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Review: Burning Up (anthology)

Burning Up by Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra & Meljean Brook
Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Shapeshifters, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (BERKLEY, 368 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0425235955
Bring these four authors together and it's sure to ignite a spark...
Angela Knight pairs a vampire warrior and his seductive captor in a battle against demonic predators.
Nalini Singh returns to the world of her Psy-Changeling series as a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector-and lover.
Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in her story of a wounded soldier rescued by an enigmatic young woman.
Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series about a woman who strikes a provocative-and terrifying-bargain for freedom.

Author Site: www.angelasknights.com, www.nalinisingh.com, virginiakantra.com, meljeanbrook.com/

Unexpectedly Good For Being Short Stories (4 stars)

Bringing together stories from four very popular paranormal romance authors, Burning Up is a solid taste of each contributors work.

Headlining the collection is Angela Knight. Known for her Mageverse series and many other writings her story Blood and Roses is an interesting medieval vampire romance. Combining magic and vampires with what I think would be a pretty cool series realm this one was likable but a toddler character in the mix might be a turn-off and annoy readers. The hero and heroine have great chemistry for such a short story. The love scenes were memorable and quite spicy. 4/5 stars

Author of the popular Psy/Changelings and Guild Hunter series, Nalini Singh contributes a short story from the former. I've read other P/C short stories before but still haven't cracked the novels open. Whisper of Sin pairs a studly leopard with a sweet, young human in danger. These characters make cameos in the P/C series and this is their backstory. Sadly, that made it hard for me to enjoy the story. I didn't have anything to ground me to them and so this story felt kind of contrived. Maybe fans of the series will love it but I didn't feel it. 2/5 stars

The third tale in this tome is Virginia Kantra's Shifting Sea, a Children of the Sea series short. I have to say that the CotS series is one of the more original paranormal romance series I have had the pleasure of reading. Not one of the titles or shorts I have read from this series was a disappointment and this is no exception. When a lady of the finfolk falls for a wounded soldier on land she has to choose between her love and the sea. If you love historicals and paranormals this is a terrific sample of what the best in the genre can be. Fans of the series shouldn't miss this one! 5/5 stars

Probably one of the most anticipated books to be released this year is Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series opener, The Iron Duke. Brook is already well known as the author of paranormal romance The Guardians series and The Iron Duke is her steampunk romance debut. Letting readers have a nibble of the world of the Iron Seas series seems to have only served to whet appetites more. For such a short story where the steampunk element requires intense descriptive world building Here There Be Monsters delivers in spades. The romance between the blacksmith heroine and crazy pirate captain is palpable and downright yummy. Fans of steampunk looking for some romance or fans of Brook's other work should definitely read this tale. It was my favorite! 5/5 stars

Overall this anthology is exceptional. The entries are varied to include shapeshifters, mechanical-limbed pirates, vampires and more. From the big city and the high seas to the Scottish countryside and dangerous fantasy realms there's a little bit for every romance reader who likes a paranormal element. I highly recommend Burning Up and look forward to reading more from these authors in the future.

Other Reviews:

Emily @ What Book Is That?

Notes: I purchased this book online.


Lover Of Romance said...

Loved your review!!! I love Nailini Singh, and havent read the other authors involved in this anthology, but I really do want to start reading from them since I love this genre. Already on my TBR!!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

Happy Reading!

Rhianna said...

I hear folks say they love Singh alllll the time and I actually have half of the Psy/Changeling books on a shelf here waiting to be read. Bugged me so much that I didn't like the story. :( But that happens and I saw why I didn't fall in love with it so it didn't turn me off to reading anything else she writes.

And I do really recommend Kantra's books, I've reviewed the two I read and another short story from an anthology here somewhere... you'll have to use the search to find them all. If you like strong women who need to be won over by handsome men I think she writes it better than anyone. :)


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