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Secrets: The Best in Women's Erotic Romance, Vol. 10 Paperback – July 1, 2004
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... touch our secret and deepest fantasies. ...you are sure to enjoy SECRETS,10. All this reviewer can say is WOW!! -- THE BEST REVIEWS*****
...well-drawn characters and dynamic storylines. ... fulfills the expectations in a "Secrets" book:romance and eroticism at its best!! -- FALLEN ANGEL REVEIWS*****
Secrets 10, erotic dance through medieval castles, sultan's palaces, the English countryside and expensive hotel suites, explodes with passion-filled pages. -- ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKclub ****
From the Publisher
Dominique Sinclair Private Eyes
Top Private Investigator Niccola Black is use to tracking down adulterous spouses, after all shed had one of her own. But when a mystery man captures her absolute attention during a stakeout, she discovers that her no seduction rule is bending under the pressure of the long denied passion within her. The problem is she doesnt even know his name and the stakes are bigger than she imagined. He wants more than an erotic seduction, he wants her total surrender to pleasure.
Bonnie Hamre The Ruination of Lady Jane
Lady Jane Ponsonby-Maitland disappeared when she learned of her upcoming marriage to a man more than twice her age. Havyn Attercliffe was sent to retrieve his brothers ward before word gets out among the ton, but when she begs him to ruin her rather than turn her over to her odious fiancé, how can he refuse? Hes gathered more than prestige and money on his travels to the East Indies, and Lady Jane is a woman made for demonstrating his skills and knowledge of Kamaultimate seduction. But when their passionate ruse comes to a close, will the Lady be willing to be wed or will she take her newfound erotic education elsewhere?
Jeanie Cesarini Code Name: Kiss
Agent Lily Justiss would do anything to defend her country against terrorists, including giving her virginity away on an undercover mission as a sex slave. But even as her master takes possession, there is only one thing that fuels her desirefantasies of Seth Blackthorn, her commanding officer. Seth thought he was in control until he watched Lily discover her newfound skills during Operation Kiss. Now all he can think about is the flaxen-haired woman he wants to make his own once he gets her out of harms way.
Kathryn Anne Dubois The Sacrifice
Lady Anastasia Bedovier is three days away from taking her vows as a Nun, but decadent, sensual dreams force her to consider that her sacrifice of chastity might mean little until she has experienced the passion she will deny. In the dead of night she goes to Count Maxwell, the infamous Lord of Pleasure, who is known for his mastery of dark, sexual secrets. In one erotic night, she learns the heights of sensual pleasure and flees. Ian Maxwell, Lord de Ville, thought he was immune from love, but the nameless novice that warmed his bed has proved his undoing, and despite his desperate search, he cant reach her. Two years later when they are brought together at a feast to celebrate the upcoming marriage of his uncle and Anastasia, can either of them forget the intense passion that still inflames them?
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My book store had trouble keeping it in stock, so now I order them via amazon.com.
Again this book did not let me down. Each story is very seductive in its own way. The authors were great.
Hard to put down.
*blinks* Well. That surprised me. My least favorite story in the anthology, and most everyone else cited this as the best story. How very odd.
I guess the story itself is pretty entertaining--private eye Nikki specializes in catching cheating husbands, and between that and her mother's past, she has a low opinion of men and of relationships. But a mysterious man keeps running into her, and there is a pretty clever misunderstanding-type plot between them.
However. I absolutely could not get past the writing. I wanted to take the author's (or the editor's--I'm not picky) thesaurus away and bury it. Seriously purple prose, and some misused words that set my teeth on edge (the heroine thinking that "her body was scintillating after a night of vivid dreams"? I don't think so.)
**** "The Ruination of Lady Jane" by Bonnie Hamre.
This was a sexy Regency romance. Lady Jane's guardian has arranged a marriage for her with and old, thrice-widowed man, and she, quite sensibly, IMO, has run off. The guardian asks his younger brother Havyn, who remembers Jane as a teenager with spots (zits, for those of you unacquainted with Regency lingo), to go find her.
He does find her, and she's definitely improved with age. What's more, she begs him to "ruin" her so she won't have to marry the old man.
It's a nice story, particularly if you enjoy the Regency period--it's just a little predictable, also particularly if you enjoy the Regency period. The sex scenes were quite sensual, even though I found the Kama Sutra references to be a little self-conscious.
***** "Code Name: Kiss" by Jeanie Cesarini.
Wow. This novella pushed every one of my buttons: spies, and friends turning into lovers, plus a hefty emotional punch. It was well-written, and I was on pins and needles through the entire story.
And of course, everyone else hated it. I'm seeing a trend.
Lily is a spy, and her mission is to infiltrate a terrorist camp as a sex slave, make contact with a double agent, and through him get close enough to the leader to plant a tracking device on his skin.
Seth is the agent in control of the mission, which he's leading via video feeds back at headquarters. Both Seth and Lily have a thing for each other, but due to their positions, neither has acted on it.
The story alternates chapters between Seth and Lily, keeping track of the mission time, which adds tension. Lily's chapters are in first person and are very deep POV, which is very affecting. Even though Seth's chapters are in third person, his emotional turmoil as he's forced to watch from a distance as the woman he's realized he's in love with has sex with another man is vividly clear.
"Code Name: Kiss" is emotionally wrenching, and better yet, the sex is an integral part of the story.
I was surprised to see in the "about the author" that Jeanie Cesarini = Jeanie London. I guess I'm going to take those recommendations for Jeanie London's books seriously now.
***½ "The Sacrifice" by Kathryn Anne Dubois.
Anastasia is about to become a nun, but she has definite ideas about those vows. She believes that for the vows to truly be meaningful, she has to know what she's giving up. For example, she was raised in a wealthy family, so taking a vow of poverty has meaning. However, she has no knowledge of carnal pleasures, so taking a vow of chastity is, to her mind, meaningless.
So she sets out to change that by going to the castle of the notorious debaucher Count Maxwell. It's a bit of a goofy premise, but I do rather like her reasoning about the meaning of sacrifice.
The first half of the story is sensual and sexy, but then it turns into something else. I found myself irritated that the oddly principled, determined young woman of the first half of the story turned into such a coward in the second half. It ended well, but I didn't quite get over that.
Private Eyes by Dominique Sinclair. Nicolla Black is a PI who specializes in catching cheating husbands. She hadn't anticipated running into a dark, mysterious and gorgeous stranger during one of her stakeouts. The chemistry between them is immediate. As she continues to run into him, she realized she could not resist his dark charms. And then a game of seduction and surrender ensues -- with an interesting mystery plot that captures you until the final page. Based on this novella, Dominique Sinclair is a great author and I will read her other stuff. The sexual tension between the protagonists is so palpable you can almost cut it with a knife. I love when there is intense sexual tension between the two main characters! Sinclair supplies the tension and a whole lot more. I have not read the stories by Jeanie Cesarini and Kathryn Anne Dubois. I shall edit this review when and if I read their stories in the near future. But I do recommend this anthology based on the two novellas I read. I don't know about the other two authors, but the stories by Hamre and Sinclair are worth giving this volume a whirl.