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"New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and rising stars Jaid Black and Kresley Cole unlock the pleasures and perils of embracing the boldest and most powerful of lovers -- 100% alpha males -- in three sensually erotic tales. Discover the physical rapture of his muscular arms.... Become a prisoner of passion, swept away by an encounter with his primal side.... And get lost in the all-consuming thrill of white-hot pursuit by a relentless stranger who may be your most dangerous foe, the best lover you've ever had -- or both. Let your fantasies run wild with these unforgettable novellas where bigger is most definitely better -- and playing easy-to-get is the only way to go! "
- playing easy to get
I bought this book for the story of Kresley Cole's "The Warlord wants Forever". This is from her "Immortals after dark series" and tells the story of Nikolai Wroth and Myst the Coveted. As with all of the books in this series I absolutely loved this story. I highly recommend reading all of the Immortals after Dark books....more info
Although this book was written by three different authors, it was really good. I really enjoyed Jaid Black's and Kresley Cole's stories. The Sherrilyn Kenyon story was ok.
Jaid Black's "Hunters Oath" is about an underground viking world. The story is really short but very sweet. I have read a couple of other books by Jaid Black from her Trek Mi Q'an Series and really hated them. They were to out there for me and stupid, but "Hunters Oath" is a little different since she does not bring in a lot of the nastiness that I hated in her Trek Mi Q'an series. To me Jaid Black is an excellent writer when she refrains from that type of writing. I give this story 4 1/2 stars. I would have given it 5 stars if it was longer and more detailed. I do plan to try another Jaid Black story from this sereies.
Kresley Cole's "The Warlord Wants Forever" is excellent. It is about a vampire's(Wroth) search for his bride(Myst). This book also gives the first chapter of her second book in this series "A Hunger Like no Other" which is also excellent. I read that story first which is the reason I was willing to spend $12 on this book. Her story in this book is about 160 pages long and worth every penny I spent. I like this series as much as Christine Feehan's Carpathians and cannot wait for the next book in Mrs. Cole's series. I give this story a 5.
Sherrilyn Kenyen's "Turn UP The Heat" is about a bad boy and a fantasy Island. I found this story to be ok but I like more paranormal types stories. I give it a 3. ...more info
- Loved it!!!
I'm a Kresley Cole fan so I initially bought the book for her short story, but the other two were good as well. It's like getting 3 for 1!!! I read the whole thing in about two days!...more info
- A Wonderful Collection of Stories!
The Anthology "Playing Easy to Get" is one of the better anthologies out there. All three contributing authors have gifted the reader with some alpha yummy hero's and paired with feisty heroines. The end result...one hot entertaining read!
Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Turn up the Heat" is one fun read. Allison spends her days cleaning up aisle "whatever" in her local Wal-Mart. When her friend suggests that she should enter a contest where the winner can live out her favorite romance novel she at first scoffs...ya like she's ever going to win anything. But, she does and the second she sets eyes on Vince...she knows her life will never be the same. Vince is on the run from "the family" they want him dead, and he's rather attached to the concept of living to see another day. So when his best friend from childhood saves his bacon and finds him a safe place to hide out he's all for it...that is until he sees Allison getting off the plane. Now staying one step ahead of the bad guys is not his only priority. Now he has to keep a lid on his lust. Will he be able to do this or will this bad boy finally give in?
Jaid Black's "Hunter's Oath" is the story of Sofia. She's just been bride napped by one scary looking cabbie. She's alone in life now since her brother was recently killed in active duty. She's wondering what life has to hold for her now. Well she should have been careful what she questioned. Because now she is going to live underground in a lost Viking world as the bought bride of Johen Stefsson for the rest of her life. But, will this be as bad as she thinks it will or has she just found her hearts desire?
Kresley Cole's debut paranormal read "The Warlord Wants Forever" Myst is a Valkyrie with a problem...she's the forever bride of a vampire. Now lets just forget the fact Valkyrie's and Vampires don't mix...ever...she happens to be attracted to him. Wroth is everything she's been taught to hate. Will she be able to put a lifetime's teaching behind her and accept her fate as this handsome vampires bride or will she let pride and family get in the way?
