Pleasurable from beginning to end, this anthology brings together fifteen hunger-inducing stories from the original bestselling editions of The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth and Gettin' Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II. Zane's Sex Chronicles weaves together a compilation of bold characters and provocative stories of passion and intoxicating eroticism to seduce both men and women For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children.
But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction,Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment -- and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly.
As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her "fatal attraction" -- as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage Brooke Alexander, a waitress who has self-esteem issues regarding her lackluster existence and her fluctuating weight, is in love with Patrick Sterling, one of the most prominent attorneys in Washington, D.
On his good days, Patrick is the man in every woman's dream. On his bad days, Patrick's behavior is demeaning and he is angry at the world. Damon Johnson, who's been married to Carleigh for four years, is one of "the last good men" -- compassionate and honest, he worships the ground his wife walks on. But Carleigh treats Damon like a trophy husband, allowing her friends to salivate over him and disrespect their happy home.
Damon has dreams beyond his six-figure corporate job, and Carleigh views his life aspirations as a joke. Her selfish nature makes Damon wonder if he made the right decision when he asked for her hand in marriage. When a tragic event causes Brooke's and Damon's lives to intersect, truths unfold as they begin to reflect on their own relationships.
In this provocative tale of love and heartbreak, Zane explores what happens when you cater to your emotional well-being and discover the meaning of unconditional love From a bold and captivating voice comes a collection of stories that probes women's darkest passions and pushes the boundaries of erotic fiction. Sometimes romantic, sometimes raw, Zane appeals to men and women alike with these tales of intoxicating sensuality. With a unique ability to tell it like it is -- and also to tell it like it could be in your wildest dreams -- Zane crafts stories about everyone from the sensual housewife who wants her husband to experiment more to a secret underground sorority of women that organizes some rather unconventional social events.
By turns tender and outrageous, The Sex Chronicles is a pleasure from beginning to end Three prolific authors bring truth to the title of thisheart-wrenching book, Love Is Never Painless , with acollection of novellas that explores the deeper side oflove -- the side rarely explored in love stories. In Eileen M. Johnson's "How the Other Half Lives," longtime friends Jamellah andFernecia are having trouble with the men in their lives.
And as their worlds seem tocrumble, they must count on their friendship to keep it together. In "Love Is 2 Blame," by V. Anthony Rivers, Malcolm is devastated after histwo-year relationship with Shaylisa ends. And trying to move on will not be easy -- but the lovely Zahara may be the perfect woman to show Malcolm what true love isall about. In Zane's "Staring Evil in the Face," Robier has everything: a successful career,beautiful children, and the woman of his dreams. Having loved Tiphanie sincecollege, he is determined to keep his marital vows -- until Tiphanie is involved in ahorrible car accident that changes the entire course of their lives.
From nervous breakdowns to drug addiction, in Love Is Never Painless, Zane,Johnson, and Rivers have penned powerful stories that not only will have readerstalking, but will bring a new perspective to their own relationships Succulent: Chocolate Flava II is a collection of buck-wild and choco-holic erotica presented in a series of mind-blowing tales handpicked by Zane that also includes three original stories by the queen of erotica herself. Succulent features twenty-seven tantalizing short stories to tease and please both him and her.
For couples who want to heat things up or for singles who want to spark a fire, there are stories written especially for women, and others are penned expressly for men. These sensual stories turn Zane on and are sure to turn you on, too Brooke Alexander, a waitress who has self-esteem issues regarding her lackluster existence and her fluctuating weight is in love with Patrick Sterling, one of the most prominent attorneys in Washington, D.
Damon has dreams beyond his six-figure corporate job and Carleigh views his life aspirations as a joke. In this provocative tale of love and heartbreak, Zane explores what happens when you cater to your emotional well-being and discover the meaning of unconditional love - or, rather, experience a total eclipse of the heart The Sisters of APF is Zane's first book based on one of her most popular short story subjects, the sexy escapades of a sorority like no other.
APF stands for Alpha Phi Fuckem, a sorority dedicated to sexual freedom and the fulfillment of its members. Many readers have written to Zane and asked to join the sorority or to launch a new chapter in their region.
