A fantastic collection of short stories from the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega worlds that shouldn't be missed by fans of these series. Loved tA fantastic collection of short stories from the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega worlds that shouldn't be missed by fans of these series. Loved them all!...more
I originally picked up this anthology for the Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews stories, but read and enjoyed the other two stories as well. Rare occurreI originally picked up this anthology for the Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews stories, but read and enjoyed the other two stories as well. Rare occurrence for me, so I'm pleased! I may come back and write a few word review on each story. ...more
"This Time Next Year" by Alison Kent Brenna Keating is on her annual trek to her beloved Grandmother's house in the mountains for Christmas before she"This Time Next Year" by Alison Kent Brenna Keating is on her annual trek to her beloved Grandmother's house in the mountains for Christmas before she leaves for her new job abroad in Africa when her car swerves into a snow bank right in the middle of storm. The local physician, Dillon Craig, who is also the most eligible bachelor of the mountain, finds her and brings her to his cabin to wait out the storm. As you might guess, these two get really close over several days, talking and getting busy, if you know what I mean. They talk a lot and learn about each other and themselves. Both characters have some obstacles in their lives--Brenna's hesitancy about leaving her grandmother and Dillon's struggle to accept the military tragedies from his past that haunt him. Together, and in the spirit of Christmas, they learn from each other and get a realistic happily ever after. A very sweet love story that captures the essence of the holiday season and is sure to melt your heart. 4+ stars
"A Rare Gift" by Jaci Burton Wyatt Kent gets a job building an addition onto the local child care center-- the one owned and run by his ex-wife's little sister, Calliope Andrews. This arrangement makes Wyatt super uncomfortable for several reasons. One, he and his ex, Cassandra, ended their marriage on bad terms, so he would prefer to avoid her and anyone associated with her. Two, Calliope is pretty, sweet, upbeat and stirs something in Wyatt he tries to stifle -- desire. Fortunately, Calliope is nothing like Wyatt's ex and she's got enough confidence, sass and good humor to handle Wyatt's cranky nature and eventually these two hit it off. It also helps that she's had a crush on Wyatt for a long time. They've got a few things to overcome, but that's part of the fun. I loved Calliope's positive spirit and it was great to see Wyatt come to terms with his failed marriage and recognize that he deserves true love even if it is a little awkward that he's found it with his ex's little sister. 3.5 stars
"It's Not Christmas Without You" by HelenKay Dimon Carrie Anders is finally chasing her dream of working in a prominent Washington, D.C. museum and has settled into her new city life. Unfortunately, she had to break it off once and for all with her on and off again boyfriend, Austin Thomas, who just couldn't accept her dream to seek a career in a big city. Austin insists Carrie just needs to get her grand ideas of a city career out of her system before she realizes she belongs back in their small rural West Virginia hometown with him. When he finds out Carrie doesn't plan on coming home for the holidays, he puts a plan in motion to make sure she gives up her crazy ideas and is home before Christmas. How does he do that? He sets up a tree lot right across the street from her apartment! Sounds romantic, right? Well, Austin needs a few lessons in respecting and accepting Carrie's dreams and ambitions before he learns the meaning of true love.
I loved the set up of this story. I found Austin's determination to win back Carrie heartwarming and his methods very charming, but boy did it take him long enough to realize her life dreams are just as important as his. I think Carrie could have been more upfront with why she was so exasperated with Austin's treatment of her ambitions and at the same time, I think Austin should have figured how important Carrie's career is to her after she got up and moved to D.C. Even then, it took him a couple of weeks in D.C. before he finally figured it out? It was a bit exasperating how they just danced around the issue and didn't just talk about it right from the start. Thankfully, their love for each other made them stick it out and finally figure out how to make their relationship work.
