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The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance: Volumes 1 and 2 [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Paranormal romance was never going to be content with just vampires and werewolves. The fantastic stories within this collection lay claim to much, much more: paranormal serial killers, gaslight Victorian rendezvous and the urban mayhem of fantasy and steampunk. Here you will find well-loved, bestselling authors writing under pseudonyms, fresh stars, and steadfast favourites, together offering an assorted feast of mythical beasts, magical creatures of all shapes and sizes, heart-stoppingly handsome ghosts, angels and mortals with extra-sensitive sensory perception play out the themes of extraordinary desires. If love transcends all boundaries, then paranormal romance is its logical conclusion. From the biggest names around, here are 41 tales to take you to another time and place.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1832 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009370UAQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 1 and 2 20 Aug. 2013
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I found some of the tales a bit far fetched and over the top but spent a few pleasant hours with this book, some of the stories were a bit too short for my liking but as a holiday read it was alright a lot for your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read 11 Aug. 2013
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I originally bought this book because it appeared on Kindle Daily Deal, normally I don't bother that much with short stories, and prefer a full length novel.

However this book has proved to be worth its weight in gold over the summer period, where I've found myself out and about, enjoying afternoons in the sun, and not having as much time to read. Instead of one long plot I've been able to fit in a couple of short stories at a time and not worry about forgetting details of a more intricate and lengthy story arc.

Some of the stories are better than others as with all short story novels, but it has introduced me to lots of new authors that I''ve previously not tried.

I would definetly recommend it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great short stories 19 Aug. 2013
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lots of short stories, well written. I found this good on its own and a short reads between other books.this was cheap when I brought it . I would buy this or similar again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mommoth book for a mommoth read 18 Aug. 2013
By Karen
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I took this on holiday and it lasted the whole two weeks. Every story was different so you got a taste of everything and I have now been introduced to some fantastic new authors that I will defiantly looking out for. Great book and great value get this book you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two mammoth collections in one 21 Dec. 2014
By melindeeloo - Published on
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I read these when they were released in two volumes- and I like short stories so I found a fair number to like and some new to me (at that time) authors to check out as well. The stories that tended to work best for me were the ones that were snippets of favorite authors' worlds or stories that didn't try to do too much with the romance in the short space. Both the collections had around 24 to 25 stories and as a heads up some have been republished alone or in other collections since the first appeared in the original anthologies.

Here's the lists from my reviews of the two books to give a peek into what's inside this uber-mammoth collection ( I didn't regurgitate my impressions of the two volumes as a whole, but those reviews are still up if you want to check then out.)

*** The Temptation of Robin Green - Carrie Vaughn - A zookeeper to the paranormal, diligently follows the rules until she finds herself entranced by her newest charge. (3 stars - This one just kind of meandered and wasn't very romantic, I liked the vampire supporting character the best of all and he only had a bit part)

***Succubus Seduction - Cheyenne McCray - Succubus Lillin is assigned to seduce Archer and steal his soul, but there is just something different about the powerful muscular Archer that thrills Lillin like no other, and Archer is no easy prey. (4 stars - I enjoyed this one almost as much as her incubus short in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, leaving out the heavy sensuality of her regular novels, this short romance really works)

***Paranormal Romance Blues - Kelley Armstrong - A night out clubbing at a cheezy vamp bar, ends a dry streak for a sassy half demon. (3.5 stars - not really a romance, just the promise of one, but the sassy heroine left me with a smile)

John Doe - Anna Windsor - A `John Doe' with the body of a warrior, `changes everything' for a lonely Psych Doctor. ( 3 stars - this one was okay, but if you like your heroes with wings ... )

***Taking Hold - Anya Bast - A human nurse searches for a lost shifter child and makes a forbidden connection with her lone wolf search partner. (4 stars - I liked this one and the forbidden relationship)

***How to Date a Super Hero - Jean Johnson - A lonely super heroine with the power of foresight, is offered a steamy glimpse at her future. ( 4 stars - this was amusing and the glimpses of the future connection between the hero/heroine, made the romance work in the short space)

***Daniel - C.T Adams & Cathy Clamp - Under a death threat, a woman takes her friendship with a vamp to the next - forbidden - level. (3.5 stars - I liked the heroine and her ability to outsmart the deadly immortal)

***Light Through Fog - Holly Lisle - Tragedy separates soul mates, but love transcends boundaries in a magical place - (5+ stars - Wonderful and poignant, a complete and moving story, I am amazed how much Lisle fit into her contribution.)

