December 3, 2014

Night Shift. Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane

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Night Shift (An Anthology)
Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane
Publisher: Berkley
Date: November 2014
Format: Kindle ebook
Pages: 384
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Own book
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In Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.
I enjoyed this story of Bastien and the woman Kirby who is about to become his mate.  This is a gentle story, no other story to the plot than Bastien and Kirby meeting and growing in trust of each other.  It is really about Kirby and her discovery of who she is with the help of Bastien.  Kirby was found abandoned as a one year old and her parents were never tracked or known.  I loved being in the cat world again. Bastien is Riley's sister and she of course is awaiting the birth of her children.  A gentle fun read.

From Ilona Andrews comes Magic Steals - when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

I have not read Ilona Andrews before so it was a chance for me to experience the writing before I delve into a full book.  While I dislike first person narrative the action in the story immediately drew me in.  This time a relationship is taken to the next level with lots of magic and working together to overcome evil. Dali has powers of balance, so if evil is present she goes in to clean up and restore the balance.  Reminded me a little of a Rick Riordan kind of adventure.  I will certainly read the book I have bought by Ilona Andrews in a new series that started this year.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin's Lucky Charms.
I have never heard of Lisa Shearin so I had to research a little to see what else she has written! Anyway this was fantasy with action and a chase to find some leprechauns.  Makenna is a human who is able to see through disguise and spot a leprechaun - hence her value. Again it was in the first person, seems perhaps that's a feature of this kind of genre.  I enjoyed the story although I'm not really into this kind of fantasy so I won't pursue any more - but if that's your genre, then I think you'd enjoy this.

A warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.
Milla Vane  is the author of the last one, or as she is better known - Meljean Brook. I was interested to read this one as I have wanted to read something by Meljean Brook. This one may be different to what she usually writes, I have no idea.  In this fantasy story Mala is on a quest to tame the beast. There are many battles to be fought and questions to be asked about whether the goddess Vela is on her side or not. In parts a little gruesome.  Loved the horse Shim. Well written, although I am not a big fan of such fantasy stories it was worth the read.
4 stars

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