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Hot Spell (The Guardians 0.5)

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Venture into a world beyond the ordinary, where the dark passions and voracious appetites of vampires, werewolves, demons, and a few undaunted mortals combine to unleash a potent spell.
ebook, 97 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Penguin Group US (first published November 1st 2005)
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Jun 07, 2008 L8blmr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PN erotica lovers
Recommended to L8blmr by: Shellie, bless her dear heart!
FINALLY! An anthology full of stories that ROCK! I'll admit - I'm reading through Leigh's "Breed" series (thanks to a friend who loaned them to me) so I started with that one, which didn't disappoint. Then I went back and read Holly's story, and, OH, MY!!! It's almost like a cross between "Passion" and "The Lady's Tutor" but written in Holly's own, unique style. Even with two fans and a room air conditioner running in my room, I still overheated! The PN hero is a different take on "demons" and q ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Daisiemae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Colleen
Recommended to Daisiemae by: Amazon
This book consists of 4 stories. 3 really good stories and 1 not so good.

The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly
First, let me say I am normally not an Emma Holly fan. I have read a few stories by her, and some are better than others..having said that, I really liked this story. Set in victorian times in a place called Bhamjran...Georgiana, a young widow, travels there for adventure. She comes across a show in which a very handsome Yama or Demon is performing. Amazed by him, and his sensual perform
May 13, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly, this book could be renamed “Deflowering 101” or “OMG, You’re a Virgin!”. I’m not very creative, I know, but I hope you get the idea… all four stories feature virgins. Three of which lose their precious flower (*gag*) in the most unromantic, uncomfortable ways/places I have read about in a long time.

1. "The Countess's Pleasure" by Emma Holly: 5 stars... By far, this story was my favorite entry in this anthology. Emma Holly has an amazing ability to create a well-drawn world and believable
The best part of this four-novella anthology was Lora Leigh's Breed novella. Certainly not one of the best stories in the series, and entirely too short, I barely started enjoying the story when it was already over.

Shiloh Walker's was one of those hidden gems and the first story by the author I've read. I'm sure it won't be the last.
The twist of "combining" two utterly different creatures of the lore was a nice move, yet I felt that sort of conflict could've been explored a little further. Un
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have to admit that I only read Lora Leigh's story.....

I enjoyed Tarek's & Lyra's story...though she drove me a bit batty.....but she redeemed herself when she invited Tarek for coffee...which he loves and has no clue how to make a decent cup...and like her even more when she baked him bread.

The story was a bit short for me to engage totally with them but I liked discovering more about the Breeds.

Of course there's lots of hot sex and "growling" and's Lora Leigh after all.
- 'The Breed Next Door' by Lora Leigh (5 stars)

Did Not Finish:
- 'The Countesss Pleasure' by Emma Holly
- 'Falling for Anthony' by Meljean Brook
- 'The Blood Kiss' by Shiloh Walker
Feb 02, 2011 Christie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear. I bought Hot Spell on a whim, intrigued by the promise of ‘paranormal passion’. What I got were four rather tame novellas rife with cliched descriptions of sex with four perfect men.

In the first story, 'The Countesses’s Pleasure', the heroine Georgiana DuBarry hooks up with an indentured demon, Sawai. Recently widowed, Georgiana hires Sawai to deflower her, because although she had positive feelings for her husband - theirs was a sexless marriage. Sawai is hot!hot!hot! and brings Georgi
Jul 26, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I've used my box of chocolates metaphor for anthologies before- that sometimes you get peanut butter covered in dark chocolate, and sometimes you get icky apricot. Hot Spell doesn't distinctly fall into one camp or another; instead, each story is, for better or worse, incredibly unique, and they need to be considered individually.

First up is The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly. I haven't read anything by this author before and I'm not sure if this offering was enough to make me want to pick up
Jane Stewart
5 stars for one story, 4 and 3 stars for the other three stories.

This book contains the following four stories.

5 stars for THE COUNTESS'S PLEASURE by Emma Holly.
I loved it. It was different and sensual. The ending was wonderful. There was a surprise in the plot that I did not expect. It was erotic and also a very nice story. Story brief: Georgiana is a widow. She visits a ladies nightclub in Bhamjran where a yama (demon) is enslaved and must perform on stage in the nude.

