ARC Review: For the First Time: Twenty-One Brand New Stories of First Love

Title: For the First Time: Twenty-One Brand New Stories of First Love
Author: Alessandra Torre, et al.
Genre: Various
Type: Anthology
POV: Various
Expected Publication: January 12, 2016

 

You never forget your first time…

A brand new anthology of original, never-before-read stories from today’s hottest authors, including:

Alessandra Torre, Kim Karr, Jen Frederick, Alexa Riley, Lynda Chance, Sarah Castille, Nina Lane, CJ Roberts, Anna Zaires, Nikki Sloane, Cynthia Sax, Avery Aster, Pam Godwin, Skye Warren, Julia Sykes, Cynthia Rayne, Jenika Snow, Debra Presley, Shoshanna Evers, Tamsen Parker, and Nina Levine!

From young heartbreak to a virginity auction, from the chance meeting to the happily ever after, twenty-one exclusive stories explore first love in all its forms. This set includes almost 200,000 words of steamy encounters and sweet romance.

 

Pre-order at:

Amazon

 

ARC provided by authors Tamsen Parker and Alessandra Torre in exchange for an honest review.

For The First Time is a short story/novella anthology of firsts – first love, first heartbreak, etc. Contributed by 21 hottest bestselling authors, it has a good variety of genre ranging from light and funny, to dark and gritty. It’s a perfect book for diehard fans of the authors to enjoy the extras and for new fans to dabble in never read before authors’ works.

When it comes to anthology, personally I would like to see more complely new stories. Of the six stories I’ve read half of them are prologue/epilogue/extra of previously published books. I know a lot of the authors fans like to read the extras, but for me I rather read something new because I like variety and I’d like to see how authors tackle the challenge of writing new a complete stories with limited words.

Another reason is I feel it will make people who hasn’t read the full book feel left out or preventing them from understanding the heart of the story. Of the 3 extras from below, I haven’t read one of the full book. I liked the story, but I didn’t fully grasp the background. I understand the marketing standpoint of doing this, but I definitely prefer to read something new.

Below are the brief summary of the stories I read. It may be added on later date.

 

✤ Sole by Alessandra Torre ✤

The Gist: Hollywood golden couple celebrating their three years old birthday party + a chicken = mayhem. Light and funny.

 

✤  Heartbreak by Skye Warren ✤

It’s the worst thing, the one thing I can’t survive, and I’ll do anything to save him. Even hurt him.

The Gist: Two foster kids trying to survive by looking out for each other. Dark and heartbreaking.

 

✤ His First and Only by Alexa Riley ✤

My cum and her sweet cream act as lube and make my entry a little easier. After a second of just feeling the tip inside her, she takes a deep breath and drops down fully on my cock.

The Gist: A long lost love between childhood neighbors reunited after 10 years set in the sin city. Hot and heartwarming.

 

✤ Looking for Complications by Tamsen Parker ✤

The Gist: A chance encounter between a straight woman with identity crisis and a lesbian woman with inner self-esteem issue. Hot and kinky.

 

✤ Trailer Park Eden by CJ Roberts ✤

We’re not helpless apart, just better together.

The Gist: Disabled 17 years old twins trying to make a living in a desolated town. Dark, gritty, taboo and fucked up. Absolutely love it. My favorite by far.

 

✤ Heart of Eve by Pam Godwin ✤

Every moment with her was heaven. And hell.

The Gist: A celibate priest and the last woman on earth in a post-apocalyptic world. Dark and scary, but heartwarming.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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