All three of these short stories are yummy! Now readers should keep in mind...these are not full-length efforts but the author have made the most out of the word count allotted them. Ms. Cole's debut paranormal effort is very good and I look forward to reading her next book. It goes without say that Ms. Black and Ms. Kenyon know their stuff. Ms. Kenyon offers readers another BAD book and Ms. Black's Viking story...hot, hot, and hot. For a quick but very entertaining read...look no further. You won't find so much talent in one book very often.
- A must for fans of the Immortals After Dark series
If you're a fan of the Immortals After Dark series, you have to get this! It's Myst's and Nikolai's story, which is hinted at in several of the books. I read the six IAD books and then wondered what to read next. But then I remembered this "prequel" to the series, and had to read it, always being confused when Myst came up in the series. I gotta say this was up there with the rest of them. I loved all the books, but 2,3,5, and 6 were amazing. And this prequel stands up there with them, so read it!...more info
- Kresley Cole's story is worth the whole book
I don't know how to rate this. I purchased this book simply so I could read the Kresley Cole story. Nikolai and Myst's story is referred to throughout the entire Immortals After Dark series, so I feel it is important to read this story prior to beginning that series. It's an excellent story, and didn't disappoint. Cole managed to get an entire paranormal-romance plot into a little over 100 pages.
The Jaid Black story was okay. It took about an hour to read. I just don't really care for short stories. There is not enough time to fully develop a plot. These shorts always leave me feeling unfulfilled. I don't know how to judge Black's writing from the 70 page story.
Sherrilyn Kenyon's story was just BAD. Ugh. If this is the beginning of her BAD (Bureau of American Defense) series, then I know to run far away in the other direction. I wonder if this story is indicative of all of her writing. I almost won an e-bay lot of Sherrilyn Kenyon books that I bid on based on the surfeit of positive reaction to her books. Am I ever glad that I lost THAT auction. If this story is indicative of her writing it is nothing less than stereotypical, predictible, and bland. This is supposed to be erotica? I don't think so. There was no sexual tension. The initial sex scene was boring, and dealt more with "why does he know where the condoms are?" than any sort of building heat. Ick.
Overall, buy this book only for the Kresley Cole story. It is integral to the series, and it's HOT....more info
- Dynamite Trio of 'Smoking' Hot Stories
This is a wonderful collection of highly sensual laden and sweetly sinful stories from three extremely accomplished authors.
TURN UP THE HEAT by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Kenyon gives steamy and exciting story with a Cinderella heorine meets a `bad boy' on a fantasy island. Allison is the winner of a `live the novel' romance contest that lands her on a dream island, complete with major `stud muffins' and one darkly dangerous hunk who is hiding out from the mob. Attraction between the two sizzles and between bedroom gymnastics and dodging bullets these two create spontaneous combustion! HOT!
HUNTERS OATH by Jaid Black - Inconsolable over the loss of her brother Sofia didn't pay much attention to the roads the cab driver took while plowing thru the snow to catch a plane back to Tampa. Too late she discovered that she'd been kidnapped and brought to a secret underground `otherworld' where she is auctioned off on the marriage block. Having been given a powerful aphrodisiac by the guardian of the `outsider brides', Sofia couldn't help the `itch' that her new husband, the seven foot warrior Johen is only too willing to take care of. Once the drug wore off, Johen himself becomes the aphrodisiac that convinces Sofia to stay. Romantic and sizzling!
THE WARLORD WANTS FOREVER by Kresley Cole - `Myst the Coveted' is an immortal Valkyrie who considers vampires and other such ghouls her mortal enemy. Nikolai Wroth, a warlord general is a vampire who recognizes Myst as someone special. At first he didn't know just what exactly she was until just before he'd lost her. It then took him another five years to capture this very special Valkyrie. Their battles would be ferocious and their lovemaking exquisite as Wroth fought to convince Myst that she was fated to be his `forever bride'. HOT & SPICY!
