The first story by Angela Knight starts off when a female werewolf in heat runs away from an arranged marriage to a brutish alpha wolf and lands pretty much on top of a police officer who just happens to be a werewolf himself. She needs a baby in order to maintain her independence from the alpha wolf but the reasons are so convoluted that I'm not going to attempt to explain. I can see where this is going and really who couldn't? But it's holding my attention and there's a lot to be said for that.
The second story by Virginia Kantra seems to be a sequel to a story in an anthology released quite a few years ago. It's about a young lady who decides to go on an extended hike in the wilderness and ends up stumbling across the sidhe. I felt lost throughout most of it. The basis of the story relies on the previous story which I had not read and all the references to the previous tale frustrated and confused me instead of clearing things up. The atmosphere of the story is very well done but in the end I still felt confused and the love story didn't make all that much sense. This one needed to be longer, if you ask me.
The pace picks up with MaryJanice Davidson's tale "Driftwood", an unlikely love story between a beta werewolf and a bossy female vampire who wants nothing to do with him. The two hook-up when he finds her stuck in a hole on the beach and attempts a rescue. The results are silly, sarcastic and a lot of fun.
The final story by new author known only as "Sunny" is giving me the same issues as the Kantra story. I feel like I've been thrown into a sequel of a book I haven't read. Why is it so damn hard to write a stand alone story anymore? Anyway, it's about some sort of alien/paranormal/fatally attractive Queen and her two male lovers who are little more than Jean-Claude/Richard clones right down to their descriptions. It's almost as if the author took Laurell K. Hamilton's characters and wrote them a little fanfic piece in which they're a happy three-some. Despite all of that, I did enjoy the story. The characters were decently drawn and I'll probably look for more from this author.
Rebecca H. (Rebemdee) reviewed Over the Moon: Moon Dance / Between the Mountain and the Moon / Driftwood / Mona Lisa Three on
Helpful Score: 12
Angela Knight, Moon Dance
It's more erotica than romance, and the story is minimal, merely providing the setup to some pretty graphic sex. Not bad.
Virginia Kantra, Between the Mountain and the Moon
A forgetable story about love and revenge. Very soft, sweet, and not very interesting, but readable and enjoyable.
Maryjanice Davidson, Driftwood
More interesting characters, feels the most fleshed out of all the stories, and is written with her usually biting, fun flair. I enjoyed this the most.
Sunny, Mona Lisa Three
Pure dreck. Again, more erotica than romance, with graphic sex, and just not that interesting. There are a lot of references to events from other books, which completely negates the point of a short story to stand on its own merits. The writing is atrocious. I wont be reading her other books.
Angela Knight and MaryJanice Davidson stories in one book is enough to get me to grab this book off the shelf. Knight's story is of spouse abuse in the direwolf part of her Mageverse. MJD's "Driftwood" recounts the crazy adventures of a misogynist Wyndham Warewolf and one of Betsy's vampires.
Also in this collections are Virginia Kantra's sequel to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the collection "Man of My Dreams," but stands on its own. A tale of human meets fae, the daughter of the hero & heroine of the first story is targeted by the evil fae queen for revenge. The last story is a contribution by Sunny (just Sunny, no last name) and the timeline lies between her first novel, "Mona Lisa Awakening" and her second not yet published as I write this. You really need to go to Amazon.com and read the reviews of "Awakening" to get a sense of Mona Lisa's world before reading this. It took me 10 pages to get the geist of what was happening. I ran right out to get "Mona List Awakening" but have not read it yet. Sunny writes in the "if Laurell K. Hamilton won't do it, I will" style. As long as her books have a real plot and lots of magic, I'll buy them.
Moon Dance by Angela Knight: Even though I'm not a big fan of the furry paranormal stories, I loved this story. It had everything I look for in a full novel: plot, strong leads, suspense and plenty of steaminess. IMO the best of the four stories.
Between the Mountain and the Moon by Virginia Kantra: More like a fairy tale. Also enjoyed this story.
Driftwood by MaryJanice Davidson: Maybe I'm just getting tired of MJD's sarcastic style, but I agree with other reviewers. She phoned this one in. I wouldn't even bother reading it.
