My Hot Teacher by Isabella Johns

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My Hot Teacher by Isabella Johns

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Micro Review: There’s an interesting immediacy and honesty to the writing voice of this Young Adult novel. It may not be ‘super literary’, but the protagonist’s narration managed to charm us nonetheless. Non-taxing and pleasantly steamy, it would make an ideal holiday read.

Description: What happens when a college senior finally meets the man of her dreams and he happens to be her new, young, totally hot English professor? Celine vows that senior year will be different…when she finally reinvents herself as someone secure, sophisticated, and sexy! After encountering the exquisite fineness of Professor Beard, she’s sure that this will be her time. With an unusual boldness, Celine sets in motion a journey of erotic self-discovery with her new teacher, who is not only handsome and kind, but masterful and seductive, a man, not a college boy, someone capable of releasing the smoldering passion that has been buried within her for so long. But Celine also needs a man who can love her back with the same intensity she feels for him. Is the Professor the one? Their burning connection gifts her with the confidence to go for it in a way she never thought possible. An epic, romantic journey of lust, love, and bliss…MY HOT TEACHER!

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EcoErotica by Selena Kitt

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EcoErotica by Selena Kitt

 

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Micro Review:  Ecologically sound and environmentally hot-as-Hades! This collection shows the quality of Selena Kitt’s writing, as she checks her trademark taboo kink at the door, in favour of languidly painting with deep, rich colours that slowly build fire and develop understanding, as our protagonists discover moments of true connection that sizzle with a sensuality not seen enough in modern writing. This collection of stories melds the world of humankind with the environment to touch on what joins us all. A warning though: don’t expect an HEA with all of these.

Description: 2009 Eppie Award Finalist. In this tribute to nature and the environment, Selena Kitt pays homage to Mother Earth’s beauty and grandeur — and her conservation. Who else could tackle topics like global warming, strip mining, animal endangerment and environmental toxicity, all while making them hot, hot, hot?

This anthology includes seven sexy and environmentally provocative stories that will rock your world—and arouse and raise more than your environmental awareness.  Stories include: The Break, Cry Wolf, Genesis, Law of Conservation, Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice, Paved Paradise and bonus story Core Deep.

Tell Me a Story by Tamara Lush

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Tell Me a Story by Tamara Lush

 

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Micro Review: She had us at the mention of ‘Moliere’ on page 1. Sassy banter interwoven with enough description to make us care about the protagonists, this one is an enjoyable, sexy, intelligent romance.

Description: A modern-day fairy tale of lust, love and temptation; marriage, memory and destiny. A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat. Pages turn and sparks fly when Emma, a bookstore owner and writer, meets a mysterious, wealthy developer named Caleb at a literary event in Orlando. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. They feel the effects and Emma wonders what kind of lover Caleb is. The couple begins to spend every available moment together. Can Emma trust him with her life, or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart? Find out what happens when their idyllic relationship faces the ultimate test, and Emma must rely on inner strength to get through. The stakes are high.

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor)

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor)

 

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Micro Review: Imaginative, high-heat, high-quality erotica. Varied stories that span the globe, but all have in common the heated bliss of finding a human connection, mind and body.

Description: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 gives us fierce female passion, timeless love, and lustful encounters that are guaranteed to fill you with utter delight. Edited by the award winning Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy stories about women on the prowl span the globe, traveling from Peru to the Bahamas and beyond in pursuit of pleasure. Learn why “Teacher Appreciation” is so special, what sex is like “At the End of the World,” and explore some very explosive “Volcano Nights.” These unforgettable erotic tales by the top authors in the genre as well as newcomers will arouse and thrill readers looking for a hot time between the pages.

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Ripping the Bodice by Inara Lavey

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Ripping the Bodice by Inara Lavey

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Micro Review: It may not be high art, but with tongue firmly planted in cheek, this is sure to wrench a chuckle from anyone familiar with bodice rippers.

Description: Got sex and romance on the brain? So does Cassandra Devon. She also has hard-boiled private eyes, dashing pirates, jet-setting super spies and other sexy rogues entertaining her in her surprisingly explicit subconscious. All these erotic daydreams make it hard to stay focused on Cassandra’s current dilemma: namely, rebuffing the advances of Connor, a wild Irish rascal who wants to play the starring role in her fantasies. Cassandra is only interested in getting together with Raphael, the tall, dark and handsome man of her dreams. May the best romance hero win! Walter Mitty meets Erica Jong in this wickedly funny and sexy hot comedy-romance.

