Friday, March 11, 2011

Review: Kiss Me, Kill Me (A Paranormal Romance Anthology)

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Voyage into the realm of the paranormal with this nine author short story anthology. Sink your teeth into:

Cat Fight by Zoe Winters
Cat Fight takes place in Zoe Winters' "PretVerse". Greta is a cat therian (shifter). She's been involved with Dayne, a local sorcerer since she sought his protection from her murderous tribe. After a fight, Greta shifts into cat form and refuses to come back out.
My Thoughts: Definitely cute and I liked seeing how Dayne and Greta have been getting along since Kept.

A Ghoulish Valentine by H.P. Mallory
Dulcie O'Neil can't help her attraction to Knight Vander, much though she tries to fight her feelings. When she begrudgingly accepts his invitation to dinner and a movie, she can't imagine her evening will be derailed by a cemetery full of hungry ghouls and one incredibly sexy man.
My Thoughts:  I actually liked Dulcie quite a bit more than Jolie (from the Jolie Wilkins series) and she and Knight sound like they're going to be downright explosive when they finally get together.

Impulse Control by Susan Bischoff
In the world of the Talent Chronicles, kids born with supernatural powers are taken from their families and forced into government research facilities called State Schools. At one such school, a group of Talents must work together to stop a dangerous experiment that's already killed two of their peers and threatens others. If they're caught they face Detention, and Detention at a State School has a whole different meaning.
My Thoughts:  I loved this one.  I loved the world that's been created and the way the kids have found ways to support one another despite the restrictions on them.

Wild Passion by Lori Brighton
James is a treasure hunter intent on collecting a deadly, priceless statue. Then he meets Adelaide, a stubbornly beautiful and mysterious woman who knows more about the statue than she admits. Suddenly, James is tempted to give up everything for the one treasure he can't seem to own ... Adelaide.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one.  Adelaide's ability to see glimpses of the future made her a worthy adversary for James.  I just might be checking out the rest of this series when I'm in the mood for a paranormal historical.

A Fairytale Ending by M.T. Murphy
An unlucky actress discovers that there is no good and bad when it comes to vampires and werewolves, only bad and worse.
My Thoughts: I actually liked this one a lot, right up until the end.  The perfect day was a little too much for me, but I liked the brutality of the story in general.  It was a nice change of pace from the usual happy ending.

Blind Sight by Kait Nolan
Isla's ability as a Seer has made her a life-long captive of a paranormal crime lord. Fae assassin, Ransom, offers her a chance at escape, but when she touches his hand she sees only blood, horror, apocalypse. What reason can Ransom have for wanting to rescue her, and can she possibly trust a man who deals in death?
My Thoughts: I have one thing to say about this one: MORE RANSOM, PLEASE!

The Sacrifice by Toni LoTempio
After a chance meeting with the mysterious Alfred Barstow, Jennifer is swept off her feet by his whirlwind courtship of her, so much so that she accepts his proposal of marriage. Leaving her boyfriend Peter behind, she heads off to start a new life in California, unaware there's more to Alfred than meets the eye - and a sinister plot behind his proposal. The Sacrifice is a story about what happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be your worst nightmare...and then some!
My Thoughts: Not my favorite, mostly because I had a hard time getting into Jennifer's head.  I liked Peter, I liked his nobility and his unwillingness to give up but the resolution to the story felt rushed.  Having someone pop in with all the answers was a little too easy.

Until the Breaking of the Day by Daniel Arenson
The Underground. A realm of flame, blood, and knives in the dark.When its prince returns from exile, a young demon girl will learn his secrets.
My Thoughts: I ended up liking this one a lot but I had a tough time in the beginning when the mythology was being set out.  It's hard to lay out an entire world in a few short pages and I think this story would definitely benefit from a longer format.

If You Leave by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Despite their devotion to one another, Gabrielle and Jorge have been living separate lives. That is, until Gabrielle's life ends. Reunited and it feels so...complicated?
My Thoughts: The only story that I didn't really care for.  I tried, but I couldn't finish it.

Please note: All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to GreaterGood.Org charity.

Final Thoughts:  Well worth the price since I found one new series I really want to try out (The Talent Chronicles) and revisited a few authors and worlds that I had delved into previously.

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge

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