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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627780068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627780063
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,120,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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." --Publishers Weekly "If you're a Kristina Wright fan, this is another lovely collection. If you're 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." --Geeky Nymph "Perfect for an afternoon delight, these are bite-size short stories, with several coming from the genre's 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 you'll 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." --Networking Witches "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 that's sure to get you in the mood for a romantic evening." --Kink Etc. "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 lips--the 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 Revealed) "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)

About the Author

Kristina Wright is an award-winning author whose erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over 75 anthologies, including three editions of Cleis Press' Best Women's 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.

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I'm lucky enough to have a copy of this fabulous book and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The stories are super short but are very well written so they feel like a satisfying morsel. The variety is brilliant and all the stories have a wonderful balance of sweet and spicy. They warm your heart and your sexy bits. There's a healthy dose of humour too which I always approve of and each story is perfectly crafted. There's not a single dud in the whole collection. A perfect gift for Valentine's day to share with a loved one or to devour all to yourself!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Perfect Sweet and Sexy Read 7 Jan. 2014
By QuixoticOrchid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The introduction to this book described the stories as sweet and romantic like candy hearts on Valentine's Day. Mmm... After reading them, I'm not sure if I totally agree. Yes, they are all that, but they're more than that, too. The sweet can be captured by candy hearts, but it fails the sexy bits. How would I describe the stories in this anthology? Like the bottle of flavored spray lubricant I once bought in an adult novelty store that heated up on contact with skin. Yeah, that's it! The stories in this book are a sweet, cherry-flavored naughty lube that warms you up and makes you hungry for more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A delightfully wonderful compilation of erotic, sexy, romantic, love stories. 11 Jan. 2014
By bettysunflower - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a delightfully wonderful compilation of erotic, sexy, romantic, love stories. The editor compares them to the candy hearts that you get on Valentine's Day. Each is a different color and carries a different messages, but they are all sweet and worth savoring. So are the stories in this book. I loved them all. I plan on reading this book again, but much, much slower this time in order to savor each and every story. I loved the book.

**A Library Thing win.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Delectable and unique; lots of variety, and each story has special romantic flair that will make you melt 15 Feb. 2014
By Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I personally appreciated how short the stories in this anthology are. Sometimes, you don't have time to read a long, drawn-out "short story" when that story is actually 20 pages long. With xoxo, it's possible to read any of the stories in one sitting; it only took me about an hour to get through half the book! Concision makes a story all the sexier; the subpar stories don't seem to drag on, while the magnificent ones leave a quick, cutting mark.

Below, I've spotlighted four exceptional stories that stood out to me. It was hard picking just a few to feature, but I hope they give you a sense of what this anthology is like!

"Anniversary Wrappings" by Kathleen Tudor
A couple's one-year anniversary starts out with a sweet gift that ends in kinky pleasure. The simplicity of this story really made me connect with each of the characters, and the writing is fluid, readable. The scenario isn't outlandish and ridiculous like a porn plot (which isn't uncommon in erotic anthologies), and is a situation you could totally find yourself in in everyday life.

"Dirty Laundry" by Martha Davis
This one is on the more extreme end because of how aggressive the sex is, but it's SUPER hot. It features ultimate alpha male Josh Moran, whom, even when domesticated, has the ability to start a five-alarm fire. Comforting story not only about spontaneous sex, but also about cohabitation, about making even daily household chores like laundry mind-blowing, as long it's with the one you love.

"Night Moves" by Christine d'Abo
When plagued by incomprehensible night terrors, the protagonist turns to the solace of her husband's arms. In this dark, lingering hour of frenzy, fright, and complete need, the two find each other with familiarity and ease, with practiced hands and experienced hearts. I loved the middle-of-the-night sex scene, but it's the beauty of how well a married couple can know and understand each other d'Abo portrays, that really blew me away.

