Tuesday, 30 June 2015

REVIEW - Indulgence Anthology - A Million Words Of Romance - Multiple Authors

Title - Indulgence Anthology - A Million Words Of Romance
Author - Multiple Authors




Synopsis

Why pick just one novel, one genre, one great romance, when you could get fifteen FULL novels, almost 1,700 pages, One Million words by fifteen different authors, including New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Best Sellers, in one amazing anthology? Indulgence includes all of that, including two never-before-released novels. Don’t choose; indulge yourself today! 


Amity Cross, Royal Blood (Royal Blood #1) A hitman and a woman with an explosive secret collide in this thrilling romance. Will love be enough? Or are they doomed from the start?

Audrey Carlan, Angel Falling (Falling, #1) Socialite Aspen Reynolds is saved from death by country boy, Hank Jensen, who makes it clear he wants her in his life and his bed.

Cat Mason, Escaping Me (Shaft on Tour #1) Temptations, betrayal, and lies are all mixed with booze, tattoos, sex, laughs, and love as the Shaft takes stage after stage. Making friends along the way, Daisy must stop escaping herself. She must stop hiding behind a list and come to terms with what she really wants in life. Emotions and secrets unravel all around as Daisy learns to live the rough and rowdy life of taking Shaft on tour. 

Cynthia Sax, Releasing Rage - Joan sees the darkness in Rage, the sexy cyborg she’s been assigned to maintain. He’s big, angry, violent… and exactly the warrior she needs.

Deanndra Hall My Last Dom - A submissive who’s addicted to pain runs headlong into a Dominant determined to save her. But her ghosts could ruin their chances for happiness.

Jamie Salisbury, Perpetual Love - Albert and Anne meet on his family's ranch. Cupid's arrow does it's thing. The pair become inseparable. Anne's father meanwhile has his own agenda.

JM Witt, Letting Go (Anchored Hearts #1) - What happens when the girl who's only read about BDSM meets a flawed Dom? Will their tortured souls find love amidst pleasure and pain?

Kelley Grealis, The Descendant (The Descendant Vampire Series, #1) - Mortal death or eternal damnation? If those were your choices, which would you choose? Discover the vampire’s origin in The Descendant – A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions!

Laura Harner, Rescued (Three's Allowed Book 2) - With Elizabeth’s abusive ex intent on murder, Sheriff Graeme and security-mogul Michael join forces—but who will rescue them? One woman, two men, deadly serious.

Liz Crowe, Man On (Black Jack Gentlemen, #1) - All eyes are on the fledgling Black Jack Detroit soccer team in its debut season. They must make a good showing in the league and with new fans. But player drama, club dynamics, and misplaced priorities may tear it apart before it even begins.

Nina Levine, Relent (Sydney Storm MC, #1) - Will Evie relent in this second chance romance or has Kick left it too long to go after the woman who's owned his heart forever?

Sandy Sullivan, Make Mine a Cowboy (Cowboy Dreamin', #1)- She writes fantasy cowboys for a living, but she never expected to find her own on the back roads of Hill Country, Texas.

Sharon Hamilton, SEAL Under Covers (Seal Brotherhood #3) - Navy SEAL Armando Guzman is trying to help his sister clean up her life, but he is unprepared for the chemical attraction of his sister’s new best friend who he doesn't know is an undercover cop.

Skye Callahan, Irrevocable (Irrevocable, #1) - They stripped me of my life but never my will to survive. Descending into their darkness and making it my own became my only escape.

Theresa Troutman, A Special Connection - Three friends who are as close as can be, in a moment of despair, share an experience that will forever change their lives





Royal Blood - Amity Cross

Xavier is a man that doesn't feel. He's a cold hard killing machine thanks to the life he has led with the Royal Blood MC. Until he meets Mercy, Mercy makes him feel, like he's never felt before. Bad stuff has happened to Mercy and she is running from it. Head first into a monster. Can the monster humanise himself and help Mercy. Can Mercy see past the evil and see the man?
"There was no black and white in my world. It was black and blacker."
And I was the blackest of them all.
There is so much going on in this book, yeah it's dark and in some places it's downright vulgar. If you can handle deep dark and nasty, this might just be the book for you. Yeah it's and MC, but not as you know it. 

I thought I swore a lot, but Jeez, Amity loves to swear in here. The re are SOOO many "fucks" I found myself wanting to light some incense and calm myself down.





Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 3.5/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5



Angel Falling - Audrey Carlan

Hank is a southern Gentleman, Aspen is a New York career girl. Their effect on each other is both charming and funny. Hank Saves Aspens life one day after an accident and sparks instantly fly. Their attraction is huge, its romantic, its steamy but it is difficult. They're very different people from very different worlds. Can they make it work or will their differences be what keeps them apart
Who doesn't love a cheeky page turner! Sexy, Funny and a HEA to melt even the coldest of hearts!
"Darlin, you better not start something you can't finish"




Star Ratings:
Plot - 4/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 4/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5




Escaping Me - Cat Mason

Daisy is a planner. A list maker. So am I, so I already loved this woman before anything even happened! She has a plan for her life, and that plan did not include falling for her brother in law to be. 
Greyson is the lead guitarist for new band Shaft, he's about to tour and his brother Landon is along for the ride, with his missus Daisy, who Greyson takes one look at and he wants her. Obviously being an engaged woman, nothing can happen between them. Something is off with Landon though, he's distant and different and we've no clue why, until all is revealed and BAM and I didn't see that coming! Full of twists, full of sexy. Full of characters I can't wait to read more about.
“Daisies are wildflowers. They can thrive even in the worst circumstances because they are stronger than the others. Probably even come out more beautiful for it. Roses are shady bitches. They look all pretty sure but have those thorns to stick ya when you aren't looking."



Star Ratings:
Plot = 3.5/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat =3.5/5
Writing Style 3.5/5
Overall Rating = 3.5/5



Releasing Rage - Cynthia Sax

Joan was once saved by cyborgs, so when her dream of one day helping them and returning the favour comes true, she is thrilled. though her woman hating boss isn't happy about it, he has no choice but to send her to engineer on a battle station.
Once there she meets cyborg Rage, he's all angry and kill, kill kill. Joan wants none of that, she wants to help him. He's not had it easy. Aside from the whole kill, mame, destroy thing, he has been forced to breed with both humans and cyborgs. All in all he's not a happy cyborg. Can Joan fix that? Can she make him trust her. And how is it even possible that this cyborg has feelings, wants and needs? And who knew a cyborg could be so sexy???
"No", he answered truthfully. "You're a mess". Her suit was stained, her hair crazy. "In future, you'll keep clothing in my chambers"


Star Ratings:
Plot = 3.5/5
Characters = 3.5/5
Heat = 4/5
Writing Style = 3.5/5
Overall Rating = 3.5/5




My Last Dom - Deanndra Hall

A D/s story that's different. 
In order for a D/s relationship to work, a couple needs trust and that's something that both Kim and Jaz struggle to do. They've both been left broken even shattered by a previous partner. Re building their lives has been difficult, but Kim needs a Dom and Jaz needs a sub. Can these two broken souls repair each other enough to provide what the other needs?
I'm not a great lover of BDSM books, so I can't say whether rules were followed correctly etc, but I can say I did enjoy reading this. It felt different. It felt to me, painful, but with a purpose and the more I read, the more I just wanted some happy.
"That second is sheared away as his lips find mine and I drop into the kiss like a waterfall dropping from a cliff. Every ounce of restraint I have is gone, and I feel the heat of his skin through his shirt as my hands make their way up his back and his neck, finding their home in his thick, dark hair."



Star Ratings:
Plot =3/5
Characters =3.5/5
Heat =3.5/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 3.5/5



Perpetual Love - Jamie Salisbury

Perpetual love is a historical style romance that tells the story of Anne and Albert. Two polar opposites who are even from opposite ends of the world, who are trying to forge a relationship together against the wishes of Anne's father.
Anne is stubborn and opinionated which is not so accepted at the time, but of course this only endears her to Albert. Not that he's a doormat, he has opinions of his own! His family are probably the most entertaining thing in the book. It felt like their was more chemistry between them, than there was between Anne and Albert. Honestly, this was difficult to finish. I didn't connect with the characters or the story and it all became hard work. Just not my cup of tea.
"Sitting on his bottom, soaking wet in the lake, he watched her ride off as he said to himself 'I'm going to marry that woman'"


Star Ratings:
Plot = 3/5
Characters = 2.5/5
Heat = 1.5/5
Writing Style = 3.5/5
Overall Rating = 3/5




Letting Go - J.M Witt

Cassidy and James are a young sexy couple, who spend a lot of time, being young and sexy! Sound odd? Yeah I know, but there really was a lot of it. I'm all for steamy sex scenes, but there were a lot of them. Too many for me. So Cassidy is just to beautiful for him to believe and James is you regular loaded handsome playboy. The come together (not for the first time)and theyre all sexy and beautiful, but they have pasts. Pasts that continue to bother them and leave their insecurities difficult for them to bare. 
The switches between POV's can be difficult to grasp, but stick with it, once you get your head around it, it's fine. There is some BDSM, but for a none BDSM reader it was just the right amount for me to handle. No cliff hanger but plenty of what's going to happen there and other such questions to make you want to read the next book.
"A hint of liquor was on his breath and had me wanting to taste more of him. My entire being was vibrating with need. He released his hold on my legs and I slid ever so slowly down his body as he held me up against him, my feet barely touching the floor."



