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Anonymous reviewed Weddings From Hell: Till Death / Happily Never After / Ghouls Night Out / The Wedding Knight on
Helpful Score: 6
IMO more enjoyable than the average anthology, didn't dislike any of the 4 stories:
1. Maggie Shayne writes about Scotland, love, and a family curse.
2. Jeaniene Frost gives us a peek into Bone's (her series hero) extended family, as Chance is dispatched to rescue a heroine threatened by the mob.
3. My favorite of this group is Terri Garey's semi-Goth (I see dead people)heroine, a replacement bridesmaid for her red-neck cousin. Destined to solve the murder of the previous bridesmaid before wearing the dress-from-hell.
4. The historical offering in this otherwise contemporary book, and my first exposure to Kathryn Smith. Readers looking for tall/plus size heroines should enjoy this one.
I didn't dislike any of the stories but most of these anthologies are just fluff anymore. They don't add anything to the continuing stories but yet you feel compelled to buy them just in case. They are okay stories....none of them are great. It was a quick read but unless you get it from site such as PBS, I wouldn't waste my money.
Enjoyed Jeaniene Frost & Terri Garey's stories, but thought Maggie Shayne's would make me hurl because it was SO predictable and saccharine sweet. Kathryn Smith's was just about as bad, and since I had never read her before I'll be sure I don't pickup anything by her in the future!
Quick read. Not as good as I had hoped. The first story was not up to Maggie Shayne's usual standards. The rest were ok at best. I really like all the authors of this book so I was alittle disappointed in the book. None of the stories are 100 pages so I guess it was hard to develope much of a story with so little time. Not a keeper.
#1: Till Death, by Maggie Shayne
This story revolves around a young girl named Kira Monroe.. who finds out a distant aunt left her with a fortune in her will. She goes to Scotland to meet the side of her family she never knew & becomes entangled in the family curse that's been haunting the MacClellan clan for centuries.
Call me sappy, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this story. It was intriguing & heartbreaking all at the same time. Maggie Shayne did a phenomenal job of weaving the characters with this curse that an ancestor put on the MacClellan females. This story made me cry, it was that good (or maybe it was just THAT kind of a day for me). Either way.. 10 out of 10 stars.
#2: Happily Never After, by Jeaniene Frost
A hardworking resturantur Isabella is forced into being the fiance of a local mob boss to protect her brother. Suddenly, a dashing vampire comes to intervene, thanks to Isabella's fiesty grandmother.
This was a great story too! I definitely found myself rooting for Isabella & Chance, hoping things would progress between them. Great story!
#3: Ghouls Night Out, by Terri Garey
This story revolves around a young girl, who is asked to be a last-minute replacement bridesmaid for one of her hillbilly cousins. She soon realizes that the bridesmaid she replaced is dead.. because she has this ability to see & speak to ghosts. Unfortunately no one knows yet & she begins to try to find out what happened to this sad ghost.
This story was cute.. not as good as the rest, but worth the read. I love the hillbilly references (as I can certainly relate).
#4: The Wedding Knight, by Katheryn Smith
A vampire finds out that his beloved human, whom he loved & left 5 years earlier.. is getting married to a man who is a member of an evil, selfish Order that has been around as long as he has. He goes to stop the wedding but finds himself falling in love with his human all over again.
I loved this story, and yet it was not my favorite. The story builds, introducing the characters, relating some of their history (especially the history of the centuries old vampire, Payen)... but then the story just STOPS. No conclusion, no resolution whatsoever. If this were a full length novel, it would've been worth the read. Unfortunately, it leaves one with more questions then answers.. even a short story should have some sort of resolution. This one did not - AT ALL. For that fact alone.. it was incredibly disappointing.
All the stories in this book were cute, not great but cute, the one I really enjoyed was the one from Maggie Shayne. I am happy to have a book club like this so I can read these books without paying the high prices.
First story by Maggie Shayne: Yawn! Soo incredibly CORNY and predictable, I skipped the last three pages of it on my first read.
Second Story by Jeaniene Frost: Nice interaction between the characters... I've read in the other reviews that this is some sort of prelude to her series hero; will pick it up soon.
Third Story by Terry Garey: Hillbilly references were quite over the top, and the writing was stilted and 80's-ish. If this is the way she normally writes, I will give her books a big NO, thanks!
Fourth Story by Kathryn Smith: I will give Ms Smith the benefit of doubt, because all first timers deserve a second chance. The story was not quite there, it seemed to stop in mid-stride and fall off the mark; yet what little was there was intriguing enough. Do try again, please.I promise I will read your next book/novella/story, whatever you put out.
Usually you only get a couple good stories in an anthology, but in this one you get 4 good stories. 3 are a continuation of series I enjoy reading (Garey, Smith & Frost), the Shayne was ok - thou I'm not really into her books. Definitely recommend this book.