Four sexy short stories featuring four hot alpha heroes, headlined by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh.
In Erin's Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin's sworn protector. The target of her CIA-operative brother's foes, Turk is the only port Erin has to cling to in a storm. He promised her brother long ago never to touch herbut how can he resist a woman who aches to be with him as much as he burns for her?
In misTaken by Laurelin McGee, Jaylene is an independent woman whose feminist values run deep. The last thing she wants is a man telling her what to do. Until she meets her mysterious new neighbor. He makes her realize that you can still be strong and relinquish control... in the bedroom. But as their passion consumes them, Jaylene isn't sure he is who he says he is.
In Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker, Tate longs to spend his nights with Ali, a woman he's loved for years. But while Ali's heart aches for him, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has unresolved anger that is a force to be reckoned with...but the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?
In Tangled by Kate Douglas, Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do what he loves bestcraft award-winning wines. But when something better comes in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner, Nate is completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled's mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a temptation, Nate doesn't stand a chance.
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About the Author
#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.
Laurelin McGee is the pseudonym of Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee.
Laurelin Paige is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy.
Kayti McGee, when she isn't writing, loves to make up recipes.
Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer and avid reader.
Kate Douglas lives in California and loves ‘happily ever after' endings.
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By Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, Kate Douglas
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The night had finally wound down, the last customer urged out the door and the Broken Bar was closed up for the night.
Standing next to the counter, Erin Masters surveyed the pristine area critically, ensuring everything was ready for the next night.
The head bartender and club manager, Jake Manning, had left her in charge of cleaning and restocking the various bottles of drinks kept on hand. The large crowds known to descend on the nightclub on any given night left no time to replace bottles. And he was damned picky about making certain everything, down to the last speck of dust, was cleaned away and the serving area ready to go the next evening.
Glancing to the mirrored wall behind the wide counter she found the neon BROKEN BAR sign. Her gaze moved to the camera eye in the center of it, then gave it her customary wink. She knew the girl that worked the security recordings. The wink was a nightly salute. Gabby would roll her eyes, Erin knew, and remember the night they'd had one drink too many, and revealed how each of them had become fixated on one of the Broken Bar's security agents.
For Gabby, it was Iron.
For Erin, it was the hard, tough Turk Rogan.
Folding the damp bar towel she'd used to clean the wood bar, Erin pushed it into the small plastic bag of towels used that night and tied the bag closed. Picking it up she pushed through the swinging doors to the kitchen, finally relaxing at the thought of going home for the night.
Leaving the bag at the back door for morning pickup she made her way back to the front to check everything one last time. Jake could become highly critical if anything in the bartending section wasn't just right. She sure as hell didn't want him tearing her ass as he'd torn the last assistant's. That one he'd sent running from the club in tears as she quit on the spot.
Flipping the kitchen light out, she stepped through the swinging doors once again and almost ran face-first into one of the nicest stretches of chests she'd ever beheld.
Powerful, not too wide, but rippling beneath the black T-shirt he wore. Her fingers itched to smooth across the expanse of powerful muscles.
He made other parts just ache.
"Turk." She stepped back, looking up into the rough-hewn, hardened features of the security agent working cleanup with her.
Dark, chocolate-brown eyes were set into a brooding expression that gave him a hard, savage look. A sexy rough-hewn toughness that just took a girl's breath away.
His gaze lowered to her lips. That look made her mouth go dry. It made her sex wet.
"Erin." Deep, whispering of sensual delights and wicked knowledge, that voice sent shivers working down her spine as his gaze lifted to hers once again. "Have you finished up here?"
He stepped back, slowly, allowing her to ease from the doorway to the dimly lit bar area as she looked around one last time.
"Let's hope I am." She grinned back, smoothing her hands down the side of the short, black skirt she wore.
Turk's gaze flickered down her body before coming back to hers, the shadow of something hungry in his eyes caused her heartbeat to pick up, racing in excitement as she swallowed nervously.
"Everything looks great." He nodded, finally glancing around himself, his eyes narrowing.
"Jake shouldn't be able to bitch—no matter how much he loves doing it."
