Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kelly's Review: Playing Easy to Get

By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jaid Black and Kresley Cole

Published by: Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
First Printing: February, 2006
ISBN-10: 1-4165-1087-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-1087-1
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Concept: [From Amazon…] “New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and rising stars Jaid Black and Kresley Cole unlock the pleasures and perils of embracing the boldest and most powerful of lovers -- 100% alpha males -- in three sensually erotic tales. Discover the physical rapture of his muscular arms.... Become a prisoner of passion, swept away by an encounter with his primal side.... And get lost in the all-consuming thrill of white-hot pursuit by a relentless stranger who may be your most dangerous foe, the best lover you've ever had -- or both.

Let your fantasies run wild with these unforgettable novellas where bigger is most definitely better -- and playing easy-to-get is the only way to go!”

Review: This is a very old (well, it’s been out since 2006) anthology but for Ms. Cole’s part, is the prequel to the Immortals After Dark series that is extremely popular. I have held out and have not read any of the series waiting to get this book which I was able to get from my library after an extremely long wait. It was worth it. The story, “The Warlord Wants Forever” was so freaken good, I just cannot wait to read the next in the series. I am running to my shelf to start the next book (I had already purchased it quite some time ago). I love the world Ms. Cole created and the characters and for the first time in a long time, one of the erotic scenes in the book made my blood burn! Very hot stuff. For some reason, and maybe this is just me, but for some reason, this book sort of reminded me of a sexy Vampire Academy.

The middle story Hunter’s Oath by Jaid Black was interesting as well. I will definitely be checking out other books by Ms. Black too! The story was rather unusual in that a world was set with underground Viking mega hot dudes that kidnap women from the above ground but the kidnapped women love it etc. Our heroine was kidnapped after her brother dies and she goes to Alaska. It’s a good story. I enjoyed it tremendously.

Then finally, the first story, Turn up the Heat by Sherrilyn Kenyon was um, well, really bad. I hate saying that too because Sherrilyn is one of my favorite authors. This story is a B.A.D. novella and frankly, I seriously doubt I’ll be reading any of the others. It was a contemporary romance and the romance part was um, BAD.

So the star of this anthology is Kresley Cole’s book which thankfully is SO good, you won’t mind the bad Sherrilyn Kenyon that has top billing. Ms. Black’s story is a lovely little tidbit as well so all in all, it’s an anthology that you should read if for nothing else, but to get the beginning of the Immortals After Dark series.

What I liked: I loved, loved, loved the world that was in The Warlord Wants Forever. It was so exciting and dark and sexy. It’s such a great start to a series and as bait to get new readers, it’s perfect.

What I disliked: I just have to point to Ms. Kenyon’s story. It was just baaaaaaaadddd.

My rating: 4 feathers

By Kelly
for Book Lover's Hideaway

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Anonymous said...

I am so excited that you liked Kresley Cole's story!!! I hear so many randomly weird reasons as to why people don't like her first few in the Immortals after Dark series. Seeing as A Hunger like No Other was my very first Paranormal Romance, Kresley Cole holds a very special place in my heart!!!! LOL

I can't wait to see how you like A Hunger like No Other. For me, that is personally one of my favorites because of the internal battle of all the characters, but some people saw things and hated it, that I didn't. I really hope you like it and I will be on the lookout for your review!

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