This anthology contains three novellas –
The Wolf, The Witch, and Her Lack of a Wardrobe by Shelly Laurenston – 4.5/5
This is a fun read about two people who could not be more different and still make a great couple. Jamie Meacham and her witch coven have signed on to protect the small southern town of Smithville and its menagerie of shapeshifters. Driven to increase her power, she is a serious, young black woman who says what she thinks and makes no excuses. Tully Smith, the town’s sheriff and a shapeshifting wolf, is care-free, contented and laid back with a fun-loving streak of devilment in him. Ms. Laurenston does a great job of using actions and relationships to build these two characters. She also makes sensual, sexy scenes integral elements of the story.
In the Dark by Cynthia Eden – 3.5/5
When Sadie James sees her old lover whose death she has been mourning for two years fondling a redhead right in front of her, she is filled with a rage that unleashes the leopard in her. When she confronts Liam Sullivan there in the bar, they are surprised to learn the secret each has been keeping from the other and that their passion still exists. As they join forces to stop a rogue shifter who is on a killing spree, can they get beyond the hot sex to work out their differences? Although the overall outcome is predictable, Ms. Eden adds a few fresh elements that keep the story from being stale.
City of the Dead by Sherrill Quinn – 3.0/5
Having her brother in trouble once again brings Dori Falcon back to Jack Boudreau, a New Orleans cop, to ask for his help. Every other time she had been able to walk away before they could make love but Dori is tired of fighting their attraction. And Jack is tired of having her escape him. So this time it is going to be different, and it is. The steamy sex, though decently written, dominates the story. Some more insight into the characters and livelier action on the brother’s rescue would have made this more enjoyable.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Brava (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075823886X
- ISBN-13: 978-0758238863
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