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Just in time for the scariest season of all, three popular paranormal authors come together to tell original tales of romance where anything can happen under a Halloween moon . . .Tempers flare and passions rise in Jocelynn Drake's Of Monsters and Men as the local werewolf pack clashes with the Winter Court's Wild Hunt . . .In Terri Garey's The Ghoul Next Door, a witch and a warlock battle it out for possession of a haunted house, but the ghost may have her own agenda . . . And, in Trick or Treathen by Caris Roane, a master vampire struggles to stay away from the mortal woman who enflames his very soul.
I grabbed Blood by Moonlight a collection of three short stories surrounding All Hallows Eve for several reasons: 1. It’s the perfect way to check out an author I haven’t tried and 2. It’s perfect for bedtime, since the “just one more chapter” nightmare is guaranteed to end and I will get some shut-eye. I actually enjoyed all three tales and found them to be perfect reads for the spooky season.
All three books deal with a couple, and they wrapped the paranormal tale in a romance. Each has a crisis to be dealt with and all occur during the twenty-four hours surrounding all Hallows Eve.
Jocelyn Drake’s Of Monsters and Men deals with The Winter Court’s Wild Hunt. The tale is a short As an Asylum short tale and features Trixie, and elf and Gage an ex member of the Winter Court. When a local wolf pack asks for help against the hunt their romantic evening gets turned upside down. I enjoyed the tale, but it was obvious these characters are from an established series. It did peak my curiosity and kept me entertained.
The second tale, The Ghoul Next Door by Terri Garey was my personal favorite. In fact, I actually went searching for a series about the characters, but had no luck. GRR! The tale features a witch and a warlock. Cassie Holloway is the local witch and has been trying to get her families property back from James T. Falco. He refuses to sell it and it belongs to her family. On All Hallows Eve the veil between worlds is thin and she plans to evoke a spell to bring her grandmother forth to help her. The tale that unfolds was action packed, cute, romantic and had me begging for more.
The third tale, Trick or Treathen by Caris Roane, was by far the spiciest tale and the pages sizzled. The tale features master vampire Treyne of the Prescott Territory in Arizona. In Roane’s vampire world, vampires are not a secret and live in communities. Many vampires now share a blood bond with humans, and Treyne has been fighting his attraction to Jenna Shawe. Jenna is trying to locate her missing sister and the tale that unfolds is hot, dark and held me captive.
Blood by Moonlight is approximately one hundred pages long, but also includes two excerpts; The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks and Turn from Darkness by Jaime Rush. If you are looking for some easy bedside reads and want to explore new authors, this collection is for you.