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Secrets Volume 25 • Wicked Delights - by Cynthia Eden, Sedonia Guillone, Natasha Moore, Anne Rainey
 
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Category: eBook, Action & Adventure, Capture & Bondage, Contemporary, Paranormal & Occult, Science Fiction
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Description: BLOOD HUNT - CYNTHIA EDEN
Vampiress Nema Alexander has a definite taste for bad boys. Slade Brion, a notorious bounty hunter, has just been charged with tracking her down.
He won’t stop until he catches her, and Nema won’t stop until she claims him... forever.

To My Readers: I've always had a soft spot for vampires.  Sure, they can be the stuff of nightmares, but vampires can also be charming and seductive.  When I wrote Blood Hunt, I decided that I wanted to create a female vampire who was just as strong and seductive as her male counterparts...and Nema Alexander was born.  Of course, once I created Nema, I had to make sure that I gave her a worthy hero...and in walked Slade Brion.
 
I hope you enjoy my take on the vampiric world.   

ENTER THE HERO - SEDONIA GUILLONE
Kass and Lian are sentenced to sex slavery for daring to seek freedom to love each other. Forced to make love for an audience,
their hearts are secretly united while their bodies are on display.
They have only one chance to escape ... with each other and with their lives.

To My Readers: I hope you enjoy Kass and Lian’s escape to Paradise. The wonderful man of my life gave me this title, Enter the Hero, because he knows how much I love martial arts films and watching Jet Li in action. Here’s the sexy and romantic twist I envision for my own Jet Li film. *wink* Hugs, Sedonia

SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR - ANNE RAINEY
Five years of secretly lusting after her intriguing boss, Kevin Haines, is enough. Tess Marley wants to escape her dull life and
see if Kevin is all she’s dreamed he would be. But Tess makes a major miscalculation when she crosses the line between lust and love.

To My Readers: From the moment I picked up the first Secrets Volume, I’ve been hooked. There’s no doubt the passionate storylines and intriguing characters titillate the senses and keep you glued to the pages. So when the idea for Scandalous Behavior popped into my head it seemed tailor-made for one of their smokin’ hot volumes.

Tess Marley struggles with self-confidence, which is something we can all relate to. She doesn’t believe she could hold a man’s attention. Especially not a man as virile and intense as Kevin Haines. Lucky for her, Kevin is man enough to prove her wrong and pull her out of her shell.
Oh wow, we should all have a Kevin Haines in our life, right ladies?

UP TO NO GOOD - NATASHA MOORE
Former syndicated columnist Simon “Mac” MacKenzie hides a tragic secret. When freelance writer Alison Chandler seeks an exclusive interview,
she threatens not only his carefully constructed lifestyle, but his longstanding ideas about love.
Is their passion a distraction or the key to surviving their war of wills?

To My Readers: I’m thrilled to be able to share Mac and Allie’s story with you.  I love sexy banter and these two really get into it.  Don’t you just love to see two stubborn people clash?  Enjoy!

ISBN: 9781603101080 160310108X Publication Date: 12/01/2008
SECRETS VOLUME 25 WICKED DELIGHTS
4 1/2 Bookmarks!
It is no secret that Red Sage Publishing consistently nabs some very talented romance authors for their popular series of SECRETS anthologies. SECRETS VOLUME 25 continues that trend admirably, with four wonderful novellas by some great writers.

~BLOOD HUNT by Cynthia Eden~
Cynthia Eden has become a name that I look for on a book cover, and I knew I wanted this anthology the moment I saw she had a story in it.  BLOOD HUNT will undoubtedly build her reputation as a talented author of paranormal romance even further.
I felt the chemistry between Nema and Slade from the very beginning, and ached for them to consummate their attraction as soon as possible.  I didn’t have to wait too long – that’s the beauty of a short story – and the passion this pair experienced together was more than satisfying.
Even more satisfying was the connection they made outside of the physical.  The moment they meet, they both feel the pull, and the growing bond is more than sexual.  Neither of them hesitates to protect the other when the situation calls for it, and each is willing to sacrifice for the other.

~SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR by Anne Rainey~
Anne Rainey is another author I follow, and the other reason I snatched this anthology up as soon as possible.  I would recommend any of her stories so far, and SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR is at the top of my list of favorites from Ms. Rainey.
When the story begins, Tess presents herself as a dowdy, no-nonsense professional, hiding behind ugly, shapeless clothes.  She admires Kevin from afar, even while working closely with him day in and day out.  Her growing attraction for him finally reaches a point where she must make a change.  Being a take-charge person, she opts for a make-over.
This reaction makes Tess a woman we can look up to.  She isn’t the sort to wallow in her own self-doubt.  Instead she works to effect a major change for the better in her own life, a wonderful example for us all.  It is no wonder Kevin falls for her…
As for Kevin, I have to say it was absolutely delicious watching this man fall under Tess’s spell so completely.  Yeah, he tried to deny that he was in love, but it is definitely a losing battle.  Oh how the mighty do fall, and how we do enjoy reading it!

