Sep 6, 2011

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Review: Wild & Steamy by Carolyn Crane, Meljean Brook and Jill Myles

Urban Fantasy
August 2 2011
130 pages


There has been a buzz going around about his anthology for the better part of this year, so I was glad when it finally became available.  Three short little stories that take place in three very different environments and all wild and steamy in their own way.

The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook (Iron Seas #.4)

Yummy Man – Newberry
Kick Ass Chick – Temprance

From Goodreads –
The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth’s life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay?

My Review –

This story was almost sweet in its steaminess.  It takes place in Meljean’s Iron Seas steampunk world.  We do get to see Mina a little bit, but this story is primarily about Newberry and his wife.  And it happens to take place during his and Mina’s first case together.

I instantly loved Newberry when I met him in The Iron Duke.  He is the perfect work partner for Mina.  He’s a big teddy bear but with a no nonsense work ethic.  When I first started this story, I didn’t like his wife much.  She gained some sympathy points because she is ill, but that’s about it.  She actually made me care for Newberry all the more since he had to put up with her!  You see, she is from America and she really did not want to marry Newberry.  She assumes he married her for her inheritance.  Newberry pretty much did force her to marry him…and once you find out how he did that, you will giggle and giggle.  Oh, those silly and uptight Bounders…  I liked how eventually, everything comes to light and Newberry finally gets to admit why he wanted to marry Temperance.

Overall, I found this to be a really cute story that gave us a real insight into one of the most favorite characters from The Iron Duke.  If you enjoyed Newberry in that story, then this is a short that you will want to read.

4 stars


Vixen by Jill Myles

Yummy Man – Sam
Yummy Man – Jeremiah
Kick Ass Chick – Miko

From Goodreads –
Miko’s denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn’t want to choose between both men…it wants them both.

My Review –

Now this story one was flat out steamy.  And wild.  Holy whew!  Miko is a Were-Fox and she lives far, far away from anyone else.  Why?  Because when in close proximity to people, Were-Foxes had a tendency to want to mate…many times…with many partners.  This aspect of herself Miko could do without.  So she moved far from a city and into the country in order to try to avoid it.  That is until two very sexy weres show up at her door claiming to be there to keep her safe until a new danger came to pass.

What is it about polar opposite men that makes us all swoony and jello-y?  Sam and Jeremiah.  Blond and brunette.  Works with his brawn and works with his brains.  Woo-wee.  I can’t say I felt a strong connection between Miko and the two men, but the chemistry was fantastic.  And the lovin’ was whew! *wipes brow*

A quick super steamy read that will have you reaching for your glass of cold water.  Um actually, better make it ice water.

3.5 stars


Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane (Disillusionists #2.5)

Yummy Man – Robert
Kick Ass Chick – Sophia

From Goodreads –
Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.

My Review –

Finally, this story I would say was more wild than steamy – wild in how it made me go “whoa…”  This is Sophia’s story – the mind revisionist we meet in both Mind Games and Double Cross.  Basically, Sophia can go into your head, erase and rework memories of your last 24 hours.  Yeah…you don’t like her much in Carolyn’s books.

In this story, we find out about her past and we find out about Robert – her first and only real love.  Yep.  Carolyn actually managed to make me feel a little sorry for the woman who helped screw over our dear Packard.  And who messed with Justine.  Grrr… *shakes fist* Sophia is sickened by what she has become and seeks help from the Disillusionist The Monk.  No one knows who he is or where to find him.  Scratch that.  Two people know.  Packard…and Robert.  And seeing how Packard isn’t exactly speaking to Sophia at the moment, Robert it is.  Sophia believed that Robert doesn’t know what she can do…but he does.  But he didn’t tell her that he knows.  It really is less complicated that it seems.  There were many moments in this story that made me *sigh*.  But mostly it made me want the next book in Carolyn’s awesome Urban Fantasy series all the more.

The writing was phenomenal, the characters fully developed even though this was a short story and the crazy sleep-walking villains make an appearance.  Fans of Carolyn’s Disillusionists series can’t miss this story.

5 stars

Overall, a solid anthology.  Fans of these authors will want to pick it up.
4 stars

  1. I can’t wait to read this one…I haven’t seen very many reviews for it yet, so this was helpful. 🙂

  2. I do hope they work together again 😀 So fun to see 3 great authors in one book

  3. This sounds interesting, I may have to add it to my ever growing TBR list.

  4. Colette – You’ll like it. 🙂

    blodeuedd – I am really enjoying these mini-anthologies that authors are self-publishing lately!

    BookaholiCat – Yes you should. 😉

  5. Thanks for the review. I bought this one the day it came out but haven’t had time to devour it yet. I had heard mixed reviews at first, but yours is the second or third positive review now. Thanks so much!

  6. Fabulous review Julie. I’ve never read anything by any of these authors but I’ll have to keep this anthology in mind later on down the road. I know I need to check out work from at least two of them and I’ll have to read this in conjunction with the series.

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