This book got better towards the end, period. My expectations are when I'm, reading I should be able to have a clear cut picture of what is happening. Some stories invoke that, others didn't. Over all a decent book, as for labeling it Hardcore, I'd be hard pressed to do so. Me, When I'm With You - Horribly written. There were a lot of ideas the writer was trying to convey but they just were not expressed well. You sort of felt lost in the emotional cluster muck (I'd prefer another word). To Protect and Serve - A personal favorite. The story of a bodyguard and the star he's protecting. Role reversal, very well written. Sweet No More - Was a story about a girl going into a gay club with her friend and fulfilling her fantasy and a taste of D/s. Control - Another favorite. A cocky corporate CEO always in control until he gets the tables turned by an unknown woman pulling his card. Well written, more my style with D/s in mind. In The Hold - Mostly about a man out of a divorce however he still interacts with his ex-wife. She is invited in by her ex husband's girlfriend acting out a pirate sex scene. This story was fun and would be ideal however it's not ;) The Guy Your Mother Warned You About - The longest story in the book, revolves around drag. This was funny and very well written. I won't even bother spoiling it. Heading and Healing - Bull wrangler, his wife and his new header. Sort of written like the first story, to many ideas not well written out. Not a bad story if written better. Flat-Footed - Weird, quirky and a foot fetish read. On A Knife Edge - Love this story, I love knives also. Sort of puts you on edge of what could happen and her feelings are expressed well in the writing. The End of Celibacy - A good read, a girl attempting to save herself for marriage and sort of amusing when you really look at it. Ashes and Diamonds - Strap on fantasy, well written and to the point.