Blood Red Kissby Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books on September 20th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Good things always come in threes—and this paranormal romance anthology featuring steamy stories from New York Times bestselling authors Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter is no exception!
Get ready for a collection chock full of vamps, demons, aliens, and plenty of sizzle!
In Kresley Cole’s celebrated story “The Warlord Wants Forever,” the first in her scorching Immortals After Dark series, vampire warlord Nikolai Wroth will stop at nothing to claim his Bride, the one woman who can make his heart beat again. But can beautiful Myst the Coveted accept an enemy vampire as her own?
Tehya has spent the last twelve years as an accidental wolf, but is truly a vampire at heart. When she gets injured, Lobo sneaks her inside MoonBound’s headquarters and nurses her back to health…with potentially deadly consequences. Desire collides with danger in “Forsaken by Night,” a MoonBound Clan novella from Larissa Ione!
In Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassins novella, Dark Swan, Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both. She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bond her life to his…effectively wedding him. But without consummation, the bond will fade. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?
This is going to be one of the easiest reviews I’ve ever written. Why, you ask? Because three of my all time favorite paranormal romance (PNR) authors have just released their collaborative anthology called Blood Red Kiss. I’ve been reading these three wonderful ladies for 7 years. That is actually as long as I’ve been reading books for fun. I knew that two of the authors were besties, but toss in another and apparently these girls had too much fun collaborating on this book.
The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – 5/5 stars
Okay, so I already read this story waaaay back in December 2010. This is the novella that starts the entire Immortals After Dark (IAD) series. I know a lot of readers didn’t read this short story first, but rather started the series reading A Hunger Like No Other. This novella isn’t crucial to the series but it’s written as a primer for the entire series. The rules of the world are spelled out for you. It is a fantastic way to sample Ms. Cole’s IAD series.
But I’ve got to tell you, even if you don’t like this short story, I HIGHLY recommend the rest of the IAD series. Check out Goodreads for yourself and you’ll see all the great reviews. Well, at least my friends have put up great reviews. Oh, you know who to trust! 🙂
Forsaken By Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #2.5) by Larissa Ione – 3.5/5 stars
I have been waiting FOREVER for a new Moonbound Clan story (okay, only a year).Good news: I got it in the form of a novella and I wasn’t even expecting it… Surprise! Bad news… it had been so long since the last book that I’d forgotten a lot about the world.
This is one of Ms. Ione’s tougher worlds for me to keep straight. Whereas Demonica and Lords of Deliverance were both in the same “world”, I was able to keep track of the characters and “canon” better. For some reason, for Moonbound Clan, with it’s clan hierarchy and native american history on top of the whole enslaving of vampires thing and high tech research, I just can’t keep track of who can have babies, who can’t, etc….
It may sound like I don’t like this series but crazily enough, I LOVE this series! I just wish it would come out faster. Ms. Ione is an awesome writer and her PNR stories are scorching.
If you don’t think you’re up for starting this series, I do highly recommend the Demonica series. Especially book #2, Desire Unchained, my personal (heartbreaking) favorite.
Dark Swan (Otherworld Assassins #2.5) by Gena Showalter – 3.5/5 stars
So I read the description on this story. I thought, “Hey! It’s Dallas’ story, finally!!” As in Dallas from the Alien Huntress series. But wait a minute here…. it’s being tossed into the Otherworld Assassins series. What the heck, man??!! These are all characters from the Huntress series. Oh, whatever. I’ll get over it.
Once I got over my confusion, let it go, and started reading, I remembered all my love for sci-fi!! Man, I need to find me more sci-fi on my shelves right now. And Ms. Showalter does good sci-fi because in her world, anything goes. You want to make a person from 15 different aliens, you go right ahead. Just watch out for the consequences. 😉
I really love Dallas but somehow, he seemed a bit more over the top with his ego this time around. Maybe it’s been too long for me since I last read an Alien Huntress. Lilica was a great fit for him. I just wasn’t such a huge fan of the alien insta-love-mojo they had going on. I think the story could have been just as good without it. But, as always, I’m not an author. Me suck at writing.
Unlike past mass market anthologies I’ve bought or received, this one has “bonus” material in between stories. Conversations between the authors and a book cover’s evolution are shared with readers. I thought this was a wonderful idea!!! I hope this becomes a new, popular trend (hint, hint Publishers).