Title: Exchange of Power
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford, Gacy Grant, Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae, Cassandra McMurphy, S.E. O’Connor, Charles Payseur, CB Potts, Torrance Sene, Dawn M. Sooy, T. Strange, Angelique Voisen (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length:September 16, 2015 – 63,000 Words
exchange: the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another; power: the ability or right to control people or things
In matters of the heart, what happens when there’s an exchange of power, even for just one night?
Both veteran and new authors make up the eleven stories about the power shift between Doms/subs, vampires/werewolves, teacher/apprentice, Alpha/beta, Necromancer/zombie, superhero/arch nemesis, and incubus/medium.
How The Mighty Have Fallen by Bailey Bradford- M/M Rating: 4 stars
Master Thomas has just ended a contract with his former sub and he is hurt by the way it happened. Hadrian is a sub at the club Thomas goes to who has admired him from afar but has never been able to say anything due to Thomas already having a contract with another sub. But now all bets are off and Hadrian puts himself out there asking Thomas to take him. This was a sweet story mixed in with some BDSM. I love it when one MC who has been hurt will meet someone so much better for him in the end. I really liked this story.
Beta’s Call by Angelique Voisen- M/M Rating: 3 Stars
I am not really sure what I felt about this story… While I liked the authors writing. I just did not care for the way it was left so open ended. With everything I have read shifter wise once a wolf has mated and his mate dies I have a really hard time seeing him being okay with mating someone else I guess. Also I really did not care for the way Ryan talked to Kevin. So this story was just not for me.
Undone by CB Potts- M/M Rating: DNF
I can’t for personal reasons read this story… Both wolves are married two someone else and basically as Rusty one of the wolves said his husband wants him to play nice nice to this other wolf so he can get a better job. After that I just stopped reading it. This story was just not for me…
Turning Tables by Torrance Sené- F/F Rating: 4 Stars
This is a short about a wolf who tries to warn a vampire from another coven that there is a traitor in her mist. This was the first F/F I have ever read and I really liked this story. Kayla wants Monica the vampire and Monica knows it and plays off it until Kayla shows Monica what she can really do…
Ex Diris by Gacy Grant- M/M Rating: 3 Stars
In this story bad and good for lack of better words hook up… There is a little BDSM involved and I did like the story although it is really short. By the time I was really getting into it the story was done.
My Zombie Mixup by T. Strange- M/M Rating: 5 Stars
This story was hilarious. Kit and Edward were so funny together. Kit is the zombie and Edward is medical student finance. Usually Edward can command Kit to do whatever he wants him too but for some reason the roles have reversed and Kit has too much fun being in control now. I really liked this story and the two of them as a couple.
The Assistant’s Contraption by Charles Payseur- M/M Rating: 4 Stars
This was a super fast story that had a Frankenstein vibe to it. Rascan was the inventor while Friday was his assistant. ButFriday was tired of the way he was being treated by Rascan and decides to turn the tables on him. Rascan must decide what to do to keep his assistant/ lover…. Although this story was super short I really liked it.
Paw Prints by S.E. O’Connor- M/M Rating: 3 Stars
This was really a bunch of petty fighting between two mates about jealously and their pack. Was not a big fan of this story…
Vital Signs by Dawn M. Sooy- F/F Rating: 3 Stars
I liked where this story was going. This is about a vampire and a old lover who has returned who is human. They start of right away back to what they were before and although I liked the authors writing and where this story was going it just moved so fast for me it left my head spinning a little. I really did not get the taking someone back right away after they left you to move somewhere else and they had taken a new lover. To only return because the new lover was cheating… So little things about this story bugged me.
In Dreams by Cassandra McMurphy- M/M Rating: 4 Stars
Ok I had a hard time figuring out what Andreas a warlock/ dream walker who likes to feed of sexual energy I think lol… I liked this story of redemption for what Andreas did to Julian just wish I cold have had a little more to see where it was going between the two of them.
The Hart and The Hound by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae- M/M Rating: 4 Stars
This is a sweet short story about a deer shifter and a dog shifter. Davey gets seriously hurt by his Alpha ex lover when he saves Henry from being attacked. Henry helps him recover and what happens from there you will have to read for yourself because of this being so short I don’t want to give out any spoilers. I really liked this story!
All together while I liked some of these stories, some were just not for me… Four Stars
From How the Mighty Have Fallen by Bailey Bradford
Hadrian sat up straight and stuck his nose in the air. “And, just for your information, I have not been–”
“Liar, liar, leather chaps on fire,” Larry sang. “Shut up already, you vestal virgin, and go get fucked and whipped. At least one of us should be having fun tonight. Since I can’t find anyone who wants to do only one of those things with me, I’m giving up. Plus, Thomas’ ex is busy trying to fuck everything that crosses his path. I’m guessing he thinks he has something to prove.”
Hadrian bristled a little when Larry called Master Thomas just by his given name instead of using the honorific, but he got it. Master Thomas wasn’t Larry’s master, nor was he Hadrian’s. However, Hadrian always thought of him as Master Thomas, perhaps because he did harbor a secret desire to serve the man. Although, maybe it wasn’t such a secret, since Larry had picked up on it.
“I guess he does have something to prove,” Hadrian murmured since Larry seemed to be waiting for some kind of agreement from him.
“But is it to himself, or to Thomas, hm?” Larry asked. “You gotta wonder what went down between those two, though… I heard stuff about Kelly. The guy’s an asshole and a half.”
Hadrian arched a brow at Larry. “And what, exactly, is a half an asshole?”
“A fuckin’ mess who likes to screw with people’s heads, that’s what,” Larry drawled. “Now grow a pair and go make that dom feel better.”
Hadrian wanted to smack Larry, but the smug smartass would just enjoy it if he did.
Larry narrowed his eyes at Hadrian. “Or, you know, I suppose I could go see if he wants to do a scene together.”
Hadrian was irritated despite his desire to remain unaffected by Larry’s attempt — damn it, a successful one! — to goad him into action.
Because suddenly, Hadrian’s body was determined to circumvent any argument his brain might have made. He was standing up and flipping Larry off before Larry could do more than cackle.
“You’re an ass,” Hadrian muttered.
Larry gave him two thumbs up. “You love me.”
Hadrian didn’t dignify that statement with a response. Besides, Larry was right and he knew it.
“Go get ’em, stud,” Larry urged, not nearly as quietly as Hadrian wished he had. Of course he was loud enough that Master Thomas glanced their way.