Friday, December 19, 2014

Sky's Review of, Paranormally Yours, A Paranormal Collection of Short Stories

Paranormally Yours by Anita Cox, Ann Gimpel, Christy Gissendaner, Diane Saxon, Loralie Hall, Sofia Grey, and Sotia Lazu (Anthology

This is definitely one of my favorite anthology sets this year! This fantastic collection of paranormal romance stories are written by different, talented authors who aim to please us--and they have most certainly hit the target on the bullseye. ;)
Packed with steam, laughs, and heart-pangs, you'll be howling for more!

Thirty-five 5 stars for this package!

Story #1: Red Dawn, by Ann Gimpel
What's in this story? Multi-Partner, shifter, dark fairy tales!!

Blurb:Llyr is a whale shifter with a big problem. The seas are dying, poisoned by heavy metal contamination and barrels of trash. In a bold and desperate move, he and his mate Galatea, the Sea Witch, hatch up magic to allow him to spend as long as he needs to on Earth.
Masquerading as a marine biologist, Llyr signs on with a firm whose mission is to save the oceans. When his boss turns out to have malevolent underpinnings, Llyr returns to the sea for answers. With death lurking behind every corner, he and Galatea find themselves boxed into an impossible situation. 

Sky's Thoughts: 
I love a great steamy book with plenty of action and suspense, and this book fulfilled my fix for a thrilling, sexy story, plus some! It had a completely unique world that had me enthralled from the very first paragraph to the very last sentence. Whale shifters! I've never read anything like it and I am craving more from this world, can't wait to see if this fun story will continue.  Ann has an astounding imagination and I was thankful to experience it through this story and can't wait to pick up more of her books--she's made a fan outta me! 

Story #2: The Reluctant Gift, by Sotia Lazu
What's inside this story? A Shifter, vampire, anal sex, and biting!

Blurb: Salina has earned her one-year vacation on Earth, damn it! She’s been an exemplary sentinel for her pack, and saved all the universes.
Too bad she hasn’t been very effective at kicking Aherin to the curb. She had one little lapse in judgement—sleeping with the annoyingly persistent vampire—and now he just won’t leave. 
As if that wasn’t enough, her holiday plans are spoiled, her world is turned upside down, and she’s going to miss out on a yummy family dinner, all because she’s kidnapped on Christmas Eve.
By Santa.

Sky's Thoughts: 
Oh my gawd, this story made my belly hurt, I laughed so much! Santa plays a dirty little cupid in this story! This book is full of characters that are filled with life and witty remarks. The story is intriguing right from the start, Salina is blinded and kidnapped and we're left wondering, "Gah, what's happening!" When the abductor reveals himself, it was NOT what I was expecting--but gawd, did I giggle!!
Not only is this a fun read, it's freaking HOT! When Salina and her annoying yet smexy vampire foe finally drop all pretenses of their hatred for one another, It was absolutely explosive. The sex scenes were so full of spice and heat that I was seriously beginning to wonder if I had fallen into the fireplace beside my sofa—I was flushed!
Sotia, you are brilliant! This is my second read by Sotia Lazu and I may be an ever bigger fan after this! 

Story #3: For Heaven’s Cakes, by Diane Saxon
What's inside this story? A wolf shifter!

Blurb: Twelve years of living in Ireland smoothed Beau’s rough edges, and hard work as a construction worker made him a wealthy man. The call of his pack is stronger than he can resist though, and he isn’t averse to returning to show his small home town in America what he’s made of himself.
What he doesn’t anticipate is meeting the local pharmacist’s daughter - in his wolf form. By day, he renovates the pharmacy, and tries to cajole the lush assistant into having dinner with him. By night he watches Catherine bake her fantastic creations and blossom through her art.
Sleeping on her bed each night in his wolf form isn’t exactly ideal, but how does he tell her the wolf she’s come to love, is the man she lusts over?

Sky's Thoughts: 
What a pleasant read! There is definitely a taste of romance suspense in this story--the anticipation of them falling in love completely gave me butterflies. Also, building up to seeing Beau finally admitting to Catharine that little "dog" she grew to love after taking in was him all along, had me on the edge of my seat! She surprises me when the truth reveals, and he is not the one that breaks it to her. This was also my first read by Diane Saxon and I am so ready to take on more of her thrilling and sexy books! 

