Review of ‘Escape to Pleasure’ by Victoria Villasenor and Sandy Lowe

‘Escape to Pleasure’ is an enticing collection of erotic stories on the theme of travel. Victoria Villasenor and Sandy Lowe are skilled editors and have brought together a perfect mix of hot and steamy stories sure to please. I enjoyed all of the stories but I particularly enjoyed Aurora Rey’s ‘The Lodge’, as the cosy Winter setting contrasted so well with the heat of a very sexy story. Her characters interested me so much that I wouldn’t mind meeting them again. I also loved Brit Ryder’s ‘Mistakes Happen’. This tale of a luggage mix-up and the resulting bedroom antics was perfect. Her wickedly sexy al fresco encounter was truly sublime. But Jeannie Levig’s ‘A Fantasy Getaway’ was my favourite. It is set in a lesbian resort and is beautifully written. She ramps up the sexual tension like a pro. It is so, so well done and the heat is off the scale. I can highly recommend this anthology.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Finding Sheila’ by Anne Hagan

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I can’t believe we are at No. 11 in the Morelville Mysteries Series already. I have loved every one so far and ‘Finding Sheila’ is no exception. When Dana is deputised to bring Sheila Ford back from the Tennessee Prison she has been in for the last few years it seems like an easy job. The transport will be in a fully staffed ambulance so Dana willingly agrees to do it for her wife, Sheriff Mel Crane. Not all goes to plan though and Dana finds herself using her investigative skills to find out exactly why it all went wrong. I could never have guessed what was behind it all and I love that Anne Hagan can do that time after time. Her stories are so well thought out and she combines great mysteries along with fascinating and likeable characters and settings. There were plenty of twists and turns and a fair element of danger for Dana. And as always I was left with hope for another story in the series. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but the next story promises to be a must read.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Proxima Five’ by Missouri Vaun

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‘Proxima Five’ by Missouri Vaun is a powerful and brilliantly conceived sci-fi story. Leah Warren, a geologist, finds herself the only survivor of her colony ship and is immediately in danger on an unfamiliar planet. She owes her life to Keegan, a warrior and member of the ruling house. The story deals with a violent society where women are seen as property and the whole construct is so alien to Leah. Why is the society like this? Who are the raiders and why are they attacking Hadyn City, Keegan’s home? Finding out the answers took me by surprise. It was thought-provoking. The descriptions of the planet and life there were so well written. I could picture the dry, hot, unforgiving landscapes and the dangerous and rough city streets. The relationship between Leah and Keegan was intense and sexually charged. Leah found herself being expected to be a certain way but she was not some subservient weak woman – she was intelligent, strong and capable. Keegan came across as the usual military type at first glance but she was so much more than that. She was caring and decent and showed Leah a side of her that really appealed to me.  The story screamed hope. I loved it and highly recommend it.

I was given this Arc by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for review.