In Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4, award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has gathered the hottest sexy stories starring outspoken women who daringly pursue love and lust.
You'll read about a single mom who goes back to college and gets some very hands-on education from her hot professor, an Amish woman tenderly revealing her most intimate desires, and a woman who crafts the man of her dreams. From outsiders who passionately claim their place without apology to women taking the boldest of risks with their hearts and their bodies, these sizzling stories are sure to make your heart pound.
Featuring stories by popular authors including Alyssa Cole, Megan Hart, Tamsen Parker, Sofia Quintero, and Alessandra Torre, along with a variety newcomers to the genre, these tales will turn you on and stay with you long after you've finished.
Nine lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories…
It Started Before Noon – All stories must begin somewhere.
Heart’s Thaw – A frozen heart is no match for ignited passions.
Fire and Brine – Of all the bars in all the world, Alice had to wander into Cassandra’s. Are either of them ready for what comes next?
Dance with Me – Can a werewolf and a vampire put aside their differences to catch a thief in the Windy City?
My Cup of O Pos – Not every visit to the ER has to be stressful.
Home – A stray, an alpha, and a question: Where does she belong?
Swoon – Falling in love is tough when you’re a cursed pirate.
The Hunt – A first bite is never easy for a teenage vampire.
By Candlelight – A girl and her ghost await a funeral.
Your favorite stories from childhood have a new twist. Seven fairy tales of old with characters across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.
Green Things Grow from Cinders by A.E. Ross – Glass slippers aren't for everyone.
Gretel on Her Own by Elna Holst – This time around, Gretel Kindermann is on her own. Or is she?
Bremen Town Musicians by Mark Lesney – Loss and love on the road to Bremen Town.
The Scent of Magic by N.J. Romaine – Who can win a hunt against the Big Bad Wolf?
The Rescue by Sam Burns – Saving princesses is hard work. Getting out of marrying them is harder.
Loose in the Heel, Tight in the Toe by Valentine Wheeler – The shoe fits, the prince is won: now what?
Baile de la Marioneta by W.M. Fawkes – No one else can pull his strings.
A Spell for Master Vervain by Lee Welch
Apprentice magicians aren't supposed to fall for their masters, but after a year of longing, Kit is desperate for Master Vervain. Kit casts a forbidden spell to raise an incubus doppelganger of his master--oh, the things he'll do with that incubus! But Kit's invoking forces he can't control and anything can happen when love and magic are mixed.
Finding the Words by Elizabeth Coldwell
On a simple night out, Brendan's life changed forever. He gave up college lecturing for the world of private tutoring. He may be a virtual recluse, but at least he's safe. When student Zack approaches him for help with understanding poetry, he's reluctant to take him on, afraid any connection to his old life might stir up the memories.
Being around Zack awakens long-buried desires in Brendan. He wants to act on his impulse to get closer, but he needs to find the words to say how he really feels.
The Silent Treatment by Elna Holst
Reverend Jane Sinclair has been preaching nothing but fire and brimstone lately. After being dumped by her long-term partner, her mood has been going from bad to worse, and it deteriorates further when her vicar strong-arms her into going off on a yoga retreat. Once she arrives at Serenity Farms, however, the sultry and playfully dominant yoga instructor soon has her singing quite a different tune. A very, very quiet one.
One Small Step by Riza Curtis
Student mage Ilya regrets not paying more attention in class when he teleports two hundred miles instead of the hundred yards he was supposed to go. Concussed, exhausted, and completely underdressed for the bitter winter weather, Ilya is rescued by the handsome Søren.
Sparks fly between the two mages while Ilya recovers, but Ilya must return home. Unable to use his magic and not skilled enough to attempt teleporting back, even if he could, Søren insists on making the journey with him. But train rides and bandits reveal something more between them.
Shedding Doubt by Danielle Wayland
Twenty-six-year-old Grayson is on a mission to get the most out of his gym membership, but when he goes at it too hard on his first day and slips off the treadmill, embarrassment makes him want to quit. Heath, a gym rat, rushes to his aid and offers to help. Initially suspicious of his motives, Grayson reluctantly accepts his help.
The more time they spend together, the more their friendship grows. They both have internal battles keeping them apart, but a Halloween party might just be the place to have a heart-to-heart.
Academic Temptations by Karmen Lee
Twenty-three-year-old Savannah Archer has kept her sexuality buried for years out of fear of being ostracized by her disapproving community. After getting pregnant in high school and putting off college for five years to raise her son, she is finally attending college--away from the prying eyes.
In her first class of the semester, she meets Anetta Springs, who is not only her professor, but also her academic advisor, and the attraction is immediate. Savannah and Anetta both know that the potential consequences of a teacher-student relationship are life-changing, but a book club and a meddling sister may not give them a choice.
The Sidhe's Apprentice by Morwen Navarre
For anyone serious about magic, studying with a Sidhe Master is essential. Alistair Brady is very serious, and when he's chosen at a Calling--a search by the Sidhe for new students--he's elated. However, his assigned Master, Cianán, doesn't want a new student and makes it painfully obvious.
Despite Cianán's disdain, Alistair is determined to learn magic. But Alistair has difficulty finding the place inside where magic lives, and even the simplest spells continue to elude him. He just needs to figure out what's missing, while trying not to let his growing attraction to the cold and aloof Cianán show. It takes a backfiring spell to show both Alistair and Cianán exactly what's missing to make Alistair's magic come alive.
Press "Copy" to Begin by Maryn Blackburn
Dr. Marissa Muniz worked hard to earn her Ph.D., so she is rightfully outraged when she detects plagiarism in the work of wealthy grad student. When Muniz confronts Libby Highsmith, the young woman begs for a second chance.
Ms. Highsmith must propose a new master's thesis and design a project to serve as punitive measures. Muniz accepts the thesis proposal but balks at the project--a replica of the paddle used in private schools and a contract promising secrecy.