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WHEN IT COMES TO SHAPESHIFTING PARANORMAL ROMANCE, WHO CAN RESIST... New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author Lora Leigh, and national bestselling authors Alyssa Day and Virginia Kantra? Whether transforming under a blue moon or prowling the streets, the shifters come alive to fulfill the wildest of fantasies in this seductive anthology b WHEN IT COMES TO SHAPESHIFTING PARANORMAL ROMANCE, WHO CAN RESIST... New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author Lora Leigh, and national bestselling authors Alyssa Day and Virginia Kantra? Whether transforming under a blue moon or prowling the streets, the shifters come alive to fulfill the wildest of fantasies in this seductive anthology by four masters of paranormal romance.


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WHEN IT COMES TO SHAPESHIFTING PARANORMAL ROMANCE, WHO CAN RESIST... New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author Lora Leigh, and national bestselling authors Alyssa Day and Virginia Kantra? Whether transforming under a blue moon or prowling the streets, the shifters come alive to fulfill the wildest of fantasies in this seductive anthology b WHEN IT COMES TO SHAPESHIFTING PARANORMAL ROMANCE, WHO CAN RESIST... New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight, USA Today bestselling author Lora Leigh, and national bestselling authors Alyssa Day and Virginia Kantra? Whether transforming under a blue moon or prowling the streets, the shifters come alive to fulfill the wildest of fantasies in this seductive anthology by four masters of paranormal romance.

30 review for Shifter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    This review is only for A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh... In my quest to read the latest Breeds book by Lora Leigh, Lion's Heat (which I hear is not to be missed), I have to slog through all the Breeds books that have somehow accumulated on the TBR pile (I can't keep up with LL and all her series!) This includes A Christmas Kiss from Hot for the Holidays, Bengal's Heart, Coyote's Mate, Christmas Heat from The Magical Christmas Cat, and Mercury's War. Jeez, that's a lot of books--it's going to take This review is only for A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh... In my quest to read the latest Breeds book by Lora Leigh, Lion's Heat (which I hear is not to be missed), I have to slog through all the Breeds books that have somehow accumulated on the TBR pile (I can't keep up with LL and all her series!) This includes A Christmas Kiss from Hot for the Holidays, Bengal's Heart, Coyote's Mate, Christmas Heat from The Magical Christmas Cat, and Mercury's War. Jeez, that's a lot of books--it's going to take me weeks to get to Lion's Heat. Hopefully they'll all be as easy to read as A Jaguar's Kiss was. There was nothing really new or unusual about this one. LL sticks to the same pattern--Breed (the sexy, dark haired, green-eyed, 6'4", baseball loving, cartoon watchin', Cajun Saban Broussard) finds his mate (non-Breed, newly divorced, striving to be independent, first non-Breed schoolteacher to teach the Breed children, Natalie Ricci), she's reluctant to be controlled by him, he sticks to her like superglue, they argue, they snipe, they have wild sex...it all was sounding very familiar to me. The little twist in this book was that Natalie had a super controlling, philandering ex-husband that just would not go away, and Breed enforcer Saban wanted to see him go away--permanantly. Natalie and Saban fought over the physical violence Saban displayed towards Mike (the ex)--Natalie thought it was unnecessary, Saban knew of no other way to protect his mate. Natalie was scared of her growing feelings for Saban--she'd just gotten rid of one controlling man in her life, why would she want another one? There's a big confrontation near the end of the story where Natalie's life is put in danger--how will Saban handle it? This story was just the right length for me. I didn't have to put up with too much of the arguing that the Breed and non-Breed mate usually go through as they try to adjust to the relationship. Natalie was a bit stubborn and since she already had been in a controlling relationship she was reluctant to enter into another one. It took her a while to see that Saban wasn't so much controlling as he was protective. I really liked Saban--I liked the little endearments he used to refer to Natalie (chay, cher, petite bebe--however I didn't like boo), I liked how he took advice from Cassie Sinclair (first seen in Elizabeth's Wolf) and read the book "How To Charm Today's Woman, Sex and The New Generation" to prepare himself for his mate), I liked the glimpses we got of his past (I wish there was more), and I'm curious about his sister, Chimera (does she have a book?) and also Breed enforcer Shiloh Gage. Saban and Natalie's sex scenes were just as hot as you can imagine if you've read other Breeds books--can't forget the "barb"--but nothing too kinky (no anal, bdsm, or toys)--although there was a light spanking... So for a short Breeds story, this was a pretty good one. I think it would be okay to skip this one if you want or to read it out of order--I don't think there was anything pertinent to the whole series storyline that was revealed in this one. So if you're looking for a fast, sexy, LL read, this one should do the trick. Now on to Mercury's War! 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Breeds 15 Feline Breeds 9 Featured Couple: Saban (Jaguar) & Natalie (Human) Natalie is the first non-Breed schoolteacher to teach the Breed’s children. She has recently been divorced, but her ex-husband still pursues her. Saban is the one who goes to fetch her and become her bodyguard. A Cajun, Jaguar Breed. Of course Saban and Natalie realize immediately that they are destined for each other, but Natalie does not want to lose her newly acquired freedom and independence. Saban is a bit too protective Breeds 15 Feline Breeds 9 Featured Couple: Saban (Jaguar) & Natalie (Human) Natalie is the first non-Breed schoolteacher to teach the Breed’s children. She has recently been divorced, but her ex-husband still pursues her. Saban is the one who goes to fetch her and become her bodyguard. A Cajun, Jaguar Breed. Of course Saban and Natalie realize immediately that they are destined for each other, but Natalie does not want to lose her newly acquired freedom and independence. Saban is a bit too protective, too violent, too controlling. But don’t worry; soon he will become a sweetheart. Lots of Breeds have secondary roles and appearances in this book: Mercury, Callan, Jonas and Cassie who gives advices. HOT book as usual. Amazing love and action scenes. Merged review: (The review is only for Lora Leigh’s story: A Jaguar's Kiss) Breeds 15 Feline Breeds 9 Featured Couple: Saban (Jaguar) & Natalie (Human) Natalie is the first non-Breed schoolteacher to teach the Breed’s children. She has recently been divorced, but her ex-husband still pursues her. Saban is the one who goes to fetch her and become her bodyguard. A Cajun, Jaguar Breed. Of course Saban and Natalie realize immediately that they are destined for each other, but Natalie does not want to lose her newly acquired freedom and independence. Saban is a bit too protective, too violent, too controlling. But don’t worry; soon he will become a sweetheart. Lots of Breeds have secondary roles and appearances in this book: Mercury, Callan, Jonas and Cassie who gives advices. HOT book as usual. Amazing love and action scenes

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    There are 4 short stories in this "Shifter" anthology; all pertaining to humans that change from some type of animal. 1. "Mad Dog Love" by Angela Knight - Set in 2450 time frame and it was okay. Werewolf, spaceship a lot of futuristic terminology. I don't care for reading sci-fi and this was 2 stars for me; meaning it was okay, but nothing special.. 2. "A Jaguar's Kiss" by Lora Leigh - This is #15 in her Breed Series and it started out good, but the characters constant arguing practically ruined There are 4 short stories in this "Shifter" anthology; all pertaining to humans that change from some type of animal. 1. "Mad Dog Love" by Angela Knight - Set in 2450 time frame and it was okay. Werewolf, spaceship a lot of futuristic terminology. I don't care for reading sci-fi and this was 2 stars for me; meaning it was okay, but nothing special.. 2. "A Jaguar's Kiss" by Lora Leigh - This is #15 in her Breed Series and it started out good, but the characters constant arguing practically ruined this short story for me. I would give it 2 stars; it was okay, but nothing special. There is a another brief mention of Mercury's character in this one, too. Callan and Jonas are in this as well and Cassie's psychic abilities are mentioned. - Next in this series is "Mercury's War," (#16) coming out October 2008 and is a full-length book. And her website indicates another anthology (#17) in the Breed Series, but not yet titled and should be out October 2008 as well. 3. "Shifter's Lady" by Alyssa Day - This is the Warriors of Poseidon, Book #4 and I have not read any of the previous in this series and won't either. I did not care for this one. It was already a short story, yet spent too much time recapping previous stories in the beginning. Same 'ole, same 'ole; 1 star from This Reader. 4. "Sea Crossing" by Virginia Kantra - Set in the historical romance time frame and involved a group of humans that changed into Selkies (seals). Different! I'll give the author that. I thought this was the best story in the book and 3 stars from This Reader; meaning I liked it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    Story available in print format in Shifter anthology. Merged review: *** NOTE: This rating is for Lora Leigh's A JAGUAR'S KISS only! *** Nice story, but the TSTL heroine irked me big time. Story available in print format in Shifter anthology. Merged review: *** NOTE: This rating is for Lora Leigh's A JAGUAR'S KISS only! *** Nice story, but the TSTL heroine irked me big time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    L8blmr

    I realize anthologies are usually hit or miss, but it's not a bad way to read a little of an author with whom you're not familiar. The book began with offerings by Angela Knight and Lora Leigh (her Breed tale was, well, a Breed tale - HOT!). I enjoyed these stories the most. Next was one by Alyssa Day, and although I liked the hero, a Florida panther/shifter, the heroine was First Maiden of the Nereids from Atlantis (?!) and I just couldn't buy them as a couple. The writing was okay, but didn't I realize anthologies are usually hit or miss, but it's not a bad way to read a little of an author with whom you're not familiar. The book began with offerings by Angela Knight and Lora Leigh (her Breed tale was, well, a Breed tale - HOT!). I enjoyed these stories the most. Next was one by Alyssa Day, and although I liked the hero, a Florida panther/shifter, the heroine was First Maiden of the Nereids from Atlantis (?!) and I just couldn't buy them as a couple. The writing was okay, but didn't win me over enough to seek out books by this author. The last story, by Virginia Kantra, was about a selkie and a "ruined" teacher, and didn't do it for me at all. I have decided, in fact, that I really don't want to read any more paranormals about sea creatures. They just don't appeal to me. However, there's always the possibility that some of my friends here will try to convince me otherwise, and since they know their stuff, I'll listen!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    From Shifter Antho... This one has the send up that made me eager to read it, but, due to the short format, couldn’t deliver as far as I’m concerned. Natalie Ricci is hired by Sanctuary to be the first teacher of the breed children of Leigh’s world. When Saban, (pronounced "sa-bahn", emphasis on the "bahn") (::eyeroll for pretentious name::), comes in to retrieve her, it doesn’t take him long to realize she’s the one for him. Sparks fly, and per usual, Nat resists the mating. This one fell flat bec From Shifter Antho... This one has the send up that made me eager to read it, but, due to the short format, couldn’t deliver as far as I’m concerned. Natalie Ricci is hired by Sanctuary to be the first teacher of the breed children of Leigh’s world. When Saban, (pronounced "sa-bahn", emphasis on the "bahn") (::eyeroll for pretentious name::), comes in to retrieve her, it doesn’t take him long to realize she’s the one for him. Sparks fly, and per usual, Nat resists the mating. This one fell flat because we wanted to see more of the children and her reacting with them. No children to be found. And little interest from me. Merged review: Okay, here's the thing. I'm not a big antho fan. I know what they are- nothing more than a marketing tool with a short story by one author I do like in order to get me to read a short by an unknown before the release of unknown's new book. Yet I fall for it, because, dangit, I can't resist a story by an author I love. I broke it down per story, so here goes: Mad Dog Love by Angela Knight This was my favorite in this antho. Shape shifter Rance aka Mad Dog, betrayed and enslaved by a nasty little piece of drek, is just waiting for his chance escape and exact revenge. When a beautiful woman shows up to purchase him as a body guard, he follows along knowing this is his only chance. Will he follow through on his plans to use her as a means for his escape or will he succumb to the heat between them and stick around long enough to see that she's not exactly who she seems? Of course he'll stick around, but Knight creates a world combining ancient werewolf lore and futuristic nanotechnology that's got me hooked. I hope she continues on with it! 4 out of 5 A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh This one has the send up that made me eager to read it, but, due to the short format, couldn't deliver as far as I'm concerned. Natalie Ricci is hired by Sanctuary to be the first teacher of the breed children of Leigh's world. When Saban, (pronounced "sa-bahn", emphasis on the "bahn") (::eyeroll for the second time::), comes in to retrieve her, it doesn't take him long to realize she's the one for him. Sparks fly, and per usual, Nat resists the mating. This one fell flat because we wanted to see more of the children and her reacting with them. No children to be found. And little interest from me. 2 out of 5. Shifter's Lady by Alyssa Day I read a contemp by this author under another Nom De Plum, and found it just as lacking as this one. For some reason I find her books boring- and I can't put my finger on why exactly. In this story, an obvious installment in the Poseidon series by Day- a series I haven't read and now probably won't- Marie the sister of Lord Bastian, (whose story is told in another Antho called Wild Thing)- is leaving Atlantis to visit her brother and his new shape shifting wife, Kat. Things go awry when Bastian is called back to Atlantis immediately on Marie's arrival and she finds herself entwined in a pack war between the Alpha of Kat's pack and his ex brother in law. Day's Atlantis books have caught my eye for some time now, but unfortunately she's disappointed me one to many times to invest the money into starting a new series. 2 out of 5 from me. (It IS well written, but something is missing. If someone can tell me what, please let me know!) Sea Crossing by Virginia Kantra Ah, the newb to be promoted. Seal shape shifter?? C'mon, really? eh no. Wrapping together the Selkie mythology with a historical setting around the fact that the heroine has to fall for a man who shape shifts into a bull seal? Nope, doesn't work for me. 1 out of 5 from me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan Fall

    Short and sweet. I enjoyed this one and it packed a lot of story for such a short read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Will keep you XXXtra hot on a cold, dark night! Four awesome novellas from awesome authors! ~ Mad Dog Love by Angela Knight ~ Princess Zarifa Lorezo is on the run, afraid for her life, afraid and knowing that her fiance and her uncle would do anything to keep her in their grasp, to rule the empire she will inherit. In disguise, she’s looking for a bodyguard to keep her alive so that she can bring very important information to her half-brother, the rightful ruler of the Empire. Enter Rance “Mad Dog” Will keep you XXXtra hot on a cold, dark night! Four awesome novellas from awesome authors! ~ Mad Dog Love by Angela Knight ~ Princess Zarifa Lorezo is on the run, afraid for her life, afraid and knowing that her fiance and her uncle would do anything to keep her in their grasp, to rule the empire she will inherit. In disguise, she’s looking for a bodyguard to keep her alive so that she can bring very important information to her half-brother, the rightful ruler of the Empire. Enter Rance “Mad Dog” Conlan, a Freeworlds werewolf, has been betrayed, the traitor seeing fit that he become a slave. The collar that the slaver, Casus, had put around his neck has reprogrammed his nanobot system, and is now able to inflict pain on Rance whenever he sees fit. Casus has found a potential ‘buyer’… Zarifa. Rance discovers who Zarifa really is and isn’t happy, but she intrigues him. She’s not at all like she’s portrayed to be in video clips he’s seen. Convinced she’d been controlled, he’s vowed to keep her alive until she can turn the reins over to her brother. **No matter if Knight is writing a novel or novella, she certainly knows how to grap and hold a reader’s attention. The hero and heroine seem real enough for the reader to wish this was happening in real life. Quickly, Zarifa and Rance learn to trust each other, despite the shaky circumstances. With a twist in the plot near the end, Knight brings another great story to a close with a happy ending. ~ A Jaguar’s Kiss by Lora Leigh ~ Natalie Ricci is a human no-nonsense woman who stands up for herself and fights for what she wants. She desperately wanted the teaching position to the Breeds in Buffalo Gap, but what she wasn’t counting on was this fierce wanting she feels for Saban Broussard. Saban Broussard, of the Breed Enforcer and a Jaguar, has wanted Natalie since before he approached her to relay the good news. He is to be her bodyguard, close to her at all times. He recognized her instantly as his mate and tries desperately to court her like a human male would. But her ex-husband doesn’t like the idea. He wants a woman who he can control, to see to his every whim, and he wants Natalie to be that woman, no matter what she wants. He plans to kidnap her with the help of the Council doctors, scientists who are looking to capture a member of a mated pair to study and dissect them, for mated pairs age considerably slowly, and the Council wants the secret. **I liked Natalie right away. A divorced, no-nonsense teacher who fights back and stands up for herself. And I truly felt for Saban; the Jaguar tried so hard to court Natalie, easing her into what he’s feeling, all the while trying to protect a very stubborn woman. And while Mike, Natalie’s ex-husband, tries to prove that she’s being held against her will, Saban is trying to convince her to stay away from him. He feels the danger, even if she doesn’t believe that Mike would truly hurt her. However, she’s wrong. Slipping away from Saban for one final confrontation with Mike, she realizes too late that Saban was right and fears she’ll never be able to explain or apologize. Meanwhile, Saban feels betrayed, believing that Natalie wants to return to Mike after she continuously defended him. Lora Leigh knows how to write gripping characters, awesome love scenes and action scenes, all the while focusing on the characters, their feelings. I have a feeling I’ll be picking up more Lora Leigh really, really soon! ~ Shifter’s Lady by Alyssa Day ~ Ethan, alpha male of the were-panthers is having trouble; seems someone is killing the endangered panthers in his territory. A prideful man, he’ll do anything to put a stop to it. Lady Marie, First Maiden of the Nereids in Atlantis, travels through a portal to this world to visit her brother Bastien and his lady, Kat. She’s never left Atlantis in 4 centuries, and the promise of her first vacation is exciting to her. While Marie has had lovers, nothing has prepared her for Ethan. Irresistible, startingly so, he sends her senses swimming, and he is more than happy to use it as his advantage. For with his first glimpse of her, of her smile, the bottom dropped out of his world, and he wants her all to himself. While Ethan has promised to protect Marie through the danger surrounding his territory and the animals in it, they grow closer and closer. Marie has never met a male who wants her so desperately as Ethan does. **At the beginning of the story, it seemed to me like I was missing something. Okay, so it’s part of the series, and I got the feeling that I should have known the characters. But other than that, I enjoyed it. The plot was good, action scenes superb, fighting well done. Love scenes are hot as well, LOL! I liked how Ethan tried to rein in his feelings, to be the perfect gentleman for Marie. That inner fight with himself drew Marie to him even more. Excellent! ~ Sea Crossing by Virginia Kantra ~ Emma March was betrayed and hurt. She was convinced that he loved her, that he would marry her. Alas, it wasn’t what he had in mind. Removed from her teaching post, she left, deciding to board a ship to Canada and in lieu of payment, she is to go into service. During the crossing, the storm sinks the ship and Emma comes close to drowning after falling overboard. Surprised she isn’t dead, she’s even more surprised to awaken in a soft bed, completely nude, on a remote but populated island. Griff, a quiet, handsome, caring man, pushes past her moral to capture her heart. But he’s holding a secret from her … they all are. They are Selkie, people who can shape-shift into seals. The island is shared by them all, and the little ones need a teacher. Griff convinces her she doesn’t not need to make her way to Canada, when she can do what she loves to do right there, on the island. But will Emma understand their world? She does, and falls in love with the patient, caring Griff. While fighting with her morals, her heart still heavy after being used, Griff shows her what it means to love. I thought Emma was sweet and strong, a woman who tries to do the right thing, even after being led astray. She doesn’t see herself as worthy now that she’s been used. But Griff teaches her that it doesn’t matter; to the Selkie, what happened to her is not her fault, and they don’t believe in the same morals as her. He loves her, and that should be enough. It was great to watch Emma fight an inner struggle until she can no longer fight it. Griff, to me, was a man any woman would want in a husband; patient, kind, caring, handsome. The entire romance was perfect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Unapologetic_Bookaholic

