Title: Wild Passions
Author: Anthology – Edited by S.L. Armstrong
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
POV: 1st and 3rd Person
Setting: Alternate Reality
Cover Rating: 4
Kisses: 4.5 Overall
Other worlds, other planes of existence, other places where humans are not the only type of creature to walk and talk. Human-like animals populate the pages of Wild Passions! These are not shifters, but humanoid animals that experience love and lust in their sometimes wild, sometimes civilized worlds.
Meet Liam, a half-fox in a world where ‘urban jungle’ isn’t a metaphor. When trouble comes in the form of an organized militia looking to experiment, Liam must put his trust where he never expected—in the hands of a human.
Koit is a Shterpi, a reptilian alien with a reputation for womanizing. A dare from a friend has Koit changing his target to other men, and he finds that variety really is the spice of life.
Alec and Nahale are feral-Maith, genetic offshoots from a fantastic race. Under pressure, Alec challenges Nahale for leadership of their clan, threatening to destroy the relationship they’d been building for years.
Panos only wants to live a normal life, free from the secret that’s kept him isolated from others. However, he still needs a roommate, and his attraction to the other man has him wondering if opening up might not be so bad after all.
Ferran is making his last trip away from his home planet of Perelan before duty calls him back. But a rakish spaceship captain tosses a wrench into his finely crafted plans, and his world may never be the same.
Gordon and Arthur work in the freak-show at a traveling carnival, wowing audiences with their half-animal physiques. But when animal constructs are second-class citizens and legal property of others, falling in love is the most dangerous act of all.
Fans of Sci-Fi/Fantasy will find plenty to love about Wild Passions, a terrific collection of short stories that detail the lives and loves of parahuman and alien characters, who each find desire and attraction is far more than what is seen on the surface.
Beneath the fur, scales, and quills beat the hearts of very human men who find a common bond in spite of differences, find love in spite of the obstacle of their species, form a connection in spite of the seemingly insurmountable odds against them. Each of these stories is particularly creative and brought to life by characters who will seduce you into believing they exist somewhere in the universe.
From the action packed adventure City of Foxes by Cornelia Grey to Angelia Sparrow’s heart-achingly poignant pre-WW II story Songs for Guitar and French Harp to the celestial beauty of Opening Worlds by Cari Z, each of these outstanding tales delivers on every level and will make you believe that love can overcome anything life, fate, or misfortune can throw in the way.
From Elizabeth Hyder’s tale of truth and dare in Trust Me to the power play of Alpha’s Pride by S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet to Wayne Mansfield’s aquatic romance I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside, the reader is treated to a seductive and sensual journey through the complications of self-discovery, sacrifice, trust, and happy endings.
Wild Passions is a feast for the imagination and a treat for lovers of true romance.
Reviewed By: Lisa