Erotica Book Review: Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 edited by Sinclair Sexsmith

Erotica Book Review

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 6
Author: Sinclair Sexsmith
Publication Date: Jan 4th 2022
Publisher: Cleis Press
Genres: Erotica

It almost goes without saying, given their track record for exemplary erotica collections, but Cleis Press has once again delivered an immensely satisfying read with Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 6. In editing this year's collection, Sinclair Sexsmith has done a wonderful job of exploring the diversity of lesbian lives and loves - race, gender, and orientation, for starters - with more than a few surprises along the way.

I won't go into detail on all the stories, lest I spoil some of those surprises, but I do have to share my top 10 (in the order in which they appear):

  1. 'Private Dancer' by Meka James is a slow, sensual exploration of the connection between an exotic dancer and her favorite voyeur that borders on fairy tale romance
  2. 'Operation O' by Therin Salem delighted me to no end with its blend of passion and respect, exploring how an asexual woman can be a part of her lover's orgasms
  3. 'Being Present' by Tobi Hill-Meyer was one of my favorites, using BDSM role-reversal to validate and celebrate the love of a transgender woman
  4. 'Something Slutty' by Mx. Nillin Lore was loud-and-proud in a way that made me swoon with delight, a story about celebrating gender fuckery and denying gender dysphoria
  5. 'Conductor' by Megan Stories was a lot of fun, allowing us to get deep into the psychological and physical aspects of kink between ace lovers
  6. 'A Year of Love, An Evening of Lust' by Quenby almost seemed like it was doing too much, covering too much ground with too many players, but that paragraph made my heart sing
  7. 'Be Rough' by Kel Hardy was a hot, intense story of a one-time-only fling between two women who like it rough, and I love that it didn't feel the need to open up more
  8. 'Take Me To Church' by Titus Androgynous was fun and sweet and so much more, with a young woman adorably infatuated by an androgynous older woman who is beautiful and handsome, womanly and strong
  9. 'I Just Really Love Cats' by Cassandra Cavenaugh was another favorite, so beautifully capturing the experience of pet play, evoking fond memories of my first time as a kept kitten
  10. 'Homecoming' by Jacqueline St-Urbain was a surprisingly emotional tale, a story of anticipation and connection, one in which few words are spoken but so much is said

Those were just my favorites, but I could have easily gushed over just about every story here. There were a few stories with second-person narration that I couldn't connect with, but that's just a personal dislike for the POV. Overall, the collection had a surprising amount of transgender, non-binary, and ace representation, and more kink than I was expecting, but that's hardly a complaint! 

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ 1/2

My sincere thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.