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Hotter Than Hell (The Hollows #4.5 - Dirty Magic)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,399 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely da ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 491 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Harper (first published June 1st 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I love reading anthologies, so I never really got why a lot of romance readers don't care much for anthologies. Well, I tend to read fantasy and horror anthologies for the most part. This is probably one of the first bigger romance ones I've read. I get it now! It gets pretty dull to read sex scene after sex scene. The only thing that broke the monotony were the paranormal elements, and seeing how each author created a story out of that starting point. Some authors did a better job than others o ...more
At just under 500 pages, Hotter Than Hell, collects a dozen short stories from some of the biggest names in paranormal romance and urban fantasy into one nice little beach ready tome. Because there are a dozen that need a review let me do my best here and give you a very short bit on each one (in the order from the book)!

Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff is a quicky about a talent scout for a music studio and her sultry adventures to sign a hunky pair of country-rock musicians who's sound has a m
Janice (Janicu)
The one thing that gets me with this book is how different it seems from the rest of the "In Hell" anthologies that came before it. It really strikes me that Hotter than Hell is more paranormal romance than it is urban fantasy, because the premise in all the stories is sex with a paranormal twist. Pretty much all of these stories have a relationship with sex included, which makes it more romance than not, which isn't the case as much in the other books (which makes them more "urban fantasy"). I ...more
I've read 3 of the stories so far.

Tanya Huff's "Music Hath Charms" was an ok read, but forgettable.

Majorie M Liu's " Minotaur in Stone" seriously sucked. If her name wasn't attached to it, I wouldn't believe she wrote it.

Cheyenne Mc Cray's "Demon Lover" was cheesy, but predictably entertaining.

Over all I'm not impressed, and were I a "new" reader to these authors, there is NO WAY in hell I'd look for their other books, and that would've been a serious loss considering I would've missed out on "
Sep 15, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I don’t usually read anthologies very often. I have nothing against them, however I just don’t seem to pick them up. I know now that Kim Harrison, Keri Arthur, Marjorie M. Liu and many others have changed my mind after reading Hotter Than Hell. I’m just going to talk about a few of the stories because there are many, and they are all really good. Here are a few of my favorites:

Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff is about a woman named Ali that works as a recruiter
Julie (jjmachshev)
There really is something for everyone in the "Hotter Than Hell" anthology edited by Kim Harrison. This anthology includes stories by Kim Harrison, Tanya Huff, Marjorie M Liu, Cheyenne McCray, L A Banks, Susan Krinard, Keri Arthur, Heidi Betts, Lilith Saintcrow, Susan Sizemore and Denise Little, Carrie Vaughn, and Linda Winstead Jones. What a stellar lineup!

These stories are not sweet and tender. They feature the darker side and include love, hate, betrayal, and redemption. If your heroes have h
The title is obviously intended to hook the 'Dates from Hell' fans - but frankly most of the stories work too hard at the 'Hotter Than' part and very few of them contained anything 'hellish'. All contained some paranormal aspects but most were the 'usual' vampires and shifters. I think my favorite was the Sizemore/Little story which managed to mix time travel/psychic power/dark ages history/Druidism/emerging Christianity/and the King Arthur legends into one successful little story...

Christy Stewart
I love Marjorie M. Liu's story. Every time I read one of her short stories I am taken with her style; beautiful prose, emotionally gritty, and original. In her story, Minotaur In Stone, she does a great job of using the Minotaur and labyrinth myth into a stereotypical paranormal-romance story. She doesn't do anything especially out of the box, but her style makes it seem like the first time you had read something with the dream-lover premise.
The Listmaker
The good thing about anthologies such as this is that they give you the opportunity to discover new authors you may otherwise never find.

The bad thing about anthologies such as this is that you have to wade through stories that don't appeal to you at all.

Sadly, this anthology had more stories that fell into that second category than the first. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good book, just not one where every story is great.

Jan 13, 2009 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who is looking for short stories of the preternatural kind.
Recommended to Erin by: Jim
This was really nice for me as a college student because it was short stories that I could get into. Each short story does have sex in it though so its a 'at home reading.' At least it is for me since I don't like reading sex scenes while sitting in the doctors office... I really enjoyed most of the stories.
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
Dirty Magic - The Hollows, 4.5

2 stars

I'm not sure what this novella was supposed to accomplish. The only thing I learned was that Mia (the Banshee from Black Magic Sanction) is an unreliable narrator and perhaps as big a psychopath as her husband, Remus. Not my favorite.
Sara Brookes
A good collection of okay and not so okay stories. Worth the read for the quick one-shots for those with quick attention spans.
Carolyn F.
This is a 12 story anthology, so I'll write my reviews of the stories as I go.

Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff, cute story. I like this story because unlike most of these with them finding true love at the end, it's true lust. This was twin sirens who are about to be enslaved but a woman who wants to go into business with them saves them. I think this is the first story I have read of hers and it was enjoyable enough that I'll read some more. I do have her book Sing the Four Quarters as a challe
Martina the Book Fairy
Just finished reading Hotter Than Hell, an anthology edited by Kim Harrison with the following stories:
Music Hath Charms - Tanya Huff -
Minotaur in Stone - Marjorie M. Liu -
Demon Lover - Cheyenne McCray -
Equinox - L.A. Banks -
Ride a Dark Horse - Susan Krinard -
To Die For - Kerri Arthur -
Curse of the Dragon's Tears - Heidi Betts -
Brother's Keeper - Lilith Saintcrow -
(Like A) Virgin of the Spring - Susan Sizemore & Denise Little -
Life is the Teacher - Carrie Vaughn
Music Hath Charms... Tanya Huff... twins with a Siren mother... their music 'speaks' to the libido... two music companies after them... Alysha vs Michael... Alysha wants to manage them, Michael wants to rule them... Michael arranges for a small concert, with his guests in ear plugs, which will put them under his power when they don't respond... Alysha manages to get her ear plugs out in time to respond, & to allow them their freedom... and her competition disappears, as the twins take him ov ...more
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Apparent contradiction: I'm giving the collection three stars but I'm also labeling it disappointing.

Most of the stories hinge on the trope of an overwhelming supernatural attraction to a complete stranger, where that attraction does unironically signal True Love. The problem I have is that trope does nothing for me -- and occasionally turns me off completely.

I don't think there's anything wrong with the trope, but it's not the brand of romance I personally enjoy. At all. If the stories were foc
Lori Whitwam
I don't usually read short stories, but got this because it had Kim Harrison's name on it. To my surprise (and possibly delight), they are actually supernatural erotica, and "someone," (a former friend and co-worker) borrowed all my short story collections in this genre, and now I haven't seen her in years. Guess they're gone for good!

OK, I have to admit I only read half of this. I might check it out again, but it was due back at the library, and I couldn't renew it because there is a hold
Barbara ★
Tanya Huff's - Music Hath Charms
A good short but ended rather abruptly and left you wanting...quite literally.

Cheyenne McCray - Demon Lover
Typical McCray. Overtly sexual and hot. A sweet love story as well.

Keri Arthur - To Die For
Very enjoyable. Ethan truly is To Die For. Eventhough Grace fights it, she is eventuall enthralled.

Susan Krinard - Ride a Dark Horse
I didn't like the hero in this one. A mexican who basically forces himself on the heroine repeatedly. In his favor, he does stop when aske
I only read the Kim Harrison story in this. It is from the Hollows world but doesn't really affect the series so far. It does not have Rachel or Ivy or Jenks. It is a side story about banshees.
Edited by Kim Harrison & the last story is by her. There are about 10 other stories in the book. All are 'Paranormal Erotic Fantasy'. So far I've only read the first story, one by Tanya Huff, is pretty typical of the genre. Well written, imaginative, but has too much sex. I like some sex in a story, but this has a more than I'd like. It overpowers the rest of the story & the world that she created. I must be getting old - never thought I'd think of sex as gratuitous, but that's probably ...more
This is a great paranormal romance anthology, with 12 stories, many of which are by big names in the genre, like Arthur, Bans, Harrison, Huff, Saintcrow, and Vaughn. I noticed that a few of them clearly were spin-offs of series. This book is really dense - about 500 pages of tightly packed words, but it was worth the time.
Pandora Richardson
Oh my! This book was everything the title implied and then some! At times I had to pause and steady my breathing, at others I had to stop to take a cold shower, and more often than not, I stopped and gave in when the urge to enact some of the scenes in real life overwhelmed me. This was my first romance/erotica book that dealt with a supernatural element and all I could think about while reading was what took me so long? I'd imagined that the otherworldly element would detract from the fiery pas ...more
I only read Kim Harrison's story about Mia the banshee. It was ok, didn't really explain anything that wasn't in The Hallows book 7. It takes place after Holly is born, so Ivy isn't in it.
Nov 02, 2009 Colleen marked it as to-read
Shelves: anthology
Want to read for these SS:

