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A sizzling collection of stories about those irresistible heroes who are not quite human and the mortal and not so mortal women they love. RT Book Reviews"
"A sizzling collection of stories about those irresistible heroes who are not quite human and the mortal--and not so mortal--women they love."--RT Book Reviews
-A sizzling collection of stories about those irresistible heroes who are not quite human and the mortal--and not so mortal--women they love.---RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Lora Leigh is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breed novels, the Nauti Boys series, and the Nauti Girls series.
Angela Knight is a New York Times bestselling author and former newspaper journalist. She lives with her family in South Carolina.
Anya Bast is the author of numerous works of romantic fiction, mostly all paranormal and mostly all scorching hot. She lives in the country with her husband, daughter, eight cats, a dog, and an odd assortment of rescued animals.
Award-winning author Allyson James is a pen name of New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. Allyson has written more than 85 published novels and novellas in romance, urban fantasy, and mystery under the names Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.
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The novellas are part of each author's series and if like me you are being introduced to the authors for the first time, I don't think you miss anything as some of the stories are not written at the beginning of the series. For example, A Christmas Kiss written by Lora Leigh is from her Breeds series. I have read another short story by Leigh before and like this one, I do not feel I need to start the Breeds series from the beginning to understand what is going on in the story. I thought all four stories were well written, I found them easy to follow and enjoyed each story for their individuality.
I did find Sweet Enchantment by Anya Bast was difficult to get into to begin with but once the story started picking up momentum it was a good read. This one did fell like there was more to follow and having done some research, this novella is the introduction to the Dark Magick series.
Considering the price of some novellas that are extremely short and consist of one story, this is really good value, as all four stories are of a decent length and a good way to be introduced to some new authors who you haven't read before. I will definitely be checking out other books from all four authors.
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VAMPIRE BALL by Angela Knight -- This novella is part of the Mageverse series. Kat Danilo finds out at the age of 26 that her father is one of the Knights of the Round Table and a vampire and that Kat herself might become a witch. Kat decides to try and become an immortal in order find out who killed her sister and seek justice. In order to be transformed, Kat must convince Ridge Champion (himself a vampire) that she is worthy. I thought the connection between these two characters was weak in the beginning but it got better as the novella progressed. For me, the problem was the sexual relationship started without any real interaction between the main characters. I thought their relationship got better as the story continued. Rating: 3 stars.
A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC by Allyson James -- This is the prequel to the Stormwalkers series. Naomi is an Unbeliever who doesn't believe in the magical energy to be found in the town of Magellan. She has a deaf daughter. Several years ago, she had a Navajo lover named Jamison Kee until he disappeared without a word to her. After two years, he has returned and he tells her that he is in fact a Changer -- a shapeshifter. This was my favorite of the book. I liked the interesting twist on the shapeshifter theme. Jamison and Noami were a treat together and Noami's daughter was so cute. I would read more of this series based on this novella. Rating: 4.25 stars.
SWEET ENCHANTMENT by Anya Bast -- This is a second chance romance story about Bella Mac Lyr and Ronan Achais. The two reside in a realm of magic. Bella is supposedly possessing light magic and Ronan has dark magic. When Bella comes to offer marriage to save Ronan's life, he rejects her. He wants her to come to him, but only for one reason. Years ago, he rejected her because he did not want her tainted by his blood. Now the two may have another chance, if Ronan doesn't get executed and if they can find a place for themselves. I enjoyed this story although there was a lot of world building involved that limited the romance from my perspective. I still didn't really understand Ronan's motivations in the past for rejecting Bella in such a cruel fashion. Despite this, I enjoyed the story. Rating 3.5 stars.
A CHRISTMAS KISS by Lora Leigh -- This novella is number 19 in Leigh's Breed series. It is the story of Jessica Raines a human who unwillingly betrayed the breeds when her father drugged her. After a year, she has been released from custody although her movements are still restricted. Now Hawke Esteban has come back into her life. As a breed, Hawke has keep his distance from Jessica in order to allow her to be cleared, but now he is ready to claim his mate. I loved the connection between Jess and Hawke. They have a sweet romance despite all the drama surround it. I haven't read the other books in this series, but I would read more based on this story. Rating: 4 stars.
Vampire's Ball by Angela Knight reads like a historic supernatural tale. There's mages, vampires, and werewolves. This serial killer romance has its moments but it needed to be novel for maximum effect. There were too many questions left.
A Little Night Magic by Allyson James is too disjointed and unbelievable even for the paranormal reader.
Sweet Enchantment by Anya Bast is an interesting stroll into another world. Magi tales are something I have shied away from but this tale drew me into a magical journey which ended too abruptly. Well at least, I discovered that I need to be more open to the fairy genre.
A Christmas Kiss by Lora Leigh was the best most developed of all of the offerings. I guess they "saved the best for last" which is unfortunate because I'm sure there are readers who put the book down before they had a chance to enter Leigh's saga of the breeds. This story is a tasty appetizer for her series.
There are better novellas; however, this is one does leave you wanting more from these authors. Reading this was like not knowing that you're hungry until you start eating appetizers than you realize the appetizers are teasing your tastebuds so you order the entree in hopes of fulfillment. If you are looking to experience authors you are unfamiliar with in the supernatural / paranormal genre, this book will give you a taste. I give this book 3.5 stars. It's better than o.k. but I wouldn't say I like it.