18 Stories for a Steamy Bath
By Mary Anne Mohanraj (Editor)
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780609806562, 208pp.)
Publication Date: August 22, 2000
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Imagine a hot tub party where a married couple tests the boundaries of fidelity. A model who finds herself unaccountably aroused as she poses for a watercolor artist. A pool of water on a desert road and two lovers who know how to make the most of it. This is Aqua Erotica, a sensuous tasting of desire's liquid, ecstatic other worlds.
Aqua Erotica is a siren's song, a book so unforgettably sexy that you will want to take it with you to the bath, the sauna, the night-lit pool.
What's amazing is that you can.
The first-ever waterproof book for adults. The most seductive collection of original literary erotica ever gathered under one cover.
Aqua Erotica is a book that quite literally goes places you never imagined books could go. Featuring today's boldest erotic voices:
Francesca Lia Block
Poppy Z. Brite
and many others --
"It would have to a very steamy bath indeed to match the temperature of the best stories collected here, which use the unifying metaphor of water to ring some sexy changes on the usual tanglings of orifices and organs. In Michael Hemmingson's "Movements," group sex in a Jacuzzi is only thebeginning for a husband and wife on the verge of breaking up -- until they find that infidelity isn't just an aphrodisiac, it's also good business. Hemmingson leavens the raunch with sly humor, as does Diane Kepler in "Hydrodynamica," the tale of a physics student who takes a "study break" with a rain-soaked fantasy. Poppy Z. Brite's "Nothing of Him Doth Fade" takes a darker view as it depicts a gay couple lost at sea during a diving tour, both of whom "did not trust death to give them that fabled final orgasm." Diving is also the excuse for "In Deep," by Simon Sheppard, an explicit account of a down-and-dirty gay tryst that escapes hard-core classification (if at all) only because of its razor-sharp prose. Billed as "the first waterproof book for adults" (that means plastic cover and pages), editor Mohanraj's volume of high-class erotica hardly needs such a gimmicky presentation. Hot and wet -- also extremely well crafted."
-- Kirkus Reviews