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Blaze: A Minxes of Romance anthology Paperback – 25 Sep 2013
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Blaze (A Minxes of Romance anthology)
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Coombethwaite is a rural English village with its very own resident gossip and cat loving old lady, Mrs. Cromaty and a pub called the King's Head. It also has a posse of dedicated firefighters, all eligible and passionate men, some full time firefighers and some part time. Oh and there's a firewoman too. These are eight ebook shorts teamed (themed?) up in one anthology and combined, they're actually great value.
They are stand alone short stories which all together make up a great read. There are varying heat levels and this is a good choice for a romance reader who want to get out of their comfort zone and try a different level. I'm more of a sweet romance girl myself so I was rather partial to Suzanna Ross's 'Smouldering Attraction' and also to Tara Pammi's story which was, in my view, outstanding. All in all, this was a most enjoyable read. All the Minxes are top class writers.
'Blaze' is a compilation of well written short stories. They are NOT novellas, so readers should expect the shorter lengths and the limitations inherent in short stories. Each story was stand alone but was connected to the others through recurring characters and setting.
As the blurb indicates, this compilation was designed to introduce new readers to the writing styles of the featured authors. I liked the individual stories and they were the perfect length for when the reader wants a quick read. Writing conventions were good and the book appears to have been professionally edited.
There were some issues that might not appeal to some readers. Because the stories were short, the romances progressed quickly, in a 'love at first sight' or 'speedy reunited' fashion. This was part of the appeal for me, but I know that is not for everyone. To me this is escapist literature, though, and I can readily suspend disbelief and embrace the fast unfolding of the romance, and in some cases, sex.
The other issue is the sexual content. Some stories had none, some had it implied but off-screen, and a couple had it done tastefully but explicitly. Again, this was something that made the compilation attractive to me; I liked the variety. However, those who want only a clean romance will not be happy with the stories that contain explicit sex. They are definitely nowhere near erotica, but for some readers, any sex is too much in their books. Similarly, those who prefer only hot, explicit romances will likely find this book to be too vanilla and dull. For those like myself, who are more flexible about sex scenes in romances, this book is probably a perfect synthesis.
I recommend this set to anyone who just wants some quick, simple, short romance stories but does not want to settle for bad writing. These are in the 'Mills and Boon' or 'Harlequin' style, which is one I like. This set is definitely worth a try.