Beyond the Dark (Includes: Tale of the Demon World, #5; Breeds, #13)
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Beyond the Dark (Tale of the Demon World #5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  4,217 ratings  ·  143 reviews
A daring collection of never-before-published erotic desire from four of the hottest names in paranormal romance.

Four of the most sizzling authors of paranormal romance take readers beyond their wildest fantasies, to a seductive midnight world of erotic suspense, demons, mages, vampires, and knights. A world of queens with devilish secrets, and of demons with secret desir...more
Trade Paperback, 375 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by Berkley Trade
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Laura the Highland Hussy
This book is actually a reprint from '07...surprised me. I have to break this one down.

Angela Knight "Dragon Dance"- 3 stars.
Weird. I have no other word for it. Just weird.

Diane Whiteside "Caught By Tides"-2 stars.
Not such a fan of Diane Whiteside. It was boring and confusing. Girl sees emergency beacon on beach from mage ring, mage is unconscious, and super hot. They combine magic, beat Napoleon's mages, and live HEA

Emma Holly "Queen of all she Surveys"-1 star.
I read a review that said th...more
From Beyond the Dark Antho...

Okay, here's the thing. I'm not a big antho fan. I know what they are- nothing more than a marketing tool with a short story by one author I do like in order to get me to read a short by an unknown before the release of unknown's new book. Yet I fall for it, because, dangit, I can't resist a story by an author I love.

I broke it down per story, so here goes:

In a Wolf's Embrace by Lora Leigh

A cabin romance, Matthias- one of LL's Wolf breeds, has known Grace as his mate...more
Story available in print format in Beyond the Dark anthology.

Merged review:

- 'In a Wolf’s Embrace' by Lora Leigh (5 stars)

Did Not Finish:
- 'Dragon Dance' by Angela Knight
- 'Caught by the Tides' by Diane Whiteside
- 'Queen of All She Surveys' by Emma Holly
Dragon Dance by Angela Knight
I don’t particularly like stories about super-power infected humans, but Angela Knight does it with such style and certain panache, I just can’t hold the theme choice against her. As with all things Knight the steam is up in the stratosphere, and the leather-clad hunks and that chops licking tiger sticking his head out of Tracker’s chest more than compensate for the whole aliens-did-it hoopla.

Caught by the Tides by Diane Whiteside
One word: DISAP...more
The first two stories (Knight & Whiteside) I give about a 3....the other two (Holly & Leigh) I give a 5. That's why this is a four overall. Even the first two stories are good though. This is well worth the time to read, and for novellas the story lines are pretty well developed. The first two are pretty good but the second two blow are much better. The hot steamy scenes of the second two are great, typical of Emma Holly and Lora Leigh. Leigh's story is the Breed Series #13, but you don'...more
Heather C
I only read Lora Leigh's story. I found it to be a sweet addition to the Breed Series.
Ann aka Iftcan
I'd read 2 of the authors in this anthology before, so I figured I'd enjoy at least their stories. Surprisingly, this was a fairly strong anthology, perhaps because it felt like the stories were longer than the usual short story format. It also introduced me to a new writer who's works I will have to investigate further.

Now--to "grading" the individual stories:

Dragon Dance by Angela Knight. This story was not set in any of the previous worlds that I'd read by her, but I have to admit--I really h...more
I only read the Breeds story and based my rating on that alone. I loved how he wanted her to give her heart to him without the influence of the "mating heat" so he refused to touch her.
This one made me cry, some stories really touch the heart and this one certainly did that for me.
I only read Lora Leigh's story following the Breed series, and I have to say this is the best story in the Wolf Breeds.

With such a short story, Ms Leigh's masterful writing brought to life two persons, with one who's DNA brands him as not fully human. The hero and heroine (Matthias and Grace) were new characters, and I didn't understand their relationship at first when he was making the assassination, but with thorough explanation, I was able to connect the dots.

I liked the way he was described,...more
Well, the book was not what I hoped it would be.

Angela Knight's story was okay, funny but cliched and the whole alien thing was a bit over-the-top. But whatever. I'd give it a 3 star.

