The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook - An Iron Seas novella of 15,000 words: The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth's life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay?My Thoughts:
Vixen by Jill Myles - A shifter novella of 15,000 words: Miko's denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn't want to choose between both men...it wants them both.
Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane - A Disillusionists novella of 20,000 words: Sophia Sidway, Midcity's most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption...but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.
The Blushing Bounder: Oh, Newberry! Such a sweet, lug of a guy. And here we get to see him muck up his personal life in a rather spectacular fashion. I really love the Iron Seas world and I adore how Meljean Brook brings the lovable constable to life. As a plus, we get some of Mina's uncensored observations and see how Newberry steps up as Mina's protector. Wonderful!
Vixen: Holy hot threesome, Batman! This little gem hit the spot as far as sexy threesomes go. It had the perfect slow buildup and Miko's yen for the two men makes perfect sense in the world that Jill Myles has created. Loved it!
Kitten-tiger & the Monk: This story took me a little longer to get into but, my GAWD, what a world we're given here. Power, despair, loyalty, betrayal... whoa.
Final Thoughts: Since I ended up enjoying every one of the stories, I'm going to go on record as saying this is one of the best anthologies I've read in a long, long time.
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Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Steampunk Challenge