Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 1.5 out of 5
Many of these snippets read as works in progress or ideas the writers are bouncing off each other. Some of the mini-tales are quite good and left this reader wanting more. A couple of the stories could become full novels with more details and work.
Lee Brazil offers “Death Day Anniversary”, “Make Me a Sandwich” and “The Fog”. “Sandwich” has some humor that is very Scary Movie style, which will make you laugh. It is a story you can share around a campfire. “The Fog” was Brazil’s best contribution. Hot sex and intrigue are supplied within this morsel.
Hank Edwards sews together “The Sum of His Parts”. This enjoyable Franken boyfriend short story is tender and loving, and quite hot in a strange way. You will find yourself wishing this were a longer version of the Mary Shelly tale with kinky twists; your mind will spin with the possibility of what could have been if Edwards had written more.
Havan Fellows shows readers what goes on inside a writers head with “Writing is a socially acceptable form of Schizophrenia”. It will have you laughing as you read of the characters of a writers works in progress crossing into each other’s stories looking for their writer demanding sex, their description to be written, their next book to be written and more. Finally, when all is said and done the writer is heard from and sounds crazy. Not very sexy, but a funny story nonetheless.
Raven McAllen submits, “That Special Feeling” and “Spin the Bottle”. While “Spin” may need more work and some understanding of the beings McAllen was writing about, “That Special Feeling” is a sweet romance. It has pagan under tones and magic. In addition, you will want to see if things steam up over the pumpkin soup for the two potential lovers.
Dianne Hartsock dishes out “Andrew Calls the Dead”, “The Birthday” and “In the Shadows”. Voodoo to bring back a dead lover in “Andrew” is a very intriguing scene. This plot will have you salivating, wishing Hartsock had written what happened prior to and after the attic Voodoo Magic. “Birthday” is a cautionary tale, one you could tell on a BDSM retreat around the campfire. “Shadows” is a little confusing to read. You may have to give it a couple of tries, to figure out who is on top of whom. With some development, this would be a great paranormal novel.
Doris O’Connor introduces us to “Destiny”. It is a nice place to start a vampire story. It just needs some bite. You will start to follow the character and it ends.
S.J. Thomas contributes “Strength’s Curse”. This is also another nice beginning piece. Just as it begins to get interesting, it is over. The only thing sexy was the description Thomas provided of the ’Monster’.
Jamison Wolf presents “Reaping Darkness”, a tale of a grim reaper. He dreams of death. Not just any death, The Death…leather jacket, tight pants, muscle bound and sexy. He has not just any dreams, sexy and hot dreams. Since they are only dreams, he decides to play along.
This is the hottest story of the book! You will definitely wish Wolf would write more about Death and his Reaper! These are well-developed characters and a storyline that is complete.
Reviewed by Wendy Dawn