Four novellas about things that happen after dark. I picked it up because it had a new Ilona Andrews story in it about Jim and Dali and since they were my first introduction to that world they hold a special place in my heart and I wanted to see where things were going with them. I'd heard of Nalini Singh and have been told by many to go read her stuff so I figured I'd go ahead and grab this and see what I liked.
Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh (psy-changling 12.5) - Bastien is a wereleopard who has caught the scent of the one he knows to be his mate but it comes and goes and fades easily and is driving him to distraction knowing that she is out there but that he is unable to find her. Of course, he does and they get together because PNR must have HEA. As a first introduction to the world there were things that didn't make total sense but enough information was given that I didn't feel totally lost. While the world seems like it could be interesting, I'm still not totally sold on it but will likely give it a chance. Even though it was PNR, at least the woman had some brains and the man although immediately overprotective and doing the "mine" thing that drives me nuts was also all about giving her some space and working to make sure she was comfortable with who and what she was and trying to find out more about her likes and life instead of just turning her into "his mate".
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels 6.5) - Dali and Jim's relationship is progressing slowly with Dali still unsure why Jim is even interested in her to begin with but then a woman in her community goes missing and it looks like magic has been involved so Dali is asked to look into it. Jim tags along but this is much more about Dali and her magic than the usual shapeshifter politics. I wanted to like this one but Dali's incessant whining was a real problem. I'm hoping that with the ending of it she will finally grow up and act more like the 20-something woman she is than the whiny 14yr old girl she does now.
Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin (SPI Files 0.5) - Makenna Frazier's first day at Supernatural Protection and Investigations is not exactly what she thought it would be like. Rather than getting a chance to even figure out where the break room was or read the employee handbook, she is immediately thrust into the field to find the leprechaun prince and his friends who ditched their bodyguards while on a bachelor party. Things just get more fun from there. Another new world for me and there wasn't a lot of time spent on world building, just bits and pieces thrown in as relating to the story itself with just a few hints at an overarching story line to be developed later. Writing was okay but not great enough to cause me to go immediately put things on my wishlist.
Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane - Wannabe fantasy porn, horribly written, nothing new, notable, or original. Completely lacking in character development or even characters with any dimension whatsoever, I only finished it because I wanted to be able to just finish the book and I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. Honestly, I would actively avoid anything else written by this author.
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