REVIEW: Brought To His Knees by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue & Felice Fox

Brought To His Knees by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue & Felice Fox
Published:  August 19, 2014

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

A.M. Griffin ~ Dark Wolf Enterprises ~ Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.

Amy Ruttan ~ Building Bridges ~ A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other…

Anya Richards ~ Three Strikes ~ Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.

Cynthia D’Alba ~ A Cowboy’s Seduction ~ One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?

Danica Avet ~ Born To Sin ~ A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.

Felice Fox ~ The Sound Of Your Name ~ Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.

Jennifer Kacey ~ Beneath The Pages ~ One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.

Lynne Silver ~ Cruising For Love ~ A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.

Sabrina York ~ Whipped ~ A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…

Sayde Grace ~ Chief Sin ~ A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.

Tina Donahue ~ Make Me Surrender ~ When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.

**Overall Hotness Rating 4 out of 5**

This is by far the best boxed set I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot of them! I have never given so many 4.5 to 5 star ratings on the short stories that make up a boxed set. These authors all deserve to be commended for the well-written, erotic, and sweet stories that made up this collection. There is not one story in this series that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone that loves a hot romance. 

Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin

4 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

I have pretty much gotten away from reading shifter romance. This book made me regret that decision and miss the hot alpha world of a wolf pack. I loved Kristof and Trudy! 

Kristoff suspects a member of their trusted pack is embezzling from them. With no other choice he hires an outside human accountant to go through the records and confirm his worst fear. What follows is a series of horrific events that throws Kristoff right into Trudy’s life. He vows to keep her safe, even from himself. This proves to be harder than he thought considering Trudy is his soul-mate. 

I loved Trudy! The strength and resilience she showed in the face of all that was happening around her was so fun to read. I love when an author doesn’t create unnecessary drama and lets the story speak for itself. Kudos, Ms. Griffin. I can’t wait to read more on this pack and the hot brothers of Dark Wolf Enterprises.

Building Bridges by Amy Ruttan

3 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Building Bridges is a story of facing your fears and chasing your dreams. In William and Molly’s story we get both ends of that spectrum. 

William chased his dream only to find it more than he had bargained for. Who says you can’t go home, again? He made his mark and now he’s back to his roots and basing his future on the ranch that his grandpa left him. 

Molly trusted her heart to the wrong guy and learned the hard way to never trust a man. Sadly, that experience has scared her away from putting herself out there for anything including her dream to become a vet. 

Although, the story between William and Molly was sweet there were times I didn’t feel a true connection between the couple. That is until they took their clothes off. Then the air crackled with the sizzle between these two. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would give this author another read.

Three Strikes by Anya Richards

4 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

**This story is m/m** 

I wasn’t sure about Three Strikes in the beginning. It was really hard for me to follow at first. I think it was the issue of the mention of the Jamaican posse, the Jamaican slang and the different references that I wouldn’t know living in the States. However, once I figured it out and gave it a chance I loved the story. 

Vincent is a Jamaican immigrant living in England. He’s made lots of mistakes and paid a dear price for it. But, now his life is on the straight and narrow and he couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe he could be happier, but the thought of having a good man in his life is just a dream – a dream that he knows can’t come true.

Kyle has to be in the closet. As a police Sargent all he’s ever worked for would be destroyed if he wasn’t. He’s okay with it since a forever after kind of love is not anything he wants. At least he thinks it’s not anything he wants. Enter Vincent and poor Kyle’s life is turned upside down – in a really great way.

Vincent and Kyle were sexy, sweet, and loving. Reading the different experiences that each man had when dealing with their sexuality was heartbreaking and bittersweet. These men were both so strong and wonderful! I am so glad they found each other.

A Cowboy’s Seduction by Cynthia D’Alba

4.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3.5 out of 5

A Cowboy’s Seduction is a fabulous, hot & spicy summer read. On second thought, it would make a great winter read, as well. Sure to warm you up. 

Natalie Diamond is tired of the cold and snow. Thank goodness she’ll be leaving soon to visit her parents in Florida for the Christmas holiday. At least that was her plans until she gets a call from her mom saying they are going on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise, but not to worry her gift is in the mail. That gift just happens to be an all expense paid trip to a Caribbean Island.

