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J. D. Robb
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January 2002 Basic
Love, Supernatural Style

Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today’s hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch’s desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you’ve never been before….

Featuring:

New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robbwith a new Lieutenant Eve Dallas story

New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamiltonwith a new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter tale

and

USA Today Bestselling Authors, Susan Krinard and Maggie Shayne

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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From Publishers Weekly

Although this anthology features some of the most popular names in futuristic and paranormal romance, it reads more like a catalogue than a cohesive book. Robb's "Interlude in Death," featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas, kicks off the collection and is the strongest of the four entries. The story's suspense is as well drawn as the romance, and readers won't have to be familiar with Robb's In Death series (Betrayal in Death, etc.) to enjoy this futuristic thriller. In contrast, "Kinsman," Krinard's (Touch of the Wolf) tale of two telepaths who try to prevent an interspecies war, falls victim to its own exposition and draws to a conclusion that is steamy but familiar. The remaining two stories are more traditionally paranormal. Shayne's "Immortality" features Puabi, a Dark Witch of Sumer who is reincarnated to right an ancient wrong, and Hamilton's "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin" finds Vampire Hunter Anita Blake in an S/M club with her two lovers, a Master Vampire and a werewolf king. As one might imagine of such a setting, the sensuality is dark and intense, but this will be no surprise to fans of Hamilton's Vampire Hunter novels (Obsidian Butterfly, etc.). Each of the works in this anthology is solid and should please current fans, but as a whole, the stories are only loosely connected and would have benefited from a stronger theme to tie them together.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Four novellas by the leading ladies of paranormal and science fiction romance open a view into the lives of both familiar beloved characters and new faces. In J. D. Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) tale, Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a murder-frame plot at a law enforcement seminar held at an off-planet resort owned by her husband. Susan Krinard abandons her usual werewolf and vampire heroes for a space-traveling telepath who works with a princess to uncover an interstellar political plot. Maggie Shayne's unsympathetic immortal is rescued by a bereaved husband and finds redemption and humanity in his arms. In "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin," Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire-slaying Anita Blake intensifies her erotic love triangle with a werewolf and a vampire when they rescue her wereleopards from captivity in a nightclub specializing in dominant and submissive sex. While they won't appeal equally to all readers, these tales do reveal the breadth of the genre and offer a delightful opportunity to sample these popular authors. Diana Tixier Herald
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Great Writers Oct. 24 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book simply because I am an Anita Blake junkie and couldn't wait to get my next fix. So you can imagine my surprise at how much I really enjoyed the other stories.
Now, before we continue with the review, let me just admit that, yes, apparently I have been living under a rock. I say this because I had never heard of J.D. Robb and the 'In Death' series before buying this book. The story 'Interlude in Death' starts off the quartet of stories and it made me an instant Eve Dallas fan. "Wow!" is all I can say. I had never met any of these characters before, but by the end of the story I felt I knew them and wanted to spend more time getting to know them. (I immediately went out and bought every book in the series.) The fact that Ms. Roberts could make a new reader like me care so much about these characters in a little over 100 pages just amazes me. That is truly a sign of a great author.
The final story is an excerpt from Laurell K. Hamilton, from her then new novel, "Narcissus in Chains". I was disappointed only because it was not original and by now, I had already read the full "Narcissus in Chains" novel. But even rereading an Anita Blake story is better than a lot of what is out there.
The middle two stories, "Kinsman" by Susan Krinard and "Immortality" by Maggie Shayne have the misfortune of being sandwiched between two really outstanding stories. I think if I read these two first, or as part of a separate collection I would have a much higher opinion of them. Both are good. Both are entertaining. They just didn't reach out and grab me like Robb's or Hamilton's stories do.
Basically, if you are only familiar with only one or two of the authors I would really recommend this book to get a taste of similar, but very distinct, writers -- I think you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology! Oct. 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Excellent!
