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  • Hidden Talents on Jan. 18, 2012

    A really great paranormal romance with great plot, lovable characters, and hotness! This book reminded me how much I love Emma Holly's books, and I hope she keeps writing a lot more! I think she is one of the two best paranormal romance writers out there. I loved this book!
  • Move Me on Feb. 29, 2012

    Another great book from Emma Holly! I loved it. The faerie hero was hot, romantic, and had an interesting personality. Like Emma Holly's other books, this one sucked me in, and the "Faerie's Honeymoon" sequel was just as great. The only minor problem with "Move Me" was a bunch of typos in the first few chapters.
  • The Faerie's Honeymoon on Feb. 29, 2012

    I love this story! It is a follow-up story to "Move Me" with the same characters. I highly recommend both stories if you like spicy paranormal romance. Just be sure to read "Move Me" before you read this one. "Hidden Talents" is in the same world as these stories, and it is excellent also. :)
  • Hidden Crimes on Oct. 09, 2012

    This is a fantastic paranormal romance! Emma Holly is still at the top of her game. This book has very likable characters with depth, steamy romance, and a cool plot including mystery, magic, and action! I recommend reading "Hidden Talents" first and then read this one. If you love paranormal romance, you have to read this series. I think that Emma Holly is one of the two best paranormal romance writers ever.
  • The Assassins' Lover on Oct. 09, 2012

    I loved this book! I've read a lot of Emma Holly's books, and this one might be the steamiest that she has ever written. It is an erotic romance that still manages to have characters with depth and a really good plot. I don't know how Emma Holly writes a book this steamy and imaginative. FYI, this is probably the fourth book in her "Demon World" series. They can be read out of order, but I recommend all of them.
  • Home Country on Oct. 09, 2012

    This was a very nice, sweet, well written short story. I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to reading more from this author.
  • Guru's Grace on Oct. 09, 2012

    This short story is nice, but it ends too abruptly. I liked "Home Land" by the same author much better.
  • An Unlikely Hero on Oct. 10, 2012

    The book has a cool concept. I just wish that the author knew how to use commas correctly, and I wish that the Kindle edition had the correct formatting between paragraphs. There was crazy spacing between lines. I just couldn't read more than 5 pages because of those 2 things. If the author made a revised edition available, I would love to read it and give a better review of the book, because I think that I would enjoy a properly edited copy.
  • Bound by Night on Nov. 21, 2012

    Very good romantic short story. I really enjoyed it.
  • A Hell Hound's Fire on April 18, 2013

    I loved this short story. You can't go wrong with a sexy, nice-guy werewolf. Very satisfying paranormal romance. I hope that the author writes more in this series!
  • Down a Tunnel to a Hollow on April 30, 2013

    I liked it. This short story was dreamlike and pleasant, and I'm saving it to read it again in the future. I like the druid theme.
  • Words on June 20, 2013

    This short story is totally awesome. Fantastic writing and sweet romance! This is definitely a keeper.
  • Love in the Mist on June 20, 2013

    Contains spoilers. I hate this short story for a few reasons. At first, I thought that the author had a cool concept for a romance story, if somewhat awkwardly written. However, the story does not have a happy ending, so it is not a romance. It is just a story with romantic elements. Also, when the couple starts making out, the guy does not wait for the lady to respond okay before he takes her virginity! She was being able indecisive, and he took her choice away from her! He is such a jerk, and the woman should have been mad at him. Finally, the main reason why I hate this book is because the writer gives very false, very ignorant statements about birth control. She says that the Morning After pill causes abortion, which is not true. It prevents conception. It takes approximately 3 days after the sex act for the sperm to travel to the egg, and the morning after pill prevents the sperm from reaching any egg that might be there in the uterus. The author's ignorant statement might deter an unknowledgeable reader from using the morning after pill if she ever needs it. The writer should learn more about contraception before making such ignorant statements.
  • Her Highland Laird on Sep. 24, 2013