I've read Kenyon before and she definitely knows how to heat things up with her BAD boy series; Jaid Black was brand new for me and my,oh my, I do plan plan to look her up in the future. I've read great historical fiction from Ms Cole before and with this debut effort into the paranormal genre she has proven herself equal to the task. The reader won't be disappointed in availing themselves of this exceptional trio of short but extremely titillating stories. These are `smoking'!
- Playing Easy To Get
I enjoyed Kresley Cole's story in this book, it was a story I wanted to read. The other two authors are fine but I didn't feel compelled to read those since their other work was more interesting to me. It was worth it for Cole's story....more info
- Really a 4 1/2
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and really rates a 4 1/2 but you can't enter that. I liked all of the short stories and would have given it an all around 5 except for Jaid Black's Hunter's Oath.
I love Jaid Black's stories and have read probably all of them. I also love her Viking New Sweden world. These stories are always very hot. Something about this story bothered me and I think it was the intruduction of the Spanish Fly that seemed very unnecessary. I felt the characters would have made a great connection without that incident. That slight weakness of story line is what made me drop this story from a 5.
My favorite story was Kresley Cole's The Warlord Wants Forever. It really made me care for the main characters in just a short story. I could see the possibilites of stories for several other secondary characters in this story. She portrayed Myst in a very real way with her strengths and weaknesses. Her description of the Valkyries obsessive need to "collect" shiny baubles was a very funny part of the story. Loved it.
I also really liked Sherrilyn Kenyon's Turn Up the Heat. I'm used to her full length novels so this was an interesting change for me. This was the shortest story and could have used a little more expansion on many areas but, again, it was a short story. I could also see the possibility of stories about a couple of the secondary characters.
Overall a great fun fast read.
- Kresley Cole
I'm giving this book a five, even though only one author deserves it. The first two stories of this book,Turn up the heat by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Hunter's Oath by Jaid Black were boring and not worth the price of the book. Sounds cruel, but it's true. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole however was excellent, easy to ready, humerous,and sexy. She deserves the five star rating....more info
- Hot and Steamy
I must say out of all three of the books Kresley Cole's was the best. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to just escape into a book of intrigue, romance, and sexy men....more info
- three fine novellas
"Turn up the Heat" by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Allison cleans aisles at Wal-Mart, but escapes her dreary life when she wins a vacation. Vince hides at the resort as the mob want him dead. They meet and sparks fly, but so do bullets.
"Hunter's Oath" by Jaid Black. Needing closure, Sofia heads to the Arctic Circle where her only relative her beloved brother died in a military helicopter crash. However, she is kidnapped and taken underground where she is put on the marriage auction block. Viking warrior Johen buys her, but now must persuade the Outsider that they belong together.
"The Warlord Wants Forever" by Kresley Cole. Nikolai the vampire chief and Myst the Coveted Valkyrie are in love with one another. However, vampires and valkyrie are natural enemies so the two duel for superiority in their taboo relationship.
These three fine novellas star delightful protagonists starring bad dudes and sexy females challenging them for who will be the top gun. Though the Black and Cole have a fantasy spin to their tales while Ms. Kenyon's contribution is straight suspense, fans will appreciate the characters as the women PLAYING EASY TO GET take charge of these tough wise guys.
from secrete agents to guys who go "bump" in the night this book fills all the needs for a girl and then some....more info
- Advid reader
I purchased this book for the last story in it, but the other two stories were captivating as well.
I would recommend this book....more info
- Trio of Hot Tales
Playing Easy to Get
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black, Kresley Cole
This anthology of three erotic romance tales brings together some of the most well-known names in romance -- Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of paranormal "Dark Hunter" series- (among others); Jaid Black, founder of popular "Ellora's Cave Publishing"; and Kresley Cole, who made her debut into the supernatural with the first installment of "Immortals After Dark".
Turn Up the Heat
"Playing Easy to Get" opens with a fun, if slightly convoluted, entry into Sherrilyn Kenyon's wickedly-acronymed "BAD" (Bureau of American Defense) series.
Novellas are always tricky for me to review -- and Kenyon does manage to pack a lot into less than a hundred pages (especially in regard to her hero), but the characters' evolution on the whole and the evolution of their relationship is so fast that I had trouble swallowing it. I'm all for reading about realistic, no-strings-attached physical intimacy -- and I think it makes for more believable dimensions in fiction -- but there was very little bridge from sex to "true love".
