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The Temple I
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March 20, 2004
Ellora's Cavemen: Tales From The Temple I
Joshua 4.0 by Sahara Kelly
Andrea Jane Thompson is one of the lucky few selected to test the beta version of Joshua 4.0 an interactive, virtual reality graphics program. Joshua's basically every woman's fantasy: drop-dead gorgeous, sexy-as-sin and VERY talented in the bedroom, as Andy soon discovers. Andy also discovers there's more to Joshua than meets the eye…
Sahara Kelly skilfully blurs the lines between reality and virtual reality, to great effect. I found Joshua 4.0 to be an extremely hot and very entertaining tale, which had me reflecting on just how far computer technology has come, and wondering where it's heading to… realising that virtual reality is no longer greatly removed from reality.
Barbarian by Kate Douglas
Bry Mackenzie's hell bent on extracting revenge for the death of her eighteen year-old sister. She's planned her capture of "Barbarian", the quadrant's "most notorious sex slaver", and now he's going to pay. Or is he…?
Kate Douglas tells a futuristic tale which deals with revenge and the repercussions of one's actions. I feel that to make further comment on the story would be to give away the storyline. Barbarian is a powerful story that will pull at a range of your emotions. The story will remain with you long after you've finished reading it.
Manimal by Lani Aames
Kelsey Locke is heading for a remote cabin, driving in the snow, when suddenly a naked man appears in front of her SUV. Braking suddenly, she narrowly avoids hitting the man. Getting out to investigate, she discovers he's Durak Voronin, the man she's been secretly lusting after, and that he's bleeding from a gash in his side. She's baffled by why he's there, why he's injured and the appearance of both paw prints and footprints…
Lani Aames has created two terrific characters in Kelsey and Durak. Both are strong and courageous, yet both are hiding secrets, which make them vulnerable. Manimal is a marvellous read that combines shape shifting, suspense, action, romance and of course hot sex. A winning combination in my book!
A.D. 2203: Adam & Eve by Ravyn Wilde
Eve Longtree's a geneticist and she's been so busy working around the clock on her pet project that she hasn't realised a Lupine Moon is coming, until she sees it. During a Lupine Moon werewolves are able to scent, hunt and track their true genetic mate. Once the werewolf tracks down its mate and bites them on the shoulder, the pair is mated for life. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Eve's failed to protect herself by locking herself in her airtight, sealed lab, and now she's three days too late for this to be effective. Now she's praying she's not scented by a weremale…
Ravyn Wilde's futuristic tale captured my interest immediately. I found it to be a thoroughly entertaining and interesting read that had me chuckling at several humorous comments made by various characters. I hope that this story is the first of a series as the secondary characters peaked my interest. I'd love to read more about Ravyn Wilde's vision of Earth in 2203.
At His Mercy by Doreen DeSalvo
Jake McIntyre's a sceptic; he doesn't believe Faith Hartley's a psychic, and he intends to advise the university not to fund her study. During their lunchtime business-meeting things become very interesting when Faith reads the images in his mind… and begins correcting them…
At His Mercy is a hot, sexy story. I particularly enjoyed the way that Faith's actions were able to unnerve Jake. I love to see alpha males "shaken" by a female, proving they're not actually as tough and confident as they appear, or believe themselves to be.
Time-Share: Amelia's Journey by Lora Leigh
When Commander Saber Madison and Major Mike Tennison's mission neared Venus, their craft suffered a total system loss and resulted in a crash landing on Venus. Along with botanist Amelia Collins, they're stranded on Venus until they can locate the other members of their team. Meanwhile, Amelia is able to get on with her work and conduct her experiments on Venus' vegetation. She's finding out some interesting things about Venus' atmosphere; it affects the vegetation, water and the humans themselves…
Lora Leigh's futuristic tale explores what humans may find on Venus in 2245, when exploring the possibility of human settlement on Earth's neighbour. What follows is a spicy, erotic tale in characteristic Lora Leigh style. Time-Share: Amelia's Journey is certainly a memorable way to conclude Ellora's Cavemen: Tales From The Temple I.
Ellora's Cavemen: Tales From The Temple I covers a range of genres, and in my opinion has something for everyone. If you like any or all of these themes: futuristic, shape shifters, ménage a trois, paranormal, bondage, or werewolves, be sure to grab a copy. All the stories are well written and are erotic, as one would expect from Ellora's Cave. The anthology combined some of my favourite authors with some new-to-me authors and I was not disappointed by any of the stories. Truly a wonderful anthology, well worth its 5 Angels rating.
Ellora's Cavemen: Tales From The Temple I is the first of four special anthologies to be released this year by Ellora's Cave.
I - spring equinox, March 20, 2004
II - summer solstice, June 21, 2004
III - autumn equinox, September 22, 2004
IV - winter solstice, December 21, 2004
They are being simultaneously released in electronic and paperback formats. For further information click here: http://www.ellorascave.com/cavemen2.asp
Reviewed by: Jane