by Anthology

July 2005
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Three couples find out that sometimes it takes a little something extra to complete a relationship.

Prism by Nikki Soarde

Dax and Clay have been best friends since college. But those days are over. They share a deeper relationship as lovers than they did as friends. The loving is good and the relationship is strong but lately they have fallen into a comfortable rut. It is time to shake things up a little bit. Enter a raven-haired siren named Sidney, an old college buddy fresh out of a painful divorce and in need of the comfort of her good friends. She gets much more than she bargained for. Prism was a sweet, romantic and sexy contemporary romance with a great “what if” plot and excellent characterization.

Twilight by Anya Bast

To stave off the Encroaching Darkness and complete their Sacred Triad mages Nico and Dai seek out their lost love, Twyla. The combination of their magical energies shared during a sexual ritual will pull their reality from the looming peril of the destructive mystical force that jeopardizes their world. However, Twyla has been emotionally and physically scarred as a result of a brutal attack that cost her mother her life and Twyla her magic. Yet Nico and Dai are willing to do anything to heal her and overcome her past with all the love they can give her. Twilight was a sensual read filled with tenderness and characters who will make you want a longer look at their world. This one is definitely for the more adventurous at heart.

Pirate’s Booty by Ashley Ladd

In this futuristic tale, space pirates attack a diplomatic convoy on a peace mission and kidnap Princess Melena Androkova. In the process, the princess and her two captors, Keir and Zarod, are stranded on an uninhabited and hostile planet. When several weeks pass while the trio works together to stay alive until help can arrive, Melena’s feelings towards the handsome buccaneers adjust, softening her heart and other parts. She begins to see the possibilities in a more intimate relationship with her fellow castaways. However, Melena is unaware that Keir and Zarod are lovers. The possibilities take on a titillating new allure. The awkward handling of the m/m interaction in Pirate’s Booty spoiled what could have been a really good story. The characters were not as dynamic as they could have been and the plot brought more questions to mind as it advanced than it answered.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Cynthia.

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