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: Fulfill Me by Victoria Blisse

Fulfill Me by Victoria BlisseReviewed by Sandra Scholes

The Steamy Synopsis:

Why is it when you want to go out with some gorgeous guy, there’s always someone who wants to get in your way? This time though, it isn’t another woman, but a man. It is PA hottie Mike who stands between her and Nick Casey the star of top soap Dobson’s Digs. She wants him, that’s for sure, but is she prepared for how much she has to do to get him to go out with her? Who knows, but Mike isn’t about to let her have her way so easy – not when he wants him too.

The Dream Characters:

Nick: He’s the star of Dobson’s Digs, and isn’t a diva, which is amazing, but he is kind and generous to his friends. When he meets Caitlyn by accident, he finds he likes her, and wants to share some of his time with her, but only if he can slip away from Mike’s clutches – he does tend to be a bit of a mother hen and it annoys him, but not as much as it does her.

Mike: He’s the PA and bodyguard that comes between Caitlyn, and she doesn’t like him one bit, but she has to tolerate him if she wants to get anywhere near talking distance to Nick. He doesn’t like her at first either as she doesn’t understand how much of a big star he is or the demands put on him by his acting career.

Caitlyn: At first Caitlyn/Katy strikes you as a star struck fan of Nick’s and it reads as a bit disturbing, as though she is a stalker. She wants to know where he is, and buys his underwear off of E-bay – that’s the sort of woman she is, but Blisse doesn’t let her stay that way, she gives her an extra dimension that works throughout the book.

The Hot Result: At the moment, BDSM erotica has been made famous by the hype got by Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, but this novel has the added bonus of having MMF style romance put into the mix, making it more interesting – it adds that extra spice Shades of Grey doesn’t have, and as a result, it will have universal appeal. Blisse shows the two of them lead very different lives; Caitlyn’s isn’t as rosy as she would like as hers is pretty normal, while she sees Nick’s as a celebrity lifestyle, which it is, but he isn’t as caught up in the bright lights as she is. He can still keep his head, his rational mind above all the glitz and glamour.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Reluctant Romance: Guys and Girls Edited by Victoria Blisse

reluctant romanceReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is an erotic anthology.

Just One Date by AJ Jarrett

Lori is a waitress at a pizzeria. In walks Julian Garner. When he leaves, Julian gives her an interesting tip. This is the perfect romance in less than twenty pages. We get our sex fix but it comes at just the right time. And I don’t find that AJ forced the sex just to get it in. I look forward to see what else AJ has to offer. What a way to start off an anthology.

Come On You Reds by Victoria Blisse

This story is written in the first person.

Blake is Karen Bright’s boyfriend. They’re a very sexual couple. This is evident right from the beginning. They met at a conference and have been inseparable since. Victoria shows that even though a couple has differences, they don’t let that stand in their way of being together. You’ll love Victoria’s scene where Karen and Blake are “watching” a game. It’s full of innuendo between them and the commentator. You’re probably going “huh?” But when you read it, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. This is another great short from Victoria.

Just Desserts by Meg Wesley

Moira is at a gas station. She’s putting the moves on a guy looking at frozen pizzas. Sam’s not quite sure what to make of her. She gives him the surprise of his life. This touches on a subject that some may be uncomfortable for some but it’s done tastefully. AJ also leaves you wondering what happens next.

Little Bethany by Elyzabeth Va Ley

Malcolm is trapped in an elevator with Bethany O’Neal. He’s known her for a long time. They are on their way to a party. Bethany takes matter into her own hands. Elyzabeth has created a strong woman. She’s made Bethany a woman who doesn’t want to be what society says she should be. It’s a story that teases and leaves you wanting more. You don’t realize at the beginning that this is a time period piece.

Of Soup and Love by Julie Lynn Hayes

Annie Suarez is talking on the phone to her friend Toni. Vincent Jakoubek works for Annie and is hot as sin. He cares about how her work is going. And he’s younger than she is – what a fantasy. Romance by soup – Vincent is right up there with the romances with the pool boy. This was a great way to start to wind the anthology down with.

Just One Dance by Sara York

Layton is a bartender where Wendy works. Wendy has family issues that she needs to deal with. In the most personal way possible and no I don’t mean sex. Layton goes on to show Wendy how much he cares – and not just physically. Sara also reminds her readers that you don’t have to feel that you are alone. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help. Now I’m disappointed that the anthology is over. I wanted to read more about Layton and Wendy.

Usually when I read an anthology, I feel that they save the best for last – but not in this case. All the stories were great. If you only have a short amount of time, you can sit and read one story at a time. If you have longer, you will find that you won’t want to stop until you’ve read each story. I have read Victoria’s work before and I’ve never been disappointed. I’m sorry to say that the other authors are all new to me. At some point I will have to change that.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Making It Real by Victoria Blisse

Making It RealReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is told in the first person.

Mary is seen posting in a forum called ThirtySomething. She finds someone that intrigues her, William Blake. We see that Mary is part of the wait staff at a local café and William is a young successful businessman. She’s also trying to write a novel.

While trying to write, and post to the forum, Mary has a fantasy about William – it’s very hot and sexy. We find that their “relationship” is long distance – she from England and him from America. They’ve been corresponding for a while and then she talks him into having some cyber-sex – don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. Victoria writes one very hot scene there. It gets your own imagination going. She also surprised me in how she ended the scene.

There are a couple of sentences in the story where Mary talks about being an author. I almost think that this is actually Victoria talking. As a reader, we always wonder about the author that we’re reading.

There is a spanking scene within the story. If spanking is not your scene, don’t let that stop you from reading this story. It is very tastefully done. It will not offend. In any story that I have read of Victoria’s, her sex scenes are never over the top and don’t leave you wondering if that is even possible.

You will be surprised by a lot of the cyber-sex scenes by William and Mary’s alter egos. They will feed your romantic and hidden erotic side. It’s also interesting to see a little role reversal – you’ll understand as you read exactly what I mean.

Victoria writes in a scene where Mary and William have a picnic on a bed. It’s a very decadent scene. What a way to have a romantic interlude. It also may enrich your love life. This is also something I love about Victoria’s work; she certainly knows how to feed her reader’s imaginations.

She’s a great storyteller. Most of her female characters are Rubenesque but they are written for the women that are currently out there. They are not the thin model types that none of us can aspire to. We all have to love our curves.

Even though this is a story set around Christmas time, you could definitely change the setting to Valentine’s Day. It’s a story that you could read at any time of the year. Victoria also gives us a very surprising ending – totally unexpected. You will definitely want to read this story.

Rating: ★★★★½

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