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Hot Spell

(The Guardians #0.5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,813 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Venture into a world beyond the ordinary, where the dark passions and voracious appetites of vampires, werewolves, demons, and a few undaunted mortals combine to unleash a potent spell.
Mass Market Paperback, 333 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Berkley Books (first published November 1st 2005)
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Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Colleen
Recommended to Daisiemae by: Amazon
This book consists of 4 stories. 3 really good stories and 1 not so good.

The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly
First, let me say I am normally not an Emma Holly fan. I have read a few stories by her, and some are better than others..having said that, I really liked this story. Set in victorian times in a place called Bhamjran...Georgiana, a young widow, travels there for adventure. She comes across a show in which a very handsome Yama or Demon is performing. Amazed by him, and his sensual perform
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PN erotica lovers
Recommended to L8blmr by: Shellie, bless her dear heart!
FINALLY! An anthology full of stories that ROCK! I'll admit - I'm reading through Leigh's "Breed" series (thanks to a friend who loaned them to me) so I started with that one, which didn't disappoint. Then I went back and read Holly's story, and, OH, MY!!! It's almost like a cross between "Passion" and "The Lady's Tutor" but written in Holly's own, unique style. Even with two fans and a room air conditioner running in my room, I still overheated! The PN hero is a different take on "demons" and q ...more
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Truly, this book could be renamed “Deflowering 101” or “OMG, You’re a Virgin!”. I’m not very creative, I know, but I hope you get the idea… all four stories feature virgins. Three of which lose their precious flower (*gag*) in the most unromantic, uncomfortable ways/places I have read about in a long time.

1. "The Countess's Pleasure" by Emma Holly: 5 stars... By far, this story was my favorite entry in this anthology. Emma Holly has an amazing ability to create a well-drawn world and believable
- 'The Breed Next Door' by Lora Leigh (5 stars)

Did Not Finish:
- 'The Countess´s Pleasure' by Emma Holly
- 'Falling for Anthony' by Meljean Brook
- 'The Blood Kiss' by Shiloh Walker
"The Breed Next Door" by Lora Leigh ***** stars
I've re-read it several. Def one of my favourites by LL! A novella from the Breeds series. Tarek is an undercover breed who has become Lyra's neighbour from hell. He longs to taste her bread and she ogles his muscles while deploring his un-neighbourly gardening skills (or lack there of). This is in the early days of the series when the breeds were just coming to understand the mating heat. Both MCs are sweet and the sex was HOT! Great action packed
The best part of this four-novella anthology was Lora Leigh's Breed novella. Certainly not one of the best stories in the series, and entirely too short, I barely started enjoying the story when it was already over.

Shiloh Walker's was one of those hidden gems and the first story by the author I've read. I'm sure it won't be the last.
The twist of "combining" two utterly different creatures of the lore was a nice move, yet I felt that sort of conflict could've been explored a little further. Un
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have to admit that I only read Lora Leigh's story.....

I enjoyed Tarek's & Lyra's story...though she drove me a bit batty.....but she redeemed herself when she invited Tarek for coffee...which he loves and has no clue how to make a decent cup...and like her even more when she baked him bread.

The story was a bit short for me to engage totally with them but I liked discovering more about the Breeds.

Of course there's lots of hot sex and "growling" and's Lora Leigh after all.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The first two stories were good, but the last two were like pulling teeth. I normally like Meljean Brooks, but The Guardians series does not appeal to me.
Missy Jane
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second time reading the whole book, but I think I've read Emma Holly's story at least four times. Great world building, very erotic. Great book over all.
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
I've used my box of chocolates metaphor for anthologies before- that sometimes you get peanut butter covered in dark chocolate, and sometimes you get icky apricot. Hot Spell doesn't distinctly fall into one camp or another; instead, each story is, for better or worse, incredibly unique, and they need to be considered individually.

First up is The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly. I haven't read anything by this author before and I'm not sure if this offering was enough to make me want to pick up
Jane Stewart
5 stars for one story, 4 and 3 stars for the other three stories.

This book contains the following four stories.

5 stars for THE COUNTESS'S PLEASURE by Emma Holly.
I loved it. It was different and sensual. The ending was wonderful. There was a surprise in the plot that I did not expect. It was erotic and also a very nice story. Story brief: Georgiana is a widow. She visits a ladies nightclub in Bhamjran where a yama (demon) is enslaved and must perform on stage in the nude.

Sexual language: strong.
Willow Brook
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr-misc
What I really liked about this book:

Lora Leigh's "The Breed Next Store" -- 4 stars -- Sweet (for Lora Leigh) story of a breed and the mate he discovers living next door to him. You see the softer side of her breeds as Tarek tries to live a "normal" life. He loves doing such mundane tasks as mowing the lawn though he does it poorly. He also enjoys joying verbal sparring with his neighbor Lyra, when he isn't angling for some of her freshly baked bread. Their romance takes off when Tarek comes to
Feb 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. I bought Hot Spell on a whim, intrigued by the promise of ‘paranormal passion’. What I got were four rather tame novellas rife with cliched descriptions of sex with four perfect men.

