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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US; Original edition (22 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523052X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425230527
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances.
L. L. Foster is the pseudonym for Lori Foster, who is the "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author of more than sixty novels. Lori and her husband, their three sons, and their two Chihuahuas, Brock and Tootsie, all live in rural Ohio, outside of Cincinnati.
Erin McCarthy, the author of "A Date with the Other Side," "Bad Boys Online," "Smart Mouth," "Houston," "We Have a Problem," and "Mouth to Mouth."

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OMG! What happened? I like both these authors, but these stories are really not good. I don't want to use the word 'bad', because I like their books, but honestly, that's the word that comes to mind here. Two stories by both authors and each author's stories are linked together. Lori Foster - what on earth possessed her to think that 'raping her mouth' is a good phrase? It's a lousy word to choose, and really (really) put me off. She uses it twice, once in both stories. Erin McCarthy - none of her trademark humour.
All four stories were predictable, lacklustre, and just not interesting at all.
Really disappointing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Light, Into the Shadows 4 Aug. 2009
By jjmachshev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two authors, three pen names, and four solid stories make up the "Out of the Light, Into the Shadows anthology. Lori Foster (AND her alterego LL Foster) and Erin McCarthy each pen two connected stories for this anthology. The total? Three paranormals, one contemporary, and one very happy reader.

Foster opens with "Have Mercy" about a hunky hero with a tragic past learning to open himself up to a love-filled future. Her writing just grabs my heart every time. Not to mention her sex scenes will make you sweat!

Then comes McCarthy's "Deal or No Deal" set in her 'Vegas Vampires' world. She was once Princess Anastasia, now she's a vegas dealer thanks to the man she loved who betrayed her family. Or did he? I just love reunion romance...even if it takes 100 years!

LL Foster adds "Total Control" which had me not just sweating, but looking for a cigarette! The heroine's brother from "Have Mercy" has some talents his little sister doesn't know about. He'll only share his secret with the woman who can calm his beast. Smoking hot Alpha alert!!

Last is McCarthy's "Undead Man's Hand" starring a secondary character from "Deal or No Deal". Take one murder detective, stir in a vampire body guard, season with a wacko 100-year old teenage vampire and you'll get a short murder mystery with hot sex to boot.

Foster plays with my emotions and McCarthy's Vegas vamps are something totally different from the norm. This one goes on my keeper shelf.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat for me! 19 Aug. 2009
By Susie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of the Light, Into the Shadows is a novella with four short stories in it by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, and L.L. Foster (I am assuming that this is Lori Foster). The stories just didn't connect well with me, and fell somewhat flat except for the last one which I enjoyed reading the most. I was also assuming that all of the stories would have a paranormal feel, but the first one doesn't.

The first story, Lori Foster's Have Mercy, was okay, but wasn't spectacular. It was a contemporary romance with a heroine who falls in love with the hero who has a tragic past and doesn't see himself having kids. Low and behold, the heroine is pregnant with his child and is afraid of what he will say. Now, I will say that this story had some good steamy scenes, and I liked the hero and heroine, but I've read this storyline before.

The second story, Erin McCarthy's Deal or No Deal, takes place in Vegas with her Vegas Vampires. The premise was really interesting with this one with some of the last tsar of Russia's family members being saved during the Revolution and turned into vampires who are now living in Las Vegas. Maria or Katie is one of them and she is now a black jack dealer. Her boyfriend/fiance from her life in Russia finds out that she is living and takes off in pursuit of her because he is still in love with her after all these years. He thought that she was dead, and she thought that he was a traitor to her family. But watch out, Rasputin is still alive as well, and he is after a necklace that Katie has in her possession. This was a decent read, the ending was somewhat anticlimactic, but the love story itself was what held my attention.

The third story by L.L. Foster, Total Control, was least favorite. The hero was a pushy jerk who needed a good slap across his face. The brother of the heroine from the first story was the hero in this one. But in this one, he has mind powers which can make people do things that he wants so there was a paranormal element to this one. I will say that it did have bucket loads of steam, but I didn't like how the hero tried to use his special mind powers on the heroine.

The last story by Erin McCarthy, Undead Man's Hand, was my favorite of the four. The hero in this one, Nick Stolin, is the vampire who turned Maria/Katie in the second story. He is also protector to her and her thirteen-year-old brother, Peter. There are murders being committed in Vegas and the heroine, Jordan, is on the hunt for the killer. She meets the vampire Nick when she has to question Nick's babysitter and Peter. Nick is highly attracted to Jordan and wants to go out with her. Jordan has some body issues (don't we all), but she wants to get to know Nick better too except she doesn't know that he is a vampire. Kelsey and Ringo are also back from Erin McCarthy's Vegas Vampires series, and they are again being their weird selves. But I like them anyway. I like reading about them and wish that Ringo would get off of the drugs already. But what I love about Erin's writing is that she isn't afraid to show people's weaknesses and how messed up "good" people can really be. She is one of my favorite authors because her writing seems very honest and not flowery when it comes to people's character.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Light, Into the Shadows 19 Oct. 2009
By Kathy E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This anthology seemed to be split into different genres. The first anthology "Have Mercy" was more contemporary, the second novella "Deal or No Deal" more paranormal romance and the last two novellas "Total Control" and Undead Man's Hand" being more dark paranormal romance fantasy (which I prefer).

