When a man wants to claim his mate, there is no denying the alpha. This is a five story anthology all about sexy men finding sexy mates and how they go through hell to find their happy ending.
Tortured Heat by L.J. Longo: I’m totally in love with Tortured Heat by LJ Longo. That’s probably my favorite of the bunch. We’re instantly in the middle of it but the author does a fantastic job of explain what’s going on so the reader isn’t lost. There are lovers betraying, twists, torture, shifters, magic, yummy sex and a really interesting plot. I would have totally given this story 5 stars by itself. (5/5)
If You Can’t Stand the Heat by Pelaam: This story was okay. It was very jumpy. I honestly found the story a little boring and predictable. The sex also felt very rushed. There was some action at the end. (3/5)
Five Dollar Mate by Angelique Voisen: Cal just went through a really bad breakup and he’s selling everything in his apartment for…five dollars. Everything. Diesel is the shifter that won’t leave until Cal agrees to a date. Cal is way too trusting of this complete stranger and not only do they go on a date, but they have sex in the park before the night is over. I just couldn’t get behind Cal and Diesel. Their actions made me cringe. Then they’re talking about not breaking each others hearts and it happens way too fast. Things did get some action when Pierce (Cal’s ex) returns. (3/5)
At the Edge by Nell Rockhill: This is actually a confusing story at first. Did he choose to be wolf or was he stuck like that? It is very muddled. The drug Allum is confusing as well. I wish that would have been explained better. I didn’t feel any heat between Sorrel and Ari. When Sorrel is naked Ari barely notices and yet they’re mad for each other? I did like the way the author dealt with the Allum addiction and how that played out. (3/5)
Hunted by His Alpha by Marie Medina: I loved the world building in this story but the romance happened way too quickly! Two pages in, after just meeting, they’re talking about sleeping with each other. The mating hunt is a fun idea though. (3/5)
This anthology has a range of interesting stories. If you love erotic tales with fated mates then you’ll probably enjoy Denying the Alpha: Manlove edition
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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Title: Owned by the Alpha: Manlove Edition
Authors: Maia Dylan, James Cox, Jules Dixon, Elena Kincaid, L.J. Longo, Pelaam, L.D. Blakeley
Genre: gay, romance, erotic, shifter, paranormal
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 4 Stars - Highly Recommended Read!
Heat: 4/5 - Smoking Hot!
Owned by the Alpha Manlove Edition is, as you probably guessed, the m/m version of the anthology from Evernight Publishing. If you read m/f then you have to check out that version! As for the man on man, alpha shifter stories ... I really loved some of them.
A Tiger’s Luck by Maia Dylan
Last Alpha Standing by James Cox
Mooncrest by Jules Dixon
His Guardian Panther by Elena Kincaid
The Scarf by L.J. Longo
A Matter of Trust by Pelaam
Conflict of Interest by L.D. Blakeley
Let’s start with the good, and when I say good, I mean amazing! Conflict of Interest by LD Blakeley and Last Alpha Standing by James Cox are, hands down, my favorites. They are edgy and wild. I totally fell in love with the characters! Eamonn in Conflict of Interest is freaking adorable and funny. Gah, love him so much! Their romance is entertaining and sexy. Marcus from Last Alpha standing is so damn hot. I want him. I want him now! He is sweet when he talks about his brother but also sarcastic and a serious badass. When he meets the beta prince, Christopher I definitely felt myself swoon. These stories really grabbed me. I know I’m going to read them again and again ... and again.
The others stories range from really good to okay. I think they’re a combination of interesting and promising. Although I got this book for an honest review, I still would have purchased it. For those two phenomenal stories alone, hell yeah, I would have bought it. I found some new authors to add to my tbr pile.
Owned by the Alpha: manlove Edition is highly recommended!