The Devil’s Doorbell by Anne Calhoun, Christine d’Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, M. O’Keefe & Exact Warm Unholy by Jeffe Kennedy Excerpt

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The Devil’s Doorbell (Anthology)

  • By Anne Calhoun, Christine d’Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, M. O’Keefe
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: April 26th 2016
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Source: review copy
  • In a Flutter: Hot
  • rating-system4

    A woman’s pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained.
    Some say the clitoris is the devil’s doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch…
    It’s time to ring the bell.
    Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

    In the Garden, by Anne Calhoun
    Forbidden fruit is the most delicious…
    A wedding in the bucolic English countryside offers Kelsey ripe temptation in the form of a hot groomsman, Julian. Will the illicit attraction satisfy an old craving or stoke a new desire?

    Exact Warm Unholy, by Jeffe Kennedy
    Tonight my name is Mary…
    Or is it? Sometimes she’s Tiffany or Syd or Bobbi. But whatever face she wears, she returns to the same bar, to find a new man and seduce him, safe in the knowledge that no one will recognize her. Until one man does.

    Red Leather, by Delphine Dryden
    Some activities are definitely not safe for work.
    Maggie’s sadness over being dumped quickly turns to relief and excitement when she discovers a new freedom…a new Maggie she could have never been with her ex. Combine New Maggie with Tim the Hot Mailroom Guy and an unexpected vibrator…and the office supply room door becomes the portal to a world of devilish fun.

    Drowning on Dry Land, by Megan Hart
    Some doors stay open until you close them.
    Moving on from a past love, Bette Douglas has discovered a whole new world of satisfaction and contentment with her boy Damian…but when the past comes knocking, Bette’s decision to answer it could change everything.

    Devil in the Dark, by Christine d’Abo
    When developer Shona needs to beta test her new app – The Devil’s Doorbell – she goes out on the prowl for a man who will fulfil her wildest fantasies – oral sex in public. What could possibly go wrong when she finds her devil in the dark?

    London Calling, by Megan Mulry
    “Face-sitter wanted, in exchange for free accommodation in Mayfair.” -Craigslist
    She hadn’t planned on being quite so adventurous when she decided to spend the year in London, but when she read the ad, she couldn’t resist.

    We Are All Found Things, by M. O’Keefe
    Rennie’s trying to forget her past; her mysterious new tenant is trying to keep his past a secret. But when Rennie finds out the truth about Luka she discovers as much about herself as she does her innocent lover.

    ~ Goodreads

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    Review:

    A few of these stories were about women getting over divorce or break-up. They were about these women dealing with the loss and moving on, each in their own way.

    The anthology’s rating is the average of individual ratings, so let’s take them one at a time.

    In the Garden, by Anne Calhoun

    5 butterflies
    I loved the charming English setting, descriptions were really juicy xD The main character was pretty fun, so passionate and daring! And who doesn’t love and Englishman’s accent, plus killer looks and kickass power-play hump skills? This story was very hot, very intense. The ex-lookalike thing was interesting too 😀

    Exact Warm Unholy, by Jeffe Kennedy

    5++++ butterflies meaning Bomy Award of Excellence
    Look, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jeffe Kennedy. And I’m a fan for a pretty simple reason: she’s an awesome writer, in that ingenious, thought-provoking way that I personally love most about authors. I mean, the stuff she comes up with… take this story, for instance. It was just so, so genius! A spin on getting-over-a-divorce presented in such a way that it blew me the fuck away! All the emotions, the unbelievable intensity of feeling, all that tension…This story is a gem, in my opinion. The main character is so deliciously tormented, mwahaha. I loved how she processed her pain and insecurities, and she was so lucky in the end – a luck she so deserved!

