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A young man writes erotic stories and shows them to a bookish friend named Lisa. After reading each one, Lisa offers light-hearted critiques, leading to free-spirited conversations about love and sexual desire. These stories (and Lisa’s critique of them) can be silly, sad, sensuous, sinful. One reviewer described them as “exquisite, thoughtful vignettes that individually by turns inspire reflection, evoke startled recognition and collectively offer considerable insight into the tragicomedy that is the constant human search for connection.”

The subjects of Volume 1 (“Youthful Indiscretions”) are mostly about college life and slightly beyond. (Read a one-line description of each story and a sample story). A college student spends an evening with his crush before she travels to Europe to study abroad. A college student’s real-life encounter with a porn star causes his erotic imagination to go wild. A masturbation video by an unknown woman becomes an Internet sensation … and also an enigma. A man fails to seduce a beautiful woman and after he meets her years later, feels compelled to try again. A college girl invents a sexy game to seduce her boyfriend but in the process discovers unwelcome truths about him. An overconfident lawyer tries to persuade his beautiful fiance to let him take nude photos of her. Two sex-obsessed high school boys trade sexual banter at a miniature golf park but are secretly afraid of the opposite sex. A young man’s erotic letter to a married woman invites her to partake of forbidden dreams. A woman plays a practical joke on a man during a one-night stand. The last sequence of stories, “The First Time, the Last Time” narrates the history of 11 relationships simply by describing the first time and the last time each couple had sex.

While the goal of these couple-friendly stories is both “titillation and reflection,” they should appeal to fans of Scheherezade, the fiction of Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Mary Gaitskill, John Updike, Susan Minot, Alberto Moravia and Candace Bushnell. As a bonus, this ebook contains sexy illustrations and two erotic essays (a “Pleasure Manifesto” and a look at the fiction of Marco Vassi).