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From the keenly observant author of The Fairer Sex comes a collection of sexy, razor-sharp short stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women—what they desire, what they’re working toward, and what they’re willing to wait for. In these witty, bracing, and poignant stories, Michelle Miller follows six women on the often-surprising path to satisfactio From the keenly observant author of The Fairer Sex comes a collection of sexy, razor-sharp short stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women—what they desire, what they’re working toward, and what they’re willing to wait for. In these witty, bracing, and poignant stories, Michelle Miller follows six women on the often-surprising path to satisfaction.An ambitious corporate consultant reflects on the choices she’s made when she reconnects with an ex. An NYU grad’s desire for a married alumnus lands her in a precarious position. A frustrated dog owner tests the appeal of her bichon-poodle puppy at the dog park. Two best friends discover their discomfort zone when they play with three inevitable words: “Should we date?” A trophy wife’s practical choice takes a dark turn in the South of France. And a marketing consultant faced with her boyfriend’s blindsiding proposal to sleep with other people decides that it’s not such a bad idea.


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From the keenly observant author of The Fairer Sex comes a collection of sexy, razor-sharp short stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women—what they desire, what they’re working toward, and what they’re willing to wait for. In these witty, bracing, and poignant stories, Michelle Miller follows six women on the often-surprising path to satisfactio From the keenly observant author of The Fairer Sex comes a collection of sexy, razor-sharp short stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women—what they desire, what they’re working toward, and what they’re willing to wait for. In these witty, bracing, and poignant stories, Michelle Miller follows six women on the often-surprising path to satisfaction.An ambitious corporate consultant reflects on the choices she’s made when she reconnects with an ex. An NYU grad’s desire for a married alumnus lands her in a precarious position. A frustrated dog owner tests the appeal of her bichon-poodle puppy at the dog park. Two best friends discover their discomfort zone when they play with three inevitable words: “Should we date?” A trophy wife’s practical choice takes a dark turn in the South of France. And a marketing consultant faced with her boyfriend’s blindsiding proposal to sleep with other people decides that it’s not such a bad idea.

30 review for Women on Top

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Galván

    “Women on Top” gives you the idea that you’re going to read about women that create paths for others to follow or to influence people in some way. The title fools you as well as the book cover. Reading about women that enjoy their femininity, their works, their sex life is perfectly fine, the problem is that this book is about spoiled women that have a lot of privileges in their lives (I know they’re people that have good luck and that can have extraordinary experiences, that’s not wrong, what’s “Women on Top” gives you the idea that you’re going to read about women that create paths for others to follow or to influence people in some way. The title fools you as well as the book cover. Reading about women that enjoy their femininity, their works, their sex life is perfectly fine, the problem is that this book is about spoiled women that have a lot of privileges in their lives (I know they’re people that have good luck and that can have extraordinary experiences, that’s not wrong, what’s wrong is their personalities). The thing about these characters is that their main purpose in life is to find men, based on their appearance or status; the thing about these characters is that their resilience is proven if one of them sweats. The stories could’ve been handled better, especially because these are short stories. Here you can find descriptions that aren’t relevant, things that won’t be mentioned again, and even tables attached as if they were essays. The pacing, in general, is slow at the beginning of each story and too fast at their endings, which makes you feel dissatisfied. They’re unnecessary flashbacks, masochistic love, and some naïve woman. Also, there’s mentioned that the universal feminist dream is ending up with a man and family. Equality? Not in this book. Both women and men have no depth, they only have lives filled with lies, pathetic people, expensive wine bottles, and fashion brands, whose purpose is to show knowledge in that area somehow. Almost everything is about convenience and s*itty people can still get some kind of reward. The image of love is wrong, although we all can fall in any of them, of course (masochistic, toxic, stupid). There’s a sentence that made me cringe intensely. A man takes one of these women to an art gallery because it had reminded him of her. That sounds kinda cute, right? And the resemblance turns out to be: “[He took her there] because he was thinking about her vagina.” Add a sarcastic smile here, please. Oh, mother of Thor! The few tiny good things, a couple of sentences, intertextuality, and plot twists aren’t enough to make this book worth it. I’d definitely not recommend this book to anyone unless, like the author, such person has a fetish for khakis and calves.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cocolabinocle

