the ebook sequel to Diana Laurence's
Soulful Sex Volume II follows in the tradition of its bestselling and award-winning predecessor. Another six delightful couples explore timeless, archetypal themes of desire, intimacy, submission, conquest, and the union of souls through erotic experience.
Rating: adults only
an excerpt from the book. (Warning: Adults only content.)
"As Commonplace as Rain" from Soulful Sex Volume II
An excerpt from "One Hundred Women" from Soulful Sex Volume II won the Smooch Award at Ecataromance.com in 2005
REVIEWS FOR SOULFUL SEX VOLUME II:
FOUR STARS from Angela Black, Romantic Times BOOKclub (for Soulful Sex Volumes I and II)
More emotionally sexy than erotic, this well-crafted collection offers a smorgasbord for every taste. Laurence has mastered the art of short storytelling. The heroine and hero in each story connect soulfully and develop meaningful relationships that strengthen their intimacy. Readers won't be disappointed with these soul-soothing love stories.
FIVE STARS from Wanda Maynard, Sime~Gen
Diana Laurence has done it again. She has this miraculous ability to create a fantasy world that stretches the imagination to new heights.
FOUR KISSES from Stacey Brutger, Romance Divas
Diana Laurence has managed to compile six stories in an enjoyable collection. The first three stories are connected and bring the past alive with great characters and an even better setting. I found As Commonplace as Rain contained an interesting combination of innocents and seduction to tempt any reader. This was an unusual but very enjoyable read.
FOUR HEARTS from Tori West, The Romance Studio
Sex Volume II is a collection of sensual tales
to stimulate the mind as well as the body...I found all the stories
in this volume a little different from the norm in erotic romance. For
one thing none of them are, as I would term, erotic per se, but rather
sensual in nature. Nothing too graphic and much left to the imagination.
It's not quite what I expected in an erotic read and readers should
be prepared for R content. That aside, as I have said, my favorite is
"Je t'adore, Etienne," which was far and away the best in
this compilation and I highly recommend this book for the pleasure of
reading that rare jewel. This story is told so sensually and skillfully
I found myself totally entranced and would highly recommend this book
for this story alone. It's a rare gem of erotic romance that is more
sensuous than erotic and yet it seems far more personal than any romantic
story I have read in a long while.
FIVE WANDS from Brenda, Spirit Spot DFW
were so happy when we heard that there was a Soulful Sex Volume II out,
we just had to get our hands on it. The first volume was wonderful,
refreshingly new on the romance scene. Soulful Sex Volume II was just
as wonderful. As a pagan reader I loved the first three tales in this
collection of soulful erotica. Go and get Soulful Sex and Soulful Sex
II, you won't be the same after you read them.
FOUR HEARTS from Janalee, Love Romances
In "Vernal Night: The Trio," Ms. Laurence did an exceptional job in the descriptions and execution of this storyline. The characters were believable and well-designed, with just enough heat to retain this reader and keep her interested. One will love Raisis sweet and thoughtful personality. "Vernal Night: The Infatuation" is a lovely short story. Ms. Laurences flowing and colorful writing style defines each of the characters personas, much like the brush strokes of Frayns painting. They are brilliant and startling to behold yet filled with emotional wealth. Readers will find themselves unable to put this story down, until finding who gets the auburn-haired beauty with the personality of an angel. In "Vernal Night: One Hundred Women" Ms. Laurence amazed this reader with the strong characters of Arjent and Delinn. Their love scenes and dialogue are pure unadulterated magic! When this story comes to a close, one will be filled with the hope of love everlasting!
"Je taime, Etienne" is one of those stories that will always hold a special place in this readers heart. It is profoundly moving, with the graceful elements of Etienne and Shannons maiden moments. This is a truly hauntingly beautiful tale of unrequited first love. The quality of this piece was so exceptionally written and executed. Bravo, Ms. Laurence, this is the crowning masterpiece in your anthology and one this reviewer will not soon forget! "As Commonplace as Rain" has a mystical reverent undertone to it. Tristan is a kind and gentle teacher to the innocent Pasha. The love and romance they share will warm ones heart and soul. Ms. Laurence did another outstanding job of building up the emotional passion of the characters, using poetic wording and graceful penmanship. This really is a magical tale of the lessons of passion, and one mans gentle touch healing anothers soul. "Fantastic Toys," out of all the stories in the anthology, has the most unusual storyline, which this reader liked.
Laurences intrinsic weaving of these six short sensual tales with
an erotic undertone base introduced the reader to the different nuances
and skillfully worded touches that make up the sexual aspects of these
stories. While reading these stories, this reader also learned a little
something along the way, which was pleasurable. Ms. Laurences
way of expressing the sexual spectrums of human nature is an approach
this reader has never come across before, but appreciates never the
less. Ms. Laurence also used maturity in dealing with the true realities
of sexual conduct in todays society. How refreshing! Ms. Laurences
writing talents are evident and profound, so do not hesitate to get
a copy of SOULFUL SEX VOLUME II today!
