Author: Multiple (see mini reviews)
Series: Read for Demonica, #5.5; Lords of Deliverance, #1.5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Zebra (Imprint of Kensington)
Date Published: September 1st, 2011
In this tantalizing collection, four New York Times bestselling authors invite you into the alluring worlds they’ve created in the Demonica, Guardians of Eternity, Nightwalkers, and Dragon Kin series. Each mesmerizing page will leave you craving more…
“Vampire Fight Club ” by Larissa Ione
When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can’t conceal the lust that simmers between them…
“Darkness Eternal ” by Alexandra Ivy
After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there’s no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch…
“Kane ” by Jacquelyn Frank
Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his. . . just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane’s hunger is more powerful than any punishment…
“Dragon on Top ” by G.A. Aiken
Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna’s patience. . . and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist…
Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione: (Lords of Deliverance, #1.5) (Demonica, #5.5)
When Lena’s brother is admitted into Underworld General severely injured, she vows to find out who did this to him and make them pay. But her investigation leads her to someone she wasn’t prepared for, and feelings she never saw coming.
This was fun! I so love Larissa Ione and so it was nice to jump back into the Demonica/LoD world. I miss Demonica. *sniff* Although we have Lords of Deliverance now, I miss the Sim brothers! They’re awesome and so I was glad we got some of them in this story as well.
I also loved Lena and Nate and the story was fun, so all around this pretty awesome. Not much in terms of plot twists and surprises, but there were some. Even so, it was a good read and as usual I love Ione’s writing style and the stories she comes up with.
Story-Specific Tags: Weres/Shifters, Vampires
Darkness Eternal by Alexandra Ivy: (Guardians of Eternity, #7.5)
This was my first Alexandra Ivy story. I haven’t read anything from this series or really heard of it before, so this was a completely new world to me.
Uriel is recruited to play knight in shining armor to a gypsy who has been trapped. Reluctant to do so, he heads off to find the little fiend. Kata has been trapped for about two-hundred years and it’s finally time for her to get out and settle a few things in her life — once and for all.
I thought this was okay. It was exciting at times and interesting. But, the romance between them was just too quick. One minute they’re at each other’s necks, then the next they’re in love already. Like whip-lash quick.
I was curious though about the whole Marika/Laylah story because that seems as though it’s something that has happened in a previous book perhaps. I’m not sure though, but I would be curious to see how that story played out originally.
But despite my curiosity there, I don’t think I’ll go on to try this series out. The writing style and story just wasn’t for me. It wasn’t bad, just something I think I’ll pass on with all the other stuff out there I have to read already.
Story-Specific Tags: Witches/Wizards, Vampires
Kane by Jacquelyn Frank: (Nightwalkers, #1.5)
Nightwalkers is a series I’ve had on my to-read shelf for quite a while. But, it’s one of those things I still haven’t gotten around to reading yet. So, because of that, I was interested to read this little glimpse into that world.
I didn’t love this though. It was okay. But, my main issue was these two people falling “in love” just way too quickly. Basically this is a destined mates sort of deal. Which, sometimes I like reading about, but in short-story form destined mates can just seem really unrealistic and rushed.
So unfortunately for me that was how this felt. There also wasn’t much of an actual story, and I was a bit confused by the world. I imagine if I had already read some of the other books, that wouldn’t have been the case. I’m still interested in reading this series in the future, but this didn’t really give me an urgent desire to move this up my priority list.
Story-Specific Tags: Demons
Dragon On Top by G.A. Aiken: (The Dragon Kin, #4.5)
The Dragon Kin series is another one that’s been on my list to read for a little while. So I was curious to see how I would like this since I haven’t read any of them before and I’ve heard some good things.
I enjoyed this for the most part. I have to say that the beginning until about halfway through was the best part for me and I was going to give this 4 or 4.5 stars. Gheleanna has this larger than life personality and she really lit up the pages. After the halfway mark though it got a little bit slow and drawn-out. I did still enjoy it for the most part though.
The one thing I didn’t like though was Bram was a little too effeminate. Although he’s not flamboyant or anything, I generally like my heroes to be strong and more powerful than their females. I don’t mind strong and assertive females, but I just like the male to generally be even more so. So that was a bit of a turnoff for me with this one.
Other than that, I loved that this had some humor and wit to it. I think that the other books featuring (I’m assuming) some of the other dragons we met in this one will be more to my liking as far as strong and brooding heroes. So I’m still looking forward to the series despite the things I didn’t like about this one, but I did mostly enjoy it.
Story-Specific Tags: Dragons