The only good story in this collection was JAK/JC’s Bridal Jitters. A good introduction into the futuristic world of Harmony, its peculiar ruins, andThe only good story in this collection was JAK/JC’s Bridal Jitters. A good introduction into the futuristic world of Harmony, its peculiar ruins, and paranormal abilities of its inhabitants.
The Good: Strong Silent Type by Lorelei James Loved it from beginning to end, despite the rather selfish heroine who was too blind to see what was rightThe Good: Strong Silent Type by Lorelei James Loved it from beginning to end, despite the rather selfish heroine who was too blind to see what was right in front of her eyes, and the disastrous marital communication skills.
The Bad: The Real Deal by Niki Green I kept wondering just who exactly was the hero of this story and if the story actually had a purpose, beside working as introduction into a spawning series. The hero and heroine don't meet until almost the middle of the book, the two younger brothers have more screen time than the H/h, the heroine's reason for jilting her fiancé was idiotic...
The Mediocre: Buckling Down by Moira Keith It wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good, either. Quite slow and choppy with a rather redundant supporting cast.
It always pains me to say this after a book, but this was a waste of time. I guess zombies are just not my cup of tea.
This anthology obviously tried tIt always pains me to say this after a book, but this was a waste of time. I guess zombies are just not my cup of tea.
This anthology obviously tried to "be funny", but failed miserably. Out of the four, I marginally liked only one (the last one about carb-craving zombie women high on a plastic surgeon's come-made "botox"), but even that one wasn't much.
I don't remember when I've last enjoyed a were/shape-shifter story as much as I did this collection of three stories about three yummy, hunky, Alpha wI don't remember when I've last enjoyed a were/shape-shifter story as much as I did this collection of three stories about three yummy, hunky, Alpha werewolves meeting their destined mates, three spunky, strong, independent human women.
The conflict lies in the fact werewolves in Ms. McCarthy's world (at least those in the particular pack these three wolfies come from) are forbidden to mate with humans. So you can imagine the surprise when they discover their destined mates are indeed human, and the inner-battle between "honor" and mate these three wage. I loved it.
I also loved all three women. There was touch and go with Lisa and Heather for a while, but their annoying denial was quickly resolved. Whew.
The first story, Donovan established the universe, the lore, the law, introduced both Donovan and the future Alpha of their pack, Wyatt, and the two younger Delaney sisters, Lisa, Donovan's mate, and Robin, who followed Donovan and Lisa's story with the most dramatic of the three. There was heart-break, there were tears, there was hopelessness as she met her mate, Kelon, Donovan's brother, but knew that she couldn't keep him. It all resolved itself in the last story, where Wyatt, the rising Alpha, met his mate in Heather, Lisa and Robin's older, and much more skeptical, sister. This last story was the most "action-packed" with challenges and disputing of the werewolf law, and also the most humorous of the pack, thanks to Heather and her cranky bitchiness.
Don't ask me to name my favorite story, hero or heroine in this collection, because I can't. Each story was touching in its own way, each was special, individual, each was different from the next, and I loved every single minute I spent reading this three-story, one-author anthology.
I have all Sarah McCarty's books on my TBR list and I cannot wait to go back for more.
A highly recommended read from a highly recommended author....more
Jami Alden’s Tempted was the best of the bunch with two friends crossing that tricky boundary to lovers, yet still hoping to get back to being friendsJami Alden’s Tempted was the best of the bunch with two friends crossing that tricky boundary to lovers, yet still hoping to get back to being friends after a hot’n’steamy weekend. You can guess how that one worked out.
Fun, sexy, sweet, sad, cute story that I won’t mind re-reading in the future.
If only I could say the same for Martinez’s Hot Wired and Sunny’s China Doll. Bland and boring, and Hot Wired didn’t make much sense to me.
I guess I should’ve read them first and then relish JA’s story with gusto, not let it “ruin” the rest of the anthology. ;)...more
Gayle Wilson’s The Soldier’s Christmas Miracle was a cute little story about miracles and lost hope found again, but I couldn’t get past the heroine.Gayle Wilson’s The Soldier’s Christmas Miracle was a cute little story about miracles and lost hope found again, but I couldn’t get past the heroine. She had no idea what she wanted and she got angry when someone tried to show her what it was that she might want and what might be good for her. I felt sorry for the poor guy, named Guy, that fell for such an annoying creature.
Amanda McCabe’s Snowbound and Seduced was much “mellower” than its predecessor with two star-crossed lovers meeting again after many years only to discover that love is still binding them. It was “mellower” because it didn’t have any annoying characters, though that somehow made it all rather bland, but still it was a cute, sweet little Christmas story.
Carole Mortimer’s Christmas at Mulberry Hall was a little less “mellower” than the previous one, though I can safely say it was the best of the bunch. A ward/guardian story that could’ve been a bit weird, but was done masterfully thanks to the plot device of ward being old enough to be safely in love with her guardian and them having just recently met. It was the hero that was a bit wary this time, but given his (past) profession it was to be expected. Cute, sweet, and Christmasy....more