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All Wrapped Up by Various Authors

perf6.000x9.000.inddAll Wrapped Up by Laylah Hunter, Thea Hayworth, Gryvon, and Morgan Harcourt
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Storm Moon Press
Anthology:  80,000 Words
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Roses:  4

Tentacles are a taboo subject for most, something most people look at from between their fingers as they hide. But for a growing number of people, it’s a subject that is fascinating and sexy! Tentacle erotica has been around for ages, fromThe Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife to Demon Beast Invasion—it’s a genre that is here to stay. All Wrapped Upexplores this genre through the lens of gay erotic romance, offering four science-fiction and fantasy stories featuring tentacled heroes in all their wiggly glory.

The men in Ground Mission are podmates, a matched set: Simon Pollux, the lethal scout, and Adrian Lovasz, his willing and even more lethal combat specialist. In the midst of exploring an alien world, Simon is infected with an alien virus; to what lengths will Adrian go to ensure Simon’s comfort? In the wood-locked town of Orm, ranger Koster meets the mysterious Irsing: the guardian of the forest. Is he the one letting the forest turn to wilds, or is the forest turning to wilds on its own? In Wildwood, Koster aims to do whatever it takes to set things right.

Eli exchanges his a life of poverty in Dark Covenant when tricked into signing a contract giving himself to the masters of the Academy. His body, his movement, his life is theirs to do with as they wish, until the enigmatic Eramus offers Eli his power—if Eli will join with him. Sebastian Reed lives on the legal limits in Situation Normal, barely scraping by in his hunk of junk ship until a Peace Officer, Ten, commandeers his ship… and his body. Not that Sebastian minds, except for wondering exactly where it is that Ten means to take him.


Ground Mission” by Laylah Hunter

This was a fun tale.  Since this is by necessity a short story, it will be a little shallow.  The author does a good job of making you involved with the two main characters.  Adrian is the storyteller so you get all information from his viewpoint.  Adrian and his “podmate,” Simon are soldiers.  They have been frozen and then only defrosted for missions.  As the blurb states Simon is infected by…something when they go on a mission to a planet that all colonists have mysteriously disappeared from.  The two men are interesting contrasts that make the story interesting and very sexy;)  Roses: 3

Wildwood” by Thea Hayworth

I must say this story is very interesting.  I would love to see more of this world.  The author did a wonderful job in setting up the world and telling the story in such a limited word count.  Koster is such an interesting character and we get most of the story from his point of view.  Irsing considers himself just too different for people to accept.  Koster is just stubborn enough to challenge Irsing’s beliefs and maybe in the process bring the forest back under control.  Be prepared for a rather abrupt ending!  Roses:  4

Dark Covenant” by Gryvon

Eli is such a grown up in some ways and such a boy in others.  Eramus is a mysterious figure in most of the story.  The characters really made the story.  I think keeping Eramus so mysterious really worked for the story and made me keep reading just to find out more about him.  The story was a bit predictable but I loved the characters so much I would love to see more of them.  Roses:  3

Situation Normal” by Morgan Harcourt

This one was a light BDSM and not light because of the characters but we are just not shown much of it.  Sebastian is a high risk taker.  He loves to push people’s buttons to get what he wants.  Ten is a cop who takes over Sebastian’s ship to peruse a criminal.  This is a very sex driven plot.  Yes, there is a bad guy but it’s not a scene that holds my interest much.  I like the characters but overall the story was…meh.  Roses: 2