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I may be a man, and not just a man, but a policeman, but even I like to park the squad car, open a bottle of Evian, unpack a watercress salad, turn up the Celine Dion on my mp3, and enjoy my momentary calm and escape from reality with the latest supernatural thriller/romance from veteran author Maggie Shayne or Marjorie M. Liu, or exciting newcomer Alyssa Day or Meljean Brook. You can imagine my unbridled excitement, then, at having all four of these fabulous authors in one book. I very nearly squealed with delight, but then remembered I was packing heat and almost fifty years old.
The four, unrelated stories of "Wild Thing" pack their own heat, of the passionate paranormal kind. In Maggie Shayne's "Animal Magnetism", Jay, a "hot young cop" (or "me", as I like to call him) tracks down a rapist and becomes involved with Macy, a beautiful lady vet who can talk to and understand animals. One animal in particular, a dog, can identify the rapist, and Macy must convince a skeptical Jay before the determined rapist silences both her and the only witness. Reminds me of the movie "Witness", if you replace the talking dog with that Amish boy.
Marjorie M. Liu's "Hunter Kiss" kicks off her Urban Fantasy series and introduces a young woman who is covered by living tattoos. These personal demons come out at night to protect her from the darkness and evil that lurk in the shadows, but who will protect her from her own demons? Maybe a handsome young cop? Or a slightly paunchy, middle-aged one? Who knows. You'll have to read the story.
Alyssa Day's "Wild Hearts in Atlantis", the second book in her Warriors of Poseidon series, continues the saga of the Atlanteans, sworn to protect humankind but not to desire them. Reminds me of my own oath of duty. Something about protecting, honoring, defending, keeping clean, and being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, and other things. Atlantean High Prince Conlan sends his trusted, outwardly good-natured warrior Bastien to play the diplomat with their sworn enemies and enemies of humankind. One of them, a half-breed, draws in Bastien and draws out his true feelings, testing his allegiance and the pledge that defines his being. My allegiance was tested once. Pepsi One? Diet Coke? But I stayed true, and my being remained intact.
Meljean Brook's "Paradise" is the third installment in her The Guardians series, dealing with vampires and forces that would both tempt and destroy them, like donuts. In "Paradise", the vampire Lucas Marsden, former DA, now a theater owner and head of the vampire community in Ashland, Oregon, receives a visit from the beautiful and mysterious Guardian Selah, sent to protect him and his people from demons that are hunting them. Lucas finds himself immediately attracted to Selah, but can he trust her?
I had to rip the cover off the book because I didn't want my partner to see its provocative cover. Not that I was ashamed to be reading any of the authors, but my partner has a very rigid idea of what a cop should read. When he asked what I was reading, I told him it was a book about a rogue cowboy who shoots a bunch of outlaws. That seemed to satisfy him. These fantastical and passionate stories will satisfy you, bringing out your inner beast and your inner, dare I say it, wild thing.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Paranormal fans rejoice! Four exceptional authors have joined forces to create a fabulous anthology with WILD THING.
Maggie Shayne opens up this anthology with "Animal Magnetism". Macy McNamara is an excellent veterinarian but she has a secret: Macy can communicate with animals. Unfortunately, this talent puts her in jeopardy when Detective Jay Harris enlists her help with an injured dog who has witnessed a brutal crime.
Maggie Shayne takes readers through a gamut of emotions with "Animal Magnetism". She sharply contrasts the brutality of the rapes with the charm and unconditional love of the dogs, particularly with Cassie. The romance between Macy and Jay is extraordinarily well done and I love the witty repartee between the two of them. Maggie Shayne provides some clever but very dark and shocking twists in this phenomenal tale.
"Paradise" by Meljean Brook is yet another entry in her Guardians series. Someone is killing vampires and Guardian Selah is determined to put a stop to it. But first she must enlist the help of Lucas Marsden, leader of the vampire community in Ashland. Lucas is devastated by his guilt after one of the recent deaths. Will Selah and Lucas be able to stop the terror stalking the vampires or will Lucas' guilt overwhelm him instead?
Meljean Brook has created a fascinating world. The depth and complexity of her world building leaves me literally in awe as I want to know more. There are some continuing characters from her other Guardians' book and I think readers who have read her previous books in the series will probably appreciate the characters more as a result.
Marjorie M. Liu introduces readers to "Hunter Kiss". Maxine has a unique gift that enables her to hunt demons. She thought she knew the pattern her life would take but meeting Grant Cooperon turns her whole world upside down.
"Hunter Kiss" is the first story in a new urban fantasy series and wow, what a start! Marjorie M. Liu teases the reader with fascinating tidbits about this phenomenal new world while still providing a very satisfying short story. I love the gumption of Maxine and the entire concept behind the tattoos is perhaps one of the cleverest things I have ever read. "Hunter Kiss" is a tantalizing tale that promises readers a new series that is sure to be a hit.
Alyssa Day concludes this anthology with "Wild Hearts in Atlantis". As one of the Warriors of Poseidon, Bastien considers himself more brawn than brains so he's horrified when he is sent to be a liaison between the Atlanteans and the shape-shifters. His contact is the fiery shape-shifter Kat Fiero, a woman he hasn't been able to forget since their first encounter. Will another one of the Warriors of Poseidon lose his heart?
Alyssa Day really hits her stride in this second story in the Warriors of Poseidon series. Bastien's story incorporates all of the best elements of this complex but very intriguing world. The first book in the series, ATLANTIS RISING, set the stage for the conflicts between all of the various factions within the supernatural community and "Wild Hearts in Atlantis" directly follows up on those uneasy relationships. If you haven't read ATLANTIS RISING, be forewarned that "Wild Hearts in Atlantis" reveals much of the finale from the book. Alyssa Day has solidified me as one of her fans with this very solid sequel!
WILD THING is one of those rare anthologies in which every story provides an interesting twist to the more traditional paranormal themes. There are no dull moments in this anthology! WILD THING is definitely a must read for fans who like their stories on the dark side of paranormal. Easily recommended!
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
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Being a fan of Liu's Dirk & Steele series, I bought this for her short story. I didn't enjoy it at all; it seemed depressing and hopeless with little-to-like-about-them characters; (I really couldn't feel fuzzy about tattoo demons who fed from filthy toilets). If it's a prelude to a new series, I won't be buying any. Fortunately I did somewhat enjoy the Shayne and Day stories.
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This book is a must have for the short story lover. Each is different--no common theme here. And, each is worthy of re-reading. I particularly like the story of the Atlantean Warrior. It is the second story in current series by Alyssa Day and is referenced in the next book. Excellent bridge. First time I have read the other three authors, and will now look for other books by them. All of these stories had substance and were just steamy enough to satisfy a yearning. I highly recommend this book.