Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tall Dark and Alpha box set review

Title:   Tall, Dark and Alpha

Authors: Various

Publisher:    TDA Authors, LLC

Genre:    Multi - Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Contemporary

File Size: 1395 KB

Reviewer Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

He makes your heart pound and melts your resistance away. He promises you a world of passion and you find it impossible to resist his dark charm. When he catches your eye across the room, you know he means business. He could be an executive, cop, shape shifter, or a bad boy looking for a little fun. Once he has you in his sights, you can't get awayand after one sizzling night in his arms, you won't want to. Hes Tall, Dark & Alpha.The alpha male is the ultimate indulgencethe richest dark chocolateand were offering him to you in abundance.

Delve into the sensual worlds of award-winning authors:

Randi Alexander
Koko Brown
Sam Cheever
Delaney Diamond
Eve Langlais
Afton Locke
Dawn Montgomery
Farrah Rochon
Paige Tyler
Eve Vaughn

Immerse yourself in the alpha male experience.

Review of book:

Overall, Tall, Dark and Alpha is what every romance aficionado hopes for:  a lot of take charge kind of guys getting hot and heavy with strong, smart, and sexy women.  I enjoyed some of the novellas more than others, and though these were all new to me stories, would have been happier knowing which ones were brand new vs. a reprint from somewhere else.  The takes run the gamut of paranormal hotties and guy next door beefcake which was a plus for me.  I like it when its not more of the same with each successive piece, and you certainly dont find that with TD&A.

Rock My Boat by Afton Locke

This story offers a unique take on the paranormal world by having her hero be, of all things, a marlin shifter.  As interesting as it was, I felt the author didnt take the back story far enough, which made the plot seem a little one dimensional.  The characters themselves were interesting to a point, however the heroines claim that she had fought long and hard for control over her life both professionally and personally didnt seem to jive with the plot movement.  I loved the inebriated neighbor/family friend though - she stole the show!  On the plus side, the sex was believable and well done and the hero getting his chance to avenge wrongs is always attractive.  I was left with conflicted feelings about the story in general.  It wasnt bad, it just didnt grab me the way Id hoped.  I think that this would have been better as a full length novel.  The author fleshing out the backstory and characterizations, would have added dimension to the plot and given it more of a wow factor.

Silver Tongues Devils by Dawn Montgomery

This novella was what Id call a sci-fi genre with a shifter twist - and I loved the combination of the two. Raesa was a smart, sexy, and strong female dedicated to fulfilling her deceased father's final wish. Brom and Na'varr were powerful and sexy, but seem to have a soft spot for Raesa, who's been kidnapped by the Andovian government and turned into a sex slave.  They use their combined skills to uncover the traitor in their midst on board the Crimson Star and do what they need to in an effort to ensure their unique relationship survives the turmoil.  Great plot with lots of twists and turns, and a healthy dose of burn up the sheets sex.

Fight For Love by Delaney Diamond

The plot for this was well constructed and not overdone;  a retired wrestler returns to his ex- but not wife to let them know their divorce was never finalized.  While it was more than hed bargained for, the surprise was exactly what they all needed.  The sex was steamy and I loved that it wasnt all neat and smooth - they had real issues that needed to be resolved along the way.  I found that I had a soft spot for Rafael and his dogged determination as well as loved Rebekah's strength.  She made a life for herself and their son, never truly getting over the breakup of her marriage but didnt let it hold her back.  I do think that Rafael should have been more open about his life, and known that keeping secrets of any sort would blow up in his face, but talking about feelings isnt something a guy tends to do.  I really enjoyed Ms. Diamond’s writing style, and look forward to reading more of her work.

Crazy (Vampire Love) by Eve Langlais

This was a cute and funny story by one of my favorite authors.  The characters were engaging, however it didn't seem that Zane was as take charge as he could be.  Detached? Absolutely.  That was what ultimately sold me on the vampire.  In the end though, it was Ella that stole the show.  She was comfortable with who she was. even if that meant she wasnt quite right in the head.  As much as I loved the story though, I felt that it just fit the "alpha" theme as well as some of the others.  It didn't detract from how much I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky characters and unique plot twists, so Im calling this one a win.

