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1.06.2011

Review: Winter Wishes (anthology)


Winter Wishes (anthology) by Vivi Andrews, Vivian Arend & Moira Rogers
Paranormal Romance, Erotica, Demons, Shapeshifters
Ebook (CARINA PRESS, $7.99)
ASIN# B004CJ811K

A Twist on Tradition
A woman has the Christmas Eve from Hell. Two cat shifters play naughty games. And a witch brings out the beast inside the man. The magic of the season takes on a whole new meaning in these three fantastic—and festive—novellas from some of the best voices in paranormal romance.
Anthology includes:
Tangled Tinsel by Vivian Arend
No Angel by Vivi Andrews
Freeze Line by Moira Rogers
Stories also available for purchase separately.

Author Site: vivianarend.com, www.viviandrews.com
, www.moirarogers.com

Festive Holiday Season Sampler (4 stars)

Not everyone loves anthologies. When it comes to seasonal tales (ie. Christmas, Solstice, Halloween) an anthology makes a nice forum for authors to dabble in a holiday event without bogging down an entire novel. Winter Wishes brings together three previously unknown to me authors with paranormal romance offerings set either around Christmas or in wintery climates. While all three are available in this one volume they are also available for individual purchase.

[TANGLED TINSEL by Vivian Arend] Opening the anthology, Arend's Tangled Tinsel brings together two sexy cat shifters for a holiday season filled with investigation and copulation. As a reader I don't care for stories that jump straight into sexual situations within the first few pages, especially when the characters don't know one another. That started me off on the wrong foot with this one. Unfortunately nothing went on to redeem it. A pretty convoluted plot, cookie-cutter characters, a jumpy pace and too much sex (yes, there may actually be such a thing) had me skimming for dialog to bring the story back. If you're looking for cat shifters having a lot of sex with a mention of the season being Christmas and New Years this one is for you. 1/5 stars

[NO ANGEL by Vivi Andrews] When Sasha's boyfriend, Jay, gets sucked into Hell on Christmas Eve she's charged with going after him. But has she been sent to kill him or redeem him? Can their relationship survive both the trials Hell has to offer and the truth about their bloodlines? Not only was this a great Christmasy themed offering, it was a darned good bit of world building using angels and demons. I was so impressed I was only a couple of chapters in before I went and started adding Andrews' other titles to my wishlist. 5/5 stars

[FREEZE LINE by Moira Rogers] Shane Sullivan is a werewolf just trying to survive in solitude above the freeze line. When he finds Nadia, a witch dying because there's no magic to connect to so far north, he does the only humane thing and tries to help her. As the two fight their way south to get Nadia to safety both feel the changes their respective kind has to the magic in the earth. But could there be another magic brewing, a magic between them? This one wasn't bad. But it wasn't great either. As with most short stories it's tough to fit in enough world building to make it work. I liked the characters and enjoyed their chemistry but I felt like I didn't know enough about their world to really enjoy it. It did serve to pique my interest in this author's work though so I have to say it was worth reading. 3/5 stars

Other Reviews:
Chelsea on Vampire Book Club
Stephanie G on Paranormal Haven


Notes: I received this one as an ebook review copy through NetGalley.

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