vrijdag 16 mei 2014

Anthology – Blood by Moonlight

A collection of stories by Jocelynn Drake, Terri Garey and Caris Roane, published October 23, 2012.
Genre: paranormal romance / urban fantasy
Cover: I like it

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Just in time for the scariest season of all, three popular paranormal authors come together to tell original tales of romance where anything can happen under a Halloween moon . . .

Jocelyn Drake – Of Monsters and Men

Tempers flare and passions rise in Jocelynn Drake's Of Monsters and Men as the local werewolf pack clashes with the Winter Court's Wild Hunt . . .

I liked this short story a lot, wizard Gage is asked by the werewolf Alpha Jack to keep his pack safe from the Wild Hunt from the Fae Winter Court. And when he comes up with a non-lethal solution, the Winter Court abduct his Summer Court Fae girlfriend Trixie, so he has to get her back, no matter the cost ...

I want to read this series. As soon as my book buying ban is over, I will buy both of them.

8 stars.

Terri Garey’s – The Ghoul Next Door

In Terri Garey's The Ghoul Next Door, a witch and a warlock battle it out for possession of a haunted house, but the ghost may have her own agenda . . .

This was a fun short story, where the heroine is a witch, who wants to drive the man away who bought her ancestral house from her father, who was not allowed to sell it. But conjuring the spirit of her grandmother might not have been the best of ideas. The man in question interferes, and to keep him safe, she has to take some of his blood as well. What Cassie Calloway does not know, is that James T. Falco is not without powers of his own, and by mixing their blood, Cassie has unwittingly bonded them together. Which is exactly what her grandmothers spirit wants for her granddaughter ...
Together they will be able to fight the evil bent on destroying them both ...

I think I once read one of Nicki Styx books, and I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed this short story, which is in the same realm I think. I will have to re-read it if that is the case, and probably read the rest of the series as well. They have been gathering dust on my shelves for a while now.

8 stars.

Caris Roane – Trick or Treathen

And, in Trick or Treathen by Caris Roane, a master vampire struggles to stay away from the mortal woman who enflames his very soul.

A year ago, Jenna’s sister Britt vanished at Halloween, and Jenna just knows that a vampire has taken her. Treyne, the master of this area, can’t help her, as all vampire communities are autonomous, one master cannot interfere in the affairs of another master vampire. He knows whom has taken her sister, and he regrets that he cannot help Jenna, the human woman he has been falling in love with for a while now. But vampires and humans really should not mix, or bond together, he firmly believes that.
But now Jenna has finally grown strong and bold enough to try to sneak into his compound and make him help her, at gunpoint. Which is of course the most silly thing ever, his compound is guarded heavily, and he is so fast, she will never see him coming when he takes the gun out of her hand.

Overcome by mutual lust they go to his bedroom to indulge, and after that, he shows Jenna more about the truth of vampire law and the rules he must abide by. But his intention to drive her away from him backfires. And Jenna also does not give up on saving her sister. So when the evil vampire who has Britt, takes Jenna as well, Treyne just has to stop him, kill him and free Jenna and her sister, and all the other human woman the evil one has been abusing.

I did like this story least of all. A very big part is dedicated to love scenes, I would have like a few sentences explaining the difference between vampires and humans, as humans are not converted in to vampires in this world. Are they aliens? Secondly, some of the euphemisms really bothered me. Like taking or giving nourishment, when meaning feeding/sucking blood. Or “he put his fingers in her well” ...Yeah, no, just no.

6 stars

So, a really thin anthology with three short stories and two excerpts from other books to tease the reader even more. Still, overall, I enjoyed it.

7 stars total.

I think this book is no longer available in paper, at least not at Bookdepository, but you can buy the Kindle edition here: here

© 2014 Reviews by Aurian

10 opmerkingen:

  1. I will have to check out Garey's books.

    1. I do have some Sullivan, I will have to read the first one.

  2. I've got Drake on my one day list. Glad to hear it was good over all even with some not so fab bits in the 3rd.

  3. I like Terry Gerry and I've read a couple of Sammy books, but I so need to get on the Nicki books. You made me laugh with the last review. :) I think I would read this anthology just for the second one.

  4. Oh these novellas...I am not sure I would like them.

    1. I am not sure either Bridget, but I will read more books from two of those authors, so mission accomplished here.