Dec 27 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers: Collection No. 1 (December 27, 2013)

Whispers Collection No. 1 by Carolyn JewelCarolyn Jewel
Whispers: Collection No. 1
cJewel Books / December 27, 2013 / $7.00 print, $4.99 digital

A woman keeps her promise to a demon when he delivers on an ice-cold revenge. In New Orleans of 1859, a repressed spinster leaves respectability behind for the arms of a Creole lover. My Goblin Boyfriend should say it all, but in case it doesn’t, Violet finds out first-hand why goblins have a rep for mastery in the bedroom. In Edwardian-era America, Nathan reluctantly agrees to seduce and impregnate his good friend’s cousin. An unrepentant werewolf thinks he’s found the woman of his dreams. She needs pain. He can deliver if she’s willing to get Wild with him.

Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers is a collection of five erotic short stories. Some are historical, some historical and some have paranormal elements. Not all are romances, but all are intriguing stories that push the envelope with respect to the heroines’ notions of sexuality. Also, all are fairly dark in their portrayal of sex. Think demons. While not all the heroes are actual demons, they all are in the darker plain of existence.

In “Inigo the Magician,” a woman helps to free a sex demon from its master, but the price she has to pay might not be what she expected. Her boyfriend Anthony convinces her to go see a magic show. It is late at night, and Inigo is not in the mood. Anthony pushes Inigo to perform for them, however, and gets more than he bargained for. Inigo releases a demon that goes after Anthony and then forces the heroine into a very precarious position. The heroine blames Inigo for her violation and makes a pact with the demon—agreeing to whatever he wants if he would kill Inigo. This story has a great twist. While the beginning of the story is fairly oblique, Jewel pulls the story together. This one will make readers think.

The second story is “Demon Lover” and is a historical short taking place in mystical New Orleans. The heroine is a woman who lives with her father, who rarely lets her out of his sight. David Nataniel is a business partner of her father’s, one who rarely pays any attention to her. She, however, pays a great deal of attention to him. But one night at a masked party at David’s home, he makes a move, claiming her as his own. This one night will change her life forever, although readers may never know how much.

Next up is “My Goblin Boyfriend,” a paranormal tale. And in case you did not know this, “Goblins … are magnificent lovers.” Violet, our heroine, has heard tales of paranormal creatures for years, but doesn’t believe them until she finds an injured creature on her doorstep. She is convinced that he is not human. She nurses him back to health and learns for herself about the sexual prowess of goblins. While her goblin does prove to be magnificent, he isn’t much on talking. This story is one of the lightest in the anthology, but is also one of the hottest.

In “Constance,” a man is asked to seduce an ice cold woman who is believed to be uppity. Instead of snobbery, Constance holds herself away from people for a much more sinister and disturbing reason. Her cousin Edgar is in love with her, but he asks his friend to seduce her, hoping to free her from that which holds her prisoner. The man has never liked Constance—until he looks closer, until he takes the time to actually see her. This story surprises.

The last and possibly darkest of the stories is “The Wild,” a paranormal story about a woman who follows her lover into the great outdoors on the night of a full moon. She is keen on rough sex and pain, but may not be prepared for how rough things get when he lets the wild take him fully. This was the darkest tale of the collection, some parts flirting with dubious consent. However, it worked well within the confines of the romance.

Whispers, Collection No. 1 is an anthology of eclectic erotic stories that will challenge readers and make them think. The endings are not always expected, nor are they easy—but they are well done.

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Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN

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