New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and rising stars Jaid Black and Kresley Cole unlock the pleasures and perils of embracing the boldest and most powerful of lovers 100% alpha males in three sensually erotic tales. Discover the physical rapture of his muscular arms.... Become a prisoner of passion, swept away by an encounter with his primal side.... And get lost in the all-consuming thrill of white-hot pursuit by a relentless stranger who may be your most dangerous foe, the best lover you've ever had or both.
Let your fantasies run wild with these unforgettable novellas where bigger is most definitely better and playing easy-to-get is the only way to go!
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About the Author
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. Her books have been translated into over twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the US and abroad. Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. She lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals,” and spends any free time traveling. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole. Sign up for Kresley’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (KresleyCole.com/Newsletter).
Jaid Black is the founder and driving force of Ellora's Cave Publishing, the award-winning online source for erotic literature. She is also the founder and publisher of Lady Jaided, a sexy new magazine for women. Her novella "Hunter's Right" appears in the collection Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, and her novel Deep, Dark & Dangerous is forthcoming from Pocket Books in March 2006. Vistit her on the web at www.jaidblack.com.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several series, including the Bureau of American Defense novels BAD Attitude, Phantom in the Night, Whispered Lies, and Silent Truth and the Belador series that includes Blood Trinity, Alterant, and The Curse. Since her first book debuted in 1993 while she was still in college, she has placed more than eighty novels on the New York Times list in all formats and genres, including manga and graphic novels, and has more than 70 million books in print worldwide. She lives with her family near Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her website at SherrilynKenyon.com.
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Playing Easy to Get
By Sherrilyn Kenyon
All right reserved.
If there was a Richter scale for erotic experiences, this one would shatter the record.
Robin Daniels moaned deep in her throat as her lover's hand slid slowly up the inside of her thigh in an electrifying caress that culminated with his long, lean fingers stroking her between her thighs where she was wet and hot, waiting for him. She'd been craving him for weeks now. This man with the perfect male body, killer smile and eyes so green they didn't seem to be real.
Perfect lips that quirked up with a wicked charm. Lips that did naughty things to her body. She couldn't wait to feel his cock deep and hard inside her. To hold him close while he thrust himself into her over and over until they were both sweaty and spent.
His touch set her on fire.
But if either one of them were ever caught during one of their secret meetings, their lives would be over.
Their love would be over.
So he came to her at night like some incubus who needed to feed from her body.
She could deny him nothing. Whatever he asked, she would gladly cede.
Opening her legs, Robin gave him full access to the part of her that craved him most. The part of her that was aching and wet, desperate for his touch.
It was an invitation he took boldly as he slidhis fingers even deeper inside her, seeking out her warmth and making her body burn with frenzied lust.
Robin hissed, arching her back. Her breasts tightened, straining against the cotton of her T-shirt.
"That's it," he said, his voice deep and husky. "Show me how much you want me."
"I want you, baby," she murmured, barely recognizing her own voice as she took his hard cock into her hand and toyed with the sensitive tip of it.
Oh yes, he felt good there. She let his wetness coat her fingers while she stroked him, exploring the hard, long length of him. She ran her hungry fingers over the thick, heavy vein, down lower until she could cup his sac in her palm.
He groaned at her gentle caress.
She captured his lips with hers, tugging his bottom lip between her teeth as she tasted him fully.
Before this night was over, she would make him hers for all eternity.
After tonight, Brendan would never want another woman.
She was going to ride him until he begged her for mercy....
"Allison. Cleanup, aisle five."
Allison George jerked her head up from her book as she heard her name called over the intercom. It wasn't until the manager had repeated his command that she left her dream world completely.
Damn. She was just getting to the really good part.
It never failed.
Sighing, she flipped to the front of the book and looked wistfully at the advertisement.
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Allison ran her hand over the words. Had she ever dreamed of getting away?
Was Brendan about to give Robin the best sex of her life?
Was he primo fabuloso?
Of course she dreamed of getting away. Every minute of every day. Unfortunately, that seemed about as likely as Brendan stepping out of his book and making her his fantasy lover.
