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Monday, February 16, 2009

Unlaced Anthology by Jaci Burton, Jasmine Haynes, Joey W. Hill & Denise Rossetti

Unlaced by Jaci Burton, Jasmine Haynes, Joey W. Hill & Denise Rossetti
Publisher: Berkley, Heat
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Full, Four Novella Anthology (280 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Menage, Multiple Partners
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Viscaria

Four mistresses of erotic romance unleash their most irresistibly dangerous fantasies in this sensational anthology of lust and lingerie.

So many delicious surprises under a corset . . . Such fine exquisite lace. Such warm soft leather. Such a nice tight fit. Such impressive boning. Here are four all-new stories from four hot authors that erotica fans will find irresistible...

I loved this book! I know that seems rather simple, but it’s the truth. I just loved this book. Containing four novellas by four amazing authors, Unlaced is a definite keeper and will be a book I go back to on a regular basis to reread.

Of the four authors in this new anthology, I was only familiar with two: Joey W. Hill and Denise Rossetti, who are among my absolute favorite, auto-buy authors. I will admit up front that I read the stories in this book out of order… I just couldn’t wait to read the newest offerings of these two authors. What made this book even better was that I now have two more authors added to my auto-buy list.

While each story would stand alone quite well, together they make one delicious read. Each one has common threads that link it to the others: corsets which have such an erotic connotation, and believing in a second chance; at love, at life, at all the possibilities. I was rooting for the HEA in all of them, and wasn’t disappointed.

In The Ties That Bind by Jaci Burton, Burton crafts a sweet yet spicy tale that is a nice counterpoint to the serious, in-depth emotions of Hill and Rossetti. I’m not saying that the story wasn’t deep, just a bit sweeter than I’ve come to expect from the two favorites. This story is a tale of love in the wrong season revisited when the time is right. And what a love! These two have obviously loved each other for a very long time, but believed that it would never work as it had failed the first time around. What a lovely surprise to realize that love will always prevail.

Undone by Jasmine Haynes was a nice surprise that had me riveted from start to finish. Another new-to-me author, Haynes has now been added to my auto-buy list. I find that I want to go check if she has a backlist anywhere that I can acquire it. I loved this tale of a May-December romance with an absolutely delectable hero that had ME melting right along with the heroine.

I was really excited to get a chance to read Controlled Response by Joey W. Hill. Many of you know (as I endlessly expound on how much I love her books) that well… I love her books! The deeper meaning behind the heroine’s use of a corset was so very fascinating, and I had great fun getting to know the hero… not to mention his friends. I loved going along for ride as two very strong-willed people found that they couldn’t live without each other. The serendipity involved in this tale was fun to see, and I look forward to more from “The Board Resolution” boys. Yes, I know, rather cryptic, but read the book… I’m sure you’ll feel the same way too.

And last, but definitely not least as there really isn’t a least in this anthology, is Rubies And Black Velvet by Denise Rossetti. I can say so much about this tale and this author but it all boils down to: WOW! I am constantly amazed at the depth of Ms. Rossetti’s writing, not to mention the fact that her world-building is absolutely remarkable. This story sucked me in and pulled me right along for the sensual, emotional ride of my life. The darkest tale in the book, this one may not be for everyone, but I had no complaints and in fact liked it immensely. This was very deep and evocative and an incredible companion to the previous stories, as well as a fitting conclusion to the anthology.

From start to finish we are taken through so many different “kinds” of love, but all of them are valid and intense and end in my favorite Happy Ever After. All in all, this was a fabulous read that I wholeheartedly encourage anyone to read… and reread, I certainly will.

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