Just finished and it's a 4 star for me. I was only familiar with one of the series in this anthology, but it didn't stop the rest from being quite enjJust finished and it's a 4 star for me. I was only familiar with one of the series in this anthology, but it didn't stop the rest from being quite enjoyable. I was already planning to start the Breeds series, anyway, so this story has me a little bit more excited about it. Loved the prequel to the Stormwalker series by Allyson James. Makes me want to start reading the series over from the beginning before I finally read book 4. The other two stories were from series I was completely unfamiliar with, but it seems I have the first book for one of them in my TBR already and the other was interesting enough to get me to possibly check it out. Not bad.
Talk about one sexy ass anthology. A sweet, steamy read for the holidays indeed....more
Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. ForSynopsis:
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa
Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....
I'm only rating and reviewing this based on the Dawn of Eden story.
I actually liked the story quite a bit. It's a nice history of how the world got the way it did and how the Archers first started off on that farm. Lucky them, they had forewarning.
I liked Kylie quite a bit. When she could have completely broken down, she fight through it and went on to survive. She'd already survived the Red Lung virus and just continues to prove that she's a fighter. She makes some pretty good speeches, too. Who knew she would be responsible for the path a character from the main series takes? Or that that character interacted with an Archer and years later, Allison ends up staying with them?that was pretty awesome.
The romance was sweet. It was a little fast, but this being a short story, that's not surprising. It evolved nicely, though. They didn't jump right into things. Considering their situation, it's not surprising they came to care for one another so fast. The family reunion wasn't the sweetest, but it worked out in the end....more
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction. The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, A Lords of the Underworld taSynopsis:
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction. The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter, A Lords of the Underworld tale: An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust; until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation...
I only read this anthology for the Lords of the Underworld The Darkest Angel novella, so that is what this review and rating is based off of.
I loved this story. I even cried when Lysander realized how badly he'd messed things up with Bianka and then again when he showed her that he really wasn't ashamed of her. Oh, how I loved that.
Anyway, this story was quite fun and enjoyable. Up until now, in the LotU, we haven't dealt with angels that much. In Reyes and Danika's book, that was when angels were first introduced, but no one had actually interacted with one. And then, in Sabin and Gwen's book, we learn that Aeron has been being watched by angel, but still no real interaction. Other than her touching him and it making him hard. Still, I knew a little of what to expect from Lysander since I've previously read Wicked Nights back when it was released last summer and Zacharel went to see Lysander for some advice and had a run in with Bianka, who he didn't seem to like very much. Still, I really liked Lysander from the start. Even with him being so self-righteous at first. I felt bad for him and his temptation, though. He had no idea what to do. No experience so he did mess up, but he made it right.
And I'll say it again, I don't seem to have any issues with the Harpies as I expected to considering some of the reactions I've seen about them. I liked Bianka. I thought that she was wily, but she was damned sweet. And it hurt her when she thought Lysander didn't approve of her and thought she wasn't worthy. And it turns out, that she was never as bad as he believed she was. Good for her for standing up to him when he wanted to keep them secret, though. True, she could have fought instead of letting them end the way she did, but she stood up for herself and he was forced to realize that he was wrong. And that he had to do what it would really take in order to keep her.
Plus, that sex scene between them, hooooootttttt!...more