Jul 19, 2013

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Review: Fire & Frost by Jessica Sims, Carolyn Crane and Meljean Brook

fireandfrost4 star

Paranormal Romance
May 25 2013
eBook
203 pages
Received from author

Fire & Frost is an anthology featuring stories by three very talented writers:  Jessica Sims (also known as Jill Myles), Carolyn Crane and Meljean Brook.  The title made me assume that these stories would be filled with steam, and I wasn’t completely wrong, but more than anything these stories were filled with heart

Speed Mating by Jessica Sims

Yummy Man – Vic
Kick Ass Chick – Estrella

From Goodreads –
Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy alpha’s determined to find her a tiger to take care of her heat and father her child…but no one seems to look quite as good as the man in charge. Will giving in to her need for her alpha ruin her tenuous relationship with her clan or be a match made in heaven?

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Speed Mating features Estrella, a shapeshifter who always thought she would not be able to mate and carry children.  Well…surprise!  She’s about to go into heat and needs a man.  Fast.  Her Alpha, Vic, is trying to help her out by finding some suitable men for her but they are all losers.  And why is Vic looking so yummy lately?

This is a hot quick read.  Did the ‘I love you’ come out of nowhere?  A little, yes.  But it worked with the story.  Estrella made me giggle and her dates made me thankful for my husband lol.  And Vic…YUM!

Overall, I found this to be a fun and humorous read.

3.5 stars

Conjuring Max by Carolyn Crane

Yummy Man – Max
Kick Ass Chick – Veronica

From Goodreads –
The witches of the world ridiculed and rejected nerdy Veronica for trying to use newfangled computers to enhance old world spellcasting. Well, it’s 1984 now, and she’s perfected her spellcasting computer program. Hey, who needs friends when you can conjure virtually anything…or anybody? So when Veronica makes powerful new enemies, she conjures Max, a pitbull of a cop, to deal with the pesky hitmen who keep coming around. Maybe Veronica can finally get some peace and quiet so she can work on her computer. But tough-guy Max is in no mood to play lapdog to a gorgeous witch.

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Conjuring Max is the story of Veronica and her bodyguard Max.  If you read Mr. Real than you are familiar with the name Veronica.  Yes people, she is Alix’s aunt – the witch responsible for the computer that brings images to life.

There is so much emotion in this book!  The story is interesting but the emotion is what really grabbed me.  After reading the first story in this anthology I was expecting this one to be light and fun but instead was met by a story that made my heart break in the very best of ways.  I loved Max’s devotion to Veronica and I was glad when Veronica finally got with the program and realized her feelings for Max.  He is such an honorable character.  Veronica is set in her ways and not a super likeable character at first but she really grows on you quickly.  And the twist at the end!  That opens up a whole lot of possibilities for the series.

I don’t feel you necessarily have to read Mr. Real to get what is going on in this story but I believe it would help as there are details here and there that aren’t expanded on too much but that are explained in the novel.  All in all a good read that left me smiling through my tears.

3.5 stars

Wrecked by Meljean Brook

Yummy Man – Caius
Kick Ass Chick – Elizabeth

From Goodreads –
Elizabeth has spent the past five years running from her father; her father’s huntsman, Caius, has spent the past five years pursuing her. But when he finally catches up to her on an airship flying above Europe’s zombie-infested cities, Elizabeth discovers that Caius isn’t the only danger she has to fear—and now that he’s found her, Caius doesn’t intend to let her go…

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Wrecked is the story of the chased, Elizabeth, and the chasee, Caius.  I had not read a book in Meljean’s Iron Seas series in a while and I almost forgot how, even though steampunk is not my favorite genre to read, the stories are absolutely top notch and that the steampunk elements aren’t the focus – the characters are.

Elizabeth’s story will make you go O-o and Caius will make you want to hug him.  Elizabeth is running from her father and once upon a time Caius was the one who was hired to catch her.  He broke away from her father and it now out to help Elizabeth.  Both unaware of how deeply their feelings for each other run, they are confused and a bit lost but eventually things fall into place for them.  Throw in zombies and airships and high-up chases and you have yourself one heck of an adventure on top of a lovely love story.

Elizabeth and Caius are fully developed and by the end of this story you feel you have known them forever.  Overall I found this to be a beautiful story.  Fans of Meljean’s Iron Seas books have to check this one out.  Heck, fans of steampunk need to read this too because this is how the genre should be written.

4 stars

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  1. I liked the sims one the best, I want more 🙂

  2. nice review Julie, I want to read the Carolyn Crane story !

  3. Great review for this anthology! Sounds like a wide variety of stories and genre’s which helps make them all stand alone. I love the cover too. 🙂

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