- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (Oct. 26 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515137936
- ISBN-13: 978-0515137934
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,087,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Man of My Dreams Mass Market Paperback – Oct 26 2004
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About the Author
Sherrilyn Kenyon is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Hunter series of paranormal romances.
Maggie Shayne is a national bestselling author who has appeared on the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists. When she's not writing, she spends her time exploring the mysteries of the cosmos, reading Tarot, collecting crystals, and studying the customs and rituals of long-forgotten civilizations. She lives in upstate New York.
Suzanne Forster has an academic background in clinical psychology and now puts her energies into her writing career. A #1 bestselling author and winner of several awards, she lives with her husband in Newport Beach, California.
Bestselling author Virginia Kantra credits her love for strong heroes and courageous heroines to a childhood spent devouring fairy tales, her fondness for kickass women to her daughter, and her knowledge of guys to her husband and teenage sons.
Virginia is the author of over a dozen books for Silhouette Intimate Moments, including her popular "Trouble in Eden" series. Her first single title romantic suspense, Close-Up, will be released by Berkley in July 2005.
A five-time Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, Virginia is the winner of numerous writing awards, including the Golden Heart, Holt Medallion, Maggie Award of Excellence and two National Readers' Choice Awards
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Kenyon's "Fire and Ice", a futuristic story, had a lot of potential. It seemed as if it had been cut and pasted from a full manuscript into a short story - which did not work. Livia is an abused princess with special healing abilities. Adron is a former assassin whose body was destroyed in the line of duty. Basically, the story evolves around the perpetual healing of Adron and the toll it takes on Livia. Sweet story if only it had been allowed to develop.
Shayne's "Daydream Believer", is a story of a psychic, Megan, who is cast into a tragedy queen role. Introduce detective Sam, who is known for his "one night stands". Bring in the chief - Sam's father figure/mentor who tells Sam to do whatever it takes to get her to tell them about a serial killer. Their lack of belief in psychics is played on too heavily. Add to that too many psychic trances and too little real depth and it just gets boring after about ten minutes of reading. The best part really is the end where Shayne's skill shines through - oh so briefly.
Suzanne Forster's "Shocking Lucy", is shockingly bad. You have Lucy, one emotionally traumatized and unbalanced female lead, who is a very successful businesswoman - though reading the story you don't see how that is possible. Add a mother with a hot beverage fetish. Bring in her fiancee who is basically described as a stuffed shirt. Add an electrician who seems to literally shock Lucy all the time. Throw in a bunch of "fluffed up silliness" and, voila, you have "Shocking Lucy". It is one of the worst pieces of drivel I have read in a long time. I did finish it so I could get to the last story...
Which brings me to Virginia Kantra's "Midsummer Night's Magic". This is supposed to be a modern retelling of the old British tale "Tam Lin". I think not. You have Janet, a small town librarian with no character development whatsoever and Ross, a mechanic cum sidhe, who abandoned her fourteen years prior. Add in Puck and the usual jealous queen of the fair folk. They meet during the solstices at an old abandoned farm when the sidhe visit our realm. They do the usual things and then go their merry way until the next solstice. Janet is supposed to save Ross from his enslavement to the sidhe. If only she could have saved this book.
Maggie Shane's story was a disappointment because I usually enjoy her stories. This one wasn't bad, but nothing to get excited about.
The other two authors I knew nothing about. Based on these stories, I won't be searching out more from them.
Still, the book is worth buying just for the first story.