Book Review 17: Hot Alphas (Anthology) by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, and Kate Douglas

Title: Hot Alphas (Anthology)24422520
Authors: Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, Kate Douglas
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Four sexy short stories featuring four hot alpha heroes, headlined by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh.

In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The target of her CIA-operative brother’s 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 is an independent woman whose feminist values run deep. The last thing she wants is a man 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, Jaylene isn’t 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 aches for him, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has unresolved anger that 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 what he loves best–craft award-winning wines. But when something better comes in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner, Nate is completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance.

Rating: 4/5


Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh: I’m a fan of Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops series and I was hoping this story would have at least some of the series’ excitement and anticipation (this being a short story after all), but I was a bit disappointed because the story felt rushed, and the ending was kind of flat. I think the story line would have worked out better in a full length novel giving more space for the characters and the story to develop before the reader’s eyes.

misTaken by Laurelin McGee: This story showed a lot of promise and, when I finished reading it, I thought it should have been a full length novel. The characters were well developed and I particularly enjoyed the twist concerning Noah. He’s a closet alpha (to say more would give the story away), and I wish there had been more pages in a short story because his character has potential. The story would have been perfect had Jaylene, the heroine, been less unsure of what she was getting herself into, because she kind of left me thinking that she was making a mistake.

Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker: I found this story a bit depressing. There was too much angst on Tate’s side as if Ali didn’t have enough to weigh her down in her daily life. The story felt like a “We can but we shouldn’t” emotional tug of war which made reaching the (positive) ending a relief.

Tangled by Kate Douglas: This is the first time I’ve read a work by Kate Douglas and I have to admit that Tangled is the story I liked the most in the collection. Kate Douglas was able to develop the characters and the story line very well. She was also able to put in the right amount of romance, heart ache, action, and suspense that didn’t come across as forced. Cassie and Nate made the perfect couple. They also made me want to live in a vineyard and go into wine production. I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher for an honest review

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