SKIN ON SKIN
With plots that include best friends falling in love and an older woman and younger man storyline, this spicy collection provides strong female characters and appealing men with quirks of their own. The sex scenes are smoking hot and very frequent, but the authors do not fail to capitalize
on sex as a means of emotional
intimacy, making sure that more than just bodies are involved in the union. While a traditional happy ending is not guaranteed, these stories still include satisfying conclusions.
Alden's story finds two best friends and co-workers "Tempted" by their hidden lust for each other during a weekend getaway in which they have to pretend to be more than friends. In Martinez's "Hot Wired," Lola is looking for some adventure during her summer in San Francisco and she may just find it with the sexy owner of a red pickup. Finally, Sunny's "China Doll" brings together two lost souls who yearn to put the ghosts of the past to rest and find pleasure with each other in the sizzling environment of Indonesia. (Aphrodisia, Jul., 352 pp., $13.95)