Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 – Sinclair Sexsmith (editor)

I’m a little out of my league with this anthology so I’m not going to review in details. Let’s just say it was interesting, troubling and enlightening. And hot, of course. I enjoyed the diversity of characters – trans women, older women, non-binary characters, characters on the autistic spectrum… – and situations. One of the stories is all kink and no sex, and it’s nice to see that kind of action included too.

My favourite story, the one that touched me the most, is Pleasure with Her Pain by Ada Lowell, in which one of the characters suffers from fibromyalgia. I loved how her lover finds ways to give her relief from the pain from the chronic illness so she can get back to the pleasurable pain their play used to bring her.

I wrote above how much I loved the inclusivity, another feeling I got was how these stories are essentially about intimacy and how each character relates to their own body (some learning to love them, others already – or still – very at ease with themselves). My main regret is the lack of trigger warnings. With such a variety of stories, you don’t know what you’re getting into when you start on a new one, and it might be a problem for some readers. Despite this, consent is always clear, trust is paramount, as is safety, and there’s a lot more love than I expected to encounter.

4-stars

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 @ Cleis Press

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