"Wild Naked Bandits Flee the Square Conspiracy" by Nikki Magennis
1. A mediocre costume party—how the night starts off
2. A wild, skintight leggings-clad bandit—how the night becomes interesting
3. And a thrilling escapade—how our night ends
Narrated in a wry, engaging voice that I immediately liked, this story is hardly a romance—it's spur-of-the-moment, fantastical, and even a little eccentric, but oddly enough, that's what makes it so sweepingly romantic. You would not expect an erotic story about a hookup at a party to be so vivid, so entertaining, but Nikki Magennis's characters exude sex, subtlety, and charm that culminate in a very whimsical roleplay. By far my favorite story in the anthology; five stars for being all of smart, playful, and incredibly comical—in the bests of ways—while still provocative.

Pros: High-quality writing // Each story is only 4-6 pages on average, so very easy to get through them // Lots of variety // Perfect blend of sweet and sensual stories with hot and heavy stories // Each story has something incredibly romantic about it; this isn't just about sex // Read "Wild Naked Bandits Flee the Square Conspiracy" if nothing else!

Cons: A few stories that I didn't like that much

Verdict: This collection of 38 short and sweet stories will both light your heart up and light it on fire. Like a Valentine's Day candy sampler, each is delectable and unique; put together, xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance makes for a passionate, completely satisfying treat. The range of subjects and storylines is vast, featuring the kinky and vanilla, the sensual and scorching, the routine and spontaneous, the heterosexual and lesbian... so much variety! You definitely won't grow bored with Kristina Wright's latest anthology because there are so many different types of story to keep you entertained, each with special romantic flair that will make you melt.

Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read that will be worth your while; highly recommended.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Cleis!).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worthwhile purchase 17 Jan. 2014
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
OVERALL REVIEW:

Worthwhile anthology - definitely worth purchasing if you're inclined toward its titular description ("sweet and sexy"). Out of the thirty-seven stories, I only disliked a relative few of them because of personal writing-style preferences. (This is to be expected in any anthology with this many stories.) Check this collection out!

STANDOUT STORIES:

1.) "Wild Naked Bandits Flee the Square Conspiracy" - Nikki Magennis: Two lovers role play. Fun, humorous.

2.) "Eighty Cupcakes" - Neve Black: Fun sexual-tension-while-baking story.

3.) "When the Vacation is Over" - Annabeth Leong: A couple make the carnal best of their Hong Kong time together. Well-written, interesting setting.

4.) "One Hot Wet Night" - Veronica Wilde: Two divorcees hook up. Good read.

5.) "Miss Organized" - Elizabeth Coldwell: Fun calendar-based married couple spanking sex tale.

6.) "Designated Driver" - Heidi Champa: Drunk sex in a car. Good read.

7.) "Gargoyle Lovers" - Sacchi Green: Fun, creative lesbians-in-Paris piece.

8.) "Soldier Boy" - Sommer Marsden: A military-separated couple reunite. Lives up to the "sweet and sexy" anthology quotient without overdoing it.

9.) "Ouch!" - Lily K. Cho: Fun giggly-sex spank story.

10.) "Best Friends" - Catherine Paulssen: A rainy day bike accident prompts best-friends/first-time-coupling-together. Good read.

11.) "Unsnubbed" - Jeremy Edwards: Classmates at a reunion have sex. Fun, thoughtful, genre-transcendant. One of my favorite stories - possibly my favorite - in this collection.

12.) "Anniversary Wrappings" - Kathleen Tudor: Knitting a lover's scarf leads to other, naughtier activities. Good read.

13.) "Because He Knows Her So Well" - Saskia Walker: A couple, on the eve of purchasing their first house, celebrate in passionate fashion. Well-written.

14.) "Control" - A.J. Lyle: Interesting story about a newly married couple.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'll Take Some Sweet And Sexy Any Day! 18 April 2014
By Jon Pressick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kristina Wright has got a great eye for putting collections together. My personal tastes run more to the erotica end but I had a great time with this romance anthology. Some stories pulled me in with their steam, others had me there rooting for the characters and hoping for what was to come. The writers collected here are some of the best in the business (Rachel Kramer Bussel, Giselle Renard, Anya M. Wassenberg) and I was delighted to see so many stand-out names listed. But I also found new favourites (A.J. Lyle, Emerald), writers I'd never heard of who I will now seek out to enjoy.
A great collection with a great balance between "sweet" and "sexy"!
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