    Angela Knight MAD DOG LOVE features a nano-enhanced werewolf shifter. I loved this space romance. I am not familiar with A. Knight so I am not sure what series this pulls from. But as a new fan I must say I enjoyed it just as much as an old fan would. Lora Leigh's A JAGUAR'S KISS from the BREEDS series. Just gorgeous. I don't think I have come across a Lora Leigh story I did not like or love. This story scorches with the brand of senusality that I have only seen Mrs. Leigh do so well. Alyssa Day Angela Knight MAD DOG LOVE features a nano-enhanced werewolf shifter. I loved this space romance. I am not familiar with A. Knight so I am not sure what series this pulls from. But as a new fan I must say I enjoyed it just as much as an old fan would. Lora Leigh's A JAGUAR'S KISS from the BREEDS series. Just gorgeous. I don't think I have come across a Lora Leigh story I did not like or love. This story scorches with the brand of senusality that I have only seen Mrs. Leigh do so well. Alyssa Day's SHIFTER'S LADY Comes from the Warriors of Posiedon series. To really like this novella I would say reading the series helps. But to just enjoy a good shifter story this one hits the spot. Ethan is a Florida jaguar shifter that vows to protect Atlantean First Maiden Marie when a rogue challenges his alpha positon. In SEA CROSSING the very fresh (for me) Scottish telling of a selkie shifter is a treat. I look forward to more from author Virginia Kantra.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Mad Dog Love by Angela Knight - 3 stars, best in the book by a mile I liked this story quite a bit, and it set my expectations way too high for the rest of the book. Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh - 1 star Forcing a life-altering decision on someone because you're impatient is NOT OKAY. Hated it. Shifter's Lady by Alyssa Day - 2 stars Skimmed heavily, never drew me in. Sea Crossing by Virginia Kantra - 2 stars It was okay, but the deception bothered me, and it wasn't resolved as well as it could've been.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Berryshady

    Jaguar breed Saban Broussard has a job to do. His assignment? To protect the first teacher chosen to teach breed children. And protecting Natalie Ricci is exactly what he’ll do. With just one kiss and his touch, the mating phenomena begins that will tie her to him forever. Unless her ex-husband manages to get them both killed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)

    I think I have only rated one other anthology 5 stars before. It's super rare I like every single story. Angela Knight is always a fun read so her story was a solid 4 stars. But Lora Leigh and Alyssa Day were already favorites and both of their stories were definitely 5 stars. I haven't read much Virginia Kantra, but I seriously want to read more about her Selkies, because that last story was possibly better than the others. Just excellent read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rise

    I picked this book for A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh. Sabah was very much alpha male in this story. I thought Natalie was a spitfire and was determined to stand her ground, but it didn't work in the end. I really enjoyed reading another breed story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joni-Lee Smith