Interestingly, this story drove me nuts the most, but at the same time, Carrie and Austin were two of my favorite characters in this anthology. Actually, Austin's brother Spence was a great addition to this story--so much so that I'm reading his story right now. His story is "We'll Be Home For Christmas" in the Romancing the Holidays anthology published by Carina Press (2012). It can also be bought alone. 3.5 stars
"Mistletoe and Margaritas" by Shannon Stacey This story is a beautiful, sexy friends to lovers romance. Claire Rutledge was widowed two years ago when Brendan--her husband of only two years, died. Since Brendan's been gone, Claire become closer friends with her deceased husband's best friend, Justin McCormack. Justin has loved Claire for a while now, having been interested in her before Brendan ever made a move for Claire. He's been reluctant to ever make a move on her, though, out of respect for Brendan. Claire is finally ready to put herself out there in the dating world, but can't seem to think of anyone else but Justin. With the help of some mistletoe and margaritas, Claire makes the first move and sparks finally fly between these two. Their love and affection for each other--and their passion--was totally believable and very sweet. This story is a very heart warming, feel good Christmas romance. What's not to love? 4+ stars
I think it's pretty tough to pull off a convincing contemporary love story in just 100 pages, but these stories come pretty close. Of course it helps that they're Christmas love stories. Who can resist a good ole sappy Christmas story! These stories are all about delivering a believable love story doused with Christmas spirit. Holiday Kisses will certainly warm your heart this Christmas season. :) ...more
This book is a collection of three intertwined short stories written by three of today's wonderfully talented young adult writers and a perfect winterThis book is a collection of three intertwined short stories written by three of today's wonderfully talented young adult writers and a perfect wintertime-Christmasy read for teens. All three stories expertly capture the trials and tribulations and intense joys of being a teen and the crazy and confusing and often wonderful things that can happen when you least expect it....more
ASCENSION by Meljean Brook *** 3 out of 5 stars *** I liked this short story in the Guardians series, but wished there was more to the romance between MASCENSION by Meljean Brook *** 3 out of 5 stars *** I liked this short story in the Guardians series, but wished there was more to the romance between Marc and Radha; both Guardians who were close friends more than a century ago, but after a one night stand they went their separate ways and no longer spoke to each other. When she senses a weariness in Marc indicating he's no longer happy and perhaps close to Falling, Radha decides to visit him to find out if he's really okay. She comes along in the guise of helping him with a case, which she does, but she also learns a lot about her friend, including the fact that she still cares quite deeply for him and he for her. It was nice seeing these two find love and happiness with each other.. something they both deserve. Too bad it took them so long to reconcile. ...more
"The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor" by Stephanie Laurens
This sweet, fun story is a little mix of both romance and mystery. The story starts with a b"The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor" by Stephanie Laurens
This sweet, fun story is a little mix of both romance and mystery. The story starts with a ball at which Sebastian Trantor is supposed to be seeking a wife from the lot of eligible women in order to fulfill is familial duty to marry and provide a family heir. In a desperate desire to escape the ball, he slips away and finds refuge in the library. While Sebastian sits in the dark enjoying the solitude, a young woman picks the lock of the library and begins rummaging through the desk, muttering to herself as she searches for whatever it is she's so desperate to find. Sebastian finds himself both amused and curious by this woman--Tabitha Makepeace, and her task at hand. He finally reveals himself to her and after some amusing exchange of words, they introduce themselves and explain what each is really secretly doing in the private library of their host. When they are discovered alone in the library together, Tabitha is compromised and Sebastian makes up the story that they have just become betrothed in order to protect her reputation. The couple proceeds to elude everyone with their fake betrothal as Sebastian helps Tabitha uncover a blackmailer and they fall in love for real.
"The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor" was fun and sweet. It was clear that Sebastian started falling for Tabitha right away and amusing how he would kiss her to disguise them or make their story look convincing, when really, he was trying to convince Tabitha that they had something between them. It was a lot of fun watching these two turn their farce into a reality all the while trying to catch a blackmailer. GRADE: 4 stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"Only Love" by Mary Balogh
In this story, Cleo Pritchard was married by arrangement at the young age of seventeen to the much older Colonel Aubrey Pritchard who died five years ago during the war. Now at twenty-seven, Cleo has given up hope of ever remarrying or even having a lover. Then she sees Major Jack Gilcrest at a ball, a dashing young man with whom she was acquainted during the war as he served in her late husband's regime. Jack is at the ball in search of a suitable bride per his older brother's request to produce an heir. Pleased to see someone he knows, Jack asks Cleo to dance and while they are a bit nervous and awkward, it is very clear that they drawn to each other. Jack realizes pretty quickly that that he and Cleo should marry. They have a slew of practical reasons between them why they indeed should marry. Jack just needs to convince Cleo that the only reason they should marry is for love. GRADE: 4 stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"Hope Springs Eternal" by Jacquie D'Alessandro
Captain Alec Trentwell leaves the comfortable solitude of his country cottage for two reasons. One is to seek a bride and produce an heir to satisfy his familial obligation. The second is to seek Penelope Markham, the beloved sister of his friend and fellow soldier Edward Markham who died at Waterloo at Alec's side. Alec feels tremendous guilt surrounding Edward's death and consequently feels a responsibility towards Penelope. Alec plans to tell Penelope the details surrounding her brother's death and offer her financial assistance which is so desperately needs. Alec becomes enthralled with Penelope as soon as he sees her, however, so delays telling her the truth. There is mutual interest and heat between them and soon they marry, but the secret of Edward's death threatens to destroy a happy marriage.
