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Monday, November 18, 2013
Unraveled
8 Delicious Tales of Passion
Sara Fawkes, Julia Kent, Opal Carew, Cathryn Fox, Vivi Anna, Sarah Castille, Lauren Hawkeye, Daire St. Denis


Genre: steamy contemporary romance


Publisher: Unraveled Group
Date of Publication: November 5, 2013

ISBN: 9780991916689

Number of pages: 598
Word Count: 215 000
  
Cover Artist: Frauke Spanuth/ Croco Designs
 My overall book review:

I found this anthology, ripe with just the right amount of heat and sexiness. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read each story and was not disappointed in each authors ability to take me through each story. I especially loved some of the sneak peaks at the end of some stories. I will be looking into purchasing more books by these authors. 
 
Book Description:


The Unraveled Boxed Set—featuring all new material from eight bestselling authors!


This book contains stories that may excite you, particularly if you like alpha males, singly or in pairs, who will use any and every means possible to realize a woman's darkest fantasies and most hidden desires, from commands to cuffs, and from ropes to ribbons.


For readers 18 and older.



YOURS TO TAKE
Cathryn Fox


Revenge takes on a sexy twist when a powerhouse lawyer is stripped of her control by the handsome multi-millionaire she once took down in the courtroom.


Review:

This story blew me away right from the beginning. The vacation they set up for the heroine and the hero who derails it just had me on the edge of my seat. The powerful story that followed was very much worth the time it took to read it.

About the Author:


Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

Cathryn also writes Young Adult novels under Cat Kalen and co-writes paranormal romance as Taylor Keating.


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YIELD TO ME
Sarah Castille


An ambitious MMA fighter struggles to resist her attraction to the dangerously sexy fight coach who awakens in her secret desires that could destroy her fighting career.

Review:

I loved the play on power in this very sexy and steamy story. I would happily allow the hero to throw me on the mats and put me in any submission hold he wants to. I also loved the powerful and very stubborn heroine in this short as it made me take a different view on submission. 

About the Author:


Recovering lawyer, karate practitioner, and caffeine addict, Sarah Castille worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. Her steamy, contemporary romantic tales feature blazingly hot alpha heroes tormented or tattooed for your reading pleasure.


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COMPLETE ABANDON
Julia Kent


Six months after having her baby, Laura finds that her relationships have cooled, even as her naughty desires heat up her eReader. When their best friends take the baby for an overnight, Mike and Dylan show Laura just how alpha they can both be, as Laura surrenders herself to them with complete abandon.


Review:

I have actually read the erotica short that precedes this short and while they are both great reads on their own it was nice to already know the back story on how the three became to love one another. The characters stood out and were not just demanding but very giving. It was the perfect push and pull that lead me through the story. As a mother though I completely understood why the heroine felt the way that she did and was happy to see the men step up and take control where control was most definitely needed.


About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent turned to writing contemporary romance after deciding that life is too short not to have fun. She writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.




THREE LITTLE WORDS
Lauren Hawkeye


Two years ago serious law student Malachi Hunter broke wild child Adele Cavanaugh’s heart.  When Mal is thrown back into her life... and she meets Dorian Marshall, a bad boy with a soft spot for her... Adele doesn’t know how to choose just one when they both help to ease her pain.

Review:

The shy studious conservative and the previously conservative, but now wild child meet and steam up things everywhere. I loved the passion the main characters shared and really wanted to know more about them. I wish I had been able to read her story before reading this steamy romance but I am really happy to have read this love story as well.


Excerpt from Three Little Words :