Or of a house landing on top of her evil floor manager during a tornado and putting him out of her misery.
And speaking of the devil, he was headed straight for her. Allison hid her novel behind her back as her manager came down the book aisle with a stern grimace on his face. At fifty-two with salt and pepper hair, Dan might have been attractive at some point, but the constant disdainful sneer robbed him of any appeal.
"Allison, there's a toddler who threw up on aisle five. Move your butt. We can't leave it there for someone to step in." He barely looked her way as he went past her.
Oh yeah, her life was just one great big bowl full of cherries.
If she was really lucky, maybe on her way home some uninsured driver would plow into her beat-up Dodge Neon and total it while leaving her completely hale and whole enough to walk back to work tomorrow and mop up more vomit. She sighed in disgust.
Wondering if she had just in fact conjured up another visit from the Bad Luck Fairy, Allison tucked the romance novel into her smock pocket.
For weeks now she'd been carrying it around, rereading the entry form and debating on whether or not she should enter.
But why bother?
No one like her ever won anything anyway. It was always some rich doctor or lawyer. Someone other than her. Someone who didn't really need the money or the break.
Still that tiny voice in her head kept saying, "Yeah, but maybe this once..."
She hated that voice. It had gotten her into plenty of trouble in her life.
Grabbing a broom and the special dry solution she needed to clean up the mess, Allison went to the aisle and tried not to think about just how much she truly hated her job.
As she worked, a small smile hovered at her lips. Hey look, I'm already Cinderella. All they need to do is send me over to housewares with the fireplaces and have me clean those out and I'm in business.
She looked up and it took a full second for the voice to register. It was one she hadn't heard in way too long.
The two of them had been best friends in high school. And in the ten years since they had graduated, Margaret hadn't changed a bit.
"Maggie May!" she exclaimed, using her old nickname for her friend.
The broom forgotten, Allison hugged her tight, grateful to see a friendly face again. "Good Lord, how long has it been?"
"Six or seven years, at least."
Allison's eyes teared up as she stepped back. Maggie's elegant blond hair was pulled back in a sleek ponytail. She wore a black pair of slacks and a chic, short-sleeved black sweater. But then Maggie had always looked like some fashion model walking away from a shoot. "You look fantastic!"
Maggie beamed, until she looked Allison up and down and then the smile faltered. Not in a condescending way, but in a way that said, "I'm sorry I got out and you got trapped in this godforsaken place."
Allison offered her a joking grin, even though a part of her was mortified at what she knew Maggie saw.
She stood in front of her elegant friend in her dark blue polyester smock, ill-fitting jeans and faded-out, oversized shirt. Worse, her own frizzy blond hair was in bad need of a trim and deep conditioning. Neither of which she could afford at the moment.
"I'm sorry about your mom," Margaret said quietly. "Had I known, I would have been here for the funeral."
Allison patted her arm as her throat tightened. She'd loved her mother more than anything. Ten years ago when she and Maggie had graduated high school, Maggie had gone to the University of Georgia, then moved off to New York after graduation to be an editor. Meanwhile, Allison had stayed home to help her mother, who was dying of cancer. For nine years her mother had fought hard and then last spring, she'd lost the war.
God, how she missed her. It was still a raw, aching pain inside her. Her mother had been everything to her.
"I know," she said, rubbing Maggie's arm. "I'm sorry. I didn't even think about sending word to you until after the funeral was over. I just wasn't in my right mind."
Maggie nodded in understanding. "You've been busy. My mom told me that you're engaged to Gary Mitchell. Congrats. I know how much you always loved him."
Allison drew a shaky breath as she thought about her rattlesnake ex. "Yeah," she said in an overly exaggerated tone. "Just l-o-v-e him to pieces."
"Uh-oh. That sounds ominous."
She sighed as she picked up the broom. "Well, I found the dog in bed a week ago with one of the strippers from the Night Owl."
Maggie's face showed the horror Allison had felt when she'd stumbled in late from work to find the two of them going at it in her bed. "No!"
"What did you do?"
