As I was looking at my bookshelves last night trying to figure out what book to read next I realized how many anthologies I have. Most of the time I buy anthologies for a particular story that falls in a series. However, I like having those other stories for time fillers (yeah, like I need more stuff to fill my time). Say I’ve finished a book, and it’s in the evening after the kids are in bed and I don’t really want to start another novel, I’ll pick up an anthology and read a short story before bed. Sometimes I like the stories sometimes not…it just depends. I have learned about new-to-me authors this way and I enjoy a “quickie” read now and then.
Anyway, I thought I’d do my post today on some of the short stories that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know that I can really tell you why they’ve appealed to me (damn, I say that a lot! lol) there’s just something about each story that’s just struck me the right way.
Falling For Anthony by Meljean Brook (in the Hot Spell anthology)
Anthony is Colin Ames Beaumont’s best friend and has been in love with Colin’s sister, Emily, for years. Anthony goes off to war but dies at the hands of a Nosferatu. He becomes a Guardian and is mentored by Hugh. At the request of Michael, Hugh and Anthony return to England to help Colin & Emily. Not only is this a great love story between Anthony and Emily, but we see how Colin becomes a vampire in the first place.
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole (in the Playing Easy to Get anthology)
Basically the story of Myst, a Valkyrie, who discovers she’s the bride of vampire Wroth. She in no way wants to be his bride so she kind of leaves him hanging, with a hard-on…for years. Ow. This a great little story. Not much of a romance but the story is very appealing and the sexin is hot. (shallow = Tracy)
Melting Frosty by Maggie Shayne (in the Enchanted Season anthology)
Holly has returned to her childhood home one last time to spend Christmas even though it’s by herself. Matt has come to look at the house that he’s purchased. Holly loves the holidays, Matt despises them. This is a great little tale of two people who find out they have more in common than they think. It’s a very fast romance but since it has a certain paranormal element it just worked for me.
Fever by Kimberly Dean (stand alone ebook)
This erotic novella is about Delia who goes home from work with a fever. She ends up being taken care of by a man…in so many different ways. He’s concerned about her well-being, but only one thing is gonna stop that fever. Ok, yes, sounds totally cheesy – and maybe it is to a point, but there’s just something about it. IDK
Winterborn by Sherrilyn Kenyon (in the Stroke of Midnight anthology)
A short in the Dark-Hunter series. Pandora is an Arcadian were-panther who is at Dragon Con looking for Acheron because she had been kidnapped by a pack of Katagaria and feels Ash is her only hope of getting back to her own pack. Dante is a Katagaria were-panther and is at Dragon Con, at Ash's invite, when he catches Pandora’s scent. He wants nothing to do with her, but can’t seem to stay away. A very short story but I liked Dante immensely and of course when he’s mentioned in a future book I know exactly who he is.
Well that’s it for me. Thanks for letting me spout for the past 3 days – it’s been fun!
(and can I just say that I love the man in the red towel? Love.him.)