Charlotte Stein has contributed to numerous Black Lace anthologies.
The Things That Make Me Give Inby Charlotte Stein
A university professor doles out lessons that one particular student won't ever forget. A nurse can't get enough of her patient's steamy stories but is on the brink of going one step too far. Friends trapped in mundane conversations find that giving in to something dirtier can lead to unexpected places. Girls who go after what they want no matter what the cost,
A university professor doles out lessons that one particular student won't ever forget. A nurse can't get enough of her patient's steamy stories but is on the brink of going one step too far. Friends trapped in mundane conversations find that giving in to something dirtier can lead to unexpected places. Girls who go after what they want no matter what the cost, boys who like to flash their dark sides, voyeurism for beginners, and cheating loversall are found in this journey through the facets of female desire. This contemporary collection of explicit and ever intriguing short stories is sure to seduce by both obsessions that go one step too far and dark desires that remove all inhibitions. Each story takes a journey into all the things that make a girl give in.
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I feel unsure how to do justice here to how impressed I was by The Things That Make Me Give In, but I would certainly like to do my best. This short story collection by Charlotte Stein seems to me the epitome of beautiful, literary writing that happens to encompass sex and sexuality (making it simply reflective of life/reality--not that all literary writing has to have sex in it, but an ardent attempt to avoid such subject matter because of externally postulated standards about "literary" writing to me seems less realistic and respectful of authentic artistic endeavor). There is really a story in each of these stories, a journey with a character or characters that leaves someone changed or shows a connection or demonstrates an internal exploration brought out or at least demonstrated by the sexual endeavor, connection, or behavior of a character or characters. It is simply a breathtaking work. There were some stories I loved especially for the heat/arousal factor, that turned me on the most, and there were some I loved for the connection or beauty of relationship or character(s). In the former category my favorites included "Because I Made You So," "Her Father Disapproves," "Sometime Soon," and "Different on the Inside." In the latter category they included "For You" (which I found so moving that after reading it I felt compelled to put the book down for a while to let the story soak in), "Dirty Disgusting You," and "All Ways." There was, of course, overlap between these two elements (indeed, in most of the stories I experienced both of them; the list above simply encompasses those I found to be my particular favorites), and the story that was possibly my overall favorite in the collection was the one in which for me, both of these modes of appeal were at their climax: the utterly sexually arousing as well as intensely moving "Just Be Good." Shortly into reading The Things That Make Me Give In, I found myself thinking upon finishing a story, "That one was one of my favorites," only to find that I loved the next story as much or even more. I truly, highly recommend this book, and I commend the author on a beautifully executed erotic work of art.