Urban fantasy/paranormal anthology. 3 novellas by 3 wonderful authors. Charlaine Harris sets hers in Sookie's world, though Sookie does not make an appearance. Barbara Hambly and Maggie Shayne turn out stories of heroine-mixed-up-in-otherworld-stuff and romance with they guy they hook up with to deal with it. And ripping good tales they are, too.
These are not new stories! This is a reissue of the same book from 2004!
Oh yawn! boring stories, forgettable characters. A waste of a trade. I got the book for Charlaine Harris but even her story was a BORE.
Another case of the dreaded reprint!
I really did not care for ANY of these stories.
Nice selection of short stories. Particularly liked the short story by Charlaine Harris. Highly recommended!
The Maggie Shayne short was good. I was intrigued from the begining and the tension between the characters made the love story fun. Loved the sexual tension in this one. I read 4 pages of the Babara Hambly short and lost intrest, -over written. I passed over this and went right to the Charlaine Harris like another reviwer here. The Layla short was good and a definate page turner set in the world of Sookie. Very quick reads.
Fun mind candy. Totally predictable plots and bodice ripping romance. I liked Charlaine Harris' story best.
This was quite good. Usually these short stories are a bit of a tease, but the 3 stories were complete and well-written.
A quick read. In all three stories the characters needed to be fleshed out a bit more.
Great book, the short stories are stand alone and not part of any series so that makes it even better.
You know anything with Shayne or Harris has got to be good. Had to stay up to finish it.
I truly enjoyed this book.
Paranormal romance anthologies are a lot like McDonalds hamburgers. You start off liking them and as you eat more and more over the years, you begin to grow bored because the cheap, unimaginative ingredients start to always have the same, repetitive taste. Sooner or later you grow sick of them completely and when you find yourself forced to eat one in a pinch, you remember why you started disliking them in the first place. I think I have reached that point with paranormal romance anthologies.
I love Maggie Shayne and Charlaine Harris (I am new to Barbara Hambly) but these short stories were just "blah". Easy to read but just LACKING. I think I am just tired of "fast food" versions of my favorite authors and prefer to just ingest their full lengths novels.
Very good! Great selection of writers.
Two ghost stories and one story with vampires. A quick, fun read.
This is an exceptional book if you enjoy paranormal romance. Charlaine Harris's and Barbara Hambly's installments are especially strong. The only reason I am giving away this copy is I found an autographed version. I'm happy to share this one with someone else who will enjoy it.
I especially enjoyed the mystery by Charlaine Harris. Engaging characters with a paranormal twist.
The other two stories were pretty good also. Overall a good anthology of short stories.
a reprint of an earlier book...sookie story came out in hardback collection
Not bad. My favorite was the Maggie Shayne story. Enjoyed the Charlaine Harris story too.
Three stories in one book. An easy read, I enjoyed it.
Three new stories in one volume of horror and romance.
Her Best Enemy:Kiley Brigham refuses to believe there's a ghost in her house, but when an unseen hand leaves a bloody message on her bathroom mirror, she's forced to turn to local psychic Jack McCain. As the two work to uncover a long-buried secret, Kiley finds that she's haunted not by spirits, but by thoughts of Jack...
Someone Else' Shadow: Maddie Laveau worries about her youbng roommate, Tessa, when she stays late to practice ballet in the old Glendower Building...and when Tessa goes missing, Maddie enlists mysterious tenant Phil Anderson to help. But is Phil the white knight she needs, or the predator she fears?
Dancers in the Dark: Layla Rue Le May is no ordinary dancer-her partner, Sean McClendon, is a three-hundred-year-old redheaded vampire. So when Layla Rue acquires a stalker, she's forced to face the music...and wonder if this will finally be her last dance.
Frankly, I love everything Charlaine Harris and Maggie Shayne have written. The Barbara Hambly was a nice addition, but I love this book for the Charlaine Harris vampire story!
this one was pretty good all the way through
I love Charlaine Harris although I didn't overly enjoy her story. I realized though that the characters made a brief appearance in one of her books. The name escapes me but it's the one set in Rhodes at the vampire conference.
I passed over Barbara Hambly's contribution, but I really enjoyed Maggie Shayne's. I'm not normally a fan of her stuff but this one I liked. I may check her out again!
Features three paranormal romance stories.
Great read three stories in one book.
I really enjoyed these stories. It was a light and quick read for me.
Three new stories in one delicious volume of horror and romance
love it! if your into paranormal this is a great collection to add to your bookshelf!
This was a collection of three novellas. Each novella has a heavy paranormal theme to it along with some romance. All the stories also feature women who have a history of abuse by men and the stories are somewhat about them overcoming that past.
My favorite of the bunch was âDancers in the Darkâ by Harris. This story actually made me a bit sad because it reminded me what a great writer Harris was before she stopped editing her books (around the True Blood TV series time).
Overall, all of the novellas are decent and I would recommend if you are a paranormal romance fan. I have brief review of each novella below.
Dancers in the Dark by Charlaine Harris (5/5 stars)
Great story about Rue and Sean. Really enjoyed it.
Her Best Enemy by Maggie Shayne (4/5 stars)
This was a good story about a haunted house. The woman who moves in there debunks psychics for a living and needs to request the help of her great enemy, a psychic named Jack, to get the evil ghost out of her house. The story was good and creepy; I didn't think the chemistry between the two characters was all that great though.
Someone Else's Shadow by Barbara Hambly (4/5 stars)
In this story a young woman who teaches belly dance is creeped out by the building she works in. When her roommate, a fellow dancer, starts acting strange she begins to suspect that the building is haunted by an evil presence. This was an okay story; it's a good creepy mystery but the chemistry between the two main characters was just so-so.