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Flipping for Chelsea (EHolly): I wasn't too wild about it. I don't like when a menage relationship doesn't feel equal. I definitely felt Shay was the odd man out.
Dirty/Bad/Wrong (LDane): So-so. Decent story, hot menage sex (including M/M action), but the heroine annoyed me with her insecurities.
Just One Night (MHart): Quite good. This one surprised me; Hart's been hit-n-miss for me. Strong emotional connection between Brian and Kerry, probably because of their shared history, but Jeremy didn't appeal to me at all. He was in it for his kink, which was fine, but he was detached and manipulating. It had a wonderfully satisfying ending. Easily this story was the best out of the bunch.
On the Job (BKane): Possession--domination--it's all here and nicely done, too. Walker is a thrilling alpha hero who's determined to get back what he walked away from years before: Madeline. However, I was frustrated with Madeline. I'm tired of heroines who spend years being angry with a lover but then melt into a puddle of sexual hormones when he walks back into their life. Argh! I wish she had made Walker wait some time before succumbing to him. The third player happened to be an old friend--they all grew up together--and my emotions were pulled into their complicated situation they all found themselves in. Good ending.
I'm not a big fan of anthologies, but I couldn't pass on four of the top names in erotic romance. Initially, I was drawn to it because of Holly and Dane, but I was far more impressed with Hart's and Kane's contributions. Still, fans will enjoy this collection. 3.5 stars
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Anthologies are always a little hard to rate. So it seems fair I should rate each individual story. Out of all the authors here I've only read Emma Holly and tried to read Megan Hart before but never finished. This is a collection of erotica so expect lots of sex scenes with the plot just as a by-product.
"Dirty / Bad / Wrong" by Lauren Dane. This was a nice story. Ava returns home after her abusive alcoholic mother passes away and she meets up with her lovers Luca and Angelo. There are a few things I enjoy about this story. First they are actually discuss problems with having a threesome relationship. Second, Angelo and Luca are also lovers which is very sexy. Third, the sex scenes are pretty decent and the plotline wasn't all that bad. It didn't try too hard to be something other than erotica. 3 1/2 - 4 stars.
"Just for One Night" by Megan Hart. I've tried something by Megan Hart before and wouldn't get into it. I like the writing here though. Jeremy gives his Kerry permission to pursue "the one that got away" (Brian) during a high school reunion. He enjoyed the idea of watching Kerry with other men. The sex scenes weren't exactly hot but this one seemed more like a real story than erotica. I'm not sure this one fit into the anthology because it wasn't exactly a threesome situation. And I felt very badly for Jeremy. But as a standalone I enjoyed it giving it four stars. I also might look at Hart's other works again. As part of an anthology, it would have to be three stars.
"Flipping for Chelsea" by Emma Holly. Holly does some pretty awesome threesome scenes. I think that's one of her specialties but I always find her stories lacking. But I enjoyed this one. The love scenes didn't disappoint and the story was simple and to the point. Four stars.
"On the Job" by Bethany Kane. Wow. I absolutley hated this story. The characters held no appeal for me. For one of the top real estate agents out there Madeline sure spent most of her time teasing men and hanging out working on her tan naked like a playboy bunny. I also hate it when characters use sex to control others and that happens a lot here. I don't mind a little domination when done in fun but this was done with too much anger. I have no idea why Walker was so angry all the time. Madeline was absolutely mechanical and the other guy was just dumb. The plot was really bad as well. I forced myself to read it up until the last chapter and abandoned it. I didn't want to waste anymore time. 1/2 star.
Overall the anthology was okay. For threesomes, it was actually a little tame but decent enough to read.