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June 10, 2015

Unrated: Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker and Kate Douglas

Series: Anthology
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffith
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romance

In Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh, ex-Marine Turk has become Erin’s sworn protector. The consistent target of her CIA-operative brother’s deadly 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 Kim is a strong independent woman whose feminist values run deep. Even though attractive men are her weakness the last thing she wants is one 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 both Jaylene isn't so 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 pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations. Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with his mother right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Tate's unresolved anger 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 all the things he loves best—work with his hands, grow the grapes, and craft award-winning, full-bodied wines. But when something better comes along in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner of the vineyard, Nate becomes completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled’s number-one mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a constant temptation, Nate doesn’t stand a chance…


I only planned to read Shiloh Walker's short in this anthology. Aside from my unfamiliarity with the other author's, SWalker's novella is the prequel to a series I want to start.


BURN FOR ME by Shiloh Walker is the prequel novella to Secrets & Shadows (romantic suspense) originally released last April 1, 2014.

Tate and Ali have been playing the friends-with-benefits thing for a while now but Ali, unfortunately, fell in love with Tate and wanted more. Tate feels the same way but he's emotionally unavailable thanks to his daddy issues. A few years back, Tate's mom died, her body never found, and though Tate's dad didn't murder his mom, he might as well have given the deep loathing he feels for his father.

Tate and Ali eventually made it work with the former resolving his family issues along the way. I am so grateful that BURN FOR ME is a shorty otherwise I wouldn't have be able to stand the angst due to Tate's family feud, daddy edition. Overall, BURN FOR ME was sexy, heartfelt, a little angry, and definitely a good taste test for Secrets & Shadows. I will be holding off reading book 1 of the series for now because Angst. Not my favorite thing in the world.



TANGLED by Kate Douglas was a spur of the moment decision. There was only a few pages left in HOT ALPHA so I thought why not. It's much shorter than SWalker's novella (Burn For Me is the longest of the 4 shorts) and it sounds like a fun and flirty romp a la A Walk in the Clouds

Not quite. TANGLED  started really strong. Cassie and Nate heated things up right off the bad with an agreement that it'll be nothing but a one night stand. Well we know that's not how it's going to work in the long run, but it's fun to watch these two pretend and play dumb. 

I didn't have fun with Nate and Cassie's story at all because TANGLED felt like it's on fast forward. Everything was instant: sex, love, conflict, death; it was impossible to connect with the story much less the characters.


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25 comments:

  1. Hmm... not thrilled about the drama, but it sounds like it all works. Bummer the novella was not a win. I struggle with novellas too. They just don't get it right in the short amount of pages, most of the time.

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    1. The struggle with Tangled (at least IMO) is that the plot was too big to contain in such a small amount of pages.

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  2. I understand why the second story wasn't up to par... I would need an emotional connection to the characters, too, otherwise the detachment would certainly affect my reading experience as it had yours :/

    Did you read the Lora Leigh one? I read one of her books before and it was okay... haha. Sex scenes were a bit repetitive though XD

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I'm not inclined to read it. A friend told me it's really good!

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  3. Glad SWalker's story was a good read for you :)

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    1. I need to start Colbana Files stat!

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  4. I do hate when things are too instant

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    1. I only like "instant" when it comes to food because I get HANGRY!

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  5. Interesting things these anthologies. I don't know what is it about short stories & novellas that keep me from enjoying them. I guess I like it slow, lol :) Rushing cuts my interest in half. Glad you enjoyed the first one <3

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    1. That happens a lot so I can't blame you. There are more so-so shorties than super awesome ones.

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the Shiloh Walker so much, I do mean to read her one day and have heard a lot of good on her series !

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    1. You need to try her, she writes great sexy, emotional, and at times, adventurous reads! Super right up your alley

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  7. This is a great way to try authors and it sounds like a few the stories were good.

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    1. That'sone of the perks of anthologies.

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  8. At least Burn for Me was good! I think it is harder to write short stories than novels.

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    1. Right?! I would think it's the opposite because it has less number of pages. I guess writing is more complex than we thought

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  9. Yes, I read that prequel for Shiloh's series too. The three prequels are angsty, but the series itself is not. It's actually a pretty good romantic suspense with more emphasis on the suspense.

    Bummer about the other story.

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    1. I'll avoid them then. You know I can't take angsty!

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  10. Sometimes I can handle insta-love like in shifter books, as that is part of their world building usually, also YA because teens do the insta love thing a lot in reality-but other than that I have a problem as well. At least you liked the one you wanted to read in the first place!

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    1. My exception with regards to insta-love is in PNR/UF. That's sort of a given and there are other things at play there. It's going to take a lot of convincing for me to suspend disbelief in contemporary romances.

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  11. Novellas are always hit or miss with me as well, Braine! Some are really good, and help me find a new series to enjoy, and others are so much meh I can't even... I'm glad you enjoyed Shiloh Walker's novella, at least you did find one good story in there.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. True. When I'm undecided about a series and there's a prequel, I grab it though. Less commitment and I don't like to DNF or get stuck in a full length novel I might not enjoy.

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  12. I have to be in the right mood for angst. I enjoy it and makes for a great emotional read, but I have to be set for it too. Interesting anthology here.

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  13. Don't mind reading anthologies, but I've not found a collection I like. Boo.

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  14. It's always so interesting how people can read things differently. Tangled was the best of the antho for me. From reading your review I had to go back and look through my notes because it didn't sound like we read the same thing at all. Always crazy to see that. Glad you liked the Walker one at least.

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