Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Zebra on May 7, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia
Four of today's most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire...
Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he's actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other...
Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs
Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .
In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Richart d'Alençon can't forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .
High Stakes by Hannah Jayne
When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay's design contest rival is found dead, she's the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He's the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him--and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?
PREDATORY shows the gamut that vampire mythology has run in genre fiction, containing short stories about everything from victims of maddening viruses to undead fashion designers. I picked up this book based on Dianne Duvall's name, and her short taste of the Immortal Guardians series didn't disappoint. If I hoped to find another series to sink my teeth into, however, PREDATORY left me empty handed.
While Alexandra Ivy's short story was odd man out in magic (including X-men-esque super beings, not infected vampires), Hannah Jayne's "High Stakes" felt like the biggest departure in tone, featuring a vampiric heroine whose undead status is almost an afterthought behind fashion and a murder mystery. These two stories were also my least favorite. Ivy's "Out of Control" spent too much time introducing me to a mythology that was too derivative to hold my attention, and not enough time making me care about the hero and heroine. "High Stakes" wasn't a bad story, but having such a light, fluffy story follow the more solid Paranormal Romance offerings by Nina Bangs and Dianne Duvall meant I ended reading this anthology on a low note. Bangs's mythology was quickly and effectively developed, and her heroine certainly had me interested in reading more. Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians is really well paced, even in this shorter format, and I finished "In Still Darkness" eager to catch up with the rest of the series.
Of the four stories in PREDATORY, I broke even on those that held my attention, and that brought my rating down to 2 bats. While I do love this format when it introduces me to new creations, or reminds me of old favorites, this mix of novellas didn't wow me over all. Though PREDATORY probably won't make it off my shelf again, for fans of Paranormal Romance, you may find something worth getting excited about.