Friday, March 11, 2011

Michelle Houston, Private Eyes (Anthology)

Title: Private Eyes (Anthology)

Author: Michelle Houston

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sub-Genre: Erotic Romance

Keywords: Lesbian, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Anthology

Page Count: 30

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60659-013-3

Price: $2.99

Publisher: Phaze Books


Reviewer: Sally Sapphire


Exhibitionism and Voyeurism. The thrill of watching … and being watched. Enjoy them both in this collection by Michelle Houston.

The camera catches the inner soul to a person, catching the hidden emotions we are too afraid to let others see. Daria is one of those people, and just for a brief moment, she lets Lynsay see her how she really is in "The Window of the Soul."

Tempted is the best way to describe Elaine's reaction to leather; especially when it was hugging the tight curves of a woman. She prowled the clubs, secretly thrilling in the view. What she hadn't expected was to run into one of her former students -- a former student with an
interesting ultimatum.

Stacie's lover Amy has arranged things so that she can indulge her exhibitionist streak in a safe environment -- from behind the safety of peepshow booth windows. She gets to be center stage, putting on a show with her lover, without the risk of getting caught. It's an exhibitionist's dream, being watched by every Peeping Tom, Dick and Harriett.


Private Eyes is a collection of three short stories that explore the boundaries of feminine desire, the limits of lesbian lust, and the taboos of voyeuristic pleasures. The reader’s window into each story is through the eyes of the voyeur, ensuring that we share in that delicious sense of frustrated anticipation, as well as the ultimate realisation of sexual bliss.

The voyeur who invites us into The Window of the Soul is Lynsay, a professional photographer who lives through the lens of her camera. Her latest client is a beautiful, yet plain looking woman named Daria, who has come looking for some boudoir photos. With each flash of the camera, and each item of clothing removed, another layer of Daria’s inhibitions falls to the floor. As the toys come out and the photo session turns from boudoir to pornographic, the sexual tension builds to nearly unbearable heights.

In Tempted it’s a bar-hopping lesbian professor named Elaine who provides us with our voyeuristic window. Having been admiring the bevy of leather-clad dancers from afar, Elaine is stunned (and a little embarrassed) to be confronted by one of her old students. Brittany saw her watching, and promises not to expose the professor’s secret – on the condition that she shares a dance. It’s a dance that quickly moves from reluctant to erotic, and ends with the two women masturbating one another amidst the crowd, as aroused by each other as they are by the potential audience.

Peeping Tom, Dick, and Harriett involves a number of voyeurs, but it’s Amy who provides us with our window into the scene. She and Stacie are lovers, but Stacie is still struggling with her sexual expression. In order to reveal her lover’s true exhibitionist nature, Amy has organized a lesbian peep show – with Stacie as the main attraction. Barely able to keep their hands off one another before the show begins, they descend into wild abandon the moment the lights go. There’s no acting or posturing here, just two women who find their passion reaching new heights with the knowledge that, just a few feet away, an unseen audience is masturbating to their display.

Although too short to offer much in the way of real character development or plot, Michelle defines each of the women beautifully, providing just enough background and context to create erotic and meaningful stories, rather than just individual scenes of sex. Crazy, wild, and undeniably hot, Private Eyes is definitely worth a read.

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