Over the Moon by Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson, Virginia Kantra and Sunny
Released January 2007, 33 pages
Released January 2007, 33 pages
*I bought this book for my local book group. I've always been a fan of werewolf stories and was hoping this book wouldn't bore me to death like so many of the romances I've recently attempted to read.
The first story is by Angela Knight who has always been hit or miss for me. When a female werewolf in heat runs away from an arranged marriage to a brutish alpha wolf, she lands pretty much on top of a police officer who just happens to be a werewolf himself. What are the odds? She needs a baby in order to maintain her independence from the alpha wolf but the reasons are so convoluted that I'm not even going to attempt to explain. I could see where this was going a mile away but it held my attention and there's a lot to be said for that.
The second story by Virginia Kantra is a sequel to a story in an anthology released quite a few years ago. One I never read. That's annoying. Why do publishers do this to us?! It's about a young lady who decides to go on an extended hike in the wilderness and ends up stumbling across the sidhe. I felt lost throughout most of it. The basis of this story relies heavily on the previous story and all the references to the previous tale frustrated and confused me rather than clearing things up. The atmosphere is very well done but in the end I still felt confused and the love story didn't make all that much sense. This one needed to be longer or packaged with its prequel, if you ask me.
The pace picks up with MaryJanice Davidson's tale "Driftwood". It's an unlikely love story between a beta werewolf and a bossy female vampire who wants nothing to do with him. The two hook-up when he finds her stuck in a hole on the beach and attempts a rescue. The results are silly, sarcastic and a lot of fun. Read this one, if nothing else.
The final story by an author known only as "Sunny" gave me the same issues as the Kantra story. I felt like I'd been thrown into a sequel of a book I hadn't read. Are writers intentionally trying to make me worry if I have Mad Cow disease? Is this some sort of backlash for all of my bad reviews? Perhaps. I probably deserve it. Anyway, the story is about some sort of alien/paranormal/fatally attractive half-blood Queen and her two male lovers who are little more than Jean-Claude/Richard clones right down to their descriptions. It's almost as if the author took Laurell K. Hamilton's characters and wrote them a little fanfic piece in which they're now a very happy threesome. I found myself mostly annoyed at the LKH and Anne Bishop "Blood Series" similarities but eventually let it go and kind of liked it. The characters were decently drawn and their motivation well explained despite the fact that the driving force of the story is pretty much sex for power, for healing or just for kicks . . . I'll probably search out the other two books in this series. Just out of curiosity, of course. (Note, I did but still haven't read 'em)
*This review was written a few years back and is part of my never-ending archiving project.
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