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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Forbidden Love Anthology by Stormy Glenn, H.C. Brown, Anna O’Neill, and Aleksandr Voinov



Forbidden Love Anthology by Stormy Glenn, H.C. Brown, Anna O’Neill, and Aleksandr Voinov
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Historical
Other: M/M, BDSM, Voyeurism, Spanking
Length: Short Story (101 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Jasmine



My Outlaw, by Stormy Glenn

After getting injured and losing his horse during a cattle drive, Daniel Branson is ordered to ride the stagecoach back home. Little does he realize that it will put him in the hands of the notorious outlaw, Black Bart. And the handsome outlaw has plans for Daniel that don’t involve holding him for ransom!

Forbidden, by H.C. Brown

England 1075—Sir Renoir Danier finds himself in an intolerable situation when he is ordered by King William to marry an elderly Spanish countess. Five years earlier, he met the great love of his life, Sir Sebastian. This deeply sensual dark angel taught him all that a man could give to another. Renoir became a slave to his erotic punishment. After a month of bliss, Sebastian sailed to Spain. Will he return or leave Renoir with a shattered heart?

Poisoned Heart, by Anna O’Neill
The ultimate betrayal . . . .

In Edo-period Japan, a prominent family might choose to foster a son from another clan in order to encourage peaceful political relations. When Raiden's family invites twenty-three year old Masashi into their lives, their gesture has the opposite effect: Masashi kills Raiden's parents. Now years later Raiden is studying with a master of magic who allows Raiden the chance to go back in time to kill Masashi before Masashi can lift a finger against his family.

But when Raiden is faced with his guest-brother once again, much to his horror he finds that his old feelings for Masashi return. With the weight of the future bearing down on Raiden's shoulders, can he overcome these troublesome emotions, or will his new weakness destroy everything?

Deliverance, by Aleksandr Voinov
William Raven of Kent joined the Knights Templar to do penance for his sins. Formerly a professional tournament fighter and mercenary, William is brought face-to-face with a past he'd thought he had escaped.

My Outlaw by Stormy Glenn:
Would you give into the pleasure of a handsome outlaw who’s holding you captive for ransom? Or, would you resist, protest, and fight with everything in your being to get away the first time an opportunity presented itself?

There are authors who could take lessons from Ms. Glenn on how to write a short story that packs a punch and leaves you begging for more. My Outlaw is an excellent portrayal of Brownsville, Texas in the 1800s. The plot of the story flows with ease, as you become captivated by the intense connection exhibited between Daniel and Black Bart. Not only does Ms. Glenn capture your attention from beginning to end, but just when you think the story can’t get any better, she throws in a twist that will boggle your mind and leave you speechless. Moreover, the sex in My Outlaw is scorching hot and will have you aroused from beginning to end. I’m not going to lie. I couldn’t put it down and was begging for more like a hound dog when it was over. Kudos to Ms. Glenn, she has definitely hit another home run with My Outlaw. I would not only recommend My Outlaw to my friends, but I’d also buy them a copy just so they could experience the pleasure of reading this passionate and stimulating story.

Forbidden by H. C. Brown:
Would you be able to forget the great love of your life? What if you thought he might be lost to your forever when you’re forced by the King to marry an elderly Spanish Countess? How would you handle such an intolerable situation? Ask Sir Renoir Danier because this is exactly the insufferable situation he finds himself in when ordered by King William to marry Lady Isabella.

Knights, swords, bondage, hot scorching sex, forbidden love and a story that will keep you guessing until the very end. How can you go wrong? H.C. Brown does an exceptional job of capturing England in 1075. The setting Brown provides in Forbidden is so vivid that you almost feel as though you’re in England with Renior and Sebastian. This is a story that everyone who’s ever loved and lost can identify with because Renior and Sebastian will quickly capture your heart. The emotional connection between them is passionate, powerful and guaranteed to make your toes curl. Two thumbs up to H.C. Brown who shows the reader that love truly has no boundaries. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

Poisoned Heart by Anna O’Neill:
Betrayal of a family member, is there anything worse? What would you do in order to seek revenge on the one person you trusted with your parent’s lives, the one person who betrayed your trust and brought shame to your family by taking their lives and acting as though they meant nothing, were nothing? That’s exactly the volatile situation Raiden finds himself in five years after the slaughter of his parents by his guest-brother, Masashi. Will Raiden give up passion and love by going back in time to correct history? Or, will the tidal wave of emotions churning inside him bring his weaknesses and doubts to the forefront, thereby, rendering him unable to kill Masashi and allowing history once again to repeat itself?

Ms. O’Neill has created a magical world during the Edo-period in Japan where anything is possible, as long as you believe and are willing to take the risk. Poisoned Heart is a story that everyone who has ever been at a crossroads in their life can identify with and understand. The plot of the story is solid and you can’t help but feel for both Raiden and Masashi. They are merely children thrown into an adult’s world of politics, life, death and dishonesty in which their fate has been determined at birth. But fortunately, fate holds steady and not only proves that everything is a choice, but also that the ultimate decision lies within the beholder. The only thing I could have asked from Ms. O’Neill is a sequel to Raiden and Masashi’s story. Poisoned Heart is a heart-warming story of love, betrayal, trust and forgiveness that will make you believe in the impossible. Bravo Ms. O’Neill, bravo! I would definitely recommend Poisoned Heart to my friends.

Deliverance by Aleksandr Voinov:
In ancient times and even today, there are people who contend that loving someone of the same gender is a sin. But, what if loving that person brings you the only peace you’ve ever known? Why should anyone have to beg for forgiveness because of who they love? Is it a fool’s errand? These are the questions that William the Raven and Guy struggle with in Aleksandr Voinov’s, Deliverance.

Deliverance grabs your attention from page one. William and Guy take you on their journey of self-reflection as they battle what some consider forbidden love. The raw emotion and compassion between the two men draws the reader into the story and leaves you begging for more. The only question that remains is will they find a way to accept the love they have for one another while their honor and self-respect as Knights remain in tact. Aleksandr Voinov’s Deliverance not only provides insight into forbidden love, but also reminds you that the more things change, the more things remain the same. Deliverance makes you address your own prejudices and provides you with a first hand look at the struggles couples of the same sex must endure on a daily basis. While reading Deliverance, the age old question kept popping into my head, who are we to judge another person’s love. For fear of getting on my soap box, I applaud Aleksandr for a wonderful story about love, loss, repentance, and eventually Deliverance. Bravo!

Overall, the Forbidden Love Anthology is a sensual tale of men trying to find love in an era when their desires are shunned upon and considered a sin by the societies they inhabit. If you’re a reader who enjoys male on male loving both tender and hot scorching sex, as well as an adventurous, emotional journey that will eventually lead the main characters to their soul mates, then I definitely recommend the Forbidden Love Anthology because it has all that and a bag of chips.

2 comments:

Aleksandr Voinov said...

Thank you for the great review - brightened up my day at the office.

H.C.Brown Author of Sizzling Hot Romance said...

Thank you Jasmine for a wonderful review. Forbidden was my first M/M romance . . . now the first of many!