Vince Cappelletti is ex-mafia-turned-good-guy who gets signed up to work undercover as security on what amounts to be Fantasy Island. Allison George is lucky Georgia girl who wins a trip to said Fantasy Island. Needless to say, things go to hell in a handbasket quickly when Vince's past catches up to him, and Allison ends up caught in the crossfire. The two end up on the run, and romance grows.
Not too bad, overall, and entertaining to take up an hour or so -- Kenyon's usual romp of violence and hotness.
I'm usually not a fan of Nordic settings, but Black offers enough twists on the usual tales to keep her offering fresh.
Sofia Rowley, after losing her brother and with him the last member of her family, is taken captive by neo-Viking warriors and auctioned off at the block. As she soon learns, she is no slave, but rather the bride of a warrior whose nearly-instant love for her starts to warm even her own frozen heart.
As mentioned already, this novella has a neat concept, and in a longer length and with a bit more fleshing out, it wouldn't be too bad. It has a little too much of a male-centric feel, though certainly not misogynistic, and the development between characters happens far, far too easily. Take a read if you're already buying the anthology.
The Warlord Wants Forever
The longest, last, and by-and-far best tale in the book is penned by then-newcomer to the paranormal scene, Kresley Cole. "Immortals After Dark" was not yet one of the best-selling series on the market, but this is without a doubt still worthy of the same accolades.Cole introduces -- and does a remarkable job of -- creating an entire paranormal realm in under two-hundred pages, while fleshing out a believable, hot romance.
Varying factions within the "Lore" -- the supernatural side of our world -- are battling for power, even amongst their own species. Nikolai Wroth, soldier in a "good guys" vampire army bent on destroying the killers of their kind, stumbles across a conundrum of a female who just might be his predestined mate.
Unfortunately for him, Myst, a Valkyrie and immortal warrior, has other plans for the vampires she finds, and it takes all of Wroth's resources and strength to even keep her around long enough to seduce.
I loved this story, and while all of Cole's following books are good, this little tale which introduces it all is one of the best nuggets in the series. Whether or not you liked the full-length novels, this is an exercise in "how, properly, to write romance" -- not to mention "how, properly, to write erotica". The tale's hot as hell (with all puns intended), with hints at D/s and fiery power-play -- this is not to be missed.
- Barf, puke, spew
I hated giving this novel one star. I wanted to give it no stars. This was the biggest piece of trash writing. The stories were so ridiculous, and the writing was awful. Whose fantasies were these I wonder? The authors seemed to write from their own fantasy point of view. Who wants to be viewed purely as a sexual object for any man to think nasty thoughts about? The men in these tales showed no respect to the women, nor their needs. These authors are female, it disturbed me that they would perpetuate such ideas. Why do they try to set sexuality back to the time of the cave man?
It amazes me how people can actually get this stuff published. It amazes me more, however, that anyone would find them enjoyable. There was no flow to the language, the descriptions were one dimensional, and not at all engaging. The characters were one dimensional as well, and so formulaic. The female characters were huge let downs, and the males unappealing. I love a good steamy tale, but, much to my chagrin, I had to get into a hot bath while reading these tales to raise my temperature....more info
- A new discovery!
This book may be considered as the sequel of "Big Guns Out of Uniforms" (because of Kenyon's BAD/Hideaway Heroine Sweepstakes serie) and "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" (because of Kenyon's HHS & Black's Viking Underworld).
In the novella "Turn Up the Heat", Allison passes time at her boring job (clerk at Wal-Mart... talk about boring!) by reading romance in the book aisle until she wins the sweepstakes that let her live - as the heroine - her favorite romance novel. On the island, she meets Vince, an ex-Mafia who is hiding from his former boss. They fall for each other then run from bad Italian guys. If you are a Sherrylin Kenyon's fan, do not buy this book merely because of her, because - as in most of her BAD/HHS story - she's not up to her usual best.
