For some reason, I don’t often read novella anthologies – I wouldn’t be able to tell you why- but when I saw the concept for Seven Sins, where each novella was based on a different sin, I was sold.
And when I read them, I fell in love.
It should, however, be pointed out that these novellas are incredibly sexy. I read them on my work commute and might have had a couple of moments where I prayed that no-one noticed how flushed I was.
Blaze for Me – Natalie Anderson
When Austin Tate busts Nicoletta Valeri in a blistering moment of voyeuristic orgasm-envy, it’s the perfect chance for some payback, but instead she’s lit a fire than can be extinguished by only one thing…
There’s something quite delicious about a narrative that opens with a sex scene that isn’t between the hero and the heroine. Anderson sets up Nicoletta as a sweet but frustrated sportswoman with plenty of talent and more than a little bit of a thing for Austin Tate. Incredibly hot, but with a realistic conflict that made me fall a little in love with the characters.
Glutton For Punishment – Amy Andrews
With a sudden hankering to be spanked, Darcy Henderson figures Mitch Callaghan is the man for the job. But is she woman enough to take it?
Rarely is a sexy novella set against the backdrop of a senior citizens’ apartment complex, but it works. This reminded me a little of Andrews’ Holding Out for a Hero, in that the secondary characters stood out as three-dimensional and developed as the main two, much to my delight. This is Andrews’ first foray into BDSM, and it works beautifully, with a clear understanding of the different levels of kink. Plus it’s laugh out loud funny at times and I fell pretty hard for both Darcy and Mitch.
Burned by Lust – Michele de Winton
Biker, Hade Corban is set to take over the Raising Hellfire Gang and love isn’t on his agenda, but lusty goodtime girl Lee Delevinge is hell bent on burning up his heart.
De Winton’s heroine, Lee, is anything but ashamed of her love for sex – especially when that sex involves none other than gorgeous bike Hade Corban. I love the way that de Winton presents Lee as she is, without any judgement or criticism; it’s a refreshing attitude towards women’s appetite of sex. And Hade’s internal conflict makes him realistic and well-balanced between biker and hero.
Sleeping with the Enemy – Robin Covington
All’s fair in love and baseball…but when Kat Carter, the newly-minted GM for the Virginia Venom, is determined to recruit rival superstar shortstop (and former lover) Derek Foxx the last thing she expects is a sexy ultimatum…
I’m a massive fan of #StrongRomanceHeroines, and Covington’s Kat Carter is definitely one of those. She’s worked hard to earn her place as a general manager in a world dominated by men, and her fear that a romance with a player could ruin her reputation, is one that I can understand. Luckily, Covington works out a way of giving Kat both her career and her lover.
Princess Sin – Avery Flynn
There’s trouble on the horizon when Cynthia Aston, who the tabloids have nicknamed Princess Cyn for her slacker party girl ways, stows away on a yacht that belongs to workaholic billionaire Hunter McKenney, her older brother’s sexy best friend.
Out of all of these novellas, the one that dealt with sloth seemed to me the hardest one to marry with a love narrative, however, Flynn’s story of entitled Cynthia Aston, more than happy to laze away and not bother working and her passion for Hunter McKenney – her opposite in every way – met the brief perfectly. Cue a sizzling sex scene on a yacht and my heart melting.
Accidentally Sinful – Carmen Falcone
Stranded due to a snowstorm, Santiago Cruz must let go of his pride and acknowledge forbidden feelings for the woman he loves but can’t forgive—his stepsister.
I love a good snowstorm – especially when it forces two characters to reexamine their feelings for each other. Tiffany Burrows and Santiago Cruz are both hiding secrets from each other, and Falcone’s skillfulness in unwrapping each piece of the puzzle slowly and carefully is what makes this a delightful read.
How to Seduce A CEO – Talia Hunter
Hot shot CEO Marcus Bolton’s decided who to hire for the top job, and it’s not Angel Moore, no matter how temping she might be. But Angel will do whatever it takes to land the job of her dreams—even seduce the boss.
Angel’s a strong business woman, who’s been backed into a corner by a boss who’s incompetent and misogynistic, so she’s determined to get this promotion by any means necessary. But little does she expect Marcus Bolton to get under her skin the way he does. Hunter’s story of two people, determined to keep their careers going, whilst heading for a collision is charming and sizzling.