by Nancy Madore

September 2003
ISBN: 1-932014-04-7
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With Bedtime Stories for Women, Nancy Madore delivers big time!

Told with sparkling wit and provoking “just perhaps” insight (the kind that makes the light bulb pop on inside the reader’s head), this erotic collection of some of the world’s favorite fairytales is nothing short of brilliant. Madore perfectly captures the thoughts and feelings of women everywhere, even the things they’re afraid to admit in public but reveal nightly in their dreams.

All of the tales are exemplary, but certain are standouts, destined to become classics. One of those is Cat and Mouse, an exceptional analogy about a spirited mouse who finds herself involved with a domineering cat. This anecdote provides a discerning glimpse into male/female relationships.

East of the Sun and West of the Moon reveals the story of a young woman who must literally feel the love of her life. And feel, yes she definitely does. Imagine being placed naked in a room with a hundred men. Some things can only be imagined.

In all my years, I have never personally liked the usual tale of Godilocks and her adventures. I always thought she was a nosey heifer who got her kicks by trespassing on other people’s property. In Godilocks and the Three Barons, that girl finally gets what she deserves. The interesting part is she loves her spanking. Needless to say this was one of my favorite stories in the collection.

The tale I favored most though was Snow White in the Woods. Snow has a choice to make – she can move on with one man or stay with seven. What’s a girl to do? I also strongly liked the way Madore tied this story in with Mirror on the Wall, another wonderful selection in this book.

And of course this review would not be complete without mentioning the very first story, Beauty and the Beast. It is the anecdote of a woman who discovers a prince but still longs for the passion of the beast. Deep inside, don’t we all?

Though I have only named six of the stories in this wonderful book, there are more, and I assure you that you will enjoy all of them. This is the type of book, which finally reveals why candles and wine were invented. Treat yourself; you deserve it.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Natasha.

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