The orange tabby cat followed us home.
I didn’t notice its presence until it leapt ahead of us just as I opened my front door. I watched with bemusement as it stalked into my condo like it had every right to be there.
“Brace yourself,” Dorian said as the cat—who I referred to as Humper in my head—wound her way through my legs.
But she apparently wasn’t interested in me that way. Nuzzling my boot with her whiskers, she looked up at Dorian with what I could only describe as a wicked look went he followed me into the house.
“Christ,” he muttered, fixing Humper with a warning stare. “Don’t even think about it, puss.”
“What about me? Should I think about it?” I asked, turning to eye him up and down. God, but he was beautiful. Those worn jeans hung from lean hips that were so sexy they should have been illegal. His black T-shirt stretched tight over his lean, hard chest, and when he moved his solid biceps made his ink dance.
The look he sent me was pure, smoldering sex. Cupping his hand behind my head, he pulled me to him, crushed his mouth to my own. He kissed me breathless, made my pulse kick up a notch.
Dorian had barely released me when Mal shut the door with the heel of his boot, then pulled me from Dorian’s arms into his. He let me study him for a moment, the boy who was now six feet of hard, sexy man.
“You’ll do as you’re told,” he informed me as he lowered his head to mine. Where Dorian’s kiss had been hot and hard, Mal’s was slow and full of sensual promise.
I felt desire flooding into my pussy, and I squirmed.
This was insane. This was not what normal people did.
And yet I knew that I’d already made up my mind. I needed this. Dorian and Mal had come into my life for a reason.
I’d worked through my pain as best as I could on my own. Now I wanted these two wonderful, amazing men to wipe the dirty memories away, to replace me with something clean.
Well, not too clean.
“Upstairs?” Mal murmured against my lips. I nodded, my pulse skittering. I got the shock of my life when he hefted me into his arms, Gone With The Wind style, and started to carry me up the stairs.
Oh my. That was just... wow.
Strange as this situation was, it was also the most romantic thing I’d ever experienced in my life. And on top of that, I could feel Mal’s muscles working against my body as he carried me, making me want to strip us both naked so that we could be skin to skin.
“Nice move, mate.” Dorian followed us, reaching over Mal’s shoulder to dance his fingers over my hair.
I craved more of their touch. It anchored me in a way that I hadn’t even known I’d been missing.
“Watch out for my roller skates.” I murmured as we reached the top of the stairs. Mal sidestepped them neatly, but Dorian looked at them, then at me with a wicked grin.
“We might use these in the future, love. You, in nothing but the skates.”
I’d always thought I was pretty hard to shock, but Dorian won that game, hands down. My mouth fell open, my cheeks flushing as the erotic image danced across my mind.
“I—” I choked on the words. I was in over my head, desperately treading water and trying to stay afloat.
These two gorgeous creatures were my life preservers. I could hang on to them and let myself go.



About the Author:
Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living... though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book... and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.


Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating hey way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

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TAKEN BY STORM
Opal Carew


Jessica doesn't like to take risks, but when she's almost run over by a red hot rock musician named Storm on his motorcycle, she realizes that some risks are worth taking.


Review:

Wow! This story had me vibrating on the motorcycle from the moment she sat behind her rescuer. I fell in love with the characters and didn't need a huge info dump to fall for them. Some characters you need to know their past to like them and others you don't. This author knew exactly how to write them that put just enough mystery into their personalities that gave us all we needed to know about them. 

About the Author:
Hi. I'm Opal Carew and I write erotic romance for St. Martin's Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.
So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving - questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include menage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes... or more.


These aren't women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation - something exciting and erotic - but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back - of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves - and we don't follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.
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HOW TO CHOOSE A COWBOY
Daire St. Denis


When Tessa Savage is forced to choose between two hunky cowboys while vacationing at the Lazy L Dude Ranch, she finds herself at a loss; the Marlboro Man look-a-like or the fun-loving exhibitionist. Help Tessa decide in this smokin’ hot interactive tale.


Review:

I love that this story gave me choices but basically ended the same. I was so into it that I had to go back and read the second choice. I loved the threesome quality of it. I have to say though there is only way to describe the testosterone laden menage that came out of this book... Yum!

About the Author:
With a degree in Archaeology, Daire St. Denis was sure she was destined to be the next female Indiana Jones. That didn't quite pan out but she still managed to experience her fair share of exotic adventures. Some of her most daring escapades include, skydiving in Canada, being trapped in the Great Pyramid of Giza, searching for tigers in the foothills of the Himalayas, touring Germany by motorbike and meeting Medusa in the bowels of Istanbul, Turkey.


Daire loves to pen erotic tales full of passion and unexpected adventure and her colorful past has provided ample inspiration for her muse.
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THE VAMPIRE DESIGN
Vivi Anna


A naive young artist travels through Europe searching for the most infamous painter ever to live… who also happens to be a 300 year old vampire.


Review:

Infatuation fueled this short and the it lit it on fire with desire and mystique. I was happy and needed a fan to cool me off before I could move on to the next story! My husband like it as well. It was a fantastic read and in one of my favorite genre's.

About the Author:


Vivi Anna is a USA TODAY bestselling and award winning, Canadian author in paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and scifi. She's been writing since 2002, and since then she has published over 30 books and novellas.



ANYTHING HE WANTS: ATONEMENT
Sara Fawkes


Jeremiah and Lucy have been through the fire and barely escaped with their lives, but can their love survive the real world?


Review:

This was a fire in the pan on top of a fire like you would not believe. The story and the characters were hot, the story line was hot, the sex was hot... Heck there was not much about this story that wasn't a four alarm fire in the making. I think I could have melted ice while reading this. I know my tea glass was not the only thing sweating in the room as I read page after page of this erotica short. I was tantalized and intrigued. I must find more by this author!

About the Author:


Sara Fawkes has always loved spinning tales. One who's been writing since she was a little girl (and has the home made books from preschool to prove it), she loves creating stories and characters and interesting messes for them to get into. And for the handsome guy to always get the girl in the end. An avid traveler and adventure motorcyclist, her dream job includes selling everything off and leaving civilization to see the world on two wheels, writing in cafes in each country she visits, and living off her writing. In the meantime however, she lives in California with her menagerie of pets and, when not writing, loves to rebuild old motorcycles/cars and practice her fiddle.



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