Brock Wade lost his parents way too young leaving the ranch and the care of his siblings square on his shoulders. All work and no play is all he’s known for longer than he cares to admit. But, when his brothers and sister give him an already booked and paid for Caribbean vacation Brock isn’t sure he can accept it. He can’t leave the ranch. However, his brothers convince him none too gently that they can cover for him while he’s gone. 

When Brock and Natalie meet on their exclusive vacation sparks fly. The connection between this couple is as heartwarming as it is hot! I loved the Wade siblings and would love to read more about them. Hint-hint, Ms. D’Alba. 

Born To Sin by Danica Avet

5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Born To Sin is my first read by Danica Avet and I can honestly say she has a fan for life. I seriously want to go out and buy any title I can find that was written by this author. If you love a sizzling hot story with an equally alpha, hot guy then this is the book for you.

Sinclair “Sin” Rivas does not do relationships which is why he has kept his distance from the super tempting mechanic that works with him. She’s the closest thing he has to a real friend and the thought of losing that just because he can’t control himself doesn’t sit well.

Taylor Guillory is one of the guys. She always has been and is comfortable with that distinction. But, she’s had it with lusting after the infamously sexy Sin Rivas and she’s got a plan to go after him. Yes, there is a chance it could ruin their friendship, but she’s willing to take that chance for one night of passion. She just secretly hopes she can have it all.

I can not believe how much heat and emotion was packed into this short story. The characters were well developed, the background and story was so well written, and the dialogue was fun! And did I mention the sex was smoking hot? 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a hot read with a great story and even better characters.

The Sound Of Your Name by Felice Fox

3.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

The Sound Of Your Name is best if read after Hold Me Together (Cameron Ranch #1). Although, you can read it alone it left me a little confused and floundering in parts. I think my rating and enjoyment level would have been much higher if read in order.

Brody Cameron wants nothing more than to help save the family ranch. Sadly, he’s been in a slump and hasn’t ridden a bull in far too long. That is until he meets his little good luck charm. The problem is he wants more than their little quickies, but he doesn’t want to risk the riding streak he has going on.

Ellie doesn’t like fooling those around her, especially now that she’s starting to really feel like a part of the crowd. But, she has to continue hiding her identity to get the story she needs for the city magazine she works for. Now, she has even more at stake. She’s done the unthinkable and lost her heart to a cowboy.

I found the instant acceptance of being used odd. Ellie was supposed to be a worldly, city girl. Yet, she had no problem with the arrangement. It just didn’t work for me. I liked the secondary characters a lot and would probably give more books in this series a chance. But, I would read the first book before.

Beneath The Pages by Jennifer Kacey

5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Holy Hannah, this book is hot! Hot with a capital HOT! I would love to have read more of this story, but I’m not positive my Kindle wouldn’t melt, so maybe it’s a good thing it was a short story. This book has it all – a hot, alpha hero and 2 equally hot and sexy bodyguards that are perfectly happy to join in. 

Acacia is used to living amongst the rich and famous. She’s done it her whole life. And now that her beloved father has died she has inherited the magazine and will continue on with the life she has been trained to live. She enjoys her life for the most part, even if it does get the best of her at times. Tonight is one of those nights. Her house is filled with the rich and famous and she’s just too tired to deal with the fake smiles and small talk. Even worse, she is on edge scared he’ll show up. Or maybe scared that he won’t.

Radigan is used to the world bending to his will. It’s kind of a side effect of fame. He can have what he wants, when he wants it and he uses that to his advantage a lot! One night is he what he gives and then he moves on to the buffet of women that flock to him. That’s always worked for him until one night with Acacia. He hasn’t been able to get her off his mind ever since. He’s a man that knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to act on it. Now that he’s set his mind to making Acacia his she doesn’t stand a chance.

The characters in this book were more than just hot. They were well-written and enjoyable. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. 

Cruising For Love by Lynne Silver

4 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Cruising For Love is a story of second chances. This story was sweet and funny all wrapped into one.

Andi and Jonah were high school sweethearts. Between the distance, college, and med school both parties decided to go their separate ways rather than try to hang on and lose it all, anyways. A decade later they find themselves thrown together, with a little help from Andi’s best friend, on a cruise ship. 

Jonah is a physician on a cruise line and for the most part he likes it. He tried the traditional route, but due to some trouble, not of his doing, he decided to salvage his reputation and move on. Seeing Andi again was never a thought he entertained, but now that she’s back in his life he’ll stop at nothing to win her back.

