Midnight by AE Rought
As a little
girl, the narrator has to spend each summer with her
Grandmother, who always tells her never to go into the woods
after midnight. Then her family moves and she doesn’t spend
summers with Grandmother anymore. She’s curious about the
woods, however, and wants to return. What will happen if she
goes into the woods after midnight?
Midnight featured a very creepy atmosphere and lots of
detail. Even so, the story didn’t really meet my
expectations. For one, there was absolutely no romance
involved—this is strictly a horror tale, and the ending is
negative. Also, some details seemed unrealistic, especially
regarding the narrator’s allergies.
Unholy Night by Candice
On October 1st,
Marissa Van Dyke has a bizarre experience. She’s attacked by
something and saved by what she believes to be a large dog.
Later that month, her friend drags her to a Halloween party
despite her protests that she can’t celebrate on the third
anniversary of the death of her family. At the party she
meets sexy Neil Drigan, and they’re both attracted. Neil has
a secret, though. Can Marissa leave her sorrow and her
prejudices aside in order to be happy again?
Night is an entertaining tale of “mythologicals” such
as shapeshifters, vampires, and other creatures of the night.
Marissa’s sorrow and self-blame were understandable, and Neil
was the perfect hero to bring her out of it. The supernatural
aspects were just the icing on the cake in this rather
emotional tale. I liked Candice Gilmer’s take on the
supernatural world, and I would like to see it fleshed out a
bit more—maybe in a novel.
Spirits of Squirrel Hollow by Ivana Peters
Fisher house is a place no one goes anymore. Long ago, a
young woman named Loralein Fisher was tricked into killing her
love by a witch and later killed herself. On this Halloween
night, however, a group of teenagers plans to go to the old
Spirits of Squirrel Hollow is another story that isn’t
a romance. It’s not really horror, either. Instead, it is a
mildly creepy, urban legend-esque tale of a haunted house and
what happens to some teenagers who stay there overnight.
There isn’t any blood or gore, no one dies, and the ending is
relatively happy. While Ivana Peters had an interesting idea,
overall I felt I’d heard this one before.
Aphrodesia by Sabrina Luna
Dawn is in a
hurry to eat lunch when an old woman offers to sell her a vial
of perfumed oil called Aphrodesia. After quickly giving the
woman some money, Dawn hurries to the restaurant. She finds
that the oil smells good and puts some on while she waits. Is
the oil really as special as the old woman promised?
Aphrodesia is a cute tale of how love—and perhaps a
little bit of magic—can catch people by surprise. Narrator
Dawn is amusingly flustered as she meets sexy waiter Victor.
The love scene is very nicely done, and the ending leaves the
possibility of magic.
Connacht the Immortal by HS Kinn
In Ireland, a
woman hides her child from invaders who plan to kill the
entire family. The boy escapes unharmed, only to be claimed
as a son by one of the invaders, who turn out to be
shapeshifters. He takes the name Connacht and lives among the
shifters. While there, he plots his revenge.
Connacht the Immortal read more like the prologue to a
much longer story than a complete tale. HS Kinn gives
information about how Connacht came to live with the shifters
and why he is angry, but there’s no resolution whatsoever.
There’s no romance here either, as the story ends right as
Connacht sees a woman he believes is his destined mate. This
story seems like an interesting beginning, but as it is I
can’t recommend it.
Desire by Katrina Strauss
“Antoine” Smith is astonished when he awakens beside his own
grave, nearly twenty years after he died. He’s been awakened
by a spell cast by a young girl, who faints on seeing him.
When he takes her home, he discovers that her mother is his
old girlfriend, Kaitlyn. What will happen when Kaitlyn
realizes who he is?
Desire was an interesting and bittersweet tale of
revisiting the past and moving on to the future. Watching
Antoine attempt to relate to his ex even though she’s lived a
whole lifetime without him is amusing, and Kaitlyn’s
insecurity about her body is believable. While this story
ended on a sad note, I still enjoyed it.
Spellbound was definitely not what I expected. I
thought I would be reading tales of paranormal romance, but
several of the stories weren’t romances at all. The ones that
were romances were enjoyable and sweet, but since most of them
could not technically be called romances, I can’t recommend