This anthology features three PNR/UF stories all loosely tied to Halloween. The stories are pretty short… the total number of pages was a little over 100 pages. Here’s how they break down:
Of Monsters and Men – Jocelynn Drake takes us back inside her Asylum world for a new adventure of Gage and Trixie. This short story is set after the events of Angels Ink. And it’s really designed to show just how deeply Gage has fallen in love. Jack –the werewolf who Gage turned in a chihuahua in the novel– is in need of help. The Winter Court of the Fae is about to unleash the Wild Hunt on his pack. He knows Gage has the juice to stop them. But when Trixie is threatened, we see just how far Gage will go to keep her safe.
I enjoyed revisiting this series and I like seeing this edge to Gage. I’m not completely invested in the romance, but I really like the world building –and the fact that hero is not all black or white.
The Ghoul Next Door – This short is from new-to-me author Terri Garey. It follows the efforts of an angry witch (Cassie) as she tries to drive the new owner out of her family home. She has no idea, though, that James has his own powers and his own reason for living there. And it doesn’t take long before she realizes that there is a thin line between love and hate.
I liked the writing in this one and the story was pretty good. My only beef is the speed that these two go from enemies to soul mates… and that is saying nothing about the make-out sessions while being held hostage. The romantic resolution is just too rushed to really satisfy.
Trick or Treathen – Jenna is a human, desperate to rescue her sister –who has been kidnapped by a sadistic master vampire. Her only hope for help is through another master vamp, Treyne, who has she has become friends with over the past several months. Now, she’s tired of waiting, so she tries to force Treyne’s assistance. What ends up happening instead, is that she lights the powder keg of sexual attraction that has been brewing between them since day one. They are on the verge of sealing a bond between them that neither wants… or do they?
I had a couple of problems with this one. First of all, I felt like I was jumping into an established series, the way the past between the hero and heroine was characterized. I’m glad they have a history –don’t get me wrong– because it gave a basis to all the feelings these two have over a short number of pages. The quick about-faces they do would have been even worse without it. I didn’t like the small time jump at the end. But on the plus side… the sex was well done in this story, IMO. And while it was a different vampire world, it felt similar in tone to the first Blood Rose book I read from Caris Roane not too long ago.
Overall Rating: C+
*ARC Provided by Avon
Blood by Moonlightby Jocelynn Drake, Terri Garey, Caris RoaneRelease Date: October 23, 2012Publisher: Avon