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A Great Anthology
on 25 October 2006
Nine authors have got together and produced a highly enjoyable collection; each story featuring a very unusual wedding.
Spellbound by L A Banks
The 13 aunts of Odelia Hatfield have been magically battling the 13 uncles of Jefferson McCoy for generations, so their forthcoming announcement of marriage isn't likely to be received well. The celibacy spell cast on the pair also doesn't help their situation.
Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher
Chicago's resident wizard Harry is all set to stand in as best man at Billy's wedding until the bride to be disappears from her wrecked and blood stained apartment. Unfortunately a faerie has taken her place and should Billy kiss her, his beloved Georgia will be lost forever.
Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine
Short and mousy Cecilia is still amazed that she's due to marry Ian Taylor, a real life romance cover model. Married aboard a boat, Cecilia quickly learns two things; her new husband wants to kill her and the ship's crew isn't strictly alive.
"All Shook Up" by P N Elrod
Catering for the wedding of a supermodel and pro wrestler, Frankie uses her "vibe" and realises this couple are too ill suited to share their future together; that is until an Elvis impersonator appears to work a little magic with his music.
The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Esther M Friesner
Wylda Serene is determined her wedding and its reception be held at The Club, despite the odd events which occur there since a member smuggled in a Sphinx. The guests are wary on the day; however no one expects the Gods themselves to gatecrash.
Charmed by the Moon by Lori Handeland
Jessie, a "Jäger-Sucher (a hunter of werewolves and demons) is still not sure how Will Cadotte, an Ojibwe Native American talked her into getting married. She's almost sure how she feels until she finds an Ojibwe love charm hidden in Will's clothes.
Tacky by Charlaine Harris
Although vampires are now acknowledged by humans, werewolves have yet to make their existence known. With no love lost between the two supernatural species, vampire Dahlia cannot understand why her friend Taffy would consider marriage to a werewolf; that is until she meets the best man.
A Hard Day's Night-Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Rafael; ex-pirate and now an immortal soulless warrior would give anything to pursue a relationship with the beautiful but rather uptight Celena. A strict follower of the "Squire" code, Celena knows a relationship with Rafael is forbidden; yet she still finds herself falling in love.
"... Or Forever Hold Your Peace" by Susan Krinard
When Emma and Edward's wedding is thrown into chaos, Lady Olivia Dowling and Christopher (Kit) Meredith decide to investigate. When Emma later vanishes, the trail appears lost until Kit unleashes his wild magick to transform into the Black Dog.
This book was a great introduction to some new writers, as well as re-establishing why some of my firm favourites (namely Sherrilyn Kenyon and Susan Krinard) continue to remain so. With plenty of paranormal shenanigans playing havoc with the love lives of both immortals and ordinary mortals (if you discount the odd Bridezilla) you'll find yourself rapidly turning pages to discover the outcome of every story in this anthology.