Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Love & Agony by S.L Armstrong & K.Piet

Love & Agony by S.L Armstrong & K.Piet
Storm Moon Press
Novel: 192pgs
4 Pants Off

Between love and agony, there is a world of pleasure and pain, want and need. Authors S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet explore this world in many of its infinite variations with this collection of seventeen original short stories ranging from the contemporary to the paranormal to the fantastical.

The Wolf Pack's Lady - Moon leads the werewolf Ronan to her world and finally makes her presence known to him. Blood and Absinthe - Le Carnaval du Diable holds many secrets, and Lee glimpses one when he buys Roderick for an hour. Orion - Alaric shares a meal with his vampiric progeny, Orion, who has more than food on his mind. His Kitten - Fire Elf Maelog plays an erotic game with his lover, the Cloud Elf Darron, making him crawl, lick, and purr like a kitten. 

Welcome Home - After months grieving the loss of his missing demonic lover, demigod Lisril finally finds reason to rejoice. Unwilling Compromise - When the werewolves overthrow the vampires in Cleveland, Alpha Talon claims the vampire Seth as his pet. Angel Lost - Captive of the demon Llirr, the angel Jophiel finds common ground with his master... and possibly more. Black Pearls - Dragonslayer Wolfe returns from a successful hunt to the waiting arms of Garrett, his favored prostitute. Worship Me - After a long day, Alessandro chooses to relax with a shower and the eager submission of his lover, Damian. Temptation Calls - Temptation dances through the vampire Gideon's world in the form of the therian cat, Aubrey. Never Let Go - For the Elves Rayfier and Lyis, not even death can come between their love.

A Bitter Reunion - Archangel Michael visits Earth to see what has become of the exiled Morningstar. All Grown Up - A decade away at school hasn't stifled Warrick's desire for his former benefactor, the vampire Samuel. Rehabilitation - Retraining Daygan, a freed lust slave, to be independent proves harder than Cathal had expected. The Vampire's Boy - Vampire London forces his submissive half-breed lover, Jasper, to earn the pleasure of London's bite. Ashe's Choice - Five years after bespelling Ashe, incubus twins Hunter and Ryder grant him the choice they once denied him.

Plus a "deleted scene" from Catalyst!

I have a love/hate relationship with short stories, I always want more and there is never any. Well I know this book was series of very short stories but I took the chance and read it anyways. I am so effing glad I did! There is a story in here for anyone, there’s some sexy, some sweet, some sad as hell, and even better some kinky \o/

I will not be talking about all the stories but I will share with you some of my faves and the ones I would love to see more of. It’s wonderful to read the amount of writing styles, and the exuberance in imagination the authors have. Plus, I love how they torture their characters a little ^_~

The stories all share one common ground. That love is never easy and sometimes you have to suffer and hurt, but it was all worth it in the end.

Blood & Absinthe
I loved the heck out of this story and I am dying for more. It brought the pants losing, while amplifying a bit of mystery and intrigue and I am hooked. Roderick was an intense and rich character, and he’s sexy as hell. So I really want a longer story featuring him and Lee. It’s like shit is about to get spicy and dangerous *nods head*.

Unwilling Compromise
Another story that deserves to be longer. Werewolves take over the vampires, and the vamps have some hard decisions to make. Will they choose death, or submit to the alpha? Seth finds himself making said the decision, and being pulled in by the alpha Talon, (his name alone says he will slash ya). Another fave of mine.

Angel Lost
This story takes the cake as my favourite. Angel/Demon = epic pants losing cus there’s just no way one can handle all that sexy. Jophiel the angel is held captive by Llirr the demon and he hasn’t been very nice. When a few rules in hell gets changed, Jophiel experiences a side of Llirr he never expected. This is the longest story of the bunch, and just so good. There’s nothing sweet about this story, but by the end of it, you know these characters are going to make it work. Made my heart feel super happy.

Temptation Calls
I WANT MOAR!!! This one doesn’t give enough and leaves you wanting more of Gideon and Aubrey. Gideon a vampire who must choose a favourite, but he can’t help lusting after the broken Aubrey. Aubrey has no power so choosing him is out of the question. If only his hear would listen. I just want more!!

As I mentioned this book of shorts has mix of everything for all readers. I know not everyone likes short stories but why deny yourself all this awesome simply because “the stories aren’t long enough”. There’s also a deleted scene from Catalyst, which damn near broke my heart. Kasper you very broken man you.

Other mentions- All Grown Up, Rehabilitation, and Ashe’s Choice finish my list of fave stories.

Glad I read the book really enjoyed all the stories.

4 Pants Off


  1. I'll say this, the four you chose as your absolute favorites all have longer stories planned. :D It may not have been our intent with all of them when we wrote them, but some of the characters and worlds just beg for closer exploration. I'm so glad you liked it, Darien! Thank you for the wonderful review.

  2. Ooh, sounds amazing - must get this, thank you! :)


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