Both of these exciting and sensual paranormal tales give a brief glimpse of the fascinating worlds these authors have created. There are allusions to other tales in the series, and cameos by characters introduced elsewhere but each story can stand alone (although they carry out their task of whetting one’s appetite to read the series!). The quirky rules circumscribing Harpy behavior makes an interesting twist to survival and one can’t help but feel sorry for the rigidly correct Lysander as he gets caught in the maelstrom that surrounds Bianka, but she finds a way to reach him using all of the formidable weapons at her disposal. The poignant tale of Damon and Tiffany’s relationship is gradually revealed through the letters they have written to each other and sometimes failed to read. Their lack of open communication and crossed messages is a little frustrating at times but the passion between them is sizzling. There is an unexpected cliffhanger that accompanies the emotional ending that may leave one gnashing one’s teeth but will definitely prompt one to look for more tales of the Execution Underground. Both are fun and intriguing tales.
“After Dark” by Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger is a combination of two erotic paranormal novellas connected to their respective popular series. “The Darkest Angel” by Ms. Showalter features Lysander, one of the Elite Seven winged warriors who are tasked with ridding the world of demons. Unfortunately, he has found himself strangely attracted to Bianka Skyhawk, despite the fact that he should be killing the half-Harpy, half-phoenix shape-shifter and she finds a way to turn his world upside-down with her strange combination of seduction and feistiness. “Shadow Hunter” by Ms. Ballenger follows vampire hunter and Execution Underground operative Damon Brock who is still reeling at the death of his best friend, and the loss of his connection to his friend’s younger sister, Tiffany Solow. Tiffany wants revenge for her brother’s death and she doesn't appreciate anyone trying to thwart her, least of all the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death.
A timeless seduction. A unique temptation. And a whole world of dark desires...
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
The Darkest Angel
Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he's never known desire-until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long....
And from debut author Kait Ballenger
Vampire hunter Damon Brock's first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs... and their newfound hearts.