Review: Naughty Phantasia by various authors

Reviewed by Ronelle

I’ll start this review by stating that I did not finish all the stories, either because they didn’t interest me (“Valentine”, “How the Alien Stole Christmas”) or because I found the plot/characters unappealing (“Alien Rights”, “The Ghosts of Substation #69”). Overall, though, I enjoyed the collection and appreciated the variety. Some of the stories put more focus on external plot, while some focused almost exclusively on romance/sex.

Rather than go over each story individually, here are some of my favorites/notables from the Naughty Phantasia anthology:

WEAPON OF CHOICE by Katherine Kingston

Selvya’s gift for controlling fire made her a weapon in the hands of unscrupulous men. The king’s commander offers a chance for revenge and redemption, but it’s a risk she’s not sure she can take.

This was probably one of my favorites, and it was a good opener for the anthology. I liked both Selvya and Jorden quite a bit, and Ms. Kingston struck just the right balance between romance and plot. The sex wasn’t explicit, but it’s not that fade-to-black crap, either. As with the romance vs. plot, the details were nicely balanced. I’d like to see more stories set in this particular world and will DEFINITELY by looking for more work by this author!

DELIA’S HEARTTHROB (OCKHAM STEAM-WORKS LABORATORY CHRONICLES 2) by Regina Kammer

Gadzooks! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – what’s a scientist to do? Edward knows naught of romance. Can steam power prevail over chocolates to win Delia’s heart?

With the way it started and the amount of descriptive slang, I thought this one was going to be weird and kinky, but it actually ended up being really sweet. While the main characters are in something of an MFM relationship, this particular Ockham Chronicle was focused on Delia and Edward. I found Ms. Kammer’s writing style to be engaging and her steam-punk world had a surprising amount of development. I highly recommend this story, even if you haven’t read the first one yet.

GYPSY WITCH by Suz deMello

Ben’s a tough, down-to-earth cop who doesn’t believe in magic, yet he falls for a modern-day witch. Will Ben and Elena’s fragile love be lost when she reveals what she truly is?

In typical Suz deMello style, the sex is hot, heavy, and very prevalent. In fact, the ‘plot’ is pretty much an afterthought and only exists to give Elena a way to have a threesome. It was an okay story, but I would have liked to see more attention/development given to the awakened knights and Elena’s magic. There was a lot of potential here, but Ms. deMello just couldn’t pull it all together in such a short story.

HOT AS HADES by Regina Kammer

After living in Hell for four months, Persephone returns home to the mortal realm. But can home truly be home without the man she loves?

Since I’m always down for mythology-centric stories—more so if romance is involved—I was very much looking forward to “Hot as Hades”. And while the plot, characters, and setting are nothing like the Ockham Chronicles, Ms. Kammer’s writing is still just as impressive.

Bottom line: Naughty Phantasia has something for almost every romance and erotica lover, and it’s nice that all the stories are fairly short. I recommend this anthology, though you should read the descriptions of each story, so you can pick and choose, since they’re all quite different.

Rating: B-/C

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Naughty Phantasia
by Katherine Kingston, Nicole Austin, Regina Kammer,
Berengaria Brown, Suz deMello, Francesca Hawley,
Tina Donahue, Lynn LaFleur, Belle Scarlett, Marianne Stephens
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Publisher: Naughty Literari

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