“Rich Girls Cry Too”
Elizabeth Dickens is about to enter
a marriage of convenience to please her father, and most
important, to suppress the past. When first love Yashiro
Tezuka reappears on the scene, she’s pushed to make a choice
about what she truly wants and is forced to battle the
demons of her past to reevaluate her future.
This unconventional tale is ahead of
its time and an ode to many possibilities. Just when I
thought there was no room to push the erotic fiction
envelope and soar to new heights of understanding and the
true meaning of what makes a soul mate, Shiree McCarver
proves me wrong. After reading this wonderful tale of hope,
forgiveness, unconditional love and salvation, it feels oh,
so good to be totally wide off the mark. I simply refuse to
reveal anything more about this story. Enough said.
Ancient vampire, Nefera Hiraoka,
must return to the place of her enslavement and exile,
Japan, to save her eternal mate, Hiroshi. The African
huntress learns that her beloved is fatally wounded. She
challenges the edict of the Japanese vampire council by
returning, and must appeal to the one who may prove to be
more foe than ally.
Vampire eroticism meets paranormal
intrigue in a tale of passion, family, and relationships.
Nefera, Hiroshi, and Manaka make it all happen in modern day
Japan. The long ties of their past bind them in a dark
dance of lust, obsession, and duty. I’m grateful the story
ends warmly. It’s a bit chatty at times, with very few
surprises, and rather reminiscent of LA Banks on occasion,
but all in all, I had no real complaints. The world
building and characterization was good, believable, and
served the purpose of the plot.
It is time for Katie Jones to return
to her former life after teaching abroad in Japan. Sadly,
she will go home a thirty-six year old virgin, pining for
passion and love. When the shy African American instructor
receives an invite to an exclusive club called Club Heaven,
she is swept into the midst of ‘angels’ who know everything
about pleasing a woman. It is one night of surrendering to
her fantasies where she is taken to the heights of carnal
bliss by a male host who knows the meaning of paradise.
The final story in this exotic
anthology is sheer contemporary fantasy, where the classic
character of the lonely spinster in an exotic locale is
swept away by a romantic encounter that takes a walk on the
wild side. This was one delightfully steamy and sweet tale
to touch the heart of anyone that has been Katie, knows her,
and understands her. No matter who you are, you’ll be
cheering her on while wishing you where in her place!
Dirty Little Secrets is a progressive
anthology of the times, where east meets west to take the
reader in a new direction, and where love overcomes all
obstacles of race, class, culture, and birth. Sizzling,
innovative, and provocative, this steamy triage of wickedly
stormy stories will thrill you, kick start your heart, and
force you to squeeze out a few sighs and tears. It’s where
Black women and Asian men come together in a jumble of lust,
romance, and angst to find fulfillment and a taste of HEA. Shiree
McCarver actively pushes the limits of this genre with her
creativity and insightful writing. It’s an experience when
any author lets their love show, and I’m pleased to say Ms.
McCarver’s connection to her characters and their world is
written on her introspective sleeve. You don’t want to miss
this original happily recommended compilation.