Lori Foster "Have Mercy" Mercedes Jardine has found the man of her dreams, Wyatt Reyes, unfortunately he comes with a tragic past and has a result of that past, causes him to shy away from marriage or starting a family. When Mercedes finds out she's pregnant, Wyatt must prove to Mercedes and her overprotective brother Braxton that he can tear down his walls, come to terms with his demons and be the father and husband Mercedes needs him to be. Wyatt and Mercedes have great chemistry and very hot sex scenes. There was no direct paranormal involved with this particular novella. However, the love that Wyatt and Mercedes share is magical. For those readers looking for a happily ever after (HEA), this story fits the bill. This novella was well done and was able to hold my attention. However, there was more romance in this novella than I usually prefer to read; but the way Lori created the characters, made you want to care about them and see what happens next. 3.5/5

Erin McCarthy "Deal or No Deal" This was another HEA that held my attention and made me care about the characters. Katie Stolin, a former Russian princess and century old vampire, reunites with a lost love and sets out to avenge her family's slaughtering. This story was extremely predictable, albeit interesting, it did feel complete and smoothly done. 3.5/5

L.L. Foster "Total Control" Braxton Jardine has a complicated life. He's big brother to Mercedes Jardine who has a baby on the way, a successful businessman by day and also a vigilante, dispensing his own brand of justice to criminals by night. Finally his eyes are open and he figures out that the love of his life, his assistant Cameo, has been in front of him the whole time. Things get problematic when a pair of sexual sadists he's been chasing, goes after Cameo and puts her life in danger. This was an interesting story. Braxton's character reminds me of the heroine from L.L Foster's The Servant series, Gaby. Braxton and Cameo have sizzling chemistry and I enjoyed this short story a bit more than Foster's other novella. This novella was darker, more dangerous and sexy. 5/5

Erin McCarthy "Undead Man's Hand" This novella uses the supporting characters from Erin's previous novella, Deal or No Deal. Detective Jordan Water's, searches for a vicious serial killer on the Las Vegas strip. Someone has been violently murdering women in the most heinous of ways and leaving their bodies in humiliating poses to be discovered. This story was exciting, mysterious and interesting. This novella was only 89 pages long but the characters were well developed. The story was so smoothly done and complete, I felt like I read an entire book. 5/5

I got this anthology for L.L. Foster's "Total Control" novella. I am a big fan of her The Servant series and figured I'd give this a chance. All of the stories had more romance in them than I usually prefer to read. However, I did get a pleasant surprise by discovering Erin McCarthy. I've never read anything from Erin but judging her from the "Undead Man's Hand" novella, I would probably seek out her series in the future.

I also recommend:
Servant: The Awakening
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)
Personal Demons
The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, Book 1)
Grave Illusions
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 for one, 3 for the other 24 Aug. 2009
By MizDiva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Some of the other reviewers have done a great job of summarizing the storylines of this anthology so I wont go into that. This was a somewhat uneven pairing of authors. It seemes that the the standard of Foster's writing is so much higher, putting McCarthy's offerings at somewhat of a disadvantage.

I happily give the Foster stories a 5 star rating. When I was done with her first story, I just had to jump right into the second one because the plot demanded it! I simply had to find out how the second romance would turn out. Both were very satisfying reads and I enjoyed the instant gratification of seeing the series start and end in one anthology.

Erin McCarthy's books were actually not bad. Its just that coming after Foster's great writing they weren't particularly captivating. I literally had to put the book down for a couple of weeks and then try again so that I could read them on their own merit. The premise of the stories is interesting but the execution falls a little flat. So, I give her stories a 3 star.

Bottom line, the uneven pairing of these two authors makes it difficult to apply a single rating to the entire book.
3.0 out of 5 stars More like "Out of the Shadows and into the Light 20 April 2012
By Kathy Davie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series:
Have Mercy ([The Jardine Secret], 0.1) *
Total Control ([The Jardine Secret], 0.2) *
Deal or No Deal (Vegas Vampires, 4.6)
Undead Man's Hand (Vegas Vampires, 4.7)

* The Jardine Secret is my own appellation for these two stories. Foster hasn't indicated one. Yet. Hey, I'm keeping my hopes up...!

Four short stories of romance. Foster's stories appear to be setting us up for a new series while McCarthy's are a complete set, but only a blip in the Vegas Vampires' world.

The Stories
Lori Foster's Have Mercy finds Mercy Jardine in love with a very proud, marriage-avoiding Wyatt Reyes. It's cute, but is a bit of a bulldoze over Wyatt with Mercy ramrodding her own way over him. It does help that Wyatt is already in love with her. Strictly a romance.

L.L. Foster's Total Control moves onto Mercy's brother's romance with his assistant Cameo Smithson. It seems that Braxton Jardine has some heavy secrets and Cameo is just the woman to help him survive them. Incorporates psychic powers.

This was my favorite of the four. Primarily because Cameo was such a strong character who stood up for herself. I also enjoyed Foster's premise. I do hope Foster expands this into a series.

Erin McCarthy's Deal or No Deal revolves around a gaudy bit of jewelry belonging to the Tsarina. When Maria/Katie Stolin puts it on, it triggers a response in a corresponding necklace worn by Rasputin. Rasputin will do whatever is necessary to retrieve that necklace, and, fortunately for Katie, Michael St. Markov has his own spy in place. A cute romance very poorly done that plays off the Ekaterinberg controversy.

Erin McCarthy's Undead Man's Hand tidies up Total Control by providing Nick Stolin, the Russian guard who saved the Grand Duke and Duchess by turning them and now works as a bodyguard, with his own romance with Detective Jordan Waters. Ringo Columbia and Kelsey play their part. McCarthy did a much better job of writing this story.

The Cover
An almost-black brown provides the background against which a woman's nude back is highlighted with a swath of red satin draped around her hips.

While the cover reflects the title, the title itself doesn't reflect the theme of this anthology of short stories as their characters do the reverse of Out of the Light and into the Shadows. It would have been more appropriate as "Out of the Shadows and into the Light". Someone wasn't paying attention...or I'm much too literal!
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