|Title: Haunted by Your Touch
Author: Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Sharie Kohler
Cover Art: Gene Mollica
Genre: Paranormal Romance
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost seduces readers into a forbidden new world as she teams up with romance stars Shayla Black and Sharie Kohler for a sizzling collection of original novellas featuring fallen angels, anarchistic demons, warrior wizards, and irresistibly dangerous creatures of the night.
Enter the dark realm of Nocturna in Jeaniene Frost’s redhot tale, where blisteringly sexy Raphael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin’s disappearance. In the shadowy world of Shayla Black’s Doomsday Brethren, magical warrior Raiden vows to protect his woman and their unborn youngling from evil—and deliver her safely to another man. But once he’s saved her, can he let her go? Lycans rule the night in Sharie Kohler’s suspenseful story, as a fiery woman stalks mysterious Luc, the undeniably hypnotic being she believes can save her from turning . . . if she kills him. Danger beckons in these captivating paranormal tales that will tempt readers to the edge and leave them begging for more.
This anthology hinges around the forbidden and irresistible; the compelling touch of the person you know you shouldn’t be with but just can’t deny. Of the three stories presented, Jeaniene Frost did not disappoint, Shayla Black’s story didn’t work for me, and Sharie Kohler’s Darkest Temptation led me to add her other books to my TBR pile. All in all, a well balanced collection and an enjoyable read.
Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost (154 pages)
There are always neighborhoods where parents warn their children away, places with enough danger to be attractive to predators and prey alike. Jeaniene Frost’s Night’s Darkest Embrace is a novel twist on this concept, as this “bad neighborhood” is the gateway dimension Nocturna, an enticing middle ground between Earth and the wide multi-verse that can only be accessed by those with demon blood. The danger that drives the heroine, Mara, back to Nocturna also forces her into contact with Raphael, the powerful demon who raises both her suspicions and her heartrate. Night’s Darkest Embrace seemed like a great set up to a full length novel, showing us only a few parts of the Nocturna and the bumpy beginnings of Mara and Raphael. I would have preferred more detail and breadth, but what was there just whetted my appetite for more. 4/5 bats
Click HERE to read an excerpt from Jeaniene Frost’s Night’s Darkest Embrace
Mated by Shayla Black (122 pages)
Mated was strike two for me with the Doomsday Brethren series (this short story falls as #3.5 in the series). Both it and ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT include characters that have significant self-worth/trust issues, which can be a hard sell for me under any circumstances. When said characters go ahead and get halfway into a relationship before their issues kick in, the author has pretty much lost me. I really didn’t like that Raiden had allowed himself to get involved enough with Tabitha to father a child, but wouldn’t go any further without much jaw clenching and fence sitting and unprotected sex (Hey, you can only get knocked up once!). While his reasoning for wanting to leave Tabby is sound (he doesn’t want to endanger her by making her a target for his enemies or abandon his brothers-in-arms by “leaving” the conflict), the whole situation was a major turn off for me. Still keeping an eye out for future books that will feature Shock, but I no longer have any desire to read through the back catalogue. 2/5 bats
Click HERE to read an excerpt from Shayla Black’s Mated
Darkest Temptation by Sharie Kohler (106 pages)
By far my favorite story in the book, Sharie Kohler creates a fabulous mix of old-school werewolf myths and the more modern flavor of romance and redemption. I read this short story twice, and have put MARKED BY MOONLIGHT on my TBR list to get more of this series (and Abigail tells me “Sharie Kohler” is the pseudonym of Sophie Jordan, which adds FIRELIGHT to my list as well!). I loved Kohler’s take on the werewolf transition, human DNA dying and being supplanted by the lycan strain, and the ending of this short story was completely unexpected. In between that beginning and ending, there’s lots of “mindless attraction” (as well as the more sweet, emotional variety) to keep things spicy. 4/5 bats
Sexual Content: All three of these short stories have explicit sex scenes.
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