~ENTER THE HERO by Sedonia Guillone~
Kass and Lian have lived their lives in captivity under the new government regime.  They fell in love when they were still children, and every plan they’ve made since then has been with the intention of staying together.  An attempted escape lands them in sexual slavery, forced to perform at any time, for anyone, and with anyone.
Be it Fate or Luck, somehow they manage to stay together even in this den of iniquity, finally able to consummate their love physically, even while they must hide the fact that they actually have feelings for each other.  As their sexual performances together gain them popularity, they soon have another chance to escape to Paradise, outside the clutches of their captors.  But if they don’t succeed in escaping, the sentence will surely be fatal…
Sedonia Guillone paints a gloomy picture of a futuristic world in which one diabolical pair has somehow seized power and reshaped society to suit their own depraved desires.  This new world caters to the wealthy even more than before, and those without money are quite literally slaves to those who do have it.
You would think that such a life would erode any hope that the lower citizens might have for a better life, but love truly does conquer all.  With the bond that forms between Kass and Lian in early childhood, they both find someone to live for, to make a better life with.  That love pushes them each to persevere where they may have given up had they only themselves to consider.
No matter what obstacles are thrown in their path, this pair forge on – always together.  They fight so hard for their love and freedom that you become fully invested in their plight.  When they finally do reach that happy ending, it as satisfying as if it were your own.

~UP TO NO GOOD by Natasha Moore~

Until this anthology, I had never read Natasha Moore, but she is an author I will definitely be reading more of soon!  I was very impressed with her novella, UP TO NO GOOD.  The title itself intrigued me, and the story was just wonderful.
The banter between Allie and Mac is fantastic – I couldn’t get enough of it.  This pair will certainly keep each other on their toes for the rest of their lives.
Allie is delightfully irrepressible – a fact that simultaneously intrigues and worries Mac.  He can’t wait to see what she comes up with next, but he also fears she will not rest until she exposes his dark secret.  Her penchant for ordering sexy bar drinks from him wreaks havoc on his libido, and leaves the reader laughing with each double entendre exchanged.
Mac is simply a great guy.  Misguided, sure, but a really stand-up friend.  He lets his past rule his present, and tries to keep himself apart from others, afraid he will be betrayed again, or worse, they’ll discover his secret and know the truth about who he is.  Of course, Mac, like many of us, is much harder on himself than anyone else would be.  It takes Allie’s unique perspective to help him overcome that past.
UP TO NO GOOD is a fun little romance whose lightness compliments the real depth of the story.  I would bet that Natasha Moore finds herself with quite a few new fans after this gem releases.
~~Jennifer~~~BookMarks


Review of Secrets Volume 25
Secrets Volume 25 is a fabulous anthology featuring four very different and erotic stories that you won’t want to miss.  One thing I really enjoy about these anthologies is that the stories are all so different from one another and can cover a variety of romance genres.  There’s something for every reader and as a fan of all genres of romance, I really enjoy the variety they provide.

As for this particular volume it starts off with Cynthia Eden’s “Blood Hunt,” a steamy story featuring Slade Brion, a bounty hunter whose latest assignment turns out to be more than he expected when he learns his prey, Nema Alexander, is a vampiress.  The couple soon finds themselves on the run for their life in this fast-paced and fascinating paranormal romance.  The characters of the story were great and I really enjoyed the interesting twist of the plot in this wonderful story.

Up next is “Scandalous Behavior” by Anne Rainey, an entertaining story in which Tess Marley, who has lusted after and fantasized about her boss, Kevin Haines, for five long years finally decides to do something about it.  Soon the couple finds themselves mixing business with pleasure in several steamy encounters.  I really enjoyed the relationship between these two characters and they begin to explore what could be between them.  I really liked Tess and could relate to her insecurities and doubts as she longed for love in what is truly a great story.

In Sedonia Guillone’s futuristic romance “Enter the Hero,”  longtime friends, Kass and Lian find themselves sentenced to sexual servitude as prisoners of the Confederation, the new government.  Forced to make love for an audience, the two are determined to escape and find freedom away from the Confederation in Paradise in this action-packed story that will have you on the edge of your seat.  Kass and Lian’s story is a very touching one and I enjoyed the friendship and love that exists between them in this enjoyable read.

Sparks fly in the final story of the anthology, “Up to No Good” by Natasha Moore when Allie Chandler, a young writer tracks down her idol, former writer Simon “Mac” Mackenzie at a bar.  Determined to get an interview, Allie is persistent, but finds more than she bargained for as she learns more about the mysterious “Mac.”  I loved the chemistry and the banter between Mac and Allie as their relationship grew.  They were perfect for one another and I enjoyed the ups-and-downs of their relationship as they dealt with issues of trust and the past.

Overall, this was a wonderful anthology featuring four stellar stories that definitely heat things up.  Each story shines with its sensuality and chemistry and no one story is stronger than the other.  All four are strong stories with great characters and I recommend you get this one if you like variety in your romance.
~~ JENNIFER'S ~~RANDOM MUSINGS REVIEWS
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