    Four paranormal stories by four author's each one different in there own way. Some of these stories I enjoyed more then others but overall a good book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    Mad Dog Love is "vintage" Angela Knight and much, much better than her contribution in Beyond the Dark. Despite the futuristic setting, the story and characters maintain a rather realistic feel, and the combination of action and excitement is spot on and complimenting the plot, instead of (so many times) deterring from it. Lora Leigh's A Jaguar's Kiss merely confirmed my "suspicion" the Breed series should be added to my TBR pile (which I'm working on). I love any kind of paranormals (vampires, s Mad Dog Love is "vintage" Angela Knight and much, much better than her contribution in Beyond the Dark. Despite the futuristic setting, the story and characters maintain a rather realistic feel, and the combination of action and excitement is spot on and complimenting the plot, instead of (so many times) deterring from it. Lora Leigh's A Jaguar's Kiss merely confirmed my "suspicion" the Breed series should be added to my TBR pile (which I'm working on). I love any kind of paranormals (vampires, shifters, witches, demons...), but there is just an extra kick when the paranormal stuff begins in a lab (like Christine Feehan's GhostWalkers) and the heroes and heroines have to fight with the dark nature thrust upon them by (more or less crazy) scientists...When there's a "mating" issue thrust into the mix, so much the better. There's just something about an Alpha going all soft and cuddly because of a (mere) woman that makes me grin with glee. In this instance, Saban is one of those Alphas, but he's met his match in Natalie. I liked her, she had spunk, and I was just waiting for her to kick his ass. Not that she could hurt him, but I bet he would let her win. *evil grin* Both Shifter's Lady by Alyssa Day and Sea Crossing by Virginia Kantra were so-so. Shifter’s Lady was a little hard to follow in the first chapter, since it’s a part of a series (Warriors of Poseidon) I am not familiar with and Ms. Day’s take on the history of Atlantis, and the interaction and relationships between established characters was utterly foreign. I expected (since it’s a series) a little more background to the workings of the world, but alas, I was left in the dark...Anyway, the story was a decent shifter novella with the usual (in all things Alpha) rivalry subplot, but the ending had lots to be desired. It was probably meant to be a cliffhanger for the next book, but I’m sure not dying to find out. Sea Crossing sounded a little recycled to me. Been there, done that, have the bookshelf to prove it. While the initial scenes applied it was a historical, the tone was a little modern at times. Also, the heroine, though a teacher (aren’t teachers supposed to be perceptive and have a little intelligence?), came out as an utterly clueless creature as to what was going on around her. Overall, this is a pretty good anthology, but the first two novellas are what’s earned it 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    Overall this is the best anthology that I have ever read. I can also honestly say I wish each of the stories were longer. I enjoyed each individual story immensely! This is a 5 star, 5 flame read across the board. Mad Dog Love by Angela Knight, 5 stars. I knew the moment the year was mentioned that I would like this story, 2450. Knight has given us a futuristic sci-fi world of space travel, werewolves, empires and zero gravity sex. Rance has been betrayed by a comrade and sold into slavery. Zarif Overall this is the best anthology that I have ever read. I can also honestly say I wish each of the stories were longer. I enjoyed each individual story immensely! This is a 5 star, 5 flame read across the board. Mad Dog Love by Angela Knight, 5 stars. I knew the moment the year was mentioned that I would like this story, 2450. Knight has given us a futuristic sci-fi world of space travel, werewolves, empires and zero gravity sex. Rance has been betrayed by a comrade and sold into slavery. Zarifa, a supposed party girl future empress is running from a fiancé and trying to turn the kingdom over to the rightful emperor. This is a great story! I must say the zero gravity sex was HOT, also first time I had read this. The relationship between Rance and Zarifa progresses at a good pace. They have a few hurdles to jump, but this is a short story so there are not too many pages to work a huge amount into. A Jaguars Kiss by Lora Leigh, 5 stars. This is #15 of the Breed series. Natalie is the new teacher at the Breed school at Buffalo Gap. The handsome Cajun Saban has been appointed her bodyguard. As with all Breed books and stories there is plenty of sexual tension. To add a good conflict to the story we have an ex-husband with nefarious plans. Shifter’s Lady by Alyssa Day, 5 stars. This is 2.5 in the Warriors of Poseidon series. Ethan and Marie are our main characters. Ethan is a panther shifter. The attraction between the two characters is interesting. They are from different worlds and very different ways of life. Marie has spent her whole life on the ocean floor in Atlantis. Ethan is the Big Cypress pack leader. Day gives action and conflict in the story with a pack leader challenge and fight. Sea Crossing by Virginia Kantra, 5 stars. This is the Children of the Sea prequel. This is a historical, not sure of the year it was never mentioned, nor do I consider it important. Griffith is a selkie. He has a seal pelt that he can wear and become a seal. He rescues Emma from a sinking ship that she has boarded in an attempt to flee her past. My only complaint about this story was the typical anger from one character when they find out the other character is not human. Why does the character always end up feeling betrayed or lied to? This is obviously a secret they must keep to protect themselves. The character keeping the secret will eventually tell the one it loves (end rant.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    This review is only for A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh... 1.5 Stars Sigh, the Breed series takes a dive yet again with A Jaguar's Kiss. Saban Broussard is a Cajun Breed enforcer. His mate is Natalie Ricci, a non-Breed, newly divorced, schoolteacher to Breed children. Natalie has just gotten out of an unhappy marriage to her super controlling, philandering ex-husband and is, therefore, reluctant to get involved with the dominant, protective Cajun. The H/H then alternate between having wild, crazy se This review is only for A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh... 1.5 Stars Sigh, the Breed series takes a dive yet again with A Jaguar's Kiss. Saban Broussard is a Cajun Breed enforcer. His mate is Natalie Ricci, a non-Breed, newly divorced, schoolteacher to Breed children. Natalie has just gotten out of an unhappy marriage to her super controlling, philandering ex-husband and is, therefore, reluctant to get involved with the dominant, protective Cajun. The H/H then alternate between having wild, crazy sex and bickering at each other. Basically, Natalie is resistant to the mating; in an effort to place as much distance between them (when she's not f---ing his brains out), she bitches and moans and essentially does everything she can to make herself undesirable. (IMHO she succeeded but Saban is a glutton for punishment.) Ultimately, I was grateful that this was a short story because their arguments were irritating and she - quite frankly - irked me. I liked Saban but would have liked to see more of his softer side. Unfortunately, there was not much chance for that since Natalie was either f--ing his brains out or bitching at him to get away from her. Which brings me to the true source of my ire and the reason for my rating: Natalie. As a heroine, she was whiny, bitchy, and TSTL. Nuff said.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mollie *scoutrmom*

