I haven’t had a lot of reading time during the week because I’ve been working on revisions and fighting a cold but last weekend I had a Mandy Roth binge and it was quite satisfying.
First Date with Destiny – which is a Mandy Roth/Michelle Pillow book – love it. First of all, I’m working on two four author anthologies. I’m not sharing a story with anyone but just dealing with shared world stuff is complicated. These two share a book and it’s seamless. Excellent job, funny, short and sexy story. Totally brightened my afternoon.
Another great example of their joint writing is Red Light Specialists – futuristic and verra hot. This one is a novel so you get more of them to love.
Then I moved on to Pike’s Peak – a paranormal novella in her League of Unnatural Guardians series. Whoo, so you get Pike, a shifter and a well, superhero essentially and his jones for his friend’s younger sister. But Adira wants him too, even though to be claimed by a werewolf isn’t your ordinary declaration of love. She comes back as an adult and the League wants her to join them. Great tension for a short, really clever, funny dialog. Really well done!
The Advisor’s Apprentice is a lovely fantasy short! writing short takes a certain skillset, not one I have very often but Mandy Roth has it in spades. This story is a nicely done character piece, the sex is in proportion to the story and I really liked it!
And lastly, A View to A Kill with what I think is a very hot cover and seriously, if that’s backfat, what do we say about the rest of the country because that dude can’t possibly possess more than 8% bodyfat. Anyway, Sachin is a bird shifter of sorts from another plane of reality and he’s on earth when he saves a teenager from the same fate her murdered mother was unable to avoid. But what he didn’t bargain for was falling in love with her and realizing she’s his mate.
Excellent tension! Great sex. I liked Sachin and Paige a lot. A really great read.
I also read Warprize, the third book in the series and I think it’s my favorite in the series. It took some chances with the fantasy romance trope but it totally worked.