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A Is for Amour [Paperback]

Alison Tyler

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; First Edition First Printing edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573442631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442633
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.8 x 17.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,230,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A is for Love, or Illicit Sexual Encounter 3 Sep 2012
By Sir Charles Panther - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Editor Tyler opens her intro with three lines of song lyrics specifically evoking "love," then admits in the 2nd paragraph that "amour" is a "vague theme." Okay, that makes "amour" for her a synonym for love. Okay, by me, pretty much. I've always thought of "amour" as a deeply sensual one-on-one relationship stoked by equal parts infatuation and love, and plenty of lust. My amour is highly romantic, very long on physical setting, texture and anticipation, reveling in every single aspect of the relationship, and of being in love. It's candles, beaches, dark bedrooms and rich linens, lingerie and flowers, crimson lipstick and tweed suits, all that stuff and a lot more. Amour is the entire package, the enjoyment of bitter-cold winter nights, thrilling in the downpour, the smell of the sea, all because of that mutually recognized and treasured attraction and requited love, its pervasiveness and its deeply realized effect on both parties.

But just to be sure, I looked up "amour" to find that its primary definition is an illicit or secret love affair or sexual relationship. So, boys and girls, "amour" can be love, but not necessarily.

It's not clear which amour Tyler is capturing in this book. If you're coming at the book from the notion of romantic love, this little collection (12 stories in 129 pages, in a 5" x 7" package) will kind of get you there. If you're focused on the illicit sexual relationship, you'll probably get more out of it.

That is not to say the content is bad here, not so. It's just that the theme is tough to nail down, and you should have the right expectations coming in. The stories are varied, mostly man-woman, although you do get a few woman-woman and one man-man. There are a number of the stories that are very much about the illicit relationship, including some adultery (which struck me as pretty solidly trampling amour underfoot). There are a couple of stories for the hip and trendy, with mention of tattoos and piercings.

I particularly liked "The Blonde in 1812," a very creative tale of fantasy and how to keep a relationship alive and fun. Good on Jeremy Edwards for penning "her transcendent feminine grip" in "Le Petit de Jeuner," which got the closest to my idea of amour. Then along comes "An Ordinary Love," which is anything but, with scars, a razor, and him giving her a smack in the face. I get the point of their love, sure, but that's really not for me, and was not erotic. The closer, "My Sometimes Girlfriend," was pretty obvious from the opening lines, but still an interestingly told tale.

In one story a guy has a smell of "butterscotch and Parliament lights"--gack.

Bottom line: The stories are all pretty well done, nicely edited, with none of the horrible sex writing I've noted in other erotica collections. None of them are duds, and the variation is modest enough to cast a wide reader net without alienating anyone with something really wild. If you're looking for explicit depictions of love, sweet love, this collection provides a couple of winners, but a few that really don't match up. But if you're expecting tales of illicit sexual relationships, true amour, then you'll be plenty happy with this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, but fun read 12 Dec 2009
By Gradient Vector Field - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series of books looked like a fun and playful read, and that's basically what I got out of them. "A is for Amour" is a collection of short stories focused on the realms of passion. Each story is different and should speak to a wide spectrum of readers. In terms of intensity I don't think any of the stories really go very extreme, but stay more on the "softer" side of things, if that makes any sense. This is sort of what one would expect from a book titled "A is for Amour".

It's an extremely quick read though. I think I managed to read everything in about an afternoon. The one quibble I have with it is the price. I'm still up in the air as to whether it really warranted the ten dollars I spent. Granted there were multiple writers involved and I enjoyed the stories, but at only 132 pages, I feel I get a lot more bang for my buck (no pun intended) out of a novel for 8 dollars.

I would say only pick this up if it really intrigues you. I don't think many readers would be overly disappointed with it, regardless of their passion, but if you think you'd get more out of a novel, that's where I'd go first.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 diverse stories 27 May 2007
By E. B. MULLIGAN - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book when I saw that a favorite author had a story included - All about Us by Radclyffe. It's a fabulous and erotic story not to be missed.

Some stories will appeal immensely while others may not be your cup of tea. All are well written. At 132 pages, and reading a couple stories a day, the work week will pass quickly.

Contents -

Arran's Lure by Saskia Walker

Strings by Tenille Brown

An Unexpected Love Story by Brooke Stern

The Blonde in 1812 by Thomas S. Roche

Parker's Mustache by Jolene Hui

Le Petit Déjeuner by Jeremy Edwards

Sharing the Love by Tsaurah Litzky

Toys by Michael Hemmingson

An Ordinary Love by R. Gay

My Sometimes Girlfriend by Kate Laurie

Above You by Alison Tyler
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A" is for... A-mazingly erotic...! 3 Oct 2009
By Jason Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I swear if I keep reading these erotic collections so fast I'm going to explode with the internal sexual pressure. I've long given up trying to read short erotic stories on my break during my two minute siestas throughout the day. No, once I get my teeth into a good erotic anthology (like this one) I don't slack my jaws until I'm done. If this book would have been any longer I might have gotten lockjaw. My favorites:

Strings
All About Us
The Blonde in 1812
Parker's Mustache - my favorite
Sharing the Love
My Sometimes Girlfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! 15 Mar 2013
By Chelsea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Honestly if school, work, and life hadn't of gotten in the way I wouldn't have been able to put this book down! The thing I liked most though was the set up, if you couldn't read much you knew that all you had to do was make it thru one chapter because each one is a story.
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