From the Introduction by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories was edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and features 20 stories from authors you have heard of and some that you only wish you had heard of sooner. Amanda Earl, Alison Tyler, Stan Kent, Andrea Dale, Tess Danesi, Isabelle Gray, Madlyn March, Lillian Ann Slugocki, Saskia Walker, Gwen Masters, Kristina Wright, Shanna Germain, Thomas S. Roche, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Maxim Jakubowski, Lisabet Sarai, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Elizabeth Coldwell, Tenille Brown and Donna George Storey entice you with stories that make you want to run right out and book your next hotel suite.
As I am writing this on my usual blogging day of Wednesday I thought it only fitting that I give you a taste of this particular anthology with the story, you guessed it, Hump Day.
Hump Day by Rachel Kramer Bussel
I missed that kind of sex, the kind that came before the daily duties of marriage turned us into people more likely to curl up with books or late-night TV than each other. I laughed, but then he grabbed me and pulled me close, his hands cupping my ass under my short dress, and I stopped laughing. My husband has a way of saying things that seem funny one moment, and then make me ache the next. It was a glimpse of the old Corey, the always-horny Corey, the one who could set me off with just a word or a look. We were looking for a way to bring back that magic, save our marriage from sinking into the abyss of relationships where sex became yet another chore. Sure, we were scheduling sex, but outside the home, in the only way we could conceive of to get ourselves out of our rut.
Made for Sex
Hotel rooms are, in a word, hot. The minute I enter one, I want to strip off all my clothes and dive naked between the sheets, whether I have a lover there to share in the indulgence with me or not. Much more so than my own bed, hotel beds make me horny. They are, or at least, seem to me, to be made for sex.
Hotels give us the chance to unwind, relax, and, if we choose, become someone else. Behind closed doors, we are free to frolic, fuck, and flaunt ourselves. It doesn’t matter whether the hotel is in a faraway land or in your own hometown; the point is, it’s a clean slate. It’s not your home filled with all the reminders of what you could or should be doing. Other people have fucked and will fuck in the bed you’re about to sleep in; that can be a turn-on in and of itself. It’s your borrowed space, for an hour, a day, a night, or longer, and in that time, you can claim it, control it, use it for your own naughty purposes. Other guests are prowling the hotel, checking in, checking out, banging and getting banged against the wall. There’s a sense that anything can happen–and quite often, it does.
To me, the anonymity of hotel rooms, their personality wiped clean with each new guest, is part of their appeal. They beckon us with their welcoming ways. They offer an escape from the everyday, a chance to let loose and become someone else. In Do Not Disturb, I wanted to capture the ways hotels fit into our erotic imagination, whether they’re a necessity or a luxury. Hotels let us explore parts of our passion that get left behind in the rush of daily life.
Reading that definitely made me stop and take notice. While all of the stories take place in hotels, they vary on the content. There were a few homosexual stories, threesomes, extra marital affairs, voyeurism. I firmly believe that there will be something in this anthology for everyone. While the last anthology I read made me hot because it was stories of sex on a plane and having never ridden a plane the images made such an impression that I wanted to start a fantasy with my husband then & there, this one gets me hot for a totally different reason. It gets me hot because I have stayed in several hotels and I can only imagine what went on in the rooms before they were cleaned so I could use them. It is enough to send your imagination into overdrive.
Do Not Disturb is a standard issue Cleis Press paperback that measures 8″ by 5 1/2″. Having read this through several times I can say that it is very sturdy. I anticipate having this for a long time to come and reading it over many more times. I have had friends ask me to borrow this after seeing it’s not so discreet cover, but I simply couldn’t let it out of my sight. I don’t trust that they would give it back after reading these wonderful stories, I know I wouldn’t.