Lora Leigh just made my teeth ache with its sugar sweetness. She is so American goody-two-shoes that I want to throw up. The whole cliches are just too much. Grace is good, and so, she takes soups to friends, does the whole late night phone calls things, but then, turns around and hates the man she loves because he...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Dragon Dance" by Angela Knight was an interesting, futuristic tale that focused mainly on a special type of human called a Hyper. Hypers have what most consider supernatural powers, and no one knows why they exist or who can become one of these special humans. When Sergeant Arial Dean, a hostage negotiator, tries to protect a family from its Hyper patron, two things happen: first, she learns that things can completely change with just a touch, and two the sexy federal Hyper agent Tracker might...more
Jane Stewart
5 stars for one story. 2 and 3 stars for the other stories.

This book contains the following four stories.

5 stars for DRAGON'S DANCE by Angela Knight.
Creative, new, different, fun. Humans with special powers are called Hypers. Some are good and some are bad. I don't want to give away some of the fun surprises, so I won't tell any more of the story, other than it was well done and worth buying. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: three. Setting: current day Blue Ridge Mountain area in...more
Anthologies are hard to rate.
So I'll break it down:
1) Angela Knight's: it was okay. 2 stars. too much going on in the world building, and I really hate when character abilities pile up (She is powerful. He is VERY powerful. Suddenly she morphs into an ULTRA POWERFUL BEING. Gag.)
2) Diane Whiteside's: actually, I liked this one quite a bit, so 4 stars. I was very disappointed to find out that she has not written any books in this setting. The characters were very believable (in the context of com...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Well... Here's how it went... RATING is really for the Lora Leigh story even though I seriously tried to give the others a chance!!

I read Lora Leigh's story, because I was missing this one! Grace & Matthias are mentioned a few times in the series so I was glad to get their story. This one gave more of the background tortures the breeds went through. It also explained the ranks of the people running the labs & who the breed assassins were after & why. That made it worth the read, beca...more
Kathy Davie

First read Oct 2009.
An anthology of erotic tales of the paranormal.

Series: Queen of All She Surveys (Tales of the Demon World, 5)
In a Wolf's Embrace (Breeds, 13 although I think this should come before Kiss of Heat (Breeds, 4))

Angela Knight's Dragon Dance is a tale of invasion and super powers as we follow a hostage negotiator, Arial Dean, attempting to save a mother and her children from her crazed husband. A Hyper. Who can pass his "taint" on with a touch. Lucky for Arial that Tracker is there...more
"i love you like the flowers love the sunshine. and you know they love it 'cause they open right up and spread their petals like arms. they hug the sun, because it keeps them safe and warm. thats why i love hugging you, daddy, you keep me safe and warm"

dragon dance by Angela Knight - in the psychic realm of a woman attuned to the touch of strangers-and the powerful temptations of a seductive and mysterious protector. hypers, people with spirit beings attached to them that give them powers.

❀ ℓu-ℓu-ℓuna ❀
Another anthology! Beyond the Dark is an anthology of H&H in a demon world setting. And there's also Lora Leigh's Breed's story! Woot!

Dragon Dance by Angela Knight:
Ms. Knight always offers the most extra-spectacular for everyone to enjoy. Her story revolves around a world wherein humans have been found to have innate superpowers that made them extra special, unique and dangerous--calls them, 'Hyper'. Some uses their skills to help the police catch those who abuse theirs. Arial is a negotiato...more
Darla Stokes
***** "Dragon Dance" by Angela Knight
Police Sergeant Arial Dean, the department's top hostage negotiator, is working a domestic hostage situation when it suddenly gets much worse: the perpetrator turns out to be a new Hyper, and they have to call in and FBI Hyper called Tracker to deal with him. Hypers are people infected with... something.... that gives them one of a variety of supernatural powers. When they first become Hypers, they're extremely violent until they learn to control their powers...more
I really bought/read this book for LL's Breed story and my overall rating for this book is based on it alone. Nonetheless, I did read all four of the short stories and rate them each below.

In a Wolf's Embrace by Lora Leigh.
4.5 Stars
This is the best installment in the Breed series so far! In short: I loved it.

