Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology by Rachel Caine , Cynthia Eden , Megan Hart , Jeffe Kennedy , Mina Khan, Suzanne Johnson

Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology by Rachel Caine , Cynthia Eden , Megan Hart , Jeffe Kennedy , Mina Khan, Suzanne Johnson

Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule.

MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine 

Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he's been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won't let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner's a ghost, and he blames himself for her death. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.

FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden

PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…


When the devil starts the music, you'd better get ready to dance.
Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success...everything she's ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil's bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil's started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps

THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson

Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her? 
An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.

HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella

A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.
Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix. 

THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella

A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother.
Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?

My review:
Six amazing stories by six amazing authors. There isn’t a bad one in the bunch.

MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine is a noir detective story with a bit of a ghost tale in it. This takes place during segregated times in America but points out that things haven’t changed as much as we would like. Fantastic story.
FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden is a more modern day private eye story dealing with the question of how much can you trust a vampire. Fun read.
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart tells what happens when you make a deal with the devil. Not the type of story I usually read but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson deals with the Faerie. This story deals with an unjust tyranny and how love may just be the strongest power anywhere. A good read.
HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella can be read stand alone. This story had you rooting for injustices to be righted and the princess to get her guy. A wonderful fairytale.
THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella. This may have been my favorite story in the bunch (not that there were any bad ones). Ashmael the djinn is rightfully pissed about having been betrayed and forced into a mirror for hundreds of years. When the opportunity to become free comes will he grab it? At what cost?

These six stories will entertain and make you think and introduce you to some fantastic worlds. I wholly recommend this box set.

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