This is anthology is one of the first Aphrodisia titles.
Stakeout by Karin Tabke
A cop and a Fed, with a past relationship, and the case they are working on now…
It’s pretty nifty how Karin managed to avoid the squick factor some of us (not me) see in group sex by having her hero and heroine be voyeurs instead. Very hot too.
As for the story, it’s not rushed, unlike many novellas I’ve read, and the storyline works. Karin has a deft hand with banter, and if she becomes a repeat author for me, that will be why.
Bodywork by Bonnie Edwards
This is definitely the novella I enjoyed least.
The sex itself was hot. But the story left me cold. I hardly think that’s what an erotic romance writer would want to happen to her read.
I can’t explain why. She’s got craft, pacing, etc. I just don’t think the story has heart.
Chinatown by Sunny
Mark my words, but Sunny is going to be a star.
Beautiful writing, well-structured, and it all comes together with a sensual feel.
The Hard Stuff is definitely worth getting. It runs to the more vanilla-side of erotic romance (I’m not saying this is a bad thing; it simply is), but sometimes, it’s about the writing and not the content. Karin Tabke and Sunny have certainly succeeded on that score.
But for those of us who are looking for more hardcore sex, Kate Douglas’s Wolf Tales would be more the thing.