Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Club Thursday: Review of an Anthology

Hi Readers. Thanks for stopping by to check out this weeks BCT. This week, my friends and I are each reviewing an anthology. My pick is HOT ALPHAS by Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker, Kate Douglas and Laurelin  McGee.

Inside The Covers:

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?

This is standard Leigh. Alpha hero, good story, sexy scenes, and tough heroine. Some readers might get lost because it is a novella that goes with her Elite Ops series. It's nothing new, but its not bad either.
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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?
This is one of my favorites in the anthology, but again, this one is part of the Secrets and Shadows series. The series has 3 full length novels and 3 novellas which deals with two serious crimes take place in the same town. This is a darker romantic suspense series and a lot of the characters are dealing with deep emotional scars. This story is about Tate and Ali who loves him but can't seem to reach him. The other novellas deal with Tate's younger sisters, one who is a cop in the town. A good series, but should be read in order.

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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…

This was a nice story, just the right amount of mystery, suspense and almost insta-love romance for an 89 page novella. I've only read paranormal by Ms Douglas, so this was a nice change of pace. 

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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.
UGH! Talk about a bad fit. This story is written by a writing team that clearly doesn't want romance readers and bloggers as an audience. It is more like bad chic lit and insults and condescends to the people it should be embracing. The heroine is an obnoxious femi-nazi and the hero (no alpha here) writes "romances" but hides it from his new crush. I  couldn't connect with either character and quit reading half-way through it. On a scale of 1-10...ZERO. Just my opinion.

So all in all I enjoyed three of the stories in HOT ALPHAS but I don't really know if I would call the heroes "alpha". Leigh's would probably fit the most because Turk was tough and sometimes a protective macho man. Walker's was more a wounded warrior and Douglas' was a nice guy starting a new job and phase with his life. It might also be that I think most alphas come with either fangs or fur,lol. 

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Born to Read Books- Cyndi                                              Romancing the Readers-Ann


  1. I felt the same way about the McGee story! It didn't fit with the others at all. In fact it didn't even fit with the theme! The other stories are pretty good.

  2. Now I want to read this, simply to see the bummer novella. Yeah I'm a strange bird! Lol

  3. Now I want to read this, simply to see the bummer novella. Yeah I'm a strange bird! Lol