Monday, February 22, 2016

Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andres, Lisa Shearin, & Milla Vane ~ Review

Source:  Purchased the audiobook

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark...

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella,Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms .


Secrets at Midnight (5 stars)

This is the reason I purchased the audiobook.  I love Nalini Singh and this series.

I'd met Bastien in another book from this series and Ioved his name so when I saw this novella was about him, I had to have it.

Bastien has a puzzle to solve.  He catches a whiff of his mates scent but he can't find her.  Tracking her seems impossible and that's just insulting to his leopard.  But a chance cake delivery has him coming face to face with the women his cat is convinced is his mate.  But who is she?  Or better yet, what is she?

I was amazed how much was packing into this short novella.  A mystery to go with a mating was amazing.  This author is a master at telling even novella length stories in such a compelling way that I just don't want to put them down or have them end.  

Best story of the book.


Magic Steals (3 stars)

I've never really been a magic girl.  Despite that, I did enjoy this book.  Might have been the shifters in it.  Dali is a tiger and she's the person everyone comes to when black magic has hurt them.  She brings balance back to the world.  So when a mystery takes shape after a person goes missing, she's the one to try and solve it.

Hanging out with Dali is the jaguar that wants her as his mate.  Interestingly, Dali sees herself as plain and can't figure out why Jim would be interested in her.  He's this gorgeous alpha and she's a vegetarian plane jane.  So not how he sees her.

It was fun to watch her figure out the mystery as well as the feeling that Jim has for her.  It was almost a coming of age shifter story.  Learn to accept yourself and get the guy too kinda book.


The Beast of Blackmoor (4 stars)

This book is more epic fantasy than I would normally read.  No shifters in it, though.  But the thing is that I really did enjoy it.  Because it was a novella, it didn't get weighted down with some much fantasy that I felt lost.  There was just enough that I enjoyed the tale.  

Milla is on a quest to tame the beast.  The quest is for her Goddess.  And she is a mighty warrior in her own right but with the help of the Goddess, she cannot be beat.  But taming doesn't mean a collar and the history of the beast must be resolved.  It's all very tied together as her faith in her Goddess and her attraction to her warrior combine to find an answer neither of them saw coming.

Very enjoyable and quite sexy, this one surprised me.  I'm sure I never would have picked it up had it not been in this anthology.


Lucky Charms (3 stars)

This one is cheesy.   If there is a magical creature, it is in this book.  They are everywhere in this NYC.  The human seer, Mekeena, is charged with helping her partner find the 5 leprechauns that are loose in the porn shows of the city.  Every sexual innuendo that can be related to the situation is present.  It was more of a mystery than a romance though.  What's going on in the city and who is behind it.  Why did the leprechauns lose their guards and why have seers become a prize that keeps getting killed.  This one is clearly the beginning of a series.  It does complete the story of the leprechauns but leaves a lot unexplained.  I'm sure that's for the series.  But it didn't capture my interest.  I'm not reading the next book.


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