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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425216594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425216590
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.
Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.

Customer Reviews

Way too much sex and not enough story.
Wendy Wojda
I positively LOVE Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega series!
I enjoyed reading this book of short stories.
Angela Renee Keller

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107 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Fathom on August 27, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If it weren't for the last story by Sunny, I would rate all the stories in this anthology as 5 stars. I'm not sure who made the decision to include her in this book, but it felt completely out of place.

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs, was great start to this anthology. I've read the first 2 paranormal books in this world by Briggs, and they are wonderful reads. However, you don't have to read those books to understand this short story. Anna, is an Omega werewolf, whose introduction to the werewolf world has been through several years of hell. Witnessing something that she's knows she's not supposed to, Anna places a call to a higher lupine authority. Charles, an enforcer gets dispatched to her to investigate the problems in her area. The story was really bitter sweet because of all the abuse Anna had been through. Although the plot wraps up in the end, the relationship between Charles and Anna is still uncertain. I will be looking forward to their book.

"Inhuman" by Eileen Wilks, was another great read. Someone is impersonating Kai, and draining gifted people of blood and energy. Nathan, a cop, who has his own gifted secrets, is out to prove Kai's innocence and that maybe friendship isn't what he needs from Kai. I've read the first 3 books and most of Wilks anthology stories, and this book makes some vague references to some of the events that have happened in the other books, but the story is completely stand alone as well. The plot also wraps up well, and indicates that a book will continue their relationship.

"Buying Trouble" by Karen Chance, was a surprise for me. I bought her first book, "Taking a Chance" when it first came out, but could never get in the mood for it beyond the first chapter, so I never finished.
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265 of 293 people found the following review helpful By bhr on September 3, 2007
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Though I really like 2 of the authors of the stories in this compilation, I was extremely displeased by this "book". The first two stories ended with "if you want to read the end of this story, buy ... book". GRRR. This takes "series" fic to a more insane level.

The stories themselves are a mix.

Briggs rocks (as usual). This story takes place in the Moon Called universe, with a side character from there and answers as to where the sold weres came from in book 1. It is a good standalone, though, except for the big old "to be continued" at the close.

I'm not a big fan of Eileen Wilks writing, but this is an introduction to her Temting Danger series. It is also the opening to a new book, only half told here. There was too much trite political commentary for my taste. (making the "gifted" register in Texas and comparing it to Nazi Germany? A thinly veiled Trent Lott as the big bad politician? please. Tell a story, not your politics.)

The Chance story is the best standalone, I think, though it links with her Touch the Dark series. And it is a good, solid story. Probably the best of this batch. Her universe is very complex, but her story telling is quite riveting. And her characters just ooze with sensuality. She gets her point across without all the tab a slot b stuff. unlike...

Sunny who writes thinly veiled porn. This stuff would make Laurell Hamilton blush, and that's saying something. Jeezum Crow. The story was, again, the middle of her universe that begins with Mona Lisa Awakening. It seems like it might be a decent story, but mostly just sex. And that's not for me.

This book was given to me. I'd read two of the authors before and liked them (see other reviews). I'd skimmed the other two and passed. This did give me the benefit of knowing I'd passed on them for a reason. But boy, I don't like seeing "if you want to see the end of this story, look for the book in August 2008!"


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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2007
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I bought this 4 novella edition for the Patricia Briggs story and was delighted to discover that each of the four contributors' offerings was well-written and interesting.

"Alpha and Omega", the first story by Patricia Briggs, is part of the back-story of her first Mercedes Thompson novel, "Moon Called." Charles, the Marrok (chief werewolf of the US) son and executioner, is called to Chicago when the Marrok discovers that one of the Chicago Alphas has sold werewolves to humans for experimentation. While this Alpha finds a corrupt packleader, he also finds an Omega Wolf in Anna, a young female werewolf who aids him in his investigation. I'm really looking forward to reading more about this pair. In just a few short pages, Ms. Briggs brought a character to life and gave her a reason to fight.

"Inhuman" by Eileen Wilks, deals with a time where the magic current have shifted stranding a Hellhound on Earth during Elizabethan times. He's now shifted fully to human form and works as a lawman. When he discovers a chameleon has come through the vales to this world, he must contact the Faery Queen he's lieged to--but in doing so, he risks his newfound love. This is my first exposure to Ms. Wilks' work and will not be my last. She writes very evocatively.

"Buying Trouble" by Karen Chance introduces us to Claire, who'd like a divorce from her family, but they try to sell her instead. She escapes the auction house with a Lord of the Fey and discovers her true identity. This is actually my favorite of what I've read by Ms. Chance. The story's funny ironic edge is definitely appealing.

"Mona Lisa Betwining" is by Sunny, who is a totally new author to me. Mona Lisa, the new Queen of the Monere in Mississippi must answer for the death of the former Queen.
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