Thursday, November 23, 2017

Working It edited by Harley Easton & CM Peters

If your idea of a workplace fling involves secretaries in short skirts, executives in power suits, and interns in the copy room, be prepared to have your horizons broadened. Working It may come with the tagline "Office meetings will never be the same," but it goes far beyond that. Harley Easton & CM Peters have collected sexy stories that are both blue collar and white, that span hotels, recording studios, restaurants, and (yes) office buildings.

While it is a solid collection, I would like to focus on those that are a tad different.

Overtime by Sonni de Soto tells the tale of a businesswoman (who writes erotica on the side), her husband (who is also her Dom), and her prudish boss (who has seen her boudoir photos). Sometimes love is the best revenge.

The Words We Share by Annabeth Leong is a powerful, deeply thoughtful tale of a veteran with PSD who connects with a Syrian immigrant. Here we have two women who bring back dark memories for one another, but who bond through that shared pain.

Nine Lives by Harley Easton is a story that I expected to be a lot edgier, relying as it does on a legacy of tattoos, but it was actually very sweet and passionate.

Best of Both Worlds by Terri Ley is, not surprisingly, my favorite story in the collection, with a cis-gender woman who does not realize just how close her perfect pre-op transsexual lover really is. It is a story that, in the wrong hands, could veer dangerously into fetishizing gender, but which works because of their already established friendship.

Sure Thing, Boss by James S. Davie was a delightful surprise, with a bisexual husband, a polyamorous marriage, and a clever wife who pushes him into the arms of the hot young man who works for him. It was fun, kinky, and so clever.

There is usually a few stories in these collections that do not work for me, but I genuinely enjoyed Working It from start to finish. Definitely recommended . . . and perfect (if NSFW) workplace reading.

Harley Easton is a Renaissance woman dabbling in everything life offers. She's worked at a major theme park, found expert witnesses for legal cases, been a guest lecturer at a well known national museum, and worked with medical students. Putting experience and insanity to good use, she's become an author specializing in fiction.
CM Peters would like to be ageless but hasn’t found the fountain of youth. She works in the communications field but her true passion is writing. She hails from Québec and has been back at writing regularly after a long break since college. An eclectic writer, CM is equally at home penning short erotica, quality fanfiction, and elaborate sci-fi and fantasy novels. Whatever genre she is working in, CM always centers her stories around complex, relatable characters. At the moment, she's hard at work on a new coming of age novel and a collaborative fantasy anthology.

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