{Review} Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, and Kate Douglas

{Review} Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, and Kate DouglasHot Alphas by Kate Douglas, Laurelin McGee, Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker
Also by this author: Intimate, Ultimate Sins, Secret Pleasure, Wicked Lies, Guilty Pleasure, Dirty Little Lies, Only Pleasure: Part One, Only Pleasure: Part Two, Only Pleasure: Part Three, Deeper Than Need, You Own Me, Burn for Me, Break for Me, Long for Me, Sweeter Than Sin, The Virgin's Night Out, Seduced in Secret, Headed for Trouble, Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy: Part 1, One of the Guys, Her Best Friend's Lover, The Trouble with Temptation, Ruined
Series: Wounded Warriors #3, Miss Match #1.5, Secrets & Shadows #0.5
Also in this series: Deeper Than Need, Burn for Me, Break for Me, Long for Me, Sweeter Than Sin
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 19, 2015
Genres: Falling for Best Friend's Sibling, Friends to More, Mistaken Identity, Player Falls in Love
Character(s): Military Guys
Pages: 368
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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…

It’s always tough when you read an anthology that has several authors you’ve never read before, with stories that are part of other series. That’s how I feel anyway. I picked this up because I love Shiloh Walker, but I’m glad I got to try out so many different authors here, even if I didn’t love all of the stories.

Erin’s Kiss by Lora Leigh (Wounded Warriors #3)–2 stars
I felt like I should have read the other books in this series first, but then I remembered that I felt that way about the other Lora Leigh books I’ve read. I’m not a huge fan of this story–the characters drove me crazy, but the sexy times were pretty dang hot. Even though there was some word choice I was not a fan of.

misTaken by Laurelin McGee (Miss Match #1.5)–1/2 star, if that
I hope I can remember this book from now on, because after reading it, I don’t ever want to read anything else by this author again. She actually makes fun of people who read/love romance novels. It’s not funny, it’s offensive. And I don’t want to support anyone who feels that way about her own audience.

“What’s wrong with romance novels?” He looked genuinely puzzled.

What the hell? It wasn’t obvious?

“They’re completely ridiculous. Hot alpha male with a broken past and massive bank account is healed by the golden vagina of a naive girl he meets under completely contrived circumstances. No thank you. That’s just smutty fairy tale for the Basic Bitch.

I guess call me a “Basic Bitch”–but do it without taking my money. *shrugs*

Burn for Me by Shiloh Walker (Secrets & Shadows #0.5)–3-1/2 stars
This is a super fast story featuring single-mom Ali, from Deeper Than Need and how she fell for Tate, who she has been having a FWB relationship with for the past few years. This story was steamy and fast-paced, and just left me wanting more from Shiloh Walker. I loved the way things played out and can’t wait to read more in this series.

Tangled by Kate Douglas–4 stars
This story was sweet and fluffy and totally romantic. I’m not sure why it was included in an Alpha anthology, because Nate is a lover, not a fighter, but I really enjoyed this.

All in all, I am glad I read this anthology for three reasons.

  1. It solidified my love for Shiloh Walker.
  2. It taught me I’m a Basic Bitch who should never read a book by Larelin McGee again.
  3. It introduced me to a brand new author who I’m excited to check out more from, which is basically the primary reason to read anthologies :).
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Overall: 3

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