"What I really liked about this book is that once they come together, the hero and heroine are inextricably tied together in an ancient cycle. His tattoo, her vision and song, and the imagery created by the author are lovely."
"This and The Darkest Night are my favorites in Showalter's series. The demon of doubt manifests itself in truly frustrating ways, both for the hero and the heroine, that I'm sincerely impressed the author came up with it. Also in its favor is that this is where I came into the series, and was able to keep up even though it's nowhere near the first installment."
"While I'm also a fan of Undead and Unwed, to me Derik's Bane is the best of MaryJanice Davidson's paranormals. She totally "gets" the "dogginess" of the werewolf hero, and the hero and heroine together are adorable. For those interested in her non-paranormal stuff, I recommend her Royal series, particularly The Royal Mess."
"None of the stories in the Mageverse series earned as high a grade as the other titles above it on this list, but it's overall consistent quality and unique premise make it worth inclusion. My favorites are Master of Fire, Master of Smoke, and Master of Wolves."
"This short story, an introduction to the author's Alpha and Omega series, is actually my favorite entry of the series. It's the strongest romantically, and sets up the series in a great way. Originally published in the On the Prowl anthology, the story is worth the anthology's list price."