Long before the oh-so-kinky Victorian era, London was famed for sex and sensuality. From Kings to harlots, everyone was doing it (and often Kings were doing it with harlots).
Beneath its stiff upper lip, passion sizzles in London: everyone who lives, works and plays in this infamous city has a bedtime story to tell, and this collection brings some of these stories together, exploring the sex life of this amazing city.
The stories here feature everyone from city boys on a bender in a lapdancing club to a light-fingered shoplifter who meets her match in a dominant Oxford Street security guard to a transgender lesbian out to hustle a lecherous aristocrat for a fortune. In Lucy Felthouse's "Her Majesty's Back Garden" a couple are overcome by the urge to have sex in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, while Jay Lawrence's "Double Exposure" features a female flasher displaying her charms in front of the London Eye, among other places. A pair of very naughty soldiers have each other standing at attention on Royal Wedding day in Lukas Scott's "A Happy Finish," and James "Grim" Desborough's "Falling Down" uses the mundane setting of a Tube journey as the starting point for an erotic game of chase. Victoria Pond's "Day Trip" looks at London from the point of view of a student visitor to the city, while Neil James Hudson's "The Woman From Aldgate West" imagines a London lurking beneath the surface of the one we know, where sex takes place in public beneath the noses of unsuspecting passerby.
Join these and other authors on a trip into the quirky, kinky heart of London ... enjoy!
About the Editor
Elizabeth Coldwell is a multi-published author and the former editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine, where she was responsible for publishing a number of now very well-known authors for the first time, as well as honing her own writing.
She has had novels published by Headline Liaisons and Xcite Books. In addition, her short stories have been published by, among others, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Total-e-bound, Torquere, Circlet Press and Oysters and Chocolate.
She lives in London, is a season ticket holder at Rotherham United and a keen cook. Her recipe for cranberry and nut brownies is available if you ask nicely…
Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
This is a solid eleven-story anthology with good writing, engaging stories, and a nice variety of themes. I recommend it for fans of contemporary erotica and modern Anglophiles.
Each of the stories has something to offer, and they are surprisingly varied. Each makes convincing and imaginative use of London’s unique topography, and shows a slightly different side of the legendary city.
“Double Exposure” by Jay Lawrence opens the anthology with a solid shot, a really enjoyable little voyeuristic tale that sets the stage nicely for things to come. Notable offerings include “Falling Down” by James “Grim” Desborough, where a game of chase that begins on the tube becomes some severely hot rough-and-ready sex in London’s seedy alleys. Also, “The Woman From Aldgate West” by Neil James Hudson was a wonderful, odd sort of supernatural little story in the weird tale vein with an interesting premise and lovely tone. Frances Jones’ “Artefacts” would have been at home in a supernatural-themed anthology, though there’s nothing explicitly supernatural about it, the implications are beautifully done. “Lost Property”, by Elizabeth Coldwell, answers the question of what happens to things left on the subway, and who returns them to their owners; in this case, a suitcase full of some very, very naughty things.
It’s really hard to spotlight the standouts, when they are almost all, to a one, superb. Yes, there are a couple of duds, but there’s no need to pick on them when the anthology is so solid, with eleven stories to choose from. And, well, what didn’t work for me might really work for someone else.
As far as kink goes, it’s not super-heavy. We have rough sex, spanking, risky sex, voyeurism, little bit of genderfuck, and even more rough sex. Largely, it’s lightweight, but I just can’t dock it for having kinky content that wasn’t kinky enough when each story took what it had and ran with it so well.
Highly professional work on every level, and thoroughly enjoyable.
—Naamah at BDSM Book Reviews