“Shadow of the Moon” by Sherrilyn
Four hundred years ago, Angelia turned
her back on Fury when she found out he was a wolf. Fury has
never gotten over Angelia’s betrayal. When a lion shifter is
attacked, Fury and Angelina meet again, trying to discover
who is responsible. Their hatred for each other is still
strong, but when Angelia discovers that the truth is not
what it seemed, can they finally move on and learn to accept
each other, or are they doomed to remain enemies forever?
Sherrilyn Kenyon proves she can pack
just as much of a punch with a short story as she does with
a long one. “Shadow of the Moon” is detailed and intense,
but the story moves fast and, as a result, it’s hard to
imagine that romance could bloom between Angelia and Fury so
quickly, especially because they hated each other so
“The Story of Son” by J.R. Ward
Claire Stroughton is a brilliant and
aggressive attorney. Claire lives and breathes her work, so
when an elderly client asks her to make the two-hour drive
to her home to go over her will, she goes willingly. Miss
Leeds had an ulterior motive, though. Her son needs Claire.
Claire doesn’t remember what happened in the Leeds mansion
that weekend, but it had a profound effect on her and
changed her life forever. When she returns for Miss Leeds’
funeral, memories come rushing back to her and she takes
charge of her future by setting someone else free.
J.R. Ward takes a creative spin with
“The Story of Son.” It is unique and fresh and very well
written. I fell in love with Michael and was captivated from
start to finish by his story.
“Beyond the Night “by Susan Squires
Fifteen years ago Drew Carlowe was
forced to leave his beloved Emily behind when he was
convicted of a crime and sent to prison. Now Drew is back,
and he has reinvented himself. He finds a different woman
at Asland Estate, though, one who is desirable and
mysterious. Drew is about to discover that she is a danger
to more than his heart.
Having read several of the Companion
series books before, I knew what to expect from “Beyond the
Night. “ It’s a good emotional story. It’s sexy and intense
with a hint of danger and excitement.
“Midnight Kiss Goodbye” by Dianna Love
Trey left the love of his life nine
years ago when he received his calling as a Belador warrior.
Sasha doesn’t know that Trey has been watching over her all
these years. Desperate to help her sister Rowan, Sasha
summons a magician named Ekkbar for help. Ekkbar wants Sasha
for his own evil plans, though. Trey is hunting for Ekkbar
and his hunt takes him to Sasha’s door. Trey has been hiding
a secret from Sasha, but Sasha has one as well. Even as they
now help each other fight Ekkbar, Trey may still have to
choose between his love for Sasha and the future of his
“Midnight Kiss Goodbye” is too
intricate and frankly, too good to be a short story. A
novella doesn’t do this story justice. The world Dianna
Love creates in “Midnight Kiss Goodbye” is very interesting,
but it’s too much information in too few pages.
Four power-house authors write intriguing stories in
Dead After Dark. Unfortunately, all but “The Story
of Son” were too short. They are all good, but in
paranormal stories, especially when a world is being
introduced, longer is better.