by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York , Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue, Felice Fox
Genre: Erotic Romance
Categories: Contemporary, PNR, Menage, Gay
Release Date: August 19th, 2014
Length: Ten novellas and one short novel
Source: ARC from authors
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The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.
This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.
A.M. Griffin ~ Dark Wolf Enterprises ~ Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.
Amy Ruttan ~ Building Bridges ~ A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other…
Anya Richards ~ Three Strikes ~ Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.
Cynthia D’Alba ~ A Cowboy’s Seduction ~ One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?
Danica Avet ~ Born To Sin ~ A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.
Felice Fox ~ The Sound Of Your Name ~ Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.
Jennifer Kacey ~ Beneath The Pages ~ One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.
Lynne Silver ~ Cruising For Love ~ A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.
Sabrina York ~ Whipped ~ A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…
Sayde Grace ~ Chief Sin ~ A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.
Tina Donahue ~ Make Me Surrender ~ When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.
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Read: July 25th-30th
Brought To His Knees was a wonderful collection of stories with a little something for everyone. One PNR shifter story, three cowboy stories, a few with kink and to my delight, two stories featuring female CEOs in their thirties. While the majority of them were M/F, there were two menage stories and one M/M. If you don’t like graphic sex and language, this collection won’t be for you. Out of the eleven stories, three of them stood out to me, topped my list for most memorable, and I’d definitely re-read them again: A Cowboy’s Seduction by Cynthia D’Alba, Beneath the Pages by Jennifer Kacey, and Whipped by Sabrina York. A lot of the authors were new to me, but this was a great introduction to them. I highly recommend this collection. Detailed review of each story, save one, below.
Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin
PNR, Suspense, M/F
I liked this plot a lot and wish a little more time could have been spent fleshing it out. Trudy, the heroine, was quirky and confident; something I don’t come across often. I thought they were a cute couple, but Kristof was cuter in wolf form. The times he was in human form, he was mercurial. The sexual chemistry was present, but in regards to love, I felt it came more from imprinting. Regardless, some of their light-hearted, cheeky banter made me chuckle. The sex didn’t overshadow the story, there was after all only one love scene. Trudy was assertive, and despite facing rejection immediately after, she didn’t crumble. Good for her. I wonder if this will become a series because the ending was a HFN, and it wasn’t clear who had made themselves an enemy of the Farkas brothers. Despite the story being a bit rushed, it was a fun read, and I’d like to read more about these brothers.
“Wh-what about your super-human heating abilities? Aren’t you supposed to be so hot that’d you’d melt snow?”
He cocked his head to the side. “This is not a young adult story. I’m freezing my ass off.”
“If you’re going to shoot me, I’d rather you aim for my head and get it over with quickly.”
Her gaze followed the path of her aim. It was on his wonderful hanging cock. Aw shit.
“My other head,” he said softly.
Building Bridges by Amy Ruttan
Cowboy, M/F, Heroine: 30
Building Bridges was about two people running from the chaos of their lives and learning through each other that life changes didn’t have to be a bad thing.
I liked them as a couple and the chemistry. The story was paced well giving them a chance to talk and flirt before the no-strings attached arrangement. He was a wonderful hero who wasn’t afraid of pushing her to face her fears, even if it had the potential of running her off for good. The sweetest part was the end, and his words of wisdom for her. His confidence and caring personality made him swoon-worthy.
Did she know how hard he was for her? How he wanted to bend her over the hood of his truck and mount her from behind like a stallion?
He reached over and grabbed a blanket out of the open back window and she moved to spread it out in the back. “No darlin’ don’t lay it there. The way I’m feeling I may rock the truck so hard the emergency brakes will give way.”
Three Strikes by Anya Richards
M/M, Cop, ex-gang member
This one is probably the novel as it was fifteen chapters long. I’m not big on cops and ex-gang members as love interests, and just didn’t find myself getting into this, so I decided to put it aside for the time being. I might revisit it another time.
A Cowboy’s Seduction (Ace in the Hole #1) by Cynthia D’Alba
M/F, Cowboy, Hero: 32, Heroine: late 20s, Heroine is divorced
So far this is my favorite story, and it had everything I love in my romances – confident, mature adults, easy banter, realistic dialogues, the absence of (over) dramatic excuses to part ways, easy-going attitudes, the ability to communicate, and scorching hot sex. The author nailed it! Brock and Natalie made a perfect couple. He was a hard-working cowboy who had been raising his three siblings since he was eighteen. He made huge sacrifices for them, and in return, they sent him on a much needed and well-deserved vacation. Natalie was a tax accountant. That alone warranted a vacation.
Their connection and happiness was so infectious, I had a perma-smile throughout the entire story. The setting was so well described, I felt like I was right there, or I wanted to be. This was so memorable and I’ll definitely reach for it again for a re-read, or multiple re-reads. I can’t wait to read more in this series.
