I adore Rachel Kramer Bussel. She is an amazing writer and editor. I own several books she’s edited and they’re all sexy as hell. So I was really excited when I had the opportunity to get a copy of The Big Book of Orgasms from her in exchange for an honest review. I received my copy several months ago and already wrote a review on Amazon, but it’s one of my favorites so I wanted to share my review of it here too.
There are 69 stories total (because of course), and there’s really something here for everyone. The writing style, characters, points of view, etc. are all so diverse. There are stories about straight and queer people, cisgender and trans* folks, vanilla and kinky sex, masturbation, couples, threesomes, and more.
Besides, the theme of this anthology is orgasms. Who doesn’t like orgasms?! Seriously though, out of all of the erotica books I’ve read, I feel like this one has the widest appeal because of the theme and because of the diversity of people and sex represented in the stories. I think this would be an especially great choice for someone just venturing into the world of erotica, since it’s kind of a sampler of sorts.
The stories are all pretty short, with a large majority of them being 5 or 6 pages long. I like that length because it allows the reader to get into the story and anticipate the climax (literally) and gives enough time to enjoy and savor it, but it’s short enough that you can read multiple stories fairly quickly.
I recognize the names of many of the authors but there are also quite a few that are new to me. Some of my favorite stories are The Gallery Exhibit by Chris Komodo, Do it Again by Sinclair Sexsmith, The Massage by Lady Cheeky, Piano Man by A. M. Hartnett, Out of Control by Crystal Jordan, and The Flogger by Jade A. Waters.1 These, and more, are stories I revisit often. They don’t get boring after the first read, or the second, or the third… They are just as exciting and arousing when I read them again.
THANK YOU Rachel Kramer Bussel for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review!