Pros: Good tips for couples
Cons: Some language is a bit tacky and corny
(Blushing, Clearing Throat).. Harrhemm *cough*.. Okay, I am going to review my first Adult product and I will try and do it with dignity and subtlety.
CAUTION: THIS IS AN R RATED REVIEW ABOUT AN ADULT BOOK ON SEX FOR COUPLES. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED, PLEASE DO NOT READ, COMMENT OR CHASTISE.
Smoldering Embers: Hot Erotic Stories and Sex Tips to Light a Couple's Fire was given to me by my friend Danae, who is a Professor of Psychology. Her dissertation focused on different thought processes behind male and female sexuality. I did some research for her and it was very interesting. However, I thought that some of what she published in her dissertation was sort of boring and redundant as I am not much of a statistics person, although I know the information was needed and necessary.
Anyway, she purchased Smoldering Embers for me because my husband and I, at the time, were having.. shall we say.. not a whole lot of sex. Things had become boring, and she had just gone through the same thing with her husband. She thought this might spice things up a bit for us if we read it together. Of course, this never happened, but I sure read the book cover to cover and I enjoyed most of it.
Smoldering Embers was written by Cynthia Perkins, M. Ed, in 2003. It is a short book at 210 pages, and its divided mainly into two categories. The first part of the book contains several sex stories from either a male or female point of view. The second part of the book gives couples advice on how to spice things up in the bedroom, using various sexual techniques.
I will admit, the short stories in the first part are all pretty hot. They all focus on different sexual preferences. Some examples of stories are 'Butt Loving,' 'Bad Boy,' 'Meet Me At The Park,' 'Shower Time' and 'Caught in the Act.' The stories are told from either a male or female perspective, and if you look at the Table of Contents you can see which stories are told by which sex. If you have a preference, you can skip to the ones you like. One story focused on a couple who liked to pleasure each other orally. One story was about a couple who enjoyed anal sex. Another was about a couple who enjoyed having discreet encounters and liked to have sex in public places. They are all short, and they all get right to the point. The common thread in the stories is that they people having sex are all couples who have been together for some time. The beginning of the stories make the couples seem to have just met, but as the stories progress, most of them explain that theyve been together for a long time and they still enjoy each other immensely. The stories tie in with the theme and title of the book quite well.
The Sex Tips section of the book is broken into various themes, techniques and types of advice. We have everything from Mutual Masturbation, Phone Sex Lovers and Dont Worry About Size to Eye Contact, Having Fun With a Vibrator and simple Communication. The advice is short and again, to the point. Some of the advice is fairly obvious, and then some of the themes are things that I had forgotten about or not even thought of before, so I found most of the advice interesting.
Overall, Smoldering Embers: Hot Erotic Stories and Sex Tips to Light a Couple's Fire was an enjoyable read and experience. One complaint or criticism I would make is that the stories sort of corny. I half expected them to start off with You wont believe this, but this really happened to me! Then again, there are only so many ways that you can write about sex, and a lot of it *has* to sound corny, I suppose. What irritated me the most was the constant use of the same words in the stories, like thrust, juices, tantalize, contractions, tighten, etc. Some of the words were overused and tacky.
One thing I really did appreciate was the way the author (Perkins) made sure the stories were about real couples that loved one another and found ways to spice up their sex lives. Sex is such an important part of a relationship, and I think that this ingredient of the book was done tastefully.
I think that this would be a good book for any couple who may be trying to add a little extra to their love department. My advice would be to hide it from the bookshelf so that kids (of any age) cant find it, and to put it away when family comes (especially if your parents stay in your bedroom!). When my parents came for Thanksgiving, I had to put my little bag of goodies in my neighbours closet, but maybe I am just paranoid. ;)
3.5 stars rounded to 4, you may have some fun with this book!