In the first story, 'The Countesses’s Pleasure', the heroine Georgiana DuBarry hooks up with an indentured demon, Sawai. Recently widowed, Georgiana hires Sawai to deflower her, because although she had positive feelings for her husband - theirs was a sexless marriage. Sawai is hot!hot!hot! and brings Georgi
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is paranormal romance/erotica in a collection of 4 (very good) short stories. I definately recommend this book if you like steamy paranormal romance. All the sex is completely vanilla, but it is well written and passionate. The stories seem to be part of other paranormal series, though I was only familiar with two of them before reading this book.

Emma Holly story - Human widow falls for demon stripper in Bhamjran (matriarchal arabian-style society.)

Lora Leigh - Feline breed (genetically enh
Apr 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read anything from any of the authors and thought that this book was a wonderful introduction. I really enjoyed all of the stories. The first three were quite a bit different than your normal paranormal. The fourth 'The Blood Kiss' by Shiloh Walker, was your typical romance/paranormal, but still a good read. I have placed a couple of Meljean Brook's books on my wishlist and look forward to reading more by these authors.
Isa Lavinia
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've only read Emma Holly's story, so the rating is for that one alone.

This was 5 alarm hot with a plot!

Can't wait to read the others!
I echo the reviewers who titled this anthology "OMG you're a virgin" and "Deflowering 101." This trope gets old fast. But it was still an enjoyable set of short stories, for the most part.

The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly: New author for me and I was happily surprised by a unique take on a common premise -- widow finds new life with a supernatural lover.

The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh: I have somehow missed the Breeds series, and am now going to investigate. Fun combination of alpha-alpha-
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bought for the Lora Leigh Breeds story. A wonderful engaging read.
Oh My Goodness, love this story.
Talk about a non shrinking violet. Lyra is one great and funny heroine. Some of her lines had me creasing up.
Tarek is all alpha male dominance until he is flummoxed by Lyra. His interactions with her family were brilliant.
Tarek is undercover looking for council people when he meets his match in his hot, virginal neighbour.
Though it was sad, I loved how inept he was doing anything domestic.
I have own
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
With stories by Meljean Brook and Lora Leigh, this collection couldn't be anything but excellent. They definitely didn't disappoint! Excellent additions to two of my favorite series. Plus two other sexy paranormal stories. Emma Holly's was an excellent and intriguing story. I definitely plan on reading more from her. Plus a fun vampire/werewolf romance from Shiloh Walker. Overall, great anthology.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time I used to think that paranormal romance, romance and erotica stories were boring, smuttish and just not worth reading. I have changed my mind. In a big way. And it is collections like Hot Spell that really remind me of just why I did such a big turn around. These novellas and tales still include all of my favourite aspects of fantasy stories, but there is an extra layer of passion, lust and, dare I say it, cuteness to the stories that have me reaching for these stories again and ...more
Falling for Anthony by Meljean Brook: I enjoyed the background of Colin and glimpse of early Hugh and Lilith and i liked that Emily’s sexual history isn’t a point of shame, but also on a level I just enjoyed it rather than loving it. I think it’s a great addition and maybe I’d have enjoyed it more if I started with it, rather than picking it up after already finishing the first Guardians novel.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa nelly.

First book - blimmin scandalous. Interesting story though.
Second book - a decent read.
Third book - boring and didn't like the characters much.
Fourth book - maybe a 3 star novella.
Jennifer Allsbrook
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, hot steamy romances!!
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, pnr, erotica
The breed next door read only Breed #5.5 Tarek and Lyra.
The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly = 3+ stars
The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh = 4 stars
Falling for Anthony by Meljean Brook = DNF
The Blood Kiss by Shiloh Walker = 4 stars
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh

I rather enjoyed this novel, because it was rather witty and quite refreshing at that. The character's personalities went quite well together. Which is quite a surprise considering that their almost complete opposites in this novella. This almost makes me believe that Lora Leigh is starting to improve on her writing skills as an author. For this I am over joyed and more than happy to continue reading this series. Perhaps the characters in this little novella can
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
I finally decided to finish up this book of 4 novellas in order to clean up my "currently reading" shelves, where I was storing some books that I've read, but haven't reviewed; several self help books that require some online work to complete; a couple of books that I haven't finished because they're not very engaging, and two anthologies that I have on hand to fill in the gap between novels. Plus, one of my hopes for 2011 is to finish all the books that have been sitting on that shelf for month ...more
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Even better the second time around
I don't tend to reread books, I have such a backlog of books waiting to be read that I don't normally take the time. This time I was pleased that I did. When I originally purchased this book, I bought because of Emma Holly's demon story, I had read and enjoyed The Demon's Daughter (Berkley Sensation), so it wasn't much of a surprise that the Countess' Pleasure was my favorite story both then and now. It is exceedingly steamy but there is a sweetness in the rom
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
i read this one directly after the breeds #5, meaning i was recovering from wisdom teeth surgery. i read the last anthology and the breeds #6. i will review the breeds #6 first and then the last anthology in the book (the name slips my mind)--the other ones did not interest me.

breeds #6:

alright, i really did not care for this one that much at all. since it was anthology length (BIG mistake). this was a mistake because her writing style involves a lot of character and plot development before the
Cecilia Quick
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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