Review : FALLING HARD: A NEW ADULT ANTHOLOGY by Shelly Bell , M.K. Schiller , Aliza Mann, Sage Spelling, Heather Novak

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From sweet & heartfelt to steamy & spicy, FIVE brand new college campus novellas filled with alpha heroes and tenacious heroines for every romance reader.

This anthology is intended for mature readers, 18 years of age and older.

FORBIDDEN: FRESHMAN YEAR (An Erotic Suspense Novella)
By Shelly Bell

Rules are meant to be broken…
For one night, Tristan Kelley taught the woman he only knew as Angel to surrender to all her wicked desires. Now his Angel has a name—Isabella Lawson—and he’s not only her professor but her boss. Kisses are forbidden. Touches are forbidden. And f#*king her until neither one of them can walk is most definitely forbidden. Of course, he’s never been one to play by the rules.

But the consequences can be deadly…
When Isabella convinced her cousin to take her to her first BDSM party, she hadn’t intended on meeting someone like Tristan—and she certainly hadn’t intended on ever seeing him again. Now she not only sees him in class three days a week, she shares a cramped office with him every afternoon…and it’s becoming harder and harder to resist the temptation. But Tristan Kelley is the least of her problems. Because her dark past is coming for her. And this time…

She might not survive.

TIN MAN’S DANCE (A New Adult Novella)
By MK Schiller

The one time Lilly Franklin decides to reward herself with tickets to her favorite indie artist’s concert, there is a seat mix-up. Not to mention the tall, cocky boy who claims her front-row seat is all wicked smiles, long legs and tug-worthy hair. Lilly quickly decides this boy is messing with the wrong girl. But as the night wears on, Lily starts to see a softer side of former marine, James “Hutch” Hutchinson. A side that makes her shed her loner inhibitions along with her clothes.

There is a difference between trouble and troubled, but Hutch is both.

Hutch lost more than a leg in the Iraqi dessert. Returning to school on the GI Bill wasn’t exactly in the plans…but plans change. Now he only wants to meet the dancer he saw at the recitals his roommate dragged him to, but he’s forgotten how to talk to women, especially a woman as graceful as Lilly. So armed with a plan that even a twelve-years-old would laugh at, James steals Lilly’s seat.

Only fair since she stole his heart first.

But Lilly has plans, too. As if Hutch’s life wasn’t already a sh*t storm of sacrifice. Now, he has to give up the one thing he can’t get enough of.

DARK HEARTS (A Paranormal New Adult Novella)
By Aliza Mann

Mitchell Rowland wasn’t looking for trouble. Having sworn off crazy girls, he needed to keep a low profile. It wasn’t a good idea to be in the spotlight with vicious Seekers and heartless demons out to kill him. The fantasy of blending in disappeared when he met half-human, half-demon, Aurora Tanner. Gone were the cares of hiding the wolf he was, replaced with an urgency to claim her. Could he help the woman of his dreams avert certain death at the hands of her demon father while maintaining his own secret?

Aurora was simply trying to live a normal life. One where she hung out with her friends, enjoyed campus life and wasn’t being stalked by her deathly father – the demon Alchoe, who vowed to kill her if she didn’t return to Hell with him. In fact, when Mitch approached her at a frat party, she knew she should walk away because there was nothing normal about him – but she didn’t. Instead, she ignored her apprehension. One night of passion left her spiritually bound to him. Fresh with imprint from the werewolf she barely knew, she would have to find a way to save her life, while protecting her heart.

HIIGH STAKES (A New Adult Novella)
By Sage Spelling

Betting on Seduction . . .

College jock Blake Holland never backs down from a challenge, so when his douchebag teammate bets him that he can’t seduce the aloof Catalina Vega by Devil’s Night, his pride gets the better of him—and he finds himself accepting. He thought it would be easy, but the more he gets to know her, the more he falls for the sexy librarian. Easy? Famous last words…

With an illness she hides from everyone, virgin Catalina Vega doesn’t date. Like ever. It’s safer to hide behind her books. But when it comes to Blake, she’s throwing caution to wind. Seriously, how could she hate him and want to kiss him at the same time?