    Women on top? Sure, if you enjoy your feminism white, privileged and vapid. This series of short stories provides a unique insight into the lives of young, attractive and wealthy white women. I don't know for you, but as a woman of colour this could not be further from my reality. Using such a title for a book means taking into account that women come in all colours, shapes, sizes, education levels as well as social stratas. This book however, presents characters with no depth whatsoever, with n Women on top? Sure, if you enjoy your feminism white, privileged and vapid. This series of short stories provides a unique insight into the lives of young, attractive and wealthy white women. I don't know for you, but as a woman of colour this could not be further from my reality. Using such a title for a book means taking into account that women come in all colours, shapes, sizes, education levels as well as social stratas. This book however, presents characters with no depth whatsoever, with no growth whatsoever and who most women can't relate to. The title becomes even more problematic when you realize that if the author's goal was to give us an insight into the lives of women of the elite, the lack of diversity in the characters becomes even more offensive. Bref. It's a no for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    This was not at all what I was expecting, and I don’t mean that in a good way. This is a case of the title and description being totally misleading. The first story was okay but the second story pitted women against each other in the worst way. I kept reading in hopes of it getting better but sadly it didn’t.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Kasey ♥

    **Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy from NetGalley for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.** I initially chose this book because of the cover and synopsis, and... that's about it. The formatting of the book is odd and makes it very hard to read and stay engaged. I had expected that because "Women on Top" is listed as an "Amazon Originals Story" that it would be formatted to be readable on the Kindle and corresponding app. There is an attempt at a social commentary (as noted **Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy from NetGalley for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.** I initially chose this book because of the cover and synopsis, and... that's about it. The formatting of the book is odd and makes it very hard to read and stay engaged. I had expected that because "Women on Top" is listed as an "Amazon Originals Story" that it would be formatted to be readable on the Kindle and corresponding app. There is an attempt at a social commentary (as noted in the synopsis), but I didn't feel that the women in these stories were "wrecking balls" at our assumptions of women.

  5. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks

    If you liked the author's other books, you'll enjoy this one. Women on Top is a collection of six short stories centered on the lives of six different women. It was full of surprises as well as twists you wouldn't expect. Four stars -- I really liked it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    Woah there stereotypes and toxic women. This is not as inspired as I'd hoped. This is not flipping classic narratives on their heads. This was women falling into the same storylines we always see with the same motivations. Just because a book explores a woman having lots of sex, doesn't make it empowering. This one, sadly, did the opposite.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Very limited view of the “modern woman” I expected so much more from this collection. The summary suggests a certain kind of depth of an exploration of modern femininity, sexuality etc. but I found all of the stories to be incredibly shallow. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it focuses on a very specific brand of upper class white woman. In itself I don’t think thats a problem. If that’s the book a person wants to write, go for it, but the problem lies with the book’s own explanation of its f Very limited view of the “modern woman” I expected so much more from this collection. The summary suggests a certain kind of depth of an exploration of modern femininity, sexuality etc. but I found all of the stories to be incredibly shallow. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it focuses on a very specific brand of upper class white woman. In itself I don’t think thats a problem. If that’s the book a person wants to write, go for it, but the problem lies with the book’s own explanation of its focus of women generally. And as we all know, that is a heck of a wider picture than what is painted here in this collection. I even found the collection’s attitude toward LGBTQ identities to be particularly dismissive and one-dimensional as there seemed to be a real commitment to stereotypes and tropes over crafting real and nuanced characters. Additionally, I found the structure of these short stories rather frustrating but I think that is more of just a personal preference. I’m pretty sure every one ends with a kind of cliffhanger -like its trying too hard to impactful and significant but it just ends up reading more like soap opera than real-life. Which, again, is not exactly true to the expectations I had going into the collection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ally

