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Monday, August 29, 2011

All Wrapped Up Volume One by Angela Knight, Dakota Cassidy, Ann Jacobs, Kate Hill

All Wrapped Up by Angela Knight, Dakota Cassidy, Ann Jacobs, Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: contemporary, futuristic, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (120 pages)
Other: M/F, bdsm
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Dogwood

Angela Knight -- Blood Service
Adiva Mayhew is a spy -- and a damn good one. But now she's running for her life from a deadly bounty hunter -- who's also a Vampire...

Ann Jacobs -- Branded
Cole Callender -- an entrepreneur with an eye to the future. Branded a sexual deviant under Earth laws, Cole adopts Obsidion as his future.

Dakota Cassidy -- Slave School Dropout
Nyla is a cat. So is Lucas. Nyla is an Egyptian Mau, descendant of the Goddess Bast. Lucas... isn't. In fact, he's a Tom cat. Unlikely lifemates at best.

Kate Hill -- Tainted Kisses
Niabi's only choice is to strike a bargain with Etlu -- the humans' lives in exchange for her complete surrender to his desires.

I chose this book to review because I have enjoyed all four of these amazing authors' stories at some point in the past. Let me say right off that All Wrapped Up was not a disappointment. Changeling Press brought together four very entertaining stories from four imaginative and talented writers. Each story-teller brought in a unique perspective into their creative chronicles making this anthology very enticing.

Angela Knight -- Blood Service
A spy named Adiva gets a bounty on her head for her part in an effort to overthrow General Tang's government. This is scary news for poor Adiva especially when a vampire named Vigilante decides to be the bounty hunter to capture her. When Vigilante final captures his prey, we discover he has other plans for Adiva. If Adiva becomes his willing blood-thrall he will not turn in Adiva to General Tang. This leads to an unusual romance; however, General Tang is determined to capture Adiva. Will he succeed?

This story is action-packed and juicy fun. I thought the love scenes were extremely HOT and true to Angela Knight's form, this story will definitely “take a bite” out of your time, as you find yourself enthralled in this blood-lusting crusade. The character's emotions were expressed well as Adiva panicked over her situation and Vigilante lusted over his capture. I truly enjoyed this short story and if I had not read any of Angela's Knight's works before I would definitely be heading looking for more of her books to read now.

Ann Jacobs – Branded
Cole Callender is exiled from earth for breaking Earth's law as a “sexual deviant” when he comes to the aid of an abused young lady. Banished to Obsidion to live out his remaining days, Cole decides to turn the planet around to his personal lifestyle. Cole builds a safe community for all doms and subs practicing BDSM on Obsidion. Poor scarred Amber, a victim of abuse from a dominating partner named Dax who took things way too far, was rescued from her abuse by Cole. After Cole's sister and Amber get caught in a raid, they too find themselves exiled from earth to live on Obsidion. Can the love Cole offers Amber help Amber see that life is worth living after-all and can Amber ever heal completely?

Ann Jacobs makes her characters irresistible in her epic as we discover that Cole is so loving and Amber is so broken. Ms. Jacobs created a distinctive futuristic lore that intrigued this reader immensely. I did feel that if this tale had been given more of the opportunity to elaborate, then this saga may have been an even more enjoyable fable. It had the potential for a full novel, but as a short story I still recommend reading it, as I found it to be an emotionally heart-tugging fictional account.

Dakota Cassidy -- Slave School Dropout
“Meow!! HERE Kitty Kitty!”

This original story is about Nyla and Lucas, both cat-shifters.

These two shape-shifters have an attraction between them, but there seems to be a bit of a problem. Nyla is an Egyptian Mau and a descendant of the Goddess Bast, bred into the upper-class world of shape-shifting royalty, as her noble pedigree is pure and untarnished. Where's the problem? Well poor ole Lucas is just your everyday common shape-shifting tomcat, not to mention the fact Lucas is a dominate and Nyla is too proud (and arrogant) to ever be reigned in by any male tabby even when she realizes this common alley-cat is indeed her true life-mate.

Oh,what is a kitten to do? Can she give in to the dominate side of Lucas? Even if her family is against such a romance?

Leave it to Dakota Cassidy to come up with a humorous yet romantic cat-tale involving household feline shape-shifters of the more common variety. But don't think this narrative is simply silly with no meat, because this reader sank her claws right into this purr-fect fable. Punchy with a side twist of imagination, this unusual narrative purred its way right into my lap. You might find this fictional piece is more fun than a bowl of cream and a ball full of cat-nip.

Kate Hill-- Tainted Kisses
A true example of Good meets Evil!

Plundered from his mother's womb by the very creature responsible for her death and then turned into a vampire by that same monster, Etlu was raised to be an emotionless, ruthless creature who can destroy a life, showing absolutely no mercy or emotions. But lately Etlu has been observing humans in pleasurable situations and has found himself a bit curious about it.

In comes our heroine, Niabi who has vowed to use her power for good. Niabi who is also a blood-connoisseur, has sworn to protect the village that Etlu's warriors have just destroyed. Niabi finds herself making a bargain with the devil. She has agreed to give herself to Etlu for his new curious desires in exchange for the lives of the humans she has sworn to protect.

Can a seemingly soulless monster learn to feel compassion and love?

Kate Hill's tale of good verses evil is the darkest of the four stories. Ms. Hill has woven for us a fantastic fantasy of evil villain and sacrificial heroine that, through the trials of fire, the consensus and remaining conclusion is indeed “love” conquers all.

So are you ready to plunge into the future with a little spicy BDSM in and a side of the paranormal? All Wrapped Up delivers with a bright, shiny bow. This creative slant on futuristic romance makes this anthology a possible forever classic.

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