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Unleashed Mass Market Paperback – 5 Dec 2006
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About the Author
Rebecca York is a national bestselling author.
Susan Kearney is a USA Today bestselling author.
Diane Whiteside is the author of Bond of Blood, The Switch, and The Hunter's Prey.
Lucy Monroe is the national bestselling author of Touch Me.
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I found this book to be interesting as the reader learns about werewolf's, fernwolfs, the "laws of the pack", and just what mating means to a wolf, that once they mate, they mate for life and marriage must occur.
Ty and Frankie have been friends since she was twelve. There is a scene when Frankie was younger at the fishing hole and is crying, missing her parents who had perished. A wolf comes to her and licks her tears away. The wolf reminds her of her bestfriend Ty and the love of her life. Frankie has loved Ty for years and returns home to put an end to this torture by trying to find out if they have a chance. She forces the issue, but due to pack laws Ty wants to be with one of his own and tries to push Frankie away. They get stranded, she forces the issue by seducing him and let me just say their passion is so strong and forceful it will just plain take your breath away. It's their journey to finding love and is one you will long remember. I congratulate Lucy Monroe as she has again written a very powerful story with Come Moonrise.
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Rebecca York opens up this anthology with "Bond of Silver". Alexander has gone on a dream quest and found his soul mate. He wants to bring her back to New Atlantis but there is one catch: Claire Winston is the daughter of Jeanie, the woman who rejected life in New Atlantis many years ago with Alexander's adoptive father. Can love truly conquer all?
"Bond of Silver" certainly has an interesting premise! I would love to see more tales, perhaps longer in length, to fully flesh out the world of New Atlantis and its inhabitants. "Bond of Silver" started off a bit awkward as so much world building and character development was necessary. However, it quickly turned into the sort of superb tale one expects from Rebecca York. "Bond of Silver" is an excellent start to UNLEASHED.
"Red Skies at Night" by Diane Whiteside is a story of love and revenge. Travis' former brother-in-law and FBI Agent, Frank D'Angelo, is brutally murdered by New York's biggest mobster, Morelli. Travis vows revenge and the trail leads him to Gillian Fitzgerald, one of the best burglars in the world. Gillian is also a vampire and life is about to get very interesting for Travis.
"Red Skies at Night" is a beautifully sensuous and action packed vampire story. This story is part of Diane Whiteside's Texas Vampires series but is easily read as a stand alone. The complexity of the vampire world devised by Ms. Whiteside is amazing and I look forward to reading some of her full length Texas Vampire books in order to get the full flavor of her world. The glossary at the end of the story is extremely helpful for first time adventurers to this world so that the various relationships and terminology used can be easily understood.
"Come Moonrise" by Lucy Monroe puts a new twist on the theme of best friends finding romance. Frankie Random has longed for something more than friendship with neighbor Ty McCanlup for at least the last 6 years. Frankie decides she's going to give it one last shot, and her determination only increases when she realizes there is competition. But Ty has a secret that could destroy everything... Ty is a werewolf.
Lucy Monroe puts some pizzazz in this werewolf tale! "Come Moonrise" is Lucy Monroe's first werewolf tale but she definitely puts some new wrinkles into an old theme with this phenomenal story. The structure of the Pack isn't overly emphasized and yet Ms. Monroe does a fabulous job at making the hierarchy well known. Frankie's reactions are believable and one can easily relate to her predicament despite the paranormal aspect. I have to admit that I considered reaching into the book and smacking Ty and some of his family members but most are generally redeemed as events play out.
"Beyond Limits" by Susan Kearney focuses back to New Atlantis. Businesswoman Samantha Bellinger is about to get the shock of her life when she is hijacked by Ari Dillon from New Atlantis. Ari has dreamed that Samantha is his soul mate. Not only does he want to bond with her, he also wants to teach her to shape shift. Can Ari unleash the passion inside of Samantha?
"Beyond Limits" appears to be set in the same New Atlantis as the first story in UNLEASHED by Rebecca York. I must admit, the similarities were initially a bit disconcerting since neither Lucy Monroe nor Diane Whiteside's stories appear to have any connection to this world. However, once the surprise passes, Susan Kearney writes one fantastic story and I was thrilled to see another tale about New Atlantis! The imagery of the shape shifting is very vivid and convincing. Whether it's a turtle, a dolphin, or a bird, the images drawn by Ms. Kearney are nothing short of spectacular.
UNLEASHED shows just how well four fantastic authors can combine the supernatural with a steamy romance. Fans of any of these authors will not be disappointed as each dares to venture just a bit on the wild side. UNLEASHED is a very solid anthology as each story is well worth reading.
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A citizen of the island, New Atlantis, Alexander seeks his mate using a dream ceremony. While in a dream state, he finds his soul mate, Claire. In his quest for Claire, Alexander must venture from New Atlantis and convince Claire to embrace her powers and leave behind her life in California, including her over protective mother.
Bond of Silver appealed to my imagination. I was intrigued with the idea of New Atlantis. Alexander and Claire's love story is both romantic and steamy.
Red Skies at Night by Diane Whiteside
Travis is a NYPD detective. When is friend is gunned down by Morelli, a mobster, Frank vows to take Morelli down. When his leads take him to a renowned burgler, Gillian, he finds himself very attracted to her. The attraction is mutual despite the fact that Gillian is a vampire, a vampire that hates cops.
Red Skies at Night is connected to Diane Whitesides Southern Vampires series. As a big fan of that series, I enjoyed this addition. I especially loved Travis. He makes a delicious hero to Gillian's heroine.
Beyond Limits by Susan Kearney
Ari Dillion, a citizen of New Atlantis, has found his mate in real estate developer Samantha Bessinger. Unfortunately, he can't even get an appointment to see her! Disguising himself as her pilot, Ari takes Samantha away to a deserted island. There he plans to show her their shape shifting abilities, persuade her to go to New Atlantis with him and convince her of his love.
In Beyond Limits I was given another glimpse into the world of New Atlantis and I adored it. I love shape shifters and Susan Kearney described the shift so well, my imagination was convinced. And I was especially moved by Ari's devotion and love for Samantha. A terrific paranormal romance!
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Come Moonrise by Lucy Monroe-
Frankie has loved Ty forever, but he has made it clear to her that he considers her a friend and nothing more. Frankie has tried, but she's never been able to get over him and find happiness with anyone else. She finally decides that she either has to become more to Ty than his friend or she has to put him out of her life totally. Ty has always wanted Frankie but he's been keeping a big secret from her...he's really werewolf. Although he desires Frankie more than anything, in his experience, human and werewolf matings just don't work. Can these two find a way to finally give into their heart's desire?
If I had to sum up Come Moonrise in one word, that one word would be...WOW! Lucy Monroe has written a tremendous story that pulled at my emotions one minute, then had me fanning myself from the sensual overload the next. In what is obviously the beginning of a new series, Come Moonrise has me hooked on Lucy Monroe's wolves and I won't be satisfied until I get MORE!!!
Unleashed gets my wholehearted recommendation to fans of paranormal romance. With a variety of paranormal elements, paranormal fans will rejoice. Additionally, the romance is hot, sexy and tender. Don't miss this awesome compilation of truly delicious paranormal romances!
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