Bren is with a group of boys, trying to
rob a farm, when the owner comes home and surprises them.
Only Bren is left behind. The owner, Iral, doesnít kill Bren
only because his daughter asks him not to. Will Bren finally
find a home at last, or will Iral cast him out when he learns
Coming Home was a sweet
story with a neat twist at the end. Both lonely, desperate
Bren and kind, caring Iral were well-developed, and I enjoyed
the slow development of their relationship. This was my
favorite story of the anthology because Bren and Iralís love
felt real and believable.
Warrior Satta patrols the perimeter,
keeping his village safe. One day he meets an unusual and
alluring set of twins. Duíel and Soíel are beautiful,
magical, and his matches in every way. Will he be able to
keep his twins despite his tribeís disapproval?
Turtle was a story with a
lot of hot scenes, but not as much character development to
back it up. Satta, Duíel, and Soíel were described well
physically. I liked Sattaís strong protectiveness, but the
twins often seemed interchangeable.
The Windís Will
Warrior Benik feels called by the Winds,
so he challenges his cousin Yusef for the right to court Semon,
the man his cousin also cares for. After he wins, Benik must
try to win Semonís heart. Can the scarred warrior win the
timid young manís love?
The Windís Will was a cute
story, but I found myself wanting a lot more. Everything
happened so quickly I felt as if I hadnít gotten a chance to
really know the characters. Benikís care for nervous,
inexperienced Semon was sweet, though, and I enjoyed this one
despite its quick pace.
Blown Together by the Wind
Delen has been alone a long time, so when
he spots a lone man who has meat, he hopes to trade for some.
Unar knows someone is following him, trading fruit and nuts
for bits of meat, but he can never catch the person. When
Unar catches Delen at last, will Unar be able to convince
Delen to stay with him?
Blown Together by the Wind
featured two intriguing characters. Unar is a strong, quiet
loner who prefers to be by himself, but he is fascinated by
Delen. Delen is one of the strangest characters Iíve read
about in a long time. Heís self-sufficient in some ways, yet
oddly childlike in others. The reason heís alone is never
clearly explained, but he speaks very little and knows little
about proper behavior. Despite the weirdness of Delenís
character, or perhaps because of it, I liked him and really
wanted to see him happy at last. This is an odd yet sweet
little tale, and if youíre in the mood for something different
it will certainly fit the bill!
Sebak is traveling to find the people of
the Sudden Valley, his motherís people, when he stumbles onto
a sealed cave. Inside, he finds Azen, a seer who is cursed by
his people for failing to die when his kiíita (true mate)
died. Sebak finds himself drawn to the sad man, even though
Azen was kiíita to the brother he never knew. Could it be
that Azen believed the wrong brother was his kiíita?
Weaver had the makings of a
really good story, with a curse, a man in mourning, a quest,
and a seer. Even though I liked this story well enough,
however, it didnít meet my expectations. The connection
between Sebak and Azen seemed to happen too quickly, and all
the while Azen was fixated on Sebakís brother. I would have
liked to see more development of the characters and their
Overall, As it Should Be is
an interesting anthology of magic and fated mates. Some of
the stories are stronger than others, but all of them have
something to offer. If you liked the world of Sean Michaelís
Windbrothers, you will probably like this book. If you
havenít read Windbrothers, I would recommend reading
that one first. While this anthology is entertaining,
Windbrothers is a much better example of Sean Michaelís