Stroke of Midnight Library Binding – Nov 2004
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“How do you spell talent? Well, all four of these authors have it in spades. Stroke of Midnight is the perfect collection for lovers of the paranormal.” ―Romantic Times
“A mesmerizing anthology--unforgettable tales.” ―The Best Reviews--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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In an unseen world that lurks in the shadows, they roam the night-feral, passionate, and dangerous. And when their world touches ours, a primitive desire takes hold, leaving mere mortals powerless in its wake...
Four of romance's most intriguing authors have come together to create a mesmerizing anthology-unforgettable tales of vampires, shapeshifters, and were-wolves. At the heart of these deeply sensual tales are everyday people facing extraordinary events-men and women thrown together by fate and an irresistible desire. In this world, your eyes can betray you as myth becomes reality, curses are vanquished, and love is the only weapon that can stand in the face of evil. In this world, there is a moment when passion and forbidden desire collide at the...
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I have read a lot of Amanda Ashley's work and this, of course, was not her best. A little trite but still I enjoyed reading it.
L. A. Banks was not my cup of tea and I would have liked to give this one zero stars. I did not understand it, did not like it and found it quite depressing. Even after some of the reviews explained her seers and guardians I still didn't understand it nor could anything make me like this story. HATE is a more accurate description of how I felt about it and I should have listened to other reviewers and just not read this one. My advice is skip it.
Lori Handland wrote the best story even considering how much I loved reading Kenyon's Winter Born. This one had humor that made it an extremely enjoyable read. I loved Maya and even though I normally would not have liked the first person narrative, I began to really prefer it in this instance. I quickly appreciated Handland's decision to write it that way. A winning story that made me want to read more of this author.
Amanda Ashley' story was so blah and unreadable. I trudged through it. The ended made little sense and I was left thinking Huh?
The L. A. Banks story I gave up trying to read. Perhaps it is me but for some reason I just cannot get into books that start off in 1979.
Lori Handeland's story I found a little better. Sort of interesting and I was able to read through it without looking at my watch.
Overall I felt like it was not worth the price of the book.
1) Sherrilyn Kenyon can't write a bad story. So you know her story is good. I loved the story set in her Dark-Hunter Universe. Even Ash and Simi have a small part.
Dante Pontis is a werewolf, he and his brothers are at a Sci/Fi convention. When they sense a lady werewolf, the others are off to find her.
Pandora has escaped from a pack that takes females from the future. Those born in the winter, and chains them and forces them to serve their pack.
Dante finds her and saves her at the same time he finds his mate. Now he has to fight for her and stop this unlawful practice.
2) Lady Shanara is taken hostage by Lord Reyes who is cursed by her father's witch. They fall in love and the witch loves Shanara so much she lifts her spell and comes to live in Reye's Castle. (Yeah, Right) This is the witch who cursed his family because his father would not father her child. Then Shanara's father murdered his father while he was a wolf and wears his skin as a token.
3)I have to say this next one was pretty dumb. Or maybe I just didn't like it. Tara is a medicine woman's daughter and she has been bitten by a vampire. She is trying to hold on until she can find her grandmother who can save her. Rider is a biker who saves her at a bus stop. Naturally they fall in love. So he rushes to take her to her grandmother, but when they get there her grandmother has moved to Arizona. We are told that it was never meant that she would be saved, only that she would help Rider to become a Guardian (one who destroys vampires). (Poor Tara, yeah, right)
4)A Navajo Skinwalker is after Maya Alexander, her only hope is Clay Phillips, a member of an x-files type force. Not bad and this one has some interesting information on Indian beliefs.
"Born of the Night" but Amanda Ashley was a good story, but not nearly as sensual as I would have liked, and I thought it too bad that the werewolf change was considered a "curse" and a bad thing. Guess my fondness for the good guy werewolves prejudices me. But over all, a good story.
Lori Handeland's offering "Red Moon Rising" was an entertaining read, good sensuality, but again, werewolves as the bad guys disappointed me. However, the writing was fast paced, and while I prefer third person narratives, I did enjoy this one in the first person. I like our heroine's spunk.
Finally, L A Banks "Make It Last Forever" while the 3rd in the book, ranks last on my list. I couldn't even read it. As stated previously in the review by Emily Welsh, the 1979 time setting immediately turned me off. Combine that with a very slow start and confusing plotline, I just gave up after about 10 pages and moved on.
If you enjoy paranormal suspense/romance w/some good sensuality, then it is worth at least taking at look at, and if you can, buy it used or borrow from someone like me who thought it would be worth buying new. As much as I did enjoy Kenyon's story, I am not sure this one ranks among my keepers collection.