Ridin' Red (Once Upon a Dream #3)
by Nikki Prince
Genre: erotic paranormal menage
Length: novella (55 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 5 - Orgasmic.
Anastasia Trumane, one of Cinda's evil stepsisters, is a submissive missing her Dom, Lucien Wolf. Working for the first time in her life, living in one room with her sister, Dru, and trying to get over the heartbreak from Luc dumping her unexpectedly, she seems to be growing up finally. When a stranger brings her a note from the club where Luc works, though, she finds out things are even stranger than she knew. Luc and Bruno are werewolves needing their mate desperately. Luc drove her away because she was human, not realizing that he had started a mating process that needed to be completed for all their sakes. They enlist their boss, Doc Fairee, to help them bring Ana to them.
The series concept seems to be a BDSM club where fairy tale type fantasies occur, which appealed to me. However, I found the book heavy on sex (which was fine), but light on plot and needing another edit. I thought Ana making up with Cinda and standing up to her sister great, but falling in love with Bruno immediately was too far-fetched. I could buy her and Luc because they had a previous relationship (although she forgave him too fast) but Bruno was a total stranger. Lust I could see but not love yet. I found some of the "what big eyes you have" lines quite cute as they played off the Red Riding Hood story that was the base for the fantasy.
Cauldron of Tales by Sonia Hightower, Lorraine Nelson, Chacelyn
Pierce, Angelina Rain, and Nikki Prince
Genre: paranormal romance, anthology
Length: novella (71 pgs.)
Rating: 3 STARS
Heat: 4 HANDCUFFS
This anthology of witch-inspired short tales is mostly romance with a little horror thrown in the mix. The first story follows a medieval herb-woman dabbling in witch craft after being falsely accused of it, while the rest of the stories are all contemporarily set. While all the stories have some romantic or sexual element, none of them are long enough to get really involved in the
I found the writing to be well done, but the briefness of the stories kept me from loving them. One, however, rose to the top for me. "Past Potion" by Chacelyn Pierce creates a story with enough back story told to actually draw the reader into the predicament between the two characters. I enjoyed the final showdown between Willow and Salem and cheered for them to work things out. In the final analysis, these stories were enjoyable and if the lack of depth is
overlooked, they certainly make a fun short "witchy" read.