Sex with an Ex by Eve Vaughn

Ahh where do I begin with this one?  I loved this novella (but then again, I love Eve Vaughn's work, so that's not a surprise).  The plot was solid, the characters animated, and holy heck the passion between Riley and Ethan was h-h-h-h-hot!  Even as awful as Riley's sister and mother behaved, I thought Ms. Vaughn found a perfect balance between crafting an emotionally charged ploy, and what could have easily been overdone, rife with drama.  Did I mention that Ethan was the hottest thing on two legs already?  Well he was, and he had his work cut out for him with Riley.  I thought it was a nice touch to show how she struggled with her reawakened passion for her ex-husband, and how her perceptions slowly changed as shed matured over the years.  Great story!

In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon

Where do I begin? This story had it all - love, lust, angst, sex, and the most decadent chocolate you've ever read about.  This could have easily been cliché with the friends to lovers theme, however Ms. Rochon struck a nice balance between the comfortable plot line we know, with enough twists to send you into a sugar coma.  It was so nice to see that Gavin owned his sensitivity, and yet was creative with just the right amount of force to make my literary foot pop when he and Erica finally kissed.  There was a lot packed into this novella, but it was just enough to give the story the right amount of impact without being overdone.

Player's Challenge by Koko Brown

This novella was so much more than I'd expected.  Koko Brown was a new to me author with Players Ultimatim and this story is set in that world.  Gemma Clarke is a smart and sexy woman who knows how to get the job done.  Unfortunately, her new assignment is Spencer, her teenage crush and the boy that walked away from her when his career was taking off.  His bad boy antics have him in hot water, and Gemma is the only agent he wants to straighten him out.  I loved how these two behaved, or misbehaved as the case may be, with each other.  Their history was believable, and the author did a fantastic job at revealing it in subtle ways throughout the plot.  Gemma was tough with a vulnerable interior, and yet one never seemed to compromise the other. Devin appeared to be the quintessential "bad boy", but deep down I think he was just fully committed to making the most of his second chance with Gemma.  He was the right combination of sweet and forceful, with a dose and a half of sexy thrown in.  My only issue was with Yvonne - she has a history of bending the rules and keeping secrets, but seemed so cold to Gemma when confronting her about Devin.   Still, this was a win for me story wise - I loved it!

The Badge Bunnies Series: Two Cops, A Girl, and A Pair of Handcuffs by Paige Tyler

A hotter than hot short story that delivered such a punch, I needed to cool down more than once while reading it.  Reed and Hayes were handsome, formidable and sexy in a way that only a man in uniform could be.  Cilla was the ideal woman; intelligent and comfortable with her sexuality in a way that few are.  She owned her desires with pride.  My only beef?  This story was too damn short! I wanted so much more.  That's not to say that Ms. Tyler didn't pack a lot into the piece, but you know the old adage: if a little is good, more must be better!

Chase and Seduction, Hot Country Book 1 by Randi Alexander

What can I say? I love a story with a cowboy and a "girl next door" type, and this one hit all of the highs for me.  Randi knows how to write characters that seem to jump off of the page, and Chase and Seduction is no exception.  Both Chase and Reno had misgivings, fueled by their past, that made their relationship rocky.  However, what I liked most about the plot was that they made an effort to talk it out.  The plot was solid too - the secondary story that's fleshed out in another installment in her Hot Country series was well done and didn't detract from the primary plot line at all.  Even the other characters were engaging, and stroked my beta addiction just right.  I'll definitely be picking up the other installment in this series.

Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever

If you love your men to be manly, and your ladies to kick some ass, Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic is exactly what the doctor ordered. Sam Cheever crafts a plot fraught with enough twists and turns to keep even the savviest of readers from figuring out exactly who the bad guy (or girl) actually is.  I read this in pretty much a single sitting and loved it enough that I was sad to reach the end.  The author applies her own unique touch in this story by combining the post apocalyptic genre with the paranormal, forming a hybrid plot that I found delightfully multi-layered.  The heroes, called Sorceri use every magic laden weapon in their arsenal to defeat the villains (zombies referred to as "reborn"), and along the way some surprising things come to light causing much of what they know to be very, very wrong.  Great story, and the epitome of what tall, dark, and alpha is all about!

                                                                Four Shooting Stars!!

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