All the Wrong Places
has all the romance, humor and passion you've come to expect from
Karin Kallmaker. It includes a highly explicit range of powerfully
erotic sexual situations -- that's why it's the first full-length
BELLA AFTER DARK novel.
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and nights so delicious who cares about tomorrow?
Brandy Monsoon is looking for love. Since theres never a shortage
of casual playmates at the tropical resort where she works as a
fitness trainer, most of the time she gets it, too.
If Brandy tires of the perpetually curious but
primarily straight women, theres her best friend Tess for
a friendly encounter safe, with no strings. After all, theyre
When an all-lesbian tour group arrives for a week, Brandy is sure
shell be in paradise on earth. The guests include lesbian
celebrity comic Celine Griffin, who has an obvious interest in an
after-dinner Brandy. Celine and Brandy do find explosive pleasure
together -- so why does Brandy feel as if thats no longer
enough for happiness?
Join Karin Kallmaker for
sex and the single girl.
Read the review at Loving Venus-Loving Mars August 2010: "What I really enjoyed about All The Wrong Places is that it was a nice slow build to a sweet love story between Brandy and Tess. I love it when Iím reading and half way through Iím really dying for two people to get together, wondering and hoping that it can work out. I love it when I can feel the ache of the characters and ache myself for them to get what they want. Ms. Kallmaker created that longing and tension in this story, but not in an angsty, heavy way. Ms. Kallmaker’s style of writing is fun and very erotic, meaning, there’s a lot of sex in this book, written fairly graphically. However, it all had its place and nothing felt gratuitous. Nor did it really feel over the top erotic, but more playfully sexy."
MegaScene Women's Issues
by Lynn Watson
All the Wrong Places is Kallmaker's
first novel for the new Bella After Dark series. It features a heroine
with the unlikely name of Brandy Monsoon. Brandy is working at a
Club Med type resort. Young, cute, and gay, Brandy finds there are
plenty of straight women who are interested in experimenting. Brandy
also has a "f*ck buddy" in her good friend, Tess.
Brandy's life becomes more interesting when
an "Olivia Vacations" type group books the entire resort.
For a week there will be nothing but lesbians for guests. Brandy
is in seventh Heaven when she realizes that one of the entertainers
is her idol, lesbian comic Celine Griffin. Celine is more than willing
to bed Brandy, and to introduce her to lots of erotic experiences.
When her father dies, Brandy must make the
long drive home for the funeral. Having a long, lonely drive to
contemplate her life and her choices, leads Brandy to the realization
that some of her assumptions may not have been correct.
All the Wrong Places is a rollicking
romp of a read. It has a winsome heroine, hot sex, and an interesting
plot. If you've been wondering and wishing for a walk on the wild
side with Kallmaker, your wish has just come true!
This is a delightful Bella After Dark story
full of steamy sex and strong emotional realizations. Fitness trainer
Brandy Monsoon, who works for a resort in coastal Florida, has her
pick of beautiful women... As her life changes in unexpected ways,
Brandy begins the slow realization of what, and who, makes her life
Lambda Book Report: Skilled Hand Work
-- Bett Norris, Volume 13.09-10
Kallmaker gently pokes fun at and pays homage
to the paperback romance novels of the past; in [Erotica] she does
the same. We have a physical fitness trainer at a Florida resort,
where sexual conquests of a very transient nature are abundant.
We have a lesbian tour group booked for the week. The stage is set
for some very hot, no-strings-attached sex. Kallmaker does not disappoint
anyone expecting sex on every page. Its there; its hot;
its imaginative; and the bonus is that its well-written
and well, entertaining. But in standard Kallmaker style, we get
personalities, conflict, plot, tension, resolution, all the requisites
for a regular read
Then, in typical Kallmaker fashion, other
stuff happens: the plot deepens, expanding to include a death in
the family, some soul searching, a life change or two. Theres
humor and pathos, and of course the sensational sex scenes.
And there you have it. An erotic novel that
is more than its expected to be, more than its required
to be. Should we feel cheated? Why cant the author just give
us what we want without distracting us with baggage like plot, for
heavens sake? Why cant she simply provide whats
required, an evening of steamy sensuality that will send the reader,
very bothered and hungry, into the arms of the nearest loved one?
