This is a boxed set of 12 Hot Alpha stories. I've reviewed 3 of them as per request. My honest reviews are below.
The Kiss of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth...moreThis is a boxed set of 12 Hot Alpha stories. I've reviewed 3 of them as per request. My honest reviews are below.
The Kiss of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
In The Kiss Of A SEAL by Anne Elizabeth we get to meet a different kind of SEAL. Our hero is strong, dominant, and well-respected amongst the men he trusts his life with. These are all things I associate with a SEAL, but Lincoln "Linc" Tyler is also a hopeless romantic and when most men are doing everything they can to avoid commitment Linc is fighting with everything he has to convince Jessa they deserve they're forever after.
Jessa Grainger isn't a soldier, but she works with them every day. She doesn't just work with any soldiers, either. She works with the elite. The best of the best. She is responsible for making sure a SEAL is physically fit and ready to face what's to come. She's never allowed herself to be anything more than professional with any of these men until she met Linc. He has her heart and he definitely commands her body, but she has things in her life that need to be addressed before she can commit fully.
I enjoyed reading about Linc and Jessa. It was very interesting to see the perspective of a civilian consultant in this elite world. And I especially love how Ms. Elizabeth didn't really go for the stereotype. Jessa was strong and in charge. Whereas, Linc was the one wanting more, ready to talk, and pushing the relationship on. I didn't necessarily feel the passion between this couple, though. I don't know what it was, but I just felt like it lacked heat and need.
Night With a SEAL is a great way to introduce us to the hot men of the upcoming Hot SEALS series by Cat Johnson. I thoroughly enjoyed Jon and Ali's story. But, the secondary characters have really captured my interest. This book gave us great insight into each team member's personality and situation. It's not often you get such good character development with the secondary characters, as well.
Jon Rudnick is a SEAL to his very soul. But, the red tape and politics are making him question how much longer he can keep doing it all. It seems pointless at times. Not to mention, the impact its always had on his dating life. He knows that some men make it work with a family and the job, but he's not that man. He has no interest in creating attachments just to walk out and leave a loved one with no idea when or if he's coming home. Weirdly, that part of the job hasn't been too much of an issue. He's never really met anyone that's made him want that forever after, anyways. But, one fantastic night with Ali has haunted him.
Alison Cressly allowed herself one unforgettable night with her best friend's brother's former SEAL teammate. It seemed like a good idea and they were upfront with expectations ahead of time, but a small part of Ali, the romantic part, had hoped for something more. After the deed was done, Jon left with the reminder that there would be no contact since he would be called back to service any minute. Now, he's back and she's thinking things could be real awkward. After all, they will be thrown together at parties and such and she hasn't been able to get him out of her mind.
I was a bit disappointed in Jon and how he handled things with Ali when he left. I know it's written that he couldn't stop thinking about her and that she is the one for him, but I still can't help but think if that were true then why couldn't he have sent even one email. That being said I did like Jon and loved how this story sets us up on how the Guardian Angel Protection Service was born and the why. I loved Ali and how she dealt with his hot and cold with so much class and dignity. I think I would have made him work for it a little more, but he really was a good guy he just sucked at dealing with his emotions.
The SEAL (a Sex, Lies & Spies novella) by Gennita Low
UNBREAKABLE SEAL by J.M. Madden
MISTER BLACK A Billionaire SEAL Story, Part 1 (In the Shadows) by P.T. Michelle
Hotness Rating 4 out of 5
Mister Black, aka Sebastian Quinn is hot! I mean sizzling, panties melting hot! This story is a must read and I can't wait to read the rest of the In The Shadows series. The only reason I gave this story 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it started out just a bit slow and confusing. I get this was important to build up the intrigue, but it put me off just a little bit. It quickly got past this awkward stage and slipped right into fabulous! You will not regret reading this story!
Talia is running from her past, but it continues to haunt her. One of the few good memories she actually has from being a child was when a kind older teen boy saved her. He's never left her mind, though and 8 years later he's her biggest fantasy. She was only 13 at the time and they never exchanged names, so she knows they'll never cross paths, again. At least, that's always been her assumption until she runs into a mysteriously sexy guy at a costume party.
Sebastian's the illegitimate son, but that doesn't stop him from being protective and loving to his sister. Home on leave Sebastian spends as much time as he can with his sister hoping to help her heal from the recent trauma she's gone through. The horrific event that she'll give no one any details about. So when Sebastian finds the intriguing "Scarlet" sneaking through his sister's home he needs to find out more. He quickly unearths the truth that she is there to try to get the story of the events from Mina for the college paper. A story that could launch her career as soon as she graduates.
