Serve Me by Anna Hedley, Fox Lee, Gabriel Belthir and Lor Rose


Title: Serve Me
Author: Anna Hedley, Fox Lee, Gabriel Belthir, and Lor Rose
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Characters: Multiple Characters
POV: Mixed
Sub-Genre: Gay Slavery Erotica
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

For some people there’s nothing more appealing than the idea of a man forced to serve against his will, as a second-class citizen: a slave. Despite the dark history surrounding forced servitude and slavery, there remains a growing desire for depictions of fetishized slavery fantasies. Like rape fantasy, the appeal for readers in slave fiction lies not in a desire for the actual act, but in the ability to explore such things in a safe space. Many people harbor a secret wish to be forced into certain acts that they know they want, but have been socially conditioned to abhor. Such is the core of the Serve Me anthology. Be warned: these are not stories of consensual, negotiated power exchange. The stories in this anthology focus on true sexualized, erotic slavery: stories of men forced, coerced, or otherwise bound into a second-class life servicing another in whatever ways their master sees fit.

Warnings/Themes: slavery, historical, vampire, fantasy, bondage, dubious consent, non-con, dark themes

Review:

The first thing I would say is pay attention to the warnings as the themes covered in these stories are not for the faint hearted. That said, it was only really the first story The Spoils that I was uncomfortable reading. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories each one taking perhaps half an hour to read; perfect for reading with your feet up and a cup of coffee. Each time I reached the end of a story, I wished there was a bit more so all in all a great read.

The Spoils by Anna Hedley

3 kisses out of 5

Blurb:

Idris is part of The Spoils of war: the last surviving member of a barbarian clan, he is famed in the gladiatorial arena for his bloody ruthlessness and outside the arena for his carnal appetites. His inner beast is calmed by the presence of his slave and lover, Theo, but to be true to his heart, Idris may have to risk breaking it.

Review:

For me The Spoils was the most difficult of the four stories and as it is the first in the anthology I did wonder what I had let myself in for. I quickly realized that this story had a strong theme of horror and violence which is not normally something I choose to read.

Set in an Ancient Grecian type world, a world that I know nothing about, I found myself distracted by trying to work out if all the Satyr and Maenads were real creatures or slaves dressed up to look like them.

Despite the violent start to the story I grew to like and sympathise with Idris as he experienced visions of the people he’d killed all at the bidding of his owner, Dominic. Idris’ confusion about these visions is reflected in the slightly disjointed nature of the writing. The arrival of his own slave Theo brings Idris immeasurable peace and this is reflected in the much smoother style of writing. A very clever trick by the author.

By the end of the story Idris has freed Theo and learned to forgive himself but Dominic is dead. Idris has been sold multiple times, each owner worse than the last as they find they can’t control him until Theo finds him again and they get their happy ever after.

As You Wish by Gabriel Belthir

4 kisses out of 5

Blurb:

Samuel has spent years striving toward the Viscount’s circles, where rich and fantastical parties are given and elaborate slave auctions held. He thinks he wants a young lover, but when he buys an Adonis known as Apollo, he realizes what he was truly missing. Now Apollo gives the orders, and it is Samuel saying, As You Wish.

Review:

This story was much more to my liking and is about the power exchange between master and slave.

It is well written with likable characters who genuinely seem to care for each other and pander to each other’s desires of domination and submission. Until that is, a scene towards the end of the story that is distinctly more non-con than anything that has gone before which stunned me and initially left me reeling.

This story definitely ended with me wanting more. The non-con scene was such a turning point in master/slave relationship that I really wanted to see how they progressed from the privacy of their own home out into public which is where the story was heading.

Life Is Unforgiving by Lor Rose

4 kisses out of 5

Blurb:

Life is Unforgiving for Aidan and Aaron, criminals who have been doomed to live as slaves to vampire masters, whose appetites can be agony… or bliss. When Aidan is given a new lease on life with a benevolent Master, his relief is tainted by pain at leaving Aaron behind; pain which only his Master Ryce has the power to end.

Review:

This is the only story in the collection told in the first person.

It is a classic tale of a cruel master who sells his beaten to a supposedly worse master who turns out to be unexpectedly nice. Set in a world where the slaves are often convicted criminals and known as bloodbags, the masters are vampires whose can bring pain or pleasure when they feed.

The story starts with Aiden being forcibly separated from fellow slave Aaron who he loves and being sold. Told from Aiden’s point of view we know he never expects to see Aaron again. It quickly becomes apparent that he has spent all his life as a slave frightened of his master and even though Ryce his new master does everything he can to ensure Aiden’s well-being, Aiden is afraid of him. Following a chance encounter with his previous owner and a lot of alone time, Aiden is reunited with Aaron and freed from slavery.

A downside of the story being told exclusively from Aiden’s point of view is that we don’t really learn much about the other characters and their motivations.

I loved the concept of this story and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Aiden and Ryce. I really felt sorry for Ryce at the end when he obviously believes that Aiden feels nothing for him and frees him.

Takashima’s Pet by Fox Lee

4.5 kisses out of 5

Blurb:

Yuta is a gentle giant who joins a local gang for the sense of family that they can provide, but when they leave him high and dry in the middle of a failed heist, it’s his captor, Takashima, who shows him what family can really mean as the vicious gang enforcer tenderly turns him into Takashima’s Pet.

Review:

Set in Japan amid a culture of underworld gangs, it might as well have been sent in outer space for all I knew of that world. That said the author does a really good job showing how miserable Yuta is within his gang family and how they bully him.

Left alone to face the consequences of a robbery gone wrong Yuta comes to the attention of Takashima, the biggest baddest member of the biggest baddest gang. Given the choice between death and being Takashima’s newest form of entertainment, Yuka chooses the latter.

Yuka’s first 24 hours with Takashima are fairly hardcore but Takashima isn’t the monster that we’re led to expect. The blurb describes Yuta as a gentle giant but as the book progressed I really came to think of Takashima as the gentle giant and I loved him just as much as I came to love Yuka. I found myself cheering Yuka on when he’s forced to confront his previous gang members and hoping that Takashima would live up to his vicious reputation when he joined that party.

In my opinion this was the best story in this anthology.

Reviewed By: Smidgeson

From Storm Moon Press: Lor Rose

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Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’m a water kind of gal…

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I write gay sex for money. I am a polyamorous, demipansexual, genderfluid crazy. Two horses, a dog, a cat, and Child call me mom. The Child isn’t biologically my child but she’s mine nonetheless. The crazy is courtesy of my five partners.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Words from my mouth? “How can we be out of toilet paper?” I was talking to Ryan, one of my partners, at the time when I received the news. We kept chatting for awhile and he finally asked if I heard any news. “Oh, yeah…” Needless to say he was “mad” when I didn’t tell him right away. I suppose you could say I don’t get very excited about things.

What forces brought you over to the GLBT Genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?

I started off with fanfiction at a very young age. Probably twelve or thirteen I found it (explicit sex scenes and all) and kept reading for years. My focus is what I read in my fanficiton days: M/M. I am currently writing a polyamorous, BDSM, bisexual vampire novel. There’s also an androgynous transgender novella in my backlist. I suppose I write what I do because I wanted to read the type of things I write.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

I’m not really a sweet eater… Do you have fruit?

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How many hours a day do you spending writing?

That depends. Actually writing, maybe five or six. Sometimes that’s broken up into research or plotting. Some days, I don’t write at all. I do keep a planner I call the Bible. It contains everything I’ve done and what needs to get done. I’d die without it.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

Since I plot beforehand, I write all the way through. I don’t do extreme revisions, usually. If something is off, I can’t even write it ’til I figure out what that something is in the outline.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I think I answered this in the previous question… But yes, I plot everything. The only thing I didn’t “plot” on paper is my freebie Freeing Pain. Anthologies have overall outlines; whereas books have overall outlines and individual chapter outlines built from the overall outline.

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Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?

Dominik Lew, hands down. His story isn’t out yet, but his struggle is powerful and real. His first book made me cry more than once while writing it but it was worth it. I hope when his book comes out, someone will be able to relate and take comfort in his story. He doesn’t get his happily ever after in the first book, but by the end of the second, the hope is real.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

Everyone suffers from it. Usually, I set the project aside and work on other things. Four months ago, I set aside two projects because they just wouldn’t flow. Last week, I finally figured it out. They cannot be written at the same time due to timeline issues. Now, I can do a thousand words in about forty-five minutes on the one that must be finished first. Doodling and scribbling on a blank piece of printer paper helps. Sometimes, I talk it out with whoever happens to be listening to me at the time. I’ve been known to tweet my frustrations… “Talking to myself” on Twitter has done the trick a time or two as well.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

My desk. There, I can spread out and get things done, but truthfully, I don’t write at my house very much. With five men and a child (not to mention the pets), writing in my house is close to impossible. Most of my writing I get done at work. I’m lucky enough to have a job where I am able to do this. So, I essentially have a portable office in my backpack.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I’m the only person at my office (since I work nights) besides my cat.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I suppose, to give an example, children’s movies make me laugh most of the time. Stupid comedy as well. I’m usually very dry when it comes to humor. All of my partners make me laugh, as does the Child. Some days I laugh so much I start crying or can’t breathe.

What question is your most frequently asked as an author?

“How did you get published?” or “YOU WRITE BOOKS? WHAT DO YOU WRITE?” with that much enthusiasm… If they annoy me enough, I answer “Gay fuck-me-now, hot, sweaty, dirty talk sex.” Their face is always worth it.

What are you working on now?

I’m just going to list things since that’s easier:

  1. Multifarious – polyamorous, bisexual, BDSM vampires
  2. The More the Merrier “Triplex” – menage anthology submission for Storm Moon Press
  3. Uncommon Valor “Tyke” – WWII anthology submission for Storm Moon Press
  4. Angelic “Never Close Your Eyes” – angel anthology submission for Storm Moon Press
  5. Hold Me Close – the fourth book to a series (Storm Moon has the first two)

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?

I honestly have no freakin’ clue. Stuff just happens or comes to me. I don’t do anything specific to keep things flowing.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?

Fantasy, science fiction, high fantasy, mythical, historical, steam-punk, and young adult.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.

HORSE TRAINER. BAM!

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I have two horses and have been riding for the past seventeen years. I’m very good at it. Me and my dog, Willow, enjoy trail rides together. Shopping with my partners is always fun, and confusing the high hell out of people always gives me a sense of twisted, evil pleasure.

Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?

Hmmmmm… My most recent release was the Dracones anthology; my title is the complicated one in French. My next release is in the Serve Me anthology. “Life is Unforgiving” takes part in the world of my Life is Priceless series. Convicted felons are sentenced as slaves to vampires. “Blood-bags” have no rights and have no hope of release unless their master sets them free.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

I’m on Twitter a lot, @Lor_Rose9009, and very easy to get ahold of there. My website LorRose.com has a contact section where anyone can email me at any time.

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Dracones by Averly Vanderlyle, DK Jernigan, EE Ottoman, Lor Rose, ER Karr, Tam Ames and Megan Derr

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Title: Dracones Anthology
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 235
Characters: Anthology—Many Characters
POV: 3rd and 1st
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Almost every ancient civilization has stories of some form of dragon, from the winged serpents of Asian lore to the traditional Western image of the fire-breathing behemoth. Literature is filled with stories of valiant heroes riding into the jaws of danger to slay the beast and rescue the princess. But sometimes, the knight in shining armor is less interested in the maiden in distress than in the dragon he’s supposed to slay. Dracones brings together seven stories detailing the power and majesty of a dragon’s love.

Most of the humans in Fugue in Gold and Fire are unknowingly animals in human form, and when the Vesti Moon rises, the animal forms break free, with no memory of their human lives. Lovers Adri and Dru search for a way to recognize each other during the change, but when Dru’s true form turns out to be a dragon, he considers never changing back. Peter Harington aspires to be a Teller of Tales when he submits his fictional dragon manuscript for publication. Tom, the editor assigned to work with Peter, though, finds the worldbuilding a little too real and is determined to learn the truth. When the dragon Daire is wounded, only the Weird Magics of alchemist Cyras can heal him. But when one of the fae is found killed and her blood drained, Daire suspects his savior of illegal experimentation and murder.

Then, in Chanson Commencante de Guerre, the ancient dragon Rayvak finds himself strangely drawn to the young dragon shifter Stormy, despite the years of war between the dragons and the dragon shifters. The two must overcome centuries of animosity if they are to find any happiness together. Psychic David and his dragon lover Ferdie are literally Two in the Bush when their camping trip is interrupted by the magical guardians of their forest. They can sense the power of the dragon, but believe that David and Ferdie have it bound and demand that they release it or die! Finding the Rain is the task charged to Buwei, sent with offerings to the Dragon Lord Shenlong in hopes of ending his province’ drought, a journey none have ever returned from. But the dragon’s temple keeper, Tian, wants Buwei for himself and is willing to defy even the great dragon to keep him. Finally, in Lukos Heat, a mission of revenge sends the dragon Najlah into the mountains and into an unlikely partnership with the wolf shifter Barkus. And the closer they get to their quarry, the more they realize that nothing is as it appears.

Review:

Fugue in Gold and Fire by Averly Vanderlyle

Scholar Adri and his lover Dru, a tavernkeeper and an inventor, are preparing for an event that last happened a thousand years ago. When the purple moon Vesti rises, everyone except children and the elderly change shape into animals, real and mythical. This change is permanent unless the person remembers who they are within the beast form they take. Most never do, says the chronicles. When the day comes, what happens to the two men who love each other when one’s real shape is a mythical beast and the other’s is… a man?

We are shown an intricate world preparing to lose a major part of their population, and a city on the verge of almost steampunk discoveries of electricity and other technical inventions, and yet facing a magical, divine event. The culture is fascinating, and the bond between the two heroes is shown with warmth, friendship, and shared humor. Rebuilding a ravaged world and a bond with a dragon are matched in a very effective juxtaposition. We get details of a larger world expanding beyond the confines this story, and that made this a truly enjoyable read for me. Recommended.

Teller of Tales by D.K. Jernigan

Peter Harrington is a dragon who has lived as a human among them for centuries. He’s been banished from his own people because he’s gay. Now, once learning about a new modern dragon stories in the making, Peter starts his own story about dragons. Doing so, he attracts the attention of Thomas Dougherty, an editor. Once they meet, Peter realizes Tom is a virgin, therefore attracting Peter’s dragon instincts to mate. And Tom begins to sense there’s more to the story then he’s being led to believe. But knowing the bond is for life, Peter fights the urge—until Tom takes matters into his own hands.

This takes place in modern Las Vegas. There’s an instant attraction between Tom and Peter. Tom likes his job as an editor, always on the lookout for a new creative tale, but not having much of a personal life. Peter lives in an upscale apartment, a rich and cultured individual with some old-fashioned notions. In short, they are very different, distinct characters who come through clearly. Peter goes through a lot of introspection and Tom has doubts, but you know these two belong together. A good story which I quite liked, told in both 1st and 3rd person.

Weird Magics by E.E. Ottoman

Daire is a wyrm dragon, a powerful cold seas-preferring creature who has had his magic stolen from him by a blood curse from an unknown alchemist. Daire has come to New York to search for the alchemist, but without his powers he’s as weak as a human. To heal him comes Cyras, an alchemist who has been treating supernatural beings for a long time, and is just learning that these creatures are being killed and drained of their blood by mysterious foes. With Cyras’s help, Daire learns of a method to rekindle his magic—and the hunt is on.

The industrial revolution is well on its way here, and new technologies work alongside magic. The supernatural beings are a well-known secret. What we have here is a tight-spaced action adventure that ends in a magic-and-gun-fight. Cyras is a sweet positive characters, idealistic and smart, where Daire is cynical and always expecting the worst. Yet, these two bond together, though initially mostly hostile. I liked the way this story fused together different genres, from fantasy and paranormal to steampunk and action tales. I quite liked this.

Chanson Commencante de Guerre by Lor Rose

For hundreds of years, a war has raged between dragons and dragon shifters. At first glance this seems like the sillies thing to fight over, but there you have it. Rayvak is an ancient dragon, a hermit-like loner who no longer likes to reminisce his battle days and now lives far from his own kind in a cabin in the woods. One day he comes across a hunted, badly wounded young man, Stormy, who also happens to be a dragon shifter—and Rayvak’s mate. This is strictly forbidden, but the mating call is strong. But what happens when five dragons come in search of their quarry?

There’s a lot of ponderings and inner musings in this one. But the reasons for the war are not give, and the ending is abrupt, without much closure. Rayvak is protective and strong, while Stormy is smaller, shyer, and filled with resentment over dragons who have abused him through violence and rape. Having a dragon for a mate is not to his liking, and he tries to flee. But Rayvak is possessive too. They do find a rapport of sorts, but I never got to know these men very well, let alone the situation they find themselves in. Everything is only alluded to, nothing told or shown. Frustrating. And the present tense didn’t really help matters. Still, an okay story.

Two in the Bush by E.R. Karr

David, a PI, and his boyfriend of six months, Ferdie, a dragon without much magic as his heartstone is broken, are supposed to be having a fun camping trip in a national forest. But then they awake bruised and battered with little memory of what happened only to find their tent, their car, and all other campers and rangers around gone. And when giant flying beings land from the skies to punish the humans who are keeping a dragon prisoner everything goes from bad to worse. Ferdie cannot change to his true shape to convince no one is being held captive, so for David he makes a big sacrifice—without David’s approval.

Told in first person from David’s point of view, we’re shown a telepathic man who has come to know and love Ferdie, the dragon who due to youthful recklessness cannot shift to dragon form very often. This is written like a stream of consciousness. It’s funny. And the giant flying guardians are scary and very effective. One wing stroke, and it’s adios muchachos. The caring that these two men feel for each other is shown with little details and humor, and I liked their interaction. I liked this story.

Finding the Rain by Tam Ames

Buwei is a lonely farmer taking care of his mother and grandmother during a draught that’s lasted for years. He is tasked by the Governor of the province to find Lord Shenlong, the dragon who controls rain, and give him tribute to end the draught. Having no choice, Buwei leaves. At the temple high up in the mountains it rains all the time. Lord Shenlong is a no show, but a beautiful young man, Tian, bids him welcome and asks him to tell him stories. But their time together is limited. When Buwei returns home, the Governor has gone back on his word to take care of Buwei’s family while he’s gone, and they are dead. But a leader should know better than to defy the morals of highly ethical dragons.

This was by far my favorite story in this anthology. Reading like a fairytale, this story shows us a poor man who is by nature good and honest, and he knows many stories. Tian’s attraction baffles him, but through little touches, kisses and closeness they are drawn together. It was wonderful to read about another culture where dragons are seen as wise, benevolent, highly ethical, and in many ways more civilized than humans. Lord Shenlong is no beast, but a god in his own right. I loved the culture, the plot, the lessons we’re given, justice, love, and happiness all rolled into one. Highly recommended!

Lukos Heat by Megan Derr

Najlah has dragon features even when he is in human form, and due to his fangs and tongue he cannot speak. He is part of a royal shifter corps on the trail of an attempted assassin of the king. Najlah’s brother was injured in the attack. Now the corps have entered the Shide Mountain range, far too cold for Najlah. They are met with the inhabitants of the wilderness, the Lukos pack, or wolf shifters. Their leader, Barkus, takes an immediate interest in Najlah who hasn’t sough company of any kind because his dragon plays too rough for any potential lover. Barkus doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. Their adversary, however, seems to posses powerful magic, sending blizzards, golems, and wild mgic after them. But when they find the assassin, however, they’re left with more questions than answers.

This one was a great read. Irritating at the end when things cut off so darn abruptly, but a great story that reads like a prologue to a set of tales. Everything feels detailed and thought out, a fully fledged world. We get hints of this larger world, Najlah IS a dragon with dragon behavior and facets—more than any other dragon in this anthology—and he and Barkus find new and exciting ways to communicate since Najlah cannot speak. This is a wonderful conclusion to the anthology, but I do hope the writer gives us more of this world later on. I want to know what happens next!

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Reviewed By: Susan

 

Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies: A Multi Authored Anthology by Storm Moon Press


Title: Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 118
Characters: Anthology-Many Characters
POV: 3rd and 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Ah, the allure of the office romance. The sly smiles across the room as you wonder if anyone else knows. The danger of being caught by the boss. The thrill of those stolen moments in the copy room or supply closet. It’s this feeling that we’ve condensed, distilled, and captured in the short shorts of Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. We’ve compiled thirteen brief tales of men and women getting it on with a co-worker or a boss in a steamy office romance.

Some of them are established and have been sneaking around the office for some time, like Lori Hunt and her P.A. Ms. Lovell in She’s the Boss or Tom and Neal in Personal Assistance. Others, like The New Guy’s Greg and Eli or the awkwardly-named Rebecca A. and Rebecca B. from Tele-Romance are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. Nor are such trysts confined to the office itself, spilling out into stairwells, copy rooms, gyms, and even computer server rooms. Whatever the case, though, they’re sure to arouse your imagination, and maybe even leave you looking at your own co-workers a little bit… differently.

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies includes:
Skype Wars by Rob Rosen
Hands On by K. Piet
One Week by L. Alonso Corona
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps
The New Guy by John Amory
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss
1-888-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart
Fair Play by Anna Hedley
His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Review:

Skype Wars by Rob Rosen

New technology naturally breeds new means for having sex. Skype, for instance. Paul needs his computer to work, but IT is doing maintenance. So Paul contacts his go-to-guy, Craig, who he secretly has a crush on due to many emails with smiley icons, and just Craig’s friendly manner. One small Skype session to help out leads the two men talking, and then having sex via Skype.

Hot internet sex with cameras is an excellent way to start this anthology. Paul and Craig are so cute together, and though not on the same floor of the building, the sex is hot. This is told in the first person.

Hands On by K. Piet

Sarah and Gwen are massage therapists who have no clients due to wintery conditions. Sarah has a huge crush on Gwen, and their solitary snow-bound situation allows them to get closer through an impromptu massage that goes spectacularly right.

This was a hot little lesbian tale. From Sarah’s point of view, we are left wondering is Gwen lesbian or not. A massage doesn’t always have to lead to sex, now does it? Fortunately for smitten Sarah, it does. The writing is close to the skin, palpable, sensual. Sarah’s sweet shyness vs. Gwen’s strong straightforward character made this a likable read.

One Week by L. Alonso Corona

Tom and Michael are colleagues on the same floor as salesman. Michael is sort of Tom’s boss but not quite. And they’ve had a heated moment in the backseat of a car, and though Tom kind of resents Michael for being so perfect, they’re trying to figure each other and their attraction out.

I admit this wasn’t for me. The story is told in the present tense which threw me a bit. Never been a fan. But once I got used to it, there were timeline confusions: I couldn’t distinguish what happened in the past and what in the here and now. Still, this was the most realistic story of all of these. We are very much in the dark about what goes on inside the mind of another—unless we allow ourselves to get close, even with the risk of losing our hearts. And that was what made this story stand out in the end.

Working Lunch by Ann Anderson

Janice is on a lunch break when she is surprised by her lover, Amber. Even knowing people can walk by or start coming back to the office any minute, Amber goes down on Janice—under her table.

Sneaky and sexy. This was just a window into the relationship of these two women, but the danger of getting caught while giving oral can certainly spice up sex. Hot, and recommended.

Personal Assistance by K. Lynn

Tom is the personal assistant to the most disagreeable boss in the office, Mr. Thompson. However, when no one is looking, there is tenderness in said boss, and Tom knows how to work (with) his boss.

Secret blowjobs when anyone could walk in? Not bad, especially for a couple who work diligently to keep the true nature of their relationship a secret. Tom has remarkable patience, and Neal shows his true colors while being pleasured. Definitely worth the read.

She’s the Boss by Angel Propps

Lori Hunt is the bitch queen of hell-also-known-as-office, and Ms. Lovell is her PA. However, behind the closed door of the boss-woman’s office, all bets are off. The boss becomes the slave.

A short glimpse into the intimacy between two women, BDSM elements are abound as domination shifts from employer to employee. There was only one bit that I didn’t like, which was the boss lady calling her PA daddy. BDSM vocabulary, yes, but sounded so off. Other than that one word, this was sexy all the way. There’s a masculine prop to this heated encounter, but under the circumstances it works. This is in the first person.

The New Guy by John Amory

Eli Grey is rich, but his family situation puts him in need of a job at the first of every month. A real job so he can learn to be self-sufficient. As a result, he’s the perpetual new guy. Until he becomes the assistant’s assistant to the exec of Mech Tech, Greg Fallon. A chance meeting in the restroom leads to an unanticipated but very welcomed sexual encounter.

This story has the best line in the anthology: “Aaand I just saw my boss’s penis, and it’s not even lunchtime yet. Great.” The unexpected sex here draws the reader in, just like this particular job with benefits draws Eli in. Recommended read! This is written in the first person and present tense.

Stair Walking by Harper Bliss

The heroine here, speaking in first person, is drawn to Delphine, a masculine, unapproachable woman at their company who always seems to know everything, but is the total opposite of a people person. One day after work in the stairwell, the heroine is surprised by Delphine who takes total command of their sex.

We are not given a name for the heroine, since she speaks to us directly. Delphine is not a pleasant individual and she uses crass language and has a distinct lack of manners. But when she’s in charge in a sexual situation, submission becomes sweet for our heroine. I personally wasn’t taken with Delphine as I’m not fond of mean people, especially in romances. But… where the story leaves off we’re given a glimpse of the woman’s other side.

1-888-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart

Being a temp sucks. Being a temp who’s about to get fired sucks even worse. But having an office fling in the copy room with the post boy, Tommy, as a last hurrah? Not bad at all.

This was a fun little romp, perfected by the liberal use of a copy machine during fiery sex. Yay! When working in an office, getting a pic of your butt or your orgasm face is an absolute must. And we get a cute HFN ending. Quite liked this one. This is in the first person.

Fair Play by Anna Hedley

Ethan is an assistant to another jerk of a boss, Mr. Vincent Berk. Then one day Ethan has enough, and tosses a cup of hot coffee on his boss—the same cup Mr. Berk said was too cold. Guess it wasn’t, huh. What happens next is a spanking—but just who’s doing the punishing?

Who hasn’t had a bad boss in their work history? You know, the one who complains about everything, even things that aren’t real. But disciplining has its merits, here especially. Turnabout is fair play. This was exciting and rough, very good.

His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose

Harris is the assistant to Dean Ingold, a total dick of a boss. Yes, there’s obviously a theme here. When Harris tries to leave to quit his job, Ingold tells him he can’t due to his family situation, and pretty much forces Harris into a sexual encounter. I won’t ruin what happens after the sex, but there are surprises in store here.

This one was my least favorite story in this anthology. From the first page, there’s a lot of cursing, all the way through, quite unnecessary. Then there’s, what at first glance seems like, the rape scene mixed with cheating. Sure, that’s not the right conclusion, but I was so turned off by this that by the time I was proven wrong with my assumption, it was too late to start thinking about passion, let alone love. I was left cold and disappointed.

Tele-Romance by Erik Moore

Rebecca A needs the help of Rebecca B to get his work stuff done. RA has a crush on RB, and one evening of working late an innocent little remark on the messenger chat reveals the possibility that maybe it’s more mutual than RA thought.

This was fun and sexy, even though the two ladies are only having sex via messenger. You get a sense of both women, and they turn out to be different than either of them thought. Their talk, brief and punctual due to their method of communication, sets you at the edge of your seat. Just don’t drop the keyboard like RA. I liked this a lot.

Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn

Jeremy Saitou is a cocky, insolent brat who’s making Shawn Cole’s, the manager, job that much harder. Then Jeremy breaks the rules by calling a client, well, a poopoo head, and as his third strike Shawn is supposed to fire him. Shawn is totally in lust with Jeremy, but his impudence cannot be tolerated. However, Jeremy tells Shawn that to keep his job he’ll let Shawn fuck him. Will Shawn take up the offer?

I love Piper Vaughn’s work, no secret. Shawn’s feelings grow as Jeremy makes an effort to behave, and as a result we see Jeremy from a different point of view too, as opposed to his smartass attitude. Jeremy has a surprising vulnerability in the end, and seeing these two come together was so sweet and so damn hot. By far my favorite story. A wonderful ending to the anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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