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Bewitched in Budapest by Justine Elyot

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Bewitched in Budapest by Justine Elyot

 

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Ruby had no idea what to expect from her trip to Budapest, but a strange man in her bed on her first night probably wasn’t it. Once the mistake is ironed out, though, and introductions made, she finds herself strangely drawn to the handsome Hungarian, despite her vow of holiday celibacy. Does Janos have what it takes to break her resolve and discover the secrets she is hiding, or will she be able to resist his increasingly wild seduction tactics? Against the romantic backdrop of a city made for lovers, personalities clash. They also bump. And grind.

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Roadhouse Blues by Malin James

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Roadhouse Blues by Malin James

 

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Welcome to Styx—a blue-collar, American town where people can do whatever they like, so long as they don’t advertise. From a 1950s diner to the back of a rocking Camaro, the stories in Roadhouse Blues reveal sex that is by turns romantic, raw, triumphant, and desperate. Meet two women grieving the same man, a bartender looking for anything but love, and a hot, brash newlywed who knows she married a cheat. The local garage is run by a kick-ass woman who gives as fierce as she gets, and the strip club is a place full of whiskey and smoke, where memories are exposed as easily as skin.

“In the end,” writes author Malin James at lnbey.com, “sex is about people, and people have motivations, and sometimes those motivations surprise them.”

This is Roadhouse Blues. Surprise is just the beginning.

 

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Elly May, Peggy Hole and Genre Diversity

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I’ve always found the concept of books having to fit squarely into set ‘genres’ difficult to stomach – much as I don’t like being reduced to a homogenised category myself. Back in high school I resented the reductionism of ‘oh, she’s a nerdy, brainy, teacher’s-pet type, so she must be hopeless at sport, clumsy as a gazelle in a doll’s house, and about as sophisticated as Elly May Clampett.’

It’s the same with books.  Why does fitting in one genre automatically preclude a book from being in any other?  Why can’t I read a detective-driven murder mystery written in a thoughtful ‘literary’ style?  Why does acceptance into a certain genre mean a book must adhere to all of that genre’s cookie-cutter conventions – and woe if it should fail to meet those requirements – or worse still – step beyond those boundaries!

I understand that purveyors of the written word need some sort of system in order to ‘shelve’ items so each book’s ideal readers can find them – even in a world where the solid mahogany of an heirloom bookshelf has given way to non-tangible ‘virtual shelves’, but surely a book shouldn’t HAVE to fit squarely into just one round hole? Surely a little wriggle room so square pegs can jostle around a little or span several holes of various shapes and sizes, should be able to be accommodated in this PC-conscious, celebration-of-diversity modern world?

Why are books not allowed to be eccentrically-individual complex amalgams?  Why can’t a book be both sci-fi and chick lit?  Why can’t a book be both literary and cozy mystery?  And why on earth is any book that has a romantic central story arc required to adhere to specific ‘beats’?  (And if any the genres I’ve quoted truly are mutually exclusive then that just shows how very confused I am about what each genre label means!)

During the course of selecting which books to include on cleverotic.com, it became wonderfully apparent what a varied scope of books are written, even when you just ask for two criteria in a work of prose – that it be clever and that it be erotic!  The books here have diverse settings, eras, protagonists, quests, even ‘genres’, yet they still manage to be beautifully, individually cleverotic.  And many (if not most) all defy the conventions of their so-called genres.

I love that individuality.  I love that these authors have written something truly smart and sexy, even when it doesn’t fit the typical ‘romance’ mould.

As someone who would have been labelled square by my ‘cool’ (which means ‘hip’, you youngsters) high-school peer group, I wish that my square books could be allowed to fit in whatever hole they seem to fit. Books – like we people – can be complex things, but I firmly believe they should be viewed holistically (rather than hole-istically)!

Not everyone wants to read the same old thing.  Let’s celebrate our literary diversity with as much pride as we do our genetic diversity, and allow our genres the flexibility to accept new ‘minority refugees’ into their midst.