A solid anthology, with some great short stories from the worlds of Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Dresden, the Morganville Vampires, and Women of the Otherworld. All the authors were given the topic of vampires and birthdays, and the results range from humorous to bleak, from light-hearted to disturbing. If you’re a vampire fan, this is your anthology. For 16 and up, but most are targeted at adult readers.
There are bad boy romantic heroes and then there is Lothaire, who crosses the line into straight-up villain. I like Cole’s heroines, always, but I’m not sure she made the leap into redeeming Lothaire in our eyes, or justifying nice girl Ellie’s comfort level with him. Still steamy and well-written, as ever, but it was a stretch for me. 18 and up.
Cole sets herself one of her toughest challenges when she decides to reclaim a notorious villain as a romantic hero for this book. We love the heroine and wish the best for her, but I had a tough road reconciling this hero with his horrific misdeeds in this and previous books. Your mileage may vary. That said, this is Cole’s patented blend of paranormal adventure and romance – couldn’t put it down.
Another smoking hot PNR from Cole. In this one, we glimpse what has happened to the Immortals that have been rounded up from both sides of the conflict. Witch Carrow is dispatched to a dying land to find a demon with vampire tendencies and betray him. Sparks fly in very interesting ways, and Carrow faces the toughest challenge of her life.
Another terrific paranormal romance, this time with a shapeshifter and an immortal archer. A great read that takes us all over the world, with strong leads who work well together. Or would, if they could only stop fighting each other. 18 and up.
Another PNR in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. In this one, a warrior gets kidnapped by a sorceress and hijinks ensue. But what I like about Cole is that her hero and heroine are very clearly drawn, and they earn their love story. Her world-building deepens from book to book, and she’s a terrific writer. If you need a sexy fantasy romance, this is your series.
Cadeon Woede has fallen, against all his people’s rules, for Holly, a human woman, but when she suddenly becomes a Valkyrie, only Cadeon can keep her from all the other factions trying to make her their own. In contrast to the last book in this series, this one is a road trip, as Holly, taken completely out of her element, slowly sheds her inhibitions. A sultry paranormal romance for grown-ups.
Our heroine in this is Mariketa the Awaited, a witch who’s not sure why she’s been awaited, but hopes some day to find out. Her inexplicable attraction to wounded werewolf Bowen seems crazy, since he’s already met the love of his life and lost her. Many new twists in the 4th Immortals book, but the steamy romance is the same. For 18 and up.