Dead After Dark

This book has four novellas featuring paranormal characters. The novellas are not related and are not connected.
Shadow of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the first novella with a setting in New Orleans. In this story there are several types of weres and hunters of those who’s natural form is an animal. The hunters can shift to an animal form but that is not their natural form. Angelia is a hunter. She grew up with Fury and two of his siblings but when Fury real nature was reveled, she attempted to kill him as his natural form was a wolf and not a human. Now, due to an attack on a werelion, she is being hunted and the only one to possibly save her is Fury. Can they extend the trust they once had?
J.R. Ward’s story is The Story of Son. Claire Stroughton is a corporate lawyer who would rather succeed than date. She has no desire to marry or have children. She has one non-corporate client who was a left over client from her father. On a routine visit to her home, Claire is drugged and introduced to her client’s son who happens to be a vampire! Things heat up when Claire fins herself wanting to take him home with her.
In Susan Squire’s historical story, Beyond the Night, Drew Carlowe returns to the home he once dreamed of owning while he was a stable boy on a neighboring estate. His plan is to marry the girl he fell in love with all those years ago and to thumb his nose up to her father that had trumped up charges brought against him causing Drew to be transported out of England. His plans change when he meets the ghost that haunts his new home and finds out that not only does he not own this house but the girl he came back for has died. The ghost though isn’t really a ghost at all and Drew finds himself wanting to know more about this daughter of a god.
Midnight Kiss Goodbye by Dianna Love has Trey McCree fighting an evil warlord while he’s trying to protect his former lover, Sasha Armand. While Trey has special powers and belongs to a secret organization, Sasha is just a human, even if she is a witch. As Trey tries to keep Sasha safe, Sasha works her way into the middle of everything surprising Trey with her powers driving him to desire and to distraction.
While these novellas do not have related stories, each is well written and intriguing. Weather the character is a vampire, shifter, human or something else, it is well defined and well developed giving a sense of reality, even when you know they aren’t real. The emotional pull of each story and character draws you into another world were the unexpected can happen and happy ending are the norm, even if there is some blood and death to get there. Each story is unique and fresh giving the reader a great introduction to not only each writers style but into the world of paranormal.
While I thoroughly enjoyed each story, I got the feeling from two of them that the worlds these characters were living in were active worlds with other books. In fact, I was so sure of this that I looked the one author up and found that Ms Kenyon’s novella is part of one of her series. This is not to say that I felt something was missing but became intrigued about this world she had developed and wondered if there was a way to learn more about the interesting characters that I found in Shadow of the Moon. Though I have not looked up Dianna Love, I am also going to assume that Midnight Kiss Goodbye is also part of a series. A top-secret agency, VIPER, is mentioned several times so my assumption is there is a series about this agency and the agents in it. Again, the novella in this book is able to stand-alone and in and of itself is an enjoyable story.
I would recommend this book to those that haven’t ever ventured into the worlds of the paranormal and those that enjoy a good story about things that aren’t easily explained. Do to the diverse stories, you get a great overview of what paranormal romance can be if you haven’t ever experienced it and if you like paranormal romance already, this is a wonderful way to read some excellent authors and get a taste of their worlds.

Book Blurb for Dead After Dark

With these four tales of paranormal romance, it’s never been hotter to be close to death

SHERRILYN KENYON - Shadow of the Moon

Angelia has fought her entire life to make herself strong. Now, with her patria under fire, she has to protect her people from Fury and his werewolf clan. Vowing to bring him to justice, Angelia sets out alone…until the hunter becomes the hunted, and the only way for her to survive is to trust the very wolf she’s sworn to kill.

J.R. WARD - The Story of Son

Claire Stroughton is a beautiful lawyer who would rather spend the night with a legal brief than the man of her dreams. Then a routine client meeting turns dangerous—and deeply sensual—when she is held captive by a gorgeous man with an unworldly hunger…

SUSAN SQUIRES - Seize the Night - Companion Series, #7

When Drew Carlowe returns home to win back a lost love, he is quick to dismiss rumors that his estate is haunted by a stunning young ghost...until one passionate encounter leaves him mystified—and aching for more.

DIANNA LOVE - Midnight Kiss Goodbye

Trey McCree possesses an insatiable desire for Sasha Armand—and supernatural powers that could endanger her life as a human. But when they team up to stop an evil warlord, Trey discovers that Sasha can do way more than drive men wild…

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2009 4.00