Born to Sin (Southern Sin #2) by Danica Avet
M/F, Friends to lovers, Heroine: 20-25, Hero: 36, Mechanic
I’m a sucker for friends to lovers stories because there’s history and a foundation prepared to build on. Six years in this case. Taylor was a somewhat awkward heroine. Though in her early twenties, she often sounded just a wee bit desperate and a little immature at times. It may have something to do with her being a tomboy, one of the guys type of girl who preferred tinkering with cars, and playing football or softball with the guys. Physically, she wasn’t the typical curvacious babe, but an athletic type which was one of her insecurities. I chuckled through the beginning when she recounted the ways to learn the best ways of seducing Sin by “watching that trilogy of pornos” (I’m going to take a wild guess that the author was talking about the Twilight Saga X-Rated movies) and then trying to recreate them in person. As for Sin, if you love a dirty-talking hero, you’ll gobble this story up. I never saw his secret coming, but the reasons why he hid it made him even more endearing. I thought Taylor could have talked to him about it instead of running away considering she had complained later on that their long friendship meant telling each other everything.
“I’m warning you. Keep this shit up and you’ll find yourself face down on the nearest surface being fucked harder than you ever thought possible.”
“I can just see my spunk clinging to your nipples,” he said as he lapped at one turgid peak with feigned tenderness. “Maybe give you a stripe right across your chin too.”
The Sound of Your Name by Felice Fox
This was certainly different. The idea to have this couple engage in silent, sexual encounters was new to me. While I was intrigued, I had a hard time believing their connection because for the most part, it was purely physical. So when the hero would talk about Elsie/Ellie to anyone else, I questioned his assessment of her because great oral tells you more about their hygiene than about the kind of person they are. Because of Brody’s superstitions, they never had actual sex, except in dreams. Then there was the Cameron family secret involving all the brother’s and one of their wives. Brody was afraid she’d find out from someone other than him, so I was surprised she didn’t ask him after she found out from someone else.
Despite the unusual unfolding of this relationship and non-verbal communication, there was something sweet about it. And my word, this author can write the hell out of sex scenes! They were some of the hottest I’ve come across recently. If you love dirty talking heroes, how about a filthy cowboy? I don’t think reading about the other brothers would be for me, but this was a scorcher and therefore a keeper.
“I’m going to love being inside of you, taking care of you, spurting in you, pulling out a little, then spreading you open so I can see my cum on those beautiful pussy lips.”
In her imagination, not even cream pies were off limits.
“Come on my pussy,” she offered, spreading herself wide. “Let me watch you do it.”
Brody gave in to her. “Grrrrahhhhh!” His body spasmed, every muscle straining as he came in long, ropey spurts. His come landed warm in her folds .
The vision of her own sex as a messy puddle of translucent cream sent her over the edge.
Beneath the Pages by Jennifer Kacey
M/F, Movie Star, Hollywood, Female CEO, Heroine: 33, Kink
This super sexy story had two pleasant surprises in store for me: first, the heroine was a thirty-three year old CEO and she had a Hollywood star with a kinky side panting after her. He couldn’t “buy” her affections. No nubile, college aged student and a CEO to pay off her loans here, thank you very much. This couple had chemistry to boot, and I bought it because of the established history when the story opened, all the way through their reunion with sparks flying every which way. Acacia Blair was a powerful and confident woman in her professional life, but she had typical vulnerabilities and insecurities that crept to the surface when it came to her private life. I liked that hard/soft mix.
Kellan Radigan was pure male, oozing with confidence and sex appeal. He used those traits to his advantage, but underneath his relentless pursuit of her, I felt that he truly cared about her and wasn’t just trying to get her out of his system. Though this story was mainly M/F, Kellan did invite his two best friends/bodyguards, Ed and Javier, to watch/participate. They touched but didn’t have sex with her. I heard this story will be released on its own at a later time and may be expanded (especially to include the scene that was cheekily cut off at the end).
“Even when you don’t think I’m watching, I’m still watching. I see you when you think you’re alone in the corner of a crowded room. You’re all I see.”
He pulled her close and whispered in her ear as she held her breath. “You know I don’t bite. Well. Not unless we negotiate it.”
“I can smell the sweet scent of your dirty cunt. I want to coat my cock in it and make you suck it off.”
Cruising for Love by Lynne Silver
M/F, Reunited lovers, Second chances, Doctor, Marriage of convenience, Kink, Hero: 30, Heroine: 30
This was such a sweet and sexy story. Andrea’s (Andi) BFF since high-school dragged her on a BDSM themed (based on THAT book) cruise to play cupid. The story and flow was tight – the pacing was good with events playing over a five day period, and the characters were likeable. Told from the first person POV, I felt that Andi conveyed the emptiness of her life, and the depth of her love for Jonah back in the day with enough conviction that I believed the instant chemistry at their reunion. The same applied to Jonah.
What I really liked was their willingness and ability to communicate and put their feelings out there in the beginning. Also, this heroine didn’t take the chance to jump into bed mere minutes after seeing him again. Taking time to talk and think first was a very mature thing to do. That didn’t stop them from still have a few sexy times before the big finale. Seeing as she was on a themed cruise, it was actually quite funny to see Jonah try to be dominant thinking it was what she wanted. To both their surprise, they liked it a lot. A certain incident at the end gave them an excuse to finally seal their fates. Despite it being a little corny, it was very romantic.