Andi can not believe that her friend tricked her into going on a Whipped theme cruise. At least she has the option to not join in on the bdsm filled festivities. It’s not that the thought doesn’t interest her, but not with a random guy that she just met. Of course, with her luck she just happens to get hurt in a demonstration and comes face to face with the teenage love of her life. She’s mortified that he’ll think she is into the whole random theme, but is even more embarrassed to set him straight.

Between lack of communication and the theme of the cruise you get a few chuckles when reading this story. The two main characters were sweet and really very human. I enjoyed this story quite a bit.

Whipped by Sabrina York

5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Oh my goodness! I loved, loved, loved this story! The sex was off-the-charts hot! And I mean HOT! The characters were witty and so entertaining. 

Dane can’t believe that his best friend and Ranger team member is tying the knot! He shudders at the thought of ever settling down to one woman for the rest of his life. Heck, the bachelor party is even a bust since Cody won’t allow strippers or hookers – his head almost exploded when they told him they had already paid for a hooker and she was on her way. Claiming a headache Dane heads out early only to run into the hooker in the elevator. She’s all kinds of hot and Dane figures why let her go to waste, so he invites her back to his room for an amazingly sexy, hot, night of no-holds barred loving.

Tina Marie can’t believe her luck when she stumbles upon her childhood crush in the elevator. As the best friend of her brother she knew she would see him, but not this soon. Quickly, realizing that he doesn’t remember her hurts, but when he mistakes her for a hooker she decides she is all in for the chance she’s always wanted. And boy does she get what she’s always wanted and more. She expected Dane to be a take-charge kind of guy, but he’s more than that. His dominant side is sizzling and Tina Marie knows she’ll stop at nothing to get more.

As always, Ms. York’s humor and witty writing is on full display. I honestly don’t think she could not write a story that doesn’t leave me in awe of her slightly sarcastic, yet always smartly written style. I bow to the master.

Tina Marie to her brother “I can never have sex? Never have a man? A husband? Never have babies? Just because we once exited the same vagina”  See?  Hilariously sarcastic.

When Dane learns that he not only slept with his best friend’s baby sister, but tied her up and spanked her, too I laughed out loud. His reaction and the reaction of all of the guys when they learn she is Cody’s sister is hilarious. Tina Marie is nothing if not tough and outgoing. I loved how she didn’t take any crap from Dane or Cody. 

Chief Sin by Sayde Grace

3.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Chief Sin was a bittersweet love story that made my heart ache a little for what the characters were going through. All of the characters, not just the primary characters, are going through life-changing events and this story got very deep. Not that that’s a bad thing at all. The story was a really good read and well-written.

Chief Bowie Sinet lost the love of his life many years ago. She never returned, so he’s never had the chance to find out what made her leave without a goodbye. But, now she’s coming back and he will have his chance to get it out in the open. That’s assuming that he can keep his clothes on and not make the same mistakes. 

Mavis escaped her hometown and has refused to go back. That is until she gets the call that her twin is missing and she can’t just ignore that. She just hopes this isn’t another trick from her brother and his best friend, who just happens to be the sibling of her high school love, to get her back in town and in the path of Bowie.

What follows is a hunt for a troubled man that has set out to do the right thing and to find his own peace, a visit down memory lane that is very bumpy at best, and a chance at the happiness that was stolen from Bowie and Mavis at way too young of an age. 

Make Me Surrender by Tina Donahue

4.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Holy hot threesome! This book was amazing! I loved the characters in this story. They all had very different personalities, strengths, and backgrounds, yet I can’t imagine their lives turning out any other way than they did by the end of this story. 

Dutch and Travis have shared many women over the years that they’ve been friends. Their life has always worked well for them. Love ’em and leave ’em whether that be together with the same chick or one on one. The only hard core rule that they held was no commitment and they made always made this clear to the woman of the hour. But, with Mercy things are different. She’s off limits!

Mercy has always wanted Dutch and Travis. She’s heard of their escapades, so she knows this idea has some merit. But, they just never treat her as anything more than a friend. She has decided to take matters into her hands and to do that she appeals to their kindness begging for the cook position open at the bar that Travis owns and to move into the extra cabin they have available. She needs them to see her as a capable woman.

I gave Brought To His Knees an overall 4.5 Flaming Hearts
4.5 Hearts