the Cat by Robin Danner
has been pledged in marriage to the Earl of Evansdale, a man
rumored to be evil. Since she’s a witch, and well prepared
for the marriage bed by watching her Coven’s mating rituals,
she’s not too worried about her upcoming marriage—until her
future husband’s brother appears unexpectedly, warning her his
brother is power-hungry and cruel. Can Jillian get out of her
engagement and gain a husband she truly desires instead?
the Cat is an interesting tale of witches, warlocks,
and shifters. I liked Jillian’s boldness, and her fearless
approach to desire. Colin, her fiancé’s brother, was strong
and protective. The evil fiancé wasn’t terribly
well-developed, however, and I would have liked to see more
interaction between the three of them before the all-too-easy
resolution. Still, this is an unusual tale with a very
hot scene at the end.
Spell-Crafted for Pleasure by Darragha Foster
witch and proprietress of Salem’s Fine Collection of Sins, an
occult and antique-sex-toy shop, has just received a shipment
of merchandise in which she discovers the Viking Member, a
whalebone dildo, and an Odin Stone. She’s excited about
getting these valuable old artifacts. In fact, because she’s
been single for a long while, she decides to have a bit of fun
with the Viking Member before she puts it up for sale. When
she uses the toy, however, two Viking spirits emerge. What’s
a witch to do after she accidentally releases two Viking
spirits, one of whom has a very unpleasant plan for ending his
Spell-Crafted for Pleasure had an intriguing premise,
but unfortunately ended up falling a bit flat for me. I liked
the tough, resourceful heroine, and I loved the idea of her
shop! The hero wasn’t really fleshed out—I learned more about
the evil brother. The story had quite a bit of action,
especially when the two brothers were each trying to convince
Salem to help them. I was hoping that since sex toys and
broken curses were involved, the sex would be really hot, but
since the good brother wasn’t fleshed out their coming
together seemed forced and not very romantic. The addition of
a very creepy ménage scene at one point was probably supposed
to drive home how evil one of the brothers was, but I
definitely could have lived without it. Spell-Crafted
for Pleasure includes some interesting characters and
a very cool heroine, but it was definitely not my favorite
story in this anthology.
by Xandra Gregory
Rex is one of
the Goddess Diana’s Hounds, enhanced humans with shapeshifting
abilities. He’s trying to escape his Pack when he stumbles
upon Moon-dweller Lin, who’s portraying Diana in a parade.
With police pursuing them, they must rely on a
disreputable-looking pilot to get them to one of Mars’ moons,
where Lin must return Rex to Diana.
was a combination of futuristic, paranormal, and
mythology. I liked the way Lin was unashamed of her appetites
for food and sex. Young Rex was sexy, honorable, and loyal.
Max, the pilot, turned out to be an unexpected ally and a
third to their ménage. There was a very hot scene between Rex
and Max that I definitely enjoyed! Unfortunately, the
futuristic world the characters lived in wasn’t very
well-defined, and the inclusion of Greek gods and goddesses,
while interesting, was also rather confusing.
A Witch in Time was entertaining enough but not as
good as I had hoped. I really liked the heat level of the
stories, but none of them explained enough to make me feel
truly connected to the characters and immersed in the
stories. If you really like witches, you will probably enjoy
this book, but don’t expect deep plots and characterization.