Scandalous Heroes box set contains works from nine of the industry’s best authors of romance that includes characters of color: Sienna Mynx, Yvette Hines, Aliyah Burke, Latrivia Nelson, Erosa Knowles, Tiana Laveen, Pepper Pace, Bridget Midway and Serenity King. With what is included, this book is worth well beyond what it cost.
The book included some pieces that are parts of larger series. It is difficult to read parts of series included in anthologies, when they are not the first installment. For instance, Vasliy’s Revenge, by Latrivia Nelson, is the second installment of the Medlov Crime Family Series. I had not read any of this author’s work prior to this and did read part one of the series before reading this installment. While this work is similar to the work of Ms. Mynx’s “mafia family” style series, I am not as inclined to continue to read this series based upon this installment. If a series is included in an anthology I would prefer if it is the first installment of a series so that it gives me a chance to get a feel for the series that I might want to continue reading.
Even with that said I was especially satisfied with the following:
Rallenti, by Sienna Mynx is an installment in her Battaglia Mafia Series. It was great to visit the old family, but here in the United States, instead of in Italy. Getting a look at the family from the perspective of one of the enforcers, as opposed to one of the other relatives was wonderful. What I truly enjoyed was how the story left you with the feeling of the compassion and faith the family has in its most trusted employees.
Double Trouble, by Erosa Knowles, is a part of her Men of 3X CONstruction series. I have waited for a LONG time for another installment to this series. The lives of the original characters were all so intriguing that as a reader I often wondered what became of them. For Ms. Knowles to give a glimpse of their lives, while telling us a story about the twins, brothers to one of the original characters, was worth the price of the wait. I hope there will be more.
Raw Exposure, by Aliyah Burke, is part of her Megalodon Team series. Even though the characters were not actually a part of the team, the team is prominently included in the story. The interesting part of this story is the main female lead’s Irish history and how unusual it is to have Black Irish characters. When she is in trouble and her brothers’ team has to rescue her, I just felt another story coming.
Not part of a continuing series, but very enjoyable was Tattooed Moon, by Tiana Laveen. This was my first exposure to this author and I truly enjoyed this work. This story made me cry and smile. The descriptions of the issues surrounding the lives of both characters pulled at my heart strings. I am definitely going to read more of this author’s work.
There was one story I did not enjoy, mainly because it is the beginning of a series and not my style of work. I will most likely NOT read the continuation of that series. Out of nine stories, having at least one I did not enjoy was expected.
-Reviewed by Selina