Larissa Ione; Alexandra Ivy; Jacquelyn Frank; G.A. Aiken
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Zebra Books
Release Date
August 2011
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

In this tantalizing collection, four New York Times bestselling authors invite you into the alluring worlds they've created in the Demonica, Guardians of Eternity, Nightwalkers, and Dragon Kin series. Each mesmerizing page will leave you craving more…

"Vampire Fight Club" by Larissa Ione

When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can't conceal the lust that simmers between them …

"Darkness Eternal" by Alexandra Ivy

After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there's no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch…

"Kane" by Jacquelyn Frank

Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his… just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane's hunger is more powerful than any punishment…

"Dragon on Top" by G.A. Aiken

Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna's patience… and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist…

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Sep 20, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
364 people found the following review helpful
When this book showed up, I was convinced it was an early birthday present from the Book Angels. Four sizzling, intriguing tales that kept me blissfully happy during my train to work from some of my Must-Read Authors—and some who have just been added to the list!

Larissa Ione has long been one of my favorite paranormal authors, and this story is a terrific addition to the Demonica Series. It features Vladlena, the daughter of Dr Yuri, who we first met in Pleasure Unbound. She has at last fulfilled her dream of working at Underworld General alongside Eidolon, Wraith and the rest of the gang. However, as a twenty-four-year-old shape-shifter who has yet to change out of her human form, Lena knows that her days are numbered. Unless she can figure out how to shift soon, her death is inevitable. But when one of the few people Lena has left to love is killed at a secret vampire fight club, she is determined to spend what time she has left bringing those responsible to justice. What she doesn't count on is Nathan, a brooding vampire as infuriating as he is alluring, and her new boss, to boot. But Nathan has his own secrets to hide, about why he stays at the clubs, or what his connection is to the hulking monster who runs the whole business. And no matter how much they might crave, or care for each other, there are more powerful forces keeping Lena and Nathan from coming together. Until one wrong move puts Lena right in the path of her darkest enemy, forcing Nathan to put his life on the line for the only person who has ever made him feel alive.

Alexandra Ivy's entry continues the incredible Guardians of Eternity series with the story of Uriel, second-in-command to Victor, clan chief of London, and immediately follows the events of Devoured By Darkness. The evil vampire Marika is still a serious threat to the Guardians, and though the half-Jinn she was pursuing is safe, the girl's mother, who is also Marika's sister, is still a prisoner. Uriel's last encounter with the Jinn has haunted him for centuries, so to be asked to save a woman who has slept with them makes him furious. However, when he finally sets eyes on Kata, something in him knows that she is the only woman he could ever love. Now, all he has to do is save them from a seemingly unkillable vampire and find a way out of Hell in one piece, while avoiding becoming a tool of the one creature he has every truly feared…Though it might be a little tricky for readers who are not caught up with the Guardians to follow some of the details of the plot, once Uriel and Kata find each other, nothing much matters except the two of them and their struggles to stay together.

Having only read the first book in Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalkers series, I was thrilled that this story opens in the exact same scene that Jacob begins. This time, however, we see the opening exchange between Jacob and his brother, Kane, from Kane's point of view, and get to experience his all-consuming need for Corrine firsthand. And we see that Kane's touch has released a strain of Druid heritage that was dormant in Corrine's body, and without his touch, the power within her is killing her. But knowing his responsibility for Corrine's unhappiness is too much for the brother of the demon's Enforcer, and Kane will only remain close enough to the woman he adores in order to ensure she survives—no speaking, no touching, and never allowing her to see him. It will take the intervention of Jacob and Noah, the Demon king himself, to bring these two together, but even more work on Kane's part when Corrine realizes the amount of influence Kane has had in her life—and how much more he wants from her now that he has her to himself. Jacquelyn Frank's writing is so vivid that Kane's every emotion was visceral, and I know I was grinning like an idiot when his dreams of having Corrine simply look him in the eye actually came true.

G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series is a new one for me, but I think that's going to have to change. Her sarcasm and her wonderfully complex characters drew me from the first page, and the great world she's created for her dragons seems just too good to pass up. In this story, Ghlenna is dragged from her misery over a failed love-affair by her Queen Rhiannon, who insists that she act as bodyguard to Bram the Merciful, an emissary out to make a fateful alliance. As a fearsome warrior, Ghleanna's patience with peacemakers as a whole only extends so far, but Bram specifically is so different from everything in her world that she has no idea what to make of him. What she doesn't know—though it is patently obvious to everyone else—is that Bram has loved Ghleanna for as long as he can remember, even if she refuses to acknowledge his existence. Is there any chance for a quiet, studious and absurdly absent-minded scholar to heal the heart of a steely dragon warrior—especially with the three brothers watching his every move? And should he ever succeed—is there any chance he'll live long enough to enjoy his victory? This is the quintessential mismatched pair, and I loved their banter and the way they balanced each other so well.

Each of these stories was a superb addition to their series and a pleasure to read. I was completely engrossed in each of the worlds and felt for all of the characters, whether they were my old friends or new acquaintances. Even in these shorter samplings, the tension, danger and scalding passion were these in spades. This is absolutely an anthology to enjoy, and wonderful additions to some of the great paranormal series out there today.
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