The connection that Sebastian and Talia have is palpable from the very beginning. I could not get enough of these two characters. Seriously, it was almost torture to read knowing that it would be over soon. Normally, I don't like a story that leaves me hanging, but these characters sucked me in and now I'm hooked. Please, please, please Ms. Michelle write fast because I need (and I mean need) to know what happens next.
I loved, loved, loved this story. It's short enough to read over just a couple of hours, but packed with so much witty banter, heartfelt emotion, and sexy SEAL that you never feel rushed or cheated. Seriously, these characters are so well-developed you feel like you actually know them. Like they are old friends. I honestly have no idea how Ms. York pulls this off in a novella, but she does. Even more exciting it ushers in a new Alpha SEALS series. I can't wait!
Ryder "Stone" Maddox is one of my favorite heroes. Faced with the unbearably difficult task of leading his platoon in a rescue mission for some pretty high profile people who were abducted by Somalian pirates is just another day at the office, but fighting this attraction and need he feels for his target just may do him in.
Lily Wilson has lived a very sheltered life. As the daughter of a senator she may have well just been wrapped in wool and packed away she's been so protected. That's why a mission trip to Ethiopia seemed like a grand adventure and she jumped at the chance. Just her luck, the first time she's ever done anything without her parents blessing she gets abducted by Pirates. She's optimistic all will be okay in the end and is doubly reassured when her guardian angel, in the form of Navy SEAL Stone Maddox, comes to her rescue. Stone does more than rescue her, however. He shows her that she can feel passion and a sizzling attraction. Now, she just had to convince him to act on it.
There are few authors that can write such funny, laugh out loud stories and never lose the heat and desire. I checked my kindle for smoke or burn marks after finishing this book. Lily and Stone's attraction was that palpable. Stone often spoke in sarcasm and I love that in my men. Even better Lily gave as good as she got. She was naive and protected, but tough, smart (even if a bit airheaded at times), and a fighter. This couple was made for each other.
She paled, "I c-cant swim".
"You never wanted to learn?"
"Oh, I wanted to" she sighed. "My mother wouldn't let me. She was afraid I would drown."
"Not drowning is kind of the point of swimming."
See? Sarcasm at its best! I do so love Sabrina York and her smart, yet funny dialogue.
I can not wait to read more from this team of hot, sexy, alpha males.
What happens when Aphrodite feels the need to prove that love does exist is...more Aphrodite's Gift by Seraphina Donavan
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
What happens when Aphrodite feels the need to prove that love does exist is the basis to this story and oh what a story it is. I discovered Ms. Donavan for the first time in another anthology and fell in love with her unique and entertaining style of storytelling. If you like a tale sure to make you sizzle Aphrodite's Gift delivers. But, more than that the characters are likable and well developed, especially for a short story. There's witty dialogue and tons of entertaining passages.
Penelope has found herself with little faith left in mankind. Her fiancé walked out on her, right before the I do's, when he learned that her step-father would cut her off if she married him. He even took her car and money. The only kindness she has encountered was that of the manager of the hotel she was abandoned at. Giving her a housekeeping job and a free room was more than she could hope for. When she admits to his sister that she doesn't believe in love she has no idea what she'd unleashed. Aphrodite calls forth a man worthy of Penelope releasing Marik from his imprisonment in Tartartus to prove there is a true love for everyone out there somewhere.
Marik knows naught of this strange world he was brought to, but he does know that the connection he instantly feels for Penelope isn't just a basic attraction. She is his other half. He must have her, protect her, please her. But, of course when the Gods and Goddesses play it's never simple. Marik still has a piece of Tartartus within him and if unleashed the world will cease to exist. He must win Penelope and find a way to beat the Gods at their own game.
Sorrow's Muse by Shyla Colt
Hotness Rating out of 5
Envy's Curse by A.R. Von
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
This is the story of Poseidon and Medusa, the jealous and malicious Athena, and the terrible thing she does to keep the lovers apart. We all know that Gods and Goddesses are known for the games they play and the tantrums they throw, hurting all that get in their way. Envy's Curse is the first book to really bring it home on how unfair life and love could be for this seemingly blessed class.
Poseidon had been in love with Medusa for years, but he's done all he could to keep it a secret. Athena has an unreturned attraction to Poseidon and tends to get rid of any woman that Poseidon shows interest in. For that very reason he has never showed even a semblance of interest in the woman who actually holds his heart. But, now she's of age and Poseidon is sure he can stake his claim and all will work out.
