This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it "to the editor who can appreciate my work" and it has simply come back stamped "not at this address." Just keep looking for the right address.
The winners of the Amber Heat Wave contest were just announced. Office Relations didn't make the cut. I'm feeling surprisingly peaceful about the whole thing. Sure, I'm disappointed, but I still believe it's a good story. Plus, had begun to suspect I wouldn't win, so it's not a complete surprise.
The truth is, I'm not sure I write erotic romance. I write romance with plenty of sex in it (*grin*), but it's mid-range on the heat scale. This is another thing that made me think it might not happen through this contest. I'm not giving up, though. I will send out OR again. I have a couple of options I'm considering, but first I'll take a look at the story again and see how I can improve it.
Now I get to order my consolation prize.