"I grabbed my broom, swept both pieces of trash out of my house, then I went through and decided it was time to do a little fall cleaning. I gathered up everything of his I could find, threw it into a pile on my front lawn and then proceeded to have a weenie roast. I'm told you could see the flames for up to a mile away."
Maggie laughed. "What did Gary do?"
"He called the cops and I spent the night in jail. But it was so worth it. I just wish I'd been able to get my shotgun loaded before the police got there and had had a chance to fill his backside with buckshot...."
"Allison? Are you on break?"
Allison cringed at Dan's voice coming from behind her. She looked around to see his soured frown. "I'm just helping a customer, Dan. She wanted to know where the lightbulbs were."
He didn't buy it for a minute.
Allison led Maggie away from his hearing. "Sorry, Maggie, I can't really talk right now."
Nodding, Maggie let her gaze dip down to the pocket of Allison's smock where the top of her book was peeking out. She smiled. "Sugar and Spice by Rachel Fire. You like it?"
"I love it. It's a great book."
Maggie's smile widened. "I edited it."
"You did not!"
"Yes, I did. She's one of the authors I discovered last year." Maggie tilted her head and looked back down the aisle to where Dan was still watching them. "Look, I don't want to get you into trouble. What time do you get off work?"
"Okay, I'll be waiting out in the front lot with a pizza, a pack of Ho Hos and beer. Sound good?"
Allison laughed. When Maggie had been a college student, they would always celebrate her homecomings with pizza, Ho Hos and beer. A disgusting and yet somehow quite tasty salute.
"Sounds great. I'll see you in three hours."
Maggie stepped away from Allison, and headed straight toward the middle-aged floor manager who had been eyeballing them with tangible rancor.
"That's a great employee you have there," Maggie said to him. "She really knows the store."
He gave her a semi-hostile glare and walked off, leaving her with the childish desire to stick her tongue out at the soured beast.
But that would wait.
Pulling her phone out of her pocket, Maggie turned to see Allison straightening shelves.
She checked her wristwatch.
It was right at nine o'clock, and she knew exactly where her boss would be. Where he always was...sitting at his desk, working late into the night.
Z answered his cell phone on the third ring.
"Hey, Mr. Z, shouldn't you be at home?" It was an old joke between them. In truth, she was just as bad to work late as he was. But then she loved her job as an editor and as the head contest coordinator, and as a result, she had a hard time leaving her work behind at the end of the day.
"And why are you calling me at nine o'clock when you're supposed to be on vacation?" he asked in that deep sexy/provocative voice that always made her shiver.
But not nearly as much as the breathtaking man who held it. At six foot four, with a lean, rippling body that had been built for sweaty, exhausting sex, Wulfgar Zimmerman was one of the sexiest men who had ever been born.
"Oh because I've found us a live one," Maggie said. "Allison George. I went to high school with her and if she isn't a prime candidate for Hideaway Heroine, then I'm not a workaholic and you're not rich."
Z was silent.
Maggie imagined him sitting at his large mahogany desk, staring out onto his breathtaking view of the New York skyline with the light of his desk lamp cutting across the chiseled planes of his face.
Wulfgar Zimmerman, Z to his friends and family, was one of the richest men in the world.
He was also the loneliest.
Though to be honest, Maggie couldn't figure out why. There were plenty of women, herself included, who would practically sell their souls to call him their own. But Z wasn't interested. Ever since his wife had died three years ago, he'd withdrawn from the world.
She wondered if anyone would ever be able to reach him again.
"Island B is open," he said at last. "You set things up on your end and let me know what you need to do to put this plan into motion."
"You got it, boss."
"Try not to work too much while you're at home. Enjoy your family. There's nothing else like them in the world."
She smiled. Z was also the kindest man she'd ever known. No wonder everyone in the company was so loyal to him. He didn't believe in treating them like employees. He treated them like family.
He answered in kind, then hung up.
Maggie turned her phone off as she glanced back to where Allison was helping a customer.
Little did her friend know, her life was about to take an unexpected turn.
Nothing would ever be the same for Allison again.
copyright 2006 by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Table of Contents
Turn Up the Heat
The Warlord Wants Forever
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love Sherrilyn's book's I bought a nook because it is suppose to be cheaper and more environmetally friendly but I will not buy a digital version when paper back is cheaper, so I guess I wont be buying this book. What is the deal?? Very disappointed.
would not have purchased this e book had i known how short the book was. feel cheated.
