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Heidi Hart

By day, I'm a domestic violence prosecutor. By night, I read romance to restore my faith in love, relationships, and humanity in general. 

Steamy Tattooed Anthology

Marked - Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend, Kit Rocha

I bought this for Beyond Temptation, the Kit Rocha novella that kicks off this steamy collection of tattoo-themed romances. I don't fully understand why, since I don't generally like dystopian literature, tattoos, or motorcycle gangs, but I am a Kit Rocha junkie. Beyond Temptation is a sexy little story about computer hacker and outsider Noah, who after years of separation, encounters his first crush living with the O'Kanes in Sector 4. Emma always could turn his crank, but being his best friend's baby sister had put her off limits. Now the best friend is, tragically, out of the picture, but Noah's own bad choices may jeopardize their chance at happiness. I enjoyed this story -- not as well as the three previousfull-length Beyond novels, but enough to satisfy my O'Kane craving until Beyond Jealousy comes out in a few weeks. 

 

The next story in the collection is Rocky Ride, a Canadian contemporary by new-to-me author Vivian Arend. Anna is an officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and she's been having a secret affair with bad boy biker Mitch Thompson. Their relationship is at the point where they both want more than sex, but can her reputation survive the scandal when they go public with their love? I enjoyed this story, too, and the sexy-times were very hot. 

 

The only one of the three I didn't like was Lauren Dane's All That Remains, which is a m/m/f threesome story set in a futuristic North America a few generations after a virus eliminated 90% of the population and caused a serious gender imbalance, such that women are rare and revered, and polyamorous relationships are the cultural norm. I found the premise pretty interesting, but I don't think Dane follows the same rules of grammar that I do: I kept finding myself re-reading sentences, trying to figure out what the convoluted collection of words was supposed to say. Usually I could figure it out, but it wasn't worth the effort.