LITTLE BLACK DRESS – ANTHOLOGY
Author: Brynne Asher, Layla Frost, Sarah Curtis, Sarah O’Rourke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1st, 2017
All net proceeds donated to Gilda’s Club – Rochester charity
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There’s something about the little black dress. The go-to wisp of material that’s perfect for any occasion. The quintessential LBD hugs, stretches, and moves with the female form. Every woman needs one at some point, and sometimes that means borrowing from a friend.
Starting with Abby, this lucky LBD makes its way into the stories of Lucy, Katie, and Winnie right when they need it most.
Four women, four stories, and four happily ever afters…
And it all started with one little black dress.
Warning: Keep your hands off our Little Black Dress if you’re not 18.
All net proceeds will be donated to Gilda’s Club, Rochester. With over 1,200 FREE programs offered to men, women, teens, and children, they offer much-needed social and emotional support to those living with cancer, their friends, and family.
What a wonderful anthology that besides being for fantastic cause, really touch all the right spots of the Romance genre!
It’s always hard for me to review anthologies, specially because I rarely go through all the stories given my literary ‘pickiness’, but this Little Black Dress really was the exception. All the stories got me hooked in the most diverse ways, and I adored the fluidity to which we go from one story to the other. The only thing missing for me even considering the short length of the stories – and the reason for this not being a full five stars – was the lack of at least an hint of an ‘epilogue’, maybe just a statement/paragraph into the couples future, perhaps even in the adjoining story. That really was the only point, because apart from that it was perfect!
The LBD really was a natural and thought out connection between all the storylines, and goes to show that no matter the kind of girl you are, a Little Black Dress always hits the spot – in this case, literally!!! 😉
ABBY’S ANGELS – SARAH O’ROURKE
The perfect start for this anthology!
I adored Abbigail and Whitlock’s story! For me it’s incredible refreshing reading a story about a married couple, and specially one as devoted and loving as these two.
Because while Abby hadn’t been his first lover, he’d known the moment he tasted her lips for the first time that she would be his last. She’d be his everything. Until he took his last breath.
Their story touched me deeply, and the serious and in depth issues of their married life couldn’t have been more beautifully written or had a more dreamy outcome. But rest assured that just because were talikng about a couple on a decade old marriage doesn’t mean any less steam. Quite the contrary! Who knew an apparently uptight and by-the-book college professor could be such a dirty talker?! These two really burn down the sheets, it’s a wonder how the lucky little black dress survived to pass along to Lucy!!!
“You know damn well that after months of celibacy, the last thing I want to do is waste my cum by exploding in your hand. It belongs inside you. Deep, deep inside you, Abby girl,”
LUCY’S A DREAMER – BRYNNE ASHER
After a more serious uptake on a relationship, Brynne Asher gives us a more light hearted and humorous version of one with Lucy – Abigail’s free spirited younger sister.
Vaughn had been her teenager crush, her brother’s best friend, her dream man, so when she wakes up next to him after a torrid night of incredible sex, let’s just say that that her flighty nature takes over. But worry not, because Vaughn knows exactly how to handle that.
You can bet this fine ass the first possible moment I can get you alone, I’ll be working on your feng and your shui.
OMG, these two really gave us some laughing out loud moments, specially Vaughn, which surprised me in the best of ways. Who can resist a man who knows what he wants and doesn’t allow any obstacle – specially in the shape of a big brother – to stop him from getting it, or in this case her?!
“Never wanted anything as much as you.”
In the end Lucy realizes that there’s no point in avoiding confrontation or fighting the unavoidable, because sometimes, it’s more than worth it, and dreams do come true!!!
You’re my dream, Vaughn Isaac Rowe. I’ll never want anyone but you.”
Just so you know, you’re the best thing I never knew to dream.”
KISS ME, KATIE – SARAH CURTIS
I seriously adore this trope! What is it about two people in love/lust for one another and doing patrol together in a small police car that pushes my buttons?! Don’t really know the reason, but it totally works for me!
Katie and Ethan have been working alongside as partners for over six months. Six months where they got deeper and deeper under the other’s skin, and fell in love. The problem was that both were afraid to loose they well earned friendship, and that the other didn’t reciprocate their feelings.
The golden opportunity presented itself to Ethan when Katie asked him to pretend to be her boyfriend. He accepted, of course, but pretending was the furthest thing from his mind…
“You’re not going to give me a tour of your house first?”
“You’ll get your tour when I fuck you in every room.”
One kiss, one touch was enough to explode their repressed desire for one another, and from that moment on, there was no turning back. Not that any of them wanted to. LOL
“No, sweetheart, wrong fairy tale. You’re the enchanting Siren, luring this captivated fool to his untimely death with your tempting song.”
Loved both the main characters, but Ethan thoughts really were a special brand of sexy and steamy deliciousness!
“Six fucking very long months of watching you,” his face drew closer, “wanting you,” closer, “waiting for you, ’til I fucking needed you more than my next breath.”
WINNIE MAE – LAYLA FROST
Layla Frost really creates the sassiest, strongest and funniest female main character, and Winnie is proof to that!
“Yes, it keeps me busy. But that’s what I like. I’m a doer, you know?”
It was a massive lie. I was a sleeper.
But even the totally kickass, deeply independent and sexual uninhibited Winnie can catch the surprise of her life after a supposed one night stand, an unforgettable one at that, when against all odds, and internal struggle, it becomes so much more than that.
After an apparently successful and regretful ruse, the problem was coming clean and showing her true colors. What she had no idea was that her shiny personality shone through no matter the elaborate artifice.
“I think you’re perfect as you are,” I said. “Minus the Cinderella act. Although, I think she left a glass slipper behind, and not undies.”
Who knew she was the one getting the shock of revelation, because Max – one sexy devil, btw – only ever saw the true Winnie, and there’s was no doubt that he more than liked what he saw!!!
And that office sex scene… SCORCHING!!!
“I love having your actual hands on me. My imagination is a poor fucking substitute.”
ARC kindly provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review
Brynne Asher grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, three children and her perfect dog. When she isn’t creating pretend people and relationships in her head, she is running her kids around and doing laundry. She enjoys cooking, decorating, shopping at outlet malls as well as online and is always seeking the best deal. A perfect day in “Brynne World” ends in front of an outdoor fire with family, friends, s’mores and a delicious cocktail.
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Layla Frost has always been a rebel. A true badass.
Growing up, Layla used to hide under her blanket with a flashlight to read the Sweet Valley High books she pilfered from her older sister. It wasn’t long before she was reading hidden Harlequins during class at school. This snowballed into pulling all-nighters after the promise of “just one more chapter”.
Her love of reading, especially the romance genre, took root early and has grown immeasurably.
In between reading and writing, Layla spends her free time rocking out(at concerts, on the couch, in the car… Anywhere is a stage if you get into it enough), watching TV(the nerdier the better!), and being a foodie. Though she lives in NY(the state, not the city), she’s an avid Red Sox fan.
I’m Sarah Curtis (that’s a pseudonym of my kids’ names). I’m a 47 year-old mother of two, grandma of 2 and live with my husband of 30 years in Southern California.
I write steamy contemporary romance novels about sexy alpha males and the heroines who steal their hearts.
I’m addicted to coffee, Red Bull, Lay’s potato chips, and ice cream. When I’m not writing (which is hardly ever, hence the addiction to coffee and Red Bull) I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and watching football (Go Pack Go).
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Sarah O’Rourke is actually two besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.
Between them, they have four children and eighteen years of marriage…one to a super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!
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