18th and Castro

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594930669
  • Publisher: Bella Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,347,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    An Unusual Evening

    Years ago, Eudora Welty wrote a book of short stories called The Golden Apples. The stories and characters were interlocking, connected. 18th & Castro is not quite the same thing. It¿s Halloween in the Castro, there¿s a full moon, and there¿s a party going on at this particular address. Some of the tenants in the apartments know each other well enough to borrow, well, a handcuff key. Therein lies the difference between Welty¿s interconnected characters and Kallmaker¿s. This is a very erotic book. There¿s lots of sex, between long-time partners, between strangers, between friends, even between ex lovers. The couples are butch and femme, black and white, even butch and butch and femme and femme and. . . there are a lot of couples, and a lot of coupling going on. Did I mention the full moon and the party? Thank goodness this time and setting is in the capable hands of a writer who knows what to do with it. My relief as I turned page after page is matched only by the increasing, er, never mind. While I might be a little reticent about the specific pleasure Kallmaker¿s newest book gave me, rest assured, the author is not in the least shy. She is bold, frank, funny, touching, erotic, at times both tender and very tough, and she is still the best at what she does. Kallmaker is a skilled and serious writer. Read Maybe Next Time if you¿re not sure. That is why, even though this book is released as one of the Bella After Dark erotica, you¿ll find more depth of character, more plot, more everything than you¿d normally expect in this genre. The story Tick Tock demonstrates her easy and practiced, sure and steady craft. Read Nine Inch Nails to be entirely convinced. This is her eighteenth book, after all. If this is your first exposure to the Kallmaker canon, then by all means, sample the wares. This book never lets the reader down, never lets go, never quits. Each story is steamy, so hot you can feel the heat as you read, smell the leather and the perspiration, see the change in expression as passion overtakes each character when each story reaches its inevitable, ah, climax. That¿s good writing, folks. It¿s nice when an author gives us sex as simple pleasure, uncomplicated, easy, sweet, desperate, fast and slow and all the various permutations. It¿s enjoyable. It¿s classy and masterful and showy. That¿s what a good writer can do. Snuggle up with this book. Read it aloud to your girlfriend. Giggle, laugh, try some of the, um, situations for yourselves. Have a great time. Keep it on your shelf and read it next Halloween, or Christmas, maybe Valentine¿s Day. Give this book as a gift to someone you¿ve been trying to persuade to be adventuresome. After you¿ve finished with this delightful book, you may not care about the skill of the writer at all, so trust me when I say you¿ve been very carefully handled by one of the very best.

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