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Secrets Volume 28 • Sensual Cravings - by Juliet Burns, Jennifer Lynne, Kathleen Scott, Kate St. James
 
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Description: THE PIRATE’S POSSESSION - JULIET BURNS

When Lady Gertrude Fitzpatrick tries to bargain with a fierce pirate for escape across the water to her childhood home, she unwittingly becomes the possession of Merciless MacGowan, a fierce privateer on the run from Cromwell’s army. Ewan MacGowan has been betrayed and mistakenly exacts revenge on this proud noblewoman. He may have stolen the lady’s innocence, but buried beneath her plain exterior lies a hidden treasure he never thought to find: the true woman of his heart.


To My Readers from Juliet Burns:
I must confess, dear readers, my pirate was inspired, not by Johnny Depp, but by a true Scotsman, Gerard Butler, as he appeared in the movie Beowulf & Grendel. Ooh those intense green eyes… Who wouldn’t want to be taken to his cabin and…possessed. But my pirate needed a woman whose spirit and stubbornness matched his own. I hope you’ll agree Lady Gertrude possesses a quiet strength and a cool head to anchor this pirate’s heart and free his soul.

SEDUCING SERENA - JENNIFER LYNNE

Serena Hewitt has given up on love. Her experience has taught her there’s no such thing as ‘Mister Right’, but when she interviews for a potential partner she’s not prepared for her overpowering sexual attraction to Nicholas Wade, a fun-loving bachelor with bad-boy good looks and a determination to prove her wrong. But Nick’s hiding a secret that might just do the opposite. Can two people afraid of love risk exposing their hearts one last time?

To My Readers from Jennifer Lynne: My love affair with romance began when I discovered others out there had the same dream as I, that one day we might be swept off our feet by the perfect hero – someone to cut a swathe through the emotional pain that ties up our hearts, and set us free to love and live more fully. Nick is my perfect hero, and Serena so much in need of his unique brand of rescue that I couldn’t help but give him to her. I love their story, and I hope you do too!


MIND GAMES - KATHLEEN SCOTT

Damien Storm is a Varti—a psychic who can connect to one special person to communicate with telepathically. For three years he’s tried in vain to get his Vartek partner, Jade, to acknowledge their link, but fear has made her keep him at a distance, even as he’s bared his heart and soul to her in order to gain her trust. He will do anything to know the sweetness of her body and mind in closer proximity, but first he must save her from the forces of the government who wish to see all Varti destroyed.


To My Readers from Kathleen Scott:
After finishing my novella, Fatal Error, I knew I wanted to revisit the future and see what happened to Soran and Jesse. Imagine my surprise when the sequel happened thirty years later and involved their grown son, Damien and his lover, Jade. I hope you enjoy discovering their love story as much as I did.


KISS ME AT MIDNIGHT - KATE ST. JAMES

TV co-hosts Callie Hutchins and Marc Shaw fake an on-air romance to top November sweeps, but before long the battle of the sexes burns up the sheets and the ratings. Callie thinks Marc is a womanizer who should help her snag her dream job...on the other side of the country. As the month progresses, however, she realizes Marc isn’t the handsome playboy he portrays on their show--he’s funny, kind, and too sexy for words, damn it. So...can she give him up when November ends?


To My Readers from Kate St. James:
Don’t you love a feisty heroine who isn’t afraid to go head-to-head with a sexy-as-sin hero? How about when she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye...and lips, and hot, roaming hands? In Kiss Me at Midnight, late-night TV personality Callie Hutchins knows what she wants--the best ratings in the business--and she’s willing to do just about anything to get them. Even if that means putting up with a month of arrogant co-host Marc Shaw’s sizzling, rigged-for-the-audience kisses. Even if it means pursuing their attraction off-camera...for the betterment of their careers, of course. But is she ever surprised when she falls in love.

Callie and Marc are two of my favorite characters, and I had a wonderful time writing their story. Please join them on their sensual adventures as they find their way into each other’s hearts.

My thanks to Rebecca Martinez for answering my multitude of questions about TV production. All errors and fictional liberties are mine.

This story is dedicated to my parents, James and Ines, who taught me the fine art of banter.