"Hope Springs Eternal" is a romantic and sexy love story. There is sweet romance between strong, believable characters who shared a passion for each other that was romantic and sexy. Penelope Markham is a strong and intelligent woman and I admired how she was unapologetic and unashamed of her dire financial situation or her ruined reputation as an art instructor just for creating a piece of sculpture that the ton deemed scandalous. Plus Penelope wears glasses! I found that little detail so refreshing. Alec was truly haunted by his guilt for the death of Penelope's brother. His grief and guilt made sense and while I knew all along that Penelope would not blame him for Edward's death when she finally learned the truth, the whole process of Alec telling her the truth of what happened, her reaction, his reaction, the resolution... it was dramatic without being too over the top. The story felt very genuine and I enjoyed it very much. GRADE: 4.5 stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"Fate Strikes a Bargain" by Candice Hern
This story features two unique and unapologetic characters who enter a marriage of convenience who truly deserved their happily ever after. Captain Nathaniel Beckwith is still emotionally disturbed by the war, leaving him surly, moody and stern, yet he has agreed to do his duty and provide the family with an heir. He is seeking a suitable wife at the latest ball, but in an attempt to avoid the ladies and the dancing, Nathaniel finds reprieve behind a large potted orange tree, where he meets a simple but pretty and gregarious woman who also happens to be hiding.
Philippa Reynolds enjoys the lively balls but has grown tired of the Seasons without a suitor and is resigned to a life without marriage. When she reveals to Nathaniel that she doesn't fit in because of a severe limp due to a displaced hip she's had since birth, he is open and honest about the severity of her condition, but also disgusted with the ton's narrow-mindedness regarding her health and potential as a marriageable woman. Nearly straightaway Nathaniel sees that a marriage between them is the answer to both their problems.
Both Cleo and Nathaniel are misfits of sorts. While Nathaniel's imperfections are the emotional scars he acquired from war and Philippa's imperfections are a physical disability she's had since birth, their experiences with their flaws are enough for them to be honest, understanding and empathetic to each other without pity. Add a spark of mutual attraction and these two are a perfect and loving match.
"Fate Strikes a Bargain" is a well wrought story about two characters with obvious imperfections who are honest, open and willing to work through their issues together. It was nice to read a story in which an author is willing to write about characters with real disabilities, be sensitive to those issues and show how important honesty and a positive attitude are to a person's character. And that romance, love, passion and happily ever after are truly deserved by all. GRADE: 4 stars
I think it's challenging enough to pull off a realistic, compelling love story in a full length novel when the author has enough page time to develop the characters, conflicts and resolutions while convincing the reader of true love. In an anthology, the author has to successfully do all of that in only a hundred pages or so and I think all four authors did a fine job of accomplishing just that in It Happened One Season....more
All of the stories in this collection have interesting premises and characters, yet some authors were more adept than others at introducing their worlAll of the stories in this collection have interesting premises and characters, yet some authors were more adept than others at introducing their world, developing their characters and writing a cohesive story with closure in such a short number of pages. Also, it took me a few stories to realize that this anthology is not a collection of paranormal romance shorts as I expected, but rather a collection of supernatural, paranormal or urban fantasy type short stories with romantic elements. The overall tone is NOT romance with happily ever after endings.