APF is fantasy, but the enthusiasm of Zane's fans is real. So now, with The Sisters of APF, she's offering readers what they want, a book-length story chronicling the adventures -- and recruitment process -- of the fearlessly sexy women of APF. Mary Ann is the daughter of a chicken farmer from South Dakota. She has never been more than fifty miles from home and has led a sheltered life. By the time she goes off to college in Washington, D.
They are arrested; tortured; exiled. They disappear. Stalin the symbol permeates: he's all but infallible. Stalin the man appears: he is insecure. Hitler, upon losing at Stalingrad, muses on what it means to be a truly great man. For Grossman, no individual is too big or, more importantly, too small to be worthy of story. On par with War and Peace. I have been shaken.
Molly says: "Strange happenings force Oscar, a magician's assistant, out of his safe cellar room and into a world where children are falling terribly ill, and something big and scary is leaving a path of destruction through gardens and towns. People are a mystery to Oscar, but plants and herbs and cats are not - and those skills will turn out to be more useful than he expected. Jenn says: "I can't stop telling people about this book, which follows a young girl who ends up on the high seas with a rag-tag group of pirates, her governess, and her magical gargoyle.
I wish I could go back in time and give this to my year old self. Recommended for every reader who has a sense of adventure and a strong imagination, especially fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Alice in Wonderland. Carlson has written a smart, funny, and captivating debut, and begun a wonderful new series.
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Emily says: " Going Clear is equal parts gossip and even-handed journalism, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wright is a truly talented writer. The epilogue is masterful in the way it brings together so much and also cements the cultural analysis that is just beneath the surface of the rest of the book. In the end, I wonder whether the creation of a religion was, for Hubbard, the true pinnacle of being a good science fiction writer: he not only created a convincing world on the page, but he got people to truly believe in it. CJ says: "I've read a lot of personal essay collections recently, but none have made me laugh out loud as much as Samantha Irby's Meaty.
Her voice jumps off the page, telling it like it is and refusing to play nice. I found myself thinking, "Oh man, she totally gets it! I want everyone to read this book -- especially men. This woman knows what she's talking about, and you should take some time to listen up. Katie says: "Having moved to Berlin in the early 20th century, a young Walser recorded alluring insights into his burgeoning love affair with the city.
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These stories offer the perfect escape during your crammed commute or any other time you need a reminder of what it is you love about city life. Jenn says: "As the TV show version nears its 3rd season and I still can't get over how accurate Robert Taylor's portrayal of Walt is, I think it's high time to mention this series.
They're perfect winter reading, full of snowdrifts and storms and the chill of unpleasant memories. CJ says: "The episodes of awkwardness, embarrassment, selfishness, and loneliness that exist in this collection hit humanity on the nose. Barbash's crisp, minimalist storytelling cuts to the chase and leaves his characters exposed.
What particularly moved me were the incredible flaws of his older characters. Often, his youthful characters are flawed in the way youth is flawed, but are open, kindhearted people. The older characters, however, are self-seeking and completely, utterly lost. Each story is better than the next, and I am sure I will go back to them again. Jenn says: I can't decide if this is a profoundly hopeful book or a profoundly depressing book, but either way, once I had picked it up I couldn't put it back down.
Ursula Beresford Todd's life is normal enough on the surface -- except for the fact that she keeps repeating it. Does life in fact have a goal? Can we truly change our future? Life After Life is ambitious both in structure and in theme, and Atkinson pulls it off. Jenn says: "Through the lens of his own family's lives as citizens of Pakistan and the United States as well as through his extensive ancestry, Mufti examines the evolution of Pakistan from its formation to its current status.
It's a huge project to undertake but he balances the personal with the political well, finding the human moments in history and the sweeping themes in everyday life. As a memoir and a biography of a nation both, it's well worth a read. Molly says: "If I had my way, there would be a new Aimee Bender book every year if not even more often. The details of her gorgeously written stories are often surreal -- in one, a girl travels with her sister to learn how to mend a wounded tiger; in the title story, an apprentice works to dye cloth the precise color of the moon -- but the feelings they evoke are bittersweet and familiar.
