Naughty Bits 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the successful debut volume from the editors of SPICE BRIEFS, delivers nine unapologetically raunchy and romantic tales that promise to spark the libido. In this collection of first-rate short e
Naughty Bits 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the successful debut volume from the editors of Spice Briefs. It contains sexy novellas from the biggest names in erotica: Jenesi Ash, Portia Da Costa, Charlotte Featherstone, Lillian Feisty, Cathryn Fox, Megan Hart, Lisa Renee Jones, Elliot Mabeuse, Alison Paige and Saskia Walker. With just under 400 pages of raunchy storytelling, this book is bound to get you hot under the collar!
The stories' themes are all very different, ranging from spanking to sexy priestesses and goddesses to IT technicians. In some anthologies the quality of writing varies, but Spice Briefs have clearly chosen the best of the best to nestle between the covers of Naughty Bits 2. Every tale has smouldering tension followed by scorching hot sex scenes.
My favourite tale was Primal Instincts, penned by Cathryn Fox and Lisa Renee Jones. In brief (as I don't want to give much away), the story deals with two female scientists who are on the hunt for a certain plant, whose powers they believe have the power to change medicine, and the world. However, it's only rumoured to exist. The girls go off hunting it and find it does in fact exist, but is heavily protected by the people on whose land it grows. On questioning the protectors' motives in keeping it secret, the girls are given a taster of its powers... turns out its an incredibly powerful aphrodisiac. I won't tell you what happens next, but rest assured it's suitably smutty!
I can't recommend Naughty Bits 2 highly enough. The cover price is at the higher end of the market, but the quality of writing is superb and the book will keep you busy for a good while. It's also good enough to make it a 'keeper' - i.e. a book that will stay on your shelf to be read again and again! Grab it now!
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This is a real-book publication from the relatively new Spice Briefs line, the Harlequin dip into the online/e-reading erotica pool.
Spice Briefs describes its product as "bold, sexually explicit [work] that pushes the envelope...highly erotic short stories...exploring any and all sexual scenarios, even ones considered `taboo,' and [which] avoid using euphemisms in favor of the frank, graphic language typical of the erotica genre." Sure, I get it: raunchy. Nothing wrong with that. This book basically delivers on its product line descriptive. It's direct, anatomically and activity-specific in vocabulary, sufficiently graphic, and uses all the right dirty words (although I couldn't help notice some classics were surprisingly scant) in most of the right places. And at its core, the Spice Briefs product is a Harlequin, so it essentially is by and for the female reader. While chromosomally challenged in this regard, I did manage to squeeze a modicum of enjoyment from this collection.
"Chance of a Lifetime" (excerpted above in the Amazon.com product page) opens the with a surprisingly tame and sadly stereotypical tale of bored/naughty/prim Rose, his lordship the marquess Christian, a manor in English rain, dusty rooms with lots of books and worn carpets, thick drapes, some spanking, and in the end some really sappy happily ever after.
"The Priestess" is a change of setting, off to ancient Egypt. It's a change of pace, too, with the erotic action of the story finally coming 28 pages into its total of 36. Way too much ambience and attention to weather, clothing, and makeup, and not nearly enough boinky-boinky.
"Taken" gets things mostly back on track, with a tale of professional chef Chloe and her eminently successful three-way hook-up with two achingly gorgeous--and neatly bisexual--male colleagues. The men's sexuality is interesting in that its portrayal is somewhat euphemistic, and the wildest the two of them get is one hot kiss (I have to conclude a full-on three-way with two guys and a girl doesn't fit the product demographic). Chloe is the real beneficiary here, naturally.
"Favor Me" is a tidy little murder whodunit, with our kept-woman heroine Amaris performing a few rather non-standard investigative procedures, all in the name of love, her love of money. She's smart, everyone else isn't, there's a hot bodyguard, she figures out who offed her go-to lingerie designer, and she's still scheming as we close out.
"Medusa's Folly" is the best of the book, a ripping-hot tale of the goddess, and how she meets her match, in more ways than one. It's creative, interesting, wonderfully graphic and thoroughly unabashed, a ripping-hot little story.
