Bedded Bliss: A Couple's Guide to Lust Ever After

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A Guide to Red Hot Monogamy

Award-winning erotica writer and editor Kristina Wright is a cheerleader for a lifetime of lust. Bedded Bliss, a celebration of long-term, committed relationships, gathers real-life experiences, sensual fantasies, practical advice, a dash of humor, and a lot of sexy erotica to show couples how to build attraction and love throughout marriage. Enjoy the stories here and then write your own story together, whether ...

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A Guide to Red Hot Monogamy

Award-winning erotica writer and editor Kristina Wright is a cheerleader for a lifetime of lust. Bedded Bliss, a celebration of long-term, committed relationships, gathers real-life experiences, sensual fantasies, practical advice, a dash of humor, and a lot of sexy erotica to show couples how to build attraction and love throughout marriage. Enjoy the stories here and then write your own story together, whether it's in ink on the page or in whispers between the sheets.

Learn How To:

• Cultivate a life of affection and lust through sensual touch and sexy communication

• Heat up sex after pregnancy

• Embrace the quickie and keep lust growing

• Use romantic and erotic fiction to inspire you and your partner

• Throw parties for two to keep your connection current

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Award-winning erotica author Wright collects short fiction about couples keeping the romance alive in their marriages and intersperses them with tips and techniques based on her own experience. Jeremy Edwards's "Communication Exercises" details the benefits of a husband's telling his wife he finds another woman attractive, while Christine D'Abo's "Bound for the Bedroom" describes a foray into BDSM. In "Vintage Love," Donna George Storey writes of passion long into a marriage and being a sexual older woman: "They tell me I'm invisible, which means my own sexual desire must no longer exist. If only they knew." In "Upcycling," Kate Dominic imagines a marriage hit hard by an economic recession and pulling together for the sake of love and a Christmas party. Back in the real world, Wright advises readers not to compare their sex lives to those of others and maintain intimacy with simple acts like holding hands or massages. She addresses the least embarrassing ways to bring up new fantasies with a partner as well as how find time for sex in an increasingly busy world. Whether you're looking for ideas to spice up your marriage or you're simply a fan of well-written and imaginative erotica, this book turns up the heat. (Dec.)
From the Publisher

"Top 10 most provocative books."
The Daily Loaf

"With its mix of memoir, advice and erotica, Bedded Bliss serves up ways to keep love, romance and sex alive in the long-term. Kristina Wright knows of what she writes. All couples will learn something from this honest, inspiring book."
–Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor, Only You: Erotic Romance for Women

"There are plenty of books about how to create great relationships, but what happens when you've built one? There aren't many guides to help long-term couples create hot, passionate connection. In Bedded Bliss, Kristina Wright offers brief but powerful tips, followed by super sexy erotic stories that show you just how hot being in an LTR can be. Unlike a lot of erotic fiction, these tales don't hide from the questions and concerns that real people have. Instead, they show how couples can respond to whatever life brings them and still have a great time in bed. And the suggestions for overcoming your hurdles and connecting with your partner are just right!"
–Charlie Glickman, PhD, author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure

"Bedded Bliss is an important and delightful book with many great insights into the nature of long-term love accompanied by stories that combine sexual heat and emotional intimacy in ways that are often interesting and surprising. The stories and anecdotes are sure to fuel your erotic imagination, even if you are in a newer relationship."
–Mark A. MIchaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of Great Sex Made Simple

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573449649
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 717,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristina Wright ( is an award-winning author whose erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over seventy-five anthologies, including three editions of Cleis Press’s Best Women’s Erotica, including the forthcoming Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2, and four editions of Best Lesbian Erotica. Her work has also appeared in Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica (Avon Red); Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women (Seal Press); the Black Lace collections Seduction, Liaisons and Sexy Little Numbers; and five editions of the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica.

Kristina is a member of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, and Passionate Ink. She also received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from RWA for her first novel Dangerous Curves. With a BA in English and MA in Humanities with an emphasis on women’s studies and popular culture, Kristina teaches both English and Humanities at the college level. She lives in Chesapeake, VA.

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Read an Excerpt

This is a book filled with real life experiences, sensual fantasies, practical advice, realistic suggestions, a dash of humor, a lot of sexy erotica, a few poignant memoirs and a combined total of over 243 years of relationship experience. This is a book to remind you that—no matter where you are in your life or your relationship—your passion, your imagination, your need is still there and very much alive. It’s a book to inspire and encourage—to give you some ideas if you feel as if your well of passion and imagination is running dry. We, these talented, inspiring writers and I, are here to remind you of what you already know (even if you sometimes forget): married sex is a grand, amazing adventure from the first heartfelt “I do” to the distant golden years, and everything in between.

I hand picked the authors for this project—all of them are professional writers, many of them are well-known in the erotica and erotic romance genres. These are authors who write about sex for a living, yes, but they are also real people with real lives who know what it’s like to share a home, a life and a family with another person. From the editior's discussion of newlywed days to Robin Elizabeth Sampson’s more than thirty years of marriage, they have experienced it all. Every joy, every frustration, every milestone, everything a couple can experience. One or more of the baker’s dozen authors in this book has been where you are right now in your marriage.

