“After Dark” by Kyann Waters
Kayla has never had an orgasm, and she
is determined to finally have one even if she has to pick up
the sexiest man she can find at After Dark, the hot and
happening club. Alandro just happens to be that man, and the
fact he’s hiding something from her doesn’t even enter her
“After Dark” by KyAnn Waters is the
first in this volume of the Jewels of the Nile anthologies.
It offers a sexually frustrated woman and an alpha vampire
that is sure of what he wants and needs. Unfortunately, this
story wasn’t to my taste at all. I found explanations pat
and accepted too easily, and no true relationship developed
between the two main characters. Maybe if I had gotten to
know Kayla a bit better I would have been more drawn into
“From the Sea” by Maxie Cooper
Kelli is looking for something, but she
isn’t exactly sure what it is. A sense of longing has always
been with her, and it seems to call her to the ocean. An
ocean she is deathly afraid of. So when Shawn offers her
everything she has ever needed or wanted, can she brave her
fears to find her heart?
“From the Sea” was exactly what a short
erotic romance should be. A story with an intriguing plot,
one that makes you believe that dreams can come true, that
we all have a true love somewhere out there ready to fill
that emptiness inside. In just the first page I felt Shawn’s
dejection and sadness as well as his hope. I felt Kelli’s
uncertainty and need as well as her desire. I felt for these
two characters, wanted them to get together, to be what they
could be together. I will be looking for anything more by
Maxie Cooper that I can find.
“Lady’s Choice” by Rebecca Airies
Kyrna, Drace and Finn are trapped for
the next two days, alone on a new space base. Kyrna is
assured that she’s in no danger, at least not from anything
but the two men and their desires.
“Lady’s Choices” story had promise, but
I felt like it needed more. The shifts between sex and
“business” were too quick and it left me feeling like I was
missing something. I would have loved more explanation as to
why the men knew that she was their third after just seeing
her a couple times while she was doing her duties. Although
the sex was hot and frequent, I am sure I would have enjoyed
this story much better had it been at least a few thousand
“Sunrise” by Natasha Moore
Caroline looks forward to her
clandestine meetings with her lover, Alan. They meet, have
sex, and then part. No emotions, no pain. It’s just the way
she wants it. Or is it?
“Sunrise” is the only first-person
present tense “Caveman” story I have ever read, and I found
it interesting and well presented, as well as strange at
times. I enjoyed the deep point-of-view that Ms. Moore
presented us in this story and learned more about Caroline
than I would have any other way.
“Surrender Dorothy” by Anna J. Evans
Gelsey considers herself lucky to have
the seamstress job for the production of Wizard of Oz, and
if getting a chance to see the sexy tin man regularly is a
perk, she will gladly stay here as long as needed.
“Surrender Dorothy” was not my cup of
tea. Gelsey wasn’t given much of a choice, and no
information at all before she had sex with the hero, even
after she asked for an explanation. Although the hero
acknowledged this after, I was unable to grow to like him.
“The Debutante” by Samantha Kane
Dominic, Viscount Lethbridge, is tired
of the whole marriage-market affair, and would be perfectly
happy to continue his life of discreet sexual liaisons with
willing women and his best friend Benford. That is until he
sees the not so beautiful Clarissa Welliston. Something
about her has gotten under his skin, and he won’t be happy
until he has her.
I avoid historicals like the plague.
There is something about them that bother me. BUT I have to
say that I enjoyed “The Debutante” by Samantha Kane much
more than I would have ever expected to. It was very
sensual, well rounded and presented an entire story. I will
be looking for more by Ms. Kane, whether they be historical
Ellora’s Cavemen Jewels of the
Nile II had a varied group of stories, none alike.
Although I found a couple of them extremely enjoyable, the
rest I found sadly lacking and not to my taste. Perhaps in
volume three, I will find more that I like.