Men I Might Have Known by Brad Saunders
Everyone experiences it–that moment when you lock eyes with a perfect stranger and feel a shiver of requited lust. Too often, those opportunities slip by unexplored. But in this steamy, imaginative collection, Brad Saunders turns "what if" into "what happened," recreating the sizzling chance connections he’s experienced–and playing them out in uninhibited stories that tap into our deepest fantasies about what can happen when we take the next step.
From a glorious day on a sun-kissed Greek beach with a beautiful German man, to a college crush that turns out to be deliciously mutual, these stories are sometimes tender, sometimes torrid, and always deeply erotic. A gym buddy provides a workout to remember. . .. Venturing up to a Manhattan rooftop party yields a spectacular view–and not of the skyline. . .. And on a city crosswalk, saving a handsome artist from traffic earns the kind of gratitude that can’t be conveyed in words.
Hedonistic threesomes, hot nightclub trysts, sweet and sensitive first times. . .whether set in exotic locales or on in your very own bed, these intimate, provocative stories inhabit the space between fact and fiction–where nothing is too wild or too wicked and the only limit to pleasure is your imagination. . .
Author Brad Saunders delves into fantasies in this 11 story collection of erotica based around chance encounters. Here each story is based on a real person the author encountered. However, instead of the usual ending to such meetings which could be mundane or not very noteworthy, Saunders has asked the age old question of “what if?” What if instead of that sexy local in Finland walking away, there was an erotic encounter? Stories ranging over six years of the author’s life fill this collection which definitely establishes a similar type of man and delightful encounter.
The short tales all involve and revolve around a sexual encounter that is a fantasy based off a real occurrence or person. The settings vary from college to multiple cities in Europe and the sex varies from threesomes to sweet to raunchy. The encounters offer hints of future, but most are one night stands or brief flings before life moves on. The purpose is to entice and fulfill that fantasy of the hot guy with an instant spark but perhaps nothing came of it. The idea of the collection is fun and flirty, which is carried out in each short delight. The various European settings especially are interesting and bring a much needed texture to the entire collection.
Each of the stories offers a very similar pattern and prose so reading all these stories at once is a disservice, since they may blend together. This is one of the biggest drawbacks to the book. The pattern is set very early where the setting and introduction is made, flirting, talking, touching before the main sex which is usually trading blowjobs, rimming, then trading penetration. Most of the men have similar body types and there is a repetition of language especially that does little to differentiate the stories from each other. The writing itself lacks descriptive quality to the erotica, which is distracting considering the overwhelming majority of the book are the various sexual encounters.
The stories are fun and easy titillation and entertainment if read here and there instead of all at once. Then the delight of dipping into another’s fantasies of hot sex, gorgeous men, and exotic locales are brought to sharper relief and enjoyment. This is a strong first offering, but it will be interesting to see the growth of imagination and writing skill in future works.
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4 thoughts on “Men I Might Have Known by Brad Saunders”
Great review, Kassa! This is a creative idea on the author’s part with real people he’d met (what if this happened …)
This is really perceptive:
“Most of the men have similar body types and there is a repetition of language especially that does little to differentiate the stories from each other. The writing itself lacks descriptive quality to the erotica, which is distracting considering the overwhelming majority of the book are the various sexual encounters.”
I’m starting to think erotica is one of the hardest things to write. There are only so many ways to describe the sex act, and the writer has the almost impossible task of trying to be original and trying to arouse the reader when everything is so subjective, reader to reader!
Hi Val, I think the book is clever and interesting for sure. I think it’s difficult to write erotica and only more so when I read books with repetitive comments.
If there is going to be that much sex, it takes some skill and creativity to keep each encounter fresh. For example, I picked up a book recently and there are 3 sex scenes within the first 15 pages and already the repetitive prose was annoying me. The over use of “nuts” “channel” “chute” and “steamy hole” bothered me. I realize there are only so many words to use but when used so often , so close.. it makes a difference sadly.
Definitely helps me appreciate fresh and interesting books!
Terrific review of a book with a unique approach. I hadn’t heard of this book but I’m off to get it because I love anything that’s different even if it doesn’t work all the time. Though the sex act itself is the same old, same old, the author uses his imagination. Thanks for this.
Definitely read the stories every once in a while vs. all at once. Then you can appreciate the theme and encounters so much more.