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Posted June 23, 2011
When Red Sage approached me to review this newest anthology in their Secrets series, I jumped at the chance. I'd been wanting to read one of these books for quite a while, but just never picked one up. I always ended up going with a safer choice, sticking with picking up the newest releases by some of my favorite authors instead of trying an anthology of lesser known names. However, I was not disappointed with my first experience with Secrets and I can't wait to read more.
This anthology had it all: romance, red-hot sex scenes, and a variety of settings (location and times). "Kiss Me at Midnight" by Kate St. James is contemporary story revolving around L.A. talk show co-hosts. "Mind Games" by Kathleen Scott is set in futuristic US and is filled with suspense and had paranormal elements. Jennifer Lynne's "Seducing Serena" is a contemporary tale set in Australia. And the historical offering in this anthology is "The Pirate's Passion" by Juliet Burns.
All of the authors were new to me. I felt a little confused by Kathleen Scott's story, only because it was part of a series that I felt like I was coming in without back story. And the fact that it is a futurist also put it at a disadvantage for me, as I don't read the genre all that often. However, I was able to overcome my preconceived ideas and enjoyed the novella. I would have loved for "The Pirate's Passion" to have been a longer story as I feel there is opportunity to add and expand on the tale. The other two stories were just the right length to tell a satisfying story.
I look forward to reading more books from the Secrets series.
Posted July 12, 2010
Originally posted at: www.whippedcream2.blogspot.com ***** Sensual cravings is definitely what this collection created. All of these stories are extremely erotic, and tantalizing. These stories are all so hot in their own way it really has something for everyone. It also gives you a chance to enjoy some authors you may already have loved or introduce you to new ones.
The Pirate's Possession by Juliet Burns
This was a wonderful story to start the collection with! If it is any indication of the stories to come I cannot wait. Lady Gertrude Fitzpatrick (Tru) and Ewan make one sassy couple. Their banter goes back and forth so fluently you know these two were made for one another. The fact that they cannot trust one another in the beginning made it an even more exciting story. I mean, Ewan really knows nothing about Tru other than the fact that she is hiding something and Ewan is a pirate so he cannot be trusted. One thing about this story that I did find disturbing was the fact that Reginald was her cousin and tried to force himself on her. I know as an historical story those behaviors were acceptable at that time, but it did set off my ick factor. I was happy that it did not get too sexual between them. But the sex between Tru and Ewan - now that was something to want to read about. This was definitely a story that kept me entertained.
Seducing Serena by Jennifer Lynne
Seducing Serena proved to be a very sensual and erotic story. Serena had suffered years of abuse from her previous boyfriend. Although not physical, the mental and emotional stress caused her to not trust anyone. So when Nicholas challenges her to once again believe in romance she is more than a bit skeptical. Nicholas did not intend on getting involved in a serious relationship when replying to Serena's newspaper ad. Once he met her he realized she may actually be the one to tame him. I think Serena and Nicholas's story really touched me because so many women have a damaged heart from previous relationships. I was extremely happy to see that she was able to get past Alex and to accept Nicholas as they both deserved. This was a couple I wanted to see more of even after the story was complete.
Mind Games by Kathleen Scott
At first I was a little puzzled by this one, but that was very brief. It took little time before I realized what a great story this was. The amount of growth Jade demonstrated in this story was exceptional. When Jade's father kllled her first love, she had a clue as to his evil nature, but she didn't realize just how demented he really was. But she was more than happy to go with Damien once she realized he was real. Although not love at first sight, there was definitely chemistry immediately -- these two could not keep their hands off of each other. Although the author mentions this story was created after her previous story Fatal Error which featured Damien's parents I did not get the feeling I was missing anything. So far all of these stories have had great momentum.
Kiss Me at Midnight by Kae St. James
This story proved to be a sweet end to this collection. The story definitely focused more attention on the romantic aspect instead of the eroticism of the previous stories. The sex scenes in this story were absolutely sexy and hot, but you could tell that love was in the air and not just lust.