Review: Flying High

Rev_FlyingHighLast month I was given a complimentary copy of Cleis Press‘s latest anthology Flying High to read and review.

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and with a foreword by Alison Tyler, the book contains nineteen hot short stories of the Mile High Club. Other contributors to the book include Kristina Wright, Sommer Marsden, Elizabeth Coldwell and over a dozen other talented authors who seduce the reader with salacious words woven into fantastic tales.

As with all anthologies, there were stories that I loved, and tales that I didn’t; that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with any of the stories, but there were some scenes that I adored and they became my favourites. But there isn’t a “bad” story here at all; they are all hot, great tales that rock.

Get On, Get Off by Jeremy Edwards was the premise of an airline having a “masturbation class” and that enticing idea was brought to life with some excellent, and well-written prose. When Your Girlfriend Wears a Very Short Skirt by Thomas S Roche is a red-hot erotic, brilliantly crafted scorching story that ended with me wanting much much more, and I think that’s the mark of a good anthology piece when I instinctively want a Part 2! I love the creativity in Wing Walker and the turn in 34B, but my favourite story was definitely Craig J Sorensen’s Top Banana, from which this excerpt is taken:

You’re almost too perfect.” Her face was sweet and warm, but there was a darkness swelling in her eyes. “You’ve got a beautiful cock, though.” She traced it.

Uh, thank you?”

Spread your legs.”

I surveyed the tiny lavatory. She turned so the front of her yellow dress was pressed to my back like a chair. One cool hand smoothed down my back, across my butt, around my hip. The other circled my cock tightly. “Spread your legs,” she repeated.

I opened my feet as far as I could.

Wider.”

(The introduction was posted here by the editor.)

But, in all honesty, it would wrong to single out a particular submission; all of the stories are quality, with sizzling hot sex scenes and delightful premises. They are all reasonably short, ideal for that journey into work on public transport which is a “stop-start” affair and would kickstart any tired mind in the morning.

For that reason, the book must come recommended.

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