This is all the authors of the fantasy chiklit genre that should actually write decent stuff...and yet...it sucks. It has the feel of self-published internet fiction...or fanfiction or something equally pathetic. I wouldn't have touched this if not for the "big name"...and MJD's story was the best of the three...but all were poorly written and eye-rollingly predictable. Just MHO, of course.
Ellen (gremlin) - reviewed Charming the Snake: Savage Scavenge / Seducing the Saint / Carte Blanche on
Helpful Score: 2
I got this for the MaryJanice Davidson story, so I was disappointed when that story ended right about the time it seemed like it was going to get going. It's only 46 pages long, and definitely not as good as her usual work. It's a followup to another story "Beggerman, Thief" and not having read that, it took me half the story to figure out that when she said "mutes", she meant mutants.
The Melissa Schroeder story was a pair of lovers reunited, and kind of boring even though it was sort of action/adventure trying to locate her missing father.
The Camille Anthony was fairly hot, but the mystery element to the story showed up at the beginning and the end, and was barely mentioned in the middle.
"Savage Scavenge" by Mary Janice Davidson was fun but since I didn't read the story that came before, it took me a while to figure out what was going on. It ends rather abruptly and I was hoping it would go a little further.
"Seducing the Saint" by Melissa Schroeder started out promising. Kind of Indianna Jones-ish, but it got more and more outrageous and then it was just downright dumb. I definitely rolled my eyes and groaned quite a bit, but not in a good way.
"Carte Blanche" by Camille Anthony. It's unfair for me to review this because I couldn't get pass the first chapter. With phrases like, "Oh, my guardian angel serpents!" and "Powers Above...Help me!" I just couldn't go on.