by MaryJanice Davidson

September 2005
ISBN: 0-7582-0891-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

The first story of this anthology is titled Bridefight. Detective Lois Commoner is forced to a desk job after being shot yet one more time she now can not do field work any longer. Lonely and depressed, not even being able to do the job the way she used to, she contemplates suicide. Her attempt is botched, however, and she ends up waking up in a different world, rescued by an absolutely gorgeous shapeshifter who also happens to be a prince in the SandLands.

Mating Season is the second book in the anthology. Prince Maltese is beginning to worry if he will ever find his mate. As he takes a bath, the answer almost literally falls on his lap. WAC Lt. Anne Sanger of the Womenís Army Corps (WAC) expected to see the world...but not quite the world she finds herself in.

In Groomfight Prince Shakar, who has always suffered from wanderlust, always wished that he was somewhere else. During one of his hunting trips, he lands on Frederica (Rica) Callanbraís lap. Surprisingly, her mother was from the SandLands.

As a MaryJanice Davidson fan, I must say I had been waiting (im)patiently for this anthology. I had read Bridefight when it was first published by another publisher, and of course, I fell in love with all the characters, including Prince Damonís brothers. Really Unusual Bad Boys finally brings us the anticipated stories of Princes Maltese and Shakar. This book is full of Ms. Davidsonís trademark sense of humor and is a breeze to read. Although the length of each novella does not allow for a lot of character development, the little irks and quirks of each of the heroines make each story highly enjoyable. The heroes are just plain adorable, although I must say that sometimes they were a bit too similar to one another in terms of traits, to the point in which they could almost be interchangeable. The last story in the anthology, Groomfight, adds a little twist that had me giggling. Overall, Really Unusual Bad Boys is one truly fun, lighthearted paranormal read.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Mireya.

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