Emily says: The narrative flows with both a breathy intensity and a cool hollowness in Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon's debut novel, Nothing. The rise and fall of a toxic friendship, the pulsing house parties that stop after a girl dies, the wildfires and mountains, the middle class kid who hops trains to Missoula to find the truth about his father -- they swirl and converge and blur together like smoke in your eyes, but the light, it's sharpened and heightened somehow too.
She captures perfectly that early adulthood wasteland where you're friends with people and you do things, but you're not really sure why anymore, and either the momentum carries you through or it doesn't, either you emerge at the other end of the tunnel or the walls come crashing down, and there's something about the dialog, the rhythm. I don't know, it's just that the ambivalence and hesitation and put-on confidence are exactly as they should be.
Chad says: "Filiberto Garcia is a foul-mouthed Mexican revolutionary turned gun-for-hire. He is, in his own cold estimation, nothing but a "stiff factory": the rough-around-the-edges killer in his faceless employers' games. A rumor drifts into Mexico City, downwind of Soviet Russia, and it joins the opium-filled air of the city's small Chinatown, an area Garcia is known to frequent: The Mexican and American presidents are to be assassinated in three days. Their meetings are more Three Stooges than Three Musketeers, and Garcia is exhausted, in love, annoyed by the ludicrous antics of international intrigue, and increasingly aware that he's the only player that can actually figure anything out.
Irreverent and unapologetic, The Mongolian Conspiracy is '60s noir to the core. It's dead serious and dead funny; it's fast-paced and wise. It's totally great. Jenn says: "I never thought there would be another Bridget book -- what could possibly come after the triumphant reunion with Mark Darcy? There are some serious sniffle-moments in Mad About the Boy, as well as the usual hilarity and hijinks.
Watching Bridget tackle parenthood, texting, middle age, and many other trials and tribulations is like finally getting back in touch with a college roommate and getting tipsy or squiffy, as Jonesy would say as you hash out the last decade. Welcome back, Bridget. I missed you! Katie says: "Caitlin Moran is a leader both in how women should be writing and what they should be writing about.
She comes with her guns blazing but offers thoughtful debates for the choices women have to make. Chad says: "It's on Earth and as a result of solar radiation and global warming, civilization is underwater and overrun with vegetation, malarial insects, large reptiles, and oppressive heat. Men and women boat or fly here and there, gathering data and looking for relics of the past, but more often they are asleep and dreaming: of an even more distant past, of the deep, primordial South. This is a science-fiction Heart of Darkness , complete with a Kurtz-like mad man.
Haunting, sticky, and frighteningly prescient. Katie says: "From About a Boy to How to Be Good , I've always found that the mastery of Nick Hornby lies in his knack for creating characters with whom readers can find camaraderie. Those found in High Fidelity the story surrounding the owner of a small, London-based record shop are no exception. While our leading man, Rob, knows what works in the world of music and has no qualms asserting his firm opinions on the subject, he's much less certain on how to feel about his girlfriend Laura getting together with the neighbor from upstairs.
I often find myself re-reading the beginning of this book when I'm in need of a good laugh. The story unfolds with Rob listing off his top-five most memorable and equally traumatizing breakups and the lists only get better from there. Emily says: "I was surprised to be so taken in by this book.
It just reminded me that I shouldn't make assumptions about my own reading tastes, let alone anyone else's. In Alma Whittaker, we get to see firsthand the frustrations built in to being born privileged and brilliant -- and a woman -- in the early days of the American republic.
And Gilbert has also crafted one of those rare novels that presents the reader with a life, a full life, and keeps your interest the whole time. I haven't read one done so well since John Williams' Stoner. It follows a young girl who starts out as a child in Zimbabwe, first in a middle-class enclave and then a ramshackle village, and then goes to Michigan to live with relatives. Chad says: "With the rest of Colombia suffocating in his fist, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar opened a zoo. Many years later, two hippos escape. They are tracked and shot. This is the haunted madeleine gathering saliva in narrator Antonio Yammara's mouth.
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He remembers a sort-of-friend who was shot in the street following a game of billiards: Why? The Sound of Things Falling is Yammara's search for answers, and the ensuing pages are tragic: a sad, soft-spoken meditation on Colombia, memory, trauma, and flights in and out of each. Succulent features twenty-seven tantalizing short stories to tease and please both him and her. For couples who want to heat things up or for singles who want to spark a fire, there are stories written especially for women, and others are penned expressly for men.
