by Anthology

August 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23595-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Four erotically enticing stories by four very talented authors of the paranormal genre, make Burning Up a rating of 4.

The first story in Burning Up was the one I struggled with the most. Nalini Singh’s Whisper of Sin. Never having sampled this author before or her popular Psy-changling books probably hindered my understanding of the plotline. Set in the near future, human heroine Ria is rescued by DarkRiver pack member Emmett. Emmett must use all his shape-shifter abilities to protect Ria from those who would seek to harm her when her family refuses to pay extortion money.

My interest perked up with the next story, Blood and Roses by Angela Knight. Set in a medieval alternate world, we meet brave Vampire knight Raniero who must save the Kingdom from an evil sorcerer. The same sorcerer holds blood witch Amaris captive and awaits the right time to sacrifice her baby sister to further his despicable plans. Amaris bravely joins forces with the handsome vampire warrior to save her sister and thwart the unleashing of a dark predator race on their kingdom.

Next is my personal favorite, Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea series prequel Shifting Sea. Finfolk Morwenna is curious about the human race, and against her twin brother’s wishes has taken human form to investigate them. Meeting and falling in love with returning war hero, Major John Harris, was not what Morwenna planned, but can she sacrifice her immortality and give up her life in the sea for the man she loves?

Finally there is Meljean Brook’s contribution, Here There Be Monsters. Starting off a new series in the paranormal genre known as steampunk, Here There Be Monsters is a compelling account of blacksmith Ivy who strikes a tantalizing bargain for safe passage with the rogue pirate captain, Mad Eben Machen.

Reviewed in November 2010 by Bonnie.

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