I am surprised how little I liked this. It felt like a dated Mills & Boon romance that someone injected sex into. Virgin heroine (Tabke's)who wasI am surprised how little I liked this. It felt like a dated Mills & Boon romance that someone injected sex into. Virgin heroine (Tabke's)who was brought up in a cloistered atmosphere undergoes a complete turnaround literally overnight upon the death of her beloved father. Just too unbelievable.
These two books reminded me why I detest erotic romances sometimes - the amount of time spent telling me how the hero's cock hardens every time he thinks of or sees the heroine...the heroine salivating at both ends for some hot and dirty sex but is usually some small-town girl with her small-town upbringing or, in this case, a virgin who acts so out of character.
Laura loved this book and Julie gave it the thumbs-up, too, so I'm putting this on my Purgatory shelf to read Alden's contribution one day. I've never read Alden but have her Delicious on my TBR pile. What little I read as I skimmed the pages of her novellas here (can't recall the name, even) made my heart sink. I've not had much luck with erotic romance tradebacks. 8 out of 10 of them have been duds and not worth paying twice the price of a mass paperback....more
I'm not going to rate this anthology as I've only read Aleksandr Voinov's Deliverance and won't be reading the others, not even Stormy Glenn's, whichI'm not going to rate this anthology as I've only read Aleksandr Voinov's Deliverance and won't be reading the others, not even Stormy Glenn's, which I had planned to.
Reason? I was so starved for another Vashtan book that I caved in and bought Forbidden, willing to pay for the other stories just to read Voinov's. Many of you enjoy historicals but not only is it not a genre I read anymore, back even in the days when I did read them, I wouldn't touch one set in the Middle Ages.
Well, what can I say? Voinov's contribution is so beautiful, I wish it weren't set in a period I avoid like The Plague. I won't bother to repeat the synopsis. Suffice that Voinov manages to infuse in this short tale, a lightheartedness that is at odds with the times and the place and, even odder still, in a situation that's anything but lighthearted. Guilt. Penance. Sin. All the reasons I avoid this period of history. Deliverance has all that but more than all - it has a very special touch that I am finding difficulty in describing.
In Deliverance, Voinov presented me with the consummation of a love affair that began six years ago, and while way too short for me, it nevertheless that left me with a smile. A somewhat peeved one, if there's such a thing, but that was how I felt. Happy but irritated, too. In a nice way. And that's saying a lot since on top of detesting anything set in this period, I also Do Not Buy Or Read Anthologies. Voinov, however, has a way of telling this love story that was almost lyrical and which drew me into the spell cast by the forbidden love between these two men. Like Vashtan's & Marquesate's Special Forces, William and Guy are men all the way but unlike SF, there is an elegance in the writing here that I found missing in SF. I know it's not fair to compare a mega-novel like SF with a short story like Deliverance but I couldn't help it. Same author, even if the half of SF is missing here.
So yes, I loved Deliverance even though I shouldn't. And this Voinov guy just has to get off his butt and write a contemporary romance!...more
Very enjoyable despite the stories being very, very short. This is just pure porn featuring insatiable bottoms who'll take it from anyone so nothing mVery enjoyable despite the stories being very, very short. This is just pure porn featuring insatiable bottoms who'll take it from anyone so nothing much I can say about it except that I thought it was rather well-written. Makes me want to check now whether the author writes longer books. I'd not come across him until now....more