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review 2013-10-27 19:33
Bump in the Night - Heidi Belleau,Ally Blue,Sam Schooler,Brien Michaels,Peter Hansen,Kari Gregg,Rachel Haimowitz,Laylah Hunter

Resurrection Man by Laylah Hunter – 3.5 stars: Great idea! I loved this feeling of uncertainty. I thought every minute something terrible would happen.


Mating Season by Kari Gregg – no rating: Totally creepy and disturbing! Seriously! I still have no words. And I don’t know how to rate it…  But it’s definitely not my favorite.


Flesh and Song by Ally Blue – 2.75 stars: Where was the horror? Nice idea, but this story could have been so much better.


Out from Under by Brien Michaels – 3 stars: The best part? Fromunder seeking revenge!


Sleeping with Ghosts by Peter Hansen – 5 stars: I was looking forward to read more by Peter Hansen, but I didn’t expect such an amazing story! It had a dark and captivating atmosphere and a world that was so fascinating, that I didn’t want this story to end.  Really loved it! Sleeping with Ghosts is my favorite story of this anthology!


Blasphemer, Sinner, Saint by Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler – 4.75 stars: Wow, another really great story! Creepy but totally worth reading!

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review 2013-10-21 09:02
Bump in the Night
Bump in the Night - Heidi Belleau,Ally Blue,Sam Schooler,Brien Michaels,Peter Hansen,Kari Gregg,Rachel Haimowitz,Laylah Hunter

 So, I’ve been reading anthologies lately and almost all of them have this thing in common. No, not the theme (that is a given) rather the fact that after a while all the stories in the anthology seem the same, no unique ones to make a stand, a very few grab your attention. They are nice, but you forget them after a day or two.


But this one, oh my God, this anthology has made it straight to my favorites shelf, and I’ll be damned if I don’t take it down every so often to re-read it again and again and again. You might notice down below on each review how some of these stories have made quite an impact in me, one perhaps has scarred me for life. I swear I’m still going to re-read that incredibly horrifying story for as long as I live. Hell I’m going to have a great time telling them tales when with friends to scare the heck out of them too.



Because that’s what this anthology is about. An incredible mix of dark fiction and explicit erotica meant to scare the living daylight out of you while simultaneously stoking that forbidden dark fire deep down in your shadiest part of your soul. Bump in the Night is definitely my favorite anthology among them all. Many thanks to the very talented authors who created these stories, they were simply wonderful.


Resurrection Man By Laylah Hunter


Oh my, what a marvelous story, how very creepy and brilliant.


What would you do if you were to lose the love of your life? What if you could bring him back from the cold darkness of Death? What price would you pay?


There is nothing Josef wouldn’t do for Adel. All his artistry, all their money, everything he can he’s ready to give. But when he pulls Adel’s spirit back into the living world he realizes the price he ultimately has to pay is much, much bigger than mere money or knowledge. The hunger for life is so much bigger when you’ve been dead after all…

A brilliant paranormal story and so very unique to what I’ve read so far. Honestly I don’t think I’ve read anything similar and the balance between the creepy and sexy and horny is just plain perfect. It’s like a mix of Frankenstein and Vampires with a slight dose of magic thrown in for good measure. I liked it, no I loved it. Everything about it was way cool, the writing, the idea and the way the story went, the play of emotions. Excellent indeed!


This is definitely a story I’d love to tell when around the fire on dark, stormy nights, or around Halloween. And if you love the style I think this is one of those you should not miss.


Mating Season By Kari Gregg


Horrifying, oh I have no words… This is terror, pure, unadulterated terror. Oh my God!!! Oh my guts are screaming in sympathy with the poor character of this story. Oh I have no words as my skin crawls and goosebumps travel my whole body. Oh my freaking God, this is definitely a story I’ll never, ever, EVER forget.


Ok, here it is. Danny has been humiliated. His girlfriend left him right before their marriage for his boss, and said boss fired him right after. Feeling useless and in a dead end in his life Danny hides in his apartment until his friend Keith drags him out for a game of basketball all the time trying to make him feel better and suggesting him to go hiking the lake and get his shit together.


Danny never goes to the lake once autumn rounds the corner. There are tales of a monster living there and Danny deep down believes them. But his friends insistence make him careless and he eventually makes his mind to go hiking. What follows is a crazy scientist, a slimy monster with enormous tentacles, and a poor guy forced into being a lab-rat, all dancing around a horrifying story that includes forced… things and death and addiction and… I have no words!


This is a horror story people! Horror with capital “H”. There is no other way around it. The things that happen to Danny from the very first night he sets foot on that lake are made from the worst of nightmares. I was literally screaming for half this read. My skin still hasn’t stopped crawling and I’m awed at this author’s creativity and slimy tale. OH MY GOD!!!