"The Assassin's Apprentice" by Michelle Zink A young girl out to avenge her parents' death by killing the demon who murdered them. An Assassin interferes with her plan by stepping in to help her, much to her chagrin. A little lacking in world building. It took almost the whole story to understand the significance young girl's lineage and the role of the assassins in this world. 3.5 out of 5
"Errant" by Diana Peterfreund A unicorn hunter arrives at a privileged French estate with her beloved unicorn to stage a traditional unicorn hunt for a spoiled young bride's wedding. Lessons in friendship and the cages that societal circumstances impose on two young women of completely opposite upbringings and lifestyles. 4 out of 5
"The Spirit Jar" by Karen Mahoney A young vampire nicknamed Moth from Boston goes to London, UK on a mission for her Maker to retrieve a book of spells. While stealing the book, she meets a young man named Adam who is also trying to steal the book. Moth is tough, spunky, and determined, yet humanity still resides within her. 5 out of 5
"Lost" by Justine Musk A sweet story about a teenager who has an uncanny knack for finding lost things. When her best friend is in a coma, she is compelled to visit a house on the route which she walks her dog and meets a stranger named Haiden who feels very familiar to her. He teaches her to focus on herself and her instincts, revealing her talent for helping the souls of people near death find their way. A little rushed in the character and plot development, but still an enjoyable and touching story. 4 out of 5
"The Spy Who Never Grew Up" by Sarah Rees Brennan A spy story based on classic Peter Pan. Creative and clever story telling, yet I didn't particularly like the characters and the story felt a little lacking in purpose or of lessons in love or friendship. Or did I just miss it? 3 out of 5
"Dungeons of Langeais" by Becca Fitzpatrick This is a prequel type story in the author's Hush, Hush series takes place in 1769 France tells the story of Chaucery who has become immortal as he is possessed by an angel for two weeks every year starting on the Jewish month (Rosh Hashanah, I believe) and how Chaucery tries to force the angel Cheshvan to break their contract by kidnapping his mortal lover. Satisfying dark, gothic tone. 4 out of 5
"Behind the Red Door" by Caitlin Kittredge Jo Ryan finds Red Door in the Ash House, apparently a haunted house. Jo goes into the house on a dare and thinks she sees something in the shadows. Curious, if not obsessed, she goes back and meets Nicholas Day a ghost who has been stuck there for years, claiming to have killed himself with razors when his beloved drowned in the river. Jo spends her free time in the house with Nicolas, falling in love with him. Except she starts to lose weight and vitality and is haunted by visions of other young girls trying to tell her something. A ghost romance with deadly consequences. 4 out of 5
"Hare Moon" by Carrie Ryan A story from the world of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Tabitha is a dreamer and feels restless in her village surrounded by forest, fenced off from the rest of the vacant world. She feels a yearning every time she passes a gate and finally garners the nerve to open it and see where it leads. Ignoring the moans and cries surrounding her in the forest, she follows the trail to another gate where she meets Patrick who lives in a village on the other side of a gate. They talk and decide to meet two days after the full moon every month. Over time they fall in love and hope for a life together. One month he doesn't come, leaving Tabitha distraught. When she is discovered with her hand on the gate, she is punished and forced to become a sister at the convent, where she discovers a hidden cavern with a written history of their village and the world. She doesn't give up on Patrick and when they meet again after the Hare Moon, life will never be the same for anyone. A great and terrifying introduction to the world of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Am now considering picking up the full length novels in this series, even though horror is not my thing! 4.5 out of 5
"Familiar" by Michelle Rowen Teenage witch Brenda is reluctant to come into her powers but finally agrees to obtain her "familiar" or her pet with whom she is to bond before she starts her formal training. She comes home bonded with an adorable kitten who immediately converses with her in her thoughts. Turns out he's a shifter named Owen who was hiding in the pet shop, biding time to figure out how to buy his way back into his pack of which he was kicked out. Brenda helps Owen retrieve the diamond bracelet that was his collar and they are confronted by a gang of werewolves who want to Owen's loyalty, profits from the bracelet or Brenda! The story was a tad bit predictable, but fun and was a sweet romance, hence a favorite. 4.5 out of 5
"Fearless" by Rachel Vincent This short story is set in the world of Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. Those familiar with the series will recognize Nash as a secondary character in this story along with a cameo appearance from his brother Tod.
