Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Turn Up The Heat" is every woman's fantasy. Unlike most of Sherrilyn Kenyon's other novels, this story is about a young woman from a poor background working at walmart. Allison is not your everyday type of girl that she thinks she is. Meeting an old friend brings her an opportunity of a lifetime with the encouragement to go for it. Little does Allison know what is about to take place. Sherrilyn Kenyon brings to life the raw male masterpieces, tropical paradise and enough action to make even the sainted of us envy. The author has really Turned Up The Heat in this novella.
Jaid Black's "Hunter's Oath" is a nice concept of the Viking race. The idea of bride hunters was a little barbaric but actually fits with the overall theme here. Jaid Black has brought us a slice of heaven with this novella. Kidnapped, held captive, sold like the common slave to these Barbarians is enough to make the strongest of women weep. Sofia brings us a character going through the turmoil of everyday life and thrown into situtation that no one would ever consider happening. Drugged to the point of extreme discomfort, Sofia's Barbarian turns out to be a angel in disquise. The amount of changing emotions in this story keeps the reader from putting the book down. It's a story that must be read from beginning to end without interuption.
Kresley Cole's "The Warlord Wants Forever" took me by surprise compared to the other novella's in this book. Two immortal races, immortal enemies are caught in a web of fate that baffles all involved. The main characters are strong, erotic, spiteful and demanding. The sexual attraction is raw while the actual acts are pure carnel hunger. I must say that the story line didn't really make itself visable until two thirds through the novella. Once the actual plot was discovered it was quite enjoyable and explained the beginning of the story.
Overall the book was quite enjoyable but like most anthologies, you read, weep, laugh, drool and then go onto the next.
The first story, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, was "meh". It had one steamy scene, and the rest was pretty much just silliness.
The second story, by Jaid Black, was mercifully short. It was dreck. I don't say that very often, but ick.
The third, by Kresley Cole, was awesome. This was the prequel to her IAD series, which tells the vampire Nickolai Wroth and the Valkyrie Myst's story, which is alluded to in A Hunger Like No Other, Bk. 1 in the IAD series. It was nice to go back and read their story. I have yet to read a book by this author that I haven't liked. Her stories are fun, steamy, and different. This story is what makes this book worthwhile.
Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Turn up the Heat" is one fun read. Allison spends her days cleaning up aisle "whatever" in her local Wal-Mart. When her friend suggests that she should enter a contest where the winner can live out her favorite romance novel she at first scoffs...ya like she's ever going to win anything. But, she does and the second she sets eyes on Vince...she knows her life will never be the same. Vince is on the run from "the family" they want him dead, and he's rather attached to the concept of living to see another day. So when his best friend from childhood saves his bacon and finds him a safe place to hide out he's all for it...that is until he sees Allison getting off the plane. Now staying one step ahead of the bad guys is not his only priority. Now he has to keep a lid on his lust. Will he be able to do this or will this bad boy finally give in?
Jaid Black's "Hunter's Oath" is the story of Sofia. She's just been bride napped by one scary looking cabbie. She's alone in life now since her brother was recently killed in active duty. She's wondering what life has to hold for her now. Well she should have been careful what she questioned. Because now she is going to live underground in a lost Viking world as the bought bride of Johen Stefsson for the rest of her life. But, will this be as bad as she thinks it will or has she just found her hearts desire?
Kresley Cole's debut paranormal read "The Warlord Wants Forever" Myst is a Valkyrie with a problem...she's the forever bride of a vampire. Now lets just forget the fact Valkyrie's and Vampires don't mix...ever...she happens to be attracted to him. Wroth is everything she's been taught to hate. Will she be able to put a lifetime's teaching behind her and accept her fate as this handsome vampires bride or will she let pride and family get in the way?
Kimberly K. (kmk) reviewed Playing Easy to Get: Turn Up the Heat / Hunter's Oath / The Warlord Wants Forever on
Helpful Score: 3
I liked Sherrilyn Kenyon and I loved Kresley Cole the best. If it wasn't for those two stories I would have thrown this book away because I absolutely hated the Jaid Black story. Kidnapped, drugged, and sold to the highest bidder, not to mention rape. Were was the romance to this story???
I give this book a 4 star rating because of the two authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole. Jaid Black 1 star.
3+ stars for Kresley Cole's piece. My first exposure to her and it was a fine story with interesting, fresh characters & lots of hot sex.
Jaid Black maintains her standing on my list of authors I don't need to read anymore.
Sherrilyn Kenyon read like a piece of fan-fiction - yikes.
Three short stories together in this anthology of sexy heroines who are not particularly coy in the bedroom.
Kresley Cole's story, The Warlord Wants Forever is by far the best of the trio and, thankfully, the longest. She uses this short story to introduce us to her Immortals After Dark series and if you haven't read any yet, this is a fine, although condensed, introduction to these great books. If you've already read any books in the IAD series, this one is a can't miss and gives the backstory of Myst and Nickolai. True this isn't as deep as her other works, but she doesn't disappoint.
Usually these anthologies are pretty bad, and this one isn't great, but any anthology with Kresley Cole is worth the cover price.
The other two stories are fairly typical of their authors. Surprising that Kenyon gets top billing in this book as her story is so weak compared to Cole's. Jaid Black's story is almost an outline it is so brief and undeveloped. However it is representative of her other work which even in full book format is still underdeveloped and under-researched.