Amusement gleamed in his eyes as they met hers once again.
"Good." She glanced over the area again though. "Perhaps I'll survive my first night closing."
"You'll survive," he promised as though he'd already decided that on his own. "If you're ready I'll walk you out to your car. The rest of the waitresses have left and I'm ready to head out myself."
"I just need to stop in the lounge and collect my purse." She was already turning for the exit from the tending area, all too aware of the fact that he was walking behind her.
And he walked silently, too. There wasn't so much as a whisper of his footsteps. Quiet, intense, his scarred face was normally implacable, his voice deep. He was the epitome of the type of agent her stepfather preferred as security personnel for the nightclubs that worked beneath the Covert Information Network.
The Broken Bar was one of those establishments, while five of the ten security personnel were longtime agents of the network. Ex-military, Rangers in this case, most of them wounded in some way that had ended their official military careers. The agents for the network were deep cover, their identities changed years before, most without families or ties to pull them back to the lives they had once lived.
Turk Rogan was just such a man. His military career listed him as troublemaker, dishonorably discharged from the Rangers after an accident that had caused his own injuries. The truth was, he was a man with no family, no one to care that he never returned. A Ranger who had nearly given his own life for his country and the soldiers he fought with. When he was offered the chance to continue protecting his nation in another capacity, he'd jumped on it.
Like the agents that worked for the network, Erin kept her past strictly quiet. Being the stepdaughter of the regional director of the network and stepsister of the security director could become uncomfortable if others were aware of it.
Besides, her stepfather and stepbrother weren't exactly men that made others comfortable. As a matter of fact, they were known to piss others off routinely just for the hell of it. Her stepfather often told her that a man that stayed loyal despite his anger was the man he could trust at his back.
There were many of those agents she truly hoped John Delanore—J.D. as others called him—and her stepbrother, John D., didn't have to trust at their backs. One of those men might end up braining those two with a two-by-four. She knew she was tempted to do so often.
Stepping from the bar ahead of Turk she waited as he locked the doors before moving toward the side of the building. As they began walking, his large, broad palm settled at the small of her back, the warmth of it heating her flesh as her heart rate kicked up in speed once again.
Shadows swirled about the parking lot, and a light fog whispered around the deserted area, its moist warmth settling around them as the night enfolded them.
She'd parked her small sedan in the employees' parking area. As they turned the corner of the bar she noticed he'd parked the wicked black motorcycle he rode next to her. He'd been doing that since the first night she'd arrived at the bar.
"Be careful driving back to your apartment." His dark voice was low, intimate as they neared her car. "The fog is wicked tonight."
They lived in the same small apartment complex, his apartment right across the hall from hers.
"I'll be fine," she promised, a little warmed by the protectiveness he hinted at.
He made her feel secure. Not overshadowed or guarded, but secure. She realized she'd grown used to the fact that he rode behind her whenever they left together, that he was there in the early hours of the morning when she arrived home while everyone else was sleeping.
Stepping to the side of her car she pushed the remote lock, hearing the snick of the door unlocking as she turned back to him, the sexual, sensual awareness that flooded her body weakening her knees as she looked up at him.
It was the look in those dark eyes. A knowledge that he had every intention of acting on the attraction that sparked between them like an invisible flame.
"You kept up tonight after Jake left," he stated as a small grin quirked his lips. "You surprised me."
"It wasn't that bad," she assured him, catching the side of her lower lip between her teeth before quickly running her tongue over her lips again. "Jake's a hard act to follow though."
"So are you." His hand settled on her hip as he moved closer, the night suddenly heating as his body brushed hers. "Erin, if you don't want me to kiss you, then you need to get your ass in that car and haul out now."
The suggestion had her eyes widening before her gaze moved involuntarily to his lips.
Would his kiss be as hot and as filled with pleasure as she imagined?
Lowering his head slowly, Turk gave her plenty of time to run, "to haul out" as he called it. She had no intentions of running. She felt as though she'd been running all her life, until now.
As his head tilted, his arms went around her. When his lips settled on hers the whimpering little cry that left her throat shocked her.
