Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortal Guardians (Book 3.5), The Sentinels (Book 0.5), Underworld Detection Agency (Book 4.5)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1420125122 (Zebra/Kensington)
Reviewed by: Kaitlin
Four of today’s most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire…
Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other…
Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs
Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .
In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Richart d’Alençon can’t forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .
High Stakes by Hannah Jayne
When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay’s design contest rival is found dead, she’s the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He’s the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him–and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?
Quick & Dirty: This anthology is full of steamy love, action, and unique characters. I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, and it wasn’t a huge page turner, but lovers of paranormal romance might want to give it a try!
Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy – 2 out of 5 stars
Well, this started out fine, but it went downhill from there. It seemed enjoyable enough at the beginning, and the author took her time in explaining and I had no problem with the writing style or anything else, but it’s a whole other story as soon as the villain comes in.
The antagonist didn’t have enough motive to be one of those characters that make your spine tingle and your hairs stand on end. Honestly, if I didn’t have to create a review for this, I wouldn’t have kept reading. It was kind of ridiculous: the antagonist was chasing after Angela because she wants to be beautiful, and apparently Angela has a power to do that. If it was me, I would give up and just buy some face paint, or even try out plastic surgery. Maybe if the author had given readers a chance to see from her point of view, then we could understand how desperate she was to not look like she does. I lost my interest when I realized why Angela was being accosted constantly.
Then there is Nico. He seems strong, smart, fast, and everything that a main character should be if they are jailkeepers of a place where magic users are imprisoned. But as soon as he gets closer to Angela, it almost feels as if half of his talent is tossed to the side, making his worth, at least in my eyes, decrease. He allows himself to be knocked out, he doesn’t keep close enough watch on his “true love”, and more.
I didn’t enjoy this very much, to sum it up. I definitely saw some positive in the first few pages, but after that my interest deflated.
Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs — 4 out of 5 stars
In my mind, this represents a lot of what a good old vampire story should be. Morbid and creepy, the tone is set immediately, and Cassie’s personality immediately demonstrated. Cassie isn’t the typical heroine. She is easily frightened, not very strong, and although she seems smart, there is a certain frailness about her. However, this is sort of a good thing in this plotline, and reminds me of Twilight. Cassie is similar to Bella, as are Edward and Ethan, Cassie’s love interest. Their love is gentle at some times, and at others fiery and passionate.
The romance was heartfelt and adorable. Ethan was both a fierce predator and a gentle lover, mixed into one little ball of conflicting emotions and 100 percent amazing. I’m not sure why I loved his character so much, but I think it was how his imperfections just made him cuter. Queue the cheesy music! Altogether, a good read.
In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall – 4 out of 5 stars
In contrast to the first story of this anthology, I felt this started off uninteresting but became much better as it went on. This consistency was one of the only problems, the other being that the author doesn’t fully explain what the character is until you are far into it, which is confusing.
I love the relationships and the way that they are built up by Duvall. For example, Jenna and her son John have a very close relationship, and the bond is so close that it’s obvious John’s father’s death brought them together. Also, Richart and Jenna’s romance slowly builds, making for an exciting love story and a couple that you can’t help but ahh at. Richart: an odd name. For the first twenty pages, I swear, I was reading “Richard” by accident. But I think the unusual name helps to show that the character is unique, and in a way Richart is better.
Altogether, this is a sweet love story with just enough action, and also my favorite of these stories.
High Stakes by Hannah Jayne – 3 out of 5 stars
The irony of the name of this story, being that it is about vampires, is not lost on me. Be that as it may, I saw nothing that swayed me from making this just alright. The main character has a hilarious, girly personality (and she’s a vampire…), but the love interest didn’t counter her with any intriguing aspects, other than looks, so their love wasn’t very balanced. Additionally, I didn’t really connect with either character.
There really isn’t much I have to say about this one. It’s not anything to rave about, but not anything to rant about. Feel free to try it out if you liked the other stories this anthology has to offer.
FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Predatory. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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