Cole is pushed into meeting an empath, Aiden. The problem is that Aiden needs a human anchor or he’ll go crazy. Cole isn’t sure he wants that much responsibility on his shoulders but he’s really hitting it off with Aiden. Then he gets kidnapped …
We’re dropped into a story of empaths and multiple worlds that I had a hard time following. There’s a lot of info dumping without really showing us the world building. I really like Cole. He’s a good guy trying to do the right thing and fighting the attraction to Aiden. I like how it takes him a few dates to make up his mind about Aiden. He’s really weighing the good, the bad and everything in between. However, Aiden is very stiff. I thought as an empath he’d be livelier but he comes across as almost robotic. I can totally see him as part cyborg or something. Overall their relationship didn’t click that well because of him. They are just so … what’s the word I’m looking for. It’s on the tip of my tongue. Awkward? Yeah, I guess that word would fit. There’s just no heat between them and when the sex does happen it comes across as forced. The fantasy scene with Aiden is so freaking awkward. Yes, I know I used that word already but it just fits the romance. I still enjoyed this story though. The action with the kidnapping and its resolve is great! The story itself about Empaths and how they need an anchor to not go crazy is really interesting. It’s a unique twist in the scifi genre.
This story has a lot of potential and I’ll certainly check out the next book.
Lawless is a five story anthology about men that aren’t exactly the nice guys. Avoiding danger and falling in love isn’t an easy balance. Dark and dirty accompany these short stories about lawless men who find love whether they’re looking for it or not.
Monsters by James Cox
Sunshine and Snakes by L.J. Longo
Live or Die by Kai Tyler
$250,000 Love by Jessie Pinkham
Silent Devotion by Angelique Voisen
This is a mixed bag for me. There are stories in this anthology that amazed me and other that just didn’t work. So, I’m going to talk about the one’s I did like.
The first story is monsters by James Cox. A simple, average guy is going out with a new man. But then the boyfriend blows up his lover’s whole family! I had no idea how the hell that was going to work in a romance?! I am pleasantly surprised and then I was turned on. Seriously hot! Let me just say, a dom that’s a bottom and holy hell, so freaking hot! I’m excited that this is part of a series too.
The second story is Sunshine and Snacks about a hitman that always gets his guy, even when he’s in prison. However, when he finds out who his next victim will be, he hesitates. This is a great story! Plenty of action, lots of the feels and a beautiful if dark and dirty romance. I really, really, really like this couple!
The third story I like is Live or Die by Kai Tyler. This has to do with an undercover agent, a cartel and old romances that haven’t been doused. The action and twists are done beautifully! I love pace that kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are okay. I’m not totally in love with one of the main characters personality. This does have a great ending though.
I know what you’re thinking. If I only love a few stories why should you buy this book? Because those stories are not just great, they’re fabulous and sexy and totally worth it!
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James Cox Outlaw books: Jodi, Laurie and Lorraine
$5 Evernight Gift Card: Dale
I don’t know if you all know this about me but I love, love, love dystopian/end of the world stories. They usually perk my interest and if there’s a romance involved, well, let’s just say I had grabby hands after reading this blurb.
The plague, or the Severny Virus, is freaking scary and not farfetched, at all! Ice cores hold all sorts of germs and dormant stuff. Who’s to say it won’t happen? The fact that this plague is believable makes the story that much better. Lee is a farmer whose family is almost wiped out by the virus. He’s trying to hold on to his farm and survive long enough to find out if his sister is alive. I liked Lee at first but talking about killing dogs just because they’re hungry makes me extremely angry. So much so that I nearly stopped reading the book. It’s just not necessary to put that stuff in a romance book. Anyway, his sister returns home with a handsome army guy named Nate. Lee’s sister is surprisingly unemotional. She finds out her parents die and then introduces Nate. Then Lee’s talking about the guest room being messy. A lot of their reactions seemed odd like that. Lee and Nate have a great push and pull to their romance as the story moves on and I enjoyed that. They are sweet and then sexy.
There is a lot of potential here. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.