Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors: Erotic Romance for Women
Edited by: Delilah Devlin
Published by: Tempted Romance (2014)
I am happy to be a stop on the Hot Highlanders Blog Tour to celebrate the release of Delilah Devlin’s Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors: Erotic Romance For Women. This anthology includes fourteen erotic stories set in medieval times. These stories are filled with wild warriors and handsome knights . Feminists need not worry though, since the women in these tales are strong and fierce too. The stories are short enough to read in one sitting, making it a great nightly read.
Overall, I enjoyed this anthology. I love stories that I can transport to and get lost in. Delilah Deviln did a wonderful job of compiling stories from this genre that do just that. The characters speak in the language of the times, so that can prove challenging. Despite not knowing what some of the terms meant, I was still able to follow along and remain engaged. I don’t consider myself much of a history buff, but if this is any inclination as to what I would learn if I was then I might reconsider.
The stories included in Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors are “Pleasure In Surrender” by Delilah Devlin, “Wicked” by Susannah Chapin, “The Keeper of the Keys” by Axa Lee, “The Maiden’s Kiss” by Layla Chase, “My Loveliest Vision” by Renee Luke, “The Invasion of Nefyn” by Lizzie Ashworth, “The Promise of Memory” by Regina Kammer, “On My Honor” by Beatrix Ellroy, “A Falcon in Flight” by Connie Wilkins, “To Love a King’s Man” by Emma Jay, “The Bodyguard” by Jacqueline Brocker, “Broken Vows” by Anya Richards, “Poetry and Amber” by Axa Lee, “The Squire” by Cela Winter.
Exclusive Excerpt from “The Squire” by Cela Winter, part of the anthology Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors: Erotic Romance for Women:
The habit of obedience had Wilfreda’s hand tugging at the ties of the jerkin even as her mind formulated more excuses and protests. Should she crawl under the back wall of the tent and run? Then what? Risk discovery? Try to find another knight somewhere, one who wasn’t Sir Godfrey? At the thought, pain squeezed her heart like a fist.
Come what may, Godfrey would hardly offer her violence or assault. It was time to end the charade. The decision made, she felt light-headed with relief as she yanked the jerkin then the undertunic over her head and tossed them aside. The brais and woolen hose were next. Fumbling in her haste, she unwound the linen bandage that flattened her breasts.
Completely bare for the first time in months, her skin was acutely sensitive, and she shivered in the warm air. The discomfort of being so covered up in the summer heat had nearly defeated her disguise many a time. And to wash, to be free of grime and sweat at last… It would be worth whatever reaction Godfrey might have. She stepped into the shallow bathing pan, eager to come clean, in more ways than one.
Godfrey was speaking as he came back in, shouldering aside the loose canvas. “’Tis a pity that you can’t be dubbed a little closer to home, where your family might—”
He stopped short, a wave of hot water from the kettle sloshing over his naked feet. His eyes darted over her body, clearly not believing what he beheld.
Wilfreda would have found the parade of emotions on his face humorous, if not for the disquiet twisting her insides. Puzzlement, a touch of anger, and…relief. Why? she wondered.
“By the Holy Mother’s Tears! You’re a-a-a woman!”
He circled her, still examining, and she felt the old humiliation of being too tall and too strong, not a proper girl as her family told her time and again. She began to droop in the thick silence.
“How could I be so blind?” he breathed.
The tension shifted, leaving her giddy—and daring. “Weren’t you going to help me wash, Sir Godfrey?” She straightened, holding out the wooden dish of soft soap as a prompt.
About the Editor:
Delilah Deviln is a rising star in the world of erotica and romance. She has published over a hundred and twenty erotic stories in muliple genres and lengths. Her titles include Cowboy Lust, Into the Darkness,Seduced by Darkness, Darkness Captured, Down in Texas, and Texas Men. Her short stories have been featured in Zane’s Purple Panties, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Carnal Machines, and Passion. A USA Today best-selling author, she lives in Arkadelphia, AR.
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