Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: eARC of "Marked" by Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend, and Lauren Dane

With the "Marked" release date just a few days away, I thought I would post my review over the eARC I was provided by the lovely ladies that make up the Kit Rocha writing pair.
Warning: the anthology contains adult content and so is obviously not suited for a young audience.

Marked (Beyond, #3.5; Thompson & Sons, #1)

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch - the man she loved three years before. While she's not sure she's cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up--and wearing O'Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an   O'Kane woman always gets what she wants.

(Description from Goodreads.)

I received an e-arc of this book from the lovely ladies behind Kit Rocha, and admittedly
I wanted to read the book for the novella "Beyond Temptation".
So here are my thoughts:
Beyond Temptation was great. A nice little way to get a Sector Four fix while I wait for Beyond Jealousy to come out. Yeah, I wish the story had been a little longer, but it was a novella. Things are supposed to be open ended and suspenseful, especially in a case like this- where the characters are so connected to the main group and the story arc that carries the whole series.
I loved Emma and Noah and the way their romance was sweet while still firmly rooted in the classic O'Kane grittiness that fans of the series have grown to love.

I wasn't nearly as invested in the other two stories, sadly, and a big part of that is probably due to the fact that I haven't ready anything else by Dane and Arend. I enjoyed the stories, sure...but I felt myself losing concentration and getting distracted much more easily. There is some silver lining to all that, though: while I didn't love the stories, I don't feel like it was the authors' fault, and so I do plan on coming back to re-read the other two novellas eventually to see if my opinion changes.

Ultimately, I think if you're a fan of all three authors, then this will be great for you...but if not, each story will be available for individual download shortly after the anthology is officially released- which ultimately might be a better option.

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