“Insomnia” by Kira Stone
Sanders L. Mann, a Sandman in the
service of Morpheus, can’t keep a relationship going. Being
around him literally puts every guy he’s ever met to sleep.
At his boss’ suggestion, he joins the Paranormal Mates
Society, where he is attracted to the picture of a very sexy
god. When Pe-Ben, the Abenaki God of Spring, gets Sandy’s
email, he is not sure whether they should meet at first.
He’s concerned that his ability to put people to sleep with
his voice could be a problem. Can Sandy and Pe-Ben be
together without putting each other to sleep?
I enjoyed “Insomnia,” in part because
it was funny. Sandy is so frustrated he often resorts to
porn and toys, which leads to a couple of embarrassing
situations. I wasn’t as fond of Pe-Ben at first. He seemed
standoffish, but later he started to grow on me. Part of
the conflict in the story didn’t strike me as entirely
necessary, but overall I thought “Insomnia” was a cute, hot,
and fun story.
“O Positive” by Ann Jacobs
Erica Stone is a newly made vampire,
and a submissive. Since she was turned, she can’t find a
Master who isn’t scared of her fangs. When she stumbles
upon the Paranormal Mates Society, she figures it can’t hurt
to put up a profile. Dominant vamp Anthony Wilder sees her
profile when he calls to complain about the service and the
manager of PMS steers him to it. As soon as they meet,
sparks fly. Have Erica and Tony finally found what they
need in each other?
Although “O Positive” is a scorchingly
hot story, I just couldn’t get into it. I admit BDSM isn’t
my favorite thing anyway, and in this story Erica went crazy
for Tony the second she saw him just because he was a
vampire dom. There wasn’t much getting-to-know-you involved
for either of them. While it was easy to believe they were
compatible sexually, I didn’t buy the love at all because
they barely knew each other.
“Loving Fury” by Amelia Elias
As the Fury in charge of natural
disasters, Thera doesn’t get many dates. In fact, men are
terrified of her. She is ecstatic when she joins the
Paranormal Mates Society and gets an invitation to dinner
from a sensitive water sprite. When she arrives for the
date, however, she’s horrified to discover that she’s been
tricked. Her date is actually Ares, the God of War, and
he’s equally unhappy to see her. What happens when two
immortals are given the opposite of what they think they
“Loving Fury” was without a doubt my
favorite story in this anthology. Thera is a great
character. Amelia Elias did a wonderful job of making her
both powerful and very vulnerable emotionally. The
first-person narration drew me in right away, making it
impossible for me not to root for Thera. Ares turned out to
be just the match for her—strong, sexy, and tender. “Loving
Fury” is a fabulous story that’s hot, sweet, and immensely
“Playing with Matches” by Cat Marsters
Nymph Nerissa is so busy running the
Paranormal Mates Society website she doesn’t have time for
anything more than porn and sex toys. Unfortunately,
someone has hacked the site, making the perfect matches
suddenly not-so-perfect, and now her bosses are mad. When
she confronts the guilty party, the satyr Ceyx, he tries to
make it up to her. Sex won’t fix everything, though. Can
Ceyx put aside his need for chaos to fix the problems he
caused before it’s too late for Nerissa?
“Playing with Matches” is a very spicy
story, including multiple partners, exhibitionism, and
more. I liked watching the trouble-making Ceyx trying to
reform (at least a little) for Nerissa. If you’re in the
mood for a fun romp with a lot of interesting mythological
characters, “Playing with Matches” fits the bill nicely.
“The Midnight Hour” by Isabella Jordan
Werewolf Spencer Kingston is wearying
of his wild sex life. Even the threesomes with his cousin
and his cousin’s wife are not as exciting as they used to
be. That’s why when he spots the sexy redhead spying on
them, he’s intrigued. Helen Slade has her own agenda, but
she gets distracted by an unexpected attraction to Spencer.
She’s determined not to let him keep her from her mission,
however. Is there any way they can both get what they want?
“The Midnight Hour” was a hot but very
rushed story. I felt like I was jumping into the middle of
something that never got fully explained. I wanted to
understand the intrigue surrounding Spencer, his cousin, and
his wife, but there wasn’t enough background information for
me to do so. I have a feeling this one would make more
sense if I had first read Isabella Jordan’s other Paranormal
Mates Society Story.
Overall, Paranormal Mates Society
Vol. 3 is a fun and interesting way to read about
different paranormal creatures and try some new authors. A
couple of the stories were standout—“Loving Fury” alone
makes this anthology a worthwhile read.