Anthology Review: Hero to Obey by Various

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Anthology Review: Hero to Obey by Various three-stars
Hero to Obey by Abbie Adams, Alexa Day, Alta Hensley, Bethany Burke, Cerise Noble, Desiree Holt, Isabella Kole, Kate Richards, Lee Savino, Livia Grant, Maddie Taylor, Maggie Ryan, Maren Smith, Paige Tyler, Renee Rose, Selena Kitt, Sierra Cartwright, Sue Lyndon, Tabitha Black, Vanessa Vale, Yasmine Hyde, Zoe Blake
Published by Blushing Books on June 28th 2016
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Spanking/DD
Pages: 1788
Format: eBook
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Your hot, dominant military heroes are waiting--and they expect your complete submission.

Hero to Obey: Twenty-Two Naughty Military Romance Stories is packed with ALL-NEW sexy novellas, penned by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors of BDSM romance.

Stormy Weather by Desiree Holt
SEAL of her Dreams (SEALs of Coronado #) by Paige Tyler
Their Runaway Bride (A Bridgewater Ménage Series Prequel) by Vanessa Vale
Under His Command (A Decadence LA novella) by Maddie Taylor
Understanding the Enemy by Tabitha Black
Exfil by Bethany Burke
Wrecked (The Frog Prince: A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale) by Selena Kitt
Devil Dog by Lee Savino
Call Sign: Thunder by Livia Grant
A Hero in Disguise by Alta Hensley
A Solider to Cry On by Abbie Adams
The SEAL’s Captive Bride by Sue Lyndon
Her Captain’s Command by Isabella Kole
In His Hands by Maggie Ryan
Worth Fighting For by Zoe Blake
Enticement by Sierra Cartwright
Aim for Pleasure by Yasmine Hyde
Passing Through by Alexa Day
With One Hand Behind My Back by Cerise Noble
Owned by the Marine by Renee Rose
Bound by the Captain by Kate Richards
A Little Love by Maren Smith

Hero to Obey is another Kindle Unlimited read. I was only meh about this one at first and – of course – its a mixed bag – but I ended up enjoying it enough to (basically) finish up pretty quickly! That’s great for me when dealing with anthologies. It normally takes me forever for those.

So, in the name of disclosure: I am part of a Military family. My grandfather served (Navy) in WWII; one of my uncles is a former Marine; one aunt is former Army and another is current National Guard; my brother is an Army Veteran of two tours: Iraq and Afghanistan; one of my cousins is an Army Iraqi Veteran; two cousins are current Army, one more is former Army and my step-father was a Vietnam Veteran. While I did not serve, I work in a Military-support field. I have a major issue with disrespect towards the military and a man in uniform is a soft spot for me. 😀

Stormy Weather by Desiree Holt – 3 stars
This one is ok. Meh but ok. It was a decent introduction to the anthology. I’ve read a handful of Desiree Holt in the past so I was familiar with her writing. What I didn’t care for was that the hero started a sexual relationship with a Sub that he knew was both emotionally and physically abused. I’ve never been a fan of the magically healing penis trope, so…

SEAL of her Dreams (SEALs of Coronado #0.5) by Paige Tyler – 3 stars
Another ok but forgettable read. I understood but didn’t really agree with the attitude that the heroine had about not dating military men (I’m from a Military family). Anybody can die at any time. The whole situation with the car jackers though… gets the side eye.

Their Runaway Bride (A Bridgewater Ménage Series #0.5) by Vanessa Vale – 2 stars
Ugh. This is the prequel to Their Kidnapped Bride and yet again I am not a fan. I don’t care for the whole idea that a woman can’t possibly know her own body and/or what she wants (sexually). WTF. I don’t like that idea at all.

“Your pleasure belongs to us. Your body belongs to us. We know what you need. It’s our job to give it to you.”
Their Runaway Bride, location 2570

“Several reasons. First, because we want to. You will learn now that your body belongs to us and we will do what is best for you.”
Their Runaway Bride, location 2740

Under His Command (Decadence LA #2) by Maddie Taylor – 2.5 stars
Oooh kay. This one was *weird* in that the behavior of the heroine was…a little childish. The rest was meh.

Understanding the Enemy by Tabitha Black – DNF
I’m not into the whole torture/interrogate thingy. So I DNF’d it and skipped to the end. No rating since I’m clueless as to what happened.

Exfil by Bethany Burke – 3 stars
This was cool. I enjoyed the whole The Da Vinci Code feeling of it all. But it was also a little meh.

Wrecked (The Frog Prince: A Modern Wicked Fairy Tale) by Selena Kitt – 2.5 stars
I liked Wrecked but I wasn’t a big fan of the heroine. She was…not my cup of tea so it was difficult to get into the story in a lot of ways. I did really like the ending, however.

What I did like was the chance to read another story in Ms Kitt’s Modern Wicked Fairy Tale series. I’ve read maybe two or three now and so far they’ve all been really different than I would expect. And I love that.

Devil Dog by Lee Savino – 2.5 stars
I sometimes like Little/Age Play stories and other times I don’t. I’ve read a handful of them but not a lot. IDK, it’s really more based around the “feeling” I get from the story.

Devil Dog…IDK. It was strange – it was sorta Age Play and sorta not. I kinda felt a little weird when the age play started because it felt a little unexpected. What I did love was Dane helping Cassandra with her divorce. My BFF went through a divorce and I wish someone had have been able to help her in that way.

