by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, Kate Douglas
Paperback, 368 pages
May 19th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The consistent target of her CIA-operative brother’s deadly foes, Turk is the only port Erin has to cling to in a storm. He promised her brother long ago never to touch her—but how can he resist a woman who aches to be with him as much as he burns for her?
In misTaken by Laurelin McGee, Jaylene Kim is a strong independent woman whose feminist values run deep. Even though attractive men are her weakness the last thing she wants is one telling her what to do. Until she meets her mysterious new neighbor. He makes her realize that you can still be strong and relinquish control . . . in the bedroom. But as their passion consumes them both Jaylene isn't so sure he is who he says he is.
In Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker, Tate longs to spend his nights with Ali, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with his mother right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Tate's unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with . . . but the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?
In Tangled by Kate Douglas, Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do all the things he loves best—work with his hands, grow the grapes, and craft award-winning, full-bodied wines. But when something better comes along in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner of the vineyard, Nate becomes completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s number-one mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a constant temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance.
I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances because they don’t appeal to me, unless they are gay romances. Can’t tell you why either…they just don’t. But every once in a while I find one, so when I was given the opportunity to review Hot Alphas I thought Hey, I love alphas and I’ve never read anything by these four authors. Win-win! But it was not to be…
Erin’s Kiss- This was your basic troupey romance. Big-alpha-Special-Forces-type group of guys and one little bitty feisty woman bringing one of the men to his knees. In this story everyone was barely holding in their anger the whole time. Grrrr….Arrrrg! Internal thoughts were too repetitive. I know lots of people enjoy the overboard Grrr…sex stuff, but this just wasn’t for me.
misTaken- And yes, this is how the title is spelled, which is clever. But I didn’t care for this story either. It went overboard on the character's personalities. One big feminist cliché after another. It seems the author might have intentionally made the heroine extreme to give the story a silly sort of humor. I just couldn’t buy it. So, again, not my cup of tea.
Burn for Me- I enjoyed this story a little better. I liked the story line, but I think having all the events happen is such a short story made it hard to emotionally connect to the characters and I didn’t like the emotional abuse the heroine endured until the meathead got his s*** together. Maybe if there weren’t kids involved. Again, not my type of story.
Tangled- Win! This story redeemed the whole anthology for me. The mystery, action and romance were well paced within the confines of the short length. Most of the conflict came from outside forces and the conflict between the hero/heroine was more realistic and kind of sweet. It was refreshing to see the other men in the story were good guys too, except the bad guy of course. There was no crazy contrived angst. Grab a glass; you will savor the romance and be surprised by hints of mystery and suspense.
You should take my opinion of the first three stories with a grain of salt, remembering my bias of contemporary romance. All four stories are completely different so if you are looking for variety this one could make you happy.