ISBN: 9781603101202 1603101209 Publication Date: 12/01/2009
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Sensual Cravings by Juliet Burns, Jennifer Lynne,

Kathleen Scott, Kate St. James

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Secrets Volume 28: Sensual Cravings by Juliet Burns, Jennifer Lynne, Kathleen Scott, Kate St. James
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (333 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

THE PIRATE’S POSSESSION - JULIET BURNS

When Lady Gertrude Fitzpatrick tries to bargain with a fierce pirate for escape across the water to her childhood home, she unwittingly becomes the possession of Merciless MacGowan, a fierce privateer on the run from Cromwell’s army. Ewan MacGowan has been betrayed and mistakenly exacts revenge on this proud noblewoman. He may have stolen the lady’s innocence, but buried beneath her plain exterior lies a hidden treasure he never thought to find: the true woman of his heart.

SEDUCING SERENA - JENNIFER LYNNE

Serena Hewitt has given up on love. Her experience has taught her there’s no such thing as ‘Mister Right’, but when she interviews for a potential partner she’s not prepared for her overpowering sexual attraction to Nicholas Wade, a fun-loving bachelor with bad-boy good looks and a determination to prove her wrong. But Nick’s hiding a secret that might just do the opposite. Can two people afraid of love risk exposing their hearts one last time?

MIND GAMES - KATHLEEN SCOTT

Damien Storm is a Varti—a psychic who can connect to one special person to communicate with telepathically. For three years he’s tried in vain to get his Vartek partner, Jade, to acknowledge their link, but fear has made her keep him at a distance, even as he’s bared his heart and soul to her in order to gain her trust. He will do anything to know the sweetness of her body and mind in closer proximity, but first he must save her from the forces of the government who wish to see all Varti destroyed.

KISS ME AT MIDNIGHT - KATE ST. JAMES

TV co-hosts Callie Hutchins and Marc Shaw fake an on-air romance to top November sweeps, but before long the battle of the sexes burns up the sheets and the ratings. Callie thinks Marc is a womanizer who should help her snag her dream job...on the other side of the country. As the month progresses, however, she realizes Marc isn’t the handsome playboy he portrays on their show--he’s funny, kind, and too sexy for words, damn it. So...can she give him up when November ends?


Sensual cravings is definitely what this collection created. All of these stories are extremely erotic, and tantalizing. These stories are all so hot in their own way it really has something for everyone. It also gives you a chance to enjoy some authors you may already have loved or introduce you to new ones.

The Pirate’s Possession by Juliet Burns

This was a wonderful story to start the collection with! If it is any indication of the stories to come I cannot wait. Lady Gertrude Fitzpatrick (Tru) and Ewan make one sassy couple. Their banter goes back and forth so fluently you know these two were made for one another. The fact that they cannot trust one another in the beginning made it an even more exciting story. I mean, Ewan really knows nothing about Tru other than the fact that she is hiding something and Ewan is a pirate so he cannot be trusted. One thing about this story that I did find disturbing was the fact that Reginald was her cousin and tried to force himself on her. I know as an historical story those behaviors were acceptable at that time, but it did set off my ick factor. I was happy that it did not get too sexual between them. But the sex between Tru and Ewan - now that was something to want to read about. This was definitely a story that kept me entertained.

Seducing Serena by Jennifer Lynne

Seducing Serena proved to be a very sensual and erotic story. Serena had suffered years of abuse from her previous boyfriend. Although not physical, the mental and emotional stress caused her to not trust anyone. So when Nicholas challenges her to once again believe in romance she is more than a bit skeptical. Nicholas did not intend on getting involved in a serious relationship when replying to Serena's newspaper ad. Once he met her he realized she may actually be the one to tame him. I think Serena and Nicholas’s story really touched me because so many women have a damaged heart from previous relationships. I was extremely happy to see that she was able to get past Alex and to accept Nicholas as they both deserved. This was a couple I wanted to see more of even after the story was complete.

