Review: Night Shift (Anthology)

November 29, 2014 Review 0

Review: Night Shift (Anthology)Night Shift by Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane, Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley on November 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: The Beast of Blackmoor - Graphic sex scenes Secrets at Midnight and Magic Steals - Sex scenes Lucky Charms - Discussion of implied sexual activity
Reviewed by: Kate
5 Stars

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark...

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

While anthologies aren't normally my thing, the draw of the Kate Daniels and SPI Investigations stories were just too much for me to pass up in the case of NIGHT SHIFT. Luckily, the whole anthology was high caliber and well worth the read, with four outstanding stories that, though part of series in three of the four cases, manage to stand on their own.

Secrets at Midnight, a story from the Psy-Changling world by Nalini Singh, is probably the most standard paranormal romance story in the bunch. Featuring an alpha male, and an adorably cute mate, Secrets at Midnight is both amusing and romantic all at once. I think the hero, Bastien's, family dynamics would have been even more fun for me if I had been familiar with the series, but I was able to jump in without any prior knowledge, and I still enjoyed the story.

Magic Steals, a story from the Kate Daniels universe by Ilona Andrews, was a fun little mystery with some romance as well. For Kate Daniels' fans, it offered the rare opportunity to learn more about Jim, and see a different side of him than the rather scary side we get in the Kate books, and also the opportunity to get to know another character, Dali, and about her magic. Though it had its humorous moments, it was definitely more focused on the mystery and the romance aspect. This one also wouldn't require the reader to be a Kate Daniels fan already, but I'm guessing if you aren't this story may turn you.

Lucky Charms, from the SPI Investigations series by Lisa Shearin, is likely the story that made me laugh out loud the most. Take Mac's first day at work, add in five horny leprechauns destined to wreck havoc across New York City, and throw in some goblins, Mac's partner Ian, and the werewolf driver, Yasha for good measure, and you've got a lot of fun. Shearin's signature sarcastic style was present in Mac's narration, and this would be a great introduction (since it's a prequel) to the SPI Investigation series, especially since the second book is about to be released.

The Beast of Blackmoor was a bit different from the other three stories in the book in that it took place in a more fictional fantasy world, but that didn't diminish it's appeal. It took a little to get into, and because it didn't fit the typical urban fantasy mold, could likely have benefited from a more lengthy treatment, but it was enjoyable all the same. The chemistry between the leads was hot and the world was interesting and well crafted. This is a place I'd like to explore further, hopefully we'll get the chance!

All in all, the four stories of NIGHT SHIFT are an excellent compilation, even for readers who aren't fans of the series they come from. It's rare that all the stories will be a hit, but in my opinion, NIGHT SHIFT manages to do it!

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