The best is followed by the worst. "Primal Instincts" is pretty awful, not in its premise of the search for a magical jungle flower, the most powerful aphrodisiac in the world, but in its ridiculous portrayal of Mayan "warriors" who speak fluent English, in a subterranean cavern, fitted with fur rugs and footed marble tubs, deep in the Central American jungle. Basic facts don't match up, settings are inaccurate, and the characteristics of the wonderfully beautiful, thoughtful, bold, smooth of body, athletic, muscular, warrior-like, gentle yet rough, agreeable yet demanding, long-haired, wondrously endowed behind mrere loincloths--stop me if you've run across this trite stereotype before--were just awful. When the chiseled jungle-cave-warrior-priest-Mayan-stud says to the lovely Olivia, "I want to taste your cream," I groaned out loud, and not from arousal. This story had promise, but it evaporated pretty fast, and stayed dry.
"This Is What I Want" tells the tale of a ribald blogger working as a customer rep for an IT company, who cuts loose amazingly sexily online at home, but has a secret work-crush who can never be approached. You know where it's going, it goes there, and with an indulgent dollop of self-serving melodrama things work out okay. The highlights of this story were the narrator's own little blog posts/stories, which were very nice.
"Improper Pleasure" is another English period piece, with oh so very repressed feelings and overblown drama over class and place and role, right down to E. B. Browning poetry even. Dull and maudlin.
The closer, "Caught in the Act" is another whodunit, again set in an IT business, where our heroine, tough, independent, hard on the outside yet ragingly erotic in her soft, velvety nougat center, helps a private, ahem, dick catch a thieving insider.
While somewhat spicy, these stories don't really go taboo, not even close. The wildest we get is some spanking, two hot guys kissing, and some disappointingly pedestrian handcuff use. "Primal Instincts" flirts with a highly promising absolutely wild and consensual group-sex encounter, but it totally fizzles. Overall, this book's novellas seem to be trying to find the delicate middle ground between truly raunchy adult fiction, where anything goes (and does), and the milder adult fiction, which has the requisite nekkid people performing healthy sexual activities in warm and inviting environments as the mood strikes them, but doesn't get too, you know, out of hand.
Bottom line: this is passable erotic fiction. While a couple of the stories are well-worn (yawn) bodice-rippers set in Victorian Britain, a couple of them start to push the envelope, but don't push that hard. Let's hope that as the Spice Briefs product line matures, the stories will be more creative, deeper, and considerably more in keeping with their own stated intent.
Well, quite frankly this is a book about nothing but getting right down to the dirty deed itself. For that reason I really liked this book. Honestly I find myself dismissing most bodice-rippers because the story-lines and dialog are so meandering & improbable I'm instantly annoyed and find myself paging thru to the "Good parts". So anthologies like this are a very good fit for readers like me.
The Naughty Bits does not disappoint on that score, most of the stories disregard the standard set-up for a story and plants the reader right into the situation - no matter it's probability it doesn't matter when one is only in it for the grinding. The only thing readers like me will consider is the quality of the grinding and erotica, like everything else in life, is subject to personal taste.
Overall, I would like to rate this anthology 3 and 1/2 stars. There were fewer stories than I would have liked to fit my personal tastes. However - the stories I liked, I REALLY Liked! And since I am aware that this is strictly a "to-each-their-own" collection I am not going to single out and pick on/praise any one author. I will only add, that for those of us who are in the mood to put romance aside and get right down to it - well then, there is most definitely something in here for everyone.
This book, for the most part, is an absolute delight. It reminds me of a box of sinful chocolates -- when you open the box, you promise yourself that you're only going to eat one and save the rest for later. But the first chocolate is so good, you eat another, and then another, and before you know it the entire box is gone. That's how it was for me when I sat down with this book of short erotic fiction. When I got home from work, the Amazon box was at my door waiting for me. Well, my husband and I are serious bibliophiles with eclectic tastes ranging from military history to Hawaii field guides to gourmet cooking. Thus, I had no idea what would be in this box.
When I opened the box and found "Naughty Bits," I was intrigued. The first story I turned to was "Medusa's Folly," and as luck would have it this is probably the best story of the group. It has odd main characters: Medusa and a stone gargoyle that comes to life. I thought this was a wonderfully original story and I loved the relationship between these two. Plus, who would ever think of a love story from Medusa's perspective? Nice work there.