    This anthology cntains stories from three authors I've read and loved before, and one I hadn't. I bought it because Lora Leigh's Breed stories are a must buy for me, and this one did not disappoint. Natalie is a strong woman who is reeling from having to divorce a louse and does not want anything to do with men. Saban is a strongwilled man who will protect women from all harm, even when she is opposed to needing protection. He has fallen for her before she was aware that he was watching her. She This anthology cntains stories from three authors I've read and loved before, and one I hadn't. I bought it because Lora Leigh's Breed stories are a must buy for me, and this one did not disappoint. Natalie is a strong woman who is reeling from having to divorce a louse and does not want anything to do with men. Saban is a strongwilled man who will protect women from all harm, even when she is opposed to needing protection. He has fallen for her before she was aware that he was watching her. She needs to come to accept that he will not compromise for her safety, even if it causes her to hate him. It took a lot of skill for Leigh to get a happily ever after out of this one, but it sure worked for me. Angela Knight has written a futuristic werewolf tale. I feel she did not spend enough time on worldbuilding, and wish this was part of a full-length novel rather than a novella. The plot was excellent with a great twist at the denouement. I did not care much for Virginia Kantra's tale, I liked her work in series romances that were not paranormal better. I think the Alyssa Day story was very good, and may seek out more of her work in the future. I'll read the Breed story again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    A_Dreamer_aka_Synnister

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved Saban and Natalie. And even though she felt she should have been afraid of what was going on she embraced it. And what woman in her right mind wouldn't? lol I think that how Leigh keeps each breed different yet they are all the same in that they are afraid of love. Not that some dont want it. Saban had been looking for his mate for a long time. He wanted to be in love. To have that only one person to share his life and his bed with. He even took advice from Cassie, the female wolf-coyote b Loved Saban and Natalie. And even though she felt she should have been afraid of what was going on she embraced it. And what woman in her right mind wouldn't? lol I think that how Leigh keeps each breed different yet they are all the same in that they are afraid of love. Not that some dont want it. Saban had been looking for his mate for a long time. He wanted to be in love. To have that only one person to share his life and his bed with. He even took advice from Cassie, the female wolf-coyote breed about how to romance Natalie. I had to admit any man willing deserves a chance in my book. Natalie wanted to love she just didnt want someone to control her any longer. Mike her ex-husband was to jealous and too controlling for her. Not to mention he cheated on her. She didnt realize till it was almost too late how much she had truly fallen in love with Saban. Even though he was controlling, but he did want to not to rule her as Mike did but to protect her from danger that he knew would arise after their mating. After a near kidnapping experience they both realized that they could not go on without the other. Great story! And after my men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Leigh's men, breeds and humans are the sexiest men on the page.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    For a long time, years ago, paranormal romance was almost all I read. I devoured them and had so many that I double-stacked 2-3 bookcases and had stacks up to my hips on the floor. Then I grew out of them. Recently I decided to try them again because I found some bins of my old books in storage. Now, they just piss me off. I started reading and the first story was ok I guess, though I think the insta-lust turned love in just 3 weeks was a bit stupid. Then came the second story and that one just For a long time, years ago, paranormal romance was almost all I read. I devoured them and had so many that I double-stacked 2-3 bookcases and had stacks up to my hips on the floor. Then I grew out of them. Recently I decided to try them again because I found some bins of my old books in storage. Now, they just piss me off. I started reading and the first story was ok I guess, though I think the insta-lust turned love in just 3 weeks was a bit stupid. Then came the second story and that one just pissed me off. I -hate- the paranormal romance trend of the dominating male claiming the (usually human) female, whether she wants him to or not. Basically taking her choice away from her, then going about controlling everything she does, not letting her go places on her own, and basically not letting her talk to or even look at another man. In real life, this type of a relationship would be considered abuse and people would be telling the woman to leave! I couldn't get to the other stories because I was so angry, and I'm realizing that my days of paranormal romance are probably permanently behind me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    Th first story 'Mad Dog Love' by Angela Knight had potential. Who wouldn't love werewolves in space? But, it read like a story that had pieces missing instead of truly being a short story. I did enjoy it besides that. I've read Knight before and liked her style. The second story confirms my reasons for reading anthologies in the first place. I don't like the writer Lora Leigh, and I'm glad I didn't have to read an entire length novel to find that out. There's a difference between sexy and crude. Th first story 'Mad Dog Love' by Angela Knight had potential. Who wouldn't love werewolves in space? But, it read like a story that had pieces missing instead of truly being a short story. I did enjoy it besides that. I've read Knight before and liked her style. The second story confirms my reasons for reading anthologies in the first place. I don't like the writer Lora Leigh, and I'm glad I didn't have to read an entire length novel to find that out. There's a difference between sexy and crude. Her story is only 105 pages long and she had the word p*ssy three times. There are hundreds of words out there to be used and this is her favorite. It's distracting along with her use of the word cream. I only read a couple pages of the third story before giving up on this book for something better. The last two authors might be awesome, but I just didn't have the heart for any more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I bought this book for the Warriors of Poseidon novella called Shifter's Lady, which I loved! But the first story, Mad Dog Love is a sci-fi deal that I couldn't get into cyborg werewolves and a nanobot empress, it was a good thing it was short or I probably wouldn't have finished it. The second story is called Jaguar's Kiss is better, but confusing unless you've read the series before..too world building. The third is Shifter's Lady, and the ending leaves it resolved enough to be happy, but unre I bought this book for the Warriors of Poseidon novella called Shifter's Lady, which I loved! But the first story, Mad Dog Love is a sci-fi deal that I couldn't get into cyborg werewolves and a nanobot empress, it was a good thing it was short or I probably wouldn't have finished it. The second story is called Jaguar's Kiss is better, but confusing unless you've read the series before..too world building. The third is Shifter's Lady, and the ending leaves it resolved enough to be happy, but unresolved enough to make you need to read Atlantis Unleashed. The last is called Sea Crossing and makes me want to read the rest of Virginia Kantra's Children of the sea series. So I give the book on a whole 3 stars, but Shifter's Lady and Sea Crossing 5.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    WOW! 4 sizzlers in one. Angela Knight gives us a futuristic princess-in-disguise fighting for her life and finding love with her shifter/bodyguard. A short (but sizzling) Pride story from Lora Leigh. An Atlantean/Cypress pride tie-in story that gives us a tease of what's coming in her next full-length novel by Alyssa Day. Virginia Kantra delights with story of a love between mortal and selkie. Four winners in one book!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca (everyday reader)

