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Best Lesbian Romance 2013by Cleis Press
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Radclyffe, the Best Lesbian Romance series legendary editor and a bestselling romance writer herself, says it best: Love and romance may defy simple definition, but every story in this collection speaks to the universal thread that binds lovers everywhere—possibility.” In Radclyffes own Staying Power,” a farm boi falls for an older, blond equestrienne at the horse ranch. A tryst with a gorgeous masked stranger at an Exotic Masquerade” boosts the confidence and desire of a married couple in L.T. Maries charming and surprising tale. Seeing and being seen is the subject of Catherine Paulssens Life Drawing,” in which a ravishing artists model turns looking into longing and perhaps something more. Heart-melting love stories from Cheyenne Blue, Andrea Dale, Charlotte Dare, Sacchi Green, Anna Meadows and more. These are tales to read and fall in love by, all year long.
"Despite the 'Best' title, most of these stories are both previously unpublished and competently built but not particularly notable, lacking the narrative punch that romantic vignettes need to create character, build tension, and satisfyingly release it in such a short format. The strongest pieces are Sacchi Green's 'Sgt. Rae,' which dances through themes of military dominance, power, and disability in an intensely erotic eight-page package; Joey Bass's 'Color of Autumn,' which probes the inside of a schoolgirl fascination; and Andrea Dale's 'The Last Rays of the Summer Sun,' a hilariously sexy game of forfeits that captures the playfulness of a happy longtime couple. Longtime author and editor Radclyffe (Crossroads) has created a very safe, unchallenging collection for mainstream lesbians looking to see themselves in gentle stories of women who win love when they become brave enough to take a chance." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Radclyffe is on a mission: she wants to rock your world every single year. And she does. We marvel at every year's batch of annual excellence. Swooningly romantic, shudderingly erotic, poundingly good prose that will tug at your heartstrings (etc) at the beginning of every single year, or every time you open the volume.
Love stories from Cheyenne Blue, Andrea Dale, Charlotte Dare, Sacchi Green, Anna Meadows, Radclyffe, and others span the tumultuous, exhilarating roller-coaster ride of romance, from the breathtakingly discoveries of new passion to the poignant depths of a shared lifetime. Love, newly minted or aged like fine wine, is ever young at heart—savor the pleasure of romance with Best Lesbian Romance 2013.
About the Author
Radclyffe is an award-winning author of numerous lesbian romances and received the 2003/04 Alice B. Toklas award for her body of work as well as a Lambda Literary Award. She is a member of the Golden Crown Literary Society, Pink Ink, and the Romance Writers of America. Previously combining a full-time private clinic with writing books, she has since retired from medicine to devote herself full-time to writing and running her publishing house Bold Strokes Books. She currently resides in Upstate New York.
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