Friday 31 December 2010

Review: The Beast Within - Erin McCarthy, Bianca D'Arc, Jennifer Lyon

Genre: Paranormal romance
Pages: 320
Published: Sep 2010

Meet three men without boundaries, hell-bent on satisfying their deepest desires—and those of the women who drive them wild...

The Howling by Erin McCarthy

When Liv Lugaru's boyfriend Sebastian disappears, she finds comfort in his brother's arms. But Sebastian is much closer than Liv realizes...and he'll stop at nothing to protect her from the feral danger that comes alive only when she sleeps...

Smoke On The Water by Bianca D'Arc

In the misty fog of a lakefront village, zombies are roaming wild—and zombie hunter John Petit must stop the carnage. John is also fighting a different kind of battle: a forbidden passion for his new partner, Donna. With her help, killing zombies is a walk in the park, but keeping his desire in check is making him sweat...

Redeeming The Wizard by Jennifer Lyon

Gage Remington was once a powerful wizard; now he's a recluse who keeps the world at bay. But when Mira Tate arrives at Gage's door, she stirs in him an attraction he can't deny. Soon, Gage will risk everything to keep Mira close—even the secret that may be his ruin...

Oh read the blurbs.

My thoughts:

I am going to make this short, it is always so hard to talk about short stories.
The Howling
I liked this one, but then I do like werewolves. There was Liv and her new boyfriend, but he is not really gone. There is a bit of action, betrayal, and hot hot passion. It was a nice short werewolf story that delivered what it promised.

Smoke on the water
This one was my least fave of the three. I can't say why, perhaps it was the zombies, I just can't think of sex when there are crazy man eating zombies outside. So the passion in this one did not work for me. But hey there was at least zombie killings so that is always nice.

Redeeming the wizard
This one was actually my fave, I did not expect that, but it was Gage, he was so mmm. Mira was a bit annoying and yes I do confess I wanted to hit her once when she accused him of something. Action, lots of passion, and magic. I liked this world too, and I would like to know more about it.

Final thoughts and recommendation:
I never know with short stories, but these worked. They were interesting in different ways, and two I liked more. One I liked cos of shifters, love them! And the other one cos of the world it presented. All in all a good anthology.

Reason for reading:
Sounded fun


Tomorrow it's time for another tradition post, and my best of 2010 post :)

Happy New Year!!!!!


  1. Just popping in to wish you Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2011 be filled with good books, good friends, good health and much happiness.

  2. Everything the best, you saw my wishes already but rest assured I can repeat them no problem: a lot of chocolate, plenty of sun and good good books! Looking forward to reading your tradition post!

  3. what an awesome cover!! i can just see the looks i'd get from my boyfriend if i read this one lol!

    Have a very happy new year!!

  4. I've definitely liked Erin McCarthy's other stuff.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Short stories are tough to review. and I agree having hot sex with zombies outside my door is not a good idea :)
    Happy new year!!!

  6. Kaye
    Thank you :D And the same to you!

    Mmm, yes I did like what you said. it sounds perfect to me.

    Hihi, yes, that man is very *giggles*

    I so wanna try her fast track books

    So hard, I mean they are short, so you can't say much..just very hard. And the sex part, yeah, oh we just killed a zombie and there are more outside, but let's just do it

  7. LOL I love the way you reviewed this one. But I have to ask... so you love werewolves, but not big (or little) dogs? Hmm.... ;)

  8. Dropping in to wish you all the very best for 2011.

  9. hot sex with zombies outside the door sounds just creepy!

    Happy New Year!

  10. Melissa
    Lol..yeah, dogs are scary. But for some reason I always liked wolves, hm. Anyway, a girl can always dream ;)

    Happy New year hawk!! *hugs*

    Thank you Mystica, the same to you my friend

    Happy new Year, I can't believe it is 2011!

  11. Hey honey! Happy new years to you!!! I hope you and bf ring in the New year with lots of love and hugs!! HEHEHEH!! Hugs to you honey!

  12. Happy New Year! I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy one!

  13. *bellows* HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    *grins* I already have this one on my kindle waiting get.

  14. Sex and zombies...hard to relax and enjoy it for sure!!

    Happy New Year Dear Friend!!

  15. I need to hop on the anthology bandwagon. So far I've only read one so will add this one to my growing to read list.

  16. I always avoid short stories because I tend to feel like I need a lot more after reading them. Though I am happy to hear that this book works for you!

    p.s. Happy new year to you too. All the best in the year 2011 =)

  17. Yeah, zombies would be a big distraction!

    I've wanted to read this anthology for a long time, mainly for Jennifer Lyon's story. I'm glad you liked it best! I really enjoyed her other books.

  18. Cecile
    I hope you had a wonderful time :D Me, oh, yeah started getting ill, and now I am really ill, bleh. But still it was nice before all that :)

    Thank you! The same to you.

    Lol, the same :D

    My thoughts exactly, but hey they liked each other..a lot ;)

    Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. But they are nice to read since you do not have to read the whole thing at once

    I am like that, everything is so rushed, and there is no time to just slow down. I tend to need more

    It sure made me wanna check out what she has written before. I did like the world



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