Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Review: Hot Spell (anthology) by Lora Leigh, Emma Holly, Shiloh Walker, Meljean Brook

Title: Hot Spell
Series: Breeds, The Guardians, Tale of the Demon World
Author: Lora Leigh, Emma Holly, Shiloh Walker, Meljean Brook
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 7, 2006
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 0425212882
ISBN-13: 9780425212882

Venture into a world beyond the ordinary, where the dark passions and voracious appetites of vampires, werewolves, demons, and a few undaunted mortals combine to unleash a potent spell.

My rating:

The best part of this four-novella anthology was Lora Leigh's Breed novella. Certainly not one of the best stories in the series, and entirely too short, I barely started enjoying the story when it was already over.

Shiloh Walker's was one of those hidden gems and the first story by the author I've read. I'm sure it won't be the last.
The twist of "combining" two utterly different creatures of the lore was a nice move, yet I felt that sort of conflict could've been explored a little further. Unfortunately, with novellas the author has a limited amount of space to cram everything in.

I've never been a fan of Emma Holly's and I certainly shall not become one. Her contribution to this collection was once more a rather boring rendition of been-there-read-that. I just cannot relate to her characters or her stories.

It is Meljean Brook's story that earned the title "Skimmed Through Instead Of Read" for this anthology. I just couldn't "get with the program". Neither the plot nor the characters were able to pull me in, leaving me to just fly through it to continue with the next story.


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