It was like pouring gasoline to a flame. Like pouring pure, shocking emotion into an eruption of pleasure.
His lips took possession of hers, dark experience and sensual knowledge wrapping around her as he pulled her against him. The heavy imprint of his erection pressed into her lower stomach. Heat settled immediately between her thighs, her erogenous zones kicking to life with a force that stole her breath.
Pleasure surrounded her.
Like a heavy veil of intimacy it enfolded her, shrouding logical thought, hiding her from the implications of exactly what she was doing as pleasure flooded every area of her body.
That pleasure was immediately followed by a pulse of arousal so sharp it clenched her womb. The sensitive flesh between her thighs grew more sensitive by the second, her ability to think, to process the sensations overwhelmed by the pleasure itself.
It was like being taken, possessed by a hunger she'd had no idea she harbored inside her with such strength.
As his hand cupped the back of her head, broad fingers spearing into her hair, Erin found herself arching to get closer. Her breasts pressed into the heated width of his chest, her nipples hardening to immediate, painful sensitivity as her breasts began to ache for touch.
For his lips.
For his hands.
She shook in the grip of a hunger she'd never known and one that rose with such strength inside her that the hot flares of pulsing sensitivity and exquisite electric sensation became more than she could bear.
Just as quickly as the kiss had begun tearing through her senses, it was over.
Releasing her, Turk quickly stepped back, his gaze locked on hers as she lifted her lashes and stared back at him in shock.
Why would he stop?
Reaching around her rather than pulling her back to him, he opened the door of her car instead.
"It's getting late." The hard, dark rasp of his voice had moisture pulsing from between her thighs once again. "You need to get home."
Did she really?
Blinking up at him, Erin was slow to process the rejection. But it finally processed in her passion-drugged senses.
Her knees stiffened. Pulling back from him quickly, Erin gripped the car door and slid inside. Shoving the key into the ignition, she moved to close the door.
The hard fingers still gripping the frame tightened.
Turning, Erin stared up at him, hoping like hell the anger that tightened her body wasn't apparent in her eyes.
"Erin ..." A grimace pulled at his features as discomfort shadowed his expression in the dim light.
"I get it," she told him softly. "We can discuss it at another time."
"What do you get?" His expression became shuttered, remote.
"Not something you want to pursue at the moment," she said as though she understood. "It's not a problem. And as you said, it's late. I need to be going."
Tugging on the door she almost breathed out in relief as he released it. Pulling it closed Erin slid the car into reverse and accelerated out of the space. Sliding it into gear and pulling from the parking lot moments later, she had to force back a shaming tear of regret.
Damn, it was hard to imagine never feeling his kiss again. A kiss that had burned through her senses like wildfire and threatened every ounce of control she'd ever believed she had over herself.
It was evident, though, that Turk Rogan hadn't felt those same flames.
Wasn't that too bad? For her at least. Because she would have loved to have seen exactly where they would have ended. She ached to feel, just one more time, the calm that stole over her restless spirit, even as excitement churned through her senses as he held her.
That feeling that finally she'd found a place all her own.
* * *
Turk watched the car as it pulled onto the main road, a curse slipping past his lips as he pushed the fingers of one hand roughly through his hair and strode to the cycle.
Son of a bitch, he should have known better.
Hell, he had known better, he reminded himself. He'd managed to control the impulse to kiss her every night since she'd first arrived to work at the nightclub. As he'd gotten to know her, the impulse had only grown. And he hadn't been alone. The wary interest in her eyes had assured him he wasn't aching in vein. And aching he was.
His erection throbbed like a wound, fully engorged and howling in protest at the loss of the pleasure that echoed to the hard flesh. Like sweet little fingers of heat spreading from her kiss to his hardened shaft rising between his thighs, his flesh demanded her touch. The pleasure of her hungry kiss mesmerized him. Pulling back from her had been like cutting his own arm off or some shit.
Blowing out a hard breath he jerked his helmet over his head and secured it. Turk told himself it was better that she thought she was being rejected. The truth was far too weird to even get into. How a full-grown man could be weakened by one pint-sized little woman's kiss he couldn't figure out.
