Anthology-Outlaws

When I signed up for the ARC of this one, I didn’t really read the blurbs. I don’t always, depending on who the authors are. With Yolanda, Petra, and Ally, I knew that it would be good whatever it was. So, when I started to read Outlaws, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, but I knew it was going to be good. And holy fuck, was it. Now , before you start to read this, be aware that the title doesn’t refer to bikers, Mafia guys, or anything like that. I’m pretty sure that it comes from jokes about outlaws and in-laws.

All of these stories are filthy. Some of them are so filthy I need a shower just from thinking about them. They all take the thought of family to a whole other level. They are twisted and will leave you questioning your personal morality.

Yolanda Olson-Susurration

First off, I just need to say how much I love the title. It’s a fun word. Susurration means whispering or murmuring. And it is highly appropriate for this story. Yolanda left me with more questions than she answered, but that’s a very her thing to do. It’s a short story, but it is perfectly done, with enough tension and all.

AA Davies-Unruly

The characters in this aren’t exactly family or in-laws, but they are close. I really liked how the story ended up, and I’m not entirely sure that I would call this one quite as twisted as the others, but it is definitely twisted. I really like Remi though.

JM Walker-Her Little

You remember me saying that some of these are so filthy that I need to take a shower just thinking about them? Well, this would be one of those stories. It really is filthy AF. I mean, yeah. The only thing that dimmed it slightly for me was that I was hoping for some Little action going on, because of the title. I can see where it could lean that way, and overall, I’m not disappointed in it, so there’s that.

Ally Vance-Fragile Vows

Twins. ‘Nuff said. OK, not really. I think that Ally went to an interesting place with this. It didn’t happen quite the way I expected, but I’m not going to complain, because I think her way was better.

Jason Hes-The Scent of Wolves

This is my first Jason Hes story, but I will be seeking more. He dragged me in and left me with wanting so much more, in the very best way. I’m itching for more.

Petra Knox-His Best Interest

I really liked this one. Not necessarily for the sexy bits, although, those were really good, but I thought that Petra did a great job of creating awesome characters in a very short story. That’s a lot harder to do than you might think.

Cole Denton-Secrets

Yeah, this family has so many secrets. So, so, so many secrets. We learn some of them, but I’m pretty sure that there are a lot more somewhere, hiding. I would love to get a continuation in this world. Go Wolverines!

K Webster-The Free

OK, you all know how I review K’s taboo treats because I love them? Well, I love her even more fucking taboo books. And yeah, this is totally one of them. The Free is the sequel-ish to The Wild, which lasted on Amazon for about a minute before it got banned. If you want to read it, you have to go to Eden Books or K’s website to get it. With The Free, she didn’t even try with the Zon. Trust me, they would’ve totally banned it. But, this is what Eden Books is perfect for. Anyhow, back to the taboo book.

So, we have Eve, a young woman who is wandering around in the Alaskan wilderness. Her family were all off the grid, I mean, way off the grid, and they are all dead of various things, except for Eve. She has very little contact with anyone except for Reed and Devon, from The Wild, and their friend Atticus, who has been watching out over her for years and gives her fruit. One day, she comes to Reed and Devon’s house, barely alive. She’s been attacked by a bear. Luckily, Atticus is there, and he ends up taking her to his house, which is more on the grid to help fight the infections. He lives in between the town and the wild, which works better than if they were to try to take her to the hospital.

 

I really like Eve. I always have. I think that she’s strong, fierce, and not to be fucked with. She will straight out cut a bitch. When she tells you to look away, you really should. She has absolutely no social awareness, but the majority of her life has been with her family and living feral in the bush of Alaska, so there should be no surprise at all that she can’t people well. But she’s very smart, in my opinion, and quite canny. She might not be able to people well, but she knows what she needs to survive, and she’s managed to survive quite well up to this point, well, bear gashes notwithstanding. I like how Eve really is able to take care of herself and fight for what she needs.

Atticus. Well, him I have mixed feelings about. I think that he’s a little judgey mcjudgerson in the first book. Which made me think that he was a little hypocritical at times, but only at times. I think that he mostly just needs to get out of his way, and when he stops overthinking and stops getting in his own way, he isn’t.

No spoilers, but check under the pic for content warning. Not saying what the taboo is, though.

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CW: Memories of prior abuse.