High Octane Heroes by Delilah Devlin
Pleasure Panel review by Jilly Boyd
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High Octane Heroes by Delilah Devlin Review
Delilah Devlin is one of those editors that manages to effortlessly tap into my fantasies. And she’s certainly done so with High Octane Heroes, a delicious anthology full of stories featuring red-blooded hunks both in and out of uniform. I’m not normally a fan of big Alpha-type leading males in my erotica, but these stories may go a long way in making me change my mind…
This anthology boasts 15 stories, with hunky leads ranging from soldiers (as in opener As You Were by Alice Janell) and undercover cops (Big Guns by Michael Bracken) to Navy SEALS (SEAL Destiny by Sharon Hamilton) and Air Force pilots (The Star by Tahira Iqbal). It’s definitely a recommendation for erotica readers who love getting lost in the fantasy of manly men and their sometimes dangerous adventures.
In her foreword, author Maya Banks (The Sweet series, the Colter’s Legacy series, etc) points out just how omnipresent the alpha male is in the romance genre. Particularly the man in uniform, be it a soldier or a fireman (I do love me some firemen) or a hot marine. I wholeheartedly agree with her; some of the first romances I read had the uniformed man front and centre and although I’ve developed a different taste in leading men, I can’t help coming back to those stories.
And it’s a strand of erotic romance that Delilah Devlin absolutely excels in. She’s selected a good crop of stories, which cater to lovers of every kind of uniform. Her own story, anthology closer Pitch Black, is my favourite of the bunch, taking place on a dark and stormy night in a prison on the outskirts of Arkensas. The setting, the weather, the chemistry between the two main characters… it’s an excellent closer for a lovely anthology.
The balance between stories is good throughout, with as many stories featuring women in need of rescue as stories featuring women ready to do the rescuing, sparring deftly alongside the hot, manly men and matching them word for word.
Definitely a recommended read, and Delilah is definitely an author/editor whose work you need to explore if you love erotic romance.
– Jillian Boyd, Lady Laid Bare