Title: Forbidden Love
Author: Stormy Glenn, HC Brown, Anna O’Neill and Alesandr Voinov
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Link: Buy Forbidden Love Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Nerine Dorman
My Outlaw, by Stormy Glenn
After getting injured and losing his horse during a cattle drive, Daniel Branson is ordered to ride the stagecoach back home. Little does he realize that it will put him in the hands of the notorious outlaw, Black Bart. And the handsome outlaw has plans for Daniel that don’t involve holding him for ransom!
Forbidden, by H.C. Brown
England 1075—Sir Renoir Danier finds himself in an intolerable situation when he is ordered by King William to marry an elderly Spanish countess. Five years earlier, he met the great love of his life, Sir Sebastian. This deeply sensual dark angel taught him all that a man could give to another. Renoir became a slave to his erotic punishment. After a month of bliss, Sebastian sailed to Spain. Will he return or leave Renoir with a shattered heart?
Poisoned Heart, by Anna O’Neill
The ultimate betrayal . . . .
In Edo-period Japan, a prominent family might choose to foster a son from another clan in order to encourage peaceful political relations. When Raiden's family invites twenty-three year old Masashi into their lives, their gesture has the opposite effect: Masashi kills Raiden's parents. Now years later Raiden is studying with a master of magic who allows Raiden the chance to go back in time to kill Masashi before Masashi can lift a finger against his family.
But when Raiden is faced with his guest-brother once again, much to his horror he finds that his old feelings for Masashi return. With the weight of the future bearing down on Raiden's shoulders, can he overcome these troublesome emotions, or will his new weakness destroy everything?
Deliverance, by Aleksandr Voinov
William Raven of Kent joined the Knights Templar to do penance for his sins. Formerly a professional tournament fighter and mercenary, William is brought face-to-face with a past he'd thought he had escaped.
As far as hot man-on-man action goes, very little gets as hot as this collection of short stories. I must admit Stormy Glenn's My Outlaw didn't do much for me as the premise felt a bit forced. I didn’t quite get into Daniel’s character and couldn’t decide whether he was withholding his knowledge of Black Bart’s true identity.
HC Brown's Forbidden pretty much knocked my socks off. Not only was the dialogue in this case witty, but the characterisations memorable. I was immediately engaged in Renoir’s dilemma and, although his eventual encounter wasn’t much of a surprise, I still enjoyed watching events unfold very much.
Anna O'Neill's Poisoned Heart played on the proximity of love and hate. Although I’m no great fan of Far Eastern settings, O’Neill successfully kept my attention and built a wonderful tension between the main character and the object of his desire.
Aleksandr Voinov's Deliverance probably offered to me the most impassioned encounter between two men. Also here there was no clear HEA ending and I can only imagine that there would be continued conflict. The sex scenes are brutal and blistering, and I got an idea the author knew exactly what he was writing about.
This tight collection gets a definite thumbs up from me, even if I’m not a regular reader of m/m action. Well realized, gritty and full of impact, I was definitely left breathless and wanting more.