The fact was it had been so damned hard to pull back, almost impossible to put distance between them, was a warning he knew better than to ignore. He would have ended up trying to take her there on the hood of her car if he hadn't heeded it.
That skirt wouldn't have stood in his way. Pushing it over her thighs would have been easy. Of course, it might have taken him awhile to finish if he'd given in to the hunger to taste more than just her kiss. Before the night was over, the security cameras would have recorded a hell of a lot more than one brief touch of their lips.
And Turk would have revealed a hell of a lot more than just his interest in the new assistant bartender.
He'd have revealed a hunger he was hard-pressed to control.
And control meant everything.
Or it had. ...
For far too many years his control had been all that had saved him. The knowledge that his battle to rout out the monsters that destroyed the life of his baby sister so many years ago could only be accomplished if every part of himself was focused on it.
And he'd sworn he'd never allow himself to care for anyone else to the point that their deaths destroyed him.
Cara Jane had been too little to protect herself. He'd raised her after their parents' deaths. He'd loved her. Two months before he was due home from the military she'd been killed in a suspected terrorist bombing while on vacation with their aunt and uncle in England.
He'd lost the three last remaining members of his family that day. And he'd lost the little sister he'd promised he'd always protect.
Ten years later and sea-green eyes were making him forget the vow he'd made at his sister's graveside to never risk his soul again. To never let himself love anyone else. Not in any way.
Yet, Erin was sneaking her way inside his emotions, and he couldn't seem to stop the slow, steady headway she was making into his heart.
A heart he'd believed he no longer held.CHAPTER 2
The watcher watched as the prey stalked to his motorcycle and rode off behind the young woman he'd pulled back from so abruptly. Turk Rogan wasn't the first choice for the betrayer, but Erin Masters was definitely the type of woman the betrayer had once shown such a fondness for.
Pretty red-gold hair and mesmerizing eyes, but with a streak of a rebel gleaming in her gaze.
There had been a certainty that drastic measures would have to be taken after failing to identify the prey several months before. The other men suspected had shown no true fondness for any particular female. Without a lover to protect, the betrayer would never reveal himself. He would never make the call that would reveal him.
This woman meant something to Rogan though.
This one was important.
Satisfaction lit a glow of hope inside a heart black with hatred. Perhaps, finally the game would be drawing to a close. Perhaps it wouldn't be necessary to draw the ultimate bait out to lure the prey to his death.
That was a weakness the watcher had feared being forced to use. One that could possibly backfire ...
With any luck Rogan was the one hiding from a past filled with blood, broken innocence, and destruction.
The one responsible for such betrayal that even now, so many years later, the effects of it were still being felt.CHAPTER 3
She was a fool!
Stowing her purse in her locker the next evening Erin closed the metal door and turned the lock with a hard snap.
What made her think that giving in to her fascination for Turk Rogan was a good idea?
It was insanity.
It was a recipe for a broken heart.
Smoothing her hands down the sides of her black skirt before adjusting the black vest over her white long-sleeved shirt, Erin forced herself to still the hurt. Taking a deep, steadying breath she then forced herself to leave the lounge.
