Sunday, August 14, 2011
Crave: Tales of Lust, Love and Longing by Catherine Lundoff
Crave: Tales of Lust, Love and Longing is a collection of fifteen short stories of erotic encounters. They span different periods in history and cover a variety of topics. The reader will learn about new uses for strawberries and chocolate sauce, the joys of multiple simultaneous partners or anonymous sex and the prowess of women warriors. There are also cautionary tales about the dangers of sexual addiction, imaginary lovers and straight women who want to experiment.
There are a few stories that stand out from the rest. For those who like the supernatural, "Leader of the Pack" is about werewolves and the ties that bind one of the pack to the ultimate alpha female. Suspense lovers will enjoy "The Old Spies Club," where old Cold War enemies get to test all of their skills one more time. "Medusa's Touch" takes science fiction to a place where sensory suits have given a whole new meaning to personal relationships. "Wage Slave" deals with sex in the work place and "Heart's Thief" is the story of a thief who ends up stealing more than she planned on.
This is a book dedicated to erotica. If the reader isn't interested in sex in all of its manifestations, including "kink," the book will have limited appeal. Like any anthology, the stories aren't uniform in quality. Some are well written and really don't need the sex scenes to make them interesting. Others obviously only exist to showcase various sexual activities and would have been as effective simply describing those actions and not worrying with trying to wrap stories around them. At some points the stories verge on being boring, but the well written ones are sprinkled in at appropriate intervals to counteract the effect. For readers who need a shot of adrenaline or who enjoy reading about sex, sex, and more sex, this is definitely the book. Those who are looking for more depth to their stories may want to keep looking.