Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ARC Review: THE DEVIL'S DOORBELL by Anne Calhoun

The Devil's Doorbell
by Anne Calhoun, Megan Hart, Christine d'Abo, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, Delphine Dryden, and M. O'Keefe 

A woman's pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained.
Some say the clitoris is the devil's doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch...

It's time to ring the bell.
Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

In the Garden by Anne Calhoun
Exact Warm Unholy by Jeffe Kennedy
Red Leather by Delphine Dryden
Drowning on Dry Land by Megan Hart
Devil in the Dark by Christine d'Abo
London Calling by Megan Mulry
We Are All Found Things by Molly O'Keefe (writing as M. O'Keefe)

Take a little walk on the wild side and enjoy the empowerment and freedom of exploring The Devil's Doorbell.   With stories from some of my favorite erotica authors, the writing in this anthology is lush, appealing to the senses, and poignant. The characters are vulnerable and yet, by choosing to come out of their shells, they are empowered.  I'm especially moved by Jeffe Kennedy's "Exact Warm Unholy" story.  It's about a woman whose tries on various identities as she struggles to find out why her marriage didn't work.  She is trying to find her own skin and engages in sometimes risky behavior.  Admittedly, I worried for her at times.  She soon discovers that the identity that best suits her is her own.  

The other stand out story to me is M. O'Keefe's, "We are All Found Things."  No one writes vulnerability like M. O'Keefe.  Luka Samuelson has the innocence of a little boy and the body of a bad ass.  Because he is raised "off the grid", he is a little awkward in social situations. Having survived a very public trauma, Luka is especially introverted.  Rennie Hernandez is a sculpture who is used to closed people and spaces.  It takes a long time for this couple to overcome their obstacles, but it is a sweet union.  

The anthology format is perfect for this series.   It is easy to pick up this book and savor one story at a time for a little afternoon delight.  

Thank you to the authors for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.  

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