by Sasha White, Vivi Anna, Sylvia Day, Myla Jackson, Lisa Renee Jones, Delilah Devlin, Cathryn Fox

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-061-17603-6
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Trade Paperback

In Lover’s Locket by Cathryn Fox, Caira is lonely and saddened she can’t find a man she desires as much as the man in a portrait which has been passed down from mother to daughter in her family. She finds a locket inside an antique shop which is purported to unlock a curse which tore two lovers apart centuries ago. Later that night Caria has a very erotic dream – but is she really dreaming?

Next is Kili’s Ice Man by Delilah Devlin. Kili Wilder has dated smart men who have all been major disappointments. When gladiator Gunnar Thorsson, aka Ice Man, walks into her office, Kili’s speechless. She wrongly assumes he’s all brawn, no brains, and when Gunnar overhears this he decides to prove her wrong. Over her lunch break Kili treats herself to a virtual fantasy, unaware Gunnar plans to join her.

Lisa Renee Jones pens The Hottest One-Night Stand, my personal favorite. After ending up stranded in a motel parking lot, Jessica Montgomery spends the night with the sexy stranger she’d seen earlier in a bar. Acting totally unlike herself, Jessica can’t resist the sexual attraction she feels towards a man who should perhaps scare her. Dominic Montez is undercover with the DEA and leads a dangerous life. But when he spends the night with Jessica he realizes that one night will never be enough.

Out of the Shadows by Myla Jackson brings us to Dallas, which has dramatically changed since the arrival of so many refugees after Hurrican Katrina. Unfortunately many of those refugees were vampires. Ryan and TJ work nights to keep the city safe from the blood suckers and their job is made even more difficult by an approaching hurricane. TJ thinks the only good vampire is a dead vampire, but he’ll have to rethink this when he realizes his next door neighbor Cassidy, a woman he wants as much more than just a friend, has been keeping a secret from him.

Sasha White gives us Tempting Grace in which preacher’s son Luke has to convince former stripper Grace she’s worthy of love. Grace lived on the streets for a long time and did whatever was needed to survive. She knows Luke wants her but she doesn’t believe she’s good enough for a man like him. Her plans to scare him off by forcing his submission backfires when she realizes how much he truly craves to be dominated. Now what’s she to do?

In A Familiar Kind of Magic by Sylvia Day, Max Westin is a hunter and he’s been sent to bring in Victoria. She is a Familiar, and after the death of her previous Warlock, Victoria has done everything she can to thwart them. She blames them for her lover's death and wants revenge. Max’s job becomes more complicated when he falls in love. His job is to capture her so she can be given to another Warlock, but he doesn’t know if he can let her go.

Vivi Anna wraps up this anthology with Quick Silver.Sangria Silver is a courier. She doesn’t care what she transports as long as the money is good. Sangria just wants to save up enough so she can settle in some tropical locale. When she receives a phone call offering her a job she cannot refuse, literally, she knows she’s in trouble. When there’s an accident and the container spills open to reveal a man, she knows she’s in BIG trouble. Vance Verona is a sex worker and Silver has no trouble believing he’s very good at his job. They man be on the run and time is running out, but he’s too tempting to resist.

Alluring Tales is a fun mix of contemporary, futuristic and paranormal stories with authors who compliment each other. Due to so many stories in one book, they are all short and the sex happens fast. This worked for most of the stories, but there were one or two I’d have enjoyed more if there’d been more time for character development.

Reviewed in May 2007 by Jackie.