Night Shift: Dirty Things Happen in the Dark by Kindle Alexander, Toni Aleo, Chelle Bliss, Sawyer Bennett, Brenda Rothert and Eden Butler
Summer in the Big Easy is hot.
Inside Tulane Medical Center the temperature is on the rise.
Six never before released stories that will leave you breathless.
Dirty things happen in the dark.
A member of the New York Fire Department, single father Tim Davis is about as tough as they come. But underneath the muscles and tattoos, he still nurses a bruised heart handed to him courtesy of his first love. While on vacation with his son in New Orleans, Tim runs into the very woman that taught him about love before pulling it all away.
Holly Reynolds is rebuilding her life as an orthopedic doctor, far away from her home in New York City and her controlling father - the man responsible for tearing her and Tim apart. While she knows the hurt she caused Tim could never be forgiven, she can’t help the overwhelming feelings she still has for her first and deepest love.
Truths are revealed as lies are exposed.
After losing the love of his life to another man, Flash is heartbroken and lost.
Wanting to forget, he heads to New Orleans. He finds the unexpected.
A chance encounter could alter his fate or will she become his rebound?
Wanting to Forget
Jordie Thomas is looking for something to take his mind off of the woman he let go—or rather, pushed away—and the terrifying prospect of what will happen if his broken leg doesn’t heal. He’s ready to get back to his family and fellow teammates on the Nashville Assassins and get back onto the ice. However, with his injured leg in the way and his mind clouded by a certain woman, he needs a break to clear his head and his heart. With New Orleans in his sights, can this player find a way to get back to the crazy and reckless life he used to live? Find out as author Toni Also takes readers on a wild journey in this Assassins novella.
Dr. Derek Babineaux is intelligent, dedicated, and one of the best ER physicians in the fast-paced world of critical care at TMC. Always on top of his game, he’s thrown off balance when the newest staff member unleashes his hidden desires.
Justin Delacroix’s job at the inner city’s busiest hospital might be just what he needs to ease back into civilian life. There’s only one problem, his attraction for one sexy ER doctor is off the charts, but he has reasons for not returning Dr. Baby’s advances. Or maybe he doesn't.
She spends her nights treating patients, but Dr. Jocelyn Drake’s own wounds are unfixable. A fierce determination to continue her research project and a shred of remaining pride keep Joss from transferring out of the Big Easy.
Carson Stephens recently returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East, and now his closest companion is loneliness. His night-shift work supervising the electrical and mechanical systems at the hospital is a perfect fit – it’s solitary work putting broken things back together. If Carson has his way, his hands will work their magic on more than the wiring, and he’ll show Joss a night of passion that restores her shattered confidence.
Swimming in Shadows
Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on Ryan’s desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother.
Now he’s chasing a ghost, swimming in the shadows of the past, searching for answers. Ryan lands in America’s wildest, sexiest city tangling with a redhead, chasing down a dead woman, and trying to get his best friend to stop hounding him about a business he wants no part of. When a set up sends him straight to Tulane Medical, and into the care of the girl he never forgot, Ryan finds the strength and healing to unravel the mysteries of the past.
Review by Amanda
In this anthology, centered around the wild, hot and passionate nights in New Orleans, there are 6 novella by 6 of my personal favorite authors. Even better than that is that all proceeds raised from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund, PanCan.org, and the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The first story in this anthology is Off Duty by Sawyer Bennett. I am an avid fan of everything she puts out and once again she did not disappoint. This novella follows Tim, a firefight from New York, who is on vacation at his sister's house in New Orleans. He runs into his high school sweetheart and the flames ignite. They were torn apart because of her bigoted father, and have finally found one another again. I loved this story, it was hot, fast paced and filled with smoking hot firefighters and intelligent and strong woman. As usual, Sawyer brings on the hotness too - a really great read.
Rebound by Chelle Bliss follows the story of Sam and Fiona. The two have a chance encounter at a bar in New Orleans while he is trying to drown his sorrows and forget a woman. They spend the night walking through Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. The attraction is undeniable and although that night they don't end up in bed together, they do commit to seeing each other again. Trust me, you will be happy they did. As per usual, Chelle Bliss' stories are full of smoking hot passion, romance and of course scenes that leave you laughing out loud.
In Wanting To Forget by Toni Aleo, we follow Jordie Thomas. He is the hot star of an ice hockey team who has damaged his knee and is recovering at home. After spending a whole lot of time with his best friends sister, he decides it is now time to cool things down and ends things with her. Of course there is no better way to get over someone, than to get under someone else, and that is exactly what Jordie sets about doing - in the most asshole-ish (yes, I just made a verb out of asshole) that you can possibly imagine. I have to say that this was my favorite novella of the anthology, and I am looking forward to reading Overtime which is going to be Jordie's full length novel.
The next novella is Closet Confessions by Kindle Alexander.. Kindle writes man to man romance/erotica like no one else, and once again, this is no exception. Closet Confessions follows Dr. Derek Babineaux, ER doctor extraordinaire. He is the epitome of gorgeous and successful, and all he wants most in the world is to be able to share his life with someone - without feeling the need to hide. Justin Delacroix is smitten with Derek, but because he is from a military background is worried about what everyone thinks. The two have smoldering hot passion and clearly do love each other, but will it be enough?
The fifth novella in this anthology is Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert. This follows Joss - an OB/GYN doctor who has been humiliated by her ex husband. He works in the same hospital as her, and had been carrying on an affair with one of the nursing staff. Joss is a strong woman though, and has put her head down and moved forward, however, only in her professional life. Her personal life has been put completely on hold as she tries to recover from the pain inflicted on her. Enter Carson, the mechanical whizz kid, who helps her ensure that there is air conditioning in the room she is using for her interviews. As the night moves on, the two find themselves incredibly attracted to one another - will Carson have the touch that helps Joss move on? Steamy, passionate and charming! I loved this one.
Finally, we have Swimming in Shadows by Eden Butler. This novella was the biggest surprise for me. I cannot believe how much Eden Butler fits in 1 novella. It was fast paced, action packed and had me turning the pages with glee. It follows Neil Ryan, a retired NAVY Seal and a recently let go Police Detective. He returns to New Orleans looking for answers to his questions. His mother is dead, and he feels like he has failed her. He has returned to the Big Easy looking for the answers to his questions. Along the way, he is usurped by a beautiful red head and another retired NAVY Seal. It is after a run in with and he ends up in the ER, that he is truly faced with his past in the form of Dr. Evangeline Lavigne. The one woman that he cannot forget no matter how much he tries. This book is a prequel to Neil Ryan's novel, Shadows and Lies, which will be released in Spring of 2015.
Overall, this anthology is one I really enjoyed. It’s the first anthology I’ve ever read front to back. I recommend it highly and think that if you enjoy smoking hot romance and something a little different - then this is definitely for you!