Narrated by JM Badger, it was scary listening to it at oh dark hundred hours. I stopped and resumed the next day and it ended up not scary at all withNarrated by JM Badger, it was scary listening to it at oh dark hundred hours. I stopped and resumed the next day and it ended up not scary at all with a perfectly normal explanation for the mystery....more
3.5 stars I liked the first two stories though both still fell short of satisfying. Of the two, I preferred D J Manly's offering. Mayze (I couldn't hel3.5 stars I liked the first two stories though both still fell short of satisfying. Of the two, I preferred D J Manly's offering. Mayze (I couldn't help picturing corn-on-the-cob "maize" :P) was a compelling, intriguing and irresistible vampire hero. I don't read much paranormal and when I do, vampires and werewolves are about as far as I'll go. And when I do feel like a vampire, I like them dark and irresistible with the power to make want to submit. And this Mayze most certainly was. And did.
So while I wasn't quite sure what happened at the end of this story (did Mayze turn Jas so that they could be together forever?) I enjoyed this from start to finish.
Burnt Island by AJ Llewellyn didn't fare as well despite my loving every description of the Cyclades. As I read on, I kept hoping Thane and Leo would visit Santorini - and they did though it was just a superficial look. I'm hoping that one day Llewellyn will write a full-length MM romantic suspense located on this magical island. There's nothing like sailing into its harbour at the crack of dawn and see the lights of the villages glittering like a diamond necklace on the crater tops. I'ved loved romances set in Greece eversince I read Mary Stewart in my teens and had been waiting for one with Santorini since I visited it last year.
So yes...I was more enamoured of the setting than I was with the plot, which was quite inane, especially towards the end where Thane's father ended up a villain, sending hitmen after Thane. I thought that development was unnecessary as, until then, Thane and Leo were holding their own rather nicely. I would have preferred BI to have been left as a straightforward romance with the focus on the characters without the distraction of Leo's father's moment of madness. Nevertheless, Llewellyn's romances are an autobuy these days and I know I can count on him for a warm, sunny romance. That hasn't always been the case but I'm glad I stuck it out:) BI would have been a 5-star read if it had been kept a pure romance like Relentless Passion since it doesn't have the length it requires to develop a good suspense subplot.
The 3rd and final novella was a miss for me. I skimmed through so much after the first couple of chapters that there was no point finishing it. What I got for the little effort I expended was a stressed-out CFO (or COO, I forget which) who takes the plunge and leaves his career behind for a long-term chill out and go sailing. At first glance, when I was deciding whether to put this anthology in the cart or not, I thought Yates' story would be the one I'd enjoy most. Instead, I found too much info on sailing, a hackneyed stranded-on-deserted-island plot device (+ jealous ex) and pair of uninspiring MCs....more