Holly, Emma, Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker, & Meljean Brook. Hot Spell.(New York: Berkley, 2006). ISBN – 0425212882. Includes The Countess’ Pleasure by Emma Holly, The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh, Falling for Anthony by Meljean Brook and The Blood Kiss by Shiloh Walker.
Description from book:
Venture into a world beyond the ordinary, where the dark passions and voracious appetites of vampires, werewolves, demons, and a few undaunted mortals combine to unleash a potent . . .
Here are lovers like you’ve never dared to imagine: eyes that glitter with keenness born of ancient knowledge. Hands that move with a tenderness belying superhuman strength. Inviting smils that reveal exquisitely lethal fangs. Rippling, leonine muscles. There’s danger in the air – and heat.
Steam rises up off the pages of these four scorching novellas, sensuously crafted by four acclaimed authors who beckon you to slip into the shadows and experience the otherworldly pleasures of the nights . . .
The Countess’ Pleasure by Emma Holly – Main Characters: Georgiana DuBarry, Countess of Ware and Iyan SawaiMy Thoughts:
This story was ok. I did get a bit caught up in Iyan’s plight as an indentured servant. As a whole, I found some of the story difficult to follow. I’m not sure that I totally get the Yama and what they are supposed to be. This is one of the things that I often find unappealing about paranormal stories – the fact that they are often about different races and there is a bit of a learning curve to completely understand the characters, their world and their behaviors. I think that I tend to space out if I don’t completely understand what is going on – and that often can ruin the story for me. The problem is compounded in short stories because there is very little time for much description.
The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh – Main Characters: Lyra Mason and Tarek Jordan
This is a great story. I absolutely love the fact that Tarek has his own home, loves to do yard work, but really doesn’t know how. The scene where he cuts Lyra’s roses is very funny. My only real complaint is that this story is SO short. This shouldn’t be a surprise given that it is part of an anthology, but I felt as if I didn’t get to spend enough time getting to know Tarek and Lyra. Their relationship develops very fast – seemingly going from adversaries to lovers over night. This was definitely my favorite of the stories in this anthology
Related Works: This is one of Lora Leigh’s the Breeds Series. See Lora Leigh’s Breed Chronology. This series includes the following:
- Tempting the Beast (Feline Breeds #1)
- The Man Within (Feline Breeds #2),
- Elizabeth’s Wolf
- Kiss of Heat (Feline Breeds #3)
- Soul Deep (Coyote Breeds)
- The Breed Next Door (part of Hotspell anthology with Emma Holly, Shiloh Walker, and Meljean Brook)
- Megan’s Mark
- Harmony’s Way
- Wolf’s Hope (part of Primal Heat anthology with Sherri L. King, Lori O’Clare, and Jaci Burton),
- Jacob’s Faith
- Aiden’s Charity
- Tanner’s Scheme
- In a Wolf’s Embrace (part of Beyond the Dark anthology)
- Dawn’s Awakening
- Jaguar’s Kiss (part of Shifter anthology)
- Mercury’s War (Feline Breeds)
- Christmas Heat (part of The Magical Christmas Cat anthology with Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones)
- Coyote’s Mate (tbr – February 2009)
Falling for Anthony by Meljean Brooks – Main Characters: Anthony Ramsdell and Emily Ames-BeaumontMy Thoughts:While I liked both Anthony and Emily, I found it nearly impossible to really understand what was going on in this story. Anthony dies in battle, but is recruited to work with some other group that fights Nosferatu. I admit that I don’t get it – I’m not sure who or what Anthony was and how he manages to return. I often skipped over parts of this story to get to the scenes with Emily and Anthony. I was happy that they ended up together – and that Emily’s brother, Colin was still alive.Read first on October 27, 2007
The Blood Kiss by Shiloh Walker – Main Characters: Juliana and Roman MontgomeryMy Thoughts:I found this story a bit easier to follow than Emma Holly’s and Meljean Brook’s – the backstory didn’t seem to be as confusing. Although it does take quite a bit to sift through the different vampire/werewolf lore in different books, tv shows, folklore, etc. Roman and Juliana were a good pair – and I believed that they were destined to be together.