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I Belong


Review: Supernatural Anthology

TitleSupernatural Anthology

Authors: Larissa Ione, Alexandra Ivy, Jacquelyn Frank, G.A. Aiken

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: August 30, 2011

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 142010988X (Kensington/Zebra)

ISBN-13:  978-1420109887 (Kensington/Zebra)

Reviewed by: Sheila

Synopsis:

Contains a Demonica/Lords of Deliverance story from Larissa Ione, a Nightwalkers story from Jacquelyn Frank, a Guardians of Eternity Story from Alexandra Ivy, and a Dragon Kin story from G.A. Aiken.

“Vampire Fight Club” by Larissa Ione: 

When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice – with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can’t conceal the lust that simmers between them…

“Darkness Eternal” by Alexandra Ivy 

After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there’s no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch…

“Kane” by Jacquelyn Frank 

Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his… just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane’s hunger is more powerful than any punishment…

“Dragon on Top” by G.A. Aiken 

Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna’s patience… and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist…

Quick & Dirty: This anthology delivers four very steamy stories from some very talented authors.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I originally read this book for one story, “Vampire Fight Club” by Larissa Ione.  I can’t seem to get enough of the Lords of Deliverance series.  Those guys plus the Sem brothers, originally from the Demonica series, equals supernatural sexiness.  I suppose there is nothing wrong with reading only one story in an anthology.  In this case, I must request that you try all of them on.  Well worth your while.  You may even find a new favorite series out of it.

“Vampire Fight Club” by Larissa Ione (Demonica Book 5.5/Lords of Deliverance Book 1.5)

What would you choose to do if you knew you had only a short time to live?  Why, solve the mysterious death of your brother and then avenge him, obviously!  Vladlena, known to her friends as Lena, is a shapeshifter that cannot shift.  She’s tried everything, knowing that if she can’t shift, she will die in a matter of weeks.  After the body of her brother is found in an alley by a well-known night club, and a not so well known fight club, she decides that she will discover who killed him and why in the short time she has left.  She gets a job at the club, as a medic, so she can snoop around.  She finds Nathan.  Nathan is the manager of the club, and one sexy vampire.  He too once sought revenge against the club owner, but finds that he no longer cares.  Let’s just say that Lena and Nathan have a lot in common, and it’s not just sexual chemistry.  Will Nathan be able to shake off his lethargy when Lena’s life is at stake?  Will Lena finally find something worth living for other than revenge?  This novella does not require you to know the series before hand.  It may, however, entice you to pick it up.

Rating: 5/5

“Darkness Eternal” by Alexandra Ivy: (#7.5 of the Guardians of Eternity series)

This is Uriel’s and Kata’s story.  Uriel is charged by Victor, his vampire king, to find and retrieve Laylah’s missing gypsy mother, Kata.  Little did Uriel know all that awaited him on this seemingly simple assignment.  Kata is the twin to Marika, evil vampire extraordinaire, and has been held captive for the last two centuries.  Now that Marika is dead, she is free from the spells that held her, right?  Wrong.  Marika has bound their twin souls together so that when she dies, so does Kata.  By the time that Uriel finds Kata, the two of them are transported to Hell to await the pleasure of Marika’s madness.  In the midst of all of this drama, Uriel and Kata fall in love.  Will their past prejudices get in the way of their future happiness?  But how long will they be allowed to enjoy their new-found love when they are being hunted by the invincible Marika whom wishes to see them both suffer for eternity in hell with her?  I have yet to read the Eternity series, but this novella is a great read on its own.

Rating: 4/5

“Kane” by Jacquelyn Frank (#1.5 of the Nightwalkers series)

Kane is a mind demon that has broken one of his race’s greatest laws, he wants a human.  His desire to make Corrine his own has overwritten his better judgment.  In his world, demons don’t mate with humans; they are not even allowed to interact with them.  So when Kane finally approaches Corrine and goes to claim her, the punishment for violating the laws is immediate.  Kane is erased from her mind and taken away, and Corrine will be left alone.  But by Kane touching her, Corrine’s dormant druid DNA is awakened and the two Imprint on one another.  Imprinting is a phenomenon that makes the two parties part of a symbiotic relationship where one can no longer live without the other, literally.  Corrine’s separation from Kane is now the reason she is dying.  They are brought back together but it’s during a dangerous time for demons.  It’s a time when demons are savage in their lovemaking and unable to control themselves with their mates, something that a fragile female could die from.  There is a bunch of back story included but it boils down to two unlikely people forced together and then fall in love.

I hate to say this, but this is my least favorite of all the stories.  Even though it gives a tantalizing glimpse of the Nightwalkers series, the whole story mostly takes place in a bed.  With Kane tied up.  I know; yum right?  Corrine, on the other hand, vacillates between being afraid of Kane and trying to ravage him.  I don’t know, maybe I would like the books more because they are longer and have to ability to add in more stuff, like a plot.

Rating: 3/5

“Dragon on Top” by G.A. Aiken: (#4.5 of the Dragon Kin series)

Oh my, I’m going to need to read this series, like, right now.  Dragons and fighting and loving, what a combination!  Captain Ghleanna Cadwaladr is not a she-dragon others are willing to mess with.  She’s strong, ruthless, and has the training to back up her loud and tactless mouth.  After getting dumped and humiliated in front of her troops, her queen assigns her to accompany and protect a group going to negotiate a treaty with a neighboring dragon clan, the Sand Dragons.  Bram the Merciful is the queen’s top negotiator and more known for his brain than his brawn.  But when his queen tells him he will have an escort to the Sand Dragon’s domain, he is torn.  Bram has been in love with Ghleanna for years but she doesn’t even know he exists.  Can he take the chance of being distracted by her when he has such an important job to do?  But when Ghleanna is mortally wounded by a band of traitors, Bram must decide if the life of the one he loves is worth the risk to go to the one place he’s vowed never to return.  Can the gentle male tame the fierce, but oblivious, female and make her his own?  Can two so very opposite dragons make it work?

Rating: 5/5

FTC Advisory: Kensington Books provided me with a copy of the Supernatural AnthologyNo goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  The only things I receive for payment are hugs and kisses from my little boys.

 

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