Four paranormal romance stories by four queens of the genre come together in Wild Thing an anthology that doesn’t quite live up to the title.
The first up is Maggie Shayne whose contribution is Animal Magnetism. The premise of a vet who can communicate with animals (calling Eddie Murphy) and helps a cynical detective solve a serial rapist case is good. But about halfway through it becomes predictable and of course you will easily guess/solve the ending.
The second story is the one I liked the least. Meljean Brook is the author of Paradise. Someone or rather something is butchering vampires and a guardian (think fallen angel) is sent to protect/investigate. She hooks up with the Alpha Vamp who has lost his consort to the killers. The story is choppy and doesn’t explain enough of the history of the characters so I became lost before we even got past the first few pages.
Third up, Hunter Kiss is by one of my favorite authors Marjorie M. Liu who writes a dark and disturbing tale of a female demon hunter and the defrocked priest she teams with. Good character development and a riveting storyline keep your attention. Throw in a few chuckles provided by the female lead’s “family” of demons and you have a pretty good read.
The last was the one I enjoyed the most. A Warriors of Poseidon tale by Alyssa Day, Wild Hearts in Atlantis gives one of the underwater hotties from her first in the series, Atlantis Rising his own story. We meet up with Bastien, who helped his prince and leader, Conlan, in the previous book battle the evil vampires who were plotting against the humans the warriors are sworn to protect. Here Bastien and his hot lady shape-shifter, Kat, (get it?), go up against another bad-ass vamp who wants to destroy her pride. I was disappointed that this wasn't a full length story, it felt like it was missing elements and a full length would have rounded it out better.