    I received this book for free as an ARC on NetGalley (thank you). I admit that I chose this book because of the cover and the title. Now that I have read it, I am not really sure what 'Women on Top' refers to. On top of their lives? Nope. On top of their relationships? heck no. On top in the bedroom? Uhhh, maybe? As a whole, this book was well written and easy to read. It's a collection of short stories so it moves quite quickly. I am not sure if it was intentionally funny, but I laughed A LOT, wh I received this book for free as an ARC on NetGalley (thank you). I admit that I chose this book because of the cover and the title. Now that I have read it, I am not really sure what 'Women on Top' refers to. On top of their lives? Nope. On top of their relationships? heck no. On top in the bedroom? Uhhh, maybe? As a whole, this book was well written and easy to read. It's a collection of short stories so it moves quite quickly. I am not sure if it was intentionally funny, but I laughed A LOT, which is great. Due to it being short stories, I'll quickly review each one: Caroline - This girl is BASIC. I'd skip this one and go right to Kate if I were you. (Girl, put down that Skinny PSL and treat yo'self.) It was written in an essay style with footnotes and was followed with Study Questions. That was weird. Kate - At first I thought this story was a total joke but by the end, I was SCREAMING. #YASQUEEN Gwen - This bitch is vapid. Her entire life revolves around men, despite her claims to the opposite and to all men I would like to say "RUN". The unnamed woman at the dog park had me howling. So, there's that. Jules - I am Jules. Jules is me. No further comment. #Relatable Jocelyn - "... and maybe that's all a wife was, really, and women ever were - just actresses auditioning for roles in powerful men's narratives about themselves." Girl, please. Maybe the women in this book, sure, but come on. Ashley - I was super into this one until the end. All Ashley's are liiiiiiiars. #BoyfriendsBeware Other than that, I am generally just grateful that the author used the words 'penis' and 'vagina' instead of phrases like 'throbbing member'. Oh, but she did use loins. LOINS. Hilarious. This book wasn't for me, I expected strong female characters at the top of their game and owning their shit. Oh well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kent Winward

    Sex and the City for Amazon Prime Reading . . .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    Women on Top is an amusing collection of short stories about women, love, and sex. All of the stories contain heavy doses of cynicism, irony, and self-delusion, with dashes of hope. All of the protagonists are attractive straight white women in their twenties or thirties with big city sophistication and well-heeled lifestyles--or, at least, the desire for those things. Each story is named after its protagonist. One has given up sleep, love, and any semblance of a life in the service of her finan Women on Top is an amusing collection of short stories about women, love, and sex. All of the stories contain heavy doses of cynicism, irony, and self-delusion, with dashes of hope. All of the protagonists are attractive straight white women in their twenties or thirties with big city sophistication and well-heeled lifestyles--or, at least, the desire for those things. Each story is named after its protagonist. One has given up sleep, love, and any semblance of a life in the service of her financial industry ambitions. Another has made every decision based on its likelihood of getting her the man of her dreams--until she adopts a puppy that attracts everyone in the world but a man she wants. A third is enduring life as a trophy wife in hopes that in a few years, she can divorce the louse and use his money to finance the life she wants. My favorite story is the second, "Faye". In this one, a young college student is hoping to sleep with her professor. She flirts with him and asks him to help her with a surprise ending for the love poem she's writing. Faye gets that ending, with interest. While the stories vary, they do get a bit samey. (I consider "Faye" the reals standout in the bunch.) I recommend reading slowly, one story at a time. There is sex; however, it will not be too explicit for most romance readers. Though there isn't anything revolutionary about Women on Top, it is a pleasant way to pass the time. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Corley (lets.get.biblio)

