Pia Saves the Day is a novella in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races, series, which takes place between books 6 and 7. It features Pia and Dragos from DragonPia Saves the Day is a novella in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races, series, which takes place between books 6 and 7. It features Pia and Dragos from Dragon Bound as they deal with the aftermath of an accident.
Essentially, this is your basic amnesia plot. Dragos is left without his memories after a construction site collapses on him. Without any knowledge of who he is, Dragos is dangerous and highly volatile. So, Pia takes it upon herself to help her husband regain his memories (or at least come down from the mountain where he’s taken refuge).
Harrison has featured Pia and Dragos a lot in the series, with several novellas and 2 full length novels dedicated to them. They're not my favorite Elder Races couple, but I enjoyed them here. Pia has enough angst around the situation to keep the story interesting and I liked that the resolution to the story wasn't entirely cut and dry.
All in all, This would be a good read for fans of the series looking for something quick to read. However, I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone novella. It’s very short (clocking in around 100-ish pages) and a lot of the emotional impact relied on references/knowledge of past events in the series. However, if you read and enjoyed Dragon Bound you’ll probably find something to like here. ...more
This was a cute holiday read to launch Ridley's Dukes of War series. Lady Amelia Pembroke is determined to see that the annual Sheffield Christmas balThis was a cute holiday read to launch Ridley's Dukes of War series. Lady Amelia Pembroke is determined to see that the annual Sheffield Christmas ball continues as usual, despite the Sheffield’s ballroom having been destroyed. To do this, she wedges herself into Lord Benedict Sheffield’s life for the holiday season to help him orchestrate the affair at a new location. I really liked Amelia's no non-sense character and her interactions with Sheffield as he found himself oddly drawn to her. I might, in the future, read the first full length novel in this series....more
How to Marry a Highlander oddly reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in some places. Teresa Finch-Freeworth is determined to marry Duncan, the Earl of EHow to Marry a Highlander oddly reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in some places. Teresa Finch-Freeworth is determined to marry Duncan, the Earl of Eads… so she proposes. His terms for accepting her offer is that she first find a husband for each of his seven sisters. Teresa was fun to watch as she spun tall tales and traipsed about town trying to contrive marriages for the seven oddball sisters. If you’re looking for a light historical romance, I would recommend you pick this one up...more
Kisses, She Wrote: A Christmas Romance was my introduction to Katharine Ashe’s writing. Cam Westfall is shocked when he discovers that the steamy diarKisses, She Wrote: A Christmas Romance was my introduction to Katharine Ashe’s writing. Cam Westfall is shocked when he discovers that the steamy diary full of fantasies starring him belongs to shy Jacqueline of Sensaire. I kind of cringed when I found out the plot was centered on a diary. I hate the inevitable moment when everyone reads it. So, I was relieved when Ashe didn't go the expected route with this. All in all, this was a cute holiday read and I look forward to reading more by Ashe in the future....more
Esme is devastated when she finds out that vampire John Doolan has no plans to make her his thrall. The two spend the length of this short story circlEsme is devastated when she finds out that vampire John Doolan has no plans to make her his thrall. The two spend the length of this short story circling each other. I read this to see if I’d be interested in starting the series. The world here wasn’t anything especially new, but the writing was interesting enough that I’ll give one of the full length books a shot....more
Yasmeen and Archimedes are blackmailed into helping a friend find a missing relative. I absolutely loved this short story featuring the main characterYasmeen and Archimedes are blackmailed into helping a friend find a missing relative. I absolutely loved this short story featuring the main characters from Heart of Steel. They are both dealing with their emotional hang-ups while trying to take care of one another as they head into a dangerous job. I would love to see more of this pair together and I’m hoping that Brook will eventually decide to give them another book to themselves....more
I was a little skeptical about Touching Paradise since sharks don't exactly give off warm fuzzy feelings, but this was pretty entertaining.
Monroe isI was a little skeptical about Touching Paradise since sharks don't exactly give off warm fuzzy feelings, but this was pretty entertaining.
Monroe is on a tropical island for a friend's wedding when she meets Koenraad on a snorkeling trip gone awry. Koenraad had been casually swimming by the boat, investigating something in the water that didn't feel right, when he sees Monroe. Attracted and curious Koenraad decides to pursue Monroe while also juggling an increasingly problematic issue with the water.
I really enjoyed the way Peitsche chose to portray Koenraad. He was probably the most well developed character in the story and easily held my attention. Also, the shark shifter mythology Peitsche is building here is pretty interesting. I look forward to seeing it develop further as the series progresses.
