Friday, June 21, 2013

Fire & Frost Antho

Title:  Fire & Frost
Author: Anthology
My Rating Overall: A

Release Date: May 2013
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From the authors who brought you Wild & Steamy come three all-new tales of lovers who create their own heat, even when they’re surrounded by ice…

Title: Speed Mating
Author: Jessica Sims
My Rating: A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Estrella and Vic
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Speed Mating by Jessica Sims – Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy alpha’s determined to find her a tiger to take care of her heat and father her child…but no one seems to look quite as good as the man in charge. Will giving in to her need for her alpha ruin her tenuous relationship with her clan or be a match made in heaven?

My Review:

Such a great story. I loved Estrella and the difficulties she faces as a female liger (mix of lion and tiger). As a shifter, she's an oddity for her mixed breed. As a woman, she's odd because she's a really tall woman. The book was so good because, even though she's a shifter, Estrella is so human and real. As a reader, you can totally empathize with everything she is feeling. But I love who she ends up with in her heat-- definitely a perfect mate for her. 

The entire novella was really well-done. Lots of sexual heat and suspense as to what Estrella's going to do. I love shifter stories and this one was great. 


Title: Conjuring Max
Author: Carolyn Crane
My Rating: B+
Genre: Sci Fi Romance
Main Characters: Veronica and Max
Sexual Intensity: hot

Conjuring Max by Carolyn Crane – The witches of the world ridiculed and rejected nerdy Veronica for trying to use newfangled computers to enhance old world spellcasting. Well, it’s 1984 now, and she’s perfected her spellcasting computer program. Hey, who needs friends when you can conjure virtually anything…or anybody? So when Veronica makes powerful new enemies, she conjures Max, a pitbull of a cop, to deal with the pesky hitmen who keep coming around. Maybe Veronica can finally get some peace and quiet so she can work on her computer. But tough-guy Max is in no mood to play lapdog to a gorgeous witch.

My Review:

This book reminded me so much of that 80's movie Weird Science, but with a super-fun romantic twist. Veronica is sure the future for witchcraft is in computers and as such, she has learned to conjure people out of magazine and newspaper clippings simply through the power of her computer system. She's used this to conjure Max, a cop who died a few weeks ago, because she needs a bodyguard.

Veronica isn't the most socially adept person and when she first starts doing this, doesn't really think about the repercussions of reanimating people. Max, on the other hand, is really not so sure that this is all that great of an idea, although he really doesn't like the idea of dying either. Over their weeks together, they begin to learn more about each other and form a true relationship.

It was an interesting novella...lots of thought-provoking issues were raised in the midst of everything 80's., talk about taking a walk through history. I was a child of the 80's and this story was fun just for all those little things about that decade that I've forgotten. It was a fun read.

Title: Wrecked
Author: Meljean Brook
My Rating: A+
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Main Characters: Elizabeth and Caius
Sexual Intensity: hot

Wrecked by Meljean Brook – Elizabeth has spent the past five years running from her father; her father’s huntsman, Caius, has spent the past five years pursuing her. But when he finally catches up to her on an airship flying above Europe’s zombie-infested cities, Elizabeth discovers that Caius isn’t the only danger she has to fear—and now that he’s found her, Caius doesn’t intend to let her go…

My Review:
There are two genres within romance that I do not read: historical and steampunk. So I went into this anthology knowing that this would be my least favorite story in the group. In fact, I had already given myself permission to DNF this one. OMG, was I wrong!!

This was absolutely my favorite story in the antho (but all three were truly amazing). 

The thing that made this story so freaking good were the amazing characters, Elizabeth and Caius. They have such a long, sad history filled with so much emotion. Two lost and tortured souls who should have been the best of friends, but instead were enemies for so many years. Until Caius thought he lost her. I loved him, I loved her. I loved what Caius was willing to give up to save her. So sweet and heartbreaking and romantic.

The story is set within a dystopian steampunk world...I loved this world and definitely plan to read more of Meljean Brook's books just because I'm fascinated. It was an interesting dichotomy and twist on both those aspects.

Seriously, so much emotion. Really an amazing story AND I liked both the steampunk & zombie aspects of the story, too. Who knew?!?

1 comment:

Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal said...

I reviewed this antho for Amanda's blog and I *really* liked it. It rekindled my love for Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series, reminded me how very much I adore shifters, and gave me some 80s awesomeness! <3

Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the steampunky goodness, btw! Steampunk can be SO FUN when done right (and Meljean book does it right!)!