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Friday, June 10, 2011

Red Roses & Shattered Glass Anthology

Red Roses and Shattered Glass Anthology by H.C. Brown, Indigo Skye, Justine Elyot, Mindy MacKay, Gianna Simone, J.S. Wayne
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (108 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, F/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

A Fantasy to Remember by H.C. Brown

Mia is the typical quiet, responsible librarian. However, behind the scenes, she enjoys a rollicking hot sex life with her six-foot-five, delicious husband. They love to role-play in a variety of kinky and sometimes dangerous situations. On her way home one night, a masked stranger abducts her. Should she fear for her life, or is this her greatest fantasy?

My Demon Lover by Indigo Skye

When Caitlin moves to a new apartment, her downstairs neighbor Damian welcomes her to the neighborhood with a bang. After he disappears, leaving only a Tarot card behind, she discovers his true nature. Will they meet again for one, last, hot night together? Or will Caitlin find new love?

Consorting by Justine Elyot

The responsibilities of royalty weigh heavy, and the time has come for Queen Lucasta to choose a husband. Her three suitors seek to impress in and out of the bedroom, but what does she really want from a consort? Will she take the safe path and risk accepting the offer from a man who promises little more than mindless pleasure and sycophantic flattery? Or will Queen Lucasta hold out long enough to learn that giving up control will earn her delights beyond measure.

The Innocent by Mindy MacKay

Jason, underling of an endangered vampire coven, seeks refuge in a cross-country road trip with his human consort, Ashleigh. Before they reach their destination though, Jason receives news that could change the course of their trip and the course of Ashleigh's life--that is, unless she has anything to say about it.

Bound for Love by Gianna Simone

Two years after her master left her, Nina is ready to test the waters and find a new one. Deciding familiarity will help ease her back into the scene, she returns to the BDSM club where she first met Zane.

Zane has spent the last two years full of regret for walking out on Nina. When she appears in the club the same night he returns, he thinks his dreams may have come true. But how will he convince her he's ready to accept her on her terms? Will Nina be able to resist him and avoid having her heartbroken a second time?

Espiritu Sancti by J.S. Wayne

When Isabel Roquefale earns a scholarship to study in Romania, she's thrilled. As a lifelong devotee of vampire legend, the opportunity is a dream come true. While she's there, she encounters the beautiful Lilliana. Something about the woman calls to Isabel, stirring her blood and her desire in ways she's never known and compelling her to offer herself completely to Lilliana.

But Lilliana has a secret; one that Isabel pays a tragic price to learn. When Isabel awakens in Lilliana's ancestral mausoleum, at first, she believes it's a hideous practical joke. She quickly learns otherwise. And both women are about to learn that some desires survive even death.

This anthology is full of six great reads. Each author writes a story in their own style yet they each revolve around a common thread: strong characters who love with all their heart and give themselves to those they love. Not many of us have the chance or the trust to give ourselves to another yet each one of these people did just that.

In A Fantasy To Remember by H. C. Brown we meet a quiet librarian who is much more than what she seems. Mia and her husband share a special bond and enjoy a wonderful sex life. One night after work she is abducted and made to do the things of her fantasies. Mia must find out if the masked stranger is her husband or not, especially as she begins to enjoy what she's being made to do. I really enjoyed seeing the trust and love that Mia had in her husband. Their relationship was a strong one that not many ever find. Even though the sex is hot between the two we can see the love that shines off of the pages between these two.

Another story in the book was Bound for Love by Gianna Simone. In this story we meet Nina two long years after Zane has left her. She is a strong woman but she is still hurting. When Zane shows up at the BDSM club as well, Nina is ready to run. I really enjoyed watching Nina and Zane come to terms with their past and decide if they could move forward. The two are a wonderful couple who lost their way and find love again. These two seemed to have never lost their bond of trust and love making this a beautiful read. Both Nina and Zane are so full of sadness in the beginning of this story but in the end they are full of love, showing us all that true love never really dies.

My Demon Lover by Indigo Skye was a beautiful story about a woman who moves into a new apartment and finds her new neighbor,Damian, very intriguing. After spending time alone with him she finds herself falling for him. How far will Caitlin go when she finds out the truth about Damian? Watching Caitlin suffer and want for Damian made this story a very emotional read. I enjoyed seeing the love that grew between Caitlin and Damian. Both are so full of emotion and depth that it made me feel just as strongly as they did. The love that these two find makes us see that love has no boundaries.

In the story Consorting by Justine Elyot we meet a queen looking for a king. Who will she choose out of the three suitors? Each of them has a specialty to share with her and from there she must make a choice. I liked seeing Queen Lucasta find and enjoy herself. While she does enjoy all three men she finds her true consort gives her more pleasure than she could ever imagine. Lucasta is a strong woman who learns that even if a woman is not in control she is still a strong woman. It was nice to see that even though she is controlled in the bedroom, Nicomal will stand by her outside of it. I liked seeing a couple knowing when and willing to let their control go.

The Innocent by Mindy MacKay is a story about a vampire and his human consort. Jason and Ashleigh are on a road trip to find a safe haven. During their trip they find out many things about each other as well as whom they perceived as the enemy. I enjoyed seeing the two figure things out and what their feelings were for each other. With a few twists and turns this story was an engaging read. The bond that the two have was very strong and they were willing to believe in their love and never give up on each other no matter what.

In the story Espiritu Sancti by J.S. Wayne we meet a young woman who is studying in Romania and falls in love with a local woman. The love that develops between Isabel and Lilliana was a sweet read. Each woman is strong on her own but together they make an invincible couple. Each woman is willing to give their all to the other. Isabel finds her true self and explores her feelings. I enjoyed seeing a relationship build between the two. We see right from the start the emotional bond that the two have and seeing the love that they have for each other made for a nice read.

I really enjoyed this book. Each story was a quick and interesting read that kept me entertained all the way to the end. It was nice reading one of my favorite authors and being able to find some new ones.


Margie Church said...

Congratulations to these top-notch Noble authors. I bet this won't be the last collaboration.

H.C. Brown said...

Thank you Mistletoe. for a great review :-)

jswayne said...

Thank you very much for the wonderful review! I can personally attest to the hard work that everyone put into this, and I'm very proud to have been a part of it!