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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Out of the Light, Into the Shadows by Lori Foster, L.L. Foster, Erin McCarthy

Out of the Light, Into the Shadows by Lori Foster, L.L. Foster, Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (342 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

The darkest hour is before the dawn... headlines a sinful new anthology where the dark and light sides of desire collide...

Embrace the darkness and experience the light in this all-new anthology filled with touching stories of happily ever after alongside smoldering tales of irresistibly dangerous, otherworldly passion. From bewitching emotions and untamed desire to dazzling romance and tantalizing sensuality, these novellas explore the complex facets of the human heart—both the light side and the dark.

Add a few alpha males to a handful of independent women, then mix in a healthy dose of intrigue and a little darkness and what have you got? Out of the Light, Into the Shadows by Lori Foster, LL Foster, and Erin McCarthy. This is one of those anthologies you won’t want to miss.

Lori Foster and her alter ego, LL Foster, creates a great balance of dark and light, heavy and upbeat in her work that keeps you from page one until the end. Erin McCarthy’s contributions to this anthology are her own unique blend of dark humor and delicate love.

In Have Mercy, by Lori Foster, we meet Mercy and Wyatt. She knows they belong together. They should be married. I loved her single-minded approach. She knew what she wanted and didn’t stop until she got him. I also liked Wyatt’s broken spirit. He’s not sure he’s forever material, or even father material. Readers can relate to his fears and her desire to show him his true capabilities. But then, if you never try, you’ll never succeed.

In Deal or No Deal, by Erin McCarthy, we return to her Vegas vampires series. I loved the series and felt there were more stories and unfinished business. I praise her return to these fun characters. This story revolves around the former Princess Anastasia, who is now the vampire Katie. Her former boyfriend (of 100 years ago) never gave up on her or loving her. I liked that she incorporated that kind of deep love in the work. Although I thought the ending was a bit anticlimactic, the love scenes kept the story interesting

In Total Control, LL Foster, we get the story for Brax, Mercy’s brother. The love scenes in this story sizzle. You know and can feel the passion between this man and woman. What I didn’t like was Brax’s overbearing decision that Cameo belonged to him, but this mirrors his sister’s attitude in the earlier story. I like a sweet love story, but if you want an alpha hero that’s all male, you want to read this story.

In the final story, Undead Man’s Hand, by Erin McCarthy, we are transported to Vegas once more. Nick is in charge of guarding Katie’s younger brother Peter because there is a murderer loose on the streets. When Nick is thrown into the investigation with Jordan, he can’t help but want her. I liked Jordan because she isn’t perfect. She’s got body issues and the reader can relate. I also liked Nick because his goofy family added color to the story. Everyone has that one or two family members you need to warn the rest of the world about. It drew me into the story.

If you want a sexy collection of stories by a pair of unforgettable authors, then you need to read Out of the Light, Into the Shadows.