This anthology from Cleis Press, edited by Radclyffe, contains stories from Cheyenne Blue, Andrea Dale, Charlotte Dare, Sacchi Green, Anna Meadows, Delilah Devlin and Radclyffe, to name just a few. As the title suggests, it’s a book of lesbian romance tales, but this isn’t mainstream romance. Not all of the tales have erotic content or sex, but some of them do.
Their common ground is the lesbian romance, of course, and the fact these are all incredibly well-written stories. As is always the case with anthologies, there were some tales I liked better than others, but this is simply a matter of personal preference.
I loved the fact that there was so much variety in this book. There were younger women, older women, ones in between. New lovers, women that only just met, jilted lovers, ladies that have been together for years… The settings also all varied massively, from a tiny village in Spain, to various points across America, to domestic settings, classrooms, wax museums, masquerade balls and much much more.
My particular favourites from this collection were Cheyenne Blue’s Home To Her Country and Radclyffe’s Staying Power. Having said that, there wasn’t a weak story in this collection. It’s a riveting, sexy – in some stories – emotional read that’ll tug at your heartstrings. It’s full of love, loss and regret, and the imagination of the included writers is vast and brilliant.
This is the first collection of Best Lesbian Romance that I’ve read, but I’ll definitely be looking out for others, whether it is the newest or older ones, as Radclyffe obviously puts together stunning anthologies. If you enjoy reading about lesbian romance across a spectrum of settings, plots and ages, then you should definitely check out Best Lesbian Romance 2013. It comes highly recommended.