On the Prowl: Alpha and Omega / Inhuman / Buying Trouble / Mona Lisa Betwining
On the Prowl Alpha and Omega / Inhuman / Buying Trouble / Mona Lisa Betwining Author:Sunny, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks Four all-new stories of urban fantasy run wild. — These all-new paranormal romances from today's hottest authors feature a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent. — AL... more »PHA AND OMEGA by Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega novella)
The werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack -- and inspires a power in Anna she's never felt before.
INHUMAN by Eileen Wilks (World of the Lupi novella)
Kai has a secret gift of sensing thoughts and desires. What she senses in her neighbor Nathan could be dangerous. Because he has a secret gift too, and it's about to be let loose....
BUYING TROUBLE by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer novella)
A Lord of the Fey crosses paths with a fiery red-headed mage named Claire in a New York auction house. But in this strange underground society, the rarity up for sale is Claire herself.
MONA LISA BETWINING by Sunny (Novel of the Monere novella)
Among the children of the moon, Mona Lisa is of mixed blood -- part Monère, part human, and destined to be alone. Until she meets a man who could be her salvation -- or her downfall.« less
I got this book because of Patricia Briggs who is on my buy list for her Mercy Thompson series. Her story here "Alpha and Omega" is an introduction to a new series she will be releasing which is set in the same world as Mercy Thompson. This anthology contains 4 stories including the Briggs one. I liked the first 3 stories.
"Alpha and Omega" - Briggs' contribution was more romance heavy than I expected - in the Mercy books the romance is much less of a focus. Still, well written and engaging and I will look for the continuing series with these characters.
"Buying Trouble" - I liked Chance's short story better than her Cassandra Palmer novels because it felt like there was a little less rushing around than in those books - more pausing time between the action. Also set in the same world as Cassandra Palmer's but with other characters. Some mild humor I enjoyed.
"Inhuman" - I was impressed by Wilks. I'd never read anything by her before and I could not tell it had anything to do with a series (it's set in the same Lupi world as her series), unlike the rest of the stories in this anthology. I thought the world building was subtle and the story had a relaxed pace.
Sunny's "Mona Lisa Betwining" - I did not like it. I skimmed, and actually stopped short at a âCrammingly soâ line and spent a few moments wondering about what the author was thinking writing that. This felt like just a continuation of the Monere series, not just a story set in the same world, and had spoilers for book 2! Also I thought that any time that Mona Lisa has a problem (mental, physical, whatever), the solution always seems to be - have sex. I think the point was to introduce Lucinda, a character that will have her own series, but that encounter felt forced and oddly out of context.
Laurie O. (LolasBDIs) reviewed On the Prowl: Alpha and Omega / Inhuman / Buying Trouble / Mona Lisa Betwining on
Helpful Score: 11
I read anthologies expecting to get four or five completely self-contained, stand alone stories. The only one that really fit my expectations in this book was Karen Chance's story.
Two of them, by Briggs and Wilks, are teasers for novels due out later this year, even concluding with a statement something like "read more of their story in......" I felt a little lost reading Sunny's story as well - I've never read anything by her before.
The stories were all ok, but I've got a subscription service that sends me book excerpts five times a week. I don't need them in a book I pick up for an easy read.
I've only read the Patricia Briggs story from this collection, but it was fantastic. After encountering the "see more!" tag at the end of the story, I thought the story must be the first few chapters of the Anna & Charles book, "Cry Wolf." Not so, I discovered. In fact, "Cry Wolf" picks up right where the short story leaves off, and I found the novel much easier to understand after having read the short story. I recommend that anyone planning to read "Cry Wolf" check out this story first.
I enjoyed all but Sunny's contribution. It was rather annoying that 2 of the other 3 were effectively teasers for upcoming books... but they were enjoyable enough that I didn't mind too much, and I may even check out those series; the worlds are interesting.
I really disliked Sunny's contribution, though. Way too much sex; too cliched sex; a convoluted and, I suspect, ill-thought-out world; these equal not-a winner for me. The comparison to L.K. Hamilton, in that sense, was completely fair... and if you like LKH, you may like Sunny. I don't, either of them.
I didn't mind that the Briggs and Wilks stories were teasers for upcoming novels (I'd read the reviews and knew this was the case). In fact, I've put the novels they are teasers for on my reminder list. And I would read something by Karen Chance if it dealt with the Fey and dragon character introduced here. I didn't like the Sunny story, too stiff (if that's not too much a pun) for me.
Introduction to this spin-off series and I'm hooked (once again)! I just really enjoy P Briggs writing. Also thanks to those reviews that said to read the FIRST before starting Cry Wolf. So far more romance heavy than Mercy (but I've only read through the 3rd book, Iron Kissed).
Inhuman- Eileen Wilks 2*
A bit confusing to get into as I haven't read anything else in this series/world.
Buying Trouble- Karen Chance 4*
Mona Lisa Betwining- Sunny 2*
Eh. Read Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels series. It's similar enough to this one (and so much better)
Paige M. (pg-mack) reviewed On the Prowl: Alpha and Omega / Inhuman / Buying Trouble / Mona Lisa Betwining on
Contains "Alpha and Omega," the origin story for the Alpha and Omega series. Also, "Buying Trouble" follows a side character from the Dorina Basarab (author Karen Chance) series. Great book if you're a fan of either of those series.
I bought this to read the beginning of the Anna Latham and Charles Cornick story, which is set in the same alter-verse as Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series. The stories by Eileen Wilks and Karen Chance were good ones and tempt me to get into the stories that follow. Sunny's story is bad; I quit reading partway through. Interesting to me that the quality of the stories declines in just the order they're included.