No matter what genre you enjoy the most this anthology will probably have something for you. As with most anthologies some stories are better and more detailed than others. But what one is your favorite will all depend all what floats your boat and what you are looking for in a story. Overall, I really enjoyed this compilation of stories and found a few authors to keep my eye on. The Ellora’s Cave anthologies are a great way to find out what an authors writing is like and what really appeals to you. I’ve found some of my favorite authors via anthologies.
Adrift by Elayne S. Venton
Score: 3.5 / 5
The first story in the anthology is Adrift by Elayne S. Venton. Miss Venton will take you on a futuristic adventure and into the arms of a wonderful man. Lorie Walker and Dodd Henderson have woken up from a stasis sleep. They were on a ship headed to Pluto IV. The trips duration should have been five years, but they have woken up fifteen years after their take off. Outside the windows it’s dark and not like open space. There are no comets, stars, planet…Oh No… They are in a black hole and their life support only has so much time. What are these two going to do with the last hours of their lives? Well with a scorching attraction before the trip of course it’s going to lead to hot loving and maybe even a safe journey home.
Adrift was a great story that will really appeal to Sci-Fi fans.
Passion’s Song by Jory Strong
Score: 5 / 5
Jory Strong brings us a hot read in Passion’s Song. This story is also an off earth romance. On the far off planet of Adjara males bond and have their own families. To have children they still need a female, but getting a female is quite different. The bonded males await a council’s decision. When Raeder and Haven get word that their “third” has been chosen they seek her out. She is not from their world and is in a bad situation. Her lousy dad has sold her into prostitution via a hand of dice. Not wanting that life for herself she run from that future. Luckily she runs into the arms of Raeder and Haven. What she doesn’t know is that these two are lovers and from Adjara. When she finds out will she stay with them or will she leave them with a hole in their hearts?
Passion’s Song was a fantastic read that has me looking for more stories by Jory Strong!
Private Lessons by Solange Ayre
Score: 3.5 / 5
Solange Ayre brings us a historical tale of a past teacher introducing her grown pupil to a life of passion. When professor Robert writes a manual on marriage he has no idea that someone is going to take him to task. He has no experience of love and marriage, but he wants to tell others what is right and proper. His past teacher Vanessa d’Aulaire sets him right with a few lessons of her own. Will professor Robert re-pen his book?
Private Lessons was a fun and entertaining read.
Return to Xander by Rowan West
Score: 3.75 / 5
Rowan West graced us with a contemporary piece. When Mia goes out on the town she never expects to come eye to eye with one of her exes. When a masked man comes out on stage she knows its Xander. His eyes tell all. They have a past and she broke up with him. She still loves him and he her, but the past has serious repercussions on the present. Xander is pissed at how she treated him and wants to teach her a lesson. Will the passion of the past meld with the heat of the present? Or will Xander teach Mia a very harsh lesson? Will the past stay in the past or will a bright new future be in store for them?
Return to Xander was a hot and spicy read that was enjoyable
Sorcerer’s Song by Cindy Spencer Pape
Cindy Spencer Pape brings us another thrilling paranormal fantasy.
In this story we have Lyra and Cian. Cian is a sorcerer and his grandmother predicts that he will have a mate within the year. She also says he will have to work for it and that it will not come easy. At the age of 306 Cian is still rivaling in his bachelorhood and doesn’t want to hear that his wings are about to be cut. But a sirens song changes all that. When Lyra sings one night Cian is pulled to her. Will she be his doom or his salvation?
I really enjoyed Sorcerer’s Song and will continue to seek out Cindy Spencer Pape’s books. She never disappoints!
White Valley by Lacey Thorn
Score: 4 / 5
Lacy Thorn also brings us a paranormal tale. This one is a werewolf story.
When Dakota catches her fiancé with another woman she takes off. She heads for the forest. She seems compelled to hike and comes upon a pool of water. While bathing in the pool she is spotted by two werewolf brothers. This particular pool has special significance to the brothers. It’s the bridal pool and they have now found their mate. The pool’s water has special effects and arouses the person who enters it. The wolves are just going to help her with her little problem. How will Dakota the virgin react to two lusty wolves? Is she ready to become theirs or will she resist the call of the wolf?
White Valley was a wonderful paranormal tale that paranormal fans will love.
Elayne S. Venton
The fates are on Lorie Walker’s side when she pulls long-term duty with the hunk of Space Station 5423, Dodd Henderson. Or maybe she’s not so lucky. Their space capsule is drifting in a black hole and the gauges are nonfunctional. The odds of survival are slim whether they try to break free of the void or await help. Dare they take the time, perhaps the only chance they’ll ever have, to explore the suppressed passion between them? Or will a diversion from their recovery efforts doom them?
Aria’s life on the mining world of Iyon is harsh. Her future made bleaker when her father gambles her away in a dice game. Refusing to accept a prostitute’s fate, she flees into the night—and ends up in Raeder’s and Haven’s arms.
They’re a fantasy made flesh—or a nightmare waiting to happen. After a night of unparalleled pleasure, she learns of their origins and runs from them, only to realize she’s faced with a choice—listen to her heart, or to the rumors about the men who call the closed desert world of Adjara home.
Reader Advisory: Contains scenes of graphic male/male sexual interaction.
Lonely widow Vanessa d’Aulaire reads Professor Robert Woodcock’s marriage manual and marvels at its absurd, inaccurate statements. Determined to set the professor straight, she invites him for tea, only to learn she was his teacher ten years ago. Rob’s schoolboy crush flares into a man’s passion as Vanessa tutors him in pleasuring a woman.
Vanessa’s stepfather is pressuring her to marry one of his friends. But how can she consider marriage to an elderly widower when her secret liaison with Rob fills her with sensual delight?
Return to Xander
Mia has ached for artist Xander since she broke up with him. She never expected to find him stripping at a club. Xander isn’t pleased to see Mia but that doesn’t stop him from having hot sex with her. When Mia shows up at Xander’s studio, she agrees to a challenge—she will stay and pose for portraits. Xander plans to paint her, use her, then throw her out. But old emotions return. Mia needs to convince Xander she will do anything to be with him or they’ll lose out on love.
Cindy Spencer Pape
When Sorcerer Cian hears a siren’s song on a cool Toronto night, he has no idea his life is about to change forever. Lyra’s life has been a long cycle of loneliness and meaningless encounters with mortals. One night with Cian turns that life upside down. Can their night of passionate sex turn into a love that will last forever? Together they work to find a way, challenging even the gods themselves for their chance.
Dakota was devastated when she caught her fiancé with another woman, so she heads to what she thinks is familiar ground for a little rest and relaxation.
Sebastian and Dimitri Cordova are surprised when they stumble upon an unknown woman bathing in the bridal pool in White Valley. The sacred waters are used only to help prepare a woman for joining with her new mates—werewolf mates. Determined not to leave her to suffer a sexual awakening on her own, the brothers do what any good werewolves would do. They claim her as their own.