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on 14 April 2002
This anthology is the usual mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. Sabrina Jeffries' offering is a strong opener, and probably the most successful of the four stories. It is a nice little romp about an uptight widow enetering a widows auction at a London bachelor's club in (I assume)the 19th century. Much to her dismay, she finds herself with a man she knows and is (oh horrors) secretly attracted to. The second story, by Emma Holly is asking for waaaay too much of a suspension of disbelief, even for an anthology entitled "Fantasy." A vampire, with a budhist monk (named Martin!- in Tibet!) Um, sorry, just can't buy it. Now that the bad and the ugly are covered (all in one) the anthology gets back to a higher level of entertainment. "Mr. Speedy" by Elda Minger, while a good story is sort of reaching to be a fantasy story. A female reporter infiltrating an all male workshop about how to score with a woman on your first date, in order to do an expose on the seminar and its inventor. After the previous travesty however, it is a nice break to return to reality for a while. - It is an all or nothing affair for the middle two stories. - The final story, "The Awakening" by Christine Feehan, is a little too short to accomplish what it sets out to. The introduction of a new 'species', their history in a nutshell and their current problems, as well as setting out a solvable problem for the hero and heroine to solve. Although the characters and the idea are interesting, the format is too short to do the story justice. I would have enjoyed the story much more if it was expanded into a full length novel.
To conclude, three of the stories were quite good, and enjoyable, earning at least four stars. The Emma Holly story however is sooo bad, that I have to give the book over all a three star rating.
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on 27 August 2002
The Emma Holly story I nearly gave up reading, but I persevered. The other 3 were really good. I agree with the other reviewer that The Awakening (Christine Feehan's story) needed a full-length story to do it justice. It remined me of Dark Dream which is another short story in an anthology.
Perhaps i'm just biased because I don't think anything could beter her Dark series. With the exception of Emma Holly's story I thought it was a really good read.
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on 7 January 2015
Have this in paper back . christine feehan has done it again once again her Carpathian hero is big and growly and her heroine is strong but vunrable. Would recommend this book to anyone who loved her other books
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on 14 September 2013
These are four short stories all different and quite enjoyable I can recommend this book if you like Christine Feehan
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on 7 August 2013
Took a while to get into, but once you get there it is quite addictive. Great for fantasy lovers like me.
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on 6 September 2013
another great Christine Feehan book , can't wait for the next one hope it is not too long a wait
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on 5 December 2015
Brilliant collection of authors, their stories are brilliant and keep you hooked
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on 11 June 2004
Allthought the book itself is made up of short stories it is a good selection to read on a rainy afternoon. Some of the stories are not all that brilliant but do feature some by popular writers like Christine Feehan. This book is a good choice if you enjoy reading short stories but I would not recomend it to someone who doesn't for they might find them a bit to short.
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