I also really enjoyed "The Priestess," set in ancient Egypt, and "Favor Me," a fun & sexy murder mystery. Stories that didn't work quite so well for me included "Chance of a Lifetime," a story about an English peer and a woman who is supposed to be an employee of his. Turns out he is into spanking, which is fine, but the erotic story quickly devolved into a sort of sickly sweet romance, and it was an odd juxtaposition that felt forced. Another tale that was a bit off was "Primal Instincts" which I'm not even sure how to describe. Suffice it to say that loin-cloths and native warriors were involved, but so were marble tubs and oddly kitted-out sex caves. These two tales were kind of like biting into a chocolate and finding one of those too-sweet maple walnut affairs. It's still chocolate, but kind of disappointing and leaves you with a weird aftertaste. Meh.
Erotica is a funny thing, though, in that different kinds of stories will appeal to different kinds of people. "Naughty Bits 2" is a good anthology, a diverse collection where even the stories that didn't quite resonate with me were still enjoyable to read, and before I knew it I had zipped through the entire book. I thought it was a lot of fun, and that in general the actual "naughty bits" were well written. Truly something for everyone here, perfect for a spicy, fun read. Enjoy, but not necessarily in moderation!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Somewhere between bodice-ripper romance and Letters To Penthouse20 Aug. 2010
Well-written stories, nicely presented. Not as much smut as you might expect from a book of erotic fiction, but more than you would find in a traditional romance.
I'm sure a lot of readers would love this particular niche, but it wasn't to my taste. I found the not-quite-romance, not-quite-erotica nature of the stories distracting. At the end of the story, I was often left thinking, "This marriage is never going to work." Which is silly, of course, but there's just enough character development and realism that I was left thinking about things like that.
Chance of Lifetime by Portia Da Costa - Rose falls for her boss, a poor marquis. They begin an affair when he catches her watching one of his private videos. 4 STARS: Good story. It was spicy and romantic.
The Priestess by Elliot Mabeuse - Tia becomes a priestess and is immediately desired by the Pharaoh's son. 2 STARS: Boring and a bit confusing.
Taken by Lillian Feisty - Chloe is a chef. Fellow chefs and lovers Joe and Walker are in town to visit her. 2 STARS: If you like reading about menage, maybe this is for you. Considering that that's the main them, and there is no real plot, it really wasn't very interesting or, surprisingly, stimulating.
Favor Me by Jenesi Ash - Amaris is a rich man's mistress. The designer of her lingerie is murdered the day of her fitting. 2 STARS: The main character's motives are always driven by greed, selfishness and laziness. How is the reader supposed to like her?
Medusa's Folly by Alison Paige - Medusa finds love with a stone gargoyle. 4 STARS - Magic and love at first sight. This one's interesting and good. If you enjoy Greek myths, you like this one.
Primal Instincts by Cathryn Fox and Lisa Renee Jones - Olivia and Jordon seek the estela flower on a safari. It is a fabled powerful aphrodisiac the doctors hope to use to develop cures. 3 STARS - Part of the story is told from Olivia's point of view and part of it is told from Jordon's. Split between two characters, there's not much room for character or story development. This one has a bit of a multiple sex partner theme, but not to the extent of Taken.
This Is What I Want by Megan Hart - Eve writes a blog about her fantasies which often are fueled by her co-worker Lane. 1 STAR - Mostly filled with Eve's boring fantasies, the story ends just as her reality was becoming interesting.
Improper Pleasure by Charlotte Featherstone - In 1876, servant Amelia falls for her employer Lord Wallace. 4 1/2 STARS: Forbidden love between royalty and his servant. Who can resist?
Caught In the Act by Saskia Walker - Liam's out to catch a thief. Chrissie suspects Liam of being the thief. 4 1/2 STARS: Liam is funny and charming. It was fun to read about him disarming the prickly Chrissie.
OVERALL AVERAGE: 3 STARS All the stories were well written. My favorites were the more traditional romantic short stories. Each story is about 45 pages long.