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Over the Moon Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Knight's sexy and exciting "Moon Dance"-first in this uneven new paranormal romance anthology-features Direkind werewolves from her Mageverse (vampires, witches and werewolves created by Merlin to protect humanity). An aristocratic werewolf runs away from her arranged marriage to a brutish Alpha and into the arms of a lower-caste "made" werewolf; she'll gain her freedom only if he impregnates her. Next is Kantra's ethereal "Between the Mountain and the Moon," an Eros and Psyche story of a young woman lost while camping and rescued by a mysterious man with ulterior motives-and a bone to pick with a vengeful Queen. In "Driftwood," Davidson cleverly merges her Wyndham Werewolf and Undead series when a lone wolf stumbles upon a vampire in a deep ditch at the beach. Erotic romance newcomer Sunny's "Mona Lisa Three," a clumsy sequel about a Mixed-Blood Queen and her guards/lovers, proves difficult to follow without its complicated setup (in this year's Mona Lisa Awakening), and the sizzling menage a trois action could turn off romance readers.
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Four erotically charged novellas featuring lycanthropic characters offer diverse takes on shape-shifters. Knight's "Moon Dance" is about Elena, a member of the Chosen, those descended from the people changed into were-dire wolves by Merlin. Virginia Kantra's "Between the Mountain and the Moon" tells the story of a librarian's daughter who meets a mysterious man on the Appalachian Trail who takes her to Faerie. When he is turned into a wolf to be killed by the Wild Hunt, she returns in an attempt to save him. MaryJanice Davidson's sassy tale of a loner werewolf who meets an angry vampire at the bottom of a deep hole will delight her fans. The fourth story, "Mona Lisa Three," by Sunny, features a new mixed-blood queen of the shape-shifting Monere who has the power of healing through orgasm. This collection will have great appeal for readers who like step-by-step accounts of sexual encounters. Diana Tixier Herald
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One of my gripes is that all four of these stories are sequels or part of continuing stories that had been started in novels or other anthologies. I was familiar with the "worlds" of Knight's and Davidson's stories, since I read (and enjoy) those authors' novels regularly. Those two were my reason for buying the book.
Kantra's story was a sequel of sorts, but from references in this story, it was clear that the prequel was based on the legend of Tam-lin. While I hadn't read Kantra's prequel, I've read other books based on that legend, so I understood the references and didn't feel too lost.
The last story, however, was by Sunny, (a new-to-me writer) and it was, in some ways, like opening up a novel right in the middle and reading just one chapter without bothering to read the beginning or end. I find it a little frustrating that the publisher didn't include even one story that was strictly a stand-alone tale, where you didn't need extensive knowledge of folk tales or an author's back list to fully appreciate the story.
It was also frustrating because I thought each of these tales could have potentially been a novel if the writer had gone more in-depth into character, motivation, etc. and I would've enjoyed the novels more than I enjoyed the short stories. I felt cheated at the end, like I only got a tiny bite of a larger story and that tiny bite wasn't very satisfying.
Then there was the problem that bothered me even more - the last story in the book (and only the last story) was so poorly edited that the grammatical errors were driving me crazy before it was over. That would have been annoying in any part of the book, but for it to be the last story in the book - my final impression of the anthology - yikes! Not good!
I spotted misuse of I/me, mixing up of singular and plural within the same sentence, but the error that was bugging me the most was the author's habit of using phrases like "truthful sincerity." As opposed to what - deceptive sincerity? Truthful lies? Doesn't that seem like a case of *repetitive redundancy*? Just sayin'...
Another one I remember was a scene where the protagonist, who is a shape-changer, was saying something about her "feline cat nature." Whew! What a relief that she doesn't have the dreaded canine cat nature, which causes sufferers to chase themselves up trees until they collapse in exhaustion. Bah!
Then there was the *strong* resemblance of the story to Hamilton's Merry Gentry novels, something already noted by several other reviewers. I found that off-putting as well.
It's a shame because I thought Sunny's writing showed talent, but I was so annoyed by the problems in that story that there's no way I'm going to buy the novels and take a chance on having those same issues drive me nuts for 200+ pages.
Unfortunately, I think this one's going in the used book store pile.
MaryJanice Davidson's "Driftwood" revisits her Wyndham Werewolves. Burke Wolftauer, werewolf, has always been a little bit of a loner. After meeting his mate, vampire Serena Crull, on the beach, the decision to leave the pack and stay with Serena is made in an instant. The trouble is Serena has a vengence agenda. A fellow vampire killed her best friend and Serena is determined to hunt the killer down and put him out of his misery. I really enjoyed this story and would give it 4 stars. It's a little different tone from a lot of MJ Davidson's stories. Yes, the wacky humor is present and the quips fly fast and furious. But the hero, Burke, is a lot darker than most of her characters, and the ending was a bit of a surprise. After adjusting my prior expectations, I loved the story.
Angela Knight's "Moon Dance" was very well done. Elena Livingston is an aristocrat in the werewolf world - and running for her life. Due to her pureblood, she is being chased by a Stephen Bradford, a fellow werewolf, who is determined to rape her, impregnant her and ultimately mate with her so he can take her father's seat on the high council. Elena is hunting for Lucas Rollings, the only other werewolf with enough strength and character to protect her from Stephen. Once Lucas and Elena meet up, they both realize that they may have the relationship of a lifetime. 4 stars.
Virginia Kantra's "Between the Mountain and the Moon" was my least favorite story. The hero, Rhys Danuson, a sidhe, was manipulative and self-serving. While he ultimately came through for the heroine, Cait MacLean, I had a hard time seeing the romance. The author failed to show why Cait was special enough to cause the sudden change of heart in Rhys. The author also failed to redeem Rhys sufficiently in my mind. 2 stars.
The gem of this little book was Sunny's "Mona Lisa Three". First of all let me caution you that this story contains a descriptive erotic threesome. That said, this is the closest author I have ever read to Laurell K. Hamilton. By that statement, I am referring to LKH from Narcissus in Chains coming forward - not early LKH. Than I realized that Sunny's heroine, Mona Lisa, is a better story, with better writing. 5 stars. As another reviewer pointed out, this story made me go out and buy "Mona Lisa's Awakening", and I have already preordered, "Mona Lisa's Blossoming".
I recommend the book. For the money, it was a worthwhile read and I enjoyed all 4 stories on some level, with the stars being "Driftwood" and Mona Lisa Three".