View Full Version : Heart's Desire - Babes in Toyland II Anthology
January 7th, 2008, 10:39 AM
Anderson, Barrack, Delight, Glisan,
Greenough, Hasker, Montgomery, Sinclair
Artist: Jinger Heaston<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 summary="Table of publication data for the e-book Babes in Toyland II" border=0 valign="top"><TBODY><TR><TD width=120>ISBN:</TD><TD>978-1-60168-074-7</TD></TR><TR><TD>Genre:</TD><TD>Winter holiday stories</TD></TR><TR><TD>Publisher:</TD><TD>Aspen Mountain Press</TD></TR><TR><TD>Publication Date:</TD><TD>11/30/2007</TD></TR><TR><TD>Sexual Content:</TD><TD>None - Erotic</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
Eight authors, eight wonderful winter holiday stories. Authors include Maura Anderson, Jeanne Barrack, Raine Delight, Melissa Glisan, Wayne Greenough, Michelle Hasker, Dawn Montgomery and Skylar Sinclair. These winter holiday stories range from sweet and mysterious to hot paranormals and even a contemporary menage!
January 7th, 2008, 10:48 AM
Eight authors, eight winter holiday stories written for a total of more than
400 pages and over 130,000 words. Starting from a sweet mystery and ending in torrid romances, this book has something for everyone in it.
Who Offed Holiday Spirit by Wayne Greenough Thanet Arthur Blake has a new mystery to solve when a little boy asks him to locate Holiday Spirit. With a reputation as a walking hearse, not too many people are willing to take to Thanet, that is until they find out who he's looking for. Seems a lot of people have been touched by Holiday Spirit.
Will Thanet be able to find Holiday Spirit before its too late?
Christmas Ink by Skylar Sinclair
Christopher Kringle, son of the Kris Kringle isn't interested in carrying on the family business. He'd rather help the citizens of Wadeville as their doctor. When a special patient is brought in after a motorcycle accident
unusual things start to happen including a curious itching on his butt.
Kandi Cane had a terrible accident, and healing is going to take some time. If only she didn't have to have an attack of unreasonable lust every time a certain doctor was nearby. But how does she tell a perfectly normal, handsome man that she isn't quite human?
Devon Falls: Sticky Magic by Raine Delight
Preserving an ancient bloodline sends a man in search of his mate in the town of Devon Falls. Devon Falls hardly looks big enough to give second notice too, but when Marc ends up in a specialty candy shop run he changes his mind. The woman helping him select a gift for his mother is just the person he's looking for. Can he convince Jenna they were meant to be?
Festival of Lights by Melissa Glisan
In a time and culture most have forgotten, meet Jacob and Saka, an unlikely pair. Jacob is a scholar and Saka a female warrior intent on protecting his family. When war hits, Saka takes protecting Jacob and his people seriously and will die protecting them. Survival is a miracle against a vicious enemy, but not nearly as miraculous as the love she has for Jacob or the lamp in the temple that doesn't run out of oil.
Christmas Belle by Dawn Montgomery
In the realm of magic anything can happen, but can a kiss cause the end of the world? Belle thinks so. Kissing Roarke has cast a spell of unimagined magnitude. Guilt eats at Belle for causing the freezing of human and fae alike. Loving Roarke has caused this. Can they find a way to reverse the spell? And what will become of her love for him if they do?
Heart's Desire by Michelle Hasker
Aine has a talent for giving people the desire of their hearts. All she asks for is help, one time, when another seeks their heart's desire. When Aine is followed by a couple of thugs, Adhamh rushes to protect her. What
he doesn't expect is the flare of desire and vague sense of familiarity he feels in her presence. Given the choice of his own heart's desire, finding the person who turned him into one of the living dead, or staying with Aine, Adhamh finds the decision isn't as easy as he thought it would be.
The Game by Jeanne Barrack
A trip to his grandparents' cabin for some quiet alone time to get to know Sheri better is all Dave wants. He doesn't expect the company of their roommates, Frank and Marci. Nor does he expect they'll be snowed in, unable to obtain the provisions missing from their rustic surrounds. But those aren't the only surprises he discovers. Follow Dave and Sheri as they learn more about each other and their cabin mates while they play "Strip Dreidle" to while away their time and engage in some extraordinary sexual adventures.
Gift of the Holly King by Maura Anderson
A wiccan priestess is trying to recover from an accident that left her "changed". Retreating to a quiet, wooded hide-away she explores the area and discovers an ancient holly tree. And imprisoned within is the Holly King, destined to relive each year the disastrous battle that locked him locks him in the tree. Kayleigh doesn't expect to find love with an ancient spirit, but how, oh how, is she to keep loving him when he's banished from her realm for months at a time, with no hope of communication?
January 7th, 2008, 10:51 AM
Adhamh hid in the shadows and watched the dark haired beauty cross the street. Tonight she was dressed in white fur. As she walked through the softly drifting snow, he couldn’t help but be awed by her beauty. She had a natural grace, and oozed sex appeal. His inner beast growled in desire, but concern kept him from acting on his hunger.
The woman seemed oblivious to the two men following her, but still held her purse tightly in front of her like a shield. The past few nights he’d sat inside this cafe and watched her walk past with the men following her. Curiosity might have killed the cat, but death didn’t bother Adhamh. He’d been dead for seven hundred years, and he wanted to know what was going on.
As he had the last two nights, Adhamh rose and blended into the night, following them. If a mugging was their intent, then they’d have attacked her. Instead they just followed her. Night after night. He could understand this behavior if they were bodyguards, but they couldn’t be. Not when they when they acted like stalkers. They were not honorable men, and he couldn’t stand the thought of such a lovely, vulnerable woman being taken advantage of. Or worse.