Story #4: Pursuing Grace, by Anita Cox
What's inside this story? Werewolves! 

BlurbThough Grace McGovern just graduated college, she’s restless, has no idea what to do with her life and to top it off, she finds herself single and unsatisfied with relationships in general.
Roman intends to claim Grace and make her his mate and part of his pack. He’s searched for her for five years and now she’s within his longing grasp, apart from one minor problem. She has no idea she’s a wolf.
As Grace tries to identify and cope with her inner wolf, she also needs to figure out the unprecedented and undeniable pull Roman has on her. Could he finally offer her the fulfilling relationship for which she’s been yearning?

Sky's Thoughts: 
The plot here kept me interested through and through--I'd love more from this world! Not only is Grace in the dark of her own plans after college, but there's something much bigger she's unknowing of--life is about to get much more complicated than she had originally thought. Roman is effing hot, and I am so damn jealous he's not preying on me for his lucky mate LOL! A heart-filled story here, and the suspense built more and more intense each chapter as I was hoping she'd make the decision to stay with the pack. I was not let down! Anita Cox has a brand new fan outta me! 

Story #4: Dreaming of a Wolf, by Sofia Grey
What's inside this story? An amazing Sofia Grey wolf shifter and dream-sequences!

Blurb: Alun was Olivia's first, and he was supposed to be her forever. After a tragic accident steals him away, Olivia wonders how she can ever be whole again. 
When he starts talking to her in her dreams, she has to ask herself: is she going mad with grief, or is there still a chance for their forever?

Sky's Thoughts: 
Sofia's writing is as beautiful as ever! Olivia is on a quest to find Alun, who she feels is still alive after a sequence of dreams where he came to visit her. She's pretty much acting on a whim because for all she knows, they were only silly dreams; but she felt as though their conversations together felt way too tangible and heart-filled for them to be simply dreams. If anything, going to his favorite places was a way of coping with his sudden loss of life. Olivia may gets way more information than she originally sought out for on her hunt, though. 

Story #5: Courting Mortality, by Loralie Hall
What's inside this story? Gods!

Blurb: Eli’s spent eternity thwarting the same family curse that granted his brother, Loki, ever-lasting fame. Eli kind of got screwed in that one. His plan to stay single and detached has worked for several millennia. And then he meets Marley. She's making him abandon all his resolutions, except the one that never lets him forget the curse. Falling for her means her death, and he won’t let that happen.

Sky's Thoughts
Such a sweet story, and most definitely spicy! Loki is at again with his diabolical ways, yet we still love him! Eli is the hero here though, and I think he's won my heart over more than Loki ever could! He struggles so hard to not fall in love with Marley, for her own safety from the curse and that forsaken Loki. But love really does trump all, and he proves if your heart needs someone so badly, you can make anything work. Poor Marley had no idea what she was getting herself into and though it took her a while to come to terms with just who Eli is, she finds that it is all worth it in the end. I loved this story! I am a new, big fan of Loralie Hall! 

Story #6: Uncaged, by Christy Gissendaner
What's inside this story? Vampires and other creatures! 

Blurb: Mixed breed vampire shifter, Gabe Moncrief, has made a name for himself in the Cage, an arena where only the strong survive. He's training for the fight of his life--and vengeance--when Rain Pettis appears. As an Elemental - a supernatural being descended from Zeus himself - she holds the key to his future in the Cage. 
As much as she loves her brothers, Rain needs to break away from their overwhelming influence to become her own person. Gabe is the only shifter capable of standing up to them. But when Rain learns a secret that tests her loyalty to her family, she has a decision to make. Does she risk it all for love? And can she bear watching Gabe endanger his life within the Cage?

Sky's Thoughts:
This was a beautifully drawn world, and I absolutely love how everyone’s name derives from different elements. This story contains a brilliant, and very independent female heroine who can be easily loved by readers. Her strife for freedom is relentless and I absolutely fell in love with Gabe, the sexy vampire who wins her heart despite her reasons to stay away from him. Another story I wish could go on forever!! This was my first Christy Gissendaner story and will most certainly not be my last—big fan now! 

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