Sunday, December 14, 2014

Taming the Alpha Boxed Set

Title: Taming the Alpha Boxed Set
20 novellas by 20 different authors
My overall rating: A-

The Stories:

Viola Rivard--The Dragon's Appraiser--What can she offer the dragon who has everything? 

S. E. Smith--Taking on Tory: Magic, New Mexico Book 2--Discover what happens when a reclusive Werewolf finds out he isn't the only one who likes to bite! 

Mandy M. Roth--Broken Communications Immortal Outcasts, Book 1--Part of the Immortal Ops World 

Michelle M. Pillow--Determined Prince--Captured by a Dragon-Shifter--With no one left to marry on the planet, the dragon shifters are starting to get desperate. 

Sidney Bristol--Bound and Tamed, Bayou Bound #4--She's a woman on a mission to retake her body. He's a man with the talents to push her to new levels. 

V. M. Black--No Gentleman--A reckless debutante. A jaded, deadly vampire. 

Shelli Stevens--Falling for the Firefighter--When her cousin sets the kitchen on fire, Kim comes face to face with a man from her past. Despite the sparks that fly, she's afraid to fall for the firefighter who might leave her burned. 

Jessie Donovan--Cougar's First Christmas--Despite coming from two worlds, can their love survive the greatest of tests? 

N.J. Walters--Coming Home--A burned-out DEA agent discovers home is where the heart is. 

Ella Drake--River Arrow--Don't get involved. That grim policy has saved Jared's skin in his post-apoc world. But when Mari faces a drifter gang, he risks losing his boat, his trade route and his life. 

Eve Vaughn--Theirs--They'll do whatever it takes to reclaim what's Theirs 

Jaycee Clark--Reconnected--Lee tried to forget the woman who stole his heart years ago, but now that there's a killer after her, he'll do whatever he must to keep her safe. 

Lauren Hawkeye--Mistaken Identity--In her job as a decoy sent out to catch cheating men, Hannah thinks she's seen it all. Yet nothing can explain her attraction to Adam... or what she does as a result. 

Scarlett Dawn--Valan Playboys--Never human, never bored, Lana Claire meets her magical match in Valan royalty. 

Natasha Logan--Under His Spell--Destiny comes with a price. 

Jaide Fox--Renegade--Altered by science, the Renegades are the ultimate warriors--indestructible and deadly. 

Tracey H. Kitts--Once Upon a Full Moon--Freya's life is changed forever one full moon. 

Reagan Hawk--Performance Criteria--What do you get when you mix a high IQ and a lot of spare parts? The man of your dreams, of course. 

Candice Gilmer--His Velvet Touch--He was going to use her, but he didn't expect to need her. 

J.S. Hope--Foxheart--Can an unexpected visitor vanquish the demons that lurk in the darkness of a lonely man's soul? 

Inez Kelley--Hail Mary Honeymoon--Josie and Wade will either win it all or lose everything when they play a risky game to save their marriage. 

Eryn Blackwell--One Night of Passion--Death cannot keep them apart, but he only has one night to prove to her they are meant to be together. 

Sherri L. King--Legendary Choice--She chose to live a life less ordinary, never knowing it would involve a sexy demigod who would show her just how legendary that life could be. 

Kennedy Kovit--The Bet--When his best friend bets him that he can't romance the pants off their boss's daughter, he can't resist. 

Madelyn Porter--Rite of Passion--To escape he plans on seducing his beautiful captor.

My Review:
Because there were so many stories in this antho (which makes it a FABULOUS deal at only $.99 price-tag) I only had the time to read a few of them. Below are my reviews for those that I read....

TitleHis Velvet Touch by Candice Gilmer
My Rating: A
My Thoughts:
I loved this novella. Harper and Chris have both been burned by relationships before. As a result, they're both a lot more honest and forward than people normally are when they're interested in someone else and I really enjoyed that honesty between them. It made for some great chemistry.

They meet on a day Harper is out with her girlfriends who are razzing her about her lack of game. So she approaches him. He's not interested until she begins talking and despite himself he becomes fascinated.

It's a fun story. I smiled throughout and thoroughly enjoyed this sweet little contemporary romance. And even though it's a novella, it didn't read like one at  all. It was a complete story... a complete romance.... completely entertaining.

Title: Taking on Tory by S.E. Smith
My Rating: B
My Thoughts:
I liked this story. This is the first I've ever read from this author and I liked her world. Tory is a vampire, but unlike any that you've ever read before. She was raised in the town of Magic, where everyone is paranormal, and hasn't really been subjected to the human world although she's 24 years old. When she meets Simon she knows he's a werewolf, but he has no idea that other paranormals even exist because he's never been out of the human world. They both have things to learn. 

It was a fun story and I enjoyed Tory a lot. I loved how she kept hitting on Simon's friend/employee and completely ignoring Simon...something that he really doesn't know how to handle. Although she's been protected from the world, she's very self assured and sassy and that made her so much fun to read and a great foil to Simon's gruff alpha personality. 

TitleComing Home by N.J. Walters
My Rating: A-
My Thoughts:
The alpha hero in this one has one of those backstories that I find completely intriguing in real life because I know there are guys and girls out there doing this everyday...longterm...and I just don't see how they do it. Tobias has just come off a year and a half deep undercover assignment for the DEA. While he was out of pocket, his beloved grandfather who basically raised him died. He missed it and now he's back home to take care of his grandfather's house and figure out what to do with his life. Immediately, he runs into Kansas....the girl who grew up with him next door and the one he left behind. 

This book takes place over less than 24 hours so it was pretty fast and furious. I can understand that to a certain extent because these two have known each other forever. But it still was really fast...LOL. But I do love friends to lovers stories because the hero and heroine know each other so incredibly well and this story definitely had that going for it. I also love that Kansas's brothers are Tobias's best friends. That complicates things too. But overall it was just one fun, sexy little read featuring one super-hot and sexy alpha male. Can we say YUMMY??

TitleFalling for the Firefighter by Shelli Stevens
My Rating: A-
My Thoughts:
This was such a sweet story. I like the set-up of it at first and I love the way that it ends because Lucas is so overcome by this girl. I like it when a guy falls hard and fast...shocking him as much as anyone...and add in that he's a firefighter...oh yeah, this one was fun.

It's also a book that takes a slight twist on a second-chance romance. Kim and Lucas met a couple of months ago and had instant chemistry at a club, but when her ex showed up, things devolved quickly. But when her roommate set fire to their apartment, well then that has to be fate, right?

Like I said...super-cute and fun! I liked it.

TitleHail Mary Honeymoon by Inez Kelley
My Rating: A
My Thoughts:
Wow...I really, really liked this story. And on the surface it doesn't sound like one that would be good. A couple on the verge of a divorce/separation...but as the story unfolded, I fell in love with these characters. It's so easy to see how they got to this point...and that's so sad, because most of what happened to them was out of their control. Sometimes it's so hard for love to be stronger than the blows that life deals.

But it's a beautiful story that left me wanting to go snuggle up with my hubby. It's a great reminder to not take your partner for granted because things can change so quickly. Remember why you fell in love. It's a powerful story and emotional and I LOVED it!!!

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