Mona Lisa Three by Sunny: Just OK. Although the more I read the more I started to list the ways this storyline is similar to Laurel K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. There are so many similarities that I'm frankly surprised she hasn't been sued for copyright infringement. Oh well, given the very slow pace that LKH's books are progressing at, this is a decent substitute and I'll probably read more of Sunny's books just for that reason.
I loved Davidson's story, GREAT plot, but I wish she'd quit confusing cussing and screeching for dialogue. She is just so close to being fabulous, and then she drops the ball. Kantra's story was romantic I thought--very nice. Knight's story was ojay too. This Sunny---well, I am not into graphic sex, so the whole novelette turned me off. But I would buy the book alone for Davidson story (dang, she is just so close to being great!) and probably for Knight and Kantra. I know for sure I would never buy another Sunny book---just not my style.
Only okay. The stories by Angela Knight and Virginia Kantra were good. I was disappointed by the MaryJanice Davidson story. As a big fan of the Betsy series and the Alaskan Royals I felt she phoned this story in, definately not her best effort. The story by Sunny, the first I have read by this author, was a bit too sexually explicit for me. I felt I was reading erotica instead of romance.
I really enjoyed the story by Angela Knight...a Megaverse spin-off this one deals exclusively with the DireWolf. A Chosen female runs away from an abusive father and soon to be husband to a "bitten" champion for help. Kantra's story is a followup-- you may have read the story of the parents in another anthology. The fairy Queen wants revenge for the father having escaped her and she goes after the daughter...ok not the best. MJD's story could have been more...just more it seems to have lacked depth, development, conflict. It was just lacking.
I liked Knights and Kantra's stories. When I finished Davidson's story, I thought "That's it?"... it reminded me of one of those shallow novel excerpts in magazines. Sunny's story seemed like a chapter out of book...it made little sense.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
I've never read anything by Angela Knight before, but I really liked her story MOON DANCE. I was intrigued by her Direwolfs and the world they live in, and plan to look up more of her books.
BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND THE MOON, by Virginia Kantra, was an interesting story, but didn't appeal to me simply because of my preconceived notions of the sidhe world. In this story they seem evil, and that threw me off, but the premise of the story was a good one.
MaryJanice Davidson's story, DRIFTWOOD, was the reason I got the book in the first place. It's another fun, short, sarcastically funny read in typcial MJD style.
I've never read anything by Sunny, so I had no preconceptions when I began reading MONA LISA THREE. I have to say that I loved it -- and that I'm also surprised that the author hasn't been sued for blatant plagiarism by Laurell K. Hamilton. Sunny has taken every single plot element from both the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series' and placed them into her world of Mona Lisa and the Monere. Since I enjoy LKH, that's no doubt the reason I love Sunny's story. It's even more sexually erotic than LKH's stories, and I really like her world that revolves around a group of people who get their power from the moon. But at the same time it's so much like LKH's worlds that you get a distinct feeling of deja vu with each paragraph. I'm still going to look up her first two books featuring Mona Lisa and the Monere -- before the lawyers come knocking at Sunny's door.
The story I read is by Virgina Kantra, Between the Mountain and the Moon , and its the sequal to Midsummer's Night Magic in The Man of My Dreams. This story is about the daughter of the couple in the first story. The Queen of Fairies wants revenge and she sends her son to claim the girl so she can use her or what not ( plans never came up much) but shes in for a hard awaking with son falls in love with the girl and will do anything to protect her. To me it seems this Queen has bad luck with women in this family.
Cali (Cali) - reviewed Over the Moon: Moon Dance / Between the Mountain and the Moon / Driftwood / Mona Lisa Three on
Very disappointing for me! Maybe someone else's cup of tea. =(
Angela Knight's "Moon Dance" - graphic vulgar lust. Period! -1 star
Virginia Kantra's "Between The Mountain And The Moon" - OK, 2 stars
Mary Janice Davidson's "Driftwood" - the best of the 4. Good Humor! 3+
Sunny's "Mona Lisa Three" - OK story, but lost me with the sex. -1 star