    I really enjoyed this book. It is a series of short stories centered around six different women. Each short story is a budding romance novel of its own. It is very short, light, flirty and romantic. Each story is about 20 pages long and each story has its own central message. It was cute and a very quick read. Some of the stories made me laugh. Some mad me tear up. Some made my jaw completely drop. Basically she condensed a 200 plus page book into a 20 page story and some of these were not predi I really enjoyed this book. It is a series of short stories centered around six different women. Each short story is a budding romance novel of its own. It is very short, light, flirty and romantic. Each story is about 20 pages long and each story has its own central message. It was cute and a very quick read. Some of the stories made me laugh. Some mad me tear up. Some made my jaw completely drop. Basically she condensed a 200 plus page book into a 20 page story and some of these were not predictable at all. My favorite short story was Kate. Miller did a great job packing in a quick, emotional tale within the 20 pages for each women. They are all told form a woman's point of view as well. The absolute best part is, I found each story relatable in some way. I feel as if every woman would be able to relate to at least one of the six women from the short stories. Great, quick, light read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    None of the protagonists really rings a bell for me, they all seem like too much of something, too little on reality.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    I was drawn to this book based on cover and synopsis alone. A series of short stories about the lives of different women who are out to destroy our assumptions about women? Hardly. There was truly nothing special or shocking about these specific stories. Even the parts meant to be sexually exciting fell short. The frustrated puppy mom at the dog park was a cute story, but that wasn’t enough to bring this to 3 stars for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pallavi

    ***3.5*** A story collection revolving aroud women, perticularly 6 women. Women in different situations, ages but in a modern setting. I liked few stories but nothing caught my attention much. They were all good but not so extraordinary. No flaw in writing, narration but just plots or characters were not so gripping. Thanks to NetGalley for ARC in exchange of honest review. Happy Reading!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Having read Michelle Miller’s collection of short stories The Fairer Sex, I was grateful for the opportunity NetGalley and the publishers afforded me with an Advanced Reader’s Copy of “Women on Top”. Here are six further short stories written from a female perspective with role and relationship at the heart of each tale with a doze of realism with the romance. As a father of two daughters I have always enjoyed hearing and listening to strong female voices and this book was not too long to ensure m Having read Michelle Miller’s collection of short stories The Fairer Sex, I was grateful for the opportunity NetGalley and the publishers afforded me with an Advanced Reader’s Copy of “Women on Top”. Here are six further short stories written from a female perspective with role and relationship at the heart of each tale with a doze of realism with the romance. As a father of two daughters I have always enjoyed hearing and listening to strong female voices and this book was not too long to ensure my interest was maintained. These are modern stories about how women view relationships with men and their different priorities at times. Although there are common themes each account is refreshingly different and even where there is an overlap of issues there is more contrast than comparison. Sufficient perhaps for any woman to identify with some of the circumstances and choices made. Everyone I suspect will be drawn to different stories here among the lives of these six intelligent and successful women. It would be churlish to pick a favourite or dismiss another as less significant since there is truly something for everyone here and it is short enough to re-read them several times. I guess over time and your own changing situation for which one resonates most. On first reading I liked the surprise in Kate, although there are twists in each along the way. My current preferred story is Ashley’s. She turns a setback into some new found empowerment but then realises she is more than men make her feel. I sense if I reflect seriously on each of the six tales this reflection can be found in each story where the ending doesn’t measure up may also point to where self-awareness went unanswered.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Desca

