by Ashleigh Raine, Marly Chance, Mandy M. Roth, N.J. Walters, Ravyn Wilde, Jaid Black

December 2005
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This latest installment in the Legendary Tails series begins with Orgasm Fairy by Ashleigh Raine. Cammie Witherspoon lives a solitary life, bringing pleasure to others but unable to find it for herself. After sharing witty banter with Neal Fallon at a poetry reading, she accepts his dinner invitation. Later, in a seedy hotel room, having her first orgasm in 21 years isn’t the only surprise she receives. While the story wasn’t my favorite, there were some really cute scenes and the fast paced, clever dialogue is reminiscent of Mary Janice Davidson.

Overcome by Marly Chance follows and takes us off planet where Ansley Morgan is being held prisoner. Rather than torture their prisoners for information, the Lansori’s prefer to seduce the information from them. The Enraptor in this case turns out to be Rowan Flynn, a man she’s been on a mission with in the past. Can she trust him when he tells her he’s there to rescue her, or is this all part of the seduction to learn her secrets? This story shares the passion and heat of this author’s previous releases and is sure to be hit with her fans and newcomers alike.

Next is paranormal storySecrets We Keep by Mandy M. Roth. Trisha Holt finds herself let down by her fiancée yet again, and her best friend Dane Bennett once more comes to her rescue. She’s known him for seven years and dreams of being more than friends, but he’s made it clear they are a breed apart. If she only knew how true those words were. After sharing a rather heated phone call he follows her back to her apartment for pizza and a movie. When her jerk of a boyfriend shows up, words are spoken that alerts Dane to her true feelings for him, and he’s unwilling to ignore them. While the ending is a little rushed, due to the short length of the story, as a whole it’s a very satisfying story with great characters.

N.J. Walters introduces us to a completely different character in A Love Eternal. Seth is, in a word, death. For the first time ever, he arrives at an appointment early and finds himself mesmerized by the sight of Genevieve Alexander sitting alone, contemplating her life. Wishing to spend what little time she has left with her, he makes his presence known. Though a stranger, she finds herself trusting him and does things with him she’s only dreamt about. Seth knows there is no future for them, but he can’t keep his heart from becoming involved. N.J. Walters never disappoints and her talent at bringing the character’s emotions to life is as satisfying as her sensual scenes.

Ravyn Wilde’s has Raine doubting her sanity when a man named Talon knocks on her door and tells her she’s his Keeper of Tomorrows. Raine finds it difficult to believe it’s her destiny to stop the evil that slips through from another realm. It’s even more difficult to fight her desire for Talon. This contribution to the book is almost as humorous as it is steamy and I found myself laughing at more than one scene.

Concluding this selection of short stories is Seeds of Yesterday by Jaid Black. The story is mostly told through journal entries written by Trina Pittman. It details the time in her life when she was best friends with Amy Hunter. Though from opposite sides of the track, the two girls grew close - much to the despair of Amy’s family. They believed her to be a very bad influence on their daughter and eventually tore the friendship apart. Now, in the present, Trina is visiting her home town and reads in the paper that Amy has died. Thoughts of her long ago friend bring back memories of Amy’s brother Daniel, and a secret they shared. Familiar with Jaid Black’s work I was taken completely by surprise with this story. While still sensual, it’s not overtly so, and I found myself drawn in by the love and pain in the characters lives. I just wish this story has been written as a full length stand alone novel.

Those of you who have read any of the other Ellora’s Cave anthologies know what to expect when picking up one of these books – and you certainly won’t be disappointed by this one.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Jackie.