PRAISE from The Erotic Reader
Laurence's Soulful Sex Volume II is a blend of erotic romance and fantasy.
There are six stories and each skillfully woven to reflect the character's
inner thoughts and feelings from the soul....Diana Laurence presents
six erotic stories of romance and fantasy that offers a look at the
emotional and spiritual as well as the physical side of love and sex.
Though the sex is steamy, Laurence deepens her characters by adding
the spiritual aspect of two lovers coming together. Each story is nicely
written, an enjoyable read, and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon
in front of a fireplace.
FOUR ANGELS from Brandy, Fallen Angel Reviews
is an anthology of varied genres. Surprisingly, it is a good combination.
There is a little something for everyone, from historical to fantasy
to other worlds. The common thread is, of course, Soulful Sex. The
characters in each story are different enough that they stand out, without
blending into one cardboard cut-out as often happens in anthologies.
The stories are short, but well-written. Each plot has its own unique
twists and turns. The characters are surprisingly well developed and
will hold the readers attention.
FOUR CUPS from Cassandra Buckles, Coffee Time Romance
Sex Volume II is erotic romance at its best. Ms. Laurence creates
short stories that will captivate readers from beginning to end. I found
each romance well written, with strong characters. Some erotic romances
can leave the readers feeling uncomfortable with how the language is
used to describe the scenes, but I did not find that so with Soulful
Sex Volume II. The erotic scenes are beautifully written. Whether
you are a first time reader of erotic romance or an avid reader of it,
you will truly take pleasure in Soulful Sex Volume II.
FOUR STARS from Sheryl, Ecataromance.com
Sex Volume II is a sensual compilation of six short stories, each
unique in its own way. This book is bound to entice and tempt readers
into perusing it from start to finish. All of these stories were seductive
and sensual in their own way. Ms. Laurence has, in my opinion, written
a superb book that includes different scenarios that all have one thing
in common, they seduce and entice, which is something that will please
even the most discerning reader.
PRAISE from Caroline Lake, Gotta Write Network
Romance takes center stage along with sensual pleasure that should capture the reader's heart. Diana Laurence once again shows that her heart is in her writing...Soulful Sex Volume II is wonderful and cleverly written and should lift the reader's spirits.
READER COMMENTS ON SOULFUL SEX VOLUME II:
From reader Paula
I certainly enjoyed reminiscing about those fantasies you so creatively told in Soulful Sex I & II; especially intriguing due to your uniquely clever creativity! Your imagination and ability to put "soul" into the characters in such a few short pages is truly a gift, which I am most grateful that you have chosen to share with curious readers everywhere!
From reader Jennie B.
If you want your stories to be erotic and romantic then Diana Laurence is the author for you. She lifts sexuality up into the stratosphere with her latest tome -- six tales of men and women bringing minds, hearts, and bodies together for an experience you will not forget. As for the Vernal Night stories, and the hero I liked best is...(drumroll please)...*all* of them! Tibolt is the solid and dependable provider, Frayn the wild and risky artist, and Arjent the soulful and lyrical musician. I appreciate every one of those qualities, and if these three were my Trio, it would take far more than one Vernal Night to make my decision! "Fantastic Toys" was a dreamy science fiction tale. I wish I had a neighbor like Eric McQuestion. "As Commonplace as Rain" is a worthy addition to the book. I was happy to re-read it, and I hope others will discover this joy of a story. The story "Je t'aime, Etienne" is absolutely mindblowing. Etienne Legendre...he is hero, man, and hockey player, all in a one-of-a-kind, devastatingly irresistible package. All women should know the kind of love Etienne gives, and all women should find a man as worthy of their love as he. This is some of the most beautiful writing I have ever seen.
From reader Con P.
Vol. 2 is really good. My favorite story was The Vernal Night Trilogy. I will start by telling you that a lot of my opinions and observations about your work are tightly woven with my admiration and understanding of the ideal you are trying to attain. Not just in literary style but in your ... vision. The worlds you create, the characters and circumstances are a reflection of your longing and striving for a better understanding between men and women, a society where sex is not shameful and the women need not feel victimized or promiscuous. Case in point is the Vernal Trilogy. Etaen culture is every woman's dream! Where do I sign up for immigration! Upon reading the first paragraph, I stopped and thought; "How does she think this up?" What struck me was the purity of your characters, men and women. Sex is not shameful here, there is no conflict in the characters...Delinn and Arjent's story is my favorite of all three because of the purity factor I mentioned before. I love the fact that they grew up together and in that maturation, explored their sexuality together without shame. This is sex the way God wanted it. They are like Adam and Eve in the garden before whatever happened, happened and the world was lost to shame and guilt. I understand that in this ideal you have created there is no unwanted pregnancies, no STDs, or broken hearts. Yes, it's only Art but as with all good Art, it resonates, echoes ancient longings we hold, primal memories of a purer time.