Monday, May 2, 2011

With This Ring I Thee Bed-Alison Tyler (editor)

With This Ring I Thee Bed
Alison Tyler (editor)
Spice, Apr 19 2011, $14.95
ISBN: 978-0373605552

This twenty-five short story collection focuses on sex (and humor) in marriage whether it is the honeymoon, the wedding day, the make up encounter or The Seven Year Itch (sans Marilyn) by Kristina Lloyd. Each entry is well written as the authors seemed to have had a good time writing about various aspects but with a strong sexual spin of marriage in under twenty-five pages. The opening act occurs with two empty first class seats as Now or Forever by Nikki Magennis moves the boudoir into the kitchen. Sommer Marsden’s bats second with a bride caught “Racing to the Altar,” by a cop who knows how to pat down a speeder. Fans will enjoy the Anniversary Waltz by Portia Da Costa and the male perspective with contributions by Thomas S. Roche (“A Lucky Wedding”) and Michael Hemington (“The Wedding Stoppers). All the tales are quickies as summed up with the aptly titled “Strippers and Cigars” by N.T. Morley and even the “Mother of the Bride” by Cheyenne Blue finds her groove. With This Ring I Thee Bed is an amusing heated look at sex and marriage, which goes together in this fun collection.

Harriet Klausner

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