The Erotic Edge: 22 Erotic Stories for Couples

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In this long-awaited, graphically intense exploration of seduction, romance, and erotic fantasy, no taboos are put on shared pleasure or the imagination of desire. Lonnie Barbach, a highly regarded professional in the field of sexuality and relationships, has collected 22 erotic and arousing stories written by both men and women. In her commentaries, Barbach examines the strong connection between men's sexual response and visual stimuli, contrasted with the importance of foreplay and mental suduction for women, ...

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Overview

In this long-awaited, graphically intense exploration of seduction, romance, and erotic fantasy, no taboos are put on shared pleasure or the imagination of desire. Lonnie Barbach, a highly regarded professional in the field of sexuality and relationships, has collected 22 erotic and arousing stories written by both men and women. In her commentaries, Barbach examines the strong connection between men's sexual response and visual stimuli, contrasted with the importance of foreplay and mental suduction for women, and offers advice on how to use particular stories as a starting point for sexual encounters.

Lonnie Barbach was among the first sex educators to break the taboo on women's erotic writing at a time when erotica was written by men, for men, and therefore did not adequately represent the sexual tastes of women. The Erotic Edge, her first book of arousing fiction for and by both men and women, is designed to bring couples together, enhance their sexual pleasure and deepen their mutual understanding of intimacy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Barbach, editor of two previous compilations of erotica written by women, here assembles a collection of 22 stories authored by both sexes. While this volume certainly does not contain something for everyone (only one entry--pseudonymous Anna Nymus's ``The Wager''--even touches on a gay relationship; domination/submission is dealt with once in the oddly moving ``The Language of Desire,'' written by a couple identified only as Khafre and Patrice), it does offer up a veritable smorgasbord of spicy fantasies. Barbach has divided the tales according to theme--Very Male and Very Female; Common Themes; The Perfect Match --each prefaced by an introduction. She observes the differences between male and female erotic writing: ``stories written by men concentrate on the details of the lovemaking scenes'' while ``women's stories emphasize seduction, desire and the mental foreplay that builds up to the sexual encounter.'' The more successful tales include Kim Chernin's ``The Sacred Harlot,'' an account of ancient erotic forces called up at an academic conference; Marsha Power's graphic depiction of a female-initiated one-night stand in ``11:30 P.M.--Saturday Night''; Clark Sevill Demorest's flip wish-fulfillment fantasy, ``A Matter of Attitude''; and B. J. Simmons's ``Unconditional Positive Regard,'' in which a couple make a first effort at ``swinging.'' The level of prose is uneven in the collection as a whole, however; many of the stories are rather amateurishly written and feature cliched, wooden dialogue. Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
This collection of 22 short stories has been compiled as a tool for heterosexual couples to explore men's and women's perspectives on sex and to act as a catalyst for dialog about the subject. Barbach ( Going the Distance: Secrets of Lifelong Love, LJ 9/1/91) has selected erotic short fiction from both male and female writers that illustrates what each gender finds appealing about the sexual union. The collection subtly amplifies the general notion that men's erotic images are more visual and visceral and that women tend to find erotic content in the emotional development of the relationship. Although many of the stories have very explicit descriptions of copulation, the editor has not included stories featuring rape or anything more potentially objectionable than adultery and ``swinging'' fantasies. All the characters are willing participants, and even profanity is kept to a minimum. Recommended for larger public library collections.-- A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452274648
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 674,257
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Lonnie Barbach received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical social psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She is now on the clinical faculty of the University of California Medical School in San Francisco and also has a private practice. Among her several bestselling books on sex and relationships are For Yourself, Pleasures, Going the Distance, The Pause, Seductions, The Erotic Edge, and Erotic Interludes, her book with her partner, David Geisinger, Ph.D. They live in Mill Valley, California, with their daughter, Tess.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Phantom Grey 15
Mirror, Mirror 34
Waiting for Claire 43
Other Men 59
The Wager 72
The Sacred Harlot 76
A Matter of Attitude 88
Unconditional Positive Regard 100
Lucky in Love 119
Floating World 129
Taos Spring 145
Preliminaries 157
Glorious Reunion 165
The Accident 177
Nighthawks: From a Painting by Edward Hopper 189
11:30 P.M. - Saturday Night 199
Espresso and . . . 215
Esther 227
Susan 239
The Language of Desire 247
Shy 256
Hiddenness and Desire 263
Biographies 271
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Erotic, no?

    I haven't read this yet, but I already know I'm going to love it just as much as I loved Lonnie Barbach's other erotic stories, there's no question about it. :) I just haven't had the time to sit down and read it yet, but soon. Very soon.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    erotic edge

    The book was okay, but it really wasn't what I thought it would be. I found many of the stories in the book to be very boring. However there were a couple good ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    unexcited

    I was really unhappy with this book...once i started reading it I found myself nodding off to sleep, not what i was hoping for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was disapointed with this book, mainly because of the ALMOST COMPLETE EMPHASIS on the relationship between sex and violence in its many forms. For some people this is acceptable, however for me it is a turn off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    Notions of sexuality

    It seems as though the editor had a particular agenda in mind about how to portray men's and women's sexual experience when she compiled this book. I found that rather colored the choice of stories, and it almost seemed that some were picked for the point they were making rather than for the imaginativeness or appeal of the writing style. The writing quality varied even more wildly than in other collections of erotic short stories, and I have to wonder if these were really the best submissions she got. Some of the stories were indeed well-written, though, and if you ignore the introductory commentary on men's and women's perception of sex it's exciting enough for the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    Erotic Edge: 22 Erotic Stories for Couples

    This is a wonderful collection of erotic stories. Everyone should read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    Erotic Edge: 22 Erotic Stories for Couples

    Very entertaining. Very exciting. Very arousing. No Viagra is necessary after reading one or two of these stories. Delicious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Enticing Reading

    Good writing for those with low blood pressure. It really gets the hormones working. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Worth 10 Stars and beyond!

    I got this book a week ago and i'ma already done reading the book!! all week i had my nose in the book, it was hard to stop when i kept wanting to know whats going to happen next!!! And i'ma not a big reader, never really read a book completely before this book. this is my first time reading erotic stories! i got this book for my own personal pleasure though the book is made for couples!! And i'ma very glad i got this book it was worth every cent! Each story has a different style, different Attitudes the couples bring into sex! And Different story lines! Reading the book makes u wanna write and tell about ur most wanted desires too! Some stories fouse more on sex and describing how it's done, while others fouse on feelings and images of sex, how they see it! Altho Theres stories i didn't like. they were nither too long and 'into pointless details' watch leaves ur imagination dry or it's too quick or simple no feelings really put into it so u don't get into the mood! these stories are The Wager, The Sacred Harlot, Floating World, Nighthawks, and Espresso and... But this is just me others may like and enjoy these stories!! don't get me wrong theres still lots of other stories that u will enjoy so much u'll wanna read it again! The frist story u get into Is Called Phantom Grey, which is my most favered and a get start into the book! I Say This Is a great book to relax and get into the mood! or share wif ur lover! theres creatives ways in this book dealing wif styles of sex/lovemaking! you'll find it hard to stop reading! GET THIS BOOK

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    Posted October 20, 2008

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