Sudden Sex: Night Heat, by Vida Bailey

So… time got away from me and I haven’t posted in a while… But I hope I’ll make up for it with this review of Vida Bailey’s “Night Heat” (which appears in Alison Tyler’s Sudden Sex).

I was utterly enchanted by this story, in which a woman, woken from sleep by a storm, is coaxed back to bed and back to warmth by her lover. The atmosphere reminded me of Walter de la Mere’s poem Silver, where the slow and silent moon walks the night in silver shoes. As befits the midnight setting, there’s an air of magic to Bailey’s story, and some witchiness and kinkery too, with the woman worried about draining the warmth from her lover’s skin and absorbing it into herself.

I loved how elemental the story was, with the contrasts drawn between light and dark/fire and ice/cold and warmth, and the animal comforts of warmth and sex and connection. We read about “cats and foxes sheltering from the storm,” the woman’s lover “earth warm” drawing her back to the “burrow” of their bed. The story emphasises our dual nature as human and animal. When they end up entwined in a carnal embrace, the woman’s lover marks her as his: “My pulse beats in the bruise he leaves, heart and cunt and blood all throb.”

Bailey’s writing is dreamlike and sensual and beautiful, and I cannot wait to read more of it.


About mina murray

Mina Murray is an Antipodean, whisky aficionado and (part-time) smut-peddler. Her work is published in anthologies by Cleis Press, Tempted Romance and Mischief Books, including Seductress: Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire; Best Bondage Erotica 2013; Brief Encounters: Tales of Fast Love; Sudden Sex: 69 Sultry Short Stories; The Mammoth Book of Quick & Dirty Erotica; Baby Got Back; The Big Book of Orgasms; Dressed to Impress; and Lords, Ladies, Butlers and Maids. Look out for more sexy reads in 2015 in Three of Hearts, Conquests: An Anthology of Smoldering Viking Romance and Dirty Dates. Visit Mina at her blog | twitter | pinterest
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3 Responses to Sudden Sex: Night Heat, by Vida Bailey

  1. Jo says:

    What a beautiful, beautiful review, Nina, thank you so much!

    Vida x

  2. Jo says:

    OOPS! Sorry, Mina! Not Nina. My brain tricked me there.

  3. mina murray says:

    No worries, Vida 🙂 My brain tricks me on a regular basis!

    I’m so glad I got the chance to review your story, it was one of the standouts in the collection for me.

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