Sight Unseen

Sherry Thomas; Meredith Duran; Emma Barry; Erin Satie; J.A. Rock
Sight Unseen
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Open Ink Press LLC
Release Date
June 2017
Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Five top voices in romance dare you to explore the distant corners of their imaginations as they test the limits of storytelling and break the boundaries of what they thought possible. But there's a twist—the author of each story is a secret. They're each plumbing the depths of the human heart in ways they've never attempted. Taking you high, bringing you low, until you will be hardpressed to guess who wrote what. Can you tell? Want us to?

Lost That Feeling: Alma knew who she was, once—that is, before she erased her memory with a spell. Some, like the guards at the prison in which she's held, say that she was a thief, a murderer.

A Clear View of You: As a child, Kate had one dream: to escape her mother's deluded hippie commune and live in the real world, where mature adults know that magic isn't real. But the real world also has its downsides—like rent, student loans, and a cutthroat job market.

Free: Brad White would be an ordinary accountant with an unrequited crush except for two things: he works for a criminal motorcycle club and he's in love with the club president's daughter. When she discovers the truth about the family business, Brad has to move beyond ordinary and put his life on the line to keep her safe.

Chariot of Desire: CJ Crespo, drummer for the once wildly popular rock band Donjon, has always had a thing for frontman Donny Times. But her qualms about ruining a creative partnership with sex kept them from ever hooking up. Now, Donny's conversion to a bizarre fringe religion that won't allow him to engage in—or even sing about—sex, drugs, or other "sins" threatens to tear Donjon apart.

The Heart is a Universe: Vitalis, the current Chosen One, is desperate to free herself from the yoke of destiny. An unexpected invitation to an aristocratic summit seems to be the perfect opportunity for escape. But as soon as she arrives, the most eligible prince in existence proposes marriage.

Sparks fly but Vitalis is wary. Eleian of Terra Illustrata can have anyone he wants. Why has he set his sight on Vitalis who will die within days? Is he hiding an ulterior motive?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 09, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
SIGHT UNSEEN is an anthology of 5 novellas written by authors unknown. I mean, you know who the 5 authors are, but who wrote what? That's the mystery, and it's trying to answer a question: Does author brand/name dictate readership?

Such a fun concept, and it would've been more fun if we totally don't know who the 5 authors are. Because I have a confession: I've only ever read Sherry Thomas and Meredith Duran's books, and when I saw their names, it was like there's an automatic "get it" clanging in my brain.

That said, I have to confess too that 1) I enjoyed the individual stories, despite not knowing who wrote them, and 2) I have my guesses as to which novellas these two authors wrote, but I couldn't be totally sure.

The novellas were all amazingly well-written, and the worldbuilding superbly done, transporting the reader to their world right from the first page. There's a little something for everyone--from fantasy romance/urban fantasy with magic, to science fiction with different planets, to contemporary romance for those who preferred to have their feet planted firmly on Earth.

I love the SFF stories for their worldbuilding and refreshing mythology; I'm not sure if these are standalones, but if they're part of a series, I wouldn't mind reading more. I love the twists toward the end that some of the authors wove in their stories, that revelation or shift in angle that causes you to go "oh!". While some of the stories started a bit slow for me, and if the same goes for you, my advice would be to hang in there. It's like riding a roller-coaster; there's the slow ascent to the top, but when you get there, the fun begins and never stops.

Highly recommended!
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