    Excerpt from Exact Warm Unholy by Jeffe Kennedy

    Tonight, my name is Mary.
    Mary, Mary, quite contrary. That calls for fiery red, steampunk crimson carved into long, perfect ringlets. Not a corset, though. Not for Circle2, a bar that tends toward the conservative, at least so far as cosplay is concerned, unless it’s Halloween or something. Instead I choose the black sheath dress with the deep vee neckline to show off the inner curves of my breasts, and advertise that I’m not wearing a bra. Or anything else beneath.
    Have to set the bait properly, after all. And Mary can do what I never could.
    For makeup, I go with a retro vibe. I have to layer it on thick anyway, to make myself into Mary, so the heavy stuff works best. Theater pancake in the fairest tone to complement the hair. False lashes and black eyeliner, with a cat’s eye flair. Bright green contact lenses. Lipstick in screaming scarlet, just shades darker than the wig. Amazing, really, how redrawing the lines of lips and eyes change a face entirely.
    No one ever recognizes me, not even me. Maybe G_d does, but we’ve had a falling out and I don’t care.
    At the last moment I go for boots instead of stilettos. High heels, black leather, over-the-knee. Maybe I’ll let him fuck me in just the boots. Whoever he’ll be tonight.
    The night air slaps chill on my bare arms, so I hurry the few blocks to Circle2. I don’t like to wear a coat. They’re too expensive to wear a different one every time and I’d rather spend the money on wigs. Too bad there’s not a wig wear-and-return system, as I never wear the same one twice.
    I don’t mind the coolness either. It helps combat the heat. I’m alive with the anticipation, already wet, primed for the release to come.
    Tonight I pick out a stool at the bar. Mary is the sort who’d do that. I cross my legs so my hem rides up to show a strip of skin above my boot, turning sideways to display my cleavage.
    Come and get it, gentlemen.
    “What’ll you have?” the bartender asks. He’s a genial sort, always ready with a friendly smile. Never hits on me, no matter who I am that night, which makes me think he doesn’t take advantage of the women who come to the bar. That’s part of the reason I go to Circle2. It sets a tone to the hookups, I think, as the men who frequent the place are generally clean and polite.
    He’s always working, six nights a week. The bar is closed on Mondays. I suspect he owns it, but we don’t have conversations. At least, not connected ones. I’m always a stranger to him. He smiles, asks what I’ll have, then leaves me alone.
    Tonight it’s Prosecco and he gives it to me in a tall flute. He’s wearing a shirt that says “The book was better.”
    “I’ll get that for the lady.” A tall man, dark skin, pretty brown eyes, makes the offer hopefully. He’s wearing a good suit, has nice hands, long fingers. I’ve never seen him in here before. Yes. Yes, he’ll do nicely.

    Red Leather, by Delphine Dryden

    4 butterflies
    I liked this story because it felt to me like a woman shedding her old skin and finally finding the courage to embrace herself. I mean, the getting-over-the-ex theme is not a favorite of mine, because it paints the end of relationships as something of Apocalyptic magnitude, so it’s actually tough for me to love stories about post-break-up actions of characters, but right here, I freaking loved the main character’s actions! She shook off the old, seeing it not as the be-all-end-all thing that a break-up NEVER, EVER is, and just found the courage to finally be herself and enjoy herself. Yey!

    Drowning on Dry Land, by Megan Hart

    4 butterflies
    This one was also about moving on after losing someone. There were some pretty interesting emotions and dynamics in here, including some fem-dom. I was really happy about the way the story ended, cause no matter how much you loved or love someone who’s not a part of your life anymore, it doesn’t mean you should take for granted the love someone else offers you.

    Devil in the Dark, by Christine d’Abo

    3 butterflies
    I had fun reading this one, but I cam’t say it was touching or particularly exciting for me. I mean, there was some hot stuff going on, I liked the writing, but it was just a quickie, lol. I don’t like quickies :)) I mean, encounters that don’t have an emotional component are fun, but not impressive to read about – to me, of course. You guys might love the light feel of this one, cause there’s enough heavy stuff in the rest of the stories of the anthology.

    London Calling, by Megan Mulry

    3 butterflies
    This one was a bit of a surprise, considering the rest of the stories. It features a hot billionaire and a contract, and it’s pretty flirty and playful and fun – that’s all I’m gonna say 😛

    We Are All Found Things, by M. O’Keefe

    5 butterflies
    I really, really loved this one. It was this sweet romance between two broken souls, in a way. There was an air of tenderness, of care about it that I found very touching. I loved the characters, the writing, all of it. There were some dark pasts involved here too, but they concerned family more than love-life. I loved the dark-sweet balance, even if I usually go for the things that are a bit darker or more convoluted.

    All in all, I really loved this anthology and would totally recommend it to fans of hot contemporary romance that deals with loss of one kind or another in short story format. I thought the themes were diverse and presenting diverse actions and reactions, giving The Devil’s Doorbell a great balance and consistency.

    About the Author & Links:


    Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
    Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and the third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind May 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, and was followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.
    She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
    Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

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