Review: Sweet & Rough: Sixteen Stories of Queer Smut by Sinclair Sexsmith

sweet and roughSweet & Rough: Sixteen Stories of Queer Smut by Sinclair Sexsmith
Sixteen sexy stories; I came out of reading these tales these convinced that Sinclair had a thing for the clinking of ice cubes and sultry looks from lowered eyes…and I appreciate someone who knows what turns them on! There’s lots of blushing from both the tops and the bottoms here, and lots of bottoms determinedly making their needs known, either overtly or more subtly.  These stories are rich with sensuality, awash in steamy kisses, soft flesh, and dim lights. I loved how much attention Sinclair paid to the audial, with tons of sexy moans, groans, and sighs. Some favorite bits were the sly humor of the characters ordering a vanilla shake and all-American apple pie in “Diner on the Corner”, the tension in “One Solid Astor”, the pre-fuck struggle in “The Photo Shoot”, and the naughtiness of fucking in the library in two stories, “Popsicle in the Library” and “All Five Senses.”

The discussion in the Introduction rocked. Smut is created to entertain. It is story telling and fantasy, not sex education, and I’d like for it to stay that way! I want realistic smut and I want hot smut, but not didactic smut (shudder!) How do we find that balance? I’m glad Sinclair is talking about this and working their answers into their fiction.
Sweet & Rough: Sixteen Stories of Queer Smut by Sinclair Sexsmith

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About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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