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Sex Objects : Erotic Romance for Women [Paperback]

Delilah Devlin

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12 Sep 2013
In Sex Objects, Delilah Devlin explores women's most lusted after icon: the heroic man in uniform. These stories of romance feature real-life heroes who enter danger zones in the name of duty, honour, country - or maybe love - who conjure images of buff bodies and chiselled good looks. Imagine the Navy SEAL sent on a suicide mission; the damaged Army Ranger home from war; a SWAT team member a human traffickers den; or the smoke-jumper living next door. These sexy and suspenseful stories of men in uniform are sure to please every reader.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Blend of Stories 13 Sep 2013
By J. Faltys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Delilah Devlin has again brought together a talented group of authors depicting a varied group of men (and a few women) who risk their lives for love. Like most anthologies, some of the stories were more satisfying than others but each was creative with characters that jumped off the page. There was a nice flow from one story to the next where nothing felt repetitive with heat levels that offered something for everyone. None of the stories got too kinky though so those that like their romances warm instead of scorching will find themselves satisfied. While each story had a definitive conclusion, some offered a clear HEA whereas others offered a HFN. Some felt a bit rushed (Painted by Leah Ridgewood) while others had surprising depth (The Star by Tahira Iqbal). The one theme that was incorporated throughout was the dominant nature of the men. A sense of protectiveness and surety radiated off of each hero that will make any reader swoon.

When it came to to-die-for heroes I especially fell for Matt in Once Upon a Time in Mukdahan by Sidney Bristol. He put his life on the line to save the woman he's been infatuated with since his teens. To make his rescue of her even more difficult is the fact that he's missing a hand and lost his prosthesis while racing to reach her. His disability was dealt with in a realistic and tasteful way with his feelings of inadequacy believably addressed. As a disabled person myself I greatly appreciate an unconventional hero and wish this story could've been expanded upon.

From start to finish this anthology made for an entertaining read. I discovered some new authors and was again reminded of other tried-and-true author's talents. There was a little something for every kind of reader and I look forward to Ms. Devlin's next anthology.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes are everywhere, thank goodness! 10 Sep 2013
By Elf2060 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4 1/2 stars
"High Octane Heroes" is an anthology edited by Delilah Devlin and features a collection of 15 stories featuring sexy lead characters and a foreword written by the talented Maya Banks. Heroes from all walks of life are featured, including prison guards ("Pitch Black" by Delilah Devlin), paramedics ("Five Alarm Fire" by Sabrina York, "Natural Appetites" by Adele Dubois and "Painted" by Leah Ridgewood), an embassy bodyguard ("Besieged" by Elle James) a physical fitness trainer and the client he helps recover from severe injuries ("Pumping Iron" by Christine D'Abo) and many more sensual males. The common theme of heroes who go above and beyond the limits that most are intimidated by and the insight into their lives makes this a very entertaining read.

This anthology of contemporary romance stories with an erotic twist provides vignettes that remind us why we love guys in uniform. The delightful combination of various writing styles that focus on different aspects of what makes an alpha male so romantic and heroic provide vivid examples of the various factors which mold these complex men who are driven to serve and protect. There are poignant tales of those who serve or have served in the military ("As You Were" by Alice Janell, "The Star" by Tahira Iqbal, "Diving Deep" by Jenny Lyn, "Once Upon a Time in Mukdahan" and "SEAL Destiny" by Sharon Hamilton) that make one's heart clench with sorrow as well as fright plus others which make the reader experience a remarkable breadth of adventures in a very short time. This was a deliciously spicy combination of reads which reminded me of why I am such a fan of some of these authors while introducing me to new talented folks who I will be on the lookout for. A great companion book to the anthology, "Smokin' Hot Firemen" and an enjoyable quick read. I hope that the apparently indefatigable Ms. Devlin continues to gather even more of these exciting and sensual stories.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good anthology 12 Sep 2013
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this anthology. I'm a huge fan of men in uniform, always have been, so I was excited to hear about this anthology. I'll admit, I was mostly expecting the usual suspects; military men, cops, etc. And while they were all present, there were a few unexpected heroes; i.e. prison guard, EMT, and a fitness trainer. The everyday heroes that people don't usually think about. This made me fall even more in love with this anthology.

Each story was short (10-15 pages average), but all were well written with varying degrees of heat. Part of the joy of an anthology is getting to sample different writing styles and authors, while getting the chance to reconnect with favorite authors and meet new ones. And on the downside, there are usually one or two stories that just don't click for me for whatever reason. However, that wasn't the case here. I enjoyed every story, and there are several I would love to see expanded or added upon.

All in all, this was a good anthology, filled with sexy heroes, amazing authors, and kickass stories. I would definitely recommend this anthology to anyone who wants to see some men in uniform in action.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These exhilarating, heated shorts are quick to warm hearts and indulge lustful cravings 27 Oct 2013
By Karielle @ Books la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As You Were by Alice Janell: Medic Laura and alpha-male soldier Tony set their passion on fire after a close emergency call. Explicit, but too abrupt and lacking in tension for my tastes.

Five-Alarm Fire by Sabrina York: When Luke is set up with good girl Trish by his nosy but well-meaning neighbor, he tells himself he'll go through with the date just to keep her from prying in his love life again. What he finds, however, is that Trish isn't as good of a good girl as he initially thought. Cheesy storyline, but ultimately very hot and intense.

