The redoubtable Alison Tyler has organised a tour – a sexy party, if you will – in honour of the publication of her new anthology Sudden Sex.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be reviewing some of the stories in this awesome collection. Four stories, to be precise, because there were so many gems I couldn’t limit myself to just one.
This week’s story is Stopover, by A.D.R. Forte.
The protagonist of this deliciously dirty piece is a woman forever travelling, a “road warrior” who even in her off-time needs to “feel the asphalt under [her] tires, miles flying by”. She’s looking for adventure, she tells us, and she finds it — with a man who gives her just the kind of danger she needs. I loved the way Forte described him, capturing the duality of kindness and rough masculinity: “Still a Southern gentleman, even in jeans and flannel”.
In addition to being extremely hot, this story is really well written. There’s a momentum to the prose, a particular syntax that conveys a sense of motion and propels the reader forward along with the protagonist. The level of detail in the writing, in particular the specific adjectives Forte has chosen, make you feel like you’re right there with the narrator in that worn motel room. Forte renders the scene so precisely that you almost don’t notice how strongly you’re identifying with the main character until you, too, feel the flicker of fear at being bound and gagged, and revel in the sublime degradation of being used.
I also liked the way Forte varied the rhythm of the protagonist’s voice by using fragmented sentence structure and deliberate repetition, especially during the height of the sexual encounter. Just like her, I was begging for more. And you will be too.
Up next week – my review of “The Exorcism” by Veronica Wilde.