I bought this book to get to the story of Nikolai and Myst as I am a huge fan of the Immortals after Dark series. This was not worth the price tag and the story of Nikolai and Myst did not have a lot more info than what I got from the rest of the series. The other 2 short stories were fluff at best.
I LOVE the Immortals After Dark series! Kresley Cole is the best!
This anthology of three erotic romance tales brings together some of the most well-known names in romance -- Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of paranormal 'Dark Hunter' series 'among others' Jaid Black, founder of popular 'Ellora's Cave Publishing' and Kresley Cole, who made her debut into the supernatural with the first installment of 'Immortals After Dark'.'Playing Easy to Get' opens with a fun, if slightly convoluted, entry into Sherrilyn Kenyon's wickedly-acronymed 'BAD' 'Bureau of American Defense' series. Novellas are always tricky for me to review -- and Kenyon does manage to pack a lot into less than a hundred pages 'especially in regard to her hero', but the characters' evolution on the whole and the evolution of their relationship is so fast that I had trouble swallowing it. I'm all for reading about realistic, no-strings-attached physical intimacy -- and I think it makes for more believable dimensions in fiction -- but there was very little bridge from sex to 'true love'. Vince Cappelletti is ex-mafia-turned-good-guy who gets signed up to work undercover as security on what amounts to be Fantasy Island. Allison George is lucky Georgia girl who wins a trip to said Fantasy Island. Needless to say, things go to hell in a handbasket quickly when Vince's past catches up to him, and Allison ends up caught in the crossfire. The two end up on the run, and romance grows. Not too bad, overall, and entertaining to take up an hour or so -- Kenyon's usual romp of violence and hotness. 6.5/10 I'm usually not a fan of Nordic settings, but Black offers enough twists on the usual tales to keep her offering fresh. Sofia Rowley, after losing her brother and with him the last member of her family, is taken captive by neo-Viking warriors and auctioned off at the block. As she soon learns, she is no slave, but rather the bride of a warrior whose nearly-instant love for her starts to warm even her own frozen heart. As mentioned already, this novella has a neat concept, and in a longer length and with a bit more fleshing out, it wouldn't be too bad. It has a little too much of a male-centric feel, though certainly not misogynistic, and the development between characters happens far, far too easily. Take a read if you're already buying the anthology. 5.5/10 The longest, last, and by-and-far best tale in the book is penned by then-newcomer to the paranormal scene, Kresley Cole. 'Immortals After Dark' was not yet one of the best-selling series on the market, but this is without a doubt still worthy of the same accolades.Cole introduces -- and does a remarkable job of -- creating an entire paranormal realm in under two-hundred pages, while fleshing out a believable, hot romance. Varying factions within the 'Lore' -- the supernatural side of our world -- are battling for power, even amongst their own species. Nikolai Wroth, soldier in a 'good guys' vampire army bent on destroying the killers of their kind, stumbles across a conundrum of a female who just might be his predestined mate. Unfortunately for him, Myst, a Valkyrie and immortal warrior, has other plans for the vampires she finds, and it takes all of Wroth's resources and strength to even keep her around long enough to seduce. I loved this story, and while all of Cole's following books are good, this little tale which introduces it all is one of the best nuggets in the series. Whether or not you liked the full-length novels, this is an exercise in 'how, properly, to write romance' -- not to mention 'how, properly, to write erotica'. The tale's hot as hell 'with all puns intended', with hints at D/s and fiery power-play -- this is not to be missed. 8.8/10
She's written better. I think I wasn't that impressed with this story because I felt it was way to short and I didn't believe any sane person would react the way the heroine did in that sitauation. As for Jaid and Kresley's stories. I liked Jaids, but I really liked Kresley's. I'll be looking for other books she's written.Which is why I gave the book a hire score then I had oringally intended from Sherrilyn's story.
