Midnight Pleasures Paperback
Handsome and sensual, surrounded by an aura of danger, mystery, and the forbidden, a lover steps from the shadows.
But is he mortal? Or is he an ancient god, a sorcerer, or a mythical beast who can possess a woman's heart...and her very soul?Four of romance's most popular authors have created this spellbinding collection of stores filled with dark passion and desire.
Under the cover of darkness, their heroes inhabit worlds haunted by ageless hungers and deadly forces stronger than any seen by day...and vanquished only by the power of love.Now travel into realms where dazzling wonders roam the night, where magic replaces reason, and where a kiss unleashes a raging fire in the blood. And here, if you dare, discover the seduction that begins at the bewitching hour when a man and woman partake in..."Midnight Pleasures."
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Publication Date: 21/11/2003
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9780312987626
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Review by wyvernfriend
A mixed bag of short stories by some of the big names of the parnormal romance genre. Fun reads even if they're a bit light.
Review by CheriePie69
Though I didn't care for some of the stories in this anthology all that much, I'm still glad I read it because I did enjoy the story by Ronda Thompson. :)<b>"Darkfest" by Amanda Ashley</b><i>My Rating: 3 stars</i>I found this one a bit chintzy and sappy. And then I realized I didn't really care for Amanda Ashley's full-length novel, <i>Desire After Dark</i>, that I'd read either. Romance buffs may enjoy it more but it didn't have enough of an interesting story line to go along with it to hold my interest.<b>"Phantom Lover" by Sherrilyn Kenyon</b><i>My Rating: 4 stars</i>I wasn't too impressed with this story. It was a bit too "sappy romance" for me and the rest of the action was only mediocre. Though I've felt that the romance in Kenyon's full-length Dark-Hunter novels was a bit sappy too, they generally had enough action and sub-plot going on to keep me interested anyway... although I do admit I get a bit glassy-eyed during the sappy love scenes that go on for 3 or 4 pages. But glossing over those parts, the rest of the story is still fairly engaging, which I didn't really find to be the case as much with this short story, probably due in great part to the short-story format and not having enough space to really flesh out a good sub-plot.<b>"Under Her Spell" by Maggie Shayne</b><i>My Rating: 5 stars</i>Melissa St. Cloud is hired as the technical consultant for a television series, The Enchantress. But instead of simply correcting the technical inaccuracies related to Witchcraft in the show itself, she ends up having to banish an evil spirit who is trying to consume Alex's life... literally!I had mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, I liked the background story that went along with the it. However, the way the author approached the parts dealing with Wicca and Witchcraft, though accurate, seemed very much like a Wicca 101 lecture. Yes, granted she's trying to teach the reader something in the process, but for someone who's already experienced with all that like myself, it simply came off as rote, and the kind of thing that should be saved for a non-fiction Wicca 101 text. <b>"A Wulf's Curse" by Ronda Thompson</b><i>My Rating: 7 stars</i>Elise is running from her uncle and the arranged marriage he's set for her to a very cruel man. So she stows away in the wagon of a traveling road show, hoping to hitch a ride from London to Liverpool, and ends up right in the arms of the Beast Tamer, Sterling Wulf... and the Wulf part is more than just his last name! ;-)This is my fist introduction to this author, and since I have some of her full-length novels coming in a bookring from CandyDarling, I had wanted to make sure I liked the author. Although this was strictly romance, I liked the author's writing style enough, and there was enough of a storyline outside of the romance with the traveling road show, that I enjoyed it nonetheless. IMO, this was the best story in this anthology.
Review by Jenson_AKA_DL
Four stories of wizards, werewolves, Greek demons and witches makes for very interesting reading. I would definately say I enjoyed Sherilyn Kenyon's story of the Oneroi and Skoti the most. I never even figured out the twist in the story until it was over. My second favorite was Ronda Thompson's tale the youngest Wild Wulf of London, Sterling. I'm pretty sure there are stories out there by Thompson about the other brothers that I will definately now be keeping an eye out for. Amanda Ashley's addition about a reclusive wizard and a blind peasant girl was probably the most innocent tale and Maggie Shayne's story about a grey witch and an evil wizard's ghost was entertaining. All in all a very nice anthology to while away the hours.
Review by jshillingford
I bought this book strictly for the Dark-Hunter story from Sherrilyn Kenyon. And though I wasn't impressed with the first two Dream-Hunter books, this Dream Hunter story was excellent. Even though there are no familiar faces or places from the D-H universe, the story was so well done that I found myself completely engrossed. Erin has been having nightmares - skotos are feeding off her in her dreams until she prays for a champion who actually appears. V'Aiden is not what he seems, and his secret will test the fragile bonds they are beginning to build. This story had a nice twist that I was not really expecting and two very engaging characters. This is one of those rare instances where I don't wish a good story was a novel - it was perfect as it is.
Review by ktleyed
I only read "A Wulf's Curse" by Ronda Thompson from her Wild Wulfs of London series. This was just okay. Sterling Wulf, youngest of the cursed brothers is now the Beast Tamer in a traveling circus caravan. Elise Collins, running away from a marriage she's being forced into comes across the caravan and sneaks into Sterling's wagon like Goldilocks and falls asleep in his bed. He finds her and, naturally, he's never felt this way before about a woman, blah, blah, blah. She falls in love with him over a short period of time and they make their way to Liverpool. But, on the way, as much as their passion peaks, he cannot reveal his true nature of a werewolf.
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