MASTERS OF SEDUCTION
Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy
Obsidian House Books, LLC | July 14, 2014
Audio: Narrated by Arika Rapson | Publication date Oct 13, 2014 | Running time 10 hrs
Audiobook provided by Tantor for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein is my own.
Surrender to sinful pleasures and forbidden passions with Masters of Seduction, the sizzling new paranormal romance novella series from New York Times and internationally bestselling authors Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy.
In the realm of the Incubi Masters, pleasure is to die for and love is the deadliest game of all . . .
MERCILESS: House of Gravori ~ by Lara Adrian
Seeking vengeance for the murder of his brother, Incubus Master Devlin Gravori demands justice from the high court of the Nephilim. But fury and retribution are no match for the consuming desire he feels for Nahiri, the beautiful Nephilim warrior he claims as his hostage.
SOULLESS: House of Romerac ~ by Donna Grant
Incubus Master Canaan Romerac is focused solely on revenge against those who betrayed him and put him in the Oubliette for five hundred years. That is until he sets eyes on Rayna. Can the beautiful Nephilim heal Canaan’s wounded soul before it’s too late?
SHAMELESS: House of Vipera ~ by Laura Wright
Sexy Incubus Master Scarus Vipera has grown weak, and the only thing that will strengthen him again is Rosamund, the power-rich female of the Harem. But the mysterious Nephilim is determined to leave the Harem untouched, her heart intact.
RUTHLESS: House of Xanthe ~ by Alexandra Ivy
Jian, Master of the House Xanthe, has devoted his life to returning his family to their former prominence. When he’s offered a contract to hunt down the missing Sovereign, he’s eager to accept. The last thing he expects is to encounter a stunningly beautiful angel who stirs more than his lust. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21525757-masters-of-seduction?from_search=true
I usually love books by Lara Adrian, her name on the cover piqued my interest in this anthology, but I was disappointed in pretty much every story in this anthology, and I was extremely disappointed in the narration.
Each story featured a one night stand guy, an incubus who is never, never, ever going to stay with one woman. But in each case, of course, he meets that one woman who turns him into a bonded male who will for all eternity, be with this one woman who changes his ways, his heart and his mind. She is the only woman he can feed from; incubi feed off sexual congress, pleasure and orgasm.
This is one of my least favorite tropes in romance and erotica – that the love of a good woman can change a man. The women are nephilim (half nephilim and half incubus) or in one case, an angel. Each of them proclaims they don’t trust or want an incubus, ever! (stamps foot) because you become addicted to them and they are never faithful.
In each story, with little or no reason both parties change from stand-offish to getting-it-on-ish in no time at all. Too fast and inexplicably.
There’s lots of violence throughout the book too. More than I like to read/hear. And there’s a complex but unexplained political plot holding the anthology together but since it is not really explained entirely it doesn’t really work as an adhesive theme.
The narration was hard to listen to with terrible accents, including a situation comedy style Italian accent from the 1960s used to portray Scarus Vipera in Shameless. I didn’t like anything in the narration but that Italian accent made me want to hang it up and make the audiobook a DNF. But I stuck it out. And the last story, Ruthless, by Alexandra Ivy was the best of the four.
It is rare that I can’t find anything to recommend an anthology but I will make an exception here and say that I found nothing of value in this anthology and I was completely disappointed with it.
So, curious about whether I am just too picky? You’ll have to listen for yourself!