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Love, passion and sex…it’s all here in Darker Edge of Desire.

Gothic literature has always possessed a dark attraction ripe with the promise of the forbidden and the sensual. In Darker Edge of Desire, Mitzi Szereto takes the sexualized Gothic and ratchets it up a few notches into the danger zone, opening the door into the darker side of lust and love that only the courageous dare to venture through. Venturing even further into the world of mystery and romance than she did in the critically acclaimed Red Velvet and Absinthe, Szereto creates an atmosphere with a distinct Gothic flavor where we explore our more forbidden desires. In these tales, love and lust (and kink!) know no boundaries, and all nature of beings—from vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts, succubae—abound.

Tread carefully, danger and desire lie ahead!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (24 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Sexy 10 January 2015
By QuixoticOrchid - Published on
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I’m one of those writers who thinks you can’t mix erotica and horror. Both are sensual genres that play with the mind and creep into the reader’s “real world,” but they inspire two different urges. One wants you to slide out from under your comforter and read with one hand and the other wants you to crawl under that same comforter and three of its blanket cousins to hide until daylight. But Darker Edge of Desire is the exception to my rule. These stories make the delicious spirits under the bed and hiding behind curtains buzzy vibrator worthy phenomenon. I’m talking seriously old school gothic, but new and refreshing and original as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, sexy, and dark 21 March 2015
By Cissa - Published on
If anyone can put together anthologies of intelligent and sexy erotica, I'd bet on Cleis Press! And this book -- Darker Edge of Desire, edited by Mitzi Szereto -- only reinforces that opinion.

Almost all the stories here are smart, well-written and hot. Obviously, some appealed more to me than others, but there were only a couple that I thought missed the boat altogether; the rest were at the least fun to read.

Now, the "forbidden desires" aspect seems somewhat irrelevant these days; very few of the stories are all that shocking.

The sex is explicit, but generally handled well. I am a veteran of romance novels (among other genres) and have gotten heartily bored with some of the usual ways romance depicts sex. These are far better.

"Sister Bessie's Boys" is a story that will stay with me for a long time, although the twist at the end that makes it fit the theme here is pretty irrelevant to the gist of the plot, which is touching and very human. "The Alchemist's Daughter," on the other hand, I found both boring and incoherent, with nothing in it to connect with.

The rest of the stories fall between these two extremes, to my mind, but in general fall closer to the successes. This book is recommended for people who like their erotica smart, and somewhat dark.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Dark, this book has it all. 12 December 2014
By M. J. Alleen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Darker Edge of Desire is an enticing collection of 14 tales sure to tantalize even the most unshakable stiff. These Gothic Tales of Romance caress the shadowy limits of the intimate innermost psyche.
Passions ignite throughout these stories of lust, suspense, desire, and intrigue. Creatures and characters both strange and familiar escape the imagination, kindle the affections, and burn with a fervor only quenched by the intoxication of pure carnal euphoria.
Mitzi Szereto successfully scares up an assortment of stories ranging from the delicate sweetness of romance to the carnal heat of the erotic.
The collected authors, including Szereto herself, are artists in their field, bringing out the darkness and desires of the body and soul.
This book is worthy of five stars from those who love the Gothic romance and erotica genres.
4.0 out of 5 stars DARKER EDGE OF DESIRE, GOTHIC TALES OF ROMANCE~ 15 March 2015
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The Wicked Wife With the circumstance surrounding the death of her husband, Berengaria never thought she would find a man willing to love her again. The mission Andrew Cobalt is on is years in the making, almost a calling. Being with Andrew is nothing like Aria’s first marriage. The excitement and passion is amazing, yet there is a darkness Aria cannot ignore. Andrew sees things in black or white, which leads to a dangerous and thrilling discovery for Aria, and makes for one very gripping story.

Red House After hearing confessions all day, Father John Mihalis is more than ready to enjoy a quiet night at home. Meeting John at the church is not nearly enough for the Englishman. Arriving home, John is confronted by more than a stranger. He must now face his past. Regardless of the cloth, men are men, and humanity is integrally flawed. John’s story is just a little reminder of that fact.

Sister Bessie’s Boys Ever since he was a young boy, Lucas Jackson’s mother made sure he knew where his path led. Housing young seminary students is Bessie Sample’s way of keeping her husband’s spirit alive. Living in Bessie’s home, Lucas is given life lessons that he will carry with him forever. This coming of age story can be construed so many ways, but I like to believe Lucas is made a better man because of his time with Bessie.

Reynold’s Tale Having glimpsed the man’s sorrowful eyes, Reynold feels the need to do something. There is very little difference between genius and madness in Poe’s mind. As much as Reynold wants to help, he has never encountered a man like Poe. He just knows he must try. Intelligence and creativity often come with a price, especially in a society that shuns anything they cannot or will not understand.

The Dracula Club Transylvania holds a mystique that a young Goth girl from Ohio is eagerly ready to explore. Tourists are easy to spot, but Dragos and Bela find this one to be something else entirely. Leaving home was like shedding a skin she never fit into. Now with Dragos and Bela by her side, her real life can finally begin. This story is scary and dangerous, but thrilling none the less.