Mind Games by Kathleen Scott

At first I was a little puzzled by this one, but that was very brief. It took little time before I realized what a great story this was. The amount of growth Jade demonstrated in this story was exceptional. When Jade's father kllled her first love, she had a clue as to his evil nature, but she didn't realize just how demented he really was. But she was more than happy to go with Damien once she realized he was real. Although not love at first sight, there was definitely chemistry immediately -- these two could not keep their hands off of each other. Although the author mentions this story was created after her previous story Fatal Error which featured Damien’s parents I did not get the feeling I was missing anything. So far all of these stories have had great momentum.

Kiss Me at Midnight by Kae St. James

This story proved to be a sweet end to this collection. The story definitely focused more attention on the romantic aspect instead of the eroticism of the previous stories. The sex scenes in this story were absolutely sexy and hot, but you could tell that love was in the air and not just lust. Although both characters were great, the one who really caught my attention was Marc. The fact that the media that he was a part of pegged him as a playboy, when in reality he wanted love, made him unique. I also liked that he allowed Callie to determine the pace of their relationship because he knew his reputation created a hindrance for her. I think he is a truly exceptional man and one any woman would be proud to call her own.

Although these stories did not have a common aspect other than the erotic factor, they were still very entertaining. From the arrogant pirate to the sweet, misunderstood reporter you will desire over each fantasy man. Not only are the characters all different but the plots were as well. I think it is a nice way to get introduced to something you may not necessarily have read in the past. Trust me you will find yourself wanting to read more after these stories. With great plots and exceptional characters each story will be remembered.


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Secrets Volume 28

Sensual Cravings
Reviewer Score:  (4 out of 5)

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Author(s): Kathleen Scott Juliet Burns Jennifer Lynne Kate St. James

The latest in the Secrets Anthologies, all four stories had something to offer in the way of a steamy, erotic read.

Pirates Possession by Juliet Burns was a historical that while it had no surprises, was full of excitement. Our less that gorgeous heroine grew beautiful in the eyes of our pirate as her spirit and personality seduced him as a siren’s body never could. A little bit of a statement about beauty being in the eyes of the beholder, and that true love grows stronger. Most touching story of the quartet.

 Seducing Serena by Jennifer Lynne focused on an emotionally damaged woman using an unorthodox way to find a companion. Serena places a personals ad, and Nick Wade responds. But he’s not really interested in Serena as a person. He’s investigating a story for his newspaper. What neither expected was the attraction that couldn’t be denied. As their relationship grows, Nick’s subterfuge lurks in the background. Will its revelation be the end of them? Most emotional story of the quartet.

Mind Games by Kathleen Scott was the paranormal of the bunch. Set in a future where pollution has forced evolution in the form of Varti, our hero and heroine are mates with a mental link that Jade’s father will do anything to stop. Even murder. As Damien and Jade run for their lives with her father and his henchmen in pursuit, we are given a glimpse of a bleak, but fixable, future. Most imaginative story of the quartet.

Kiss Me at Midnight by Kate St. James is the last story in the anthology. Callie and Marc are co-hosts of a show that requires they be antagonistic. But Callie hangs onto her attitude after hours as protection from her attraction to playboy Marc. He’s goes through women at an alarming rate, and Callie doesn’t want any part of him. Well, maybe a few parts. Marc has a rep and has earned it but thinks Callie may be the one. Now he just has to get past her defenses, and he’s not above using any means to do so. This story was the most lighthearted of the quartet.

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SECRETS VOLUME 28 SENSUAL CRAVINGS

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The Secrets anthologies never fail to thrill and entertain. This volume's contemporary, science fiction and historical stories are hot and sensual. Characters are well developed, and the couples will take readers along on their path to a lasting relationship.
Summary: Marc and Callie fake a romantic relationship to increase ratings for their television show. But Marc wants to show Callie that they can be more than co-workers in "Kiss Me at Midnight," by St. James. In "Mind Games," by Scott, psychic Damien battles a government agency bent on ridding the world of his kind. It's complicated, though, because the agency head is the father of his mate, Jade.

When Serena advertises for a partner, she gets unpredictable Nicholas. Can he get her to admit love exists in "Seducing Serena," by Lynne? Privateer Ewan believes that Lady Gertrude was sent to entrap him. But her innocence becomes clear during the sensual punishment he demands in Burns' "Pirate's Possession."

—Keitha Hart - Romantic Times Book Reviews

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