Everything about this book was an alluring hook for me, title, cover, authors, blurb…yeah, all of it. I was very excited to pick this one up and dive in.
As it is an anthology, I’ll post up ‘mini’ reviews as I go for each story. Two are authors I’ve read and two are authors that are new to me so looking forward to this nice blend of cozy familiar and shiny new.On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Series: #2.5 The Sentinels
Like the title says, Mika, a fierce Sentinel hunter is on the hunt for a missing boy who is a Sentinel in training at the New Orleans monastery. The hunt turns personal when he encounters the woman he loved and who inexplicably left him ten years before. She wanted to be a ‘free spirit’ and apparently his life had too many stifling rules. The priority is the boy, but then he is turning his hunting skills on Bailey and she won’t get away from him this time.
Mika and Bailey’s love story wasn’t a draw for me because ten years have gone by and neither did a thing particularly Bailey whose idea it was to break it off by doing a runner with no explanation. I waited to see if she had a legit reason to flake out, stay gone, and get snarky when they next encountered…nope, not really. Fortunately, the rest of the story was engaging with gritty action. I like the Sentinels series and can’t wait for more.Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: #.5 Scorpius Syndrome
A bacteria on a space rock becomes an infection that kills, that nearly kills, and even more chilling, it changes and alters the survivors. Nora, one of the country’s top scientists in the field is brought in and she is brought in by none other than her ex, a big modern warrior highlander. They are so different, but she can’t deny the chemistry. Deke lost her once, but now faced with this grave crisis, he will take his second chance and not let go.
This sci-fi thriller grabbed me from the opening pages and kept me enthrall to the end. I’m pretty sure I didn’t breathe a few times. Deke and Nora are sold gold and their hard, no holds barred moments as a couple were as captivating as the moments when they are fighting for their very lives. I need the next book in this series pronto.Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall
Series: #5.5 Immortal Guardians
Well, that one was a bitter-sweet, needed a tissue yet happy ending. My first time with this series so starting in the middle was a bit rough, but there was enough there to get me sorta up to speed. I had no trouble getting into the story.
I don’t want to spoil this one, but it is essentially about an Immortal Hunter whose job is to take down the bad vampires feeding on and killing humans who falls for an unattainable woman because she is a ghost that only one with his gifts can see and hear. But he is living and she is not so how could it ever work? And his job has become more dangerous with the increase of trouble from one of their own creating supersoldier vampires.Stake Out by Hannah Jayne
Series: #6.5 Underworld Detection Agency
New to me author and series. I had no trouble getting up to speed on the worldbuilding due to the author filling that in, but it did take a bit for me to realize that the tone was lighter and laced with snarky humor. The heroine wasn’t that appealing to me, but I had a good time with the overall romp and mayhem feel to the story.
Nina is a vampire clothing designer. She has her nephew with her and her special guy along as she sets out to take the NYC fashion world by storm. Unfortunately, someone is turning her models into vamps and furthermore and more ominous, there is a new mysterious designer out to snatch her place.
So, all in all, this anthology really hit the spot. I enjoyed the sampling of paranormal worlds, the variety of situations and tones of story, and I really liked that now I have a few more series that I must return to. As anthologies go, this was a strong one and I can recommend it to the paranormal romance fan who either has a series to keep up with or would like to sample the wares of other writers. Be warned, most stories are part of an ongoing series and would work better in series order though in a pinch, the reader would probably be alright since I managed without having read some of the series.
My thanks to Kensington Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.