***The Tuesday Encounters - Mary Jo Putney - It's love at first sight when the mage meets the enchantress. ( 3.5 stars - this is supposed to be a `Guardian' short, )

***Trinity Blue - Eve Silver - An immortal demon hunter, fears his love will again be rejected, when his dark secret is discovered. (4.0 stars - The hero just really appealed to me, this worked fine as a short but I liked the leads enough that I'd have liked more)

***The Grace of Small Magics - Ilona Andrews - A powerful mage stakes his life on a woman with small magic but a large indomitable spirit. (4.0 stars - I really like the Andrews' writing style, and I enjoyed this one a lot - loved Grace who didn't meekly accept her fate. )

***Once a Demon - Dina James - An ancient immortal shares the tale of his loss, a perfect love that changed his destiny. (3.5 stars - Not really a romance, James delves into the characters she introduced in her story in Mammoth Book of Vampire romance, and again left me wanting more of the enigmatic Kyle, this one only whet my appetite)

***Night Vision - Maria V. Snyder - A woman with an affinity for the dark, lives in solitude and fear until a midnight ride, a handsome stranger in peril, and a brush with death inspires her to step into the light. (4.5 stars - this one wasn't really a romance either, but I really liked it. I liked the heroine's transition and the ending that promised more for the starring pair)

***Pele's Tears' - Catherine Mulvany - Pele's tears and a sacrifice, brings thwarted lovers together and gives them a second chance at happiness. (3 stars )

***Pack - Jeaniene Frost - A lost hiker's encounter with the supernatural may cost her life, either literally or figuratively - (4 stars - Another strong heroine, I would like to see more of Frost's shifter pack.)

***When Gargoyles Fly - Lori Devoti- A woman's magic touch releases a gargoyle from his stone prison. ( 3 stars - the set up for this one was good, but the resolution and the `love' was just too rushed to work as a romance)

***The Lighthouse Keeper and His Wife - Sara Mackensie - A Lightkeeper is freed from purgatory in order to right a wrong and win a second chance at love. (3 stars - I felt the love, but the ending just made me ask why bring back the Lightkeeper at all?)

***Blood Song - Lynda Hilburn - Music has the power to soothe the savage .. vampire.(3.0 stars - There were some interesting ideas here, but this one just needed to be longer)

***The Princess and the Peas - Alyssa Day - The elvish lord meets the lovely Lucy and desperately wants her as his .... friend? ( 3 stars - not at all a romance, but I found the back and forth between the elf and the possessive warrior at the end a bit amusing)

***At Second Bite - Michelle Rowen - A vampire tells a woman she's his reincarnated soul mate, but she just doesn't `feel the love'. (3.5 stars - a bit of Rowen's trademark humor, you just gotta love a vampire named Henry)

***Blue Crush -Rachel Caine - A little sun, a little sand, a little surf - and a whole lot of trouble - Joanne and David go to the beach. (3.5 stars - I am a fan of Caine's series, and this is a nice little adventure and hook up for the pair, but nothing earth shattering)

***The Wager - Sherrilyn Kenyon - " It's been a long cold Millennium" for Thomas - (2.5stars -This one just did not work for me at, it's a rambling discourse and not a romance - it's supposed to be a Lords of Avalon short so maybe you've been waiting for Thomas' story.)

***In Sheep's Clothing - Meljean Brook - A werewolf goes home, and back to the man she left behind, and runs into a serial killer. ( 4.0 stars - I like the friends who have always wanted more finally taking it to the next level, and I am a shifter nut, so this one worked for me)

***The Dream Catcher - Allyson James - In a society where passion is shunned, woman longs for love, if only in her dreams. - (4 stars - James does a good job with the world building and her heroine, though this one worked fine in the space I would have liked more, I'd have liked to get know the hero as well as we got to know the heroine.)
------------Volume 2--------
1. "To Hell With Love" by Jackie Kessler (28 pages) ~ Connected to Kessler's 'Hell' series ~ When a gift intended for her traps her `twin' Jessie in a memory world, Caitlin will have to team up with her ex to save Jessie - one of the sexiest stories in the book (her series is after all about a succubus) and this series is not a favorite of mine, but I did like the ending. (ok)

2. "Princes of Dominion" by Ava Gray aka Ann Aguirre (24 pages) ~ An innocent angel is tempted by a beautiful woman into pleasures of the flesh. (ok)

3. "Spirit of the Prarie" by Shirley Damsgaard (40 pages) ~ A reporter looking to make her mark finds the story of a lifetime while covering the opening of a native American cultural center. (ok)

4. "The Demon's Secret" by Natalie Gray (35 pages) ~ Two soul collectors vie for the same prize - I just couldn't get into this one and skimmed it so I can't give it a fair rating.

