The anthology kicks off with the story that gives the collection its title. Penned by Kate Dominic, it details the friendship between two college girls – the narrator, who’s sexually inexperienced but keen to learn whether other well-endowed women get as much pleasure from having ample breasts as she does, and lingerie-loving Jessie, who’s keen to show her that if masturbation is fun for one, it’s even better when a sympathetic girlfriend is involved. Dominic describes in luscious detail the feel of cashmere and silk against bare skin, and this story is ideal for those who like their sex hot and breathless, but with a healthy dollop of sensuality on the side.
In Pretty Red Stones by AM Hartnett, Ruby has walked out on her sugar mummy, Eve, after discovering her with another woman. But she’s become so accustomed to the finer things in life that she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to get them back, particularly if this means getting back in bed with Eve along the way. Personally, I couldn’t really get on with this story, well-written as it is, but that’s purely because I found it very hard to side with the gold-digging Ruby. You may well enjoy the dark, almost vicious strain of humour running through it.
More sympathetic, if equally downbeat, is Michael Bracken’s Small Change. Lonely diner waitress Kathy performs an act of kindness when she helps Ashley, who’s had a fight with the abusive partner she just can’t seem to walk away from. Offering Ashley a bed for the night, Kathy discovers for the first time the sweetness of female love, but can she really persuade Ashley she’ll be better off without her girlfriend?
If that’s all a little depressing for you, try the naughty but nice In The Chair by Tamsin Flowers. Sarah has a terrible fear of going to the dentist, but that’s before her best friend tells her about Dr Ashworth and his marvellous success rate with nervous patients. Sarah soon finds out that has less to do with the dentist himself and more with his gorgeous assistant, Ella, whose remarkable relaxation techniques have to be experienced to be believed.
More bad girls gone wild feature in Kitti Bernetti’s That Nagging Feeling. Gangster’s moll Naomi is out for one last night on the tiles before departing with her boyfriend to live off his ill-gotten gains in some foreign paradise. She’s sure she recognises the platinum blonde at the bar, but she simply can’t place her. But when the girl is clearly ripe for the taking, who cares? The story quickly develops into the steamiest of romps, and even if you guess the twist before the end, it won’t stop you enjoying the sex toy-riffic coupling between Naomi and her new friend.
As for my contribution to the collection, if you saw the quickie extract at the weekend (and if you didn’t, where were you?), you’ll know that The Party Platter sees Roseanne being offered a bizarre way of earning a little extra cash. She’s required to act as a human dessert plate at a banker’s birthday party, and her initial nervousness at lying on a table, wearing nothing but fruit, changes to something more intimate when one of the partygoers starts taking a special interest in her…
When Xcite bring out a collection where the loose theme is lesbian stories, or gay, or Rubenesque, you know you’ll be provided with as much variety as five or six stories can produce between them, and Voluptuous is no exception. Thoughtful, provocative and downright horny by turns, you can find out more about it here. Now, repeat the word ‘voluptuous’ after me, and watch the delicious way it makes you pout…