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I am a social anthropologist: part time academic, part time housewife, full time Mum. I like knitting, single malt whisky, humanist philosophy and the Scotland rugby team. My favourite books are The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Pride and Prejudice, Millenium and Charisma Among Swat Pathans, Elizabeth David cookery books and the Finn Family Moomintroll series.
About twenty years ago I lived in London, dancing on the tables in drag bars (well, there was no room on the floor), hanging out with other Asian and black lesbian women and moonlighting as a secretary for architects. I was very bored as a secretary so I wore short skirts and flirted outrageously with everything that moved. Luckily I was made redundant and gave up trying to earn a wage in a normal way. I wrote a trilogy of fantasy romance novels with a feminist subtext and the first critical account of Black British lesbian literature. I worked hard to get my PhD and now I am Dr. Naoko Smith (actually that’s not the name I go under in the academic world!).
Aside from writing fictional romance and non-fictional analyses of gender as performative in the heterosexual matrix, the best fun I have is with my family, helping my daughter to cook and sew and do her times tables, cutting out and sticking magazine pictures on letters, pottering about in the garden, going for picnics on the golden South Wales beaches.
My most recent research is on Sex and Relationships Education. I was appalled to find that the world my daughter is growing up in is just as ill-informed as the one I grew up in so I set up a blog to tackle the issue (Feminist Erotica). I review sexy stories that are good for the soul so if you are looking for a good read (wink) check it out.
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A Match for the el Maiens
by Naoko Smith
Approx. 253,340 words.
Published on December 13, 2012.
When Commander-Lord Vadya el Gaiel van H’las’ father proposes a marriage to him he knows it can only be a political match. Warning: for over 18s only, contains detailed explicit sex scenes including oral, anal and finger-fucking and man on man.
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- Jack & James
on May 10, 2012
Hot stuff! And a well-written story too, what a pleasure. I'll be coming here again (ho ho).
- The Princess and The Dragon
on May 29, 2012
Great fun! as below, a nice little gem. The descriptions of sex are lush, I lu-urve the hard leathery dragon with his hot eyes.
The tone of the start of the story clashes with the final ending, that mournful ruined note doesn't quite hit it for me. I would have liked a bit more going on there. And I hope the Princess might one day get out and go looking for her dragon, before a boorish sexually inadequate Knight comes along! (PS Its for the possessive, it's is the shortening of 'it is'.)
- Under His Hands
on June 12, 2012
This story is handled as well as Sara's hot cheeks.
- Tango Undone
on June 15, 2012
Michelle Fox certainly can write! I love the way the rhythm of her sentences is like rhythmic tango music, sometimes a bit swaying, then hard and staccato, starting off a bit slow and uncertain, finally coming to a climax. (Sometimes I dock a star for unprotected sex between people who don't know each other that well but this story is so well written I can't bear to do it.)
- Alison's Big Surprise: Cougar Adventure Series
on June 15, 2012
There is some good writing in here, especially the scene when Alison gets horny in the bathroom, that was sensual and lingering. I liked the premise of the woman who enjoys younger men.
I understand the narrative tension of her finding someone who is a bit hotter than she expected but her enjoyment of him seemed contradictory. Is it just the bodies of young men she likes? Doesn't she like them because they are shy and hesitant? I was kind of sorry that wasn't the line taken, there are few sexy stories about the beauties of the shy inexperienced guy.
I found the two characters unsympathetic - especially Alison, whose obsessive pride in her own fit body annoyed me. There's a lot of repetition, Alison going on about how gorgeous she is and also describing the view from the dining room several times. There are a couple of typos too. There are a lot of commas and 'but's, especially in the early passages.
I thought the sex was predictable (perhaps that's just because I personally am bored of stories where strong men dominate the ladies and give it them hard). There wasn't so much loving lingering description of the sensations - Alison on her own in the bathroom seemed to have more to it.
