Skin on Skin by Sunny, Jami Alden, Valerie Martinez

Aphrodisia

Contemporary Anthology

ISBN: 0-7582-1590-8

Reviewed by Sabella

   

 

“China Doll” by Sunny

Rand hasn’t really felt alive for a long time, but it’s time to wake up to life and the first thing that Rand is craving is the soft and sensual contact that he can only get from a woman.  Anna has been hiding for the last twenty years, but life has a way of changing you plans… As Rand and Anna intersect sparks fly, but will it burn out or last for a lifetime?

“China Doll” is an interesting narrative by Sunny as it has a different pace from the expected.  “China Doll” is a story that encompasses lassitude, sensuality and emotion to create a feeling of an old-time romance.

 

“Tempted” by Jami Alden

Lauren lusts after Tony in ways that a best friend should never even imagine.  However, when a family party requires that Lauren come up with a partner to pretend to be her boyfriend, Tony comes to her rescue.  But will they be able to keep it all a pretense or will their desires rage out of control?

“Tempted” follows the well-established storyline of best friends becoming lovers.  As is typical of these scenarios, Tony is a player that “sees the light” after spending some time in Lauren’s arms, while Lauren is the tomboy that does not appreciate her own sexual allure.  All in all, while the story and characters follow predictable patterns to reach the expected conclusion “Tempted” is a very steamy read that will entertain you.

 

“Hot Wired” by Valerie Martinez

Lola has come to San Francisco for the summer to have one last fling before she begins her professional life as a teacher.  But as Lola is on the prowl for a good time between the sheets she finds that some Princes are frogs and some frogs can really be Princes.  But which one is she getting?

“Hot Wired” is one raunchy tale about a Latina girl defying the traditional virginal role to experience all the carnal pleasures to be had.  Lola is flighty and hard to relate to as she spends all her time looking for sex and picking up men that are of dubious value.  Be warned that this story is really hot and bawdy and has a debatable HFN outcome.

 

Skin on Skin is a collection of tales whose female leads range from the girl next door to the hot chica you envy at the pub.  All three stories are undeniably erotic, moving from sweet and romantic to raunchy and lusty.  It must be noted, however, that none of these stories really shine or create a craving for more of the characters.  Also, “Hot Wired” has a dubious outcome that might not necessarily be interpreted as happy-ever-after or even happy-for-now.  Taken all together Skin on Skin is an indifferent collection of stories that will serve as a distraction, but not necessarily engrossing.

     

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