I don't read a lot of erotica, though I write a little myself. Most of what is out there on the dark shelves of the adult section is simply literary porn. Sure, some of it is well written and much of it is erotic, in a prurient sort of way, but I want a little more for my reading pleasure. Eden Baylee delivers. Her novellas are sensual, romantic, and engaging. We are drawn into the lives and emotions of her characters, our senses are filled with the sights, sounds, and scents of exotic locations, and yes, we are driven by desire through her beautifully detailed love scenes.
Spoiler Alert: Being a collection of four novellas, it is hard to talk about each story and not give too much away. If you would like a little teaser on each story, keep reading. If you'd rather discover it all for yourself, skip down to the bottom and leave a comment or read Fall Into Winter for yourself.
In the first story, Seduced By The Blues, we meet Ella Jamieson in a New York night club, feeling particular wicked and wanting to hook up. She sets her sites on a young man at the bar and gets much more than she expects. John is a master musician and plays her body and emotions as skillfully and passionately as he plays his guitar.
Next, in Act Three, we are introduced to Stella Christy who, after ending a less than fulfilling marriage, is quit the sexual adventuress. She has a man who fulfills her every desire, but she wants more--a ménage à trois with another man. I won't give away more than that, but the action takes some pretty unexpected and harrowing turns. The temperature really heats up in this one.
In the third story we slide into winter with, The Norwegian. Leah retreats to a cabin at secluded resort in an effort to break her writers block. Being winter the resort is all but empty and she relishes the seclusion, but a knock on her cabin door and a gorgeous Norwegian man who is the image of her dead lover make her wonder if she is seeing a ghost. But Henrik is very real and very much alive. What ensues is a beautifully poignant romance that could melt the Alps.
In the forth and final novella, The Austrian and the Asian, we are offered a passionately romantic story of love found, and lost, and rekindled. The author ends her collection with as much fire as she'd began, the cold of winter unable to quench the burning desire of her characters.
I await the author's follow up collection, which will cover Spring and Summer, making for a truly Exciting, Exotic, and Extremely Erotic year. I breathlessly recommend Fall Into Winter to anyone who loves great romance and expects more than just great sex. You can visit Eden at her blog.