A quick investigation he’d conducted yesterday revealed that she was Aine O’Leary, owner of a store called Hearts’ Desire. There were many things an antique dealer might have acquired that would attract the attention of undesirables, but they weren’t staking out her store or her home. No burglaries had been committed at her properties, either. It appeared they wanted Aine.
Word in the underground was that Dominik had a growing interest in antiques, particularly the ones in Aine’s store. The question was why, and what did he want?
Something was going to happen tonight. The air felt thicker, and the tension emanating from the men was palpable.
Aine went around a corner. The men hurried after her, so Adhamh picked up his pace. When he turned the corner he saw Aine pause and glance back. The fright in her eyes as she looked at the two men stirred him into action. Just as the men drew near to her, he pushed in between them and wrapped his arms around her.
“Darling! I asked you to wait for me at the store. You shouldn’t be walking home alone this late at night. Bad things happen to beautiful women like you when they’re alone.”
She stared at him with a mixture of shock and desire. He felt it too, the heady pull of her scent and the sound of her blood as it pumped quickly through her veins. Her fear called to him on a primitive level and not only roused his protective instincts, but it fueled his hunger. Damn, she was potent.
Before she could say a word, he wrapped his arm around her and hurried her along the sidewalk. Recognition flared, and desire sung through his body. How was it he knew her?
“Who are you and what are you doing?” Her frightened whisper tugged at his heart.
“I saw those two men following you. They don’t look like the welcome wagon. If you want me to walk away, I will. But I couldn’t just stand by and let them hurt you.”
“But you don’t even know me.” Her pale blue eyes met his gaze. She shivered as her eyes darkened.
He hadn’t been mistaken. She felt it too. The knowledge sent a rush of heat to his cock, and it came to instant attention. Fighting the urge to press his mouth against hers and see if she tasted as delicious as she smelled, Adhamh drew her closer.
“I don’t know you.”
“You obviously don’t know those men either.” He didn’t enjoy her wince as he pointed out the obvious. How did he know her, and she didn’t know him?
January 7th, 2008, 10:54 AM
“You’re such a male. A damned arrogant one, too.”
Adhamh chuckled, but didn’t break eye contact.
“I know what you are.” Aine grinned, flashing her teeth at him.
His eyes flickered, but the rest of his face maintained a neutral expression.
“You don’t look surprised, but then you’ve had centuries to practice your expression, haven’t you, vampire?”
Adhamh leaned over his desk. “Not only do you know what I am, but you’re not afraid of me. Tell me how you know this. Tell me why.”
“Oh I am afraid of you.” Aine grinned. “But not because you’re a vampire. Because I don’t trust you. You are an unknown, Adhamh. A creature of the night. A creature of sensual delight. And not one that I’m unfamiliar with. Sorry to disappoint you.”
“I’m not disappointed at all. On the contrary, I’m intrigued.”
“Don’t be. I’m not that interesting at all. But I do have something I want to give you.”
His eyes gleamed, and a toothy grin flashed across his face. “What, pray tell is that?”
Aine sighed and shook her head. “I gave you too much credit. You are a man, through and through, aren’t you, Adhamh?
“I am what I am. Alpha male, hear me roar. And I love the way you say my name. Can you say it again, a little huskier this time?”
Aine giggled. She couldn’t help it. Laughter bubbled up and escaped before she could consciously try to stop it. Dangerous or not, she wanted to get to know him better. And his gift had been chosen. She just hoped he would be willing to pay the price.
“Mmm.” He closed his eyes and moaned.
“I know.” He opened his eyes with a grin. “Now tell me about what you want to give to me, please.”
“First, you can get your mind out of the gutter.”
“Why? It’s such a pleasant place to be. You have to admit, Aine. You aren’t as immune to me as you’d like me to think. And since you know what I am, you can probably tell if I am or am not mentally pushing desire on you.”
“Good.” Adhamh straightened and stepped back. He walked around the desk and stopped a few feet from her. “What are you going to give me, then?”
Aine smiled. “You don’t even try, do you? Being irresistible is something as natural as breathing, isn’t it?”
“If you got it, use it.”
Aine laughed and shook her head. “Well, my initial distrust aside, what’s been chosen has been chosen. Please follow me.” Aine skirted the desk and headed for the door.
“Where are you going?”
She paused in mid-step and looked back. “Back to my house.”
A look of surprised pleasure crossed his face. “Well, I guess I’ve really got it if you are inviting me home this soon after we met.”
“You are unbelievable.” She shook her head again. At this rate she’d be dizzy before they even left his office. Hell, she already was. Between his intoxicating scent and sexual banter, her mind was spinning like crazy, and her libido was in overdrive. “I’m not inviting you home for sex. It’s something else.”
“Damn. Well a man can hope, can’t he?”
“Yes, you can hope. It flatters me that you want me so much you can’t think of anything else but sex.” Aine watched her comment hit home.
His eyes narrowed as he stepped closer. “I haven’t forgotten there are men out there after you. What they want, I don’t know. But trust that I
will not let anyone harm you while I’m on watch.”
“I trust you.”
January 7th, 2008, 11:02 AM
Mandy from Rogues and Romance said Babes is a Must Read.
Babes in Toyland II has left me absolutely speechless. All I can say is: Hold on tight and get ready for a new favorite!!
Babes in Toyland II, and every story within, gets the Rogues and Romance Must-Read Award. This anthology deserves special recognition for an outstanding stories, characters, and writing.
Heart’s Desire is about finding exactly that. This story was full of mystery and suspense, and you will love Michelle Hasker’s style of uncovering those mysteries! This story is a marvelous true paranormal, and a love story that any romance reader will adore.
January 8th, 2008, 12:42 PM
Wonderful! What a great review!
January 8th, 2008, 02:49 PM
I've been very fortunate with my reviews :)
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