Hotter on the Edge Anthology

Title: Hotter on the Edge

Author: Jessa Slade, KC Klein, Erin Kellison

Genre: Sci-Fi

All That Glitters by Erin Kellison

Cheated out of a fortune by the Sol royal family, lowborn Simon Miner will do anything to get his revenge, no matter how ruthless. When Princess Mica Sol, a terraforming expert, is shot out of the sky on the way to her sister’s lavish wedding, she fears the worst—scavengers—and flees into an alien jungle to avoid capture. But the man who pursues and captures her is none other than Simon, her former lover. Passions reignite as violence rocks Sol City, and Simon and Mica must fight for love, family, and their world… or lose everything.

To Buy a Wife by KC Klein

In a harsh land where corruption rules and women are few, cold realist Hudson Land must purchase a wife to save his farm. Instead of an auction, he witnesses the start of an execution. With his first look at a beautiful woman in years, Hudson knows he has to have her—no matter the cost. Lake, a chemist and a rebel fighter, is resigned to her death, but when some back-hill farmer rescues her from the chopping block she has no intention of simply becoming his wife. She’s pledged her life to the Rebellion and being bought for some stranger’s bed doesn’t change a thing, though his soft caresses have her longing for more. As lies and secrets build between them, are the quiet moments during the nights they’ve shared enough to stand against two warring factions in a world where only the strong survive?

Enslaved by Starlight by Jessa Slade

Transformed by empathic crystals into the perfect paramour, Benedetta Galil is the last treasure of her fading world. When raiders attack—seeking to corrupt the crystals and conquer all of charted space—she gives herself as a prize to the one man in the universe who values freedom over power. Mercenary sheership Captain Corso Deynah left oppression behind him on a burning planet and has no use for a sex slave, even one as seductive as Benedetta. But while he stubbornly resists her body, her fierce spirit tempts him, and he will risk everything—his ship, his seclusion, the very stars—to win not just her passion but her love.

Ok I’m just going to say this I LOVED this book. Every single story. When I think about sci-fi I think about Star Wars, Star-Trek, Stargate (the tv show), Stargate Atlantis and Eureka..ok if I’m honest there are more I love, but these are my favorites. So when I got this book I knew I was going to like it if not love it. I loved it.

Each of the stories are unique and interesting.

In Erin Kellison’s All that Glitters former lovers are re-united on the eve of a royal wedding. As they come to terms with their past and renew their friendship, they discover that they are still in love with each other and now must find a way to be together. The trope of former lovers being re-united and discovering that they are still in love with each other is one of my favorites, and Erin delivers it beautifully.

To Buy a Wife was my least favorite story in the book. The whole buying a wife thing just didn’t work for me. The lack of connection between the characters made the story not very believable.

Enslaved by Starlight by Jessa Slade was such a good book I actually wanted more of the story. I wanted to know more of them. The conflict between Benedetta and Corso is very much an inner battle as they battle with themselves over their desire for each other and their beliefs about Benedetta’s planet. As they work together to save her planet they get to know each other. Watching as they realize that they have deep feelings for each other and not knowing what to do with it was a page turner for me.

Over all I loved this book. It has all those things I look for in  a great sci-fi romance. It takes place on another planet, has space travel, bad guys, a hero who is a hero whether he knows it or not and two people who find that one person who makes them better. What more can you ask?

Grade B+

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