by Rebecca York, Rosemary Laurey, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

September 2004
ISBN: 0-7582-0621-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

This anthology has three stories about male vampires and the mortal women they woo. Rebecca York brings us Night Ecstasy. Jules DeMario is hundreds of years old. He lives off the blood of others and the sexual release of women. Taylor Lawson is an artist who has lost her spark. She is always the best painter when she is in a new relationship. Having been given Julesí number, Taylor contacts him to take her around New Orleans. Their relationship progresses and Taylor is able to start painting again. What she canít understand is the sexual relationship, itís not exactly right.

In Rosemary Laureyís Velvet Night, DC Cop, Vickie Anderson is taking time off of work and staying in the family cabin in the mountains. When she lays eyes on Pete Falcon all Vickie wants to do is lay hands on him as well. Strange things are happening in the mountains and Vickie wants to be certain that Pete isnít involved. Sheís not really certain that it would change how much she really wants him.

Midnight Court, by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is strewn with secrets. Elizabeth wants Dante but they both have secrets to keep; not to mention the 'angel' who has just attracted Danteís attention. Will they be able to divulge their secrets without one of them dying?

When I read a romance I really prefer the endings to follow along the lines of 'I love you, stay with me/marry me', none of these books did that. In fact most of them had the 'letís see where this is going' type of ending. Jules hid his vampirism by stealing from his woman, Pete constantly relied on a mortal woman to save his ass, and Dante spent a good portion of his time having sex with one woman while thinking of another. Let me be blunt here . . . I truly disliked the men in these three stories, a greater group of weenies Iíve never read about before! The women were only a tad better than their men, with Vickie being the best of the bunch . . . sheís a cop, couldnít make her much of a wuss. The first two stories were interesting enough to keep me reading. However, the last story was so secretive I had no clue what was being said much less what was going on. I had to continually force myself to keep reading it. All in all, I was rather disappointed in the entire book with a bad taste left in my imagination due to the final story being the worst of the bunch.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Vikky.