Sexual language: strong.
Willow Brook
Aug 02, 2009 Willow Brook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-misc
What I really liked about this book:

Lora Leigh's "The Breed Next Store" -- 4 stars -- Sweet (for Lora Leigh) story of a breed and the mate he discovers living next door to him. You see the softer side of her breeds as Tarek tries to live a "normal" life. He loves doing such mundane tasks as mowing the lawn though he does it poorly. He also enjoys joying verbal sparring with his neighbor Lyra, when he isn't angling for some of her freshly baked bread. Their romance takes off when Tarek comes to
This is paranormal romance/erotica in a collection of 4 (very good) short stories. I definately recommend this book if you like steamy paranormal romance. All the sex is completely vanilla, but it is well written and passionate. The stories seem to be part of other paranormal series, though I was only familiar with two of them before reading this book.

Emma Holly story - Human widow falls for demon stripper in Bhamjran (matriarchal arabian-style society.)

Lora Leigh - Feline breed (genetically enh
Katherine O'Grady
The countess’ pleasure, Demon world #2 - Emma holly
I bought this anthology for Ms. Holly’s story. I am on a Ms. Holly binge, reading all of the Demon world stories. This on? Liked it. Not my favourite. I felt like, with a bit more description, I could have believed more in the hero and heroine’s love story.

The breed next door, breeds #6 - Lora Leigh
I've never gotten into Ms. Leigh's Breeds series. I liked the hero and heroine, both smart. I wasn't as much a fan of the "fated mates, once we kis
Apr 05, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read anything from any of the authors and thought that this book was a wonderful introduction. I really enjoyed all of the stories. The first three were quite a bit different than your normal paranormal. The fourth 'The Blood Kiss' by Shiloh Walker, was your typical romance/paranormal, but still a good read. I have placed a couple of Meljean Brook's books on my wishlist and look forward to reading more by these authors.
Isa Lavinia
I've only read Emma Holly's story, so the rating is for that one alone.

This was 5 alarm hot with a plot!

Can't wait to read the others!
Dec 03, 2014 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A super good book and something I wouldn't mind reading again. This one definitely has me wanting to read more in the series that were introduced to me here. I loved all the novellas (which isn't always possible with an anthology) and left me with a smile on my face. I think I've found more authors for my list too. All the stories were written very well and they all pulled me in and wouldn't let go. There's emotions, suspense, some action, plenty of steaminess, great worlds, spark and spunk, and ...more
The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh

I rather enjoyed this novel, because it was rather witty and quite refreshing at that. The character's personalities went quite well together. Which is quite a surprise considering that their almost complete opposites in this novella. This almost makes me believe that Lora Leigh is starting to improve on her writing skills as an author. For this I am over joyed and more than happy to continue reading this series. Perhaps the characters in this little novella can
"The Countess's Pleasure" by Emma Holly. Give it 3 stars..
Not a bad read, quite easy to get into. Was bit different with the whole demon and human coexisting outlook...

""The Breed Next Door" by Lora Leigh. Probably give it 4 stars...
I really enjoyed this quick novella for the Breed series. Was short and sweet but it still included the best parts of what Leigh brings to the Breed series. Recommend giving it a go if you are following the Breed series.

"The Blood Kiss" by Shiloh Walker. Prob 3.5 sta
Oct 06, 2009 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better the second time around
I don't tend to reread books, I have such a backlog of books waiting to be read that I don't normally take the time. This time I was pleased that I did. When I originally purchased this book, I bought because of Emma Holly's demon story, I had read and enjoyed The Demon's Daughter (Berkley Sensation), so it wasn't much of a surprise that the Countess' Pleasure was my favorite story both then and now. It is exceedingly steamy but there is a sweetness in the rom
Dec 31, 2010 Telma rated it it was ok
Resumo: 1811, Inglaterra. Anthony é um médico e amigo de infância de Emily e Colin. Apesar da atracção que sente por Emily, por serem de classes sociais diferentes, nunca se atreveu a declarar-lhe o que sente. É por isso um dia surpreendido por Emily e este promete-lhe que regressará um dia. Anthony parte como médico de campanha para a guerra a decorrer em Espanha e aí tem um encontro fatal com uma criatura sobrenatural. Mas, por ter salvo no último minuto o seu colega, Michael decide transforma ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this one directly after the breeds #5, meaning i was recovering from wisdom teeth surgery. i read the last anthology and the breeds #6. i will review the breeds #6 first and then the last anthology in the book (the name slips my mind)--the other ones did not interest me.