Moonfall How she came to be in an insane asylum, Madeleine Chancery can only guess. The perfect test subject is right in Dr. Charles Thorncraft’s hands, and he will not allow anyone to stand in his way, not even his brother James. Madeleine’s first thought is how she is going to escape, and to do that she will need to be very cunning. Having James on her side is definitely going to help. The plot twists in this story are wonderful, and would make an amazing full length novel.

Lightening In A Bottle There is very little a young woman like Rebecca can do on her own, but giving herself to a man of her choosing is one she will not relinquish. Metal and gears may make up his physique, yet there is something very different about Augustus. Her uncle would sell her off for some bits of machinery, but Rebecca has other ideas; one which mainly involves what is waiting below. If more steampunk stories had this kind of heat, I can only imagine how much better they would be.

The Wildest Spirit Coyote deaths are mounting, and he intends to stop the killer no matter what it takes. The university policewoman is doing what she can to track whoever is violating her land. Rage comes over him every time he thinks of how these animals died. The only thing that settles him is her presence, and an innate feeling of connection to her he is unable to explain. I would love to explore this couple’s relationship to a much fuller extent. They are mysterious, sexy, and dangerous, and make you want to just keep reading.

Blood Soup With his knives Jasper Roux can do extraordinary things. Very rarely ever leaving his home, Hugh Echo takes great pleasure in the plates his chef serves up. Tonight’s meal is so extraordinary Hugh must meet his chef in person. It turns into something neither of them is ready for. There is a mystery here that leaves you wanting to know so much more.

The Alchemist’s Daughter Watching her father wasting away is harder for Elizabeth than her own illness. Getting caught up in his friend’s taunts, Samuel now wants to make things right. All of the potions and elixirs her father comes up with are not helping Elizabeth’s health. What they both need right now is food, but all she can think about is Samuel, and what it would be like to have someone like him touch her. This is a fascinating tale that is sad, sweet, and just a little wild, which makes for a very interesting finish.

The Hollow in the Black Cliffs As she watches and waits it becomes obvious that her plans are becoming predictable. They may not have much, but Eli and his family are happy together. Desperation is nearly all that is leading her now. She has already chosen Eli. He just needs to accept it. Much is left unsaid here, which makes this story feel somewhat baffling and unresolved.

Devoured by Envy The world loves Giselle, the angelic dancer that lights up the stage. Yet what she wants is love from one man. Dr. Gabriel Blackburn is fascinated by the woman on stage. Men have come and gone, but none are willing to give Giselle the touch she so desperately needs. Thinking Gabriel could finally be the one, Giselle does all she can to make it happen. Being put on a pedestal for so long, it is apparent Giselle is heading for a crash when she is denied what she craves so badly.

The Hardest Kiss Stealing souls for Aithan is slowly destroying Bás. It is time for Sephie to exact her revenge. Death would be welcome to Bás, although he knows he will never be allowed that luxury. To Sephie, Bás may be the means to an end, but he does not need to know that. Bás is not much more than collateral damage, yet his story is sadly poignant.

Zapada Alba Seeing her body in this state, he knows now is the right moment to take action. With her alabaster skin and beautiful red lips she is a sight to behold, even in death. Once the others leave, he makes his move. She will be his and his alone, for all eternity. Be forewarned: this story skates the edge of propriety with a corpse-like girl, and the man who claims her body. If you a looking for something a little edgy, sometimes morose, and often sinfully sexy, you will find it here.

What I like about these stories is their originality. They are not your cookie-cutter romance or slasher tales. Here you have a fantastic collection of authors who give you captivating characters and unique story lines.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing! 24 July 2016
By Romancing the Book - Published on
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Reviewed by Marissa
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I love anthologies of stories so short they are only a few pages long and can be read in five minutes or less. I can devour them during commercial breaks while watching TV, standing in line at the bank, or even on my coffee break at work.

Some of my favorites from Darker Edge are:

Sister Bessie’s Boys takes place in the South during the 1950’s. Lucas Jackson is a young man who heads off to the seminary after high school and is put up by Sister Bessie, a retired nurse. She ultimately schools him in the ways of the flesh and teaches him that love and sex are human and not necessarily wrong or a sin. I found this a sweet, loving story. It was set in the perfect time – I don’t know if it would have worked at any other period of time, present or past.

Moonfall is one of the truer Gothic stories in this anthology. A woman is sent to an Asylum for the Incurably Insane after wandering the woods at night and having no memory of it. She returns home with her hair disheveled and her clothes torn and, more amazingly, is able to heal herself miraculously. As a reader I could see the answer pretty quickly but the road to the ending was still dark and exciting.

Devoured by Envy is about a captivating ballerina men refuse to love. The city sees her as an angel from heaven and to spoil her virginity would be her ruination. Yet it’s that refusal to love her that becomes her downfall. After the one man she believes will love her leaves her for another woman, she turns to Envy.