    I really enjoyed it!! Especially the pre-quel to the Children of the Sea series, Griff is very sexy and he so deserved to find love. The Warriors of Poseidon story even though it wasn't a full book, I am glad to know Ethan and Marie's story. I loved her rainstorms!! The Breeds story added a good chapter to the series. Some of my favorite series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Just read Lora Leigh's Breed short story... fun coupling, wish it were a whole book devoted to them. An independent woman was refreshing and an insecure Breed with some real-life qualities made the story more light-hearted tha usual.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    man, half way through this thing and i thought for the first time ever LL wrote a book in which a man actually apologizes for something. ofc not, she apologized to him insted bcs it's not rape if year instincts warned you, or something. someone shoot me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews

    Mmmm That was a short book!! I would have liked it to be longer... But I loved it just the same :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Russell

    Only read the Virginia Kantra story "Sea Crossing", part of the Children of the Sea series......loved it!!!!!!Will eventually go back and read the other 3 remaining stories.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    This was the most amazing and heart filled story I have ever read! It is definitely must read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    MaggieReadsRom

    Angela Knight - Mad Dog Love Interstellar empress Zarifa Lorezo desperately needs protection against the royal assassins who are out for her blood. She decides to buy a bodyguard -- a powerful werewolf slave named Rance "Mad Dog" Conlan. She soon realizes that despite his slave collar, Rance is a very dangerous man -- and not just because he can turn into a seven-foot wolf. This is the story of Rance Conlan, a genetically engineered werewolf from the Freeworld and Zarifa Lorezo, the empress of Thro Angela Knight - Mad Dog Love Interstellar empress Zarifa Lorezo desperately needs protection against the royal assassins who are out for her blood. She decides to buy a bodyguard -- a powerful werewolf slave named Rance "Mad Dog" Conlan. She soon realizes that despite his slave collar, Rance is a very dangerous man -- and not just because he can turn into a seven-foot wolf. This is the story of Rance Conlan, a genetically engineered werewolf from the Freeworld and Zarifa Lorezo, the empress of Throneworld. The story is in a futuristic setting (year 2450). Slavers have captured Rance and Zarifa, in need of protection, buys him to escort her on a mission for her freedom. According to Angela Knight this is a werewolf story, but in an entirely different universe from the Mageverse series. Since I have not read anything in that series yet and Angela Knight is a new author for me I was able to make my review without comparing both worlds. As said this was my first encounter with Angela Knight's writing and I must say that although at times it was a bit too Star Trek/Star Wars for my taste, I still enjoyed this lovely tale of passion and betrayal. The main characters were good together, having more to them than met the eye and even if it was short I did get a good picture of their personalities. There were some intriguing secondary characters, adding to the futuristic feel of the story and the plot was surprising. I think I'm going to have to make time for the Mageverse series soon because this little taste of Angela Knight's writing certainly does ask for more. Quote She might own him, but just now, he owned her. Her body danced to his tune, her breathless voice begged for the pleasure only he could give. 3,5 stars Lora Leigh - A Jaguar's Kiss (part of the Breeds Series) I could not find a back cover/synopsis for this story but in the book itself was a little explanation about the origin of the Breeds. A small summary: They were created, not born. Trained, not raised. Humans genetically altered with the DNA of the predators of the earth: wolf, lion, tiger, cougar, jaguar. Now they are banding together, creating their own society fighting to hide the only secret that can destroy them. The secret of mating heat, the chemical, biological and emotional reaction of one Breed to the man or woman meant to be his or hers forever. It's their Achilles' heel, their strength but also their weakness. This is the story of Natalie Ricci, a non-Breed teacher and Saban Broussard, a Jaguar Breed; he's Cajun and a Breed Enforcer. When Natalie is given a position as the first non-Breed teaching Breed children in a public school, Saban is assigned as her bodyguard to escort her to her new job just outside Breed headquarters. When Saban lays his eyes on Natalie he knows she is his mate. Saban binds her to him in a way that takes away her freedom of choice. Natalie, who is not familiar with the ways of the Breeds and is just coming from an ugly divorce from a controlling husband, doesn't give in with out a fight. The outcome is inevitable, even when her ex-husband, instigated by the Breeds enemies, comes to cause trouble. Natalie and Saban are great together and perfect for each other. Saban is alpha, protective, possessive and determined. Natalie is fierce, intelligent and independent. She has a dry sense of humor and despite the strong, initially physical, attraction between them she gives Saban a hard time in convincing her she is his mate. Lora Leigh describes Natalie's struggle and Saban's determination in a very emotional and captivating way. She gives this short story an unexpected and fascinating depth. Same goes for the love scenes; they are spine tingling. In the anthology this story had the biggest page count and though the story was masterfully set up and worked out at the end I was really craving more. The concept of the Breeds, their abilities and everything that surrounds them is truly appealing to me in this novella. This story is part 15 in the Breeds series and although I have read other Lora Leigh books, it is my first encounter with this series. It made me want to go for the full-length books immediately to get acquainted some more with this -to say the least- fascinating world. Quote Natalie, after Saban has bound her to him against her will: " I don't care if Coyote's are swarming Sanctuary with grenade launchers. Get some of those badass Breeds you prize so highly out here to collect him, or I'm going to kill him. And after I kill him, I'll hang his mangy, worthless hide in my front yard to show everyone else exactly how it's done. 4 stars Alyssa Day - Shifter's Lady (part 4 of the Warriors of Poseidon) Alpha were panther Ethan is finally starting to make an edgy peace with the first Atlantean to encroach upon his territory. But will he need to make room in an even rockier terrain -- his heart -- when the Atlantean's beautiful sister Marie arrives and disrupts every facet of Ethan's well-ordered existence? Marie has decided to visit her brother (Bastien from part 2) on the surface and meet his new life mate, Kat. She travels to the preserve where they live but when she arrives Bastien is summoned to join the search for Justice (if you want to know what happened to Justice you have to read Atlantis Awakening or this novella). So Marie is left alone with Kat and a very intriguing were panther, Ethan, a shape shifter who ignites something inside her she never has experienced before. Marie is the First Maiden of the Temple of Nereids of Atlantis. That’s a mouthful but it comes down to being the head midwife of Atlantis. She has always led a bit of a passive life. Devoting her life to the Temple. Even though it's a dangerous time on the surface, outside Atlantis she decides to visit her brother and not even Alaric can persuade her not to go. Ethan is the Alpha Male of the Big Cypress panther pride. Once he had his eyes set on Kat Fiero and thought she would be his mate but that was before Bastien came along. He is searching for the person or creature that is attacking and killing panthers in his pride. The discovery of who and why is surprising and the issue is solved in a thrilling climax. Marie makes his world turn on its axis the moment he first sees her. The chemistry between Ethan and Marie is instant, explosive and very sensual. I was afraid at first that Marie wouldn't be the fierce, brave heroine that Riley, Kat and Erin were but I was wrong. She really stood her ground with Ethan, giving him a run for his money. Still as much as I loved Marie it was Ethan who stole the show for me in this novella. All male, all panther, all alpha and of course he possesses the signature quirky, dry sense of humor all Alyssa Day's heroes have. It was great to see Bastien and Kat again, their story was also a short one in an anthology so to see how they were doing after their story was very welcome. I have but one complaint about this novella. It was TOO darn short! In the mere 67 pages there were smile-inducing moments, inner thoughts and dialogues. Sensual love scenes, a breathtaking fight scene and the humor were once again trademark Alyssa Day: exquisite. I can't but praise Alyssa Day's witty writing style. Both the wit and the chemistry provided some many quotes I wanted to share but if I used them all it would be half of the story. I found it very difficult to chose just two when normally in novella-reviews I have trouble even finding one. For me this says a lot for Alyssa's writing. I absolutely adored this newest installment in the Warriors of Poseidon series. I love the world, I love the characters, and I love the action. I'm not favorable to short stories but I loved this one. Alyssa Day is one of the very few authors who manages to pull that of. And even if this story had a different feel to it because it was more about the shape shifters than the Atlanteans, it still fits right in the series. The ongoing plot from the full-length books doesn't return in this story but to be honest I didn't really miss it. Quotes: Marie smiled up at him, and the bottom dropped out of his world. Marie: "Must I have the same talk with you that I have had with my brothers so many times over the centuries? The one about individual responsibility? Where I explain in very simple words that I am no fragile Atlantean flower to be cared for and coddled in a hothouse?" Ethan: "Simple words might be a really good idea, beautiful, because I'm having a hell of a fight with my inner cat right now, who wants to carry you off, strip you bare and lick all of that deliciously creamy skin of yours." 4 stars Virginia Kantra - Sea Crossing (first part of the Children of the Sea series) Emma March, seduced and left with her reputation ruined by the Governor of the girls' school where she is a teacher, decides to leave England, go to Canada and try to build a new life there. But then the ship wrecks in a storm and she falls overboard. A seal saves her and from then on her life takes a whole other direction than she had in mind. Griff(ith) is a Selkie (seal shape shifter) and the warden of "the Sanctuary", where the adolescent selkies are taken for their "change". He is sent off by the prince of the sea to find a teacher for these unruly young seals. He finds Emma and brings her to the Sanctuary. Both Emma and Griff feel the powerful attraction between them, but Emma is reluctant to act on it because of her previous experience with men. She decides to stay on the island and teach the children but she keeps Griff at a distance. For me this was the least appealing story in the anthology. My connection with the characters wasn't really there although Virginia Kantra has a lovely writing style and this novella really holds potential for the full-length novels that will follow in this series. But I really don't know what to make of the whole of it. The story didn't have a real plot. It's mostly about the feelings between Griff and Emma and normally I don't have anything against that because I love a character-drive story as much as action-driven stories but the chemistry just wasn't there for me. This can be because the concept of a seal shape shifter being new to me. I'm used to wolves, dragons and felines. These are a very different kind of shape shifters. I couldn't conceal the alpha behavior with a seal, but that can be just me. This being said I must say that the story was nicely paced, the chemistry between Emma and Griff and the love scenes were great. The characters could have been fleshed out a bit more but since it's a novella that is to be expected. Still I am curious as to how the full-length books in this series will turn out. Maybe I will give the first one a go just to make sure that the feeling I had with this story is because it's a story in anthology. 3 stars In conclusion I have to say that with the exception of the last novella this was an anthology that surpassed my expectations and one of exceptional quality compared to other anthologies I have read. The novellas had potential and focused my attention on authors I didn't know yet and a series I'm dying to get into. And the novella in the series I did already know didn't disappoint either. It is most definitely an anthology worth having on your bookshelves if you have a thing for shifters!

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