The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2, edited by Trisha Telep, is a wonderful collection of 25 short stories written by some of the top authors of the paranormal genre. Each writer’s style is showcased as the subject of romance and erotic seduction vampire style is explored in diverse times and locations ranging from modern Paris to America’s Wild West to ancient Britain. The majority of the stories are original to this particular publication but often involve characters from a particular author’s ongoing series such as Carole Nelson Douglas’ intrepid feline gumshoe, Midnight Louie, or Diane Whiteside’s macho Texan vampires Don Rafael and St Just and there are even a couple of stories that give a new perspective on Doc Holliday and Jack the Ripper.
An excellent overview of the styles of many talented paranormal authors with something to tempt every reader’s palate, whether you like your vampires sinfully erotic or murderously vicious, newly made or worldly and jaded, urban and urbane or primitive and provincial. Especially enjoyable were Camille Bacon Smith’s appetizing tale, Blood and Thyme which addresses the need to satisfy more than one hunger, Jamie Leigh Hansen’s The Murder King’s Woman that challenges the stereotype of the helpless human and Dawn Cook’s vivid portrayal of the hazards and sometimes unexpected benefits of having a college roommate in With Friends Like These.
This exciting follow-up to the wildly successful Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance contains 30 short stories of hot blood, midnight pleasures, and inhuman passions. Containing the best names in the field, such as Eileen Wilks, Caitlin Kittredge, Jennifer Ashley, Dawn Cook, and Diane Whiteside, this compilation is sure to arouse attention.