Teenager Sabine was abandoned as a toddler and has spent her troubled youth bounced between foster homes. In this story, she has been sent to a halfway house for delinquent girls. Sabine has definitely gotten herself into trouble, but not without reason. She's a mara, a very rare kind of banshee who survives by feeding off the fears of others, which she does by visiting them while they dream, causing nightmares and exacerbating their fears. Shortly after arriving at the halfway house, Sabine starts to die when she can't nourish herself from the other girls. Interesting glimpse into another aspect of Vincent's Soul Screamers series, but now I'm all uncomfortable about Sabine and the promises she and Nash have made to each other when I am loyal to Kaylee and obviously want Nash and Kaylee together! I sense major trouble in the latest novel in this series, My Soul to Steal. Yikes! 4.5 out of 5
"Vermillion" by Daniel Marks This quirky story takes place in Purgatory and features the teenage supernatural clean-up team of Velvet and Nick, a.k.a. Nyx, who also happen to be romantically involved. They work for Manny, a Station Agent in their district of Purgatory and through her, they meet Amie Shin who works for Howard Barker, the Station Agent of Vermillion, another district within Purgatory. Velvet and Nick are sent on assignment with Amie in Vermillion to chase down and trap a particular errant soul who is haunting humans in the realm of the living. Agents do this by slipping into the living realm through cracks and temporarily 'slipping' into human bodies to contain the evil spirits or illegal haunters or .. hmm.. dead souls doing bad things. Amie is also using seduction and trickery to try to break up Velvet and Nick. Bitch. This story was surprisingly complex in both the nature of the relationships and the world building and had an exciting and satisfying finish. I did a little investigating and have gathered that Daniel Marks has upcoming trilogy of full length novels set in this world featuring Velvet and Nyx and I think book one will be titled Velveteen. Very exciting. 5 out of 5
"The Hounds of Ulster" by Maggie Steifvater Bryant and Sullivan are best friends and talented young musicians, with a particular affinity for Irish folk rock. Bryant plays guitar and Sullivan plays the fiddle. Determined to be a part of an elite club of musicians who play at Mullens, an Irish pub, the two brazenly crash a jig and finally capture the attention of the club members. A mysterious and beautiful girl standing in the wings sets her sights on Sullivan, jeopardizing his friendship with Bryant as well as his future. A poignant story of friendship and perhaps unrequited love. Not part of any series, but has elements similar to Maggie's Faerie books, Lament and Ballad. 4 out of 5
"Many Happy Returns" by Daniel Waters A Generation Dead story A bunch of teenagers of a small New England town are involved in a deadly car crash, leaving six dead and one in a coma, barely alive and if she does survive, is not likely to ever walk again. In this world, a certain genetic disposition enables some teenagers with the possibility of waking up from the dead within seven days after they have died, but in a permanent zombie-like state of being. As parents wait around to see if their child will be among those who 'wake' from the dead, feelings of anger, denial, grief, acceptance, anger and hope are rampant within the community. I've gone back and forth between giving this story a 3.5 or a 4 out of The focus of this story is on the adults as opposed to the teenagers, but it is a well written, thought provoking and heart breaking story with a bittersweet ending. Also, this story is more about the parents than with the teens or their relationships. 3.5 out of 5
This is a paranormal romance anthology by authors Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brook. The quality of the stories in this aThis is a paranormal romance anthology by authors Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brook. The quality of the stories in this anthology varied to two extremes for me.
"Whisper of Sin" by Nalini Singh 4.5/5 stars Psy-Changelng series, Book #1.5 This short story from Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling world takes place chronologically at the beginning of the series, between the first and second full length novels when the DarkRiver Changeling pack is beginning to exert their dominance as protectors of the San Francisco area, making it clear to the Psy and humans alike that they will not tolerate acts of violence or other political aggressions of absolute control from either party. A young human woman named Ria is assaulted by a human gang aiming to terrorize the citizens of Chinatown and is rescued by DarkRiver leopards on patrol in her neighborhood. DarkRiver leopard Emmett becomes her bodyguard until the gang is taken down by the pack and he and Ria fall in love. So sweet.
"Blood and Roses" by Angela Knight 2.5/5 stars
"Shifting Sea" by Virginia Kantra 3/5 stars Children of the Sea series, Book #3.5
"Here There Be Monsters" by Meljean Brook 5/5 stars Iron Seas novels, prequel Superb world building for a fascinating steampunk world, a complex plot and characters who are both intriguing and charming. Can't wait to read more in this series.
3.5 out of 5 stars This book contains two short novels: "Untouchable" by Kresley Cole--which I loved 4.5 stars and "Tempt Me Eternally" by Gena Showalt3.5 out of 5 stars This book contains two short novels: "Untouchable" by Kresley Cole--which I loved 4.5 stars and "Tempt Me Eternally" by Gena Showalter--which was disappointing 2 stars
These two stories are from two entirely different series--Kresley Cole's Immortal After Dark series, which I read and Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series, which I do not follow. A fun little tidbit about these two series is that the authors are friends and so make references to the world's in each other's books in their stories. If you read at least one of the series, it's kind of fun to imagine these adventures happening in the universe around the same time and possible interactions between characters outside the book you're reading. It's a fun twist I've never encountered before.
