Title: Hot in Handcuffs Anthology
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425247694 (Penguin/Berkley)
ISBN-13: 978-0425247693 (Penguin/Berkley)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Three Novellas of Erotic Capture
Allow yourself to imagine the man behind the dark sunglasses. Hear the purr of his zipper as he lowers it, then reaches for the shiny metal hanging from his black leather belt. It’s futile to resist arrest. Give yourself up to the fantasy. Besides, he thinks you’re so hot in handcuffs…
Arresting Desire by Shayla Black
FBI Agent Jon Bocelli never stopped wanting beautiful professor Lucia DiStefano. She’s interested in taking her first lover, and he intends to be that man. When her past puts her life in danger, Jon risks everything to save her and prove this fling is forever.
On Fire by Sylvia Day
When Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron investigates a series of arson attacks in a seaside town, the biggest blast of heat comes from sexy fire inspector Darcy Michaels—until their scorching after-hours affair is compromised by a secret from Darcy’s past.
The Unwilling by Shiloh Walker
Mica Greer and her former lover, ex-FBI agent Colby Mathis once shared an intimate past and a powerful psychic gift. Now, they’ve been reunited by a bizarre series of murders—and an electrifying passion that could put them both in jeopardy.
Quick & Dirty: This anthology delivers three smexy tales reminding us that handcuffs are more than for restaining the bad guys and resisting arrest never felt so good.
This anthology is all about law enforcement and the “toys” they use. I must say that the author lineup is impressive. Each contributor is well known for their imagery in and out of the bedroom scenes. Though, in all fairness, I must warn you that it’s not all about the lovin; there is also great storylines to go with them! So sit back and relax and imagine all the possibilities of handcuff accessorizing.
“Arresting Desire“ by Shayla Black
There is a whole lot going on in this novella, and I’m not just talking about the sex scenes! Jon Bocelli is an undercover FBI agent with an agenda. He is looking for evidence to clear his brother’s name and the only way he can think to do it is by going back to the family he helped investigate years ago. Of course now that he is back, his priorities include someone other than his brother; the beautiful and intelligent Dr. Lucia DiStefano.
Lucia is about to turn 25 and is still a virgin. The only man she has ever desired has waltzed back into her life and looking for her help. She may be willing to if he could see his way to “help” her out in return. While following the clues left by her dead father, Lucia and Jon get some time to explore each other physically and emotionally.
“On Fire“ by Sylvia Day (Shadow Walkers miniseries – Book 4)
Things are heating up in small town Lion’s Bay when several local businesses seem to be victims of an arsonist. Darcy Michaels is a local fire inspector that calls in extra support to help solve the crimes being committed. What she didn’t count on is the dark and sexy US Marshal, Jared Cameron, to light her libido aflame.
When Jared and Darcy first spot each other, the sparks flying between them should have set everything around them on fire. When they do decide to give into temptation, their desire becomes incendiary. But there is more to these fires than meets the eye; can Jared and Darcy find the culprit before he strikes again?
This novella has some very “hot” scenes. I am a little surprised (and slightly disappointed) that their dirty talk and rough bed play didn’t set the pages on fire. On Fire is definitely my favorite story in this anthology.
“The Unwilling“ by Shiloh Walker
Colby Mathis is a man in hiding; hiding from his past and hiding from his gift. He once used his psychic gifts to find and bring to justice the bad guys, but no longer. Holed away on a beach, he tries not to think about the dreams and visions that bombard him; including his hot and steamy dreams of his ex-lover and partner, Mica Greer.
Lieutenant Mica has a six sense for solving crimes, but this serial killer has her baffled. Teaming up with Colby may be the only way she can prevent another murder. Can she safeguard her heart while she links up psychically with the man she has never gotten out of her system? Most of the time Colby and Mica are “on the job”, though they do have a brief and intense interlude of sexual release. Can they reconcile their past to make way for their future?
The bad guy here is freakin’ crazy and the story reflects the tension and darkness that a sociopath is capable of. I enjoyed the sense of danger and edginess that this story draws out from the pages; all the things that I come to expect from a gifted writer like Shiloh Walker.
FTC Advisory: Penguin / Berkley graciously provided me with a copy of Hot in Handcuffs. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only things I received for payment are hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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