A nice set of novellas. Sometimes these anthology books come up a bit lacking but this was a pretty good bunch of stories.
Series Note: All three of the...moreA nice set of novellas. Sometimes these anthology books come up a bit lacking but this was a pretty good bunch of stories.
Series Note: All three of these novellas connect to series the authors' write. I think you can probably read them without having read the other books, though.
Summary: "Arresting Desire" by Shayla Black A few years ago, FBI Agent Jon Bocelli met shy Lucia DiStefano while working on a case but kept himself from taking her because of her age and innocence. Now he must face her again to try to get some information to help her brother and solve her father's murder. This time, he won't be able to keep his feelings in check.
"On Fire" by Sylvia Day When a series of arsons leave fire investigator Darcy Michaels stumped and feeling like they are somehow connected to her, she calls for help from the Marshals service. Enter Deputy Jared Cameron. The two instantly set each other on fire. But when it becomes clear the arsons are clearly directed at Darcy and connected to the murder of her sister years ago, they'll have to work hard to figure out who is responsible. And all the while, both are realizing that their sexy affair is more than just some hot sex.
"The Unwilling" by Shiloh Walker Colby Mathis walked away from his job with a team of FBI psychics, no longer trusting in his ability. But when an old flame tracks him down, asking for help in solving a string of disturbing murders, he'll have to face the life he left behind. And the two will have to finally accept that they'll never stop loving each other.
Review: "Arresting Desire" by Shayla Black For the first chunk of this story I kept feeling like I knew these characters and was familiar with the situation. I couldn't figure it out. I looked at the other books I'd read by the author and nothing rang a bell. I finally figured out that this novella connects to two books the author had written under a different name (Shelley Bradley), both of which I'd read. I was glad I'd finally figured that out cuz it was driving me nuts!
Anyway...pretty good story, if a bit short. It definitely could have used some more page space for more development. Things move really fast and the book only covers like 2 days time. So it doesn't leave a lot of room for the romance to develop. It did leave things feeling a little rushed. Especially considering there is an underlying D/s theme that really doesn't get the attention it deserved. But overall it was a decent story and I liked it enough.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
"On Fire" by Sylvia Day I haven't read any other books in this series (at least not that I can think of)...err, wait, just checked on that, and I have read one other in this series. Lol. I read the novella in Men Out of Uniform and I gave the book overall 4 stars so I'm assuming I enjoyed it ;)
But back to the novella...good story and an interesting one. It's the longest of the three novellas by far so it's much more developed than Shayla Black's story (which is like 40 pages shorter). The suspense element was surprisingly nicely done (trying to have a well-done suspense plot in a novella is difficult). It was engaging, pretty well detailed, suspenseful...just interesting to read. It kept me hooked into the story. And the characters and the romance were nicely done as well. I was interested in these two and seeing what would happen with them. It's also the hottest of the three, the most erotic. Which is a good thing ;) The only minor glitch in the novella for me was just that I thought the author was a little too liberal with the adjectives sometimes. Made things a bit...flowery?...sometimes. But a good story overall.
Rating: 4 / 5
"The Unvilling" by Shiloh Walker This novella is part of Walker's "FBI Psychics" series which I've been reading and enjoying. I liked this story for the most part but like Black's novella, it's a bit short and it leaves the story somewhat under-developed. It's also the least sexy of the three. The story is more focused on the plot than the heat between these two. That's a bit disappointing but not a huge drawback. The plot is interesting and it definitely had me coming back to the book, but I did wish there'd been more of a focus on the romance and these two characters. I think the romance was a bit dependent on their past instead of what happened to them in the present, in this novella. Still, it was a pretty good story and I liked it, just thought it could have been better.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (bordering on a 4)
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language...some more explicit than the others...a little bit of D/s/bondage play, assplay/anal sex...nothing too terribly over the top, I'd say.(less)