Star Ratings
Plot = 3.5/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 3.5/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5




The Descendant - Kelley Grealis

Allison is missing 3 years of her life. After a horrific car accident that killed her husband, the tree years of memory have just gone. The people around her tell her her husband has been long since dead and she is now with this super handsome guy named Vincent. Super handsome vincent leads her along this path he is weaving and Allison follows along blindly (that kinda irritated me) but obviously we know this is a vampire story, and so we find out who the vampire descendant is. I won't reveal it, but I will tell you it isn't Super handsome vincent (who I would have put money on it being).
The story In my view can be split in two. Oldie worldie and present. The present day stuff I enjoyed, the old stuff not so much, but the two are woven seamlessly and for that i've gotta give the author credit.
"His motion was fluid, graceful, quite the opposite of my guarded ascent. But I was up for a challenge. If he was going to showboat, then I was going to try and give him a good performance aswell."



Star Ratings:
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 3.5/5
Heat =3/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall rating = 4/5





Rescued - Laura Harner

Lizzie is on the run. Her husband beats her and she's had enough so she legs it. During her escape she runs into a sexy rich guy Michael who tries to help her, but his help is misinterpreted by the local Sheriff Graeme. The whole thing is sorted out and Graeme takes them to his secluded cabin in the woods. There are all kinds of sparks flying and its not long before sexy stuff happens between the three of them. Yeah it's hard to grasp how a woman who has literally just run from an abusive bastard, can't suddenly trust these two men and throw herself into this passionate affair but hey, its fiction. It would be a boring book if it all ended there though. Bastard husband has to be faced and some serious shit goes down that changes things drastically.
If your into threeways / MMF then this book could really tick a box for you. the sex is hot, really hot. I even enjoyed it, and that's really not my usual cup of tea!
"Michael's head was spinning, and he suspected it was lack of blood, since every bit of it was now gathered at his core with the force of his orgams. As he lay there unable to move, breathing like a freight train, he was aware of two things. First, he'd just had the best blow job of his life. Second he was holding Graeme's hand."



Star Ratings:
Plot = 3.5/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 5/5
Writing Style = 4.5/5
Overall Writing = 4.5/5





Man On - Liz Crowe

Nicco is a spoilt brat football (soccer) player who is leaving his troubles in Europe behind and heading for  the USA. Parker is an insecure college kid, who is all "Oh the pressure" when his parents want him to build a career for himself outside of football. These two clash when they are both after the same spot on the team, and the whole whiny angsty thing really annoyed me. But obviously they get over it and get it on!! It's not easy coming together and tensions are still high, coz yano, innocent and not so innocent. Open / in the closet. It's all a bit messy. And I REALLY don't see the point if this Rafe guy, but assuming this is all set up with a purpose for a future book.
All in all it was an enjoyable read for on the train, but there were too many bits that annoyed me to make me want to read a second book. 
"We got off on the wrong foot" Nicco nodded, throat closed in agony at the deep slightly southern cadence of the other man's voice. "So lets try again." The tall American stuck out a hand. "Hello, I'm Parker Rollings. Pleased to meet you".



Star Ratings:
Plot = 3/5
Characters = 3.5/5
Heat = 3.5/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 3.5/5





Relent - Nina Levine

So we meet the Sydney Storm boys at last! And Kick, Sweet & Sour. Hot & Cold, Right and Wrong, Kick. And his beautiful Evie.
They're perfectly imperfect. He's got his issues, she has her issues, they've both experienced the same loss and so they balance each other out. 
He's all "Babe" and She's all "No" but then he's all "babe" and she's all "babe" But in a really good way!
Their history could either work for them or against them. It has the potential to blow up and ruin them both. Can they see out their issues and stick together or do they take the easy way out and walk away.
And its not very often I say this, but I even enjoyed the secondary characters. They were all cool (Except for his Mam, she's a wrong un).


