Title: With This Ring I Thee Bed (released 4/19/11 paperback, 5/1/11 eBook)
Author: Alison Tyler
Official Synopsis: In this sizzling new treasury, erotica maestro Alison Tyler has assembled over two dozen titillating tales of couples taking each other to new heights of happily bedded bliss. Imagination and experimentation are the watchwords as sexy spouses live out fantasies both intimate and elaborate: naughty new settings, new toys…even new partners. There are virgin brides, wicked wedding nights, impetuous swingers and some kinky couplings that give “tying the knot” a whole new meaning! Seductively spun by such genre luminaries as Kate Pearce, Kristina Wright, Cheyenne Blue, Portia Da Costa, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Janine Ashbless—plus a teasing little tale from the editor herself—these stories prove that the honeymoon is just the beginning!
This is my first foray into Alison Tyler territory, though for a while there I had my eye on (and still do) her book Alison’s Wonderland. With This Ring I Thee Bed is an erotic anthology all centered around the general theme of weddings. And smut. Glorious, unbridled smut. There’s something in here for everyone, be it traditional or kinky (and everything in between).
I enjoyed most of the short stories, but my particular favorite was Racing to the Altar by Sommer Marsden. It involved a speeding bride on her way to the church and a particularly thorough cop. The ending was what really made it for me, though, and I can’t give it away or I’ll ruin it for you.
There were quite a few stories that had me saying, “damn it, why didn’t I think of that!” for my own wedding day. *giggles with evil grin*
With This Ring I Thee Bed is a thoroughly steamy, wickedly sensual treat. It’s the perfect read to get you in the mood, or perhaps to even read together with your partner. I had a blast with this book, typically reading one or two short stories as an aperitif for bedtime. Nothing like falling asleep with a smile.
Romance: 2/5 Raunch: 5/5