12 Feb '14

A Nix Anthology Review : Marked by Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend and Lauren Dane (5 Stars)

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Marked by Kit Rocha, Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend
Published by Kit Rocha on 2014-02-10
Genres: Collections & Anthologies
Pages: 500
Format: eBook
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Three stories of passion, possession, and ink.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS.

Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch – the man she loved four years before. While she’s not sure she’s cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch.

Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. 

A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up–and wearing O’Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O’Kane woman always gets what she wants.

FTC : I was given this for an honest review by Vivian Arend. I would not let my good opinion of her, or any of the other authors for that matter, influence the review. I just did enjoy this.

I find anthologies hard to review. Each contribution is a short story and I find it hard to not over-spoil in those reviews. Also, do I review the collection or each book? It’s such a hard balance to find but with this one, I’m going to try my question and answer type review…. should get away from the spoiler issue at the very least 🙂

If I had to some up the theme of this anthology it would be …….

……. Love, lust and exhibitionism. Seriously, there is a LOT of public sex 🙂

What star rating would I give each of the books?

5 stars all round. Helps that all of these authors are on the auto-buy list anyway!

How would I sum up each story in three words?

Beyond Temptation ; Dystopian, kinky and gritty

Rocky Ride ; Fun, sexy and biker-y 🙂

All that Remains : Hot, kinky and angsty

How were the heroines?

All of the heroines were strong, sexually empowered women who knew what they wanted but weren’t willing to be mistreated just for some hot sex.

All that Remains :

Summer exists in a world where women are revered, their numbers so depleted that they are precious to men and triads are common. Even though she is attracted to both of the men in her story, she isn’t willing to let them too close without a damn good chat and negotiation. She owned her feelings and allowed them to help her make her choices…. I liked her! She was strong enough to take what she wanted, even when that decision could have back-fired in her face.

Rocky Ride :

Anna, I grew to like more than adored at the start. As much as it annoyed me that her relationship with Mitch was a dirty little secret, I liked that it wasn’t because she didn’t know he was a good man. She was completely free with her affections when she decided to give them and I loved that she was happy to support him in the face of some very negative public opinion. She was a woman who stood by her man and her sexuality…again, I liked her.

Beyond Temptation : 

Emma is a woman whose seen some hard times and has now decided that she needs to grab onto the things that she wants with both hands. What she wants is Noah and she definitely grabs onto him 😉 What I liked is that she wasn’t afraid to walk away from the man she had always loved to retain her dignity and self-worth. She loved him but she respected herself more than to be used and discarded.

What about the men-folk?

There is so many men-folk in this book …. it was awesome!

Rocky Ride :

Mitch looks like a bad boy, has the tats and piercings of a bad-boy but is a good guy. He will do anything to please and protect Anna … he is so damned swoon-worthy!

All that Remains :

Charlie and Hatch are lovers looking for their third. Yes ladies, this book has some hot MM loving too. I loved Charlie and his easy attitude but Hatch was the moody, alpha intense part of the triad that kept my attention. I loved the way that these two are with each other, how the male relationship is both a friendship and a romance.

Beyond Temptation :

Noah is probably the most intense of all the heroes in this anthology. He has some serious baggage but he wants to keep his promises. Once he starts a relationship with Emma, he wants more than anything to be good enough for her … he was so cute in a over-bearing, grumpy way.

Heat-levels?

Hot, hot, hot!!

Favorite parts of the anthology….

Beyond Temptation : A gun-fight scene where Emma demands that Noah sees her as a partner

Rocky Ride : The scene with the hand-cuffs near the end … hot, hot, hot!

All that Remains :  The blow-job scene near the start …. what can I say, I’m nothing but predictable 🙂

Overall, this is a very hot anthology. All of these books can be read as standalone and I recommend that you get it if you have never been introduced to any of these authors as you may find a new series to love. If you like your stories angsty and your sex content kinky, try this book!

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