5. "Marine Biology" by Gail Carriger (33 pages) ~ A werewolf who wasn't supposed to survive finally decides to live ~ This was sort of humorous, but it does have the flirtatous start of a gay romance (kisses only). (pretty good)

6. "Zola's Pride" by Moira Rodgers(33 pages) ~ A Southern Arcana short ~ Lioness shifter Zola has made a new life for herself and her new strength is what is needed when a member of her old pride comes seeking her help. This was my favorite story, I really liked Zola a great deal and since there was a preexisting relationship between the leads the romance worked in the short space.(really liked it)

7. "In Dreams" by Elissa Wilds (18 pages) - A woman learns to astro-project and finds the lover of her dreams. (ok)

8. "The Gauntlet" by Karen Chance (49 pages)~ It has a tie to Chance's Cassandra Palmer/Dorina Basarab World and stars Kit Marlowe in the past ~ I enjoyed the story, which according to the foreword is a novella prequel to a new series. (liked it)

9. "The Getaway" by Sonia Bateman (39 pages) ~ A connected short from her Master of None Djinn series. ~ Jazz and the unlucky Donatti get lost on the way to a romantic getaway. The short gives a good feel for Bateman's likable loser-no-more lead Donatti. (liked it)

10. "Mr Sandman" by Sherri Browning Erwin (21 pages) - A woman's dream man becomes flesh - there's a mythlogical tie-in to this one. (pretty good)

11. "The Sin-Eater's Promise" by Michele Hauf (24 pages) ~ A soul gatherer hunts down the sin eater who is intercepting his souls and finds himself starting to care for the woman committed to doing wrong for the right reasons. (ok)

12. "Fragile Magic" by Sharon Ashwood aka Naomi Bellis (345 pages) - A standalone short set in Ashwood's 'Dark Forgotten world' ~ A half fae woman who has hidden away her less than stellar magical side must make a choice between the life she's built and a life she can save. An enjoyable little short with an appealing lead, a hunky werewolf and cute baby gargoyle. (liked it)

13. "NightDrake" by Lara Adrian (23 pages) - A futuristic - a mercenary woman unexpectedly moves beyond fear and finds her heart when transporting supernatural cargo. (pretty good)

14. "The Sons of Ra" by Helen Scott Taylor (33 pages) - Her search for information about a mysterious object brings a women to the notice of a group of unusual men - I found myself angry with the heroine for letting the man who was the cause of years of suffering back into her life - some major groveling was needed. (ok)

15. "Eve of Warfare" by S.J. Day aka Sylvia Day (44 pages) ~ This is the 'Marked' series finale that Day promised since she won't be continuing the series, bummer. ~ Eve again is the pawn which puts Alec Cain into play when it's time to hunt a heavenly vampire - The final book of the series left us wondering Alec Cain or Reed Able. This does wrap up the series, but I really wish this could have been a full length book. In this short Eve's genius doesn't really shine through but a loop hole does get her want she's always wanted, and I've liked the dilemma of choosing between the brothers and would have liked a bit more struggle with the decision. (pretty good)

16. "The Majestic" by Seressia Glass ~ A Shadowchasersconnected short (23 pages) - A supernatural creature who longs to leave tradition behind, decides to live as a human and complications ensue - it's got love on the wing which I like (ok)

17. "Answer the Wicked" by Kim Lenox ~ A Shadow Guard short (23 pages) - A woman attracts the attention of the target when a shadow guard attempts a reclaimation. (ok)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goood Read 15 Aug. 2014
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Well worth the money and time! Introduced me to several new authors and series to follow!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 14 Nov. 2013
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i enjoyed most of the stories within...of course there were a few that I wanted to continue because the story was great...definitely recommend if you enjoy short paranormal stories
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 17 July 2014
By Donna - Published on
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Not impressed at all with this collection
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