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Friday, May 8, 2009

Mysteria by Mary Janice Davidson, Susan Grant, Gena Showalter, P.C. Cast

Mysteria by Mary Janice Davidson, Susan Grant, Gena Showalter, P.C. Cast
Publisher: Berkeley
Genre: Paranormal; Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (340 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Hunky werewolves, delicious demons, and drop-dead sexy witches all have the same address...

Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado (just close enough to Denver for great shoe shopping), the small town of Mysteria was “accidentally” founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Over time, it has become a veritable magnet for the supernatural—a place where magic has quietly coexisted with the mundane world.

It’s a town like any other town, where the high school’s Fighting Fairies give fans something to cheer about, where everyone knows your name—if not exactly what you are—at the local bar, and where the wishing well actually lives up to its name.

Strange occurrences happen every day, but now the ladies of Mysteria are about to unleash a tempest of seduction that will have tongues wagging for centuries to come…

Maybe it’s the water... maybe it’s the land... maybe it’s the people... Whatever it is, Mysteria isn’t like anywhere else on Earth, and the townsfolk love it that way.

This collection of stories is great and unusual. Each one laces through the others, but also stands alone. Each writer’s take on the town is unique and fun to read.

In "Mortal in Mysteria" by Susan Grant, minister Harmony Faithful asks for a sign to help populate her church. She never expects the sign to be a naked former demon named Damon. The thing I loved about this story was the overriding theme that good isn’t always lame and being bad doesn’t have to be awful. I came away from this story grinning and cheering them on for more.

In "Alone Wolf" by Mary Janice Davidson, we meet Cole Jones and his realtor Charlene Houtenan. Where does a werewolf go to get away from his troubles? Why, Mysteria, of course. What does he do when he meets a curvaceous realtor? Read "Alone Wolf" and find out. I loved that Charlene wasn’t model thin. That made her much more relatable to the reader. We aren’t all perfect and even in her imperfection, you rooted for her to get what she wanted... him.

"The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them" is a great work by Gena Showalter. Her characters are quirky and independent. Genevieve wants Hunter. Unfortunately he wants her, too, but won’t go for her. In a frightening moment, their worlds are shattered. I cheered for Genevieve because she wants to give up, but her plucky streak refuses to give in. I loved the intertwined stories of her sisters. Each woman had her own imperfections that drew you to them.

Finally, there is "Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were) Wolf" by P.C. Cast. This story is a great cougar story. Candy does have a body to die for, but she jogs to maintain is. Justin, the wolf about town with an insatiable sexual appetite, is fourteen years her junior - not that he cares. He wants her. I loved the art/poetry twist in this story. It made it unique and held my attention until the last page. You wanted to see Candy and Justin work out their differences and find the love they don’t want to admit to.

If you want a fun read for the beach, filled with hot heroes and quirky heroines, then this collection is for you. Grab a copy of Mysteria and enjoy. I give this anthology 5 books.