is it just me or do the L.A Banks stories remind anyone else of Casablanca?? Always a not so happy ending, they should come with a label.
Loved the Kenyon story, I had run across Dante and Pandora in other of her books so I was happy to finally read it.
Lori Handeland gives a good story of skinwalkers and afraid to commit Jager-Suchers agents. Also known as special forces for the paranormal. And the last story is a period piece from Amanda Ashley regarding a cursed Lord who is a werewolf and he takes hostage the daughter of the man whose witch cursed him.
The L.A. Banks story is well written enough to make the entire book worth ordering, all on its own...and DESPITE the typically silly writing by the other authors. The characters are believable, interesting, and complex - neither totally good, nor totally evil, and the ending isn't the storybook happy one we often expect. This was good enough writing to make me put other books by this author on my wish list.
However, Kenyon's story of an Arcadian panther was exceptionally insipid...even more so than some of the author's other more readable, but typically poorly executed tripe. And, hey, I even like a couple of her books - but I have no illusions about her being a "great writer" - but THIS story is just painfully bad...my eyes still haven't recovered from all the rolling heavenward. Ugh.
All the stories in this book were amazing. It actually made me want to read other book by these authors. I was very happy with this read and would recommend to everyone looking for a Paranormal Romance book.
Anthology by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, L.A. Banks and Lori Handeland. Banks story is part of the Vampire Huntress series. Kenyon's story is a were-panther genre. Handeland and Ashley's stories are both in the were/skinwalker genre.
All the stories are the quality you would expect of these authors.
Four short stories. 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. An interesting, but weak, look into the Dark Hunter universe. Not one of her better efforts. 2)by Amanda Ashley. Medieval setting, more historical romance than supernatural. 3)by L. A. Banks. Best of the four. Contemporary setting, strong, well-written. This story alone makes the book worth it. 4) by Lori Handeland. Second best story in the book. Contemporary setting, good blend of romance and suspense.
Winter Born by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a Dark-Hunter novella.
Make it Last Forever by L.A. Banks is a poignant story about a tough young man who finds his place in the world with the help of a 18 yr old girl, who can't escape her evil fate.
I found Born of the Night by Amanda Ashley just okay and Red Moon Rising by Lori Handeland was boring.
Four of Romance's most intriguing authors have come together to create a msemerizing anthology - unforgettable tales of vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves. At the heart of these deeply sensual tales are everyday people facing extraordinary events -- men and women thrown together by fate and an irresistible desire. In this world, your eyes can betray you as myth becomes reality, curses are vanquished, and love is the only weapon that can stand in the face of evil. In this world there is a moment when passion and forbidden desire collide.
Winter Born by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Two enemy Were-Panthers discover that fate has destined they become lovers. Pandora must learn to trust Dante's foreign nature. But as she slowly succumbs to the truest passion she has ever known, dark forces have already set out to reclaim her...
Born of the Night by Amanda Ashley
When Lady Shanara Montiori is taken hostage, she learns that the rumors about her captor are true. Lord Reyes is afflicted with the dark curse of the werewolf. Still, Shanara can't fight the attraction they both feel. Will their love break the curse-or feed its powerful hold?
Make It Last Forever by L. A. Banks
An innocent mistake forces the beautiful Tara onto a mission to save herself from the dark fate that awaits her. Salvation comes in the form of a seductive biker with a heart of gold. But will surrendering to their ripe attraction unleash a danger even she cannot control?
Red Moon Rising by Lori Handeland
Novelist Maya Alexander's peace is shattered when she is stalked by a Navaho skinwalker who has taken on the guise of a wolf. Her only hope is the mysterious Clay Philips. In his arms, she seeks protection-but as the red moon rises, no one is safe from the danger that lurks nearby...
A good book but the shortened format requires the reader to be understanding of lack of background development. I loved the first novella, but the third just irritated me, as I really thought it would have a different ending.
Winter Born (Sherrilyn Kenyon) has characters that are in her other stories. Acheron, Simi, and I believe the way this reads some of the were-panthers are in others as well.
Born of the Night (Amanda Ashley) is historical romance crossed with paranormal
Make it Last Forever (L.A. Banks) is a hard one to read. I agree with another reviewer - hated the ending. It felt unfinished and ... well I cannot say more without spoiling it for those who want to read it.
Red Moon Rising (Lori Handeland) was ok, but there is obviously a larger backstory for the male lead than can be covered in a short story and the couple seems like one thrown together by danger and held together by little else.
This book contains 4 short paranormal stories. I admit that I got it for Kenyon story since I follow the Dark Hunter series. I enjoyed reading about Dante and Pandora. I have read other books and stories by Amanda Ashley - her story was okay, not great - but it had you invested in her characters. The Lori Handeland story was good too. I enjoyed it - and I think that I will look into her other books to try them out. I did not read the Banks story - I find that I don't like her writing. I recommend trying these nice bite size stories out!
If you are familiar with each authors novels then you will enjoy the in between these stories give. I know for sure that S.Kenyon and L A Banks novellas are tied to the Dark Hunter and Vampire Huntress series respectably. I am not familiar enough with Amanda Ashley or Lori Handeland to say the same. Thier stories however made me enough of a fan to want to check out thier books. ***Update*** I won an ARC of Any Given Doomsday, and wow!, what a total surprise. Lori Handeland can draw you into her world like I haven't experianced in quite some time.
Four great stories all good reads though the third is a little slow and seemed to me a bit dis-jointed("Make It Last Forever). but still enjoyable. I especially liket the last story(Red Moon Rising). I think you will too!
(from cover)In an unseen world that lurks in the shadows, they roam the night-feral, passionate, and dangerous. And when their world touches ours, a primitive desire takes hold leaving mere mortals powerless in its wake...Four of romance's most intriguing authors have come together to create a mesmerizing anthology-unforgettable tales of vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves. At the heart of these deeply sensual tales are everyday people facing extraordinary events-men and women thrown together by fate and an irresitible desire. In this world, your eyes can betray you as myth becomes reality, curses are vanquished, and love is the only weapon that can stand in the face of evil. In this world,there is a moment when passion and forbidden desire collide at the stroke of midnight.
I just read Born of the Night and to bad it was short that would make an excellent book. I gave that short but memorable story 5 stars. I couldn't get into the other two stories but overall it was great writing.
I have read Serrilyn Keyons story last night and I couldnt put it down. This one about were-hunters that are panthers. Dante is looking for bands for is club. Pandora is looking to get a hold of Ash or Acheron to help her return to her time period in the future but before she can actually find him four male panthers walk into the hotel where this s Dragon Con, and sent her heat. Pandora has to fine a way to find Ash but not to let the males find her. Well eventually one does and the rest is for you to find out. Rate this story a 5