VAMPIRES GONE WILD
Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, Kim Falconer
February 12, 2013
Print Length: 100 pages
Avon Impulse /HarperCollins Publishers
Vampires Gone Wild brings together four paranormal romance novellas by Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, and Kim Falconer, authors and bloggers at Supernatural Underground.
Kerrelyn Sparks’s demure Pamela and sexy vampire sidekick battle the Malcontents in “V is for Vampwoman.” Kim Falconer’s aqueous San Francisco vampires in “Blood and Water” want nothing from “landers” — unless it’s dinner, but that’s until Stellan meets Angelina. Pamela Palmer carries readers to Vamp City in “A Forever Love” where trapped Lukas pines for his lost love. When she appears, Lukas will fight to keep her alive. It’s been a hundred years since Valiance has dated; all is great until they’re attacked, but quiet Esme will shock Valiance in Amanda Arista’s “First Dates Are from Hell.”
The vampires have gone wild in this collection of never-before-published stories by bestselling authors Kerrelyn Sparks and Pamela Palmer, and two rising stars of paranormal romance!
V is for VampWoman by Kerrelyn Sparks
Pamela decides to shed her prim and proper ways for spandex and a mask to help fight the Malcontents. Now if only she weren't so distracted by the sexy vampire fighting by her side . . .
A Forever Love by Pamela Palmer
Trapped in Vamp City, Lukas has been unable to return to the beauty who stole his heart. But now that she's stumbled into his world, it will take every ounce of cunning he possesses to keep her alive.
First Dates Are Hell by Amanda Arista
Valiance's first date in a hundred years is going great . . . until they're attacked in the parking lot and quiet, unassuming Esme turns out to be way more than she appears.
Blood and Water by Kim Falconer
Beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay lives a vampire race that wants nothing to do with the "landers" except to feed on them. But when Stellan sets eyes on Angelina, everything changes.
Sometimes anthologies are rather uneven, but I can say I enjoyed each of the stories in this anthology. It has a good blend of silly and serious. Sparks' offering, V is for Vampwoman, reminded me of the wprld of the Dragonesti style vampires. It was somewhat silly but very fun. The female vampires released from the Sparksian Vampire harem are so vapid, so Saturday-Morning-Cartoon-like they provide an amusing respite from the often serious paranormal world. It made me want to go catch up on Sparks series.
A Forever Love by Pamela Palmer is one of those more serious Vampire tales. Set in her fairly new Vamp City Series, the story took me back to that space. I am amused by the idea that Washington VC underlies our own Washington DC. Maybe that's where all that scary stuff comes from, the bad juju seeping in!
It takes true love to allow a woman to look past a lover's terrible secrets and that's what Elizabeth has to do. But she also has to make a really tough choice. It is such a spooky setting, and Palmer writes complex characters who are not typical or easy to figure out. Her world of vampires isn't cut and dried either. This is a good reminder of that world.
I loved Amanda Arista's First Dates are Hell, even though it started off a little obtusely. I really didn't get at first that Val was a vampire and what kind of world the supernaturals were living in. There may be a bit of Sookie Stackhouse legacy in the story when we learn about how strong fairy blood is. But, it's also fun to watch a girl, Esme, who thinks herself invisible come into her own. An Val really is a Prince Charming. But is may be Esme who saves the day!
Blood and Water started off a bit over the top. There's an odd mix of Vampire and Mer-People here. They are rather vicious. The young woman Stellan falls for, Angelina, is ahead of her time. And, while she is a bit artsy-head in the clouds, her family predicament is frustrating in its unfairness. What she and Stellan have is very passionate. I ended up enjoying it although Mer-people are not my favorite supernatural creatures.
At $2.99 this is a great value with a lot of bang for the buck. If you wonder whether you would like these authors' styles this is a great opportunity and if you already like them, the stories are previously unpublished so you will get something new!
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