So I don’t know; did I like it? I don’t know. Was I fascinated by it? Hell yeah. Did it grip me and held me captive despite the gut wrenching horror I felt the entire time? It sure did. Is this what you want? Only if you don’t faint easily and have a strong, strong stomach. Oh God, I’ll never step foot on a lake, ever, ever again.


Flesh and Song By Ally Blue


La Terre de la Belle MortThe Land of Beautiful Death. The island found in no map, whispered only in frightening tales, a sinful promise of all your heart’s desires that come with a severe price.


That is what Noah has been looking for, for nearly eight months. The tale wants the island unfound when you so much search for it. Only by sheer luck or mistake one can land there, only when lost one can be found, but then you might never leave it again…

Just as he’s about to give up the search though a mighty storm leads him to this gorgeous island. But Noah doesn’t know what he wants. Now that he’s here what exactly is he looking for? The gorgeous naked man on the beach calls to him, running through the jungle the call becomes near painful. He must go to him, he needs to before he dies. And there, on a beautiful pool under a waterfall his God awaits, his fathomless black eyes beaconing him forward, his wonderful musical voice urging him to this astonishing creature.


Days, weeks, months pass in the haze of dream that takes everything from him besides the longing for his God. No memories, no ambitions, no will for anything else beside the arms wrapped around him and the sex God giving him all he wants, nothing else exists. Finally Noah understands what he’s been searching for. But he forgot that once he got his heart’s desire, it would come with a price…


This is a gorgeous story, heartbreaking and a bit sad in the end, but gorgeous nonetheless. I believe when I think of a Siren, the emotions this story evoked are exactly right. The promises, the longing, the will to do anything, to give anything for the call of the Siren. Homer would have been ecstatic to have read this version of his Sirens’. What a wonderful story this one.


Out from Under By Brien Michaels


How did it come to this? To get trapped between two demons and their century long vendetta? Each more horrible than the other, every path leading to death… or worse.

Three years under the demon’s spell. Three years of nightmares and being a slave to the demon’s twisted wishes, luring men into their deaths. But when Fromunder killed his lover right in front of his eyes Brant felt his world shift and true Hell consume him. The demon had no hold on him now that his lover was dead, or had he? The promise to bring Jason back was too alluring to deny, the price for that burning his soul, yet nothing would deter him from doing whatever in his power to achieve it.


And that’s how it came to this… lying in the middle of a bed between two sworn enemies, waiting for one to die and the other to consume him… After all he suffered, he would never see his lover again. Right?


This was a very nice story, the evil and viciousness of the paranormal world was so strong, the read so raw not shying away from explicit violence, torture, or sexual abuse, but rather basking in it. A story made from the stuff nightmares come from, a story fit for the spirit of Halloween, a story strong enough to make you lose yourself in its dark depths.

Can you tell I loved this one too?


Sleeping With Ghosts By Peter Hansen


Oh, wow! This was quite a cold story. I don’t know what to make of it really.

In this story Yordan is a Bookman, a priest who is sent to turn the last page of men’s life in order to give a chance for a soulless newborn. A weird world with many Churches, Priests, Brotherhoods. Religion and politics that make an appearance and give you a notion of what this world is about without delving much into it. The story is mostly about Yordan taking a life that was uncalled for, simply by blindly following orders. The soul who lost his body now wanders without a new one to take residence. A haunted night, a cold encounter, rippling feeling of dread… Yes, cold is how this story leaves you, cold from inside out. It gave shivers and frankly it made me want more. I was not satisfied with this short, I wan’t more Bookmen, more Ironmen, more of this world.


However this story was quite worth it and so very in the ghostly atmosphere. Lovely indeed. I still want more though. *sigh*


Blasphemer, Sinner, Saint By Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler


Oh this story was quite brilliant as well. See this is another “deal with a Devil” themed one, but it was so very well executed.


The man who makes the deal doesn’t make it for himself, rather for someone else. He makes a deal for a person he once loved as a boy in dark corners, but shunned in broad daylight. He made the deal for a man he held in contempt, humiliated, and crushed his hopes when he most needed him. Tobias makes a deal for David’s life.

What I loved more in this story was the fact that the Devil here is a creature that as horrific and repulsive as he was described to be, I ended up admiring and actually being my favorite character here. Tobias was this self-righteous Christian charitable man who lacked humbleness and was blind by his bigotry. He perverted and twisted his love for David by convincing himself that David “tempted” him and he still stayed strong and moral, while David “chose” to be the immoral person he became. The brilliancy of the writing here was how the Devil made Tobias become David in the end. How he made him feel and understand and comprehend that sometimes in life there is no choice, sometimes you simply have to do everything in your power for the person you love, own it and never once back out from it.


