‘Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance’ is a collection of short stories from some of the finest writers in the erotica genre and is edited by Mitzi Szereto. But if you’re picking up this book expecting a light and airy read then you’ll be quite shocked.
As you may, or may not have gathered from the title, this book is about the darker side of romance. This is perfect for those amongst you who like a little classic monster in your bedroom fantasies; it’s definitely kinkier, than something like 50 Shades of Grey. And there’s even some stories in here which are quite taboo.
Needless to say there’s plenty on offer including vampires, automatons, werewolves and even, an extremely homoerotic encounter with famed author of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe.
Some of the stories are stronger than others and I found myself more drawn in when the story seemed more genuine and involving more human emotions than sheer wanton desire and lust. A particular favourite of mine was ‘Sister Bessie’s Boys’ by Gary Earl Ross, as it seemed to deal with respect, love and even, tones of loneliness. Whereas some of the other stories felt quite rushed and instead of building up an atmosphere to create anticipation felt very much like ‘quick lets get to the sex part straightaway’ – which for me, isn’t what erotica should be about.
If you feel your erotic reads are becoming a little stale then this comprehensive little novel will breathe new life into the genre for you, as I said it’s a little dark in places but who knows, you may just enjoy it.
Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance is published by Tempted Romance and is available for Kindle from Amazon.co.uk (RRP £7.20) and is also available in print (RRP £9.50)