I bought this book because I'd been hearing about Ellora's Cave and wanted to see what their books were like. I figured an anthology would give me a general idea of how steamy the books are and what kinds of stories they produce.
I was a little surprised when I first read Body Chemistry by Tawny Taylor. The heroine is a bit over-emphatic. But, the erotic material was fresh and funny and I liked how the hero became very bold and confident as the story went on. There is a little kink to this one, but I liked that part!
I was impressed with and enjoyed Ghost of a Chance by Shiloh Walker. It is a story where past lives and present lives mix. It has a brilliant mix of the paranormal with strong sexual tension.
Earthwork by Annie Windsor is definately sexy and erotic. There is certainly some steamy material here that will keep you warm on a cold night. I'm not used to reading male dominance/ S&M type stuff, so this was a change for me. I also usually don't read futuristic romances. But, I do love stories with strong psychic elements and this has all three. If you like alpha heroes with a strong dominant streak, you'll like Earthwork.
I was less interested in Mlyn Hurn's tale, Past Running, and it is probably the only story I never re-read. Maybe because it's about an abusive ex-husband bent on kidnapping and more, I just wasn't really excited by it. There was little in the way of steamy scenes and the villain was repugnant, so I read it through and didn't look back. If you like romantic suspense or thriller type books, you might enjoy this tale. I think Mlyn Hurn is probably good as a full-length novel writer, I just wasn't titillated by this as a short tale. I thought there needed to be more about Aeryn and Devlin and less on the ex-husband. This story reads like it is an excerpt from a longer novel rather than a solid, stand alone erotic piece.
I enjoyed Jaid Black's story, The Beckoned. She did a good job of creating a time travel romance in a very short format. I also loved the fact that the heroine was an Indian woman from New Zealand in love with a colonial American. The heroine's background added something special for me and made the story fresh and unique.
The first story of the book is Denise A. Agnew's Nightscream. A vampire and a headstrung aspiring agent get caught together alone in the special investigation's office while attempting to get rid of a very determined banshee. Things heat up between them as agent Conall Tierney seems just as bent on seducing Evelyn as he is on capturing the banshee. It's a good story and there is something sexy about Conall. It would have been nice if this one was a little longer.
Overall, this is a fun anthology. Certain stories stand out more than others, but it definately has a lot of variety!