“You like that,” he observed. “Remember, I’m a doctor. I understand the human body. I know how far I can take it and where the pleasure centers are located.”
He bit my earlobe, none too gently. “I’ve never had sex like that. That was… raw.”
I tried to assess his feelings, but he was staring at the far wall, not meeting my gaze.
“I treated you like a thing. Like I could do anything I wanted to you.”
The surprise in his voice made me hold my breath.
Whipped by Sabrina York
M/F, Military, Mistaken identity, In love with best friend’s sister, Kink
Whipped, what an apt title for this story, and not in the kinky sense. If any story thus far epitomized the theme of this box set, this was the one. Tina had been in love with her brother’s best friend since childhood. He never noticed her then, and as an adult, the code among the team was NOT to mess with anyone’s sister. When he mistook her for the hooker hired for her brother’s bachelor party, she saw a chance to finally be with him. Especially after he detailed all the wicked and delicious things he wanted to do to her.
Tina was sexy and full of sass. Dane was mercurial, and hot as hell in the bedroom. The one night stand sex was so hot, even when she turned the tables on him! But the best part of the story unfolded the morning after when he saw her again and realized who he had done naughty things with. His mood swings between wanting her but forcing himself to stay away was hilarious, especially because she didn’t give him an inch of space. I liked that she went after what she wanted. His fear of his best friend was funny and endearing which made the confrontation scene and the dialogue laugh out loud funny. This was a great read that kept me glued to the events. Loved the epilogue!
She pumped him with one devilish hand while, with the other, she caressed that sensitive spot beneath his balls, and lower. Dane seized as she toyed with his asshole.
“Bambi …” A warning tone, but probably not very effective, twined, as it was, with a laugh.
“All you had to say was, by the way Cody, I’m doin’ your sister—”
“Are you cool with that? Because she sure as shit is.”
“For Christ sake. My sister? My innocent baby sister?”
“She’s not your innocent sister anymore.” This Dane shouted at Tina, not Cody. His gaze bored into hers. Hers bored right back. “She tied me up and rode me.”
“She what?” Cody squeaked.
They both ignored him.
Chief Sin by Sayde Grace
M/F, Reunited lovers, Second chances, Female CEO, Cop, Hero: 30, Heroine: 30
Amidst the sweeter, romantic stories in this collection came this darker contribution steeped in heartache. Mavis Tanem was a very intense character. As CEO of her own company, she had that no-nonsense air about her and a quick temper. As the story unfolded we learned the reason for their “brokenness”. My heart broke for her when the full scope of her past came to light.
Bowie Sinet had equal parts anger and desire directed at her, understandably so. Despite the lobbing of barbs and heated words, I felt the underlying passion between them that time and distance hadn’t been able to erase. They worked well together in their efforts to hunt down her missing brother, and that closeness served to help them reconnect. I think what kept me from giving this four stars was Mavis. While she did heal being around Bowie, she was a little to intense throughout, waving between being a good lover and just being harsh. Her quick turnaround to stay came a bit quickly when all she had wanted to do was find her brother and leave. But I was glad they got their happy ending.
“When I slide my dick into you again it won’t be in this damn truck on the side of the fucking road. Make no mistake, your memory has tormented me for ten goddamn years and soon, very soon, I’ll be tormenting you for hours.”
“Tonight, we go home.”
She returned his smile, pulling his head down to hers. “Already there.”
With those simple words his broken and mangled heart healed. The darkness within his soul washed away and all he could see was her.
Make Me Surrender by Tina Donahue
M/F/M, Hero: 30s, Heroine: 26, Bikers
Talk about scorching hot. This threesome really knew how to turn up the heat, and it was a great ending to a fabulous collection. I didn’t start out liking Mercy all that much in the beginning. For her twenty-six years, she really was the wide-eyed innocent that Travis and Dutch thought her to be. Her attempts to seduce them was a little corny and over the top, from dressing provocatively to sucking on a popsicle in front of them. At least she was bold enough to push through her insecurities to get what she wanted. I ended up liking her the more comfortable she grew around them. Out of the two men, I liked Travis the most. He was surprisingly astute and easily saw through Mercy. He was the strongest advocate for not wanting to hurt her, always trying to help and please her. It was very endearing.
The sex was very hot, from the typical menage to a bit of kink and the western version of Nyotaimori, except with an all American grill out. My only peeve was with her first time having anal sex. No preparation and lube is a big no-no in my book. It wouldn’t have killed the sexiness of the moment to care for her in that way, but that’s just my opinion. Over the span of a month, I believed the chemistry, but the end was a slightly rushed declaration of feelings with an epilogue that told more than showed them opening up to her. Regardless, this was still a hot little read.
They’d go at Mercy repeatedly, until she was too limp to escape their hungry embrace. They’d imprison her between their bodies. Doing whatever the hell they wanted to her with their mouths, hands, rods, because she desired it too.
Which was fucking nuts. This was sweet Mercy he suddenly wanted to nail. Lonely little Mercy.
Nodding meekly, Mercy lifted his gorgeous cock and sucked his right ball into her mouth.
“Holy motherfucking god,” he gasped.
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