Jaid Black's "Hunter's Oath" takes us to the world under Artic, where a thousand years ago Vikings emigrated to found a hidden civilization on the urging of their gods, who predicted that in time the women from the Overworld would all die from the plague but that them, being safe underground, would not be affected even though a lot of their women are from up there (...thus bringing the ague with them, no?) Anyway, despite some slight discrepancies, Black's Viking stories are enjoyable (I liked the two I read). In this story, Sofia is kidnapped while she's traveling in Alaska and once under, is sold at a Bride auction (all women go through such auctions, even native). She's bought by Johan and she has some trouble adjusting, but nothing major (... especially as she unknowingly took an aphrodisiac just before the auction, which eased her way into marriage with a stranger, to say the least!) But the story is not that important. What I like of Jaid Black are her heroes... and the way they see relationships. Unbelievable in the real world (if I'm wrong, tell me!!!) but sweet.
And at last, my discovery: Kresley Cole. The beginning of "The Warlord Wants Forever" is not really auspicious for the likableness of the characters, but keep reading! Myst the Valkyrie and Worth the Vampire grow on you. And personally, I like it when the Hero & Heroine have a dark side to them, they have much more interesting twists and turns!
- OK intro to Usually Great Authors
Kenyon: BAD series is good, this is OK intro to it.
Black: OK intro to series.
Cole: Fans of the series always wanted to get the Wroth and Myst story since it is referred to so mush in other books. Good Story....more info
- Great stories by hot authors
I bought this book because I love the "Immortals after Dark" series by K. Cole and the very first story she did in the series is in this anthology. I was not disappointed. Myst a Valkyrie (Granddaughter of Norse Gods)is known for her stunning beauty and her Vampire killing ability. Her fellow Valkyrie sisters basically use her as bait to attract bad guys they want to kill. She meets her match when the vampire hoarde castle she is imprisoned in is taken over by the Forebearer good guy vampires. They do not drink blood from people unless it is their bride unlike the bad guy vampires who drink and kill from everyone.
The warrior vampire, General Worth, who is in charge sees her in the prison and is ordered to get information on the various types of immortals from her. Even if he has to torture her to get it. It turns out she is his one and only predestined vampire bride. The one woman who gets his heart beating again and gets other parts of his anatomy working again too. She is very attracted to him but he makes the mistake of underappreciating her brains and powers. She escapes him. He finds her. Eventually they have a happy ending when she decides he is the one man she will always run to inorder to be held in his arms. She gets the General and the Valkyrie sisters nickname her "Mysty the Vampire Layer."
I also read the story by Jaid Black in the anthology. It is part of her series about the Vikings that live under ground in the Alaskan wilderness. They live there because of an old prophecy telling them that the world is going to be almost destroyed and if they want to survive with women they have to lived under ground for several centuries. They kidnap women sometimes for brides and this is the story on one of them. Hot sex and a happy ending.
I did not read the Kenyon story so I cannot review it. I believe the book is worth the price....more info
- Read 'til you're finished stories
For me a book is always good when I can not put it down and don't want to go to sleep or to work because I just want to see what happens next. That's exactly how it was with this book. I really enjoyed these stories.
I got the book primarily because of the Kresley Cole story. Having read the first 5 Immortals After Dark stories, I was extremely interested to read Nikolai and Myst's story which is a prequel to the series. As usual Ms. Cole did not disappoint. If you have not read her books I highly recommend them.
I had never read Sherrilyn Kenyon or Jaid Black before but now I will certainly add them to my list of must-read authors.
If you are looking for a hot sexy and entertaining read, this book is for you....more info
i was extremely agitated to find out the book I wanted was the last of three in this
It was unexpected and short
but besides that fact
The first two weren't so good, but decent enough that I didn't mind reading them to pass the time...more info
- Good start for Kresley Cole.....
I did not like Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Turn up the Heat. It was boring and predictable. Jaid Black's "Hunter's Oath" was very good, I never heard of Jaid Black, so I am willing to try other of her novels. Kresley Cole's debut paranormal read "The Warlord Wants Forever" was fantastic!! I have read all of the Immortal series, but it was good to read the one that started it all. Too bad it was not full length....more info