The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (Mammoth Romances)
If love transcends all boundaries then paranormal romance is its logical conclusion. From the biggest names around, here are 24 tales to take you to another time and place.
Let Alyssa Day, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cheyenne McCray, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Maria V. Snyder, Carrie Vaughn, Allyson James Marland and o ...more
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Then I realized paranormal was big these days and there was pretty much an unlimited supply of Sandemo-like things. I was very excited, until, of course, I started reading those books.
Sandemo wrote more tha ...more
The Temptation of Robin Green by Carrie Vaughn
I did not like it at first, which is bad since it's so short, but then I liked it. A story about a zoo with paranormal beings, and it was the selkie that got me. One hot hot scene too.
Light through Fog by Holly Lisle
This was a sort of ghost story but at the same time not. And it was heartbreaking, a wonderful little story she brought to l ...more
Paranormal Romance Blues by Kelley Armstrong (good humor)
Taking Hold by Anya Bast (wanted to read more about Mac and Lily)
How To Date a Superhero Jean Johnson (it promised, but didn't show the "big scene")
Trinity Blue by Eve Silver (again, wanted to read mor ...more
1. At Second Bite: 3 stars
2. Blood Song: 1 - super hated it
3. Pack: 3
4. When Gargoyles Fly: 3
5. Grace of Small Things: 4-5
6. Paranormal Romance Blues: 3 - humorous
7. Succubus Seduction: 3
8. Daniel: 1-2
9. John Doe: 4 - badass chicks
10. The Temptation of Robin Green: 2-3. I liked that it was depressing, but didn't actually like the story.
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, should really be called the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Stories. If you are a romance purist coming in with the expectation that you are getting a whole slew of romances written by a group of your favorite authors, you might be disappointed. But even though there were only a few stories in this collection that I would actually call `romances', there were quite a lot good stories with par ...more
I did, however, deliberately put myself in a tolerant mindset: this is a book of romance stories. It wouldn't be fair to judge them as anyth ...more
A widesweeping selection of paranormal fables of the romantic persuasion, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE, is a tantalizing sampler for fans of both the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. Filled with short stories from some of the biggest names—and some little known—in paranormal romance and urban fantasy I highly recommend this for other readers who are seeking a taste of new authors or to try something from an old favorite. To keep thing ...more
Once I got past these few 'oh my god, take me now' stories as I like to call them, I found myself in a worl ...more
Even though I knew I would enjoy the authors more in this collection then the other, I was still hesitant to think I would enjoy the collection more. I read a lot of paranormal--for fun and review--and I've been dis ...more
There is a nice variety - vampires, shifters, ghosts, and even a gargoyle and only a few that had links to the authors series eg Blue Crush by Raechel Caine (Weather Warden series) and The Wager by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Lords of Avalon series).
I have read something from most of the authors s ...more
The one that really stuck out for me was Holly Lisle's Light Through Fog. This one was the one that moved me most. I could say it upset me the most because I was angry at the woman's parents. It also moved me most with their dedication of love to transcend anything else.
I do like Ilona Andrew's "Grace of Small Magics". I've read it before already so perhaps this ...more
McCray, Cheyenne - Succubus Seduction **
Armstrong, Kelley - Paranormal Romance Blues ***
Windsor, Anna - John Doe ***
Bast, Anya - Taking Hold ****
Johnson, Jean - How to Date a Superhero *****
Adams, CT - Daniel ****
Lisle, Holly - Light Through Fog *****
Putney, Mary Jo - the Tuesday Enchantress ****
Silver, Eve - Trinity Blue *****
Andrews, Ilona - Grace of Small Magics *****
James, Dina - Once a Demon ****
Snyder, Maria V - Night V ...more
"Succubus Seduction" by Cheyenne McCray: 4
"Paranormal Romance Blues" by Kelley Armstrong: 4.5
"John Doe" by Anna Windsor: Love this story. The story is amazing. - 5
"Taking Hold" by Anya Bast - 3
"How to Date a Superhero" by Jean Johnson - 3.5
"Daniel" by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp - 4
"Light Through Fog" by Holly Lisle: A touching love story ...more
Paranormal Romance Blues, Kelley Armstrong (vampires, demons) - FUN!
John Doe, Anna Windsor (angels) - I don't like angels, but this was a positive surprise.
The Tuesday Enchantress, Mary Jo Putney (guardians) - very entertaining, good sense of humour, I might get something longer by this author.
Trinity Blue, Eve Silver (demons, sorceres) - fun! I want to read more of this author...
Grace of small magics, Ilona Andrews (revenants, magic battle) - slow build-up, too fast ending, but e ...more
1. The Temptation of Robin Green by Carrie Vaughn
- Selkie (name unknown, but has a irish/scotish? accent)
- Robin (human)
- Rick/Ricardo (vampire)
It was a short story with a bittersweet ending. The characters development were not enough and I thought the heroin were quite stubborn and blinded by passion and lus ...more
I am not going to do a review of every story in this book or even list them for that matter, just too many. Just know that most stories are around 20 pages long, although some of the more popular authors stories could be anywhere up to 40 pages.
Most of the stories were just meh to ok though thankfully there were a few fantastic additions like Ilona Andrews 'Grace of Small Magics' and Jeaniene Frost's 'Pack'.
Who knows maybe I am just not the right ...more
I’m doing this review differently. I’ll list the title, author, my rating on the story, what it’s about, and thoughts (if I have particular ones). This is a collection of 24 short stories that focus on the paranormal. Let’s move on to the first story.
The Temptation of Robin Green by Carrie Vaughn
This story focused mainly on selkies. The story was interesting and I think I could’ve loved it if it hadn’t been lacking in c
Reflectively, I realised that I have not had much experience reading short stories - and I found that they frustrate me greatly. Although I adore a good romance, I have a great deal of respect for those which are established realistically (and realism is relative to the context of the story), I discovered that the lack of background and setting to these stories ma ...more
The Temptation of Robin Green by Carrie Vaugn, (pg. 1) I found to be a interesting twist to her Kitty series. It doesn't feature Kitty herself but does have Rick. As far as I was able to piece together, this story takes place before Kitty is ...more
"The Temptation of Robin Green" - This one was a miss in my ...more
my opinion ...out of 5
3.5 The Temptation of Robin Green - Carrie Vaughn
2 Succubus Seduction - Cheyenne McCray
3 Paranormal Romance Blues - Kelley Armstrong
5(really good) John Doe - Anna Windsor
3.5 Taking Hold - Anya Bast
2.5 How to Date a Super Hero - Jean Johnson
3 Daniel - C.T Adams & Cathy Clamp
5(best of the bunch) Light Through Fog - Holly Lisle - I was surprised at how such a short story was still so fulfilling.
4 The Tuesda ...more
The Temptation of Robin Green - Carrie Vaughn - not bad, but not spectacular. at least I still remember what this one was about. Vampires, selkies, werewolves, interesting world, but then Vaughn is good at that.
Succubus Seduction - Cheyenne McCray - bad. Unseelie queen named Rusalka, lol.
Paranormal Romance Blues - Kelley Armstrong - I can barely remember, it was okish, I guess. Vampires, half demons.
John Doe - Anna Windsor - not read.
Taking Hold - Anya Bast - not read
How to Da ...more
I first picked up the book for the Kelley Armstrong story and the Rachel Caine story.
The Kelley Armstrong story was... meh (too short for me to really get into it). I don't regret reading it or anything as dramatic as that, just not one of my favo ...more