I didn't understand how she knew that the note was from the young man, in fact I expected it to turn out to be from the waiter who might give the arrogant cow a lesson! I also think as writers we could think about making safe sex part of it all, a creative challenge, rather than say: It's just a story. Two complete strangers having unprotected sex while on holiday is risky.
I think your writing has promise and hope you find this honest opinion helpful.
on June 15, 2012
I enjoyed this tale with twists in its tails! The descriptions are great, you get a good sense of the lurking darkness of clubland. My only gripe is that I wanted to know more. Why are the Hunters and the Gargoyles hunting each other? More about the Hunter, perhaps a description of him at the end? might give me more understanding and sympathy with him. But maybe more clarity would undermine the dark twisting turns of the story as it comes into your view.
Maybe I should just read it again!
- The Letter (Bedtime Stories, Book 1)
on June 17, 2012
I enjoyed this story and it is hot with lots to keep the reader going. It's surprisingly quick to get into the action for a women's piece of writing although there is good story-line behind it.
Occasionally the writing could have been more precise. In erotica it's important to know exactly what's going down, not to be distracted by thinking: 'What, her hand is where? What did he say?' There is a lot of dialogue.
Did Stuart have to stop on at the bookstore? He says he won't be long but then he seems to have stopped on all afternoon to finish up work. I don't mind either way, I just want it to be clearer - ditto with the customer whose money he is taking, it wasn't absolutely clear to me that he left the shop. Nice poetic touch, the bell ringing and them moving into a clinch however maybe more clarity can be given.
Characterisation is good although there could have been a clearer description of Stuart earlier. Emily is sensitively described as a mixed heritage woman without shoving it in our faces, although with her caramel skin would her buttocks ever look like rosy apples?
Stuart is a bit more complicated. He talks like an African American, saying 'baby' all the time. He says it a lot, maybe it's my personal dislike of it as an infantilising term, although even Emily at one point says I'm a grown up.
I am not sure we had to wait till the end for the letter, although I recognise the narrative tension that creates.
This is a poetic, lyrical and sexy piece of writing.
- Ecstasy Overload
on June 18, 2012
The sex is smoking hot and it's a promising story. Worth doing a bit of work to tidy up some glitches.
There are spelling errors and some annoying repetitions.
The tight hard atmosphere of the start of the story is great but then suddenly at the end it all dissipates. Hey, it's OK - Terr can easily resolve matters and go on holiday!
This feels like a novel wrapped up too quickly into a short story in order not to have to bother about writing out a longer tougher storyline to the maximum it could go to. The sex is so hot maybe it's a case of Who cares! There's something in there about sassy women and strong men who can be sensitive - like in the scene with the receptionist whom Terr doesn't want to have because she's nervous.
Who cares - the sex scenes are terrific.
- Looking For A Few Good Men: Cougar On The Prowl
on June 26, 2012
Improbable amounts of action! but then what is fiction for. (unsafe sex but they did talk about it I suppose - very briefly!) Oh no my netbook is melting with the heat I can't write any mo
- Jolly Rogering
on June 27, 2012
I did enjoy these two humorous stories about saucy nautical wenches. I like your wink and a pun style of writing and the sassiness of your heroines.
There are some annoying typos and mis-use of the inverted comma in the piratical story. Would have liked the sex to be a bit more explicit too, a bit of loving attention and added detail might really do something for this jolly rogering romp.
Robin Crusoe's adventures are hilarious. Again, for my taste, just a bit more careful detail would really add to the story, especially at the beginning. Just why is Robin on a sea voyage? With your sense of humour you can probably invent a brief back story which will add to the slapdash and sauce of it all.
Hilarious hot stuff.
- Moving Mrs. Mitchell
on July 05, 2012
This is a hot story and well written.
I docked a star mainly because of the unsafe sex. It would have been so easy for Mrs Mitchell to be grateful to Paul for offering the condom and accept it- it was such a nice touch, so typical of his character. She might be safe but how does she know he is? (Forgive me, I am on a bit of a mission to make safe sex normal in erotica!)