The short stories and memoirs shared here vary in sensuality from sweetly seductive to wildly erotic. These stories—personal, arousing, inspiring—are an opportunity to share a variety of experiences from authors with as varied backgrounds as the readers who hold the book in their hands. Each story opens with an introduction by the author, a personal vignette from the pages of their own lusty lives to remind you that you are not alone, we are in this pursuit of lifetime passion together. Regardless of where you are currently in your relationship, each story has something to offer you—commiseration and inspiration told from personal experience or clever imagination by writers who understand and appreciate the work that goes into sustaining a lifelong commitment. I got to choose the stories you read here and I wanted very real, attainable scenarios for couples who have as complicated a life as my husband and I do. I wanted to be able to read this book myself and say, “Oh wow, I’m going to try that.” (And I’ll tell you a secret: that’s exactly what happened.) I wanted a book for people like me—with a full life and a busy schedule and a to do list longer than my arm—who already know that married sex is the best sex.
I invite you to share the book with your partner, read the stories together (or out loud to each other) and create some new memories of your own. No matter where you are in your own relationship—if you’re years from having kids (or chose to skip that stage entirely) or the newlywed days seem long ago—the stories will offer you a glimpse into the possibilities of your passionate future and remind you of your lusty past—not to mention give you some very sexy scenarios to consider. We’ve been there, we are there, we are living and loving and lusting and fucking with the person who set us on fire and still stokes our flames. Live that life of bedded bliss you daydreamed about on lazy Sundays on that hand-me-down couch and in late night whispers before you fell asleep. Never, ever let it go.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by

Introduction: Making Lust Last

Chapter 1: The Beginning of Lust

Introduction: How it Starts, Why it Lasts

Take It Off Sommer Marsden

The Proposal Christopher Cole

Chapter 2: Beyond Newlywed Lust

Introduction: After the Honeymoon

Circuit Charlotte Stein

The Weight of Things Kristina Wright

Chapter 3: Growing Your Lust Together

Introduction: Nice to Meet You…Again

Communication Exercises Jeremy Edwards

Bound for the Bedroom Christine d’Abo

Chapter 4: Lust After Parenthood

Introduction: Pregnancy, Babies and Toddlers, Oh My!

Just the Two of Us Christopher Cole

This Moment Kristina Wright

Chapter 5: Middle Aged Lust…and Beyond

Introduction: Grow Old Along With Me

Vintage Love Donna George Storey

Doing It All Wrong Robin Elizabeth Sampson

Chapter 6: Lust For Better or Worse

Introduction: When the Going Gets Tough

Made to Last Anya Richards

Now Playing Christine d’Abo

Chapter 7: Different Flavors of Lust

Introduction: Exploring Your Boundaries

A Little Something Different Heidi Champa

Third Party Michael M. Jones

Chapter 8: Celebrate Your Lust

Introduction: Setting the Scene for Special Occasions

Upcycling Kate Dominic

The Next Best Thing Heidi Champa

Chapter 9: Always Time for Lust

Introduction: Inspiration for Your Own Adventures

For the Sake of Literature Donna George Storey

The Hotel Michael M. Jones

The Key to my Heart Kristina Wright

The Sneak Evan Mora

Someone Old, Something New Anya Richards

Holding Forth Jeremy Edwards

As Far As I Can See Inside You Charlotte Stein

Walls Kate Dominic

Conclusion: Lust for a Lifetime

Resource Guide

Contributor and Editor Bios

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    A wonderful book that really goes in depth when it comes to a co

    A wonderful book that really goes in depth when it comes to a couple's sex life throughout the years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Fun, sexy, playful, but also very informative - my spark wasn't

    Fun, sexy, playful, but also very informative - my spark wasn't completely snuffed but that doesn't mean that this book didn't help me add a little something extra anyway. Would highly recommend to almost every couple. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Kristina Wright¿s wonderful book Bedded Bliss touches bases from

    Kristina Wright’s wonderful book Bedded Bliss touches bases from honeymoon to retirement and all of the sex with your partner in between.  She helps couples rekindle not only the flame of lust but also the enticement of intimacy.  She helps you to navigate your wedded relationship from sex during and after pregnancy, to rebuilding and maintaining a bedroom life with kids in the house, to opening your eyes to the possibility of your best sex life ever in the years of an empty nest, post-job. To give you a head start with the bedroom education, she alternates between steamy erotica and advice. I love this book and what it has done for my relationship with my husband.  I would recommend this book to couples in any phase of marriage who are looking to reconnect. 

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

    I have been in a faithful, loving, and monogamous relationship f

    I have been in a faithful, loving, and monogamous relationship for nearly eight years and books like this are wonderful for couples who are committed to one another. Kristina Wright's Bedded Bliss journeys not only into the reader's bedroom but also the heart and mind. With chapters such as "The Beginning of Lust--How it Starts, Why it Lasts," "Growing Your Lust Together--Nice to Meet You...Again," "Lust for Better or Worse--When the Going Gets Tough." and "Different Flavors of Lust--Exploring Your Boundaries," I found myself hungrily reading through each chapter. Wright presents useful reminders, tips, tricks, and advice for couples. This book is meant to enhance and rekindle what is already there, giving you new ideas and testing your connection with your partner as you explore one another's body and mind. If you've been with your significant other for as long as I have (or longer!), you think you know everything about them. WRONG. This book helps break your routine and revitalize the love and intimacy in your relationship. And another plus is that I can read this with my fiance and he is just as interested as I am. Wright writes (hehehe) in a way that is interesting and appealing to both partners... I highly recommend! 

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