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Erin's Kiss by Lora Leigh
misTaken by Laurelin McGee
Burn For Me by Shiloh WalkerTangled by Kate Douglas
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A nice anthology… This anthology has a diverse group of stories with no common themes. There is suspense, humor, darkness, and sweetness amongst them. I do question the title for not all of the heroes would I classify as “alphas”. Overall rating 3.5 stars Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh – 3 stars, They completed each other… Being related to two directors of the Covert Information Network (CIN) doesn’t make life easy for Erin Masters. They are overprotective to an extreme. She’s bartending at one of the network’s nightclubs, monitoring the owner and the efficiency of his personnel in obtaining intel from various suspects. Her family relationships are unknown to the staff. She’s assigned a man to protect her who works club security, a very sexy man that she’s strongly drawn to. Turk Rogan is a former Ranger who’s now an agent of the CIN working as Erin’s security. It’s been a strain watching over her for months, wanting what he can’t and shouldn’t have since the death of his family has made him shy about wanting to care that much for someone again. It was only a matter of time before they both gave in to the sizzling attraction between them and it does not go unnoticed. This was an intriguing novella with two likable leads who had definite brewing chemistry that inevitably erupted. I liked how things progressed between them and how Turk fought for her at the end, he’d go rogue if necessary. This was a tale of two lone souls finally meeting the one who completed them. More backstory about the covert network was needed. This reader was left in confusion when Erin was targeted and there were no conversations or speculations as to why she was attacked, what was being done while she was hidden. The points of view weren’t clear, sometimes narration, at other times that of Erin or Turk and an unknown presence who’s observing events. I felt that this needed to be longer. The epilogue left you feeling that this was a prequel or a piece in the middle of a larger work. misTaken by Laurelin McGee – 3 stars, The dominant and the feminist… Jaylene (Jay) Kim, an English teacher and a staunch feminist hasn’t had much luck in relationships and is starting to wonder if she is the reason why. She meets the sexy new neighbor and is astonished to find so many things in common with him. They share the love of books, music, and running. He’s also a man who believes in women’s rights. He’s too good to be true and her imagination runs wild trying to figure out the mystery of his profession which he doesn’t share. Noah Harrison is a private man who’s secretive about what he does for a living because experience has taught him that most people don’t understand it. This reader correctly guessed his job, there are enough hints. He’s intelligent and well versed in many subjects. He’s a dominant in the bedroom and doesn’t have a problem with a feminist outside of the bedroom. He is surprised to be so drawn to his new neighbor since he tends to avoid people. As a couple Noah and Jay were very cute together. Their relationship was sexy yet sweet and amusing. The story though felt like an advertisement for extreme feminism and the writing of erotica. The feminist views of the heroine were excessive and she had a tendency to be very judgmental which she recognized as a truth of her personality when it was mentioned to her. This reader really wanted to know what made this character so extremely feminist, there must be a reason. In the all the years I have never met a woman with such ingrained and inflexible beliefs. It was impressive that she questioned herself because of Noah, opening herself up to looking at things differently showed growth. Burn For Me by Shiloh Walker – 4.5 stars, An intense, emotional novella… Ali Holmes has been involved in a “friends with benefits” relationship with Tate Bell for years. She deeply loves him but yearns for more. She understands that he suffered greatly from the disappearance of his mother when he was young but things need to change for herself and for her children. If only he would share with her it would make a difference but he lives behind strong walls through which no one can reach. Tate Bell is tormented by the night his mother disappeared 15 years ago. He blames his father. He loves Ali but doesn’t believe he has anything to offer her but his nightmares and fears and that scares him. Ali is a breath of fresh air to him; he finds peace in her arms. He struggles with what he wants and what he is able to give until the choice is made for him. Sometimes you have to lose what you love and need to gain the strength to really fight for it. This was an intense, well-written, emotional novella. The story of a man forced to face his demons to keep what he loves and it is not always easy to move on from devastating tragedy even years afterwards. For a short work there was much depth. The main characters were likable and you could feel the chemistry between them. The supporting characters were interesting. This is the prequel novella to a new series. The town is intriguing and there are mysteries alluded to that need to be solved. Tangled by Kate Douglas – 3.5 stars, Love and intrigue at a winery… After working for a factory sized winery, Nate Dunagan has the opportunity to do what he really wants, to work a small vineyard and be involved with everything in the process from beginning to end. It was an easy decision for him to accept the position of manager at Tangled Vineyards. He arrives late one night to find himself locked out of the property so he jumps the fence and runs into the mixologist who lets him in. She is not what he expected and he can’t help but be drawn to her, they are kindred spirits in their love