This is one of the best anthologies I've read in this genre, at least in terms of consistent enjoyment of the novellas. I quite enjoyed all the offeriThis is one of the best anthologies I've read in this genre, at least in terms of consistent enjoyment of the novellas. I quite enjoyed all the offerings which was a nice change of pace.
Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh 3.5 stars This novella didn't have the same pep that I've found in the others but I really enjoyed the sentimental parts. I liked Kirby and I enjoyed seeing a different side of Bas. Here he gets to be more than Mercy's brother.
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews 4 stars If this had of been a bit longer I think this would have been a 4.5 novel. I love Dali and Jim and I love getting to read Dali's first person POV. Kate's view of Jim is just so different from Dali's that at times it's almost a stretch to see them as the same person. I like this though, Jim is Kate's backup person, someone she can trust to watch her back in danger. For Dali though he is that unspoken wish, something she has wanted for so long that now she has it she worries it will go too soon. Also I love how Jim now that he's comfortable Dali wants to be in a relationship with him isn't about to let her get in their way.
Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin 4 stars I am a big fan of Shearin's Raine Benares books and so I have been meaning to check out the SPI Files for a while now. I really enjoyed this prequel so I'm definitely keen to check out more of the series. The only thing which kept it from a higher rating was my concern that it was a little too similar to the Raine Benares books with the magical seer/seeker and her love interests of the dangerously attractive dark mage goblin and the tough, handsome good guy cop. I'm reserving judgement as characters in novellas are often harder to spot difference in as the length inhibits too much development.
The Beast of Blackmoor by Mills Vane 3.5 stars This was probably my least favorite book, but still an enjoyable read. I'm not sure I've read any of Meljean Brook's other works and if I have they were probably just novellas in other anthologies. I quite liked the world in this one with gods who need to be appeased and a world struggling to return to a life that was destroyed only a generation ago. This is a dark story with descriptions of gang rape and torture, there is no white washing of the horrors of war here and yet at the same time it doesn't dwell too much on these things. My main complaint is that I felt the sex between the characters was a little too emphasised. Really I don't need hot smutty sex scenes every second page!...more
This is really more of a 3 and a half star book but I'm doing to let it skate up to 4 stars as I really liked that the emphasis wasn't just on the burThis is really more of a 3 and a half star book but I'm doing to let it skate up to 4 stars as I really liked that the emphasis wasn't just on the burgeoning romance and that the plot didn't consist of mystery plus pages of smut...more
I love this author but I just can't get into this book. The narrative style is just too jarring for me and the characters just don't hit me the rightI love this author but I just can't get into this book. The narrative style is just too jarring for me and the characters just don't hit me the right way...more