A little something for everyone, this collection runs the gamut from heavily sensual to light and funny. But here's some of your favorite authors doing what they do so well, just in less space.
"The Majicka" by MaryJanice Davidson - With a penchant for wacky off the wall paranormal chick-lit heroines, Davidson has a style all her own that can be hit or miss, but this story really worked for me. Ireland Shea, who comes from a long line of relatives with sanity problems, just wants to be normal in spite of her talent for bringing home strays. Which wouldn't be that weird, except that the strays she acquires aren't animals - well, at lest not all of the time. Her roommates are: a pack-less werewolf, a vampire with a taste for the geriatric and a snobby fae male who just dropped in (literally). If things aren't crazy enough, she's just brought home a zombie with a major problem and gorgeous sexy stranger Michah turns up on her doorstep, claiming to be sent to train her in the ways of the Majicka, and he wants her to play Luke to his Obiwan. In spite of the prerequisite zaniness, Ireland and Michah had a goofy charm and it was impossible not to root for them and the rest of Ireland's "family" really end up pulling through for her in the end.
"Voodoo Moon" by Lori Handeland - No werewolves here, but Handeland has turned out a satisfying sexy short romance. FBI agent Dana "don't call me Scully" Duran is sent to Louisiana to investigate a rash of mysterious murders where the only clue is a voodoo doll of the victim at the crime scene and the spooky thing is there is no signs of forced entry. When Dana finds her own voodoo doll, she has only until the next full moon to find a way to defeat the killer who just maybe not of this world. Dana will just have to silence her inner skeptic, because it will take the magic of love and the help of local voodoo expert sexy Julian Portier to stop the killer once and for all. Dana and Julian really sizzle, after reading her disappointing story in the recent Moon Fever anthology I am glad to see Handleland is back to doing what she has been doing so well in her Night Creatures series - the brooding tortured hero and the spunky capable heroine, who are inexplicably drawn to each other and must use their connection to fight the hidden evil
"Breath of Magic" by Cheyenne McCray, a short connected to her Magic Series.
This is the only one of the shorts that I really didn't like, but I suspect that if you are a fan of the series you will disagree with me here. Along with her fellow D'Anu witches, Sydney uses gray magic to continue to fight to keep the warlock Darkwolf from bringing the evil god Balour back and destroying the world. Paired with her in the fight is Conlan, a gorgeous D'Danann fae warrior. Sydney finds him magnetic and though she tries to avoid the sensual pull of this rugged fighter, she is finding herself rethinking her stance on one night stands. After all, if the world is going to end tomorrow, she might as well go out with a satisfied smile on her face. The language was just crude enough that it kept me from connecting emotionally with Sydney and Conlan, whenever they got intimate the focus was more on the mechanics of the act instead of the emotions behind it. I had the same reaction when attempting to read McCray's Forbidden Magic (Magic Series, Book 1), the first novel in the series. For fans of the series, you probably won't want to miss this story, since the over all plot takes a baby step forward, and questions are raised about Darkwolf's agenda.
"Any Witch Way She Can" by Christine Warren. Another winner for me, Warren's Other series is one of my favorites, with witches, weres, demons, vamps and fae. If you've read Wolf at the Door (The Others, Book 1), you will recognize Randy, Cassidy, Quinn and Randy's grandmother here. Suddenly Randy realizes that she no longer wants to date, she wants a mate like her cousin werefox Cassidy. Unfortunately, Randy's the only human in her family, so she can't just sniff one out. But her cousin has a spell book. Now a love spell would be "crass and immoral", but a spell that directs you toward the one you should be with? Well that's like a "cosmic personal ad". So Randy pulls out the recipe and cooks up a spell, but instead of bringing her love, it drops her a day back in time on her grandmother's rug at the feet of hunky witch Michael. And while Randy thinks her spell's a bust, Michael know that fate and magic have brought Randy here because he's the perfect man for her. I immediately fell in love with Michael, besides being eye candy, he is the perfect man for hardheaded prickly Randy. Michael's patient, passionate and yet practical enough to press Randy and take advantage of their instant attraction-- fates brought her to him and there's no way he's letting her get away.
Even with one story that I didn't particularly care for, this was still a worthwhile anthology and a great "fix" in between series from some of my favorite authors.
In addition to the Wolf at the Door mentioned above, the Others series by Christine Warren:
She's No Faerie Princess (The Others, Book 2)
The Demon You Know (The Others, Book 3)
Howl at the Moon (The Others, Book 4)