Anthology review

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Heart of Winter

I’ll be honest. Diana Palmer’s Heart of Winter, despite its pretty cover, includes a novella called Woman Hater, and I had to see just how bad a story that wears its misogyny on its face would get. Spoiler warning : very bad. So let’s start. Woman Hater (O riginally published in 1987) ...

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6

Rachel Kramer Bussel’s annual collection of romanterotica has once again graced our Kindles, e-readers and bookshelves, and this collection is just as delightful as the last.  I liked it rather better than the previous volume, as this one feels more consistent. As always, the submissions invol ...

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An Enchanting Regency Christmas

Back in the day, historical romance fans new Christmas was around the corner when Signet published its annual anthology of Christmas stories by some of its most popular and most beloved authors.  Those original books are long since out of print – although second-hand copies can still be found - b ...

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Sweetest in the Gale

Olivia Dade’s Marysburg series stars older teachers (all characters are forty-somethings) in workplace romances. This anthology contains three novellas: Sweetest in the Gale (in its first release), and reprints of Unraveled (originally from the anthology He’s Come Undone) and Cover Me (from the ...

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The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like… well, Halloween, but on bookstore shelves and in supermarket checkout lines, it’s time for Christmas!  Kensington’s The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas is an anthology of historical western romances set during the winter months.  Though one is a bit dicey, the ...

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Regency Christmas Gifts

The first thing I do to kick off the Christmas season (besides, of course, cranking up the season début of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You) is get out my old anthologies and read a Carla Kelly Christmas short story. The last thing I do on Christmas Eve before I turn out the lights ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5

Another year’s gone by, and another collection of hot stories about willing, eager partners is released in this year’s edition of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5. This year’s anthology is a little weaker in the quality department while also being stronger in that there are a wi ...

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Miss Dominguez's Christmas Kiss and Other Stories

In the Carla Kelly tradition of holiday shorts that make you smile, these three sweet short stories (set in the Edwardian Caribbean across Christmas, New Year, and Reyes Magos) are a lovely addition to any holiday romance fan’s library. These are gentle, realistic stories about the holidays of ord ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year Vol.4

Best Women's Erotica Volume 4 is a collection of steamy short stories by a variety of authors and edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, featuring diverse characters and pairings including LGBTQ and multi-partner tales. The theme of this collection is Outsiders and Risk Taking, and each author has brought ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year Vol.4

Cleis Press’ Fourth volume of erotica explores tales spanning from a post-photoshoot encounter between a younger man and an older woman to the coming together of a protestor and the owner of the construction company she hates. There are moments of desperation and moments of lazy, comfortable, lovi ...