Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume One
EDITED BY: Rob Rosen
AUTHOR: Various Authors (listed below)
PUBLISHER: Cleis Press
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2015
You wanted the best, you got the best! Best Gay Erotica of the Year, that is. Hotter than ever and featuring the brightest stars the gay literary galaxy has to offer, this iconic collection never fails to impress. With no themes, no boundaries, BGE encompasses the steamy past, the on-your-knees present and the sweat-soaked future, covering every genre and every kink—plus a few you probably never saw, uh, coming—all with a style and a panache that leave those other anthologies in the fictional dust. And get ready for a stunningly original android story that’s sure to blow your circuits!
Yep, this really is the best. And the best just keeps getting better
Designed for your erotic reading pleasure Best Gay Erotica of the Year features sixteen of the hottest and best-written man-to-man sex stories to appear in print this year. These down-and-dirty page turners feature unique and in-depth characters that reflect gay lives not often found in erotic stories. From casual hook-ups to highly-charged street encounters to dark backrooms, the men in this collection let their lust and passions loose for all to read and enjoy.
Sometimes a girl just wants a good dose of smut and in that regard, this book certainly delivers. All of the stories in this collection feature men just wanting to get their rocks off, sometimes there was more than lust involved, but in other offerings it was just a pair of guys looking for a good time. While I would normally break down all of the stories listed, in this case there isn’t really any way to do that adequately; all of the stories are short and pretty much to the point. The great thing about that is that if you’re just looking for a small dose of m/m sex, you can pick and choose your story; these area also great for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to read as each story was a fairly quick read through.
While most of the stories in this collection can be labeled as Contemporary, there are a few Paranormal, Sci-fi and Western scattered throughout the book which made for a nice break when things began to feel a little monotonous. I liked the stories overall (pretty much all of them were rated a solid 3), but there were a couple I rated a little higher and a couple others I rated a little lower. (That’s mostly character/situation preference rather than overall writing or sex rating) *shrugs* It was an interesting read and I don’t regret picking it up but there weren’t enough stories that make me want to read the entire collection again. Still, if you’re looking for some quick reads with lots of sexy men this might be worth looking for. Individual authors and stories are listed below with the ratings.
Heat Stroke by Michael Roberts: 3*
The Real Thing by Dale Chase: 3*
Fire and Pain by Richard May: 3.5*
Viva by Vincent Meis: 2.5*
The Husbands by Gregory L. Norris: 3*
The Other Side by Rob Rosen: 3*
GI Blow by Mark Wildyr: 3*
Nothing in Common by Karl Taggart: 3*
Incident at Yellow Rock by T. Hitman: 4*
The Magazine by Jonathan Asche: 2.5*
Charity Case by Talon Rihai: 2*
Whip It Out by K.B Jett: 2.5*
Bus Ride by Salome Wilde: 2.5*
Vaquero’s Pride by Evey Brett: 3*
Valentinius by Nick di Tiempo: 2*
The Healing by Richard Michaels: 2.5*