As the chemistry between them becomes too hard to resist, they give into temptation, ignoring the secrets hanging over their heads.
But secrets have a way of coming out…

HUNTING WITCH HAZEL: BOOK ONE IN THE LYNCH BROTHERS SERIES
(A Paranormal New Adult Novella)
By Heather Novak

Grayson
Here’s the thing about being as goddamn good-looking as me – everyone expected me to be a giant prick…it’s all about knowing your strengths. My strengths? My good looks, my charm, and my ability to destroy witches.

I was happy with my West Coast life, 24-hour pizza delivery, and bikini-clad bodies as far as the eye could see. Now I’m in the small-ass town of Hayvenwood to extract the ransom to save my little brother’s life. And that ransom is locked inside of the sexiest witch I have ever met, Hazel Evanora. I need her powers, and I have less than a week to steal them.

Hazel
Why do I ride a motorcycle?

Because brooms don’t really fly. It’s the only thing that makes me feel alive…beside Grayson Lynch.

But I cannot let a human get close to me. I can’t risk having any more blood on my hands, no matter how magical it feels when he’s near me. Did I just really use the word ‘magical’? Clearly, I’m selling off my brain along with my powers. But the suffocating bills from my mother’s addiction rest on my shoulders. And if I’m late again, they’ll come after everyone I care about.

Including Grayson.

IMG_0418** ARC kindly provided by Heather Novak for an honest review. **

This anthology is about falling in love with someone, in a way that you can’t stop what’s happening. All these stories are from various kinds, from Erotica-BDSM to New Adult, Paranormal Romance, and are somehow intertwined; the characters are related, mostly by friendship but also by place.

FORBIDDEN : FRESHMAN Year by Shelly Bell

For a start in an anthology, this one was a hell of a beginning, introducing us Isabella and Tristan. This was my first book from this author and she definitely made a good first impression through her erotica-sensual BDSM forbidden romance.
This was a good read with a smoking hot and erotic vibes, with characters with a good and sensual chemistry. But I think it was a little rush to me and by the end, I just wanted me to know more about Tristan. Hurry Shelley Bell, I want to know what happens next!

⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️     Stars

TIN MAN'S DANCE by MK Schiller

Change of scene, a completely different mood.
This time, we have Lilly and James’ “Hutch” story.
This story was so sweet and endearing, through Lilly’s dreams and Hutch traumatized past from war, how his future was now changing. Their relationship put things into perspective, but can they have a future together?
A promising dancer and a former GI (totally clueless when it comes to women), a lot of sweet, romantic moments, struggling with both their issues and aspirations.

⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️   ✨  Stars

DARK HEARTS by Aliza Mann

Now, we’re in Paranormal Romance, so a huge turning point. Magic, witches, werewolves, demons, hunters, are now the main topic.
Aurora and Mitch’s story (Hutch roommate). A half demon with father’s big issues and a werewolf, trying to control his shifting.
Mitch total Alpha, Aurora Bad ass heroine. It was mostly about physical attraction and impregnation. Enjoyable read.

⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️    ✨   Stars

HIGH STAKES by Sage Spelling

A Bad boy/rich womanizer, a librarian and a bet!
Blake is also Hutch and Mitch roommate. Cat is Isabella’s roommate, hiding her physical condition : she’s epileptic.
Blake tried to win a bet and Cat tried to be indifferent to his charms. He had to step up his grades, to his father’s opinion.
She was stubborn and he was intrigued. She had some irrational behavior concerning her condition and Blake was a little too oblivious about that.
Their banter was great and I enjoy reading this story about a man whore falling in love.

⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️    ✨   Stars

HUNTING WITCH HAZEL by Heather Novak

A story about an other roommate, Grayson (a witch hunter) and Hazel (a witch). As you might guess, their story wasn’t an easy one. He had to save his brother, she had to stay away from trouble.
His plan to steal the witch’s power to release his brother wasn’t going as expected, he tried everything he could, but Hazel stayed away and avoiding him.
From the moment he met her, he was immediately attracted to this woman, the only one he couldn’t have.
Sexual attraction, intense chemistry , some action, a sexy witch hunter, and strong heroine, who can ride a motorcycle? I say YES!
He had to choose : his brother or the love of his life? Tic, Tac, time is running!

⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️    ⭐️     Stars

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I had a great time to read this anthology and I absolutely loved how the stories were related, and how each ones were different from the others.
Writing all of them this way was very original and very interesting. If you’re looking for romance with some twists, with characters who were struggling with their lives, secrets, especially about their real nature, and how they fell in love, this anthology is for you!
These ladies caught my attention, so great job!

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