Lauren Dane’s sensational, insightful introduction opens this collection and sets the stage for these fiery stories featuring sex, steam and plenty of heart. Readers will recognize some favorite authors and hopefully discover some new writers while exploring these tales. Some selections aren’t quite long enough to explore the chemistry or draw out the tension in each of these relationships, but there is certainly plenty of emotion and passion in these pages. Best of all, these stories aren’t afraid to explore their characters’ fantasies and perfect moments. They also show that true love and real physical connections can overcome the toughest of times and bridge the most frightening gaps between two people.

From editor Kristina Wright comes the third collection of Best Erotic Romance, featuring stories from Victoria Blisse, Lucy Felthouse, Catherine Paulssen and some 15 more beloved names in the genre. From the sizzle of an unexpected fling, or the teasing banter of new lovers, to couples finding interesting ways to keep their romance alive or the heartfelt journey of married couples rediscovering an undying passion, these stories explore all the nuances of desire and true love in heart- rending, steamy detail. (CLEIS, Feb., 242 pp., $15.95)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown