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3.26.2014

Review: Girls Night Out: Volume 2 anthology

Girls Night Out: Volume 2 anthology by C.J. Ellison, Lila Dubois, Calinda B, and Patricia A. Wolf
Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Erotica, Vampires
Ebook $0.99 (294 pages, TBR)
One touch, one kiss, one night… can change everything.
Join New York Times Bestseller C.J. Ellisson, Calinda B, Patricia A. Wolf and Lila Dubois for four stories of red-hot erotic romance and sexy paranormal magic. From encounters with a vampire, a birthday party gone wild, a super-hot male stripper who’s more than human, and a sexy new game at a BDSM club, this collection of stories has everything you need to spice up your spring.
Brand New, never released content!
Kissed by a Vampire, By Patricia A. Wolf
Lost in passions Sarah never dreamed possible, she wonders if a seductive encounter could lead to something more. But when Michael stands her up, she realizes it was all a fantasy.
Can a second chance meeting bring back the passions they once felt? Or will his vampire secret destroy everything?
Loving Ms. Wrong, By C.J. Ellisson
Katrina attends a birthday party for her friend Carla. Little does the health food storeowner know that the fateful girls night out will change her life forever.
Marcus, the polished metrosexual who hates to get his hands dirty, stumbles upon the ladies at a local bar. Sparks fly when the two meet, courtesy of a 12-sided sex dice and a night neither one will ever forget.
The Beckoning of Beguiling Things, By Calinda B.
Can 24 hours really change your life? Marissa Engles is about to find out. When she heads to Las Vegas with her sisters and her best friend, she meets sexy, Thunder from Down Under dancer Chris King and hits the jackpot, in more ways than one.
A secret magical society, an evil sorcerer, and a powerful male watching her from the sidelines add to the intrigue. And King himself has a dark secret that may prove Marissa’s undoing. Everything hinges on whether Marissa’s willing to leap without looking and face the consequences.
A is for…, By Lila Dubois
When the overseers of LA’s most exclusive BDSM club declare the start of a sexy new game that all members must play, Anna has no choice but to participate. Master Jensen knows who, and what, he wants—Anna—but before he can have her he’ll have to prove to the lovely submissive that he can master every letter of the alphabet.

Have a sexy night in with GNO Volume 2 (3 stars)

Ahh, a good old-fashioned Girl's Night Out, what gal doesn't love going out with her friends for a night on the town... or something a little more risque. This second volume in the GNO anthology series is a nice blend of contemporary romance with some erotic and some paranormal thrown in for good measure. I came for C.J. Ellison's entry but decided I simply couldn't pass up the chance to try these other authors too.

The anthology opens with KISSED BY A VAMPIRE by Patricia A. Wolf. I did some digging but I don't think Wolf has any other published works yet so this one is going to be a series opener. I didn't feel like it had much substance beyond the love scenes—sizzle!—and it played on a vampire romance trope I don't care for but I'm interested in seeing more by Wolf (and that's why I like anthologies—to get a feel for an author's voice) as her career blossoms. (3 stars)

LOVING MS. WRONG by C.J. Ellisson was my pull into the anthology and Ellison does not disappoint. If you've enjoyed her other Walk on the Wild Side series characters you'll probably enjoy this too. I was a little meh on the heroine's personality but I liked the idea of someone who thought sex was no big deal being 'enlightened' by a caring and giving lover. Sexy and a little romantic. Definitely one for readers who liked their couple stranded with nothing to do but get it on. (4 stars)

Taking us to Vegas, THE BECKONING OF BEGUILING THINGS by Calinda B., promised to be a fun one but I found the plot really disjointed. It was flighty and it felt... well, it felt like it was set in the 90's. It was, however, the one that most fit the GNO theme. I never did get into it but I think that might be an 'it's me, not you' kind of thing. It was a little amusing at points but overall it felt rather flibbertigibbet. (2 stars)

Rounding out the group is A IS FOR... by Lila Dubois, the one I almost didn't read. BDSM is far from my cup of tea and this is some pretty hardcore stuff. But I gave it a shot and while I found it interesting in a National Geographic kind of way—oh, so that's what that means! moments galore—it was the unexpected romance toward the end that made it worth reading. It's very well written (though I don't think it fit the GNO theme at all) and while I found most of the sex cringe-inducing or just plain 'ewww' I was glad I discovered who the characters (IMHO) really were outside of the club environment. I'd recommend for sure for BDSM fans and those curious. (3 stars)

While it wasn't an anthology I'll be raving about, I think this was an excellent one for readers who want to sample these authors' respective styles. Plenty sexy, just enough romantic, a nice sampler at a great price point.



Notes: ARC received via author.

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