Kresley Cole's THE WARLORD WANTS FOREVER is the only story worth reading. The first story TURN UP THE HEAT by Sherrilyn Kenyon was okay but the second story HUNTERS OATH by Jaid Black was a mess. Not impressed with the overall book but Cole's story was great and you should definitely read it as it acts as a prelude to Cole's fabulously wicked Immortals After Dark series.
"Immortals after Dark" series by K. Cole and the very first story she did in the series is in this anthology. Great story by Sherrilyn Kenyon as well. A quick but very entertaining read....
Three short stories written in 2006. The first one by Sherrilyn Kenyon was the best of the three but even that one about a shy female taking a vacation to a be the star of a romance novel was only 93 pages and everything happened too quickly. The 2nd story was about a Viking living underground by Jaid Black and it wasn't too bad and I liked the characters but there wasn't time for the story to develop and the 3rd wasn't even worth reading.
Only read Warlord Wants Forever. It was a good begining to the Immortals After Dark series. I liked both Myst and Wroth, individually and together. The only problem I had was the forced seduction, I had to put the book down for a day after reading that particular 'love' scene. Wroth chases down Myst, they beat each other up hard enough to leave behind bruises and blood, she says 'no' several times, and he forces her. It was stated they are like rough sex, but that was too much. For a novella the charactures were fully realized and their journey to love and trust complete.
Although Sherrilyn Kenyon is the big name on this trilogy, the reason I picked it up was for the original Immortals After Dark short story from Kresley Cole. The Warlord Wants Forever begins the creation of her Lore world. I also like the story from Jaid Black, Hunter's Oath. I've never read her work before now. The credibility of the character was a little shaky, for me, but still a good read. The third story (actually, it was the first in the book but I read it last) was the one by Kenyon. It didn't really have a paranormal vibe to it as the other two did. It did have the not-credible part in common with Black's story. Overall, it was an enjoyable story but I'm not sure if I'd pick up anything else written by her if this is what most of her writing is like. Well, put it this way, I can't even remember the title of her story - not memorable.
I have had this book since 2009. I hadn't had the chance to read it because I had so many other books I wanted to read plus I was in the midst of getting my blog off the ground. Recently I have been so consumed with trying to read all the books I had been given by some amazing authors that I haven't had time to stop and smell the roses so to speak. I had just finished reading an e-book for review on my PC, when out of the corner of my eye I spied Playing Easy To Get. I was tired of having to read e-books on my PC (my awesome e-reader is broken so I am stuck reading my e-books on my PC) and I just wanted to be able to hold a book in my hand and leave my room at the same time. That's when I thought I would take a teeny tiny break from my author requested reads and just read for the pure pleasure of it. Don't get me wrong I love the books I am asked to review but sometimes you just need a "for me" book. I am so glad I did because this book was AWESOME. I was able to sample three authors in one book. I have like 2 books from Sherrilyn Kenyon but haven't read them and I have never read anything by Jaid Black or Kresley Cole. This book, in my opinion, was a great introduction to their writing styles. Each novella gives you a glimpse into 3 amazing series, which I have in turn add to my to be read pile. You have Kresley Cole's Immortal's After Dark Series #1, Sherrilyn Kenyon's B.A.D. Series #1.5, and Jaid Black's Vikings Underground Series #3. Sherrilyn Kenyon has her heroine into a particular romance novel and debating on whether to enter a dream of a lifetime sweepstakes while her hero is on the run from some shady guys hiding out and trying to maintain a low profile. Jaid Black has her heroine grieving the loss of her brother and bemoaning her lonely life while her hero is an old school Viking who lives underground and follows some very ancient teachings of his people. Kresley Cole has her heroine as a very scheming Valkyrie who will stop at nothing to punish any man who is deserving while her hero is a 300 or so year old Vampire who was made because he was a warrior but not really accepted because he was not born into the supernatural world. Each story has something for everyone and the hot hook-ups are a nice added touch. The work with the story and are not just added to fill up space. On a scale from 1-10 I give Playing Hard To Get a great BIG 10. If you enjoy a good with characters you can enjoy and possible relate to then Playing Easy To Get is the book for you. Everyone 18+ should pick up a copy and enjoy where the stories take them.
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