    DISCLAIMER: The book is given by NetGalley, the author and the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All the review written is not related to any personal issues or connection. TRIGGER: This book contains several steamy stories.  The book is basically compilation of several steamy stories. I was intrigued by the title “Women on Top,” thinking that the stories written will circulate about women who are sexuality liberated, mentally and emotionally independent. Yet I found out that the characte DISCLAIMER: The book is given by NetGalley, the author and the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All the review written is not related to any personal issues or connection. TRIGGER: This book contains several steamy stories.  The book is basically compilation of several steamy stories. I was intrigued by the title “Women on Top,” thinking that the stories written will circulate about women who are sexuality liberated, mentally and emotionally independent. Yet I found out that the characters being portrayed are all too fancy and too good to be true. I do not mean to be fuzzy anyway with that kind of portrayal. Some people might think that, ‘hey, it is overall only a fiction novel!’ One thing they neglect: even an author needs to put a little bit of sense into their writing in order for the readers to be able to relate themselves with the real life. A lady cannot be a princess and a cinderella at the same time. They will always have their lowest and highest point. A feminist as what is mostly portrayed in the novel does not only circle her life around men and men and men. It is okay for her to end up on her own. A man for instance cannot be a total asshole all the time ey? The pace of the stories is pretty slow. I sometimes miss the surprises and the small bites that come from the story I read. I sadly could not find it in this novel. The ending seems too quick too and I sometimes feel like, ‘Oh, I haven’t reach a climax and the things have come to an end?’ To those who are looking for a light short reading then this novel will fit them well. It is an okay book tho- just not really spicy and bitey! Review: https://literatureisliving.wordpress....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Sex and the City meets Amazon short story Audible originals. I'm not typically a fan of short story, so I read these with low expectations. While not my favorite thing I've read, it was alright. The stories felt too short to make an impact; the budding romance starts and never got a chance to complete the story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jay Sydnor

    I really enjoyed this book! I love chapter 4 and 6 the most but chapter 1 was very relatable. #WomanHistoryMonth books 📚

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had high hopes for the book with the description posted about this being a collection of "stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women." However, either my assumptions about women (as one) are vastly different than the assumptions the rest of the general population makes or this is just another book about the commodification of women. As short stories, some of them were interesting and had a Roald Dahl-esque quality. The first two stories, especially, were slow starts. (I a I had high hopes for the book with the description posted about this being a collection of "stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women." However, either my assumptions about women (as one) are vastly different than the assumptions the rest of the general population makes or this is just another book about the commodification of women. As short stories, some of them were interesting and had a Roald Dahl-esque quality. The first two stories, especially, were slow starts. (I admit in the first one, I got hung up on the main character wishing someone would invent camera phones six years after they made their way to the US.) After that, though, came Jules. A story about a pair of best friends who had no chemistry when they met but because she has no other real prospects--because all women really want is to land a man--decide to date seriously. The regret of all of this only comes later. Then comes Jocelyn, an aspiring actress who is #MeToo-ed out of the industry so marries an extremely wealthy creep because, again, all women want is to land a man, and then she counts down the time until she can divorce him and get back to acting. Of course, when someone tries to save her -- another stereotypical handsome, muscular man -- she suffers the brunt of that, as well. And finally, we get to Ashley, who gave up her friends and her career to chase a man across the country (at his request) and after eight years, he tells her he wants to sleep with other women. This story, at least, allowed Ashley to be somewhat empowered in deciding to brush away the tears and sleep with other people of her choosing. Even though it was all meaningless, wild oat-sowing sex, at least it was on her terms. Until the end of the story when the boyfriend decides he made a mistake and wants her back, and she's super excited because he can treat her however he wants and she'll always come running when he snaps his fingers. Again, as straight short stories, they mostly worked, but as social commentary, we have a long way to go to actually see empowered women achieving real satisfaction in their lives (and not just in terms of whether or not men want them.) Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. It has not influenced my opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Maas

    Very good, hope to write a full review shortly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Howard

    I thought this would be more about women being better and it wasn’t. The stories were entertaining and it was short so I finished it but it was kind of yucky. I didn’t like any of the women and for gods sake can you be more creative and think of schools other than Yale NYU and Stanford to have characters go to?!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ash Marshall

    Made it halfway through and then bailed. I thought by the title and cover that this would be filled with a selection of stories about women carving their own way but it's actually just about women bending for men. The second story is just crass.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Williams

