Private Places

Anthology - : Robin Schone , Claudia Dain, Allyson James, Shiloh Walker

Historical erotica is supposed to be the next hottest thing in erotica and romance and if this anthology has anything to do with it, well.This anthology of historical erotica is hot. What a great summer read, sizzling, sexy, and if you're into history you'll love this collection of novellas by the talented romance writers Robin Schone, Claudia Dain, Allyson James, and Shiloh Walker.

The first story I hit was the one by Shiloh Walker, Hunter's Mercy. Not the first story in the book, so why did I go to it first? The paranormal elements of it. Set in the time of the early America after the Revolutionary War (but Redcoats were still around) a woman is battling demons by herself in the night. Mercy is determined to kill every last one of them since they took her husband from her. Then her brother's best friend comes home from the war, he promised her brother on his deathbed he'd look after Mercy. He finds her in the night battling the evil shapeshifters. Bad thing, he's a shapeshifter too, only not evil. He saves Mercy in animal form but she tries to kill him. She's convinced they are all demons and must be destroyed. How is he going to protect her when he is something she hates? Add into that a steamy attraction between the two that just makes things hotter and much more complicated. Can she learn to love and accept the man who is so much more than just a man?

I loved Shiloh Walker's tale. Absolutely fabulous, though like with most shorts and novellas I wished it were longer.

The next story I hit was The Decidedly Devilish Duke by Allyson James. Allyson James upped the level of the heat ante right from the start. I just knew this tale was going to be hot right from the beginning. A card game brings old lovers back together; lovers that have a rocky history yet lack no attraction for each other after 10 years apart. This card game has high stakes and winner take all has a whole new meaning. But will anyone really be a loser? Not from the looks of it. I think the Duke and his new bride will both end up very, very satisfied.

Claudia Dain brings sex front and center in A Night at the Theater. Two young courtesans attend a London theater looking for men to seduce. The real drama going on is this piece isn't on the stage. Fantastic story. I wish there had been more to it though. I hated the huge time span jump in the piece. I would have loved to see more of what happened between point A and point B but it was still an enjoyable story.

The final story I read was The Men's and Women's Club by Robin Schone, the seemingly top billed author of the anthology (her name was on top in bigger letters). The premise sounded fascinating, a secret club in the 1880's that explored sex and the desires for the flesh and a trial that exposes all the members.but it turned out to be dull. This was the only story I did not enjoy in the book. I am always disappointed when I read something and don't like it. I wanted to, I tried to, but I couldn't even finish the entire story. It just went on.blah.blah.blah.was something interesting going to happen anytime soon? It hadn't by the time I gave up on it. The Victorian prudery was just too much. If there was passion to be found I missed it.

All in all Private Places is an extremely worthwhile read. These authors are evidently quite talented and I hope to see more of their work.

Book Blurb for Private Places

USA Today bestselling author Robin Schone shares a tale of a man and a woman in a notorious club, who learn how very dangerous desires of the flesh can be. Claudia Dain heats up this collection with the story of two voyeuristic young courtesans who might just take part in a very public seduction at the theatre. Allyson James has a card-playing, cunning widower and a desperate young widow learn that passion is the ultimate wild card. And finally, Shiloh Walker introduces a short story of a woman saved by a shapeshifter. Now, if only she could think of a way to repay him.

Rarely does such blush-worthy, heated erotica exist-and almost never all in one book.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2008 4.25