New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith's elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that's as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he's found his mate, he'll do anything to keep her. In one New York Times best-selling author Ilona Andrews' novella Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible. In Milla Vane's The Beast of Blackmoor, a warrior princess must tame a savage beast to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself. It's seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince's bachelor party goes every which way but right in nationally best-selling author Lisa Shearin's Lucky Charms.
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Very good anthology :D
- Malinda "I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)"
Would prefer single titles, rather than anthology.
Yes and no. I purchased this anthology because I really enjoy Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling world and was eagerly anticipating finding out what Bastien Smith's story. The time that I spent listening to that story: well-spent.
The problem is that I was unfamiliar with the other three authors and took a gamble that I would enjoy them as well.
The middle two stories are okay, but didn't grab me like Singh's story did and the last story... I could definitely have NOT listened to that one. (As it is, it took me 3 tries to finish and I am seriously debating returning the audiobook because of this last story).
Nalini Singh's story added some interesting depth to her world. Instead of taking the typical changeling-human or changeling-psy story that she has been using, this one is a twist on a changeling-changeling and it is well done. It explains a possible problem with changelings and adds further depth to the world.
The two middle stories were occassionally funny and obviously continuations of previous worlds, but they didn't pull me in and were an easy listen without being very engaging. I will admit, they are both written first person and I tend not to appreciate stories written in the first person as much.
The final story in the anthology is set in a "barbarian fantasy" world and the ending is about the only thing I enjoyed in the entire book. I would NOT recommend this book to most people, because of the extremely graphic and violent "romantic" scenes throughout the book. The book starts with a battle scene and I was definitely interested, but was immediately turned off when the book began integrating the extremely violent abusive scenes. Interestingly enough, a couple of other reviews of this anthology said that they were glad that Nalini Singh had toned down her "intimate scenes", but they didn't mind this particular novella within the anthology. I would say that the Nalini Singh is a story of which the romance and intimacy is one part, but it does not dominate the story. The same can NOT be said of this novella - these scenes dominated the book and were much much more graphic than any of Nalini Singh's in ANY of her Psy-Changeling series (and I have eagerly read them all).
I am only going to address the novella that I liked (the Nalini Singh one):
If I truly put my favorite scene, it would be a spoiler. ;) So I will go with an early one in the book that made me smile.
The scene when Bastien pulls up to drop off the elderly packmate who he drove home and then turns around and sees the heroine Kirby is cute and has funny parts. The elderly packmate has a very snarky sense of humor and it is really fun to see them interact. Finally, at the end of the book, when the "kitten defurring tools" make a reappearance is another fun scene and a good look at protective Mercy looking out for her younger sibling (even if he is a full grown Dark River leopard).
**IF** you like more than just one author, yes.
**IF** you go into the last story knowing it is very violent and not everyone's cup of tea, maybe.
Would I purchase this anthology again? Probably not. I would much prefer to purchase just the one story that I really liked and have the option to go back and purchase the middle two if I decide later I want to listen to them. Is the last one worth ANY purchase price, IMHO? No.
Go in with your eyes open. Enjoy the ones you enjoy and bail on the other ones.
- Cathy "Teacher, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic."