Power Plays: A Sex and Politics Anthology edited by Jamaica Layne
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
POWER PLAYS is a collection of twelve stories that explore the timeless connection between sex and political power. As Henry Kissinger famously said, “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”, and the twelve authors contributing their hot stories to this anthology know that better than anyone. In POWER PLAYS, the intersection of sex and political power takes many forms—–including a threesome in Congressional chambers, a female President-elect who finds a boy-toy while traveling abroad, and a den of urban werewolves who fight to restore their rightful alpha male leader. These and many other erotic tales of sex and power make up this red-hot collection, which will capture your imagination and leave you thirsty for more.
This is an interesting multi-author anthology with a variety of brief erotic short stories all dealing with a common theme of sex, power, and politics. Each story has a different focus and setting, but each one is quite enjoyable making for a fascinating anthology. My main complaint is the brevity of the stories as there were quite a few that I felt had the potential to be very interesting novellas or even full-length stories as I was intrigued by the characters and the plots. But despite this, I still enjoyed the anthology and found the short stories to be nice escape reads.
The above blurb doesn’t tell you much about each individual story so here is my brief take on/summary of the entries…
In the steamy “Voter Registration” by L. A. Mistral, a woman seduces the young man attempting to get her to register to vote. And intrigue abounds in “Whispers” by Isabel Roman when a senator and Department of Justice attorney engage in a forbidden affair and overhear a murder plot (I was intrigued by this story and wish it had been a bit longer). While in “Changing Moon” by Angela Cameron (perhaps my favorite entry in the anthology and one I’d love to see as a full-length), pack politics plague urban werewolves when a pack member returns and takes on the alpha. And in “Whatever it Takes” by Maryn Bittner, a young blackmailer/manipulator is determined to do whatever is needed to see that his candidate takes office during the 2000 Presidental election. Meanwhile, “The Sanctuary” by Olivia London provides a nice change of pace by focusing more on office politics rather than the government with a story of a woman’s fantasies of and attraction to her supervisor.
The next entry in the anthology, “From Seductive to Prim” by Nicole Dennis, has a very interesting twist involving a married governor and some naughtiness in the back of a limo. While “Filibuster” by Vanessa Vaughn heats things up even further with a ménage involving a female Representative. And with an interesting change of things, “A French Tryst” by Victoria Lacy has the first female President-Elect indulging herself with a handsome young Frenchmen. “Small-Town Tastes” by K.D. Grace is also full of surprises as a married congressman visits a small town and indulges in a bit of voyeurism.
Up next in the anthology “Erection Coverage” by Karlita Diamond, is a quick little romp featuring a reporter who is part of the press tour covering a political candidate who learns quite a bit about her subject as they travel. “Board of Directors” by Jen Bluekissed takes us into the world of corporate politics with a sexy liaison involving a Board of Directors election and some sexy uses for chocolate. And last, but not least we have “The Definition of Is” by Brandi Woodlawn, a quick little story in which the First Lady is determined to teach the cheating President a lesson thanks to the advice of a Secret Service agent and with the help of some sexy toys.
Each of these stories was highly erotic and enjoyable in their own way. Each sizzles and provides the reader with something different while sticking to the sex and politics theme, a theme I found to be quite interesting. But as I mentioned at times the stories were a little too brief for me.
But if you want some quick and sexy reads, then check out this one.
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