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Review: Dead After Dark (anthology)

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Dead After Dark (anthology)
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Anthology
Mass Market Paperback (ST. MARTIN'S PAPERBACKS, 384 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0312947984
With these four tales of paranormal romance, it’s never been hotter to be close to death... SHERRILYN KENYON “Shadow of the Moon” Angelia has fought her entire life to make herself strong. Now, with her patria under fire, she has to protect her people from Fury and his werewolf clan. Vowing to bring him to justice, Angelia sets out alone…until the hunter becomes the hunted, and the only way for her to survive is to trust the very wolf she’s sworn to kill. J.R. WARD “The Story of Son” Claire Stroughton is a beautiful lawyer who would rather spend the night with a legal brief than the man of her dreams. Then a routine client meeting turns dangerous—and deeply sensual—when she is held captive by a gorgeous man with an unworldly hunger... SUSAN SQUIRES “Seize the Night” When Drew Carlowe returns home to win back a lost love, he is quick to dismiss rumors that his estate is haunted by a stunning young ghost...until one passionate encounter leaves him mystified—and aching for more. DIANNA LOVE “Midnight Kiss Goodbye” Trey McCree possesses an insatiable desire for Sasha Armand—and supernatural powers that could endanger her life as a human. But when they team up to stop an evil warlord, Trey discovers that Sasha can do way more than drive men wild…
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Three Greats and a Dud After Dark (4 stars)

[SHADOW OF THE MOON] by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Fury fans will rejoice that he's finally getting a story of his own, even if it's only this short one. When his childhood friend and former object of his affections betrayed him years ago he swore to show her no mercy. But can he let old grudges shadow the tenderness they once shared, especially now that she's involved in the most horrible crime imaginable? -- I'll admit to not being a huge Fury fan but Vane, Bride, Zarek and Sasha all make cameos in this one! The story wasn't too bad but I definitely agree with some other opinions I heard about this one, it should have been a full length novel. 4/5 stars

[THE STORY OF SON] by J.R. Ward, Claire is a high-powered NYC lawyer known for her strong work ethic and commitment to her career. She plans to spend her labor day weekend working once she gets back from Caldwell, New York where she has a meeting scheduled with a very wealthy and important client. But when her client's darkest secret is revealed to her, Claire's life will change in more ways than one. -- Fans of Ward can't miss this one. You simply cannot! While not a BDB tale it is set within that realm and while very simple in execution is an excellent example of her skill as a writer for those who haven't tried her yet. Loved it! 5/5 stars

[BEYOND THE NIGHT] by Susan Squires, Drew Carlowe has returned to the home of his youth in search of love and revenge. But when he discovers that the rumors of a beautiful lady haunting the halls of his house are true his plans become much more complicated. -- I haven't yet read anything by Squires but I believe this story ties into her Companions series. Fans of steamy romantica will like this one's highly sensual story and those looking for a proper happily ever after won't be disappointed either. 4/5 stars

[MIDNIGHT KISS GOODBYE] by Dianna Love, Trey left Sasha behind nine years ago so that he could follow his destiny as a Belador. But when his path leads him back to Atlanta and Sasha he can't help but want to see her and protect her from the evil that she's being paid to investigate and he has to destroy... even if it means risking his own people to do so. -- I feel terrible saying this but this story should never have been included with others by authors of this caliber. This story reads like the efforts of am unpublished author and frankly I wonder if an actual editor even looked at it. Could barely get past the glaring mistakes enough to attempt to enjoy the confusing plot and dimensionless characters. 1/5 stars

Overall my personal assessment of this anthology was obviously a bit mixed but I would still recommend it to Kenyon and Ward fans. For non-fans of these authors I think Ward and Squires have the stand-outs that really show their depth as writers. It is fair to say that the first three stories could easily have been made into full length novels and been just as good if not better. Enjoy!

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