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Dead After Dark by Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Susan Squires and Dianna Love

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Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages.

Published: 02 December 2008 by Saint Martin's Press Inc.

Edition: 1

ISBN: 0312947984

EAN: 9780312947989

"Shadow of the Moon" by Sherrilyn Kenyon: 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. "The Story of Son" by J.R. Ward: 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..."Beyond the Night" by Susan Squires: When Drew Carlowe returns home to win back a lost love, he is quick to dismiss rumours that his estate is haunted by a stunning young ghost...until one passionate encounter leaves him mystified - and aching for more."Midnight Kiss Goodbye" by Dianna Love: 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...


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Patchy collection

I bought this mostly because of the story by JR Ward ("The Story of Son") which links with the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels in that it is set in the same universe. I am assuming that it was written some time ago (copyright page says 2008) because it doesn't quite mesh with some of the things we know about how the vampire society works but I think that we can excuse that in a short story which is very much on periphery of the world. It is a short, sweet and romantic story with an excellent proactive heroine rescuing her vampire from his situation. It lacks the popular culture references which are so much a part of this author's writing but it is nice enough - I am not sure that there was enough there to justify buying the whole book though.

"Shadow of the Moon" is the first story by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I have read some of her ongoing urban fantasy series but it is some time ago and I was a bit lost in some of the references in this story - there were a lot of characters to get your head round in a short space of time if you didn't already know them together with the mythology of the world. I thought that Fury was an excellent character but his love interest Angelia was a bit lacking in character. This one was better left to those who are immersed in this writer's world.

The Susan Squires story "Beyond the Night" is very much a melodrama set in (I think) the nineteenth century. It features a man returning to his childhood home after making a fortune at sea to find the woman of his dreams and discovering that there are thing he needs to know about the house that he has bought. The author made this story more accessible by limiting the number of characters and being very simplistic about the plot and the powers of the vampire. As far as I could see this one was not part of a series and it was quite refreshing to find it self-contained. This story was OK - I wouldn't have bought the book to read it but it was entertaining.

The final story "Midnight Kiss Goodbye" defeated me and I just skim read the end of it. It involved supernatural characters in a secret society and evil demons and tribes and portals - and I just didn't care. I don't know if this is part of a world created by this author or if this is stand alone but it lost me early on and there was nothing to grip me.

This is a patchy collection and none of the stories was outstanding. The first two will probably satisfy readers who know the other writing of these authors. It is hard to create a supernatural world, explain its rules, introduce us to characters and then tell a story in such few words - not all the writers here succeeded.

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