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Bitten by Cupid: Vampire Valentine / Hearts Untamed / Kiss and Kill Cupid
Bitten by Cupid Vampire Valentine / Hearts Untamed / Kiss and Kill Cupid Author:Pamela Palmer, Jaime Rush, Lynsay Sands *** VAMPIRE VALENTINE (an Argeneau Vampires short story) by Lynsay Sands — Mirabeau LaRouche knew she had a job to do, but she never expected her assignment to take her through New York City's dark, dank underground -- in her bridesmaid gown, no less! And when her partner turns out to be mortal private investigator Tiny McGraw, Mireabea... more »u knows it's no ordinary Cupid's arrow that has struck her heart this Valentine's Day.
*** HEARTS UNTAMED (a Feral Warriors short story) by Pamela Palmer
Ten years ago Zeeland left D.C. to join the Therian Guard, needing to put some distance between himself and the still-too-young Julianne. Now he's returned, in the midst of a Valentine's celebration to find Julianne more beautiful than ever, still angry at him for leaving, and up to her lovely eyebrows in an intrigue that threatens both of their immortal lives.
*** KISS AND KILL CUPID (an Offspring short story) by Jamie Rush
Kat Morgan has no use for Valentine's Day, since hearing other people's thoughts puts a real damper on any kind of intimate relationship. When she overhears the Killer Cupid serial killer targeting her for his Valentine's Day murder, Kat is terrified. But is Adrian, the one man whose thoughts she can't hear, her savior, or killer?« less
Suzanne M. (1PilatesMom) reviewed Bitten by Cupid: Vampire Valentine / Hearts Untamed / Kiss and Kill Cupid on
Helpful Score: 3
Well, I thought this was book 11 in Lynsay Sands' Argeneau Series so I actually bought the book at the bookstore. Discovered it's really 3 short stories with Lynsay Sands' being just the first. :-(
"Vampire Valentine" by Lynsay Sands is Tiny and Mirabeau's story. It's just OK. It could have been much better written with more depth and made up a whole book. You learned a good back-story on Mirabeau but her emotional depth at finding a lifemate was pretty flat. I got the feeling Ms. Sands was either bored or just pushing this one out on a lark. The story does pick up where the 10th book left off and you do get a bit of an update on the other (numerous) characters from prior books. Nothing steamy, a few laughs, but I was left disappointed.
"Hearts Untamed" by Pamela Palmer was interesting. More paranormal romance and a good introduction to this author. Think shapeshifting/animal/immortals.
"Kiss and Kill" Cupid by Jamie Rush was a suspensful, contemporary, romance. Some sexy scenes too.
Overall 2.5 stars
Multi author anthology. I bought this for the Lynsay Sands story and honestly it was the only one that I really liked. For those of you who follow the Argeneau series - the hero is Tiny who was introduced in A Bite To Remember as the heroine's partner. He has appeared in several subsequent novels and now Marguerite, the ultimate matchmaker, launches her plan to find him a lifemate...
Hearts Untamed by Pamela Palmer - hooks into her Feral Warriors series.
Kiss and Kill Cupid by Jamie Rush - appears to be a stand alone but I'm not familiar with the author.
I really liked the first and third stories. The first because it's part of Lynsay Sands' 'Argeneau Vampires' series. We want all of them to find their life mates! The third was just enjoyable to read. I really liked the main character's personality and it took me a little bit of work to figure out who the bad guy was. The second one was okay, but I haven't really liked any stories involving animal transformations. Just not my thing.
Hearts Untamed is part of Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors series. Julianna is being blackmailed to find particular piece of jewelry. To complicate matters the one man she loved and offered virginity to is returning after ten years, but he left because he didn't return Julianna's love. What Julianna doesn't realize is that Zee left for a completely different reason.
This was my first introduction to the Feral Warriors series. Julianna is one of those heroines who gets on my nerves. She deliberately assumes the worst about a situation and then determines that she must handle the problem completely alone. She pulls away from the hero for most of the story. What saves this story is that Zee doesn't listen to Julianna and pushes her enough that she finally gives into him. I also thought that for a short story and this being my first introduction to the world building, the author did a really nice job of filling in the blanks without overwhelming the reader.
Title: Kiss and Kill Cupid Author: Jamie Rush Rating: B Sensuality: Warm
Kiss and Kill Cupid is an off shoot of Jamie Rush's Offspring series. I have read the first two books in the Offspring series and these characters are new. It's not necessary to have read any of the other Offspring books. Kristy Morgan is interviewing for a job as a writer for a popular adventure magazine. She has the ability to hear other people's thoughts and she hears a serial killer's thoughts to make her his next victim. Kristy isn't sure if her employer Adrian might be the killer, never mind that he is attractive.
I enjoyed this short story for the mystery. It's a quick and easy read with good pacing and a good solid mystery. It isn't too terribly hard to guess who the killer is, but the delivery worked for me. The chemistry between Kristy and Adrian was good for a shorter novel, but the staying power of the relationship is questionable because of the strenuous circumstances of them meeting.