First off, like the name may imply–gasp!–there are seven stories in this collection…for $0.99. Seriously. That’s around $0.14 a story, which is a little ridiculous considering the fact that, in typical Brad Vance fashion, these are hot, raunchy, and yet somehow extremely well-written. The brain almost cannot compute this combination.
So, here’s my run-down sans spoilers, because I’m not a fan of spoilers:
Good Cop, Bad Boy: Yes. Just…yes. If I didn’t have a hot cop fetish before, I do now. I love the actual journey here.
Rough Workout: Shame on you. Dirty, dirty. There are little details in this one that really set it apart for me, and I don’t want to give spoilers. But man, there’s an art here that I didn’t notice until I’d read it… um… Yeah, I’m not admitting this.
The Sexual Network: This was, admittedly, my least favorite of the bunch. That being said, I think it’s mostly because it could benefit from being turned into a full story. There’s too much goodness here for a short story. I feel cheated.
Beck’s Cruisy Motel Hookup: Wait, should’ve saved the dirty comment for this one. This is probably my favorite of the bunch. (Though, seriously, Tommy. I was just as disappointed as Beck. You know what I mean.) The description here is just so good. I don’t know how it’s possible for there to be something so dirty and so well-written. Seriously.
Tyler’s Pirate Island Audition: Mm. I love the running commentary. It just adds something to the scene. Plus Mitch. Plus the end–very nice. I liked the story behind the sex.
” Gang: “Don’t forget who’s in charge here.” — Wouldn’t even dream about it. I love the dynamic between the characters. When I figure out how Vance manages to write that kind of sex and still pull off distinct, recognizable characters, I’ll be a happy camper.
” Manhunt: Loved the twist. This one was a really fun read because, well, it was a game with a dark element. I have to say my absolute favorite part was the very end. Which probably says something about me, but hey.
All in all, I think this is more of a fangirl explosion than a review. Oh well. It’s hot. Read it.
I’d have bought this collection for the first story alone, and it’s my favorite of the bunch. I really love the whole “the most dangerous game” feel to it. The psychological twist is every bit as hot as the sex itself, and I love the characters. As I’ve said before, one of my favorite parts about Brad Vance’s work is that I can expect to see hot stories that somehow manage to be raunchy and well-written. It almost seems an anomaly at times, and yet it’s true.
Maybe I’m just a little screwy in the head, because I was a teensy bit (okay, a lot bit) disappointed in the Urban Manhunt short. You know what I wanted. I don’t have to tell you. I’m not nice to characters in these situations.
That being said, hot as it was, again there’s a plot here. The dynamic between Sam and Derek is really interesting to watch develop; there are hints at more that I enjoyed filling in the blanks for in my own head. The self-discovery that unfolded was hot without seeming contrived, and I liked how the characters crossed paths.
I’m again giving 5 stars because I’ve read this over and over. And I liked it. And I can.
This broken record would like to, once more, wax poetic–or not–about Vance’s work. I was glad I was able to support the author at ARE since it’s banned from Amazon, and this was my introduction into his work.
I love compilations; I grab time here and there to read, and longer books are increasingly difficult for me to find time for. Short stories are perfect for that reason, and when they continue like these, it makes me even happier because I get to follow the story. I can’t say I’d have expected the path it took, and that made it even more appealing for me.
It’s not exactly what it sounds like, but that’s perfectly okay, because there’s a healthy dose of humiliation to offset it. A few of my fetishes may or may not have made appearances, which is another reason I liked these.
If I had a single complaint, it would be that there are a few repetitive phrases and words that I started to get tired of seeing by the end. Still, can’t say it’s stopped me from enjoying them!