Synopses & Reviews
The Ultimate Romance Reader
Sensual, sweet and a little bit spicy, this collection of amorous stories is a romance treasure, filled with fun surprises and unusual twists. Award-winning editor Kristina Wright explains, “I love a good love story, especially when it’s one wrapped up in a sexy red bow. Erotic love, the kind that makes your heart beat faster and does exciting things a bit farther south, is what xoxo is all about.” With over thirty top erotic romance writers, including Sommer Marsden, Kathleen Tudor, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Elizabeth Coldwell, Saskia Walker and Cheyenne Blue, these lustfully literary short stories are meant to tease you and please you. xoxo is a veritable candy sampler of delectable delights and inspired ideas to share at home with your sweetie.
"Three-dozen short-short erotic stories depict brief moments of sexual intensity in a collection that editor Wright (Duty and Desire) describes as 'a box of multi-hued candy hearts.' The majority of the stories feature established heterosexual lovers, reconnecting, as in Sommer Marden's 'Soldier Boy'; repeating the things they love best, as in Rachel Kramel Bussel's 'Puzzle Pieces'; or spicing it up, as in Elizabeth Coldwell's 'Miss Organized.' A few queer stories, like Sacchi Green's charming 'Gargoyle Lovers,' and a few casual first times, like Veronica Wilde's 'One Hot Wet Night,' broaden the focus a bit but seem slightly out of place. Well-composed vignettes with just enough setup provide a little inspiration for the reader who is hopping into bed alone, or for lovers reading aloud to one another to kick off a night together. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Well-composed vignettes with just enough setup provide a little inspiration for the reader who is hopping into bed alone, or for lovers reading aloud to one another to kick off a night together."
"If youre a Kristina Wright fan, this is another lovely collection. If youre just discovering her, then XOXO is a fantastic anthology to start with. No one does erotic romance like Kristina Wright."
City Book Review
"Erotic, romantic, and sweet and saucy!"
Hanging off the Wire
"These tales of sweet sexiness depict a wonderful range of encounters."
"Perfect for an afternoon delight, these are bite-size short stories, with several coming from the genres best-known writers."
Retail Me Not
"The bite size stories make for a fun pleasurable bedtime story foreplay for kinky readers to get into the mood."
La Crimson Femme
"The stories are a great length for sharing with a partner as an aperitif to some sexy fun. One or two and youll be ready and raring to go!"
Cara Sutra, reviewed by Victoria Blisse
"This collection of 38 short and sweet stories will both light your heart up and light it on fire."
Books a la Mode
"xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance is another fantastic anthology from Cleis Press. Thirty-eight contributions promise something for everyone: Married couples, friends to lovers, reunited lovers, lesbian couples, May-December, interracial couples, kinky sex, and exhibitionism, just to name a few."
Ms. Romantic Reads
"xoxo is the perfect book to share with that special someone."
"xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance is the perfect gift for your lover or even yourself. Packed full of romantic stories with a spicy twist, xoxo is an anthology thats sure to get you in the mood for a romantic evening."
"If you want to skip past the soap-opera stories and get right to the juicy stuff, then you should probably pick up Best Erotic Romance, the first anthology to offer stories where the sexual and the romantic are entwined. ... All the stories have an optimistic ending that will leave a song in your heart and a smile on your lipsthe passionate, emotional encounters will leave you breathless."
Erotic Readers and Writers Association
"A thought-provoking and entertaining gamut of tales that encompass all stages of romance. A wonderful range of stories that tell erotic tales of new love, the fears accompanying the start of a marriage, pregnancy, stolen moments from child-rearing, the antidote to stagnation in a relationship, the pain of broken dreams and the fear of commitment. A enjoyable reminder that romance and eroticism are synergistic and healthy elements of a relationship."
Night Owl Reviews
"They don't come much more wicked than Kristina Wright." (Erotica
"Kristina is a phenomenal writer... she has the enviable ability to tell a story and simultaneously excite her readers." (Erotica Readers and Writers Association)
"Kristina Wright knows how to spin a yarn that keeps the readercaptivated." (Coffee Time Romance)
"Kristina Wright is a gifted writer... [who] shows her talents to tell a powerful story with deft subtlety." (Erotica Readers and Writers)
"A budding force to be reckoned with." (The Romance Reader)
"She shows how sexy the simple exchange of words can be when in the hands of an accomplished author." (Erotica Readers and Writers Association)
"Kristina Wright delivers taut, breakneck pacing with snappy dialogue." (Book Page)
Sexy, sweet, and short, this collection of erotic romance is a box of Valentine conversation hearts, filled with fun surprises and unusual twists. With over 30 authors in the anthology and stories from Sommer Marsden, Kathleen Tudor, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Elizabeth Coldwell, Saskia Walker, and Cheyenne Blue, XOXO
is a Whitmans sampler of decadent delights and the perfect introduction to erotic romance.
About the Author
is an award-winning author whose erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over 75 anthologies, including three editions of Cleis Press Best Womens Erotica.
Her work has also appeared in Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica, Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women,
the Black Lace
collections Seduction, Liaisons,
and Sexy Little Numbers,
and five editions of the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica.
She also received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from RWA for her first novel Dangerous Curves.
She teaches English and Humanities and lives in Chesapeake, VA.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Love Bites
Soldier Boy Sommer Marsden
Anniversary Wrappings Kathleen Tudor
Because He Knows Her So Well Saskia Walker
Control A.J. Lyle
Unsnubbed Jeremy Edwards
Designated Driver Heidi Champa
Friend of the Court Kelly Rand
Ouch! Lily K. Cho
Steam Mariposa Cruz
The War at Home Giselle Renarde
By the Sea Angela R Sargenti
Gargoyle Lovers Sacchi Green
Best Friends Catherine Paulssen
Dirty Laundry Martha Davis
Night Moves Christine dAbo
Miss Organized Elizabeth Coldwell
When the Vacation is Over Annabeth Leong
The Tilly” Crown Affair Michael M. Jones
Gentle Teasing Raelynn MacDonald
Eighty Cupcakes Neve Black
Imagination at Play Brighton Walsh
In the Dark Heidi Champa
Bathroom Play Catherine Paulssen
Company Picnic Anya M. Wassenberg
Homecoming Jenna Bright
Steal the Key Amy Glances
Simmering Down Kathleen Tudor
Nailed Giselle Renarde
Perk of the Job Cheyenne Blue
A.M. Wood Rosalía Zizzo
One Hot Wet Night Veronica Wilde
The Distraction Louise Hooker
Connecting Flight Salome Wilde
Wild Naked Bandits Flee
the Square Conspiracy Nikki Magennis
Faded Goods Vida Bailey
Puzzle Pieces Rachel Kramer Bussel
Very, Very Well Kristina Wright