Secrets, Volume 27 - Untamed Pleasures

Author: Liane Gentry Skye, Hannah Murray, Nicole North, Leigh Court

Publisher: Red Sage Publishing

Release Date: July 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5


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HEART STORM by Liane Gentry Skye

Navy SEAL Byron Burke has had a lifelong obsession with the water.  He’d been rescued from the shore by the Burke family as a child with the only clue as to his true identity being a unique birthmark resembling a trident framed by a pair of wings.  Now he’s all grown up with more questions than answers and his family’s deaths weigh heavily on his heart.  Despite all his training, Byron throws caution to the wind and takes his surfboard out into an impending hurricane.  Little does he know that his actions will bring him in contact with a mermaid.  Sirenia is the last fertile mermaid of her brood and unless she can locate the prophesized Lost Son of Tritan her kind will die out.  How was she to know that the injured land-walker and the fabled mer-man are one and the same?  

Navy SEALs are the subject of many women’s fantasies and Byron is no exception.  He’s intensely hot but as a reader you get the sense that there’s more to his story then simply a love for the water.  Liane Gentry Skye does a beautiful job of incorporating Byron’s preference for the sea to the underwater existence of merfolk.



THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Hannah Murray

Isabella Carelli’s latest endeavor at finding a man interested in a little something kinkier than the missionary position has resulted in yet another disappointment.  All she wants is a little slap and tickle and some bondage.  Is that really too much to ask?  Apparently so… but how was she to know that Jacob Hale, the boy next door, would share so many of her delectable fantasies?


Hannah Murray will entice women to view that ‘boy next door’ in a different light with this contemporary tale.  This story really captured my interest because of the humorous way Isabella divulges her penchant for a little BDSM in the bedroom.



DEVIL IN A KILT by Nicole North

Shauna MacRae has been besieged with fantasies involving a Highland hunk she’d noticed on a cover of a romance novel.  As a ‘born-again virgin’ there’s not even a substitute male she can use to take the itch off so she’s left with her vivid imagination and no outlet to assuage her need.  That is, until she takes a trip to the Highland games and touches an ancient sword belonging to Gavin MacTavish.  Next thing she knows, she’s transported back to the year 1612 and into the presence of her ‘fantasy man – a man who suffers a curse he believes that she can break.


Scottish highlanders are a favorite of many romance readers and Nicole North’s adds an exciting paranormal element that truly captures the imagination.  This is Ms. North’s first published story and I’ll be anxious to see what she comes up with next.



THE BET by Leigh Court

Damian Hunt, Viscount Atherton, makes an outlandish boast that he can bring a woman the ultimate joy by only using his mouth – and not actually touching her in any way culminates in a bet with very high stakes.  George risks losing his London house if Damian can pull it off and Damian stands to lose his prized horse.  Not just any woman will do for such a bet; George believes his younger sister Claire is the perfect model of womanhood for Damian’s challenge.  She’s practically on the shelf and a prude to boot.  George is confident that there’s no way that Damian can pull it off.  Damian however, believes a little creativity and Claire’s love of literature just may play right into his hands.


Leigh Court’s THE BET had me chuckling at the antics of Damian and George which were made even more humorous by Claire’s prudish attitude towards the men’s self indulgences.  THE BET is Ms. Court’s second SECRETS novella and certainly has cemented herself a place on my authors to watch list.


The Red Sage SECRETS anthologies have long held space on my keeper shelves.  Like its predecessors, SECRETS VOLUME 27 - UNTAMED PLEASURES contains four tales of varying genres that deliver on readers’ desire for something more erotic in their storylines.  Each of these authors delivers a captivating story full of intense scenes guaranteed to have you in search of more writing by them.  If you enjoy anthologies then I highly suggest checking out the various SECRETS anthologies – I know my foray into the more risqué romance storylines began with a SECRETS book and I’ve never regretted picking up any of these tantalizing reads.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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