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Review: Rogue Desire Anthology

Written by Jennifer Porter
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RogueDesireRogue Desire: A Romance Anthology (contemporary, self-published, July 2017)

 

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Summary:
When all else fails, find love.

 

Eight brand new romances for fans of the West Wing, fired-up #resistance fighters, and everyone who ever had a crush on that guy at a protest...

 

 

GRASSROOTS

by Adriana Anders

 

Veronica Cruz is in the fight of her life for a seat on the city council. Meeting reclusive finance genius Zach Hubler should be a stroke of good luck—he has the power to sway public opinion. But when Election Day comes around and things don’t go as expected, Veronica has to know: just how shady is the man of her dreams?

 

DEEP THROAT

by Dakota Gray

 

He’s an escort, but that’s not his biggest secret. She’s a maid at the hotel he uses “for business.” When their worlds collide, everything is put on the line. But indulging every secret desire comes at a cost, and the sins of the past won’t be forgotten.

 

RESISTANCE

by Amy Jo Cousins

 

All Kaz Shamsi wanted to do was get his college students to and from the DC protest without losing any of them. Getting caught up in the fringes of anarchist violence was not on the agenda. Neither was a motorcycle escape, messing around with a bandanna-masked antifa protestor, or figuring out that guy was one of the students he was supposed to be chaperoning. Now he’s got a ten-hour bus ride back to campus ahead of him, with a stupidly cute student who makes terrible decisions trying to talk Kaz into making one more.

 

KISSING AND OTHER FORMS OF SEDITION

by Emma Barry

 

When a global crisis threatens to go nuclear, the world tips upside down and spills out Graham Wilcox’s unspoken feelings for Cadence Martel. Cadence is equal parts shocked and delighted by his confession, but one night of passion isn’t enough. So the new lovers set out on a road trip to save the world.

 

TRUTH, LOVE AND SUSHI

by Stacey Agdern

 

When First Daughter Caroline Crosby finds herself in possession of the one document that can bring her father and his administration down, she turns to a real life social justice warrior for help. Max Wilcox isn’t sure what to make of Caroline: is this an elaborate hookup or a political conspiracy? But he has to make up his mind fast because the information and their chemistry could change the world—or break their hearts.

 

MY DELIGHT IS IN HER

by Jane Lee Blair

 

When Leonard West chose the pastorate, his college girlfriend chose a life without him. But not wanting to be a pastor’s wife didn’t mean Kim Jones didn’t want to work for the greater good. Now, her resistance work has led her back to Leonard, and they must grapple with their old pain. Can they trust God and each other enough to try again?

 

PERSONAL DISASTER

by Ainsley Booth

 

Marcus Dane left the tech world and joined the National Park Service a decade ago. Now an intrepid reporter has tracked down the park ranger-who-could-have-been-a-billionaire and, even worse, she has a theory that could blow his quiet life to smithereens. He needs to send her packing. But he’s already tumbled head-over-heels in insta-lust with her flippy ponytail and smart mouth, and he just can’t seem to let her go.

 

LIFE, LIBERTY, AND WORSHIP

by Tamsen Parker

 

Paige Robinson has been working out her angst about the new administration in spin class, until a handsome stranger with maddening politics harshes her mellow. Now she’s determined to get even…in the bedroom. Always awkward Carter Cox is shocked when his crush propositions him, but there’s no way he’s turning her down. Will their filthy assignation provide the catharsis Paige has in mind, or can they truly cross the aisle to find more?

 

Review:
The Rogue Desire anthology is quite simply a book containing eight novellas that are filled with love and hope, and I can’t quite impart how important I found its hopeful message in these turbulent political times. The eight novellas are by Adriana Anders, Dakota Gray, Amy Jo Cousins, Emma Barry, Stacey Agdern, Jane Lee Blair, Tamsen Parker and Ainsley Booth and all feature some type of political intrigue or resistance plot but are not overly pedantic or heavy handed. All eight stories are fantastic and romantic reads that may help to soothe some ragged emotional edges.

 

Veronica Cruz, the heroine of Grassroots by Adriana Anders, is running for local office against a corrupt politician. While canvassing, she meets Zach, a tech wizard, hermit and virgin who happens to be blind. Zach is a bit of a grumpy gus who ends up going out of his way to help Veronica. This romance is sweet and sexy with a fantastic grovel by the grump.

 

Dakota Gray’s Deep Throat features a romance between an escort and the woman who cleans his hotel room. But there is way more going on for both Davis and Hailey than it appears, both have ulterior reasons for being in the hotel. This story is journey of discovery for both characters because each have something to lose, even as they give into their intense attraction. This one has a different, yet well-done take on the-hero-as-escort trope.

 

I loved the sexual tension and the heat in Resistance by Amy Jo Cousins which is a romance between a graduate assistant (Kai) and a student in his class (Will). The two get close while on a school-sponsored trip to a political protest in DC. This one is very political but with great points that matter to the story (ie Kai and Will spend much of their bus ride home debating issues and doing “other” things *grins*).

 

The fourth story is Kissing and Other Forms of Sedition by Emma Barry, a romance between Cadence and Graham, two political movers and shakers in Washington DC. Graham has had feelings for Cadence for a long time, but is motivated to seek her out by a political crisis. It turns out that Cadence is rather fond of Graham as well - and she has an idea how to avert the crisis. I found this story fun and endearing.

 

Stacey Agdern’s Truth, Love and Sushi pits the president’s daughter Caroline against former hockey star Matt. Caroline has evidence against her father and needs a way to make it public. She thinks Matt is the answer. Sparks fly between the two, although they have to tread very carefully. I loved the intrigue in this story and enjoyed the sparks that Caroline and Matt set off in each other.

 

Next up is Jane Lee Blair’s My Delight Is In Her, a story about a pastor and his ex-girlfriend who broke up with him rather than become a pastor’s wife. Kim had reasons for not wanting to marry Leonard, but when they meet years later both working on protests there are still strong feelings between the two. Kim must figure out what being a pastor’s wife means and Leonard needs to realize whether being a pastor is the only way he can serve God. This story has a strong romance between two people of faith. It is very well done.

 

Ainsley Booth’s Personal Disaster features a National Park Ranger hero and a reporter heroine. Poppy thinks she knows who is behind the rogue National Park Service tweets and heads out west to confront him. Marcus wants nothing to do with a reporter, but can’t entirely resist Poppy. The two find they have an intense attraction despite the fact that they live so far away from each other. This romance is more of a teaser . . . there may or may not be more. But the story is well done, very hot and full of sexual tension.

 

The last story in the anthology is Tamsen Parker’s Life, Liberty and Worship in which two people on opposite sides of the political spectrum find love . . . and some hate pegging. Paige and Carter attend the same spin class with Carter usually wearing his more conservatively branded t-shirts which tend to piss Paige off. This leads to some hate sex where the dominant Paige uses a strap-on for the hate pegging. This one has Parker’s standard filth, but surprised me. The hate pegging worked, and I really loved how the romance between Paige and Carter developed.

 

As I mentioned earlier, all of the stories in the Rogue Desire anthology inspired feelings of positivity, hope and love, three things that I can always use. This is a book not to miss, especially for those readers looking for some political brightness in today’s world.


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by one of the authors.

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