"Untouchable" by Kresley Cole is the 8th book in the Immortals After Dark series and is the story of Daniela from the Valkyrie coven in New Orleans, and Murdoch Wroth, the well known vampire soldier who is also well known for his womanizing ways when he was mortal. Daniela is half Valkyrie and half ice fey, the later of which makes her so cold she is untouchable to anyone but another ice fey. She hides it well, but Daniela has been sad and lonely for a really, really long time and longs for emotional and physical intimacy more than anything else in the world. Imagine the conflict between these two when Daniela is the first female in over a hundred years to make Murdoch's heart beat and his desires stir and Daniela finally found someone who will do anything to give her the intimacy she so desperately craves and they can't even touch each other! There are other things going on in this story, both political and familial--like the fact that Daniela is the true heir to the throne of her people!--while these two try to make the most of their time together without coming in contact, which is frustrating and sad for both of them. This story is fun, sexy and heartwarming. I couldn't get enough of these two together. Another great installment in the series. 4.5 out of 5 stars
"Tempt Me Eternally" by Gena Showalter is a novella from the Alien Huntress series that takes place between books 4 and 5. I do not read this series, but the author sets up the world well in the limited page time and I was able to follow what was going on in this world just fine. Unfortunately, I didn't like it so much. The world and the conflicts within are interesting and complex enough which would allow for some really great stories. The characters, however, just did nothing for me. Aleaha Love harbors some serious secrets about her past and about what she can do. She has assumed the identity of a female cop named Macy and has garnered a spot on the elite AIR team whose purpose is to protect Earth from the evil Schön aliens from invading the planet and spreading their deadly disease. When her team is unexpectedly bombarded by a group of male alien invaders known as Rakans, the AIR team is captured and Aleaha separated from her teammates. The leader of the Rakans, Breean, has identified Aleaha as HIS and spends weeks trying to seduce her as his lover and mate while also trying to secure the safety of his group to live peacefully on Earth. I empathized with Aleaha because of her past and her secret, and I wanted her to be loved and accepted for who she is. In the end I believed Breean's unconditional love for her, but it felt more like a fated mate thing and not because he truly loved her for who she is. I have no idea what she saw in Breean at all. His character was very flat and all he wanted from her was sex. In fact, I thought all the characters in this story aside from Aleaha were flat and uninteresting. 2 out of 5 stars ...more
I'm going to update my review of this anthology as I read each of the four stories since I am at various stages of the series and will read each storyI'm going to update my review of this anthology as I read each of the four stories since I am at various stages of the series and will read each story as I get to that part of the series.
"Blind Spot" by Meljean Brook The Guardians series, Book #5.5 [read Sept. 30, 2013] 4+ out 5 stars
This story takes place several months after the conclusion of Demon Forged, in which we are introduced to Margaret "Maggie" Wren who is an ex-CIA assassin human who had been employed as the butler/personal assistant to a demon, although she had been completely unaware of the fact that her employer was a demon or that demons, vampires, nosferatu or Guardians even existed for that matter. By the end of Demon Forged, however, Maggie learned the truth of the world and has since been employed as butler to the vampire Colin Ames-Beaumont.
In this novella, Colin sends Maggie along with the hellhound Sir Pup to Brooklyn, New York to retrieve his nephew Geoffrey Blake and rescue his niece (Geoffrey's sister) Katherine Blake from a demon. Maggie is surprised to learn that Geoff is blind, but what's even more surprising is a unique ability he possesses that would greatly help locate Katherine. They work together, tentatively explore a mutual attraction and ultimately succeed at their mission, but not without complications involving Maggie's past and some dangerous encounters. Although not so romantic and only a bit sexy, this story is a great addition to the Guardians series and a must read for fans. Not only do we get to see more dangerous consequences of what's going on with the war between Belial and Luther's demons and what it means to humans, vampires and Guardians alike, but we also get to see more of the personal side of Colin's life and his dedication to his family. Of course, Sir Pup steals every scene. Seriously the world's best dog. I mean, hellhound.