Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Red Velvet & Absinthe by Mitzi Szereto

eBook Paranormal Erotica 
I read the ebook version of Red Velvet & Absinthe and edited by Mitzi Szereto on my Kindle.

Red Velvet & Absinthe is a collection of fifteen Gothic/paranormal erotica short stories. Red Velvet & Absinthe is a book I initially saw at a Barnes & Noble store. I was intrigued by the cover art and the idea of reading paranormal erotica with Gothic elements, but I didn't buy this book then. It wasn't until some time later that I bought the ebook version to read on my Kindle.

I finally got around to reading Red Velvet & Absinthe this month in celebration of Valentine's Day. After reading this book, I kind of felt ho-hum about the entire collection. Two of the short stories were so boring I couldn't bring myself to finish reading them. Other short stories were just okay and left me wanting more... While others were pretty good. The following short stories were my favorites: Cover Him With Darkness, The Blood Moon Kiss, Dolly, The Persistence of Memory, The Queen, and Benediction.

The following is a book summary for Red Velvet & Absinthe from Amazon's website as follows:
Red Velvet and Absinthe explores love and lust with otherworldly partners who, by their sheer fantastical nature, evoke passion and desire far beyond that which any normal human being can inspire. Although the greats such as Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier are long dead, these contemporary authors keep the Gothic spirit alive and well by interpreting it in new and exciting ways. Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers a collection of unique and original stories that conjure up the atmospheric and romantic spirit of the Gothic masters (and mistresses) but take things a bit further by adding to the brew a generous dosage of eroticism. Lie back and listen to the wind howling outside your window as you read these stories in the flickering light of a candle, the absinthe you’re sipping warming your body like the caressing touch of a lover’s fingers . . .
I'm giving Red Velvet & Absinthe by Mitzi Szereto a rating of 5 stars out of 10 stars. I wanted to L-O-V-E this collection of short stories so much more than I did, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.

Until my next post, happy reading!


  1. I haven't read much Kindle erotica but this is an interesting concept for a certain niche (people interested in Gothic lit & elements) with good marketing (the eye-catching cover hah). Too bad it wasn't that great. Happy reading!
    Glamorous Book Lounge

    1. Yes, the cover captured my attention immediately!! I like erotica anthologies normally because I'm exposed to a variety of usually new to me authors. I also was intrigued by the idea of Gothic/paranormal erotica, so had to read this book. It's always a mixed bag when some of the stories are good, while others aren't and everything in between.