    I expected a lot more of this. I originally saw the book on amazon without reading the synopsis but I figured the title was fairly straightforward—empowered women. But instead I got five stories of privileged, rich, middle aged white women. (spoilers from here out). The writing was good. It was easy to swallow, kept the reading quick, and allowed me to not lose complete interest. But I almost left the story behind after the story about the woman getting a puppy to make a man find her, thinking ab I expected a lot more of this. I originally saw the book on amazon without reading the synopsis but I figured the title was fairly straightforward—empowered women. But instead I got five stories of privileged, rich, middle aged white women. (spoilers from here out). The writing was good. It was easy to swallow, kept the reading quick, and allowed me to not lose complete interest. But I almost left the story behind after the story about the woman getting a puppy to make a man find her, thinking about murdering said puppy, and then only not murdering him when a man came along? Fuck no. None of these stories were empowering. These were about straight women who gave up shit to be comfortable with a man, and pretty much moped the entire time about not having a man. These were women that were fairly successful, but instead of caring about their success they only cared about finding a man. Further implementing the idiotic idea that women do not care about their job and only care about men. Caroline: Woman and man date, they break up, they both become successful, he tells her that he’s a politician and that she would have to give up her career to become a politician wife, she says yes without hesitation Faye: girl in love with like a 60 year old married man? sexualizes herself in front of him and then gets hospitalized because of a falling beam gwen: girl gets dog to maybe find man to fall in love with her, takes dog to the dog park, gets yelled at because puppies are not allowed at dog parks, thinks about murdering her dog, guy comes with kid and she is suddenly in love and no longer wants to murder her dog jules: girl hangs out with boy a lot, they date different people in between, she has unreasonable expectations for men and then they get married because she has no one else and she finds out she doesn’t like him? i guess? jocelyn: marries an old man for his things, eventually falls in love with young boy who tries to take advantage of her, then a her husband finds out and literally KILLS her ashley: girl gets broken up with and then goes on adventure to have sex with a bunch of people (this one is probably the most empowering in the way that she finds her sexual energy, but still not executed super well) Like, what was I supposed to take from any of these stories Empowerment? How I should buy a dog to get a man to love me? How I should get rid of my ambitions to become a southern wife? None of these women are on top. They are privileged and mostly complicit. Obviously was not impressed, and had hoped for better!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed. This collection did not 'swing a wrecking ball' at my assumptions of women, nor do I believe it was a collection about women on the path to satisfaction. In fact, my biggest gripe with this collection is that it felt as though it was hardly about the women at all. Bear with me. For those into spoilers, here is a crude offering of each story below: (view spoiler)[ Caroline - After breaking up with her college boyfriend to pursue her career a few years later t I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed. This collection did not 'swing a wrecking ball' at my assumptions of women, nor do I believe it was a collection about women on the path to satisfaction. In fact, my biggest gripe with this collection is that it felt as though it was hardly about the women at all. Bear with me. For those into spoilers, here is a crude offering of each story below: (view spoiler)[ Caroline - After breaking up with her college boyfriend to pursue her career a few years later they bump into each other. The End. Kate - Faye, a vain, self-absorbed brat dreams of killing Richard’s wife so that they can be together. While attempting to seduce him with ice cream, she is crushed by a flower pot falling from a balcony, sending her straight to the hospital declared paralysed from the waist down. Kate most definitely pushed the pot. Gwen - Gwen buys a puppy as a way of meeting men. She is, by all accounts an unprepared dog owner. She meets a man, they arrange a dinner date. Jules - Having been best friends for many years, Jules and Dom decide to date. It’s very nice, it’s boring. They get married and become mundane normal people. Jocelyn - woman marries a rich asshole and they both pretend to be happy although the relationship is abusive. Ashley - Boyfriend dumps Ashley to sleep with other people. Ashley explores her sexual freedom until boyfriend comes back saying he no longer wants to do that. She denies having slept with anyone else. (hide spoiler)] In each case, the women's lives hinge around the men in one way or another. They do not wreck my assumptions, in fact they lean heavily into the stereotypes of women already in existence. I'm not sure if that's the intention and this is all an attempt at subversion that I don't understand but I just found the purpose of the stories confusing. Miller is clearly a very talented writer with an incredibly unique tone of voice which I will probably look for more of, but I think this is just an example of ... bad marketing? Had they been sold to me another way, perhaps a dark humour or an exploration of relationship dynamics I might have been more impressed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Seher

