I have been reading a ton more anthologies than I have in the past! I haven’t read a standalone book from any of these authors, but after this I certaI have been reading a ton more anthologies than I have in the past! I haven’t read a standalone book from any of these authors, but after this I certainly will. I find that when I read anthologies there is usually one or sometimes two stories that stand out. In this book the stand out story was definitely Driftwood by Mary Janice Davidson. Picture me parked in the school parking lot waiting to pick up my kids, and snorting loudly with laughter. Weird Ohio weather made it possible to roll the car windows down at the end of October making my giggling easy to hear. Yeah, I got some crazy looks. The story centers around a male rogue werewolf and a loner female vampire. The conversations between these two had me giggling nonstop. Burke Wolftaur (yeah a werewolf named Wolftaur) is so laid back, so duhhhhhhhhhh and Serena Crull is so in your face, girrrrrrlllll no you didn’t! Yeah do you get me? It’s hilarious. I will be picking up one of her full length books as soon as I can!
Moon Dance by Angela Knight was also incredibly good. This was a fast paced novella about werewolf politics. Seems they are just as cut throat as human politics. Go figure. Elena is being forced to marry her biggest nightmare, a werewolf by the same of Stephan. He is vicious and will stop at nothing to impregnate Elena to further their pure blood lines. Only one other alpha can stand up against him. A turned human and cop, Lucas. Lucas is most definitely all alpha and when approached for help by Elena he vows to protect her. The sex is hot and the action is intense. It was over way to quickly for me.
Between The Mountain and The Moon by Virginia Kantra had me torn. I felt there was a too much back story and other realm politics, which made the story hard to follow. While the main characters certainly connected in the hidden hot spring, I as the reader wasn’t feeling it. The world she portrayed was well done but the interactions left me slightly cold. I haven’t given up on Kantra though. She has some mermaid shifter stories that I have had my eye on for a while.
The last novella in the book is Mona Lisa Three by Sunny. This is a story of a mix blood queen looking to take her place among the hierarchy of her people. The entire novella I felt like I was missing something…like understanding. I didn’t understand what was going on half the time…until people starting taking their clothes off. I give her credit for writing a menage scene that I had yet to read before. However, I felt completely unconnected to the rest of the story. From reading the Amazon setup I gather this is a sequel. Based on this one though I will probably just let it lie….and look for something else by the author to try.
All in all Knight’s and Davidson’s stories are a reason to pick this one up!...more
I picked this book up from the library for a few reasons. Mainly winter is coming, and with it my bah humbug attitude. I can feel it in my bones. Yes,I picked this book up from the library for a few reasons. Mainly winter is coming, and with it my bah humbug attitude. I can feel it in my bones. Yes, I am 90 years old. To help get me through the season I seek out holiday heartwarming reads. Chicken Soup for Nikki’s soul, if you will. I also picked it up because I had heard wonderful things about Nilini Singh and my library didn’t have any of her work other than this anthology. My library isn’t the best. I need to live in a bigger county.
There are four short stories included in this anthology. Each is an extremely quick, happy read. They will each make you smile and wish to see snow falling around you while angels sing Christmas tunes in your presence. Whatever bah humbug attitude you open the book in will vanish like magic and be replaced with images of sexy men under mistletoe. Yes, the stories are pretty much just as sappy as those previous couple of lines. That’s okay though because they accomplished what they were supposed to accomplish, which is make Nikki smile.
If you are looking for something quick and easy with hints of paranormal then this is something you would like. Be prepared to blow through it in one or two sittings. So grab your cup of cocoa, curl up on the couch with a comfy blanket and enjoy some holiday goodness....more
I really enjoyed Kiss and Tell! It was a fantastic mix of action, suspense and sweet, sweet love. I have a big soft spot for scarred men and Jake defiI really enjoyed Kiss and Tell! It was a fantastic mix of action, suspense and sweet, sweet love. I have a big soft spot for scarred men and Jake definitely satisfied my cravings. He is a scarred man, physically and emotionally…a double shot! His unwillingness to trust Marnie was justified from his past and at the same time I wanted to throttle him for his stubbornness. Having the woman you thought you loved try and slit your throat would make even the most stable man a bit weary of the opposite sex.
I loved Marnie’s character as well. She was spunky and hard-headed and when I wanted to throttle Jake, Marnie did it for me. Her ability to be patient with this skittish man was amazing and her back bone was unbreakable. The poor girl gets put through a lot in this book and she never wavers. Never backs down. I love a heroine who can handle herself, even in the worst of situations. You can go to pieces later..right now, grow a pair and buck up buttercup! Marnie delivers the spunkiness with refreshing attitude. Loved her.At the beginning of the book she is trying to restart her life, to get out from under her muscle bound brothers. She comes into her own throughout the book and its refreshing to watch unfold.
I also need to note that Kiss and Tell features a fun loving and completely loyal Great Dane. Great Danes are one of my favorite dog breeds and someday I hope to have a chance to own one. The dog adds a sweet element to the story. Gotta love a man who is nice to animals right?
There was a ton of action as is common in a Cherry Adair book, and I have to say, she does it with such description that you will not have hard time picturing anything. Her style will have you right in the middle of the terrorist show down in the snowy and secluded mountain top.
I can’t wait to get into the next T-FLAC book, Hide and Seek! If Kiss and Tell is any indicator, it will be action filled with intermittent steaminess. Cherry Adair will make running for your life sound exhilarating!...more