by multi

January 2007
ISBN: 978-0-425-21343-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Angela Knight returns to the Mageverse in Moon Dance. Werewolf Elena Livingston is being forced into a marriage she doesnít want. The man her father has chosen for her only wants her because of the position that will put him in with the Clan council. And he has no problem raping her in order to stake his claim. Elena fights and manages to escape. Her only hope is to find Lucas Rowlings, a cop in a neighboring town. Heís only been a werewolf for five years, but heís big and her only chance for protection. Lucas has no problem accepting the role of protector, but despite his attraction to the lovely Elena, he knows they have no future together.

Between the Mountain and the Moon by Virginia Kantra finds Cait MacLean on the run for her life. She and a group of friends were hiking a mountain when sheís separated and attacked. She manages to get away, but then finds herself lost and alone. Rhys gives her shelter for the night and finds himself falling for this human girl. When his mother, the queen, shows up and demands the girl as payment for a debt owned by her parents (their story is Midsummer Nightís Magic, told in the Man of My Dreams anthology) he has to figure out a way to save her. This story was a little confusing, but Iím assuming it would have been less so had I read the previous anthology story.

The third story in this anthology is more lighthearted than the other three. Mary Janice Davidson brings together characters from both her vampire and werewolf series in Driftwood. Werewolfe Burke Wolftauer stumbles across vampire Serena Crull, who is trapped in a hole on the beach. She doesnít want his help, and it ends up heís not much help at all, but he eventually manages to get her free. Serena is on a mission to track down and kill the vampire who made her and then killed her best friend. Burke is insistent on helping her and this time heís much more successful. And surprise, surprise Ė this author actually knows how to write a woman who isnít crude and vulgar. How refreshing!

Lastly is Mona Lisa Three by Sunny. Mona Lisa was first introduced in Mona Lisa Awakening and, had I previously read it, this short story would have been much easier to follow. Mona Lisa has just recently been named a queen and now is protected by five men, two of whom share her bed. She has the ability to heal with her touch and is tasked to save a man who had been bitten by a hellhound. This certainly has similarities to both the Merideth Gentry and Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton though quite different at the same time. And for those already familiar with Mona Lisa, you will be pleased to know the next book in the series will be released very soon.

As a whole, the stories in this anthology can be read as stand alone stories, but those who have read the previous books will get much more out of them. All four of these authors are very good at writing paranormal and this book does not disappoint.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Jackie.

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