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…
The first story is Ms Leigh’s offering of Erin's Kiss and is probably the only one that truly seems to offer an Alpha male as the hero. I felt a little lost at times as it's clearly part of an ongoing series with several interesting characters but as a short sexy read it worked well and the ending with Turk, the hero, proving just how much he loved Erin, sigh!
MisTaken is my first read by Ms McGee (a writing duo I believe) but sadly it felt a little disjointed and the dialogue didn't quite work for me. Alpha? Er, that would be no, because Noah whilst enjoying orchestrating what happened in the bedroom felt quite hesitant at times and indeed it was Jaylene who felt more dominant. I've read a similar plot recently with the hero having the same secret occupation and that brings me nicely to the next story.
Shiloh Walker writes stories with heart and Burn for Me is no exception. Ali has found the man of her dreams in Tate, but he keeps pulling away and won't commit. Sizzling chemistry is no match for love though, and Ali throws him a curve ball that leaves him reeling. I didn't expect much character development in such a short story but Ms Walker truly came up with a very satisfying read.
Tangled by Kate Douglas was a quick and steamy romance that let the couple connect instantly and although it's not exactly instant love, there's enough hot loving to keep the reader entertained. Sadly I didn't really feel that Nate was particularly Alpha but the story was interesting, if a little predictable, although the intrigue added to it immensely.
So a great way to try new authors, but I don't feel the title is terribly appropriate. The saving grace though was, each offered a happy ending and that satisfies the romantic in me!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.