I wish I could say more about this novella but "Touching Paradise" is only Act 1 of the story. So this serves as an introduction to the main characters and primary plot, before ending on a cliff-hanger. Cliff-hangers aren't normally my cup of tea, but the story had reached a nice stopping point so I didn't mind it too much. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and watching how things between Koenraad and Monroe continue to develop.
Ebook provided by Netgalley and the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Gigi comes home to Half-Moon Hollow to celebrate Christmas with the gang.
This is a cute short story that acts asAfter breaking up with her boyfriend, Gigi comes home to Half-Moon Hollow to celebrate Christmas with the gang.
This is a cute short story that acts as a good prequel to The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire, which will focus on the rest of Gigi's story. There's a lot of holiday hijinks happening with the main characters from previous books in the Half-Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson series. So, fans of those books should enjoy getting glimpses of past characters.
All in all, this is nice read if you're looking for a quick read to get you in the mood for the next book in Harper's Half-Moon Hollow series. However, I wouldn't recommend it to people who are not familiar with the other books in series as I think you miss a lot without knowing all the characters.
Ebook provided by Netgalley and the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Dark Water is a collection of short stories all connected through the characters' interactions with water and death. The way Suzuki incorporated paranDark Water is a collection of short stories all connected through the characters' interactions with water and death. The way Suzuki incorporated paranormal elements into these connections was very interesting and was what kept me reading. However, I was thinking this would be more of a horror book than it really was. The majority of the tales reminded me more of Karen Russell's short stories, which are general fiction that utilizes some paranormal elements. So, if you're looking for a scary or creepy read, I would suggest you look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a collection of interesting stories then this is a solid read. ...more
Otherworld Nights: An Anthology is the third collection of short stories Kelley Armstrong has written for her Women of the Otherworld series. All of wOtherworld Nights: An Anthology is the third collection of short stories Kelley Armstrong has written for her Women of the Otherworld series. All of which have been previously published with the exception of the last story Vanishing Act which features Savannah and Adam. It was great to dive back into the series. Armstrong is an author who I have absolutely no issue going back and re-reading her work. So, despite already having read most of these stories, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection.
Fans of Elena and Clay (Bitten, Stolen, Broken, Frostbitten) will love that there are two very well fleshed-out stories and one quick short featuring the pair. Stalked was originally published in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon and was probably my favorite out of the three because they left the kids at home. This made the dynamic between them a little more reminiscent of the early books in the series, which I'll admit I have missed. Hidden was a great novella featuring Clay, Elena, and the kids as they attempted to have a Christmas to themselves. I loved the slow build-up of suspense and how Armstrong handled the personal dilemma Elena was facing concerning the twins. From Russia with Love was a very quick short, which had been included in the hardcover of Thirteen. This one acted as a kind of epilogue for Elena and the Pack. I'll admit that I haven't gotten around to reading Thirteen yet, but I don't think anything was spoiled by reading this.
There were also two more stories which stayed with Armstrong's werewolves. Chivalrous featured the new recruit, Reese, and told the background of why he needed to run from Australia to seek refuge with the American pack. As a prequel to Bounty Hunt, which will be released in December 2014, it was a good teaser and I look forward to seeing how Reese’s story will continue.
Lucifer's Daughter is my favorite out of this collection and was originally featured in Blood Lite II: Overbite. The story focuses on Hope and Karl as they deal with an escaped demon at a museum gala. I have a serious soft spot for this pair and loved every minute of their story.
Twilight was originally featured in Many Bloody Returns and centers on Cassandra. I'm not a huge fan of the character, so this was one of the few stories included that I had never read. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. It centers on Cassandra’s fear that her vampiric life may slowly be ending. My only complaint is that it ended rather abruptly and didn't feel like a lot of the questions raised were concluded.
Demonology was originally published as a free short story on Armstrong's website. It features Adam's mother as she goes on a quest to find help and answers for her son. It was interesting, but very short and a little abrupt.
Vanishing Act was the new short story included in this anthology. It features Savannah and Adam as they handle the aftermath of a demon summoning case gone wrong. It was a nice change of pace to get a fully fleshed-out story in the collection that didn't center on the werewolves. It also worked as a nice incentive for me to pick-up the last three books in the series, which I have been avoiding since I had never gotten into Savannah's character. However, Armstrong managed to make me interested Savannah and I look forward to going back to read her journey to this point in life.
All in all, a really great collection that any fan of Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series will love.
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Night Shift is one of the best anthologies I've read in a while with contributions from three powerhouse writers in their respective genres.
It says sNight Shift is one of the best anthologies I've read in a while with contributions from three powerhouse writers in their respective genres.
