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Feature book: Summer Spectacles

22 August 2012

Summer Spectacles anthology by Gillian Archer, Maggie Nash, Shermaine Williams and Imari Jade

A faery prince who hates humans, neighbours involved in a game of voyeurism, two fashion models who like to watch, and a place where all wishes and fantasies come true are the stories you’ll find in the Summer Spectacles anthology.

‘Illuminations’ by Maggie Nash had to be the stand-out of the four short stories included in the anthology. It is 1895 and Gemma is a young scullery maid who has no idea that the manor she is working at has a secret—women and men come from all over the country to learn how to please and be pleased sexually.

The virginal Gemma discovers what is going on behind closed doors by accident and is quite surprised by the reaction of her own body to what she witnesses. She is caught by Darius in a compromising position. Darius and his friend Jamie (and I suppose work colleague) decide to teach Gemma a lesson. Darius and Jamie are both younger sons and as such have no obligations, only to marry well. Darius is immediately entranced by Gemma and takes the opportunity to teach her about her sensuality.

The build-up was sinful; just as the plotline started to move forward the story was over. All three characters were interesting alone and together. I’m hopeful there are more stories regarding the characters of Maitland House. I’m particularly interested in learning more about Lucy and the Master.

The other story I enjoyed was Gillian Archer’s ‘Faery Seductive Escape’. Ashley, a trainee midwife, is kidnapped and kept as a slave to assist in births. The Faery prince, Tiarnan, despises humans and believes Ashley to be a faery disguised as a human for a festival. When the night is over and identities are revealed, can Tiarnan forgive Ashley for being human and can Ashley forgive Tiarnan for his treatment after learning she is human?

As someone who has not dabbled in erotica (I’ve just read two novels), I enjoyed all four stories—whilst having voyeurism as a common thread, they were all very different (historical, paranormal and contemporary) genres. I think this anthology suited my previous weariness for the genre and I will have to add some space to my ‘to be read’ pile!

reviewed by Aimee

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes 12 September 2012.

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13 Comments
  1. louiseforster permalink
    22 August 2012 10:47 am

    This anthology sounds great, love the premise. Good luck with sales, I’m sure it will be a winner!

  2. 22 August 2012 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the gorgeous review Aimee! Louise, all the stories are very different so it’s great to see how they weave in the voyeur theme. I hope whoever wins will get as much enjoyment out of my story as I did in writing it :-)
    Good luck everyone!

  3. Deb Klanfar permalink
    22 August 2012 1:52 pm

    I like the sound of these stories, especially that there are different genres, but same theme.
    Deb

  4. Yvonne Bartlett permalink
    22 August 2012 5:24 pm

    I like anthologies and would appreciate one that would enable me to get my fix of fix of paranormal, erotica, historical and contemporary storylines. Looking forward to reading it.
    Yvonne

  5. carol L permalink
    22 August 2012 6:25 pm

    Love the sound of this book. Look forward to reading the different genres. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  6. Brooke Moody permalink
    23 August 2012 3:45 pm

    I already have this book so please don’t enter me in the draw. Just wanted to say I loved your story Maggie. X

  7. Jet permalink
    27 August 2012 4:51 pm

    Fantastic review Aimee, as someone who has never read erotica with ‘voyeurism’ in it (actually not that much erotica at all) , this has got be intrigued and am now willing to give it a shot and see if like it. I love idea that all the stories are set in different sub-genres so the reader gets a good sampling of erotica to satisfy all thier needs! ;)

  8. Barbara permalink
    27 August 2012 5:06 pm

    I have read illuminations by Maggie, which I enjoyed but I have not read any of the others ….good review Aimee

  9. Jody Andeson permalink
    15 September 2012 1:17 pm

    i love anthologies and can’t wait to read this one as I find that anthologies are great ways to be introduced to new authors.

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