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Review: H is for Hardcore edited by Alison Tyler

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Author: Alison Tyler (Editor)
Tittle: H is for Hardcore
Release: July 24th 2007
Series: Erotic Alphabet 8
Reviewer: Chrissy
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: | Book Depository

“I don’t want nice and clean,” Alison Tyler writes, “I want hot and fast. Dark and dirty. I want hardcore.” These writers deliver with stories that locate that special intensity that elevates sex from ordinary to hardcore. In Radcylffe’s “Sweet No More” a young dyke visits a sex club for the first time hoping to finally live out her private fantasies, only to discover a playmate who offers possibilities she never imagined. And in Jean Roberta’s “In the Hold” what starts as a bit of frivolous role play for Amy and her married lover veers into dangerous territory when his wife arrives to claim what’s hers.

After having read D is for Dress-Up and G is for Games, I ended up purchasing all of the books that are available in Alison Tyler’s Erotic Alphabet series (which currently includes books A through L.) I was captivated by the idea that each letter of the alphabet could stand for something sexy and was ready and raring to read H is for Hardcore.

As with the other books in this anthology series, H is for Hardcore has a little something for everyone told by some of the best and brightest voices in the world of erotica writing today. But as with any series, perfection is not always guaranteed. Just because the previous books in a series were fantastic, does not mean that every book in the series will follow suit. When I began this anthology I hoped that I would enjoy it as much as I had D is for Dress-Up and G is for Games. With bated breath, I opened to page one and began my dissent into the world of hardcore.

From the author of Frenzy and Caught Looking comes H is for Hardcore, the eighth installment in Alison Tyler’s Erotic Alphabet series. This book is for those who don’t want neat and clean, for those who want dark and dirty. H is for Hardcore is written by some of the most prominent voices in erotica writing today and really packs a wallop of intensity for readers who are not faint of heart.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. I by no means consider myself a prude nor do I consider myself a libertine. However, some of the stories were a little much even for me (particularly the ones that involved urinating into a lover’s mouth and the pinching of one’s Venus mound to the point of bleeding.) But I was able to get past those few instances and enjoy the remainder of this anthology.

The stories in H is for Hardcore certainly are unique, each author bringing something fresh and sensual to the book. This anthology is by no means for the faint of heart or those more comfortable with the sweet side of sex. There is nothing sweet about these stories at all. Each story is what the title proclaims, hardcore.

My personal favorites in this anthology include Me When I’m with You by Mathilde Madden, In the Hold by Jean Roberta, and Don’t Move by Sophie Mouette.

If you have an aversion to graphic depictions of sexual acts and strong language then I do not recommend this book for you. If you are looking to take a walk on the wild side when it comes to your choice in books then I highly recommend this book. This book is all wild and contains no lightheartedness. But if you are interest in reading a book with lots of kink that you can finish in no time, this is the book for you.

Chrissy fell in love with books at an early age. It all started with Judi Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. At the tender age of five she decided that she wanted to be a writer. Later, she graduated to books like A Wrinkle in Time, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Goosebumps series, participating avidly in her school’s Book It program. High school brought on new challenges and loves. She began writing for the school’s newspaper and literary magazine. The works of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson quickly overran her bookshelves. But when Chrissy was introduced to the world of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, a grand love affair was set in motion. She is an avid reader of romance, urban fantasy, horror, erotica, and cozy mysteries. After working for the city library for six years and being surrounded by the works of greatly admired authors, she decided to devote her life to writing full time and hasn’t looked back since. When she is not devouring book after book, Chrissy loves to cook, bake, volunteer at the local animal shelter, and feed her addiction for horror movies. She lives in Maryland with her family and beloved pets.
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