It says something when the "worst" story in a collection is from Nalini Singh. Secrets at Midnight is her contribution and it's pretty boring. Leopard shifter, Bastien Smith, has scented his mate but quickly finds out that not all is well with her. Singh can write some compelling short stories, so I was surprised at how she seemed to have sleepwalked through this one. The conflict is non-existent and it's painfully obvious what is going on with his mate from the minute Bastien starts talking about her. If I had to rate this one on an individual basis it would be a 3/5.
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews was the reason I had been so anxious to get my hands on the anthology. The story takes place in the Kate Daniels world and follows the characters Jim and Dali who were featured in Magic Dreams, which I had adored. This story completely lived up to my high expectations. Dali is approached to look into the case of a missing person and Jim tags along for the ride. It was great to see Dali take the lead and I loved getting a little more of these two working together. I'm still holding out hope that we'll eventually get a full-length novel featuring Jim and Dali, as they're just fantastic. 5/5
Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin was the only author in the collection who was new to me. Makenna Frazier is a seer who gets pulled into a high profile case involving leprechauns on her very first day of work. I'm guessing this is a prequel to Shearin's Urban Fantasy series starring Makenna because the story works to set-up a much more involved plot. All in all, this was a good contribution and I was intrigued enough by the characters to potentially read the first book in the series. 4/5
The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane (aka Meljean Brook) was my second favorite contribution in the anthology. Mala is on a quest for her goddess to tame the beast of Blackmoor in a corrupt kingdom dominated by a tyrant. I really loved how different interpretations of words and personal perceptions influenced this short story. I'm not a huge fan of medieval settings but this one worked for me. I'll be looking forward to the first full length book set in the world. 4.5/5
All in all a great anthology that is well worth the money....more
I'm not big into HR's anymore, but I really enjoy Milan's short stories. She manages to pack a lot into these eBooks and I love that she goes outsideI'm not big into HR's anymore, but I really enjoy Milan's short stories. She manages to pack a lot into these eBooks and I love that she goes outside of the typical tropes found in the genre.
In A Kiss For Midwinter, Dr. Jonas Grantham has let the harsh realities of his profession turn him into a cynic. When he decides to pursue the cheerful Lydia Charingford, who hates his guts, he makes a deal with her. Give him three days to find a situation where even she can't find a bright side. If he succeeds, Lydia owes him a boon. If he loses, she'll never have to talk to him again.
I really enjoyed both the main characters here and I loved the glimpses of Lydia's relationship with her father. However, there were moments of the story that didn't work for me. In particular, the sex education monologues from Grantham. I know that Milan was attempting to portray Grantham as the kind of guy who would always tell you the truth and never sugar coat it, even if it's uncomfortable to hear, but something about his speeches about how sex works just really pulled me out of the story.
Additionally, I would have liked to have seen Lydia really address the passive part Grantham played in the opening scene with her five years ago. I liked that Milan showed how the experience was still affecting Lydia, even five years later, but I thought that the part her parents played in the aftermath and Grantham's quiet witness to it, could have been addressed more directly. Maybe it’s because I found it strange that Lydia didn't seem to have any real reactions to finding out that her parents might have knowingly poisoned her five years ago in order to ensure that her reputation remained intact.
Other than that, I enjoyed watching the relationship between Grantham and Lydia slowly evolve. This was a nice short story for the season. ...more
The plot of this in a nutshell: Cat and Ian are forced to work togeth***Rating Only For Frost's Contribution***
Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost
The plot of this in a nutshell: Cat and Ian are forced to work together when Bones and the rest of their merry crew become entranced.
I gave up on reading Frost's Night Huntress series around book 5 because, honestly, the series started boring me. Frost has the unfortunate habit of giving her vampires way to many powers for my taste. They can mind read, hypnotize people, fly, heal super fast, regenerate limbs, and the list goes on depending on which vampire we're talking about in the series. This, plus the fact that Frost seems to just keep heaping on new powers to her main characters, makes things extremely boring. Its hard to be worried for a main character when you know they have such an extensive power resume. Add to that Frost's tendency to give her characters new powers and well that makes things pretty boring to me.
However, despite my reservations with the series, I really enjoyed this short story. The whole gang is here and I enjoyed the whole "you're all my meat puppets" storyline, but I doubt I would pick this series back up.
Pretty awesome super short online story! Some of the elements reminded me a lot of Star Trek, which just added to my enjoyment. Won't lie, kinda hopinPretty awesome super short online story! Some of the elements reminded me a lot of Star Trek, which just added to my enjoyment. Won't lie, kinda hoping that Adrews decides to make the world she built here into a full length book....more
I find this series strangely addicting. These are an odd combination of steam-punk western with vampires and werewolves. The beginning of the books alI find this series strangely addicting. These are an odd combination of steam-punk western with vampires and werewolves. The beginning of the books always start out really slow for me but they quickly pick up. ...more