    I'm giving this book five stars even though my initial reaction was to give it one. Hear me out, I promise I'm not completely out of my mind. Michelle is a good writer; it's easy to read and her characters are relatable; as women, we've all had these fears and, of course, these partners. We've been programmed to pursue love but also been told to be fiercely independent. I personally feel that this book is an excellent way of depicting how the modern world uses capitalism to make women incredibly I'm giving this book five stars even though my initial reaction was to give it one. Hear me out, I promise I'm not completely out of my mind. Michelle is a good writer; it's easy to read and her characters are relatable; as women, we've all had these fears and, of course, these partners. We've been programmed to pursue love but also been told to be fiercely independent. I personally feel that this book is an excellent way of depicting how the modern world uses capitalism to make women incredibly lonely and stay with men who clearly do not deserve them and give up their ambitions. Also, half the stories in this book involve older men; it's such a heterosexual male fantasy world at times it's insane. Caroline gives everything up for the man who she originally dumped for being threatened by her success. After they broke up she barely had sex, because she barely had any time to go out and have meaningful relationships. Now he's getting her to quit her job and become a politician's stay at home wife. Kate's life is ruined by her lover's wife, who of course targetted her and not her husband because of course men are forgiven. Of course, he's older than her father and doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with making out with a girl under the balcony of his own home when his wife is home. Gwen gets a dog to try and get a man; Jules ends up with a man who eventually bores her; Jocelyn is with an abusive older man for money who beats her with a pipe after another man kisses her. Let's also focus on how this other dude is also fully focused on her making sure she knows she's not married, she's possessed. The undertones are, of course, he wants to be the one to possess her, have the thing this much older, more successful man has. Ashley gets back with the guy who dumps her to sleep with other people after realizing she does not need men to make her life more meaningful. These stories, are jarring reminders that as women these scenes are still very familiar and romanticzed amongst us.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nita S. (ecobookworm)

