Book Review: Paranormal Nights – Anthology

Paranormal Nights CoverSynopsis:

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling authors C.J. Ellisson and Celia Kyle have teamed up with SEVEN more sizzling Bestselling paranormal writers to create a pulse-pounding read like no other! Eight stories. Some of the hottest authors in the industry. One place.

WOLF PROTECTOR by Milly Taiden: A woman with a secret. A man with one desire. A case that pushes them to the edge…

WHY THESE TWO by Jackie Ivie: Reika has found her mate.  Darryl Bailes.  He’s big.  Brawny.  Black Ops trained.  Brutal.  And stubborn.  He’s not interested in being anyone’s mate - especially a vampire’s.  Well.  The knives are out.  Challenges made.  And somebody is going to lose.

DEATH TIMES TWO by C.J. Ellisson and Boone Brux: The V V Inn has a ghost problem, one that requires the help of Lisa Carron, resident Alaskan grim reaper. Tasked with helping her, fledgling vampire Asa soon realizes that not only can she provide the dead a peaceful passing, but offer him solace in a way no other woman can.

HUNTER’S BLOOD by Marianne Morea: Revenge. It’s what Lily Saburi craves since the brutal murder of her best friend. A vigilante bent on striking a blow for humanity against the shadowed world of the supernatural, one bullet at a time—until she meets Sean Leighton, Alpha of the Brethren. Sexy, powerful, Leighton is charged with destroying anything threatening his pack, and that includes Lily. Dangerous passions ignite and confuse, but can they rise above hate and distrust to find love?

A WICKED PRELUDE by Calinda B: Chérie Manhattan has sworn off men – until colliding with the sexy, blond, hotter than Hell, Cam Tyson. Her choices: play it safe, yet unfulfilled? Or take a chance on love? Evil demons are heading her way. Will she take the plunge into passion or fall prey to her doom?

DRAGON’S HONOR by Mina Carter: It was supposed to be a simple job. But the Paranormal Protection Agency don’t do simple…So Shadow-dragons Baron and Duke are uncover. As humans. Redcaps and trolls attacks pale in comparison to the most startling revelation of all: the woman they’re protecting is Baron’s mate.

PLAYING THE ODDS by S.A. Price: A shadow demon grifter looking for a big score meets a sexy stripper with the ability to grant luck to anyone she deems worthy. She is everything he’s ever wanted, and he is everything she’s been told to stay away from. But he knows she’s the answer to all his problems, and plans to show her that a life with a card player is worth taking a gamble on.

NIBBLED BY THE VAMP by Celia Kyle: Wren Minix knew vamps were real. Totally.  But mean fairies?  Fairies weren’t supposed to be mean!  But they are, and she really thought she was gonna become fairy dust if it hadn’t been for the super hunky vampire that saved her.  Had she mentioned hunky?  And, hey, giving him a little snack in return was no bigs.  He helped, after all.  Except she wanted one nibble to turn into two and then…oodles.

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My Review:

I do love a good anthology. I truly feel that they’re a great way of finding authors, and for authors to find their audience (its why I’m in so many myself;)

Again though, there are some stories in there better than others, but this will always happen. Readers will choose their favourites and hold all others against them. Death Times Two was probably my favourite due to it’s developed plot and fast pace, it was also very well put together in terms of writing and how the whole story weaved together perfectly.

From a writer’s perspective, there could have been some serious slashing of parts of some stories and there were some characters in there that could have done with a bit of a make-over. In fact I stopped reading two stories simply for that reason alone – nobody likes a confused character or one that its easy to take an instant dislike too – unless you’re writing a survival horror!

The front cover is a half naked man, which I never mind and I can see how difficult it would be to show all the creatures/ troupes from each story – so I think that this kind of works. I also think it was a nice thought to have all the authors of equal font size on the front. All too often a ‘big’ author gets top billing and over shadows the other just as talented authors that are also included. This way the reader gets to decide on who they want to read and it’s not dictated to them by the publishers.

There weren’t anything really new in this anthology, however as paranormal romance goes, it does what it promises. Overall I’d give Paranormal Nights 4 out 5 stars – a nice introduction to some talented authors.

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