“I’m going to let the cat out of the bag right off and say that, with Sex and Love, I.J. Miller has written some of the best literary erotica I’ve yet to come across. For me, character and narrative are king (and queen) of my enjoyment of a short story. In Miller’s collection, almost every story has a captivating character (or two) and a narrative that takes you on a journey you look forward to completing.”
—Nathan Burgoine, Erotica Revealed
5 out of 5: “All of the characters in each story are complex people who have intricate emotions; it’s almost like the author wrote about people I know and interact with every day, because the emotions are so real and raw. There are layers of reasoning behind what the people in these stories do; nothing is ever simple or predictable, which is why this book is so great.Sex and Love takes an honest look into the psyche of what people do and why they do it. It has a tale for everyone and about everyone. I dare you to read it and not see a little of yourself or a friend of yours in one of these stories.” Read More….
–Clea R. Gellar, Book Wenches
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4 out of 5: “The writing is very fluid and the pacing was good, too. Sex and Love intrigued me from the start …. ‘Single Woman’ is the type of short story that you do not want to end. It has everything that you want in a story.” Read more …
–Kate, The Forbidden Bookshelf
“From escaping to the Internet, to being tempted by what’s ‘wrong,’ to exploring one’s curiosity about the other team, and much more, Sex and Love is an excellent collection, very much recommended reading for short fiction fans.”
–Cowper’s Bookshelf, The Midwest Book Review
“I loved this short story collection. Taken together, the collection seemed like a kind of Metamorphosis that hinges on sex. That is not to say that sex is the point of these stories, but sex is the fulcrum that allows the characters to change (for better or worse)…. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys short stories and would enjoy a literary view of the world through a slightly cracked lens.” Read more …
–Reading with Analysis Blog
“One hears endearing echoes of John Cheever in the way Miller presents his characters’ backstories; the way their rather conventional aspirations are explored, the very ordinariness of their dreams. Cheever’s style may seem dated nowadays, his reliance on secondhand narrative as quaint as his ‘50s suburban-middle-class sensibilities; yet his insights still ring universally, poignantly true, and Miller has learned the older author’s lessons well. The most revealing human truths; the most compelling drama is often discovered within the commonplace; the most seemingly ordinary moments in our lives in which the deepest understanding is born. Throughout Sex and Love, Miller demonstrates a talent for probing psychological complexity, often revealing the pain and poetry of dysfunction in surprisingly entertaining ways.” Read more …
–Terrance Aldon Shaw, Big Brain Erotica
“[I.J. Miller] writes about real people and gives us some of the finest literary erotica that I have read in a long time and I read a great deal.” Read more …
In Sex and Love (ISBN: 978-1-60381-496-6, 240 pp., $16.95), each story is carefully crafted and achingly sensual, with vivid settings, strong complex characters, and plot lines that are wholly original and unpredictable:
A married man who is a king in cybersex chat rooms, a woman torn between her boring fiancé and a hot anonymous affair, a professor fighting off seduction by a biker chick, a lonely man held hostage by a lascivious ex-lover, a housewife infatuated with her daughter’s tennis pro, a straight man tempted by a gay friend … everybody in Sex and Love wants to burn a little hotter. An intense, erotic ride that has the novel feel of one breathless journey.
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“I.J. Miller knows that the hottest characters aren’t the ones you want to settle down with,” says Polly Frost, author of Deep Inside and Sex Scenes, “they’re the ones who sweet talk you into taking a dangerous, wild ride full of sexual highs that you’ll never forget. Both women and men should enjoy this deliciously daredevil story collection.”
Jeremy Edwards, author of Spark my Moment, says, “With a sensitive eye and a steady hand, I.J. Miller brings to life ambivalence and ambiguity, emotional complexity and moral perplexity, transforming these raw materials into unforgettable narratives about our most intimate quests. I got lost in these masterfully rendered stories and found the characters living in my consciousness days later.”
Donna George Storey, author of Amorous Woman, says, “Sex and Love is a witty and unflinchingly honest look at sexual desire in all its marvelous variety. With sharp, skillful prose, I.J. Miller creates characters who are tough, human, and always ready to surprise. A thoroughly engaging coupling of the literary and the erotic.”
East Coast Author I.J. Miller has written three distinct works of fiction. His first novel, Seesaw, will be re-released by Fanny Press in 2012; it was originally published in three languages and sold over 132,000 copies. His second novel, Whipped, was published in German in 2006 by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, a division of Random House; an English version has just been released by Fanny Press. Sex and Love is his first collection of short stories. I.J. is also a screenwriter and earned his Master of Fine Arts at the American Film Institute. You can find I.J. online at www.ijmiller.com and www.ijmiller.fannypress.com.
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Keep reading for an excerpt:
David is naked, on top of Leigh. They fuck. He speaks into her ear. Her eyes are closed.
“Will you let me do this anytime?” he asks.
She murmurs a semi-positive response.
“Will you let me do it anywhere?” he asks.
“You’re going to give it up, one time, like you never have before.”
Her eyes jerk open. “Let me up.”
He pushes in a little deeper. “Are you sure?”
Her eyes close. No, she’s not sure.
Now David leans up, uses his extended arms, both hands on either side of Leigh, to support himself. He moves a little faster.
“You do need it?” he asks.
“More than anything?”
“Right now, yes.”
“Remember how this feels.”
Her face is twisted with the emotions running through her. David goes at it more frenetically. She wishes it would end; she wants it to go on forever. But she feels bound, held, unable to enforce her wishes either way.
“David, David, David …” she groans to the rhythm of his movements.
“Let it go. Let it all go this time.”
His mouth is up against hers now, his lips brushing against her as he speaks, his pace, somehow, even faster. She writhes under him.
“You’re naughty, aren’t you?” he asks, “for going away like this with me?”
“Naughty to fuck someone when you’re going to be married?”
“Naughty to talk to him from here? Naughty to be with him tonight after being with me?”
“You need to be disciplined.”
“Don’t worry. I’m not going to do anything you don’t ask for.”
David moves into a finale, his pace like a final rush of exhausting repetitions at the weight bench, and she is caught up with him, everything she feels tumbling together in one mammoth landslide.
“Do it!” shouts Leigh.
“Spank me! Discipline me! I’m such a naughty little girl to do all this with you.”
He tilts her on her side, her butt exposed, his hand rising in the air then falling, crisply, repeatedly, against her ass, not hard enough to hurt, but firm enough to prolong what seems like a minute’s worth of shivering orgasm.
And then he’s done.
And so is she.
He sits up on the bed, quiet, distant.
Her chest is red, sore. She feels limp, like a dishrag. She feels the lingering pressure of his handprint against her butt. There is a feeling swelling within her—a feeling of being exposed in a way that isn’t good—that is threatening to burst her into tears. She fights down the feeling, not wanting to expose herself even more.
“It’s okay, Leigh,” he says softly as he unties her. “It’s just a game. It’s all over now …”