One of the hallmarks of good erotica is that it’s an enjoyable read whether or not the particular kinks of it are the same as those of the reader. Valerie Brundage’s EROTIC DAYDREAMS certainly meets that criteria here. The ménage a trois stories in the collection, for example: though not usually excited by ménage tales, I kept wanting to know what was going to happen psychologically and erotically with each character as the stories proceeded. This was true for all the stories. There tends to be a human interest in each tale that makes them hotter and which is lacking in a lot of erotica.
Valerie Brundage also employs skillful and economical use of language. “Four on the Floor,” for example, starts right in the middle of some hot public sex and humiliation action. You have not only the hot sex right away, but the complex psychological interaction of the characters involved. There is a lot of subtlety here about just who, exactly, is in control.
One of the hardest things to do in writing erotica is to avoid cliché. Well, these stories avoid them, every single time. And the narrative voices here are strong and interesting.
Not infrequently there is a sense of something odd going on the reader needs to think about more. This is particularly true of “The Private Retirement of Miss Pamela Boyshorts,” for example, which is my personal favourite in the collection—my fave because of the amazing way in which the protagonist is described and what she means: the whole idea of the erotic popcult icon and erotic public display.
Needless to say, I highly recommend this book.