Matthias is an assassin sent to kill a former council member who continues to rape and torture Breeds. In order to execute his plan, he befriends and starts a romance with Grace, the assis...more
May 01, 2010 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR Enthusists
Shelves: 2010
Beyond the Dark is an erotic paranormal read that will (*whew*) knock your socks off! With amazing contributors such as Lora Leigh and Angela Knight, readers will be seduced into a world of erotica that made even this “fairly liberal” gal blush and keep the pages from reaching the prying eyes of those sitting close to me on the bus!

With demons, vampires, mages, and devilishly erotic queens, readers will enjoy a tasteful, yet sensual, erotic paranormal adventure. I had first thought this was an o...more
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Heather  * lost in her own world*
I only read Breeds #13 by Lora Leigh so this review is my take on that story only.

Loved it the first breeds book I have ever rated a ful 5 stars. It made me laugh, cry, sigh, and overall just enjoyed the whole thing. It is a quick story only like 80 some pages but they pack a punch.

It begins when Grace sees Matthauis? sp kill a council member, then he kidnapps her. The catch is she is his mate and he must claim her and convince her not to reveil that his killed the guy. He takes her to her cabi...more
Oleta Blaylock
In a Wolf's Embrace

Although the stories in a anthology are well written and engrossing they never seem long enough. I love the Breeds and I am always glad to see more stories about the wolves. There seems to be more Feline stories than Canine. I like these characters, Matthias Slaughter and Grace Anderson, they were made for each other in so many ways. Grace is courageous and intelligent and compassionate. Matthias is loyal and wound and so very confused by all the things that Grace shows him. T...more
I loved all 4 stories. If the first 2 were part of a series I would read them.
Dragon Dance by Angela Knight - Humans gain different powers, similar to mutants in x-men it seems. I liked the characters & the explanation of where the powers came from.

Caught By The Tides by Diane Whiteside - Set during the Regency era where magic is real. Kind of like a cross between Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell & Harry Potter (for grown ups)

Queen of All She Surveys by Emma Holly - Egyptian with God-t...more
The only reason I picked up this book is because I saw Lora Leigh's story is in it.

See, I have this love-hate relationship with Lora Leigh. All of her stories and series are promising but I always ended up annoyed and frustrated with it in the end; mainly the stupid and ridiculousness of the characters. But there were moments where I really enjoyed it reading her works because of the chemistry between the characters and she wrote awesome sex scenes. So I surprised to find myself liking this one...more

Lora Leigh's novella, In a wolf embrace.
The reason I bought this book and the best novella in it.
I was a bit skeptical on the heroine's change of hearth while I was reading it, but the hero's past has me cringing too. And the HEA was sweet, I admit.

Angela Knight's story, Dragon Dream, was utterly silly, in the way of Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep. It had me laughing from beginning to end. :)

Queen of all She Surveys by Emma Holly
I did not get in to the story, possibly because without world build...more
Auden Johnson
I really enjoyed all the stories in this book. I devoured them in like two days. I know they're erotic paranormal but I read them more for the paranormal. I don't care much for novels with romance in them. The female characters were a little annoying, a little too perfect. The males were far more interesting. I loved that the stories didn't have vampires or werewolves- those themes have been done to death. The authors created their own creatures and their own worlds, both of which were so imagin...more
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I expected another steamy paranormal romance anthology and instead got an extreme piece of paranormal erotica. Holy cow. If you are not into those types of books, stay away from this book. However, if erotica is your thing, then you will be enthralled with these four stories.

As typical with anthologies, a couple of the stories are better than the others. You'll experience demons, vampires, dark queens, man-wolves and devils. This is a dark anthology with magic, seductions, passion, and decent pl...more
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Angela Knight is an American author of mostly erotic fantasy. She was a reporter for ten years and a comic book author. She lives in South Carolina. First published under Red Sage, she was able to write romantic fiction for the first time in 1996. She published several short stories in their Secrets anthologies. Editor Cindy Hwang brought her to Berkley Publishing and has helped her become a best...more
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