of the land and working it and she is smart, sexy and cute. Even though her family vineyard was sold to new owners due to poor business decisions made by her father, Cassie Phillips remains as the mixologist. She’s the one who produces the award winning wines and the new owner wants to keep her. Seeing her father lose his home and his mind to Alzheimer’s has been hard for her. When the new vineyard manager arrives she’s pleasantly surprised. Besides being downright sexy and good-looking, he’s a nice man who loves the work and has dreams like her own. It’s been a long time since someone grabbed her attention and for one night she allows herself to let go and enjoy more than his companionship. Two very compatible souls meet and give in to the physical attraction and connection that has been building over dinner and hours of conversation. One night of no commitments is agreed upon for in the morning they begin working together. But it’s never that simple and one night creates an awkwardness and a desire for repetition. This story was instant lust that grew to more, the emotions were heightened by someone targeting Cassie for an unknown reason so there was suspense and a mystery to be solved. Nate and Cassie were two very likable characters used to being on their own who had a connection in more than the physical sense. They dived in too soon and that created problems that they had to work through but when you meet that someone that touches your soul and accepts you and supports you it’s really just a matter of time before you inevitably open yourself up to love, which these two did. This was an enjoyable sweet read with a nice dose of suspense. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Erin's Kiss by Lora Leigh. 5-Stars Action-packed from beginning to end. Lora Leigh knows how to write a sexy alpha man and the story was full of them. Tall, dark and brooding is a perfect description for the mega sexy Turk Rogan. He's determined to keep Erin safe from this unknown enemy. MisTaken by Laurelin McGee 3.5 Stars The assumptions some people make when they don't have all the facts can be pretty ridiculous. With that being said, if you intentionally hide those facts, what are people left to do but to assume. This is the situation Noah and Jaylene have found themselves in, by not being truthful with each other. Burn For Me by Shiloh Walker 5-Stars This is a fantastic mystery romance about a brooding, sexy, suffering, troubled man and a woman with two kids that's tired of hiding her feelings for him. Will she wait for him or will she just move on? Tangled by Kate Douglas 5-Stars The story takes place in a vineyard with a sexy new vineyard manager, a beautiful wine maker and her father, who used to work a top secret government job and now is suffering from Alzheimer's. Love the mystery and suspense in this well written romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A great collection of stories by some amazing authors! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review Erin's Kiss by Lora Leigh Erin is tending bar at The Broken Bar, a bar that is run by deep undercover CIA operatives and where the employees are mostly ex-military. She's under cover on assignment. Turk is an ex-military security guard at the bar. Erin can't get Turk out of her head. After he finally gives in to temptation, Erin's life becomes endangered. The only one she can turn to is Turk to protect and save her. As with all of Lora Leigh's stories, this one is hawt with a great story in just a few pages. Erin is spunky and not afraid to go after what she wants, but Turk's resistance is almost enough for her to give up. Once Turk's walls are cracked, he is very protective of Erin. Once he's got his heart and mind in sync, there is no stopping him. 5 stars misTaken by Laurelin McGee Jaylene is a hard-core feminist who has a problem with finding a decent guy whose not a chauvinist. Because of her personality, she's often mistaken for being gay. When a new neighbor moves into her apartment community, she's drawn to him, but convinced he's hiding something. What she finds out just might make her have to change some of her theories. This was my first time reading this author. The plot point of being a strong woman with so many different ideals these days and I liked how Jaylene grew through it and was able to adjust some of her thinking to find happiness. 4 stars Burn For Me - Shiloh Walker Take has had a friends with benefits relationship with Ali for 3 years. While his heart wants so much more, his head won't allow him to give her anymore than that. Ali is hopelessly in love with Tate, but her head can't take anymore of the heartache when he leaves or pretends they are still just friends. When she finally decides to give him an ultimatum, it nearly destroys them both. Hopefully he is able to overcome his anger and insecurities and fix all of the grief he has caused. I really loved this story. I think that Shiloh Walker does an excellent job of writing great stories with seriously damaged men and women that want to save them. Can't wait to read more from her. 5 stars Tangled by Kate Douglas Nate is the new manager of Tangled Vineyards. He arrives late and meets the former vineyard owner (and current wine maker) Cassie. They enjoy an evening together and experience an undeniable connection. Afterwards, Cassie ignores Nate until she gives in to her own cravings to be near him. Slowly they start to form a real friendship. When a mysterious car starts showing up, Cassie and Nate try to figure out what the man is after as it starts to put Cassie in danger. This is the first contemporary I've read by Kate Douglas. I thought it was well written and the story was enjoyable, especially for how many pages it was. 5 stars Overall, this was an excellent anthology. Each story, though not very long, was complete with well definitions of each main character. I highly recommend it.
Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, Kate Douglas I rather enjoy anthologies as a whole. It either gives you a taste of each author's writing style and/or whets you appetite for a series or author you already follow. In Hot Alphas, I was very familiar with three of the authors and found a new one that I will be checking out in the near future. Of course with anthologies, you must be able to overlook the insta-love and don't get you hopes up for in depth character development. There is a little bit of development in both the relationships and character depth but not as much as you'd expect to find in a full length novel. Bottom line, these novella length plots provided fast, easy and enjoyable reads, the perfect reading material for when you don't have a lot of time to invest but want to find some hot and steamy romance.
Four sexy shorts with hot Alphas. I enjoyed this great group of reads and not every story is the same. Oh yes these Alphas were hot and domineering but could also be sweet and caring even showing their emotional sides. Each of the stories kept me entertained and I enjoyed the characters as well. An Excellent Read.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 19, 2015 In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The consistent target of her CIA-operative brother’s deadly foes, Turk is the only port Erin has to cling to in a storm. He promised her brother long ago never to touch her—but how can he resist a woman who aches to be with him as much as he burns for her? REVIEW: 3.75 stars--ERIN’S KISS is part of the Wound Warriors Series by Lora Leigh focusing on a group of former military operatives who work for the CIN-Covert Information Network. This is ex Marine Turk Rogan and Erin Masters romantic/suspense storyline. The novella follows Turk and Erin as both work undercover at the Broken Bar Saloon keeping an eye on the thugs, politicians and people connected to the mob. The Broken Bar is home to a number of CIN operatives and when Erin becomes the target of an unknown assailant, the CIN and Turk move into action. The secondary and supporting characters include several CIN agents, Erin’s step brother and step father, as well as the ‘regulars’ at the bar. ERIN’S KISS is a quick erotic read about two people who have lusted after one another for a number of months. The $ex scenes are erotic and provocative. The background and world building is limited but followers of the series may be more in tune with what has happened than new readers to the series. The novella does not end with a cliff hanger but a bit of a ‘wait and see’ what is going to happen next. ••••••••• In misTaken by Laurelin McGee, Jaylene Kim is a strong independent woman whose feminist values run deep. Even though attractive men are her weakness the last thing she wants is one telling her what to do. Until she meets her mysterious new neighbor. He makes her realize that you can still be strong and relinquish control . . . in the bedroom. But as their passion consumes them both Jaylene isn't so sure he is who he says he is. REVIEW: 3 stars--MISTAKEN is the introductory novella to Laurelin McGee (aka Laurelin Paige/ Kayti McGee) new romance series focusing on the world of modern matchmaking. This is high school English teacher Jaylene Kim and Noah Harrison’s storyline. With her rigid feminist ideals and preconceived notions Jaylene is having difficulty adjusting to other people’s (both men and women) view of life. Enter Noah Harrison, a man with too many secrets that Jaylene is dying to uncover and a man who makes Jaylene question her feminist ways. The $ex scenes are exploratory but Jaylene has a difficult time giving up control. Throughout the storyline our heroine’s rigid feminist views leave something to be desired both in and out of the bedroom; I question the couple’s attraction to one another as I did not feel the sexual chemistry or burning need. As this is the introductory storyline to Laurelin McGee’s new series, I am hoping with the future installments the heroines are not so uncompromising or mired in such strict feminist beliefs. The overriding premise of feminism was too much for a romance storyline. I am all for equal rights, but I don’t like the ideals of radical feminism to be pounded into me from my romance heroines. I have a degree in sociology and took several courses in women’s studies but there are times when the idealists need to consider the target of their attacks and romance readers are not the ideal targets. ••••••••• In Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker, Tate longs to spend his nights with Ali, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with his mother right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Tate's unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with . . . but the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all? REVIEW: 4 stars--BURN FOR ME is the introductory novella in Shiloh Walker’s Secrets and Shadows romantic, suspense series (Originally released April 1, 2014) focusing on the Bell family. This is car restoration expert Tate Bell, and single mother and part owner of a pizza cafe Ali Holmes storyline- a friends with benefits relationship where Ali wants something more. The storyline follows the back and forth between Tate and Ali; Tate’s inability to let go of