The Sirens of SaSS – book review

The Sirens of SaSS Anthology
by multiple authors – see review for details
Release Date:  March 27, 2018
Publisher: Self Published
Contemporary Romance M/F and M/F/M
Kindle Edition
Source:  Net Galley
Rating:  XXX
Read 3/18/18 to 4/5/18

There were no page numbers in this one and it was too hard to try to guess.  I want to note this book is going for an awesome price on Amazon and all proceeds go to VETSports so it’s a win/win to hop on and download this one.

My Fate
by Julie Mishler
This is actually a poem…and a pretty good one at that.  It’s not very long but the author does a beautiful job of getting her message across. ~ 4 stars

The Siren’s Assistant
by Amy Marie
I enjoyed this story much more than I thought I would.  When first meeting the characters, they are quite abrasive.  But once they’re really thrown together their chemistry is palpable and it really helps elevate this story. I was really rooting for them in the end.  There is quite a bit of odd word usage that sometimes messed with the flow, but overall this was an excellent read. ~ 4 stars

by Ann Mayburn
This story is one of deep and abiding love.  Megan and her husband Jason have hit a rough patch.  She works too much, neglects her family, always has to be in control.  Although the way this happens to many married couples varies, the story is really the same at the core.  I found this to be a beautiful love story of two people finding their way back to each other. ~ 4 stars

Hot Chick for Hire
by Cat Johnson
This is how you write a novella for an anthology.  I was hooked and now want to read more by this author and about these characters.  To be fair, I have read another story by this author in the anthology Happy is the Bride so she wasn’t totally new to me.  I loved her story in that book and I love this one.  I really have to start reading some of her other work. ~ 5 stars

Siren’s Kiss
by CD Bradley
This one just didn’t do it for me.  There were certain elements that intrigued me…there was a bit of a fantasy vibe going on for sure.  But it seemed to really drag on.  Too many insignificant details while not enough information to make it a satisfying read.  At first I thought the stuff being left out was by design, but I was still not satisfied by the time the ending rolled around.  But I can tell you exactly what everyone at the party was wearing! ~ 2 stars

Una Notte (One Night)
by Dani Rene
Mixed feelings on this one.  I definitely had some interest in the story, but the main male character of Landon was almost like a caricature or the jerky, smug, hot guy trope. The pacing wasn’t bad and the writing was good so I may check out some of this author’s other books. ~ 3 stars

Hope Surfacing
by D.D. Lorenzo
As with Cat Johnson’s novella included in this anthology, this story could be a “how to” for authors trying to decide what/how to write for a collection.  It hooked me early and kept me intrigued throughout.  Ms. Lorenzo is a new-to-me author and I will definitely be looking up more from her, including this full-length novel when it comes out.  Her writing is so fluid and lyrical even with the tough subject she was writing about.  Color me intrigued. ~ 5 stars

by Elizabeth SaFleur
I enjoyed this story a lot and will most likely seek out more from this author.  The intimate scenes were written well and the characters had decent chemistry, but there was something missing.  Chemistry does not always equal fire.  They had more of a simmer going and I always like having a fire.  I’m always a bit hesitant to judge an author’s ability to write scorching chemistry on a short story or novella though.  I’d be interested to see what she can do with a full length book.  And it seems she has quite a few for me to choose from. ~ 4 stars

The Client
by L. Armentrout
Because I read so much, I sometimes lose track of an author.  Not because they’re not good or because I don’t want to read their books.  Usually it’s because I’m waiting for their next book to come out, or the library doesn’t have any of their books and I don’t have the money to buy any at the time.  I really enjoyed this story.  I looked up the author and realized she wrote the Wait For You series that I love under the name J. Lynn.  (While it seems she writes more paranormal type of stories under this name the Wait For You series is not paranormal at all.) I’m not always game for a paranormal romance, but once I start reading one I always get hooked, so I’m not sure what that’s about.  And this short story hooked me and really made me want to read a wider spectrum from this author.  Sometimes re-finding a beloved author is like finding a great new author, if enough time has gone by there is a lot more to read again! ~ 5 stars

The Sidewinder’s Siren
by Kat Mizera
Wow.  Just wow.  That was very unexpected.  What a raw and honest story.  I cannot wait to read more by this author.  ~ 5 stars

Rockstar on Pointe
by Laci Paige
Another awesome addition to this anthology by another new-to-me author.  Some of the writing was a bit elementary, but the overall feel of the story really comes across.  The chemistry was sweet and sexy.  Looking forward to more from this author. ~ 5 stars

The Sheriff and the Cougar
by Lexi Buchanan
There were things I really liked about this story, but a lot of inconsistencies.  Surprisingly, there was more chemistry than I expected since we didn’t really get much back story on how the initial attraction got started.  I’d be interested to see what this author can do with a longer story. ~ 3 stars

by Lydia Michaels
Super rough start on this one, but it ended up being really interesting and sweet.  I really didn’t think I was going to like the heroine but the author did well winning me over with her eventually. ~ 3.5 stars

Remember With Me
by M.E. Montgomery
Great, full story told in a little bit of time. Conflict, love, hurt, healing.  This author definitely has a gift at spinning a yarn. ~ 5 stars

Siren’s Song
by Maria Vickers
Although this story is a good concept, I think it would have worked much better as a full-length book where the reader could get more back story and depth.  Also, there was a lot of double talk.  All in all I liked this author. ~ 4 stars

House Arrest
by Melanie Moreland
Oh, how I wanted to like this story.  From the outside it had a pretty good concept and the characters are really likable.  The way Jenny ends up in Connor’s apartment at the beginning is really cute.  But this one kept teetering over the stalker/obsessive line. I wanted to look at Connor’s actions as romantic, and often I could.  Then he’d do something or thing something that was crossing that line again.  It drove me crazy.           ~ 3 stars

Savage Hope
by Sam JD Hunt
A more traditional siren story, weaving the folklore into the tale.  The story was a short and quick read, not too detailed but it didn’t have to be. ~ 4 stars

So that’s it.  I’ll tell you, it took me a bit longer than I expected to read this and I think it’s because, for some reason, I like to take a break between stories in books like this so they don’t all end up meshing together in my mind.  The final star rating is the average of all of the above.  Go grab this one and support VETSports!

4.2 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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