Burning Up

Burning Up lives up to its name with four sizzling  stories featuring very different paranormal series.  Nailini Singh continues her entertaining Psy-Changeling series with Whisper of Sin that introduces Ria Wembley, a mixed race human who has been targeted because her family is not complying with the extortionist tactics of a gang that is trying to take over San Francisco.  The DarkRiver leopard changelings have extended their protection to the City and Emmett decides that he is going to be personally responsible for protecting Ria and her family because both he and his leopard are strongly attracted to her.  Angela Knight  combines vampires and sorcery in Blood and Roses as the king’s champion struggles against the blandishments of a Blood Rose sorceress who is an unwilling accomplice to the madman who seeks to destroy the kingdom.  Shifting Sea by Virginia Kantra tells the story of Morwenna, one of the finfolk, who seeks to experience life as the mortals do, and seduces the new lord of the land that she is visiting.  Meljean Brooks tells an inventive tale in Here There Be Monsters that combines nanotechnology, mechanical flesh, airships, piracy, kraken and  familiar geographical regions.

A nice smorgasbord of erotic love stories encompassing very different paranormal characters.  Each author has a richly complex society with its attendant rules that makes the reader want to learn more about the characters and what makes them tick.  The sci-fi elements of Brooks’ story were the most confusing because of the intricate backstory but it certainly made me interested in reading more of her work.

Book Blurb for Burning Up

Bring these four authors together and it's sure to ignite a spark...

Angela Knight pairs a vampire warrior and his seductive captor in a battle against demonic predators.

Nalini Singh returns to the world of her Psy-Changeling series as a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector-and lover.

Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in her story of a wounded soldier rescued by an enigmatic young woman.

Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series about a woman who strikes a provocative-and terrifying-bargain for freedom.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2010 4.25