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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Time Travel Romance
Published by Jove
Released on September 29, 2015
I saw the theme for this anthology and was enchanted by the idea of five stories with an Alice in Wonderland thematic element. At the time I picked it up, all the authors were new to me reads which was another big bonus because I love trying new authors. I finally took the opportunity to pull this one down from the shelf to work on a few of my reading challenges. Like most anthologies, it was definitely a mixed bag, but there were a couple clear winners.
Down the Rabbit Hole sports five novellas from five different authors. As such, I usually do a mini review of my thoughts and impressions on each which I will do.
Wonderment in Death by JD Robb
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Part of a series, but worked fine standalone. Homicide detective Eve Dallas is called in when an apparent murder-suicide doesn’t add up to the close friends and family of the victim. Of course, her suave and sexy Irish husband Roarke and the usual team were involved in the case. Since, I first picked up this antho, I have enjoyed a few of the early books in this series so I was tickled to be back in Eve’s world that now consists of Mad Hatter, tea party, and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors.
Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney
Based on the author’s note this one is a sequel to another novella set in the same time travel world where Weston was a minor character and now gets his story. The other novella had time travelers who knew they were going to time travel while this pair got a twisted chance at romance after getting flung into the future which opens their eyes about their hang-ups on being together before things are righted. I liked it and would definitely like to read the first book that was Simon and Amy’s story.
iLove by Elaine Fox
Now, this one was a bit of something different for me and reminded me vaguely of a few of the older movies when a person gets sucked into a virtual reality game or computer program type story. A guy gets dumped by his girlfriend for spending too much time on his phone instead of paying attention to her and ends up inside her phone as an app and can only get out if he finds love. Its creative and very much in tune with the fairytale vibe If not the Wonderland one. I liked that part, but the trouble for me was that I didn’t feel he deserve being dumped and I didn’t really care for the heroine. So yeah, the romance and its conflict didn’t work for me that much.
A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas
A standalone magical masquerade adventure to help a woman see and understand she has a problem and what it is before she ends up empty and alone ala A Christmas Carol rather than a trip to Wonderland (at least to me). I found aspects fun, particularly some of the wryness in Elise’s guides into her life education tour, but Elise herself was a so-so heroine for me. I am curious to read some more of this author’s work.
Fallen by Ruth Ryan Langan
Well, this standalone offered me up a new author to pursue. I had a good time with this magical Highlander romantic adventure. The heroine, Beth, has to figure out who she wants to be. Her cold, calculating aunt who has been her guardian wants her to talk a man to sign over sale of his lands so a developer can move in, but Beth has an accident and the business trip is no longer cut and dry as she enters a land back in time where people turn into beasts and it all feels like a fairytale. But is it?
So, a nice variety of tales from a murder to a cursed Highlander. There was something in all of them to enjoy. This is actually this groups second themed anthology they’ve all done together surrounding a fairytale and the first was Mirror, Mirror. I understand there was even another one. I will not hesitate to snag either.
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