the past; the disappearance of his mother fifteen years earlier; and the introduction of Tate’s younger sister Chrissie, their sister Detective Jensen Bell, as well as Noah Benningfield and Trinity Ewing. While Tate struggles with issues of betrayal and hurt, Ali makes a heartbreaking decision about her future. The novella ends on a bit of a cliff hanger-looking towards a resolution of a fifteen year mystery. Shiloh Walker does an amazing job in a short period of time with the world and character building. I was never confused or concerned about the direction of the story; the information revealed was just enough to spark my interest in the series. •••••••••••• In Tangled by Kate Douglas, Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do all the things he loves best—work with his hands, grow the grapes, and craft award-winning, full-bodied wines. But when something better comes along in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner of the vineyard, Nate becomes completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s number-one mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a constant temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance… REVIEW: 3.75 stars--TANGLED is a quick story of insta-love between Nate Dunagan and Cassie Phillips. Cassie’s family once owned the Tangled Vines vineyard, where Cassie and Nate now work and manage. As Cassie’s father’s increasing dementia forced the family to sell the winery, Cassie remains behind as the leading wine maker for Tangled Vines vineyard. What ensues is a building relationship between our leading couple that eventually leads to a happily ever after…but in between Cassie and Nate become the victims of someone hoping to bury the past. TANGLED is a storyline with a little bit of romance, $ex and intrigue. As our couple struggle with the daily business of operating a vineyard, Cassie and Nate also struggle with their building attraction. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic without the over the top erotic factor. If you like a storyline of insta-love and a promise of forever, than TANGLED is the perfect read.
In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The consistent target of her CIA-operative brother’s deadly foes, Turk is the only port Erin has to cling to in a storm. He promised her brother long ago never to touch her—but how can he resist a woman who aches to be with him as much as he burns for her? In misTaken by Laurelin McGee, Jaylene Kim is a strong independent woman whose feminist values run deep. Even though attractive men are her weakness the last thing she wants is one telling her what to do. Until she meets her mysterious new neighbor. He makes her realize that you can still be strong and relinquish control . . . in the bedroom. But as their passion consumes them both Jaylene isn't so sure he is who he says he is. In Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker, Tate longs to spend his nights with Ali, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with his mother right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Tate's unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with . . . but the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all? In Tangled by Kate Douglas, Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do all the things he loves best—work with his hands, grow the grapes, and craft award-winning, full-bodied wines. But when something better comes along in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner of the vineyard, Nate becomes completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s number-one mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a constant temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance… Review: Great Anthology of Alpha Males and the Women who love them! All the stories feature an alpha male, but the stories in the book range from wicked hot to suspense to a emotional romance. Each story is written by Author's who are at the top of the romance genre. All are expertly written and really do have something to offer everyone. Erin's Kiss is an romantic, action suspense story. It is exactly what you would expect from a Lora Leigh book, full of tension the suspenseful kind and the hot sexy kind. In MisTaken you actually more of a fun piece to me. The characters are fun and different. I liked that the hero was a erotic romance writer and how that played against the heroine's feminist sensibilities. Burn For Me, was an emotional story for me. I felt so bad for the main characters. Ali wants more from Tate than he can give and finally propels him to make a decision. And Tate to loose his mother, at a young age and think that his father had killed his mother, really tore at my heart. I really want to know what happens after this story, the little teaser at the end about the car being uncovered is driving me nuts. Tangled, is not what I thought it was going to be when it started out. I thought it was going to be a pure romance with the winery being the backdrop, but I was surprised. It had heart, especially where Cassie's dad is concerned and then there was a little action and suspense thrown in. This was really a great read and it went fast too. Love all these Authors! 4Stars *Given a copy of book from publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*