Xcite books publish erotic anthologies and novels that are available online and on the high street. If you are a regular reader of Erotic Buzz you will have seen some of their output reviewed here before. On the whole their books are at least good and often very arousing, but I have to say I approached their Christmas 2009 offering “Seriously Sexy, Stocking Fillers” with some trepidation. Themed anthologies can be a bit variable in quality and if the stories don’t flow and feel like just another sex story with jingle bells attached it does jar and negate the sexual elements.
I dug in to the twenty stories by 19 different authors and this is a taste of what I found …
Some of the stories seem just too short, I don’t know if they have been heavily edited but as an example I’ll use Emily Dubberley’s “The Perfect Meal”. A well written piece, but only 7 pages long it describes the anticipation and foreplay so well, then less than half a page from the end of the story we see two paragraphs of actual sex and that’s that. I wanted the story to carry on and the climax to do justice to the build-up, but it didn’t.
Some of the scenarios are quite different. Elizabeth Coldwell’s “Filling her stockings” is one of the longer stories at 9 pages and tells a story of cross-dressing and sissification while maintaining the masculine and feminine roles in the man and woman respectively. It’s fun and so well done that I can see a few surprised boyfriends being cajoled into stockings this Christmas.
“The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come” reworks the classic Dickensian Christmas story into a modern office setting. At twelve or so pages it is one of the longer stories, but as with much of this book I found myself wanting to read more of the voyeuristic Zara’s visions.
The final story “Candy Cane Thrills” was a bit of a low point, not least for a piece of dialogue that made me roll my eyes.
“You like that, you little cock-sucking Santa slut.”
“Oh, yea baby! Shove that candy cane deep in my pussy!”
Yes, this is erotic fiction but that simply doesn’t sound real to me and that lack of plausibility kills the story.
Seriously Sexy was a better read than I feared. OK some of the stories were a little short, indeed a little short on erotic content, but there are a few gems in there. The final piece “Candy Cane Thrills” was not for me at all and the lines I quoted above were particularly clichéd but that is my personal taste and I’m sure there will be readers who adore the Über-slut talk. Seriously sexy has something for everyone and most people will get along with most of the stories. There are some nice scenarios, just a pity about the ones that simply didn’t work.
The book could be improved by fewer, slightly longer stories, or by selecting themes that work better in shorter stories.