fireplace and my imagination.

You have to love how Emily meets George for the first time – he’s not exactly what she was expecting. You have to envy Emily as she gets an eyeful of George. Oh, to be in her shoes. In using your imagination, who would George look like (if he could look like anyone)?

As Emily is going through her books, she comes across a photograph. It’s a photograph of the resident ghost, William Elliot. George and Emily decide to work together to help William move on. But we also get a story of who William is. It’s just enough to get us interested but it doesn’t overtake George and Emily’s story.

You can tell that George and Emily are very comfortable with each other right from the start. When they end up going back to his place, you can picture how impatient they become. I think Lucy planned it perfectly by having the sex come toward the end of the story. It helps to build our anticipation.

Lucy keeps right to the couple’s story without getting into a lot of their backstory. If you put in too much of a backstory, you lose your readers. She gives us a couple that do something more than just get between the sheets. You want to see the couple interact with one another – get to know one another. And she leaves us begging for more.

I was disappointed to see their story come to such an abrupt end. Did they stay together after Emily finishes her job at the manor? Do they go on to have other adventures or do they go their own separate ways? Does this mean this is part of a series? This definitely a short story you will want to read.

Rating: ★★★★½

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