I almost passed on reading this anthology, but when I saw the author list for Laid Bare, edited by Astrid Ohletz and Jae, I immediately added the book to my ‘to read’ list. With authors such as Lee Winter, Jess Lea, A. L. Brooks, Harper Bliss, Emma Weimann, KD Williamson, Alison Grey, Lola Keeley, and Jae, how could this book be anything but exceptional? I am very happy to report that I enjoyed reading every single short story in this book.
This is an anthology of erotic short stories, so you will find explicit sex in all of them, but in many of the tales, you will also find love and romance. A few of the stories have been previously published as stand-alone stories by Ylva, and several stories have characters you may recognize from some of your favorite novels. For instance, in “Flashbang”, we see Lauren and Catherine from The Red Files in a very sexy and satisfying interlude. In “Erasing the Lines” by KD Williamson, Kelli and Nora from Blurred Lines have a very steamy phone conversation while Kelli is on a stakeout with her partner, Gerald Travis in the car beside her. “It’s Getting Hot In Here” by Alison Grey also has a really hot phone conversation with the characters from her novella Hot Line, and Jae gives us a beautiful story with Jill and Crash, the characters from her novel Just Physical.
Even the stories with brand new characters and situations are excellently written and well worth getting this anthology. If you love great stories with lots of love, romance, and sizzling sex, then you will want this book.
I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.