    Delightful time travel short story. This has everything I want in a time travel romance. Very sweet and slightly steamy. I got it for free. Personally, I am not made of money and I do not like to pay more than $1.99 for a short story, no matter how good it is. If you have money to burn, this is a very enjoyable short story romance with a hot Scotsman, good historical accuracy, good writing, and likeable characters.
  • Bedeviled on Oct. 14, 2016

    Delightful blend of Regency romance and a spooky gothic castle. Perfect for Halloween. This is a boxed set of 3 novellas, and it is part of a series of four boxed sets released at same time. For all of these boxed sets, the backstory is the same: a group of British nobility descend on a haunted castle on the shore of Cornwall to hear the reading of a will and perhaps find some husbands and wives. Then love and supernatural stuff ensue. Each of the individual novellas explores what is happening to 2 or 4 of these people. I love how the authors of the different stories refer to characters from the other stories. Even if you were only interested in only one of these 3 authors, I recommend reading the whole boxed set because it leads to a more enriching and fun experience. I got the book primarily to read Deb Marlowe's novella, but I was also extremely pleased with Michelle Willingham's story. Now I will separately review the three novellas. 1.) "A Dance with the Devil" by Michelle Willingham: 5 stars! Utterly charming! I loved this story; it was a perfect Halloween read. The main characters were intelligent and loveable. They had some fun and spooky Gothic-style adventure. FYI, it starts off very chaste but gets really steamy toward the end. 2.) "Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie's Curse" by Deb Marlowe. 5 stars! Delightful! Cornish pixies, a nice ghost, and an evil sorcerer all set in a haunted castle on a windswept coast. I absolutely adore this story. I love the honest Gryff and his intrepid heroine Lady Tamsyn. FYI, this story was more sweet than steamy; there was one vague love scene that was not graphic. This novella was filled with a magic of the Cornish coast. It had a good bit of fantasy. The characters of Tuft the pixie and Jump, his animal friend, were totally cool. I have been a fan of Deb Marlowe's work for a while, and this is now one of my favorite stories by her. 3.) "Ghost of a Chance" by Kate Pierce. 3 stars. This had a stupid, farcical, cliched plot that was barely livened up by throwing in a nice ghost. Violet is a smart young woman but her naivety really got on my nerves. She and Charlie have nothing to talk about and he is clearly intellectually inferior, but she pines to become his wife. However, she doesn't recognize that her best friend Edwin, who is Charlie's older brother, is strong, attractive, intelligent, and has been longing for her for years. Violet persists in her stupidity way too long in the story, and I got fed up. The ghost was the best character, and the romance fell flat.
  • Vexed on Oct. 31, 2016

    5 stars Fun blend of Regency romance and a spooky gothic castle. Perfect for Halloween. This is a boxed set of 3 novellas, and it is part of a series of four boxed sets released at same time. For all of these boxed sets, the backstory is the same: a group of British nobility descend on a haunted castle on the shore of Cornwall to hear the reading of a will and perhaps find some husbands and wives. Then love and supernatural stuff ensue. Each of the individual novellas explores what is happening to 2 or 4 of these people. I love how the authors of the different stories refer to characters from the other stories. For example, Deb Marlowe's story in the "Bedeviled" book refers to Lady Cassandra in Ava Stone's story in this book. Even if you were only interested in only one of these 3 authors, I recommend reading the whole boxed set because it leads to a more enriching and fun experience. I got the book primarily to read Ava Stone's novella, but I was also extremely pleased with Erica Ridley's story. Now I will separately review the two novellas that I have read so far. 1.) "Romancing the Rogue" by Erica Ridley: 5 stars! Utterly charming! Quirky and original. I loved Miss Rebecca and I loved this story; it was a perfect Halloween read. 2.) "Once Upon a Moonlit Path" by Ava Stone: Cute story. The spookiness of the castle was well described. The dog Oscar is adorable. However, I did not like how Lord St. Giles interacted with Lady Cassandra in the beginning. He seemed like he was just lustful and was not concerned with her well-being. That first impression stuck with me, so I never really liked the guy. I was given a free ARC copy by Ava Stone through a review club, and I voluntarily reviewed it. All opinions are my own, and I was not paid for my review.