Hi I am almost done reading Ever After( A paranormal anthology by Carrie Ann Ryan, Marie Harte, Rebecca Royce, Lia Davis and Leia Shaw) but since it is a collection of short stories I will review each one individually.
First up is Carrie Ann Ryan’s His Choice. This is a novella from her Dante’s Circle series. The story is about Fawkes Lucifer’s son, who we met in Her Warriors Three Wishes, Dante’s Circle book 2, and his choice to become a non soul eating demon. To survive as a non soul eating demon he must seek out his true mate. With some help from his friends, in the human realm, he begins his search. In this story we get to know Leslie a bit more, we were briefly introduced to her in Unlucky Moon, Dante’s Circle book 3, she was the submissive sister wolf of Dorian. Even after Dorian’s death there is much tension in the Nocturne Pack. Leslie is unsure of her place in the pack anymore. As a submissive it was the dominate wolves job to care for her but that’s not how most of them treat her now. This story is about Fawkes finding his mate to make his self whole and Leslie search it fit in some how. Oh and of coarse some very hot steamy sex! Now if you haven’t read the othe books of Dante’s Circle you might get lost in this. All of the main charters in this are from earlier in the series and references are made often. Now being a big fan of Carrie Ann’s works I loved this story. it’s a better look inside Hunter’s wolf pack and Fawkes is a good kid just born in a bad place and I am so happy he got his own short story.
Next is Marie Harte’s Beasts of Burden. Eira is a valkyrie living in Asgard with her goddess Freya and all the rest of the goddess’s servants. She has been drawn to the two battle cat shifters that pull Freya’s chariot but not sure why. She has never seen the fight, hell she has not even gotten a rise out of either Hall or Avarr in 5 decades. As a valkyrie she needed the fight, it was in her blood but as much as they interest her she is also put off by their lack of violence and their unwillingness to fight. Hall and Avarr have been interested in Eira too but ordered by their goddess not to act on these feelings, that the were not ready yet. They accompany Freya to a meeting of the gods from most deity religions. Everyone from Mercury( Roman) to Horus (Egyptian) and even Mithras ( Persian) were in attendance with guards of their own. Freya announces that the Ludos Drorum – Game of the Gods, was about to start. With all these gods in the realm with servants was bound to cause trouble. The men must figure out what they need to do before they are aloud to pursue Eira. I found it a good story and the sex was out of this world and it stands ok on it own. I did not need the other books to this series to understand it but I also have a vast knowledge of the Ancient Gods and creatures talked about in this book, so I am betting that helps.
Story 3 is Alpha Rising by Rebecca Royce. Lilliana was up to her eyeballs in debt and working in a small diner and living where she could afford. At work her boss was an odd woman named Matilda, who seats one hell of a tattooed sexy man in her section. His name is Travis. Her and Travis are drawn to each other, he know why but she doesn’t have a clue. When she finaly finds out why its one hell of a bomb shell and it’s Travis’s enemy that clues her in. Now I know this is part of a series but it reads pretty good on it’s own. You get to know the characters pretty well and how the dynamics of the wolf packs in the story. The sex is fiery and it makes me want to check out the rest of the series though.
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Finished the read around 2am this morning so here is the rest.
A Rebel’s Heart is next. Written by Lia Davis as part of her Ashwood Falls Series. This one had to grow on me. Sarah is a mother and grandmother. Now I know from reading Lia Davis’s other books that as a puma she is ageless unless she chooses to age but it’s a little off putting for the main character is a grandmother, but I digress. It’s a good story, sexy female still grieving after 3 years for her mate(Wade) and her best friend(Damian) who died in a car accident. She get a mysterious message and then is attacked. Her would be rescuer is someone she thought dead and even in the middle of the fight she feels a pull. A mates pull. The story leads you around a bit and misdirects you but if all for a good reason. Like I said it took me a bit to get into the story and then it ends abruptly. I am not sure if I am upset about the way it ends or intrigued to read more.
Destined for Eden by Leia Shaw is the last story in the book. This one really had me from page 1. In it you meet a saucy little werewolf who has never known another of her kind named Eden. She was raised by a group of shifters. She is smart funny and sexy but because she is just a were she has never be able to have a long term relationship. So she is shy, a little guarded but hopeful as she starts her new job. She is working for a rebel movement. As I understand from the story, now hang this is glossed over in this story, the Sorcerers and the Underworld are fighting. The Sorcerers have been kidnapping the shifters and making them fight in the war. I think its just briefly mentioned in the story because getting into it would be a book all on it’s own. I hope when I check out the rest of the series it’s talked about more there. It’s a new job and she is 20 minutes late. It’s funny but also just adds to your understanding of her. Her new partner Dalton comes off as an ass. But he warms up as the story progresses. They go on a mission to a werewolf pack in Northwest America. Everything gets messy after that and I mean the good kind, where you get lost in the story.