    TLDR: You may like some of the stories, but it's not the on-point feminist commentary that you'd expect from the blurb. Themes are very mixed; temper your expectations. Trigger warning: domestic violence. Actual rating: 2.5/5, rounded up for Goodreads **. I was pretty excited about this collection of six short stories. Billed as "a collection of sexy, razor-sharp short stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women - what they desire, what they're working toward, and what they' TLDR: You may like some of the stories, but it's not the on-point feminist commentary that you'd expect from the blurb. Themes are very mixed; temper your expectations. Trigger warning: domestic violence. Actual rating: 2.5/5, rounded up for Goodreads **. I was pretty excited about this collection of six short stories. Billed as "a collection of sexy, razor-sharp short stories that swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women - what they desire, what they're working toward, and what they're willing to wait for," it sounded like exactly the kind of thing I'm usually into. Well, not quite. Some stories were fairly enjoyable, covering themes like how people change under the influence of work and money, motivations in relationships, male-female friendship and changes in relationships over time. Overall though, it didn't live up to my expectations. While some stories were entertaining and interesting (and the last one was fairly sexy), others had dark leanings that aren't really my vibe. Some parts seemed to be written purely for shock value. I expected more depth and social commentary, and while there were some insightful observations, it didn't fully reach there. You know when you order a meal that looks really good, and at first it tastes nice, but then about halfway through you realize it's kind of meh and you're left unsatisfied? That was this collection for me. It's also worth noting that one of the stories contains explicit domestic violence, so readers for whom that's a trigger may prefer to pass on this one. I didn't even end up fully reading this, as the start of the story with DV left a bad taste in my mouth so I skimmed through that one. I do think that some people would enjoy this collection a lot more than I did. Someone who is into dark humour and gritty fiction may find it's right up their alley. It really is a mixed bag, as stories range from light and cute to dark and somewhat grim. I don't regret the purchase as it was only €0.99, but I would have if it had cost more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... These stories were just okay, I didn’t find them witty, embracing or poignant. To be fair, I probably shouldn’t have expected as much as I did from these stories. I found the stories in her The Fairer Sex collection just okay as well. The strongest story is the opening one, Caroline. This is a wry, funny and painfully true story and I enjoyed it immensely. The other stories are a bit paler. The real issue I had is the fact the stories are all very samey – https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... These stories were just okay, I didn’t find them witty, embracing or poignant. To be fair, I probably shouldn’t have expected as much as I did from these stories. I found the stories in her The Fairer Sex collection just okay as well. The strongest story is the opening one, Caroline. This is a wry, funny and painfully true story and I enjoyed it immensely. The other stories are a bit paler. The real issue I had is the fact the stories are all very samey – the women are all white, straight and attractive which made them quite dull as whole. What happened to diversity? Where are the women of colour? The lesbians or the bisexuals? Women with freckles? The women are all privileged, white, straight and very attractive. Given the diverse world we live in and the vast array of women out there I expected something a lot more modern and less bland. The blurb says the stories will swing a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women. There’s not even a hint of this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I bounced around when rating this, because the writing of these short stories is so crisp and interesting. However, something didn't sit well with me. It wasn't quite what I expected. After thinking about it, I realized that the stories don't actually match the advertising of "a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women." While some of these women make strong choices, ultimately their lives still come down to their relationships with men. One of my favorite moments is the empowered choice of I bounced around when rating this, because the writing of these short stories is so crisp and interesting. However, something didn't sit well with me. It wasn't quite what I expected. After thinking about it, I realized that the stories don't actually match the advertising of "a wrecking ball at our assumptions about women." While some of these women make strong choices, ultimately their lives still come down to their relationships with men. One of my favorite moments is the empowered choice of one woman not to have sex because it wasn't what she needed at that time, only to have her return to normal a few paragraphs later. Choosing how and when to have sex, or be with someone, only becomes empowerment if we make choices about our own lives, and don't allow men to either save or destroy us. (I say men here, because these stories are mostly hetero-normative--but this applies to all relationships).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Actually rated 2.5 Stars but I'm rounding down because I didn't like it and most books I 3 star I like. The extra 0.5 stars is largely in part because the writing was good and interesting. All of these stories were good, but the book wasn't what I expected when I picked it up. So I was entertained and gave me something to read that I didn't have to get too invested in. There are 5 or 6 stories in total, each named after a different woman. Each story follows the woman, and most of the stories are Actually rated 2.5 Stars but I'm rounding down because I didn't like it and most books I 3 star I like. The extra 0.5 stars is largely in part because the writing was good and interesting. All of these stories were good, but the book wasn't what I expected when I picked it up. So I was entertained and gave me something to read that I didn't have to get too invested in. There are 5 or 6 stories in total, each named after a different woman. Each story follows the woman, and most of the stories are (honestly) about men or "love" but not even love or romance... just dealing with men in their lives. It's an interesting perspective but really not what I was expecting from Women on Top... I listened to 2 stories on audiobook, the audiobook is good/narrator is good. Like I said the book is entertaining if you're looking for a read (or listen) just for fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny King

    So this is one of those books that I got in the amazon kindle deals section and I thought that the premise sounded ok. What I was hoping for were some short stories about empowered and extraordinary woman, whereas they were just simply a bit blah! So in the first 3 stories you have a woman who is so focused on becoming successful that she is willing to do a job that cuts jobs - and is an arse to a decent man. In the second you have a mistress wishing that the wife of the man she is seeing will d So this is one of those books that I got in the amazon kindle deals section and I thought that the premise sounded ok. What I was hoping for were some short stories about empowered and extraordinary woman, whereas they were just simply a bit blah! So in the first 3 stories you have a woman who is so focused on becoming successful that she is willing to do a job that cuts jobs - and is an arse to a decent man. In the second you have a mistress wishing that the wife of the man she is seeing will die, and in the third you have a woman who bought a puppy just to meet a man, but spends most of it thinking how much she dislikes the dog. Despite the fact that the stories are short I just couldn’t bring myself to read any more female cliches.

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