Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ARC Review: Marked by Kit Rocha, Vivien Arend and Lauren Dane

Title: Marked 
Authors: Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend, Kit Rocha 
Series: Metamorphosis #1, Thompson & Sons #1, Beyond #3.5
Genre: Erotica Romance (Dystopian & Contemporary) 
Source: Kit Rocha 
Release date: Feb 10, 2014

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch - the man she loved three years before. While she's not sure she's cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up. Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his. Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up--and wearing O'Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O'Kane woman always gets what she wants.

I just have to say that this was a great anthology! I loved that all of these stories were super hot, left me wanting to read more by the authors I haven't read in awhile, and none of them felt rushed or like they were just spitting a story out there for the heck of it. This is just sizzingly hot romance at it's best.

Beyond Temptation by Kit Rocha 
Dystopian Erotica Romance 

I've got to be honest. I have a horrible memory when it comes to series. I didn't remember Emma until it was mentioned she was Ace's assistant, and I went "Aha!" Then I remembered wanting to know more about her in the last book. This book works really well as a stand alone to the series, and what I liked about it was that it gave a different outlook on Dallas and the rest of the O'Kanes.  I really liked Emma and Noah and that Emma was like "Look dude, I can take care of myself now. Deal with it." and that poor Noah tried his best to deal with it but couldn't quite wrap his head around the fact that Emma was an O'Kane and not as innocent and naive as he remembered her being from when they knew each other 4 years ago.

What I liked best about this novella was that it fit right in with the tone of the other books set in the O'Kane world, yet the characters from other books who we've grown to love didn't take away from the story or romance being told in this one. The sex scenes are as always, need a fan after reading hot, but I liked that they were a different kind of hawt then the ones I've grown used to from this author.  All in this, this novella made me remember why I love this world so much and how anxious I am for Beyond Jealousy. I seriously need that book now! :)

Rocky Ride by Vivian Arend 
Contemporary Erotic Romance

This novella is the start of a new series, Thompson & Sons which is a spin off series from Six Pack Ranch. This was the only contemporary setting in the book, and it gave a nice break to the worlds created by Kit Rocha and Lauren Dane. Even though this was the start of a new series, I could tell some of the characters were from the Six Pack Ranch series, and I couldn't help but wonder if maybe I would've liked the heroine, Anna Coleman more if I had read some of the books in that series.  I loved how independent she was, but I thought she was a bit hard on poor Mitch. Anna was a cop, and the biggest problem I had was I didn't get why others thought her dating Mitch, who was a biker and worked at a garage was such a big deal. I think if I had read the other series, this would have made more sense and I'd have gotten more of a feel for why it was such a big deal for her to take a risk and date Mitch.

Anna did eventually grow on me though, and the chemistry between her and Mitch was sizzling hot!! So hot in fact, I really want to read the Six Pack Ranch series, and more of Vivian's other work. Rocky Ride was just a fun, fast, super hot read!

All That Remains by Lauren Dane 
Dystopian Erotica Romance 

Out of all the novellas in this anthology, this one surprised me the most. I'm not sure what I was expecting from it, but I ended up being pulled into the story and am really looking forward to learning more about this world.   What I liked best was that there was no info dumping when describing the world building. It was done slowly, and in appropriate places in the story line.

The romance in this book is a menage between Summer, Hatch and Charlie, and it just worked well. The sex scenes were sizzling hot, yet at the same time I loved all the emotions coming from the three of them. Hatch and Summer have major issues, and I just loved it when Summer gave Hatch a good chewing out for his idiocy, and he was all hurt and confused by it. Charlie was a great mediator between the two, but I liked how his character didn't get lost.

 I really loved all three characters, and sometimes in a menage romance one character always seems to be forgotten story line wise, but such wasn't the case here. I felt like this was an excellent start to a new series. The story didn't feel rushed at all, and while I wanted more it was because I was in love with the characters rather then wanting more substance if that makes sense.

This anthology does what an anthology is supposed to do-make me want to read more by the authors I normally don't read. I love that all three authors have such a huge backlist for me to get to.