"Life Is The Teacher" by Carrie Vaughn
In the Kitty Norville timeline, this story takes place after Kitty Goes to Washington and is about Emma and Alette.
Alette is the master vampire of Washington. Emma is Alette's great-great...great-granddaughter. During Kitty Goes to Washington, Emma is bitten by Alette's companion, Leo, tries to overthrow Alette's control of the city.
"Dirty Magic" by Kim Harrison
It is set in "The Hollow
HAHA- I can't believe that I'm even reading this, but I had a craving for some trashy romances...and I got it!

MUSIC HATH CHARMS- This was a story about a record executive trying to sign two brothers to her record label. The two brothers have a way of making everyone within earshot so hot and horny that people hump chairs. It turns out they are Sirens...cheesy!

MINOTAUR IN STONE- This was a story about a woman that lived in a library and every night a minotaur would appear to her. He was trapped a
Heather Dalgarno
This review solely concerns the Kim Harrison contribution to this anthology - "Dirty Magic". I bought this book when I saw on Kim's website that this was a Hollows series short story.

Well, technically that's true. It is set in the Hollows, and it is short at only 20 pages long. The main character of this story is oddly a character that appeared in a previous short story "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" (in "Dates from Hell"). There is only a brief passing reference to a regular character
THIS IS A GREAT SERIES! It has become my all time favorite.
KIM HARRISON(Dawn Cook) is the best, you will be hooked from book 1, page 1.


You will not be disappointed! K.H.'s characters come alive, you will laugh and cry with them, grow tremendously from book #1. I love the world that K.H. has created. Bio-engineered tomatoes, witches, vampires, pixies, faeries, trolls, wolves...

The first book runs kinda slow in the be
Shannon Roland
This was another average collection of stories. All are the different paranormal tales about love and lust.

It contains a dozen tales. As all collections, it has to have to have at least one author I'm familiar with. I'll briefly look at each tale.

Tanya Huff : Familiar with her Vampire mysteries, the Blood Series. Blood Price is the first book in that series.
This tale is about two brother musicians with a secret of their success. Weak story line. At times felt a bit more like a porn tale, with
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
I am not a big fan of anthologies, but do not hate them either. When one of my fav authors has a story in one, I will read it. This one had some hits and some misses. Huff's work I have read somewhere else. It was light but not filling. I liked Liu's Minotaur in Stone. It was hot and the reason for the stars in my review. I also liked McCray's Demon Lover. Story has been done but a good read anyway. Banks Equinox was a miss for me. Maybe because I am such a Sherrilyn Kenyon fan that I cannot bel ...more
It can be difficult to review an anthology. In one with so many stories, I could easily forget some earlier ones by the time I get to the end. Also, it can be difficult to weigh the good stories against the poor ones and determine a fair rating for the collection. Therefore, I am going to try giving a brief review and a rating for each story as I finish it. Hopefully, at the end, I'll be able to look back and determine my overall impression. Here goes...

Music Hath Charms - Tanya Huff: I really e
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Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Ever After, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina until the lure of snow pulled her back to Michigan When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found landscaping her yard or on the links with her mom.

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Other Books in the Series

The Hollows (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2)
  • Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, #3)
  • A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows, #4)
  • For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, #5)
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, #6)
  • White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7)
  • Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8)
  • Pale Demon (The Hollows, #9)
  • A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, #3) The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2) The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, #6) For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, #5)

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