Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book Review: Nymph by Francesca Lia Block

The books description says that Nymph is "anything but conventional." I feel that this is an understatement.

Francesca Lia Block is known for her lyrical writing set in a world that is part Los Angelas, CA and partly a fantastical world of fairies, centaurs and mermaids. Her collection of erotic short stories is unlike any romance or erotica I've read before.

Each chapter is a tale of two lovers who connect in a way that leads the reader to believe there is more to each coupling than the physical; that there is a spiritual connection as well. The connection is strengthened because each character is interconnected either by past lovers, sibling or friendships. Block weaves an intricate web with the lives of her characters.

Not only is the telling unconventional but the characters are as well. Starting with Mer, the mermaid, who falls in love with a ex-pro-surfer, Tom Mac. The beautiful and seductive Plum, who helps her friends and loved ones find their soul mate even though it can break her heart. Then there is Coco who works at a strip club full of creatures that were once women but now are made to look like strange goddesses with wings or many arms or cat faces.

Block does a good job mixing romance and erotica with a bit of tragedy. She relieves each author with orgasm and happy endings. My only complaint might be that the one girl on girl tale involves one of the characters thinking of a guy the whole time, which, for a fan of lesbian romance, is a little disappointing.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 because it not only pulls at my heart strings and makes me hot and bothered but because I can read it to my husband and 1 chapter in, he's ready to go. I recommend it to anyone who likes erotica.

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