Monday 15 August 2011

Review: Wild and Steamy (Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, Carolyn Crane)

Genre: Paranormal romance and urban fantasy, steampunk
Format: Ebook 124 pages
Wild & Steamy (Includes: Iron Seas #0.4; The Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5)
Published: August 3rd 2011
Source: A gift, thank you msbookjunkie! 

The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook - An Iron Seas novella of 15,000 words: The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth's life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay? 

My thoughts:
Yay, I love this world. It was just such a good short story, it truly worked. It takes place before the Iron Duke and we learn a bit more about Newberry and how incredibly silly and prudish those New Worlders are. There is a bit of danger and tension since this is not a happy marriage (but it could be, I shall not say anything more). Oh those silly people who just can't say what they feel.

Anyway great story. You will not be disappointed. You do not need to have read the book either since it takes place before it, but it sure will make you want it.

Vixen by Jill Myles - A shifter novella of 15,000 words: Miko's denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn't want to choose between both wants them both. 

My thoughts:
This was the steamy story and Myles sure knows how to write a good steamy story. Miko meets two sexy shifters and she sure wants to play with them. Even in this one there is a bit of danger (I will not say more). Miko was fun and I liked her vixen nature and of course the guys were just yummy.

A short sexy story that made me want to read more from this world. I do hope Myles writes more.

Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane - A Disillusionists novella of 20,000 words: Sophia Sidway, Midcity's most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption...but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.

My thoughts:
I have not read book 2 yet (I am afraid of the cliffhanger) but I could still read this short story. So even if you have read neither of the books you can read this one easily.

I felt that Sophia was such a bitch at first, but I guess I forgave her at the end. But it was hard, still I learnt more when I read on. But poor Robert, he was just so sad and screwed up. Though it made it a good story.

A great anthology. Great stories :D Please write more ;)


  1. I have heard nothing but good things about this anthology. :)

  2. I haven't tried the authors in this anthology, looks to me like this is a good place to start. Sample these authors :)

  3. Always a good sign when you want more :)

  4. This sounds like a good, steamy antho!

  5. I don't read any of those authors, so I will pass on this anthology. I know my best friend is anxiously awaiting it for the Meljean Brook story.

  6. I love a book of short stories. Sometimes all you want is a good taste instead of a banquet.

  7. Don't read too many anthologies but good to hear that this one's good.

  8. Yay! I love The Iron Seas world too, but it takes place before The Iron Duke? Does that mean no Rhys. *sobs in corner*

    Still, I really want to read it! Love Newberry and Mina!

  9. Fun review. Sounds like a great anthology!

  10. An eclectic delight I sure want to taste ;)

  11. This one sounds like a good collection. I do enjoy short stories for a quick does of fiction.

  12. Hi B!

    I have this one too, couldn't resist picking it up since CJ has a short in it!

    I'm looking forward to digging into it!

    Thanks for sharing and great review!

    Dottie :)

  13. Well, you solved that dilemma for me. I've been considering this one, but just haven't bought it. Yep, looks like I should!

  14. Sounds like a good anthology, but i do get tired of short stories that are part of bigger series, since so often I haven't read the series.

  15. Yes, not having read these series I might be immune to some charms of these novellas. Great to know it worked for you. I don't like short stories so perhaps I will rather focus on books. ;)

  16. LOVE the world of the Iron Seas, I have to read that short story. I didn't realize she had written one, so glad to read your review!

  17. Chris
    It was great indeed :D

    Oh it would be an excellent start! I am sure it would make you wanna read more

    Yes it is

    @Book V
    Well one very steamy ;) and one hot one and then one romantic one

  18. @Aurian
    it was really good but then she is a great author so I would not expect anything less.

    For some reason I have read a lot of shorties this year

    It was excellent :D Totally worth the shortness

    Yes no Rhys :/ Do not cry! Newberry is totalyl worth it

  19. @Amused
    It is :D

    I hope you do!

    I am really getting the taste of them too

    I wanted it cos of all of them :D Honestly I do not get that often, wanting to read all the authors in an anthology

  20. @Melissa
    yes yes yes :D Lol, that is a yes to read it from me

    I know the feeling :/ it does suck sometimes.l Especially those you gotta read to understand what is happening

    You did not? Oh my then hurry up cos yes here it is :D

    Oh I will get you one day, this anthology must be read ;)
    Or perhaps I should get you to read the books first

  21. oooh, i didn't realize the meljean brook story in this one was part of the Iron Duke stories!

  22. Eeeep! I just have to say this only comes in ebook and I don't have an ereader. BUT I loved Carolyn's series thus far so much I had to buy this $0.99 read for the ereader on my phone. Which by the way I HATE reading from. But I will do for this book. :) Thanks for the great review!

  23. Am hearing great things about this book - I'm looking forward to reading it.

  24. I've never heard of this, but it's always a good thing if you want to read more, right? Great review :)

  25. @Carrie
    Yes it is :D I am glad I brought it to your attention then

    I understand. I read on an e-reader from the library- That is why you see a lot of ebooks from me and then nothing at all. Cos I hate and will not read on my computer.
    But this one is so worth reading on your phone ;)

    I hope you enjoy it :D

    That it is. And I am so glad a friend is returning a book to me today since there is a iron seas novella in it

  26. I totally agree with each of your little reviews. Totally and completely agree. :)

  27. Julie
    So good :D Nothing more to say

  28. I've read so many good things about this anthology that I need to add it to my TBR. Great review.



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