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Intimacy: Erotic Stories of Love, Lust, and Marriage by Black Men
Robert Fleming, ed.
288 pages
January 2004
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Intimacy is a compelling collection of sensual stories that range from sexual obsessions to the trials and tribulations of achieving and maintaining a relationship in today’s society. From the African-American perspective, this book takes on such age-old themes as adultery and the difficulties involved in getting from dating to marriage. The twenty-three writers immortalized in this book include those who have won prizes for their work, those who have been writing for a long time and those who bring a breath of fresh air to the erotica genre because they are novices.

"Postscript" is a tautly woven tale of adultery, both unprovoked and in retaliation. The chemistry of the characters fairly leaps off the page and ignites the passion of the reader. There is good use of imagery and strong ability to strongly portray both people and things in the story so that the reader can almost smell the passion evoked.

"Male and Females" is a depressing story of a man who is about to be married who has a high old time at his bachelor party. He dallies with two partners and finds himself comparing his future brides’ booty to one of the strippers’. Then there is the guy who so terrorizes his new wife that she becomes hysterical and leaves him shortly after their honeymoon to file divorce papers. Readers can’t help thinking that if some men are like this, it is no wonder some women go postal and take their revenge.

Anyone who enjoys erotica, regardless of race, will like this book. Fleming did an excellent job of culling the submissions down to a select talented few.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Camden Alexander, 2004

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