This anthology is crammed full of morsels to devour, but I admit that I'm partial to a select few. We all have our idols to worship, right? ;o)
For me, that's primarily Skye Warren. She writes with so much soul, you can taste it even after a few sentences. I already knew the story as I'd read Better When It Hurts, as dark and painful as a romance comes. Yet reading first-hand how Blue and Hannah's drama started was too much of a lure to me to deny myself.
And here I am. Again, I'm soaking in the sad, disturbing density of a couple that is fated and doomed to love each other to hurtful extents. A foster home, a menace, a bad boy who's killed before. The girl who latches on to his strength for protection is only concerned with survival. Until her heart betrays both of them.
That's a powerful message: love as salvation and perdition. This prequel is strong in emotion, in loss and tension, and you know it's going to end badly. Still the need to know why and how it all happens will satisfy those who've read the full-length story that comes after this novella. Those whose first glimpse of Blue and Hannah's tragic love is this novella will surely crave their next dose of adrenaline. Heartbreak indeed.
On to my next lovely idol, Alexa Riley, and her novella His First and Only. Her alpha males are legendary in that they become blind with caveman passion when in the presence of the woman they claim. Tiffany and Ethan met as teenagers and pledged to be together forever. Ten years later, they reunite in the most serendipitous way possible in Vegas. And it's sweet and dirty and utterly delightful!
There's room for obsession, two lovers who have saved themselves for their one and only, dreams of family and cozy love, and a few encounters dripping with naughty, unreserved passion. If you know this author, you know the hotness. If you don't, just have a taste and you'll smile through the tingling shock.
UNIQUE had again a very unique writing style, quirky and filled with messy characters in the middle of blood diamond heists and hot action with twins.
I had a great time reading OWNED by Jenika Snow. She manages to convey a keenly arousing scenario in which Rose auctions her first time to a wealthy bidder that ends up being her dominant boss. Wow, that was hot stuff!
Also, a fairy tale from Shoshanna Evers tells the first encounter between Rapunzel and her rescuing knight. I liked her thoughts and reactions to all the novelties in her isolated life: a man, his intentions, why the witch imprisoned her there. Really cute and sexy.
On the practical side, I'd like to know what page each story begins so it would be easier to locate.
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Very entertaining bundle, book buddies :-)