Dirty Double Review: Girls on Campus and Heat

Girls on Campus

Title: Girls on Campus  Edited by: Sandy Lower and Stacia Seaman Format: Paperback and eBook, 240 pages  Published: May 17, 2016 by Bold Strokes Books  ISBN: 1626397333

Purple Goodreads

College: four years when anything goes and rules are made to be broken. A time for freedom, experimentation, and guiltless pleasures. Come join the co-eds for a homecoming bash, crash a girls-only party, and enjoy study hall where the topic is Eros. From roommates with benefits to sexy sorority initiations, hot professors demanding extra credit after class and summer vacation threesomes, this collection is required reading for anyone looking to earn an A in sex-ed. 

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review:

Girls on Campus is a hit or miss collection of girl on girl short stories.  There’s no easing into this collection, it’s full on naughty from the first page and, for the most part, it’s the right kind of naughty.

Highs: Overall, Girls on Campus has more highs than lows and most of those highs occur in campus libraries for me.  There are three separate library stories in this collection and each one is hotter than the last.  There’s the story of a shared book, shared assignment turned sexy encounter as well as a legit princess and her wife who sex it up in one of the world’s most prestigious libraries.  From unplanned, spontaneous encounters to well-planned out, bring the security guards because I’m a princess encounter, the libraries on these three campuses are definitely the place to be for some down and dirty action. 

Two other highlights from this collection include professor/student encounters.  The hotter of the two stories involves the typical student lusting after her hot professor.  A happy yet painful accident brings the two women together for some dirty fun that becomes a habit.  There are some funny moments in this read that temper the naughty bits and keep the read light rather than salacious.  The other professor/student encounter is far more endearing with the two women meeting at the campus pool and striking up a sweet, physical relationship.  The dynamic between the older woman and the younger woman provides an interesting aspect which reinforces the professor/student relationship. 

Lows:  As with every collection of stories, they can’t all be winners and Girls on Campus has its share of stinkers.  The two lowest of the low in this collection include the theater offering and the sorority girl vampire.  The theater offering is just a bad story from start to finish with a terribly thin plot and even thinner characters.  Though the vampire story isn’t poorly written, it is just a really odd story given its paranormal nature.  There are no other paranormal offerings in the collection which makes this an odd man out to be sure.

The Bottom Line:  Girls on Campus might not ever make it to the top of your TBR list but it shouldn’t linger at the bottom either.  With the exception of a couple of stories, the bulk of the collection ranges from interesting to quite good.  There isn’t a huge amount of variety in the naughty bits but the locations and situations make up for this to be sure.  Again, with the exception of one or two stories, there are no major writing/technical issues to be found.  In all, Girls on Campus is a fine read that will certainly pass the time and if you don’t like one of the stories you encounter, don’t worry, they’re all short reads you can breeze right through.

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Heat

Title: Heat Author: Rachel Windsor Format: Paperback, 57 pages Expected publication: September 1, 2016 by Sapphire Books Publishing ISBN13: 9781943353453

Purple Goodreads

Award-winning lesbian erotica author Rachel Windsor delivers another book filled with sexy stories that flesh out your secret fantasies and beyond. Always wondered about exploring with stranger sex? HEAT will take you there. Got a thing for military women? HEAT has you covered. Ever fantasized about a doctor appointment that takes a naughty turn? HEAT takes care of you. Stir in first times, toys, college girls, and make-up sex and HEAT has something to excite every lover of lesbian erotica.
HEAT—the name says it all.

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 2/5 stars

My Review:

Heat is a collection of eleven super, super short erotic stories by Rachel Windsor that left me feeling a wide variety of things other than heat 😦

Let’s start with what I did enjoy about this read.  1) The cover is smokin’ hot and promises all kinds of goodness to come; 2) a complete collection of girl on girl action which I find myself in the mood for on occasion and; 3) a few of the short reads including While She Slept, The Sitter, and Standing at Attention.

With the likes out of the way, let’s turn our attention to my dislikes.  In large part, my dislikes boil down to a couple of major issues.  1) these stories really are so short that there really isn’t a lot of story to be had or getting to know the characters and; 2) the total and complete irrationality of many of the stories.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I am in the mood for a straight-up, nothing but the naughty bits kind of read but the synopsis for Heat really promised far more than it was able to deliver.  In truth, I expected longer reads with a more substantial plot, more character development, and something other than just sex.  This first issue seems to go hand-in-hand with my second major issue, the completely irrational nature of some of the scenarios.  I totally understand that sometimes, the mood just overtakes you and you have to shag your partner.  Totally. Understandable.  I do not, however see that happening when you are visiting the doctor for a gynecological exam (Doctor Feelgood), or as your driving down the interstate masturbating and a random trucker signals you to pull over so you can shag (Her Big Rig), or when you’re working on high level clearance business for the military and locked in a secured and sound-proofed room (Behind the Blast Door).   While I appreciate this is purely fiction, some of this came off as laughable rather than erotic. 

The Bottom Line:  If Heat had delivered on the promise of its synopsis, it would have proven to be a totally hot and thoroughly enjoyable read.  Unfortunately, too little time and space for each story and the characters as well as some completely unbelievable scenarios weakened the overall read.  I freely admit to liking a few of the stories, the cover, and finding no major technical issues but that is as far as I can realistically go.  In truth, there really isn’t enough in Heat to pull it up and out of the two-star hole.

 

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