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Marked - Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend, Kit Rocha 3.3333333 stars
(The rating for the entire anthology, individual ratings can be found bellow.)

I'm usually not a big fan of anthologies, for the simple reason that I rarely like all the stories, so the rating of the entire anthology rarely reflects the one story I actually wanted to read. But I really wanted to read the Beyond story, so I figured it's worth a shot. Anyway, on to the review. :-)

Beyond Temptation (Beyond, #3.5)
by Kit Rocha


And we're back in Sector Four. Yum.

This is the story of Noah, the mysterious hacker from [b:Beyond Pain|16049679|Beyond Pain (Beyond, #3)|Kit Rocha|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1389284969s/16049679.jpg|21831334] (I think he first showed up there, but I'm not completely sure) and Emma, his best friend's sister and the one woman he really shouldn't get involved in. After his friend's death, he's been taking care of Emma, and as a matter of fact he paid for her to go to the mountains with the man she loves. Imagine his surprise when he realized that that was a lie, and that she is in fact, an O'Kane. He really does need to check up on her, and somehow not get entangled with the O'Kanes. The best laid plans and all that. :-)

All in all, it was a good story and I loved the glimpses of other members of the gang, but I simply didn't care much about Emma and Noah. There was a lot of history between them which explains the shortened getting to know you period, but I still didn't get a good feel for their relationship. They are actually quite good characters, but paled in comparison to the other main characters. I do tend to judge the books by the previous ones - maybe not the fairest thing, but I can't shake it off.

It's actually my favorite story from this anthology.

4 stars

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Rocky Ride (Thompson & Sons, #1)
by Vivian Arend


Anna Coleman is a good girl who always follows the rules. But there is one time when she simply lets her hair down and enjoys herself: on her secret assignation with Mitch Thompson, deliciously hunky, tattooed biker. And that's enough for her. Too bad that it's not enough for Mitch, who wants to keep her. And he will do everything in his power to show her that he is a safe bet.

You know, when I started this story, I have only read one other of Vivian Arend's stories (according to Goodreads, cause I have problems recalling it, and the rating says I didn't enjoy it all that much), but I do love that whole good girl/bad boy stories, so I was optimistic. And the story didn't let me down. On the whole, I like Anna and Mitch, and I love them together.

Anna's behavior at the start didn't endear her to me, but she managed to make it up for me. Then there's Mitch whom I liked from the first, but managed to mess up slightly at the end. There's nothing really wrong with the story, but it didn't really wow me. Same goes for the characters.

And I just have to say, I loved Mitch's brothers, and I'm actually looking forward to reading their stories. :-)

3.5 stars

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All That Remains (Metamorphosis, #1)
by Lauren Dane


The moment Charlie sees Summer, he is captivated by her. She is everything he and his partner Hatch could ever want in their third. As it turns out, Hatch and Summer have a history, one that ended when Hatch hot wanderlust and left her. Lots of groveling would be needed before they work out the kinks from their relationship, but the two men are determined to show her that what they have is strong enough to last a lifetime.

This is actually a post-plague world. Well, actually, there was a virus that killed 90% of people. The story is set 3 centuries or so after the virus. The problem is that I didn't really get the impression of that new world. True, they are more turned towards nature, and there is a mention of caravans travelling between settlements, but there is standard machinery, trains, ERs, stuff like that. u

And of course, something that seems natural with these worlds - there are far more men that women, making menage relationship standard, and voyeurism and public sex are not unusual. Now, I was far interested in the other ways the world changed, not just how it was more sexually liberated.

The relationship itself is mostly sexual, with the added bonus of Summer and Hatch's history which conveniently has them already head over heals for each other (I'm not a big fan of the whole reunited story line in general), and then Hatch and Charlie have been together for 3 years, so they are an established couple. As for Charlie and Summer, I just don't see anything other than sex between them. As a menage, not sure how well they will work.

This is my least favorite of the stories. I am somewhat curious about Summer's sister story, but I'm not sure whether or not I will actually read it once it comes out.

2.5 stars

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All in all, the anthology is OK, especially the first two stories, but it just goes to prove the point of my little intro. Some stories are good, some not so much. In this case, it is well worth reading.

ARC received from the authors in exchange for an honest review