"I still love him. With every fibre of my being. With every scar he’d left on my heart. I still want a life with him."





Star Ratings:
Plot = 4.5/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 4/5
Writing Style = 4.5/5
Overall rating = 4.5/5





Make Mine A Cowboy - Sandy Sullivan

Cowboy Joel and city girl Mesa, meet on a backroad when Mesa is stranded. In typical cowboy fashion he saves the day by rescuing her. Having spent her career writing about cowboys, Mesa is in a situation she has fictionally dreamed of for a long time and just like in a good romance novel. Sparks fly instantly!
Joel takes Mesa to his ranch where he has a whole bunch of sexy cowboy brothers (If I was a girl who liked cowboys, Id be swooning at that bit)
They get all sexy together (and he's a bit of a dom in the bedroom so the sex scenes get intense) They laugh, they fight and they build something together, until her time staying at the ranch comes to an end. Will either of them man up enough to tell the other about the feels?
"Doing what he told her felt natural, but a little scary. She wasn't one to take orders very well normally. She started to turn around, until he held her in place..."




Star Ratings:
Plot = 3/5
Characters = 3.5/5
Heat =3.5/5
Writing Style = 3.5/5
Overall Rating = 3.5/5





Seal Under Covers - Sharon Hamilton

A sort of military romance, mixed with police drama mixed with just some crazy people.
Armando a Navy Seal, falls for undercover police officer Gina. Armando is trying to sort his sister Mia's shit out (coz she's into the whole drug world) . Gina whilst under cover has befriended Mia and neither Mia or Armando know she is police.
It all starts unraveling when there is this great attraction between Armando and Gina, and Gina's abusive ex has stalker tendencies that are getting in the way. He is another detective.
Things all come to a head. It messy, its dirty and someone loses BIG TIME! But who, you gotta read to find out. 
I did enjoy this, it was paced just right, it was dramatic enough to keep me reading but hot enough to tick a whole load of boxes. The one thing I would say is that Maybe Gina is in the wrong career. For a woman "determined to prove herself in a man's world" She can't seem to shut her legs and keep herself to herself. First a fellow detective and now a suspect's brother. Sheesh lady!
"In a cloud of black smoke and one large backfire the truck disappeared into blackness. She prayed it wasn't the last time she would see him"



Star Ratings:
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 3/5
Heat  = 3/5
Writing Style = 3.5/5
Overall Rating = 3.5/5





Irrevocable - Skye Callahan

A dark and dirty tale about Silver. A girl whose life is turned inside out and upside down when she is saved by a guy who only saved her for his own good. Kirk. He has a purpose for Silver and the purpose is him. The develop this strange relationship which is as weird and fucked up as it is interesting and addictive to read. The light in "Silver" never fully goes out, there is still a spark of life left in her that really should be after all she's been through, but with the unique partnership they have, that little bit of light works.
This is a shifty tale. It's erotic and sexy when it really shouldn't be. Its deep and dark and dangerous and incredibly addictive. I wanted to read more, the more messed up it got. And that kirk. What is it they say about onions and layers?
" Kirk studied me for a second - looking at me more like he was examining some specimen in a zoo, than a girl in lingerie - then he jerked his head at the door. "Bathroom".  I took a step and he cleared his throat. my stomach twisted as I looked over my shoulder. "Until further notice, you crawl"


Star Ratings:
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 5/5
Heat = 3.5/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5






A Special Connection - Theresa Troutman

 A story about friendship, love and changes. Jake who has been crippled by an accident, feels unworthy of most things. He has two supportive lifelong friends Sam and Rick who are with him every step of the way. Sam and Rick start dating late in high school and the dynamic starts to change leaving Jake feeling confused. He's stuck between them when they fight and like any good friend doesn't want to pick sides, but he has a secret he has feelings for Sam.  He's sort of in a relationship with Jenna, Rick's brother but that does not stop Rick Jake and Sam having a threesome. Obviously like most high school romances they all grow up and grow apart. thats life. The group dynamic changes. Relationships change. Thats life.
This felt really juvenile, the writing was so rushed (and yeah I know its a short story but still) The sex scenes felt like they were written by a horny teenager. I didn't read any chemistry with the characters and I'll be honest I have no clue what the point was?
"I waited with baited breath. Half of me wanted him to admit it was true, while the other half wanted it all to be a lie."



Star Ratings: 
Plot = 1/5
Characters = 2/5
Heat = 1/5
Writing Style =1/5
Overall Rating = 1.5/5





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25610761-indulgence---a-million-words-of-romance


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