>> Sunday, February 12, 2012
TITLE: Blind Spot (in Must Love Hellhounds anthology)
AUTHOR: Meljean Brook
I've got a while to wait until Meljean Brook's next single title, but fortunately, there are still a few of her Guardians short stories I've yet to catch up with. This one stars Maggie Wren, whom we met in the wonderful Demon Forged. Maggie has been working as a sort of troubleshooter for Colin Ames-Beaumont and his wife Savi, and her latest mission is to rescue his niece, who's been kidnapped by some baddies. But she's not going alone, Colin has asked his nephew, Blake, to help out. Maggie is initially nonplussed, as Blake is blind, and she's not sure what he can do to help, but the Ames-Beaumont family's contact with a certain sword has had a long-running effect on the entire line, and Blake has some surprises to offer.
This was fun, as always. The action is exciting, Blake's talent is really, really cool, and the romance is a brilliant one. There are some surprises there as well. I'm not going to reveal them, but they make the romance much more believable.
MY GRADE: A B.
TITLE: Private Eye (in Some Like It Rough anthology
AUTHOR: Susan Lyons
I liked Susan Fox's Wild Ride to Love books so much that I swept my library for anything under her other name, Susan Lyons. This included a couple of short stories in anthologies, including this one.
Hayley Croft has been doing admin at a PI company for a few months, but it's only when a case brings the whole team to a strip club that detective Ry Montana notices the sexy woman under the staid, boring outfits. And he can't help but notice her when Hayley ends up volunteering to go undercover as a stripper to solve the case.
Lyons has a way with love scenes, but ultimately, this was pretty meh. The characters were very broadly drawn and not particularly distinct, so I didn't particularly care what happened to them, including when they fell into bed (which was much too often, considering the length of the story). Also, I felt this had a bit of a pornish sensibility, which I don't mind in straight-out erotica, but I do in erotic romance. Plus, the setup was just silly.
Hmm, I liked the Fox books so much that I will probably give Lyons another shot (maybe something longer next), but if this had been a new author, I don't think I would have.
MY GRADE: A C.