Medusa has been in love with Poseidon for as long as she can remember, but he's never given her even a glance. Her luck may be changing, however. Her sisters are having one of their famous parties, she's invited, and she believes that Poseidon will be there. This is her chance to give herself to Poseidon and show him that she's never allowed another man to have what she has saved for only him.
Athena finds out and places a terrible curse on Medusa forcing her into hiding. Poseidon's love for Medusa and his dedication to trying to find a way to reverse the curse is so sweet and endearing. I loved, loved, loved him.
Dream Girl by Kate Baum
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I'm a huge fan of the Girl series by Kate Baum, some I liked more than others. We met beautiful, sweet, insecure Lauren in Brave Girl, book 2, and I've been waiting and praying that she would get her own story ever since. Well guess what? Wishes do come true! Dream Girl gives us a little preview of Lauren's upcoming full-length story, Curvy Girl (The Girl series #5). I think I'm looking more forward to her story than Dee's story which will be the next full-length release in this series.
Lauren has never been what you would call sex-crazed. Being 120 pounds overweight most of her life has left her with huge self-image issues. In the past year she's lost a lot of weight and has worked hard to get healthy, but the way she sees herself hasn't changed. So, when she starts having deliciously erotic dreams it depresses her thinking this will never be her reality.
After an interesting conversation with the women of the tribe Lauren learns of the story of the Goddess of the Mist. How she found the love of her life with the son of the God of Thunder and how she shares this fated passion by uniting fated souls in their dreams. The story goes that she introduces the couple to the passion that they will find together if only they will believe.
Tim has dated more than his share of "ideal" women. As an up and coming famous baseball player he felt it was expected. But, he's had it with living up to an image that isn't what he is. He's always been attracted to curvy women and he's ready to find the girl for him. When he begins to dream of his perfect woman and even dreams of them being together he fears that he will never find her in reality. In the fantasy, his dream girl just tells him to wait and believe.
I don't believe I've ever given a novella a5 star rating, but I seriously loved this story. There was so much story packed into so few pages. The characters were so well-developed that even if you haven't read one other book in this series it doesn't matter. However, if you have it'll be such a treat for you. We get to visit with so many of the characters that we've already met.
Enemies on Tap is the first book of the Sweet Salvation Brewery series by Avery Flynn and oh what a great start to a series i...moreHotness Rating 3 out of 5
Enemies on Tap is the first book of the Sweet Salvation Brewery series by Avery Flynn and oh what a great start to a series it is. The witty and often times hilarious plot line was so much fun to read. But, none of this took away from the attraction between Logan and Miranda. This book is just a feel good, lovely read from beginning to end.
The Sweet triplets were born and raised in Salvation which was not sunshine and roses. You see historically and not-so-historically the Sweet family are known to be quite quirky and downright crazy. The townspeople had no problem treating all of the members of the family as the village idiots. This was especially hard on the triplet girls since they actually tried to contain the crazy and not live up to the family tradition. Knowing they would never get a fair shake the girls left town at 18 and never looked back. Until now!
Miranda Sweet is back in Salvation. To be honest, she is as surprised as everyone else. Her uncle passed away and left her and her sisters the brewery. They could have just sold out and gone on with their successful lives away from the judgement of their beloved (insert sarcastic font) hometown. But, she is determined to show the town that a Sweet can do something right. It doesn't hurt that she's talked her boss into investing in the brewery if she can show it's a good investment. If she can prove herself in this endeavor she will finally get the promotion she's been working her butt off for.
Logan Martin is tired of living in his father's shadow. His father was a drunk and a mean one at that. Yet, the town of Salvation didn't see that so much. All they saw was the rich bank owner and the Martin family was hailed as Salvation royalty. Logan knows the reality and the weight of living life as a Martin and intends to make his own way. Yes, he's stepped into his father's shoes now that his father is working less, but Logan has a big expansion in the works. Once this deal goes through Logan can finally relax knowing that he has done something good for the community on his own merit. The only thing standing in his way is Miranda Sweet. The one girl who he has never been able to resist. But, resist he will. He has to put the Sweet Salvation brewery out of business and buy it for his idea to work.
Even though, Logan and Miranda were pitted against one another you could still feel the attraction and mutual like. Logan was really underhanded in the beginning and instead of aggravating me I felt so bad for him. He was fighting his need for independence and self-respect versus his love and want for Miranda. The little war they waged against each other was funny and so smart.
I was appalled at how some of these townspeople acted. Open hostility because of someone's last name should be a thing of the past, but I know small towns and sadly this little tradition is alive and well. We met some really great secondary characters and I can not wait to read more from this town and these sisters.