HIGH OCTANE HEROES
Let’s face it, alpha males make readers swoon. The uniform, or lack thereof, the courage and strength, and even the heart that pumps for his one true love, drive us crazy. Here, a plethora of talented authors join to help readers decide their favorite attribute. As Devlin explains, “We’re romance readers. We want heart. We want heat.” Most of the adventures are too hot for words, but just a couple fall flat, because there is zero connection between the characters. Read them all at once or one at time, just so you can take a break to fan yourself.
In Christine d’Abo’s “Pumping Iron,” a retired UFC fighter whips a young woman back into shape — turning their workout sessions into make-out sessions. “Natural Appetites” by Adele Dubois spotlights a hunky paramedic rewarded for saving a woman with an invite to her restaurant. He meets the beautiful cook, who plans on serving him more than just a meal. A sexy fireman meets the neighbor of a matchmaking old woman during a routine call in Sabrina York’s “Five-Alarm Fire.” One look is all it takes to have him thinking of new uses for his hose. All this and 10 more stories are included in this compilation. (CLEIS PRESS, Aug., 232 pp., $15.95)