Call Sign: Thunder by Livia Grant – DNF – Trigger Warning: Sexual assault and possible rape.
So. This one I DNF’ed. The heroine gets kidnapped, sexually assaulted and tortured. I do not know if the planned rape(s) occurred as I DNF’d this sucker as soon as I realized that the sexual assault was taking place.

I HATE rape in Romance books. HATE. I don’t understand why so many Romance books – books focused on finding a mate – include so much rape and sexual assualt. Yes, it happens to us women A LOT. But we know this already. Rape and rape threats are a fact of life for women and we can’t escape that fact. So do we have to be reminded of it in so many Romance books? *gag* I pass.

A Hero in Disguise by Alta Hensley – DNF – Trigger Warning: Sexual assault and possible rape.
This is another one that starts with some attempted rape. I do not know how far it went as I had no interest in reading about some poor woman being raped.

A Solider to Cry On by Abbie Adams – 2 stars
I just didn’t enjoy this story or storyline very much.

The SEAL’s Captive Bride by Sue Lyndon – 3 stars
I liked it. 🙂 I wish there was more to it – that the impact play had a bit more time – but I enjoyed it. In fact, I wonder if it’s set the same world as His Law in the Unwrapped anthology. It has same feel and set up.

Her Captain’s Command by Isabella Kole – 3 stars
A very cute reunited lovers story. I enjoy reunited lovers stories and think they work especially well for shorts. Most shorts don’t really give enough word count show relationship building so the short cut helps a lot.

In His Hands by Maggie Ryan – 2.5 stars
This was mostly a skim because of the beginning. The beginning starts with some deception on the part of the heroine so I skimmed that entire part.

Worth Fighting For by Zoe Blake – 3.5 stars
I really, really liked this one. I loved the way Connor and Sage connected so quickly. I loved the way they interacted with each other. I even liked the little scene in the bar when Conner drags Sage away.

And I’m also super grateful to Ms Zoe Blake for the Author’s Note. One of the worse things about living in the Washington, DC Metro area is that…everything seems commonplace. Most residents of this area are clueless about the majority of the events that go on because tourists. I rarely go to the multitude of museums, free concerts, events, and fairs that go on around here all the time. So to learn the Evening Parade was real and to have the link already embedded was so flipping exciting. My husband and I are attending one this very weekend!

Enticement by Sierra Cartwright
I don’t remember anything about this one except for the beginning. I’d have to re-read the entire thing.

Aim for Pleasure by Yasmine Hyde – 3 stars
I enjoyed this one but I admit it was mostly forgettable.

Passing Through by Alexa Day – DNF
This is a different type of DNF – it’s not that the story had any problems. I’m not really into FemDom but strangely enough, I do follow a Domme: Ferns (Domme Chronicles). IDK. I kinda have a girl crush on Ferns even though women nor FemDom are not my thing. There’s something about her that I find fascinating and beautiful and amazing. I’ve followed Ferns for years now and she’s dating – and I’ve noticed from my single friends that dating sucks pure ass right now. Ferns is incredibly open about her dating life so I’ve been like on pins and needles that she finds her HEA cause I totally think she deserves it in spades. OMG. She had a series of posts about meeting up with her First and I seriously cried when nothing about that panned out.

But regardless, something about the heroine in Passing Through reminded me of Ferns for some reason. And suddenly I couldn’t do it (read this story). I realized the only one I want to read will be Ferns’ true story of finding love so I had to stop. I did read the ending, though. And the first sex scene. I mean, come on! Just because it’s not my thing doesn’t mean it’s not hot. 😀

With One Hand Behind My Back by Cerise Noble – 0 stars
I HATED this heroine with every fiber of my being. Hated. HATED. This is one of the most different romance stories I’ve read – in the way it was structured – and the structure also made it very tense for me. I felt like the shoe was going to drop at any moment.

It’s hard for me to even think about this story without falling into a RAGE. I did read a review by someone who loved it. She is a military wife and said it was very realistic and an important read for military wives. I will defer to her on that subject. I want to be able to feel the same way but I can’t see past my rage. After everything that the hero had gone through, it made me sick to see the way the heroine treated him. I ended up skimming by the end because I was so upset.

Owned by the Marine by Renee Rose – 4.5 stars Trigger Warning: Attempted rape
I adored this story for the most part. I loved the way that Rob was there for Kaitlyn and I enjoyed his little obsession with her and 1950s housewives. While I was not a fan of Kaitlyn’s attempted rape, I understood the way that being involved in such a horrible situation could bring Rob closer to her. It was more that something physically bad happened to her just like something physically bad happened to him. He felt a kind of kindred with her in that they were both survivors (even though he felt eaten alive with guilt for surviving). Having Kaitlyn to take care of helped him not focus on himself and the fact that she trusted him so much made him feel like a hero.

In fact, I enjoyed this one so much I went and found some other Renee Rose books on KU. Score! I love it when that happens: Anthology Win.

Bound by the Captain by Kate Richards – 3 stars
Meh.

A Little Love by Maren Smith – 3.5 stars

“Daddies aren’t the only ones who take care of things. Sometimes they need taking care of, too.”
-location 24723

OMG. That line brought tears to my eyes. A Little Love was a little adorable. I wanted something longer, I think, because I really enjoyed the characters.

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