In saying this, I am pointing to the good characterisation. They are believable and different people (in some of these kind of stories the two young guys are so similar - apart from some anatomical details in their pants, that you wonder if they were cloned). It's great that Paul and Brandon do sex differently and Robin enjoys both.
There are some typos still.
The main issue is that this is a story falling between two genres. It is mainly a piece of erotica - and very nice too. In fact I read it 3 times! and finally secreted it in an obscurely named folder on my hard drive, whereas normally I read stories once and move on. However there are hints at a fuller story, about the breakup of Robin Mitchell's marriage, her loss of self esteem. There is potential here to build a novella perhaps around the scene, where you develop Paul and Robin more fully as characters, maybe do some write up of things before the move and how Robin might feel after behaving in a way that was not how she was in her marriage but which the story hints is how she used to be as a younger woman.
If you are going to stick with erotica, you are probably better off cutting out the I-am-so-bitter-about-that-racoon-eyes stuff (there isn't much of it).
If you do develop the story, will you not harp on so much about how Robin has such a fit body for a 40 year old? Maybe you could just write that she is 41 and that she has a good body as if the two are not necessarily incompatible? Hell, I am nearly 50 and I am constantly having to kick back guys half my age who attempt to fall into my knickers, I'm sure it's not that unusual.
- Lusting While Dusting
on July 05, 2012
This is a hilarious gem of a story. The writing is witty and sweet. Could have wished for a bit more at the end but I guess I will have to write that myself ...
- My Dearest Isabella
on July 06, 2012
Sweetly romantic and hot hot hot.
(Could probably do without the poem at the end, so unlikely to be written by some backwoods pioneer. Don't mind in the least suspending disbelief for the unlikely things he says, just a suggestion.)
- Spirit: A Little Fairy Tail
on July 09, 2012
What a wild and lovely piece of erotica. Funny and moving and really well written. This is even better than My Dearest Isabella, which was such a nice story too. I love the pace at which the first part of the story moves. The scene where he walks in on his wife conveys brilliantly a mad, I-can't-believe-this-is-happening mood.
(Typos - get them sorted because the story is worth it.)
- Brennan's Not Alone
on July 09, 2012
This is a great story, much better than Brennan's Lust which was frustrating. Hot tender and exciting sex!
There are some typos and glitches in the writing. I love the characters. See a fuller review on my Feminist Erotica blog http://feministerotica.blogspot.co.uk/.
(If you drop me an email I will go through the typos for you.)
- The Boss's Terms
on July 10, 2012
Oh yes I loved it! (although it's not erotica, you agent provocateur, it's good writing! anti-erotica). I worked as a secretary for years, you capture so well that sense of someone having power over you which is supposed to be sexy but which actually isn't. (I should remove this review in a bit as it's becoming a spoiler.) Fairy tale ending, I'm afraid!
Couple of typos, especially at the start so worth tidying up because there it's particularly distracting.
- The Girl In The Gondola
on July 10, 2012
I enjoyed this well-written story although I was a bit disappointed by the ending to be honest. The writing is as smooth as a latte (with a little bit of bitter chocolate on the side).
Couple of typos.
- Pussy in Boots (An Erotic Fairy Tale)
on July 11, 2012
I read three of your stories and probably liked this one best although I thought all of them could do with some work. The ones in the erotica category aren't quite explicit enough to be erotica - you need a bit more than just saying your characters are having sex in public (Sleeping With the Beauty), if you look around at other erotic writing you'll see they go into quite a lot of detail. (I sympathise as when I first wrote my novels I thought they were very naughty but now I realise they're romance rather than erotica.)
I feel as if there are some spunky characters in here (do I detect a Terry Pratchett influence?) with places to go and adventures (and sex) to have but that they (or you) are a bit shy yet and haven't dared come quite far enough out to reveal all the details of their stories.
- First Time For Everything
on July 12, 2012
Hot stuff alright. I think you got the hesitation OK, I mean this is a story, if you spend pages and pages on the agonising uncertainty of whether the poor women can admit to each other how they feel, they'll be old and arthritic - like most shy lesbian women are before they finally get up the courage to say, Actually I like you!
