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2

Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid! Anthology

Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid! Anthology Lights, Camera, Cupid! Anthology Authors: SE Jakes, Amy Lane, Z.A. Maxfield, Anne Tenino, L.A. Witt Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Revisiting Carter Samuels and Levi Pritchard, the couple whose story kicked off the Bluewater Bay series, was a great way to begin this anthology. In Just Another Day, Carter and Levi discover that, even though they’ve been together for a while now, they still have a lot to learn about one another, including how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While he’s not a fan of the commercialization of the holiday, Carter maintains a romantic optimism about the occasion—which, naturally, clashes horribly with Levi’s stubborn cynicism. While the resulting...
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Jan
21

Review: Tales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green

Review: Tales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green Tales from the Nightside Author: Simon R. Green Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: This was a real treat to read. Tales from the Nightside is a must read for any fans of the Nightside series. For those unfamiliar with the series, you may enjoy the book, but the stories within Tales from the Nightside contain spoilers for the series…you’ve been warned. Una and Gikany are fans of Simon Green’s work. We enjoy both the Secret History and Ghostfinders series.  We discovered him after his completion of the Nightside series.  Gikany picked up the series and read them all because she was intrigued by the...
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Nov
24

Review: Night Shift Anthology

Review: Night Shift Anthology Night Shift Author: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Night Shift anthology is a wonderful collection of paranormal and fantasy novellas from some wonderful authors. “Secrets at Midnight” by Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling series #13.5 This enjoyable novella from the world of Psy-Changeling shares the romance of Bastien and Kirby. Readers familiar with the series will recognize Bastien as DarkRiver sentinel Mercy’s brother. Kirby, on the other hand, is a human who seems to have all the markers of a cat shifter. Overall, Secrets at Midnight is an enjoyable, easy-going Changeling story. I’ve missed the Changelings a lot,...
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Oct
6

Book Spotlight: Shades of Pink 2014 Anthology

Book Spotlight: Shades of Pink 2014 Anthology Here’s what VampBard’s Talking About: Author Kallysten is repeating her Shades of Pink anthology. As a fundraiser for breast cancer research, the 2013 anthology raised over $10,000. She’s hoping to meet that total again this year, and I’m hoping we beat it! Twenty-two authors have included short stories ranging from sweet to spicy. The anthology is our gift to those that donate towards breast cancer research. You can go HERE to donate. Your confirmation email will contain a link and a code to download your copy of Shades of Pink 2014. Nope. I didn’t shift pronouns up there. I’m one of the authors for this year’s anthology. This is...
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Sep
22

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter Black Water Author: Faith Hunter Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Jane Yellowrock is back in this trio of short stories that go a long way toward easing the wait between full-length novels. Told from Jane’s perspective, they provide a more thorough look at some previously seen minor characters, introduce a few brand new ones, give readers a glimpse of a younger Jane just starting out, and reaffirm that, no, she really doesn’t get any down time. Ever. They’re also a good reminder that Jane is adept when it comes to vengeance, and that, very often, retribution is extremely satisfying. “Black Water,” which takes place between Blood...
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Jul
29

Book Spotlight: Summer Loving Anthology

Book Spotlight: Summer Loving Anthology Get Ready for Summer Loving! Summer speaks of balmy days, white-sand beaches, itsy-bitsy bikinis and romantic flings. The 20 sublime stories in this collection celebrate those decadent days and naughty nights with lots of sizzling summertime sex. Erotic luminaries Donna George Storey, Sophia Valenti, Lucy Felthouse, Emerald, Jodie Griffin, May Deva, Teresa Noelle Roberts, A.M. Hartnett, Primula Bond, Sammi Lou Thorne, Elise Hepner, Tenille Brown, Tamsin Flowers, Kathleen Delaney-Adams, Thomas S. Roche, Cheyenne Blue, Delilah Night, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Justine Elyot, Angell Brooks, and Alison Tyler spin their sultriest stories ever. Summer might only come once a year. But with this red-hot collection, you’re guaranteed to come all year...
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Dec
6

Review: There All Along by Lauren Dane & Megan Hart

Review: There All Along by Lauren Dane & Megan Hart There All Along Author: Lauren Dane and Megan Hart Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: There All Along is a two-story anthology based on finding love that was “there all along.” Both stories are set in alternative/futuristic worlds; however the first tale, “Land’s End” by Lauren Dane, reads more like western frontier than science fiction. On the other hand, “By the Sea of Sand” by Megan Hart has a distinct sci-fi romance edge. Both stories are entertaining and enjoyable. I’ve never read either author, and this stand-alone anthology has whet my appetite for more from both writers. “Land’s End” by Lauren Dane The Land’s End Highway...
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Nov
27

Review: Kicking It Anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price

Review: Kicking It Anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price Kicking It Edited by: Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price Reviewer: B., Gikany & Una, Jen Twimom Rating: B+ individual ratings listed below Kicking It is a collection of nine short stories/novelettes by nine wonderful urban fantasy authors. We’ve listed each story with a brief review and rating. This book can be read and enjoyed without having read any of the books in the associated series. What We’re Talking About: Forked Tongues by Rachel Caine A Holly and Andrew story Gikany and Una enjoyed this short story by Ms. Caine. Although Una has only experienced The Morganville Vampires series and Gikany has not experienced Ms. Caine’s work, we both enjoyed Forked...
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Jul
11

Review: Enthralled Anthology

Review: Enthralled Anthology Enthralled Author: Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, Lucy Monroe Release Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Berkley Trade ISBN: #978-0425253311 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Fantasy, Anthology Format(s): Paperback (464 pgs), e-book Book Source: Received as a gift About the book: Lora Leigh – The Devil’s Due (Breeds #28) Leigh’s stubborn Breed meets her match, and can deny neither him nor herself. Alyssa Day – The Curse Of The Black Swan (League Of The Black Swan #1.5) Day introduces the League of the Black Swan, and a woman cursed to kill the man she loves. Meljean Brook – Salvage (Iron Seas #3.5) In Brook’s steampunk Iron Seas world, a man...
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Jun
3

Review: Fire & Frost Anthology

Review: Fire & Frost Anthology Fire & Frost Authors: Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane & Jessica Sims Release Date: May 25, 2013 Publisher: self-published Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance, Anthology Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       Speed Mating by Jessica Sims – Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy alpha’s determined to find her a tiger to take care of her heat and father her child…but no one seems to look quite as good as the man in charge. Will giving in to her need...
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