Warlord Wants Forever - B+
Hunter's Oath - F
Turn Up the Heat - C+
Lynne W. (albook) reviewed Playing Easy to Get: Turn Up the Heat / Hunter's Oath / The Warlord Wants Forever on
Helpful Score: 1
This is a keeper anthology for me because of Kresley Cole's "The Warlord Wants Forever". It is one of the first parnormal romances I ever read and it got me hooked on Cole's Immortals After Dark series. The story has a complex world building that is handled expertly by Cole. I was able to understand the roles and care about the characters. Jaid Black's Hunter's Oath was another of her underworld viking tales; I enjoyed it but not as much as her full length viking novel. Black's stories are not for the faint hearted. She pens extreme situations with extreme language coupled with humor.
I was not able to finish Sherrily Kenyon's "Turn up the Heat". Just did not hold my interest, maybe because I had not read any other stories in her series.
Got this book specifically for Kresley Cole's story, and have yet to read the other two in it. But I loved Nikolai's & Myst's story. Although it was short, it still held my attention and I loved knowing Myst's back story, since she is does pop up in both A Hunger Like No Other & No Rest for the Wicked briefly.
I love Kresley Cole. Her story was the best. Her story start her Immortals After Dark series. Well the timing is almost parallel to her Hunger Like No Other book. Classic Jaid Black. Enough said. Sherrilyn Kenyon was a modern romance that was very good. All three are on my list of favorite authors.
I'm totally biased when it comes to Sherrilyn Kenyon because I really like her stuff. I thought this one was fun. I think she has done one more fantasy story before and this one is just different enough. Allison reminds me a little bit of Bride in Kenyon's Hunter series but I really liked her. Vinnie was okay but the coolest thing was Kenyon gave a little bit more background on Joe from the BAD series.
I'm conflicted with Black's story. This is the first time I've read her and the story had potential. I think if she left out the spanish fly drug and just have Johen win her with how sweet he was, it would have been a better story. That way it doesn't reek of rape so much. Also, Sofia was too weak of a character. I would have liked her to fight against being a captive a little bit more. She just basically laid down and took it. Especially when Black made a point that she was supposed to be feisty but her actions were complete opposite of that. Very disappointing but I am intrigue to see if Black's novels would be better. It's hard to justify kidnapping and rape though.
I've actually haven't read Cole before but have been meaning to. I was very impressed with the story. Great dialogue and just lots of action and fun with a good plot. I'll definitely look for her novels.
Overall I think Cole and Kenyon's story were worthwhile and Black's story was neither here or there.
Turn Up the Heat - Sherrilyn Kenyon - 3 1/2 Stars - This was a good quickie read. The action was pretty good but there was a lack of steam.
Hunter's Oath - Jaid Black - 3 1/4 Stars - I'm not too cool with the whole stealing women and selling them off thing, but once I got passed that I did like the story. Johen was a very sweet man and took care of his wife well and it's easy to see how Sofia could fall for him. I will definitely continue this series if I come across more of these books.
The Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole - 4 Stars - I see what the hype is all about. Nothing turned out the way I thought it would and I like it that way. I will absolutely be reading the next installment.
Love, love, love the Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole! Just fantastic and well-written, sexy and entertaining. The Warlord Wants Forever is actually one of my favorites in the series, and is the first!
I have had this on my TBR pile for a little while. I find that with short stories or novellas, it is usually hit or miss. I was pleasantly surprised! I liked all 3 stories.
Turn up the Heat by Sherrilyn Kenyon was great. It is a part of her B.A.D. series. I have only read her Dark Hunter series - but I liked this one and will look into getting the other stories in the B.A.D. series. It flowed great and for a novella, you got a decent story. It wet my appetite!
Hunter's Oath by Jaid Black was my first experience with this author and it won't be the last. I liked her Viking theme with the underground secret world and am looking forward to reading some of her other stuff.
The Warlord wants forever by Kresley Cole was a prequel to her first book of her Immortals After dark series and it was a good story. I read her first book A Hunger Like No Other a while ago and have #s 2&3 on my TBR pile (they have been there for a long time). I find that with her stories, I like them for the most part as I am reading, but I never really get jazzed about reading more of them. I read this one because it was a part of this collective.
Overall, I liked all three stories and would recommend this book.
I really enjoyed all three stories in this anthology.... which is a very rare thing. This book has a story from Sherrilyn Kenyon's BAD series, a story about Jaid Black's underground vikings and the first story in Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series.
Enjoyed the Kresley Cole story, a shortened version of her other books. Familiar characters and venues, without the complications of a lot of subplots running through it.
Jaid Black's contribution was a quick, fun read. I haven't read her other Viking books, but this story was interesting enough to make me want to read them.
The premise of the Sherrilyn Kenyon story sounded cute, but was so boring and predictable that I had to struggle to finish it (took me over 3 days to make it through less than 100 pages). Pardon the pun, but it was just plain B.A.D.
I got this book because I'm a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon, but her story was the one I liked least. I find that while I'm a huge fan of her Dark Hunter series, the BAD series isn't to my taste. I really enjoyed the Kresley Cole story and will be looking for more from her. I also liked the Jaid Black story.
3 great stories. 1st 2 are very short & the 3rd longer. 1st by Kenyon is about a girl who wins her fantasy & while there runs into a former mafia hit man. 2nd by Black is from her series about a viking lord living below the surface who goes to the bride auction expecting to stop any problems and finds himself bidding and winning the latest addition, a beautiful red head who has just lost the last of her family. Can she find a new one with this Lord from below? 3rd by Cole is from her Valkrie series-this is Myst the Coveted and Nikoli Wroths story. All very good.
Gail reviewed Playing Easy to Get: Turn Up the Heat / Hunter's Oath / The Warlord Wants Forever on
This book worth it for Kresley Cole's first installment of her Immortals After Dark series. Jaid Black's story about a woman who is kidnapped and taken into an underworld beneath the earth to be forced into marriage is a nice read, though nothing awesome. Sherrilyn Kenyon's novella wasn't much---story was weak.