Author: Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, Hanna Jayne.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Rating: 2-3 star average
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Four of today’s most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire…
Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other…
Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs
Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .
In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Richart d’Alençon can’t forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .
High Stakes by Hannah Jayne
When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay’s design contest rival is found dead, she’s the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He’s the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him–and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?
Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy – 2 Star
This section of the book didnt impress me very much and it was very difficult to get into reading the book at all when it had such a poor opening story. To me this was basically just a shorty story version of a porno, just a quick bang that happens for the most random reasons which everyone is supposed to believe it plausible but really never would happen in a million years.The characters come into the story, instantly love or rather lust after one another. I didn’t feel any connect between the two main characters at all and found the overall insistence of the author that they actually love each other annoying because I didn’t believe it. The characters were hollow and I could barely tell the difference between them as I read, and the character Nikolo’s constant reminder that he was this great and powerful Sentinel was horrible. I understood that fact the first or at the very latest the third time you told me. Angela was also supposed to be smart, but some of the dialogue she spewed forth was just so idiotic I actually stopped reading for a bit to get over what had just been said.
Each of the stories in this book are very short but this one suffered greatly for the 60ish page limit each one had. The story really is just meant to a ‘trailer’ for a series of books that will be coming out at a later date, but it really wasnt suited for it. A story that could fit comfortably into a series let alone a full sized novel should not have been forced into such a small space. The idea of turning this book into a preview of ones to come kind of made me angry. The series name shall be Sentinel.
All that being said though I have given the story a 2 star rating because if it wasn’t so short and wasn’t mainly focused on the sex, the actual story idea would have been very good. It has very X-Men qualities to it that could be very interesting. I would consider reading at least one book from the actual series to see if it has been presented better.
Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs – 3 Star
I didn’t mind this story so much.Granted it did move a tad quickly, but the stories within this book don’t really have much of a choice in the matter. The story line was enough to keep me interested until the end, but not so great as to leave a very big impression on me once I had finished reading it. The only thing that greatly stood out in this story was that the main character Cassie didn’t seem to have a very set personality like the author couldn’t quite make up her mind about which one persona she wanted her character to take. Other than that however, it was alright and it would probably be worth a read.
In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall – 4 Star
We just keep going up with the star rating don’t we? But I actually loved this story. Though we had very little time with the characters I actually felt like I got to know them and could tell each of the apart and their names weren’t mentioned directly after a section of dialogue.This one is also a sort of preview for a series for books already published called Immortal Guardians, but this one didn’t leave me disappointed or anything at the end.It seemed to span over a greater period of time so the storyline didnt seem so rushed but was left open to more if it wanted. For this one I dare say I was supposed to know the characters before I started reading to know some of the background that was happening/mentioned, but I never once felt like I was missing something. It was very well put together or a short preview.
Also a romance, it didn’t focus on the sex either and the relationship seemed to grow more than something that was slapped together for the sake of it. The only thing really that I have to complain about with this book as that it kept switching character perspective when it wasn’t supposed to, but I don’t know if everyone would pick up on it, and it sure didn’t ruin the story for me. It was mainly something I picked up on because I try to focus on details like that when I send my response to the author that was kind enough to let me read the story before it was published.
Anyway, I now eagerly await the day I can read the actual series and get far more of these characters I fell in love with and the ones I wish I knew more about.
High Stakes by Hannah Jayne – 2 Star
I fell asleep 3 times while reading this story. Thats a lot for about 60 pages of writing and having not been one bit tired. I was expecting more from this final story since the other ones seemed to improve the more I read into the book, but this one made the overall rating fall right back. The author tried to make it very hip and now to how people on the internet or some people on the street tend to speak, but what I think the author failed to pick up on that some of those things are really only said by 14 year olds and older people tend to stay away from the ridiculous sayings. It didn’t really work with the age group the book was trying to reach.
Again a preview for an already published series called Underworld Detection Agency, the story itself wasn’t so bad from a how it was written kind of way, and I felt like I was missing things in this story. Our main character is supposed to be a vampire but the only thing that really comes about from this fact in the story is she catches on fire at one point and heals quickly, other than that nothing. It probably would have been better to leave this out all together and have it as a normal human murder fashion mystery rather than a seemingly pathetic vampire that doesn’t really seem to do anything that makes her a kick ass of the night. I feel the series might reveal more, but for this it just wasnt needed to add the paranormal aspect to the story.
Combine all this with a predictable ending, you have a pretty boring story. I guess the second I met a characters sister with the thoughts “The sister did it” before I even knew what it was, that she would be the master behind all the evil. Then sure enough I was right. When I jump to conclusions I would like to be made to feel at least doubtful if not proven wrong by such a judgement.
The Overall Book
I received this book from the publishing company (I think) on NetGalley for my honest review, but If was to go and buy this book, it would only really be for In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall. It was the only section that made it a worthy read really. Or if you feel the other might actually appeal to you, I would suggest that I buy the actual books from the series rather than this book of previews. Its just not worth it for the whole thing.