by Carrie Alexander, Pamela Britton, Susan Donovan, Lora Leigh

June 2005
ISBN: 0-312-33916-X
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Trade Paperback

Honk If You Love Real Men is billed as an erotic anthology written by Carrie Alexander, Pamela Britton, Susan Donovan and Lora Leigh.

Jesse, a construction worker, catches Estrella’s eye as she’s riding the bus on her way to work. After several days of lusting after him, she decides she wants to meet him and be a Naughty Girl. She finally succeeds after a moment of panic the first time that sends her running. This could have been a really good story had it not been for Carrie Alexander’s use of some most unusual phrases and some editing errors that kept pulling this reader out of the story!

Wanted: One Hot-Blooded Man by Pamela Britton is the story of Bree and Trent, who were sweethearts in high school. Bree left to attend college and “see the world”. Trent has always loved her and stayed in the Bay Area and became very successful. Ten years later, Bree comes back to Trent after a traumatic incident in her life for a “cure”. While I sympathized with Bree on the trauma in her life, I didn’t agree with her selfishness in obtaining the “cure”!

What is a successful screenwriter supposed to do when her “writing muse” deserts her at the worst possible time? She has to find another muse! Winifred (Win) Mackland needs to get her latest screenplay written but she can only write when she has a man in her life. Thanks to her agent, she finds Mac and appoints him her “muse”. Vincent MacBeth is a Navy SEAL who is a loner. Did I happen to mention he looks exactly like the hero in Win’s screenplays? Have Mercy by Susan Donovan is, for me, the best story in this anthology. Win is real with her job concerns, fears and insecurities. Mac is a true hero in every sense of the word!

Reno’s Chance by Lora Leigh is the story of Raven McIntire and Reno Chavez. Raven has loved Reno for years but once she discovered his career choice, she tried to get over him. However, Reno is not going to give her the option. He’s waited too long for her. Raven is his and she has no choice in the matter. I enjoyed this story but not as much as I wanted to. Reno was pure Alpha, which is fine, but he was just a little too close to the line for my tastes. In the beginning, Raven was very annoying with her “on again-off again” feelings toward Reno.

Honk If You Love Real Men was disappointing, to say the least. Susan Donovan was the real saving grace. I’m not sure if I would even call this erotic.

Reviewed in June 2005 by PamL.