I loved this story, it was deep with meanings while in the same time was full of those dark sinful erotic scenes that come when you strike a deal with a devil…


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review 2013-09-28 20:00
Can't Make You Love Me (The Stories of Us)
Can't Make You Love Me (The Stories of U... Can't Make You Love Me (The Stories of Us) - Brien Michaels the back and forth angst was a little much, and dylan continuing to hurt his friend by cheating with women was a lot to stomach. then the rape, yikes.
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review 2013-05-11 00:00
Not Like the Movies - Brien Michaels A Hearts On Fire Review THREE STARS-- "Not Like the Movies" is book #2 in the Sexy College Studs series. I'm a newbie to the series and author but based on the blurb, I was expecting a light, rom-com type of romance with cute new adult fun. There's a comedy of errors mix up between two roommates- a gay loner/awkward virgin (Jay) and his seemingly straight jock roommate, Chris.The story had a solid start, showcasing Jay and his antisocial tendencies and ways he dreamed up a perfect romance based on movies. And thankfully were get alternating POV between Jay and his roommate after 22% in. Story's just piling on the cuteness. Uh-oh there's a stalker calling the boys. But he's not extremely creeptastic, story's still good. All good. Up until about 40-45% of the story I was in light, cute fluff happy-joy-joy and then both guys started dating. Then my happy bubbles started to pop slowly. There's some weird and random stalker that's been calling has learned more personal details - not as fun. And roommates...*sigh*Chris? For some one who blatantly stated he didn't define his sexuality, he didn't mind who he fell for...he sure did worry about putting a label on his sexuality. And he did worry what others thought, so how is that not caring? He came across as a selfish lover. He didn't want to reciprocate in giving head or anal...I mean what did he really offer, some lame strip tease? I think Jay could have done better. In fact at times, I wondered it his feelings for Chris wasn't some form of hero worship.I wanted more depth added to Chris and Jay's relationship. I wanted the ending with some form of definitive answers. Who's the stalker? How is Chris okay with being such a selfish lover? Why is Jay settling? And the ending was HFN (*pouts*) And besides my issues, there were some good parts. Sometimes the dialogue between Jay and Chris worked and there were bits of cute speckled across. And weighing the issues with the parts that worked, I'm leaning towards more favorable pastures...barely.
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review 2013-04-30 00:00
As Long As You're Mine (Sexy College Studs)
As Long As You're Mine - Brien Michaels When I am looking for something light to read I usually accept the fact that there's going to be something that will probably irk me because not too many authors do light and fun in a way that satisfies me. This story though....oh my god this story.

Light. This was fun, fun,fun and silly romp. Was it realistic? Nope but it was quite clear that it wasn't meant to be. This story didn't take itself too seriously and I appreciated that. It was like a set up for a porn but it was cute and sweet at the same time.

Wade is young, HOT black college man who's a jock but who's also in theater classes. First of all l loved the fact that Wade had a sexy Afro that he sometimes put in braids and that he sometimes let be wild. Holy holy sexy!! I loved that he wasn't the typical jock. He loved to act and really threw himself into his theater class. So, one night Wade runs across some gay porn and damn it's on and popping from there. Why? Because later when Wade is jerking off it's the sexy blond nerdy guy in his theater class that Wade's thinking about. The guy who Wade gets partnered with for the final project. I loved Wade. I know some reviewers were wondering how Wade suddenly goes from straight to gay but it's not sudden. He says that he's had the feelings for as long as he can remember. So, yeah, it's not like BAM gay!

Hot. This was a sexy little story. Phone sex and actual sex and fantasies being whispered. And Zac, the blond theater nerd, is hot freaking nerd! Once again we have a character who's not stereotypical. Usually, in jock/nerd stories it's a science or math geek so it was nice that Brien Michaels went for something different. Plus Zac is a geek who's a phone sex operator with ripped body who loves to work out and has abs you can "grate cheese on". Oh, and that dude loves him some hot and sweaty sex. LOVED Zac.

The angst level in this story was perfect. It didn't ruin the lightness of the story but gave me enough conflict that I wasn't bored. I was so happy that the story didn't angst out at the end. It was satisfying.

I loved, loved, loved these guys and their story. If you want something sweet and sizzling spiced with a bit of conflict then pick this one up. Suspend your disbelief a little when you read it and just enjoy the ride. That's what I did and it was TOTALLY worth it!! On to book two!
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