The answer lies in Kallmakers skill
and years of experience. She knows how to tease the reader with
her expertise. She has a sure hand and a steady eye after fifteen
romance novels, six fantasy novels writing as Laura Adams, and numerous
contributions to erotic anthologies. She knows how to play with
genre; she knows how to respect the reader. She is so good that
we dont know we are being manipulated, made to want more than
is called for, more than is necessary to satisfy the requirements
of both genre and the fan of erotic literature. We are in very skilled
Sex and love and the whole damn thing
Karin Kallmaker heats up the lesbian romance genre
By Loren King
Review Published: Thursday, November 25, 2004
BAY WINDOWS: New England's Largest Gay & Lesbian Newspaper
Popular lesbian novelist Karin Kallmaker's
first full-length erotic novel delivers the goods for fans of the
author's trademark romantic couplings. But In All the Wrong Places,
published under Bella Books's erotic division, Bella After Dark,
Kallmaker adds plenty of heart-stopping, toe curling, multi-orgasmic
sex to her erotic repertoire which has until now mostly appeared
in the author's anthologized short fiction. In this novel, not only
does the heroine enjoy lust filled nights with her lover, she rises
to make breakfast in the morning for her, too.
Kallmaker is a writer deft and experienced
enough to invigorate her formulaic story with sexually explicit
scenes that generate real heat, because she also knows how to create
characters with some depth, even within the confines of the romance
genre. And fans of her dyke romances won't be disappointed as the
author allows her heroine to lose her heart, while fans of hot sex
on the page won't be bored - Kallmaker's efforts here are plentiful,
wholly sex-positive, credible and varied.
The setting is a Florida resort where 26
year-old Brandy Monsoon is a fitness instructor. She can't resist
the bi-curious girls that vacation at the resort; just a few pages
in, we're treated to one such dalliance in a ladies locker room.
But these trysts don't prove all that satisfying, so Brandy and
best friend and fellow instructor, the sexy, straight Tess, become
"f*ck buddies," and that they do with zest. But soon Brandy
begins to feel more than the heat of their couplings. Kallmaker
wisely withholds the inevitable payoff. She plays with the ups and
downs of the women's emotional stages: the confusion about their
feelings, the jealousy and the mixed messages of two sexually compatible
women for whom even great sex may not be enough. It's no surprise
where the plot will turn, but Kallmaker is skilled enough to pleasantly
distract us until we get there.
In the meantime, we're entertained by a
horde of vacationing lesbians who descend on the resort. Celine
Griffin, a "famous comedian" who oddly doesn't utter one
witty line, does teach Brady a thing or two about adventurous sex.
There's no shortage of sex toys, graphic talk, and occasional domination
- all done in consensual, mutually satisfying, passionate fun
A family crisis drives Brandy off the resort
in a rented car. Her soul-searching journey back to the family home
in Baltimore is more than a little clichéd and melodramatic,
complete with an abusive father, a distant mother and a boorish
brother who spews Leviticus in his sister's face. For good measure,
Kallmaker even throws in Brandy's now straight teenage sweetheart
who blatantly disses her. It's enough to make a girl hightail it
back to the Sunshine State and back into her best friend's arms.
Brandy's eventual reunion with Tess manages to deliver both suds
and sex; kudos to Kallmaker for a novel that transcends the limitations
of both the lesbian romance and erotica genres.
Brandy et Tess sont professeurs
de sport dans un hôtel-club, sur une île tropicale du
golfe du Mexique. Le temps y est parfois long et les rencontres,
féminines ou masculines, rarement satisfaisantes. Leurs petits
jeux entre amies sont donc idéals, en attendant de trouver
Brandy est ravie lorsquarrive
un groupe de trois cents lesbiennes. Ces petits jeux lui apparaissent
soudain bien fades, face à la perspective dune soirée
en compagnie de lattirante Céline.Pourtant le lendemain,
malgré une nuit mémorable, elle est perplexe : et
si, finalement, ce qui nétait quun pis-aller
dissimulait autre chose?