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These sensual stories turn Zane on and are sure to turn you on, too Brooke Alexander, a waitress who has self-esteem issues regarding her lackluster existence and her fluctuating weight is in love with Patrick Sterling, one of the most prominent attorneys in Washington, D. Damon has dreams beyond his six-figure corporate job and Carleigh views his life aspirations as a joke. In this provocative tale of love and heartbreak, Zane explores what happens when you cater to your emotional well-being and discover the meaning of unconditional love - or, rather, experience a total eclipse of the heart The Sisters of APF is Zane's first book based on one of her most popular short story subjects, the sexy escapades of a sorority like no other.
APF stands for Alpha Phi Fuckem, a sorority dedicated to sexual freedom and the fulfillment of its members. Many readers have written to Zane and asked to join the sorority or to launch a new chapter in their region. APF is fantasy, but the enthusiasm of Zane's fans is real. So now, with The Sisters of APF, she's offering readers what they want, a book-length story chronicling the adventures -- and recruitment process -- of the fearlessly sexy women of APF. Mary Ann is the daughter of a chicken farmer from South Dakota. She has never been more than fifty miles from home and has led a sheltered life.
By the time she goes off to college in Washington, D.
The resident manager of Mary Ann's dormitory, Patricia, befriends the country bumpkin. She finds Mary Ann amusing, but also senses something intriguing about her, hidden under the surface. After Mary Ann becomes smitten with Trevor, the campus playboy, Patricia is determined to show Mary Ann how not to be a victim, but rather how to outdo the players and heartbreakers. No one can debate the fact that Zane knows sex.
The Queen of Erotic Fiction has hit home run after home run in the literary arena with her literary offerings. Now comes the latest, a collection of lesbian erotica that will have readers squirming on the edge of their seats, curling up beneath the sheets, and fantasizing about the possibilities.
Come take a journey through the eyes of several women who have one thing in common: an appreciation for female sensuality Turn up the heat with five sensual novellas that take the readers on a wild ride of stimulation. Led and edited by the New York Times bestselling author Zane, Another Time, Another Place transports sensuous and steamy encounters across the world and through history.
From when the pharaohs ruled, to the forbidden romances in the time of the Vietnam War, to a future where technology has reshaped the meaning and making of love, this anthology showcases the popular talents of contributors such as Rique Johnson, Dywane D. Birch, and more. Readers explore the many cultures and traditions that have shaped the concept of romance. These five novellas takes readers to places they've only imagined before, fleshing out the sizzling detail and proving a satisfying read in the tradition of such runaway favorite anthologies as Chocolate Flava and Blackgentlemen.
With its lush settings and a taste for the unknown, Another Time, Another Place is a treat for the adventurous soul. This delicious collection, featuring five of the hottest African-American authors today, brings whole new worlds to life Zane's legion of fans can't get enough of her way of telling a juicy, sexy story.
In Nervous, the New York Times bestselling queen of erotica brings us a tale of a woman with a split personality. Jonquinette has always been nervous around men, but on the weekends her alter ego, Jude, goes on intense sexual escapades.
When Jonquinette seeks the help of Dr. Marcella Spencer, the psychiatrist Zane originated in her bestselling novel Addicted, Jude's response is to go on a sexual rampage. In the meantime, Jonquinette becomes interested in her new neighbor, Mason, but Jude has no intention of letting Jonquinette fall in love -- not when Jude's having so much fun. Based on a short story of the same title from her bestselling collection The Sex Chronicles, Nervous is classic Zane with an edge. So, relax, sit back. You're in for a nerve-tingling read Women from around the country search the site in hopes of finding true love.
Step inside this exciting collection of novellas about women that meet men on the site, penned by some of the hottest female novelists on the scene today. In "Duplicity" Zane shows us what happens when twins end up sharing a little bit more than they morally should. Mason brings a lonely widow back to life in the most sensual of ways.
Johnson introduces us to a sister with issues that she finally decides to resolve with the aid of the right brother. Zane rounds out the collection with "Delusions" about a woman on the brink of disaster with the man who seemingly stepped right out of her dreams. Entertaining, witty, humorous, and not to mention extremely sexy, the five novellas in Blackgentlemen.