Renegade by Brindle Chase: Kara's undercover assignment goes awry, but thankfully sexy SWAT leader Michael "Renegade" Delaney comes to the rescue... and he intends to do more to her than save her life. Loved the deadly steeliness in Michael's character, but the story was just "meh."

Painted by Leah Ridgewood: Feisty Latina Rosalia is sick of her rich, white-boy playboy of a neighbor, Justin, but when he touches her in places she'd forgotten were tender, she opens her eyes up to his heroic qualities (he IS a paramedic, after all) and their obvious chemistry. Really well written with an elaborate storyline, but the sex is mediocre.

Besieged by Elle James: Special Forces officer Max is ready to settle, but Kate—who just happens to be the Ambassador's daughter—isn't hinting at wanting anything more than the purely carnal arrangement they have going now. A grand act of heroism will determine his fate, as it just might save Kate's life... that is, if he succeeds. Sweepingly romantic and intense in its elongated sex scene, this one is satisfying, but unmistakably corny.

Pumping Iron by Christine D'Abo: Lila, who's just now recovering from an accident, has always had fantasies about her intimidatingly gorgeous physical trainer, Kyle. When she finally, in an act of vulnerability, confesses her attraction to him, the dominant ex-UMF player in him makes certain to work her body like it's never been worked before. SUPER hot, kinky, and vivid in its detail and sex—loved this one!

Diving Deep by Jenny Lyn: Katie has the seemingly perfect arrangement with super sexy Navy SEAL Jake: an intense fling whenever he's home every few months, and nothing more to it that would tie her down. But when she starts developing something more than lust for him, she realizes she can't do it anymore, and is surprised to discover Jake has been considering this even harder than she has. If you like a cheery tone and happily-ever-afters, you'll adore this story; it has the perfect balance between a well formulated plot and explosive sex.

Heated Negotiations by Macy Man: When Donovan of the Special Response Team comes face-to-face with Paige—with whom he is yet to tie up loose ends—a stormy encounter ensues. The spontaneous sex is reeeeaallly hot but the progression of the story is kind of confusing.

Once Upon a Time in Mukdahan by Sidney Bristol: Emery is saved from hostage-holding traffickers in Mukdahan by the man she's in love with, SEAL Matt, but unfortunately he's just the kind of man who pushes those who love him away. When both of them are stuck in turmoil and their survival status is unstable, secrets are spilled, and a love neither knew capable, blooms.

Big Guns by Michael Bracken: Big, brutish Special Agent Howie is THE man of our unnamed narrator's naughty fantasies. When, on her bartending gig, she finds herself in the middle of his undercover assignment, he not only saves her life, but also teaches her exactly what fantasies are made of. I liked the sensuality of this story, and how it leaves a lot to the imagination.

Natural Appetites by Adele Dubois: Mickey's kind act of courage earns him an onslaught of admiration from the community he's saved from major grief, including Amanda, a beautiful chef at an organic restaurant. Indebted by his heroism, Amanda makes it her mission to seduce him with her all-natural cooking, but it turns out she doesn't even need the food to capture this smitten paramedic's heart. The cheesiness goes overboard here, especially with the insta-love, but I found the backstory promising and the love scenes hot and sensual.

SEAL Destiny by Sharon Hamilton: Special Operator Chief Luke finds the woman of his dreams in a pretty young thing whose eye he manages to catch at the beach. What he wants to be a sizzling one-night stand turns into something more complicated when he realizes the extent of his feelings for her. This one is REALLY hot—a scorching quickie.

Mountain Man by Tamsin Flowers: Stranded during a mission, Mountain Rescuer Jake must wait for the next helicopter to arrive with the unassuming Melody in tow. As they spend the night together, they get the chance to get really close; the position of their encounter makes this one a hot read.

The Star by Tahira Iqbal: Still in mourning over her brother's death, Estella is startled when approached by her late sibling's best military comrade—not only because he seems to be grieving just as much as she is, but also due to the electricity she feels at his every touch. The sorrowful tone is lyrical; Iqbal's style is gorgeous! The sex is kind of abrupt, with very little building tension, but I found this one romantic and sexy nonetheless.

Pitch Black by Delilah Devlin: Danny is the ultimate primal male—"tempered by combat, forged in tragic loss"—and when he wants something, he gets it. What he currently wants is for his girlfriend Jenna to transfer to a less risky field in the guard, but she insists she doesn't need his safekeeping. But considering she's working in a male-dominated concentration, she needs to bend a little, and Danny will be sure to convince her of that. As always, Delilah Devlin doesn't disappoint. The sex is hot, the story is real, and the style keeps you reading—a perfect 10!

Pros: Really, really well selected stories with variety and substance // I pretty much liked all the stories, which rarely happens for me with anthologies // Alpha-heroes! Need I say more?

Cons: Some storylines are confusing // Some flat sex scenes

Verdict: Every story in Devlin's latest erotic romance anthology has a mind—and man—of its own. These exhilarating, heated shorts—some with danger and adrenaline, others with tenderness and emotional chaos—are quick to warm hearts and indulge lustful cravings. High-Octane Heroes is overall a phenomenal anthology about every woman's greatest fantasy: a guy who'll go to the wall for his heroine every single time.

Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Cleis!).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Short, But Great Reads 18 Sep 2013
By Jamie L - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book contains many authors and their short stories, all around 15 pages or so. There is not a lot of substance to most of these stories, but that is entirely okay. These shorts are great reads and definitely steamy. I loved this book and each short story left me feeling like I had a nice story even with them being so short. These were definitely not shorts that left you feeling like you were missing out.
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