Early Review: The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox , Tawny Taylor, & Jess Haines

October 17, 2011 Review 0

Early Review: The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox , Tawny Taylor, & Jess HainesThe Real Werewives of Vampire County by Anthology
Series: Guardians of Eternity #7.6
Published by Kensington on October 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Sexual Content: See individual reviews below.
Reviewed by: Abigail
3 Stars

Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on.

I'm Pureblood Were, And Proud Of It. . .
"Where Darkness Lives" by Alexandra Ivy

No one's more surprised than Sophia when she's struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she's targeted by kidnappers. . .and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect—and seduce. . .

I'm A Tomboy At Heart, But I Want A Man Who Makes Me Feel Like A Real Woman. . .
"Murder on Mysteria Lane" by Angie Fox

When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather's never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she's willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband. . .

Who's Afraid Of The Big, Bad Werewolves? Not Me, That's For Sure. . .
"What's Yours is Mine" by Jess Haines

Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities—except that it's home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn't frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack. . .

This Is A Town Full Of Secrets. And I Intend To Uncover All Of Them...
"Werewolves in Chic Clothing" by Tami Dane

Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiancé, Jonathan, and his twelve year-old son, she's worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon's upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon. . .

"Where Darkness Lives" by Alexandra Ivy (Guardians of Eternity #7.6)

I’m not fully versed in the Guardians of Eternity series, but this novella feels very much like it’s connected to other stories with numerous character references and plotlines that aren’t included here.  Not that the story is confusing, it’s not.  The story is about werewolf Sophia, prized among her community for her fertility (she has four full grown daughters who I’m guessing had their own stories previously in this series) who reluctantly hires a bodyguard when numerous threats are made against her life.  The lust is instant and almost just as instantly declared to be love for no discernable reason that I could see.  Sophia is prickly and waspish, but we are constantly told how hot she is, so that proved good enough for the equally hot, stereotypically alpha Luc.  Everything felt tired in this book.  The characters, their thoughts, the romance.  I’ve read basically this exact story a million times before, and I’m afraid it hasn’t improved over time.

Sexual Content: One graphic sex scene Rating: 2/5

"Murder on Mysteria Lane" by Angie Fox

This was my first Angie Fox story and it was great fun.  Sexy when it should be, funny when it could be, and smart and clever everywhere else.  Heather McPhee is a werewolf with the rare ability to extract the truth from people.  She gets ‘loaned’ out to vampire Lucien Mead to investigate a murder.  The undercover operation forces them to pretend to be married, a storyline which actually didn’t get taken advantage of as much as I had hoped, but I loved Heather’s Pretty Woman/Miss Congeniality transformation from tomboy to trophy wife, and the genuinely sweet way Lucien and Heather fell for each other.  This story was over much too soon and I really hope Angie considers writing a series about these characters.

Sexual Content: One sex scene Rating: 4/5

"What's Yours is Mine" by Jess Haines

I’m a huge fan of Jess Haines’ H&W; Investigation series, so I was psyched to learn that this short story would be set in the same world.  Unfortunately, apart from the twist ending, I was completely underwhelmed.  The story has no real strong character to connect with, rather there is a group of pampered, catty, elite ‘werewives’ prowling for a suitable new woman to join the pack, which they find—with much disagreement—in Tiffany Winters.  The writing itself is fine, but the sharp characterizations and killer dialogue I’ve come to expect from Jess was noticeably absent.

Sexual Content: A scene of sensuality Rating: 2/5

"Werewolves in Chic Clothing" by Tami Dane

The Burbs meets Desperate Housewives in this surprisingly fun mystery.  When Christine moves across the country to move in with her fiancé Jon in his posh, gated community, the welcome she receives from the other wives in the neighborhood is overwhelming…especially when they tell her that they suspect Jon killed his first wife.  Christina was a likeable, fully fleshed out character with a wonderfully unique ‘voice’ and pragmatism that was kissed with enough curiosity to get her in and out of one crazy situation after the next.  The supernatural element is light, and almost superfluous, but the story entirely enjoyable.

Sexual Content: References to sex Rating: 3/5

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