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Dead After Dark by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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it was amazing
bookshelves: romance-paranormal, own, 2009, hot, reviewed, theme-beauty_and_beast, anthology

There were four short stories in this paranormal anthology. Two I didn't care for and two I enjoyed.

1. Shadow of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon wasn't for me. I looked on the author's Site to get the series order for this short story and she changed her Dark series order around--again. She moved some that used to be included in her numbering to a secondary column entitled "Related Books." Great. I've tried to order her blasted series here on GRs and have printouts that I've used in the past. Egads! Frankly, I view the utter disorganization of her series order with the same disdain that I had reading this short story. It doesn't/didn't make sense to me. Too much prior knowledge must be necessary in order to understand the plot/theme. It was rambling. I struggled to get through it, got the jest: something was going around turning shifters into their animal form--permanently. By page 18, I'd had enough and stopped reading this one. Unfinished

2. The Story of Son by J.R. Ward was EXCELLENT and made buying this book well worth the time and effort. Ms. Ward can sure weave a tale! I enjoy her humor and writing style. Excellent job with a short story in getting the character's emotions "out there." What a tale it was. Michael and Claire. Wish that something more could have happened to "mother" and would like to have learned what Fletcher was.... Hope there is a spin-off to other stories along this theme. Perhaps the children or family tree will open up? 5 Stars

3. Beyond the Night by Susan Squires. Bleh. This is part of her "Companion series," which I don't care for. Her twist on the vampire tale is that vampires are infected with parasites. They have to be controlled/trained via sex. I read "The Burning" (Companion, #3) and hated it. The whole plot bothers me. I enjoy a hot romance, but this Companion series is just so wrong for me. This one was about one of the three daughters of the leader of whatever species they are. He used his three daughters to train "warriors" using sex. So they were sex slaves. This daughter ran away and was haunting a castle. She was a horny vampire. The setting is 1800's. Unfinished

4. Midnight Kiss Goodbye by Dianna Love was a pleasant experience. This author has a lot of potential. There were some minor facts that started one way then went another, time period, clothing worn, etc that should have been caught by anyone proofing or editing... The plot was good. Warrior and witch. Neither knew each other for what they truly were. They had a hot and heavy affair and the warrior, Trey, decided to commit himself to his "duty" and left Sasha. Ten years or five, depending on which portion you read, went by and they reconnect. Sasha is trying to master her witch powers to save her sister who is possessed. Trey is trying to "save the world" by stopping a powerful being/demon from springing from his prison below ground. 4 Stars
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Reading Progress

December 2, 2008 – Shelved
December 2, 2008 – Shelved as: romance-paranormal
December 7, 2008 – Shelved as: own
September 20, 2009 – Started Reading
September 21, 2009 –
page 160
42.9% "Enjoying "Story of Son" by Ward. Couldn't get interested in "The Shadow of the Moon" by Kenyon. Blech."
September 23, 2009 –
page 373
100.0% "Enjoyed Ward's and Love's stories. Didn't care for the other two."
September 23, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009
September 23, 2009 – Shelved as: hot
September 23, 2009 – Shelved as: reviewed
September 23, 2009 – Shelved as: theme-beauty_and_beast
September 23, 2009 – Finished Reading
January 6, 2010 – Shelved as: anthology

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message 1: by Rane (new)

Rane Awesome Review Kathrynn!!

message 2: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Wow! I'm not sure what to think about story #3. My eyes got sort of stuck on vampires are infected with parasites. Yuck!

Glad that Ward's story was a keeper for you tho. Great review Kathrynn. :D

Auntee Kudos to you Kathrynn for reading (well, almost) all of them!
Loved Ward's story too--she's got to connect them with the Brothers somehow...

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