Girl Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica
What the publisher says:
Even though they may not get a lot of action on the field after high school and college, girl jocks always manage to see a lot of action off the field. Because female athletes have an easy confidence about them, a natural nonchalance, and usually a killer bod, that draws all kinds of women to them – straight, lesbian, bisexual, curious, questioning, you name it. Women are competitive by nature, whether they play sports or games. Women play hard and love harder. They don’t just score – they keep track. Girls Who Score is filled with story after story of complex, intriguing women engaging in all kinds of, ahem, contact sports. Sinclair Sexsmith contributes “A Good Workout” at the gym with lots of hot action in the steam room and Gina Marie has two women boxers going at it in every way in her ever-so-sexy “Blood Lust.” Delilah Devlin’s soccer champs have a very good time in “Playing the Field,” and Elle’s “Game Over” has a cheerleader who “trains” a freshmen each year to serve her every need. Sporty dykes aren’t always playing ball, so to speak. After all, scuba divers and gym bunnies are in fact athletes and editor Ily Goyanes features lesbian jocks of every stripe in this sweet and sweaty volume.
What I say:
This is a collection of stories written about the seemingly unrepresented ‘sporty dyke’, ranging from the sweet and sentimental to the down right graphic. Being neither sporty nor a lesbian, and reading the full title (Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica)… I will admit to being a little scared and uncertain I hadn’t bitten off more than I could chew. I was certain I was going to start reading and burst into flames (or something to the like).
No, but really… I didn’t know what to expect. So, I went into reading the book with an open mind. Since I had a hard copy and not a PDF on my Kindle meant I couldn’t hide what I was reading from the world. On the playground, waiting after school for my elementary school aged child, in the back of a car on a ride, I read. I had a few people raise eye brows at the title.
This is a collection to sixteen stories written by sixteen different authors. In each story, you can really feel the different personality of each writer. I will admitted that not every story appealed to me, but not based on the topic or plot. Some of the stories (to me) felt like they were forced fiction, and some of them felt like two friends sitting down, swapping stories of a single moment in time.
I’m a huge fan of anthologies because you get a taste of individual personalities and styles of writing all on a similar topic, so I can compare and contrast what I like and don’t like about the author’s style.
Of note, my favorite story of the collection was Anna Watson’s “Give and Go”. I’ve never read anything she’s written before, but found the story very true to life. I could picture her words and the plot line was probable. I didn’t feel like she forced the story or added a bunch of stuff that was unnecessary. I felt like the story was just one she’d have shared with a friend over a cup of coffee as she recalled her time at her school back in the day, while having plenty of the present-time speech so that it feels like something that I could insert myself into (which is what most writers want to have their readers do, insert themselves along side the protagonist in the story). I could picture the two of us sitting around, talking about her dad needing to go into an assisted living facility, and then naturally flowing into a blast from her past. It flowed, it felt natural, it felt comfortable.
From the title, it might be a ‘scary’ book for some folks, but if they can get past the title, I believe that there’s a little bit of something for almost everyone, not inclusive of lesbians (though I’m sure that in the great wide literary world of straight-lit, a bit of lesbian-lit is welcomed).
It made me think about the girls who I went to school with, wondering if they felt much like a lot of these characters when they played sports, hung out in the halls and locker rooms, and hope that they felt safe enough to be happy with who they are.
There were definitely steamy scenes set to get hearts racing and the imagination to go wild. It made me wish I worked out, ran, played soccer or basket ball… something… because sports and hard bodies are hot, no matter what your gender, gender preference, or activity level.
Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica edited by Ily Goyanes
Published Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Cleis Press
Price Point: $10.16 (Kindle), $14.95 (Softcover)