Secrets by MaryJanice Davidson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay, so this is my very first review of a compilation of short stories, but I had to let everyone know what a fantastic book this is, especially since my husband found it lying in the middle of the highway and picked it up for me.
Flint's Fuse by Sandy Fraser is the yummy story of a rich influential man's daughter and the man he hired to kidnap her. Yes, her father had her kidnapped, for her own good. Evidently there are some very bad men who might use her as a pawn and knowing that his daughter Dana Madison, fiesty and stubborn wouldn't go willingly, he hired Flint to get her out of the way.
The story is set mostly in the log cabin he has taken her to and she stays tied up most of the time, but that doesn't keep the sparks from flying as she does everything she can to seduce her way out of her situation.
5 Stars on this steamy little romp.
Love's Prisoner by Maryjanice Davidson is a really cool werewolf love story with plenty of action that starts out with Jeannie and Michael stuck in an elevator together. No light and no electricity, but outside the moon is rising and with no way out, Michael has no choice but to change in front of Jeannie. As he feels the change coming, his animal instincts tell him that Jeannie is destined to be his mate and he takes her in the elevator.
Afterward, mortified and pretty sure she'd just been raped, Jeannie and can't get away from him fast enough. He helps her escape through the top hatch and just as he's about to climb out, the cable breaks and he falls to his death, or so she thinks. Torn between relief and grief, she tries to go on with her life, but a couple of weeks later, he shows up at her door, informing her that she's pregnant with his child and therefore she belongs to him. He takes her to his house for protection. There is a rival clan out to usurp his position as head of the pack and would kill Jeannie to keep Michael's heir from being born.
His job has just begun as he struggles to convince her she belongs to him. There are lots of "make you blush to your toes" scenes and the plot moves very quickly. I love this one. It was my favorite and it definitely deserves 5 stars.
The Education of Miss Felicity Wells by Alice Gaines was set at the turn of the century. Felicity is engaged and wants to become very good regarding matters of the bedroom, so she goes to Marcus Slade, infamous Libertine. He is hired to instruct her but the only catch is he cannot deflower her. Anything and everything else is allowed. Let me just say, Professor Slade is a very imaginable man.
This story was fun and the ending, though expected, was not disappointing. I also give this little romp 5 stars.
A Candidate for a Kiss by Angela Knight was a vampire short story that was full of humor and oooh la la hot lovemaking scenes that made my temperature rise. Dana was a reporter who had put herself in a precarious position to get the story of the year. Archer was a secret agent working for an elite government force who happened to be a vampire. As soon as he lays eyes on Dana, he realizes she is the perfect candidate for the "dark kiss", meaning she is one of like a zillion people who can survive being turned into a vampire. He wants to seduce her into it but his boss has other plans and orders him to do it. As a patriot, Archer has no choice but to follow orders but he will give it his best shot first.
I loved this one too. It was a close second on my favs list. I also give this one 5 stars.
Here's the thing. All the stories were great. How come I didn't know these books even existed? This is volume 6 but I just saw where one of my goodreads friends had marked volume #25! I've got to get my hands on another one soon!
Caution: These books are not for pre-teens and young teens. There is explicit sex scenes that are not for young readers. Strictly adult fare.
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