This is 4 pieces of fiction by the top names in paranormal romance fiction! The J.D. Robb is a fun Eve Dallas short novella, Susan Krinard gets a new take on her werewolves, the Maggie Shayne offering is part 4 to her Witches trilogy Eternity, Infinity and Destiny, and the Laurel Hamillton is just plain Anita Blake brand of fun! This is not a themed collection so much as a treat for fans of all 4 authors- and a chance to get to know these series in short form. One of the best! I have read this several times and wish it was available in a hardcover ( not large print) to go on my keeper shelf - my paperback is worn out!
Also recommended: Maggie Shayne Immortal Witch series: Eternity, Infinity, Destiny, Anne Rice The Mayfair Witches series, Karen Harbaugh The Vampire Viscount and watch her new vampire books! They are hot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one. June 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this one for Puabi's story Immortatily by Maggie Shayne. She was the evil dark witch in Destiny & I thought how can Maggie write a story about a dark one & then I thought there's more here than meets the eye & Puabi is not a dark immortal witch, but I was wrong. How Maggie did it was brilliant. I loved the twist in the end & can't wait for the next story. This series is brilliant, please keep it coming & bring us back the other immortals from the previous books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort Feb. 5 2003
By Sheena
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT CONTAINED A "NEW" ANITA BLAKE STORY. IN FACT IT ONLY CONTAINS THE FIRST 6 CHAPTERS OF NARCISSUS IN CHAINS. THE ROBB STORY WAS GOOD, IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE EVE DALLAS SAGA, ELSE, YOU MIGHT NOT BE TO INTREAGED BY IT. I LIKED IMMORTAL AS WELL, BUT WAS GLAD IT WAS ONLY ABOUT 100 PAGES, I DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE TAKEN ANY MORE. IF I HAD REALIZED THAT THERE WAS NO NEW HAMILTON STORY IN THIS ANTHOLOGY, I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT IT. AS IS IT, I'M MORE THAN A LITTLE SORRY I WASTED MY TIME AND MONEY. I SUGGEST YOU READ THE ANITA BLAKE SERIES BY HAMILTON, THE DALLAS SERIES BY ROBB, AND THE DARK JEWLES SERIES BY ANNE BISHOP. DON'T WASTE YOUR VALUABLE TIME ON THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A DIE HARD FAN OF ONE OF THE AUTHORS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars These stories are Out of This World Jan. 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All of these stories are written well, but I especially love J.D. Robb's Interlude In Death. I have been reading the In Death series for many years and continue to love them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tangy with a touch of tart Nov. 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love romance and anthologies are so perfect for a little relaxing night time reading before your beauty sleep. Add to that the mystery of alien worlds, telepaths and good ol' detective work... no matter what the environment... and you are going to get an intriguing mix. The cherry on top is that all of these stories are well crafted by experienced storytellers... and often inspire you to hunt down some of their other works. A definite for any fan of sci-fi / fantasy who also likes the romance genre.
In fact the only draw back that I can recall is from Harding's Anita Blake installment. We get a wonderful mini-story of an interesting love triangle but the rest of the plot is left unfinished... thus you have to hunt down the appropriate book in the Anita Blake series to see how the rest of the situation works out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars JD Robb story worth it Sept. 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being both a JD Robb and Laurel Hamilton fan, I purchased this book happily. The Robb story didn't fail to please, it was great. I was very disappointed in the Hamilton story, it was the opening scenes of her last book Narcissus in Chains! The other stories in the book were boring.
If your a Robb fan, its worth it. If not, I'd pass.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not real bad but disappointing
I had been looking forward to this book and was a little disappointed in it,but they can't all be great I guess. Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by "windchimes50"
5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of This World!!!
(Paperback review)
Out Of This World!!! No other way to put it! I've read all of the "In Death" Series by Robb(Aka Roberts) and enjoyed everyone. This one "Interlude... Read more
Published on March 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful blend
A new In Death novella, a sci-fi meeting of minds, a witch who would not die, and love triangle between a vampire, were-wolf and a necromancer--four novellas with totally different... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Holly Fuhrmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Laurell Hamilton is very smart
I got this book because of Maggie Shayne. I liked this book because of the excerpt by Laurell Hamilton. The anthology is not the sexiest nor the most interesting. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002 by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars J.D. Robb is great--The others aren't worth the time.
If you are a fan of the J. D. Robb "In Death" series with Eve Dallas as the main character, then you will probably want to get this book just to read the short story featuring Eve... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Enjoyable Anthology!
"Out of This World" contains four short stories by four unique and talented authors. I read the reviewer warnings which stated that if the reader has not read any of the... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by Sophie
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