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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CLEIS PRESS; First Edition First Printing edition (24 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573446475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573446471
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Getting What you Want 19 Feb 2011
By Suki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rachel Kramer Bussel gives us what we want in her new collection of quickies, Gotta Have It. When there isn't much time, you've got to be a real master--of seduction, of knowing how to give it and get it without the luxury of lavish foreplay. These masterful stories show that getting what you want isn't boring: go ahead, let the stranger in the library bend you over the desk and grope you under your skirt ("Special Collections" by Fiona Curtis); tie your straight office mate up with the phone cord and suck him off while making him watch you get hard ("Jarret" by Shane Allison). But it's not all getting and having--there is artful delay here as well, abundance tempered by longing. In "Genesis" by Shanna Germain - the erotic is in the waiting, as student must wait for teacher to say when. This doesn't mean he doesn't get what he wants, however--or that we don't--as Germain shows us the erotic in the waiting, the power of seduction. And in "Don't Struggle" by Valerie Alexander, we get the hot sex, the delivery, but the erotic is as much in what hasn't happened yet, the "little dependencies" that will begin off the page. The psychological dimension of binding another to you, or of being bound, is as much a turn on as a feverish kiss.

This book is hot. My only complaint is that getting what I want made me so greedy that I didn't want the book to end.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex 2 Feb 2011
By Jennifer Gunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Riveting, seductive, smooth and silky...these are some words used to describe the new book Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex. There's everything from the Good Librarian to Godzilla in the pages of this book, it has so many ideas it becomes a constant page turner. So if you want an intense read from cover to cover pick up a copy of Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex today.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fast and furious collection of 69 sizzling shorts 27 Jan 2011
By Sue Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel manages with each collection to come up with yet another fresh challenge to erotica writers - and readers. This time she has limited contributions to 1,200 words. "gotta have it" gives us the best 69 of what she calls "sudden sex." But sudden doesn't mean partial or limited - it means fast and furious and hot.

From an innocent junior librarian's introduction to bondage literature (Special Collection by Fiona Curtis) to a phone sex message that messes with a man's mind (Red Light by Angela Caperton), we get fully realized stories that excite the imagination and other organs. Perhaps my favorite is My Femme by Evan Mora about the narrator's boifriend whose vintage teal-blue Corvette, known as The Femme, becomes the setting for a wild session. One of the best written stories (Need-Leash by Mike Kimera) has a married woman catapulted into an affair with a cruel lover saying, "It is not the betrayal or humiliation or the crippling tug of my need-leash that brings the tears," but rather her fear that "one day you will let go of my leash."

This collection is different from many of the other dozens that Bussel has done for it is not aimed at one sexuality, one fetish or one sexual specialty. It is inclusive of the full menu of erotic surprises. It's a great volume to dip into for that quickie - either private or not. Best of all, Bussel has created an encyclopedic volume of these sizzling shorties that still fits conveniently in one hand.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sudden and Surprising 27 Mar 2011
By L. Grayson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of erotica. Ms. Bussel is a name that has been a kind of stand up and take notice name. I have four of her previous anthologies, and they are all lush. However I must say I'm happy to see her chose a wider berth and range of authors in this one.

I suppose it illustrates the point of the book some of the best things are new and shiny.

The stories range from the typical quickie (short and full of sex) to the not quite so typical (lead up before going to a quick fade-to-black). This sort of range is a wonderful departure from other erotica compilations.

With the short-short story format, each 1200 word (roughly) story has to cut to the quick and does so admirably. The stories themselves are also great for a pick up and read almost at random with a quick flip through the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
High-quality erotica 1 Mar 2011
By Jennifer L. Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my first time reading anything written or compiled by Rachel Kramer Bussel, so I wasn't sure what to expect - I only knew that there is a lot of mediocre erotica out there. I was pleasantly surprised by this collection of short-short stories. Definitely better than just mediocre. No painfully awkward euphemisms for sexual anatomy, which is worth a lot in my mind!

For the most part, the stories are very well-written. There were a handful that simply didn't do it for me in terms of the author's writing style, but the positives far outweighed the negatives. One of the best things about this collection is that all 69 stories are under 1200 words, so it's easy to pick up and put down when you can't make the time commitment for longer chapters. Not to mention the fact that the heat level rises quickly and gets to the point without any contrived set-up. That's not to say there's no plot or story arc, because there is - another aspect that sets these stories a notch above the rest. I was surprised by the emotional depth encapsulated in so few words in many of the stories.

Regarding the erotic content, there's something for everyone in this collection: light bondage and BDSM play, stranger sex, public sex, the deep bond of long-term partners, and much, much more. Bussel has done an excellent job of structuring the anthology as well. The first story, Seven-Letter Word by Heather Lin, is fun and sexy, and it sets the tone so that you won't want to put the book down after just one story. The last story, Robert Peregrine's Vacation Pictures, has a unique voice that combines the erotic with a touch of humor and leaves you with the desire to flip back through the book the way you'd look back snapshots from your own favorite vacation to relive all the best parts. The first and last stories are among my favorites, and here are a few others:

Too Wondrous To Measure, by Salome Wild - fun, humorous, and inventive. You'd never expect Godzilla to show up in an erotica anthology, and yet this was one of my favorites by far.

Eat Me, by Marina Saint - It doesn't mean what you think it means. This is for anyone who's ever craved a burger with the same carnal urge as you'd crave your lover's body.

Downpour, by Elle - A sweet story that shows we only get more beautiful, confident, and sexy with age.

Intercept, by Burton Lawrence - Space sex! Need I say more?

Last-Time Lesbian, by Geneva King - This one will make you think, and not just about the sex. It addresses the difficult emotional dynamics in a transgender relationship.

Going Bald, by Craig J. Sorenson - Women can be their own toughest critics when it comes to their bodies, so I loved this story giving a male perspective on the beauty of the female form.

I liked this book so much, I will definitely be checking out other titles from Rachel Kramer Bussel. Highly recommended.
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