I like how you gave them a rationale for knowing what to do, that Adie had read a few magazines (possibly pointed towards them by her kind gay guy pals).
Couple of typos, I think. I was a bit distracted by the end there!
I'll put a review of this on my blog Feminist Erotica feministerotica.blogspot.co.uk, check it out.
on July 12, 2012
I loved this one as well as First Time. What boring reviews. Hot self action, how cool. What story are you supposed to have? Long account of narcissistic sex goddess shopping in a dingy store for perfect vibrator? I think this was imaginative dirty slut stuff. Oh dear what am I saying about myself, since I liked it so much!
on July 12, 2012
My only question is, why it's in Men's Erotica. Although perhaps you intended it to be a Penthouse sort of thing? Whatever, I thought it was sizzling hot.
- Love on the cards
on July 16, 2012
Sweet and fun, nice writing style. I liked the bus conductor passage!
Maybe look at the way in which you use 'maniacal' and 'acoustical'? No problem with using new forms of words but 2 so close together clashes a bit on the ear.
- Beauty Touched the Beast
on July 17, 2012
Hot, tender and so romantic!
on July 18, 2012
Some great characters. Writing needs tidying up and cutting down. Some good action writing in particular. Liked Natalie's fight scenes!
- Dirty Zero
on Aug. 03, 2012
Hilarious and hot! Loved it.
- Transylvanian Roulette
on Nov. 27, 2012
As ever hilarious fun and sassy stuff with fun silly twists in the tale. Needs some editing to bring it up to the 5 star rating but the three stories here are just fun really so perhaps it's not worth the trouble.
I loved the way in which you channelled the original Frankenstein stories with expert knowledge in writing your own.
I also like the grungy realism of juices and pubic hair, sex in your stories is always good n' dirty.
- Cherry On Top
on Nov. 28, 2012
Ooh ah! please Mr Claus can I have the Cherry On Top box set in my stocking top!
I particularly love the characterisation of this story. Cherry is a virgin but so what, she's intelligent and sassy and gives as good as she gets (and she gets it good!) Lenny is a bit less believable but he's so hot n' hunky that I don't care.
See my full review at http://feministerotica.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cherry-on-top-review.html
- Howling Moon: Epilogue (MM Paranormal Erotica)
on Dec. 03, 2012
The action is quickly on offer in this story but then bits of background get offered up as reflections in the middle of supposedly orgasmic sex. The vampire was lovingly sketched: fragile and tender however I would have liked more description about the werewolf, of hair perhaps or teeth?
Lots of typos, including once 'but' for 'butt.
- Beauty Awakened: The Queen and the Honey (Beauty Awakened #1)
on Dec. 26, 2012
This is a sexy fable and a fabulous effort at using the fairy tale genre for its true purpose: to explore core themes of sexuality. I particularly liked the way in which the princesses' beauty was both blessing and curse: their means away from a worse fate but ultimately limiting them only to a more gilded cage.
- Dirty Fighters
on Dec. 27, 2012
Searingly hot! And that was just the fight scene. Great range of writing from the sweetness and humour of Dirty Zero to the cut and thrust of this one - this is just as wittily written tho'.
- The Charm: When Renee Met Caleb
on Dec. 30, 2012
Hilarious and cheeky New Year's treatie packed with hot and spicy delights. In fact - totally charming!
- Black Friday (Tales of the Circle series)
on Feb. 07, 2013
I picked up this book hoping for a better account of the BDSM world and was richly rewarded. The sex scenes are not only detailed and exciting, they offer excellent insight into the sophisticated pleasures of pain, submission/domination and fetishism. In addition, here is a set of characters being drawn with depth and spunk (that's the women!), believable motivations and hints which make you curious as to the rest of The Circle.
There are some glitchy typos but the sex is too exciting for these to be more than a minor irritation.