breeds #6:

alright, i really did not care for this one that much at all. since it was anthology length (BIG mistake). this was a mistake because her writing style involves a lot of character and plot development before the
I really wish authors and publishers would stop sneaking short instalments from established series into anthologies, because suckers like me not only can't skip them, we end up having the read the whole thing - I'm one of those weird readers who can't read a series out of order, or read only one story in an anthology (and I very rarely DNF a story, even in an anthology).

And while occasionally you might find a hidden gem or discover a new author to try, more often than not it's just a waste of yo
Jan 17, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
I finally decided to finish up this book of 4 novellas in order to clean up my "currently reading" shelves, where I was storing some books that I've read, but haven't reviewed; several self help books that require some online work to complete; a couple of books that I haven't finished because they're not very engaging, and two anthologies that I have on hand to fill in the gap between novels. Plus, one of my hopes for 2011 is to finish all the books that have been sitting on that shelf for month ...more
Cecilia Quick
Jul 22, 2011 Cecilia Quick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 15, 2015 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c, w-az
2.5 stars overall.

“The Countess’s Pleasure” by Emma Holly
3 stars.
This was my first time reading Emma Holly’s work and I really enjoyed her writing. The story was hot and passionate but too short.

“The Breed Next Door” by Lora Leigh
2.5 stars.
This was also my first time reading anything by Lora Leigh. I didn’t care for the Breeds storyline and the writing was just okay.

“Falling for Anthony” by Meljean Brook
3 stars.
I shall call her Mel;jean because she likes semi-colons; they litter her prose; a dri
Anna Tulley
* Read only "The Guardians" prequel, "Falling for Anthony" by Meljean Brook *

I began reading this, without really being aware of the plot, nor Goodreads ratings, it was just there and i thought why the hell not? Can't say i'm thrilled about it, it gripped me in the beginning 'cause i was under the impression that i would be reading something different from what i'm used to, but as it progressed, it was just another paranormal romance. It wasn't bad, but it just didn't do it for me.

Emily's chara
I am giving up, I am just not going to finish this... the 3 stars are completely, entirely for the Meljean Brook novella in here, which is a prequel to Demon Angel, and was the reason I picked this up at all. I did read the first 2 stories in the book, but I was not left with a meaningful impression of them, other than just general raunchiness for the sake of raunchiness. I really did enjoy the Brook novella though! Actually it alone may have been worth more than 3 stars for me but the others ar ...more
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A real mixed bag of stories.

The Emma Holly one surprised me - I've read one of her novels (Courting Midnight?) and really didn't find her writing worked for me. However,
I enjoyed the premise and the writing in her short story here, and found a couple of scenes in there scorchingly hot. 7/10

The Lora Leigh one not so much, but then none of her Breed books have ever really clicked for me - I like the concepts, but the execution (and the crazy possessiveness of the male leads, and the repeated stal
Jul 03, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ORIGINAL READ: 18 Nov 2006 - 19 Nov 2006

Romance Anthology. I read three of the four stories in this and really liked them all. I'd never read Emma Holly before, but enjoyed this one. However, it suffered, as many short stories do, from needing to have characters fall deeply in love in a couple of days. The Lora Leigh story was in the same series as the book I read earlier in the month as was a solid little Ortale. I mostly wanted to read the Meljean Brook short story as I read her blog and this
Only read Meljean Brook's Guardian Prequel which was a little confusing at the time I first read it. Now that I've continued on through the rest of the series I can see that it's because so little of the world could be explained in the brief time an anthology allows. If you didn't much care for this I'd still highly recommend reading on as it is one of my all time favorite series.
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