A LOVELY DROP by Darynda Jones: A Different Cast of Characters

by Darynda Jones
Published by Robin Perini/Thursday Publishing Genres: contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Specualtive Fiction, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy
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12 Shades of Midnight Coverby Darynda Jones (other authors in anthology listed below)
Published: Oct 28, 2014
Publisher: Robin Perini/Thursday Publishing
e-book only: 750 pages est.

E-Copy provided by author or author’s representative.  No Remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

The stroke of midnight ushers in many things. From hijinks and mischief to danger and evil, romance is the magic that binds these paranormal novellas together. Join 12 best-selling and award-winning authors as they explore the different shades of midnight in exclusive, never-before-released stories.


Liliana Hart: The Witch Next Door

Darynda Jones: A Lovely Drop

Shea Berkley: Dark Secrets: Stone Cold Dead

Dakota Cassidy: Witched at Birth

Claire Cavanaugh: Midnight Renegade

Rachel Grant: Midnight Sun

Trish McCallan: Spirit Woods

Angi Morgan: Bodyguards in Heels: Hit and Run Hallie

Robin Perini: Night of the Jaguar

Robyn Peterman: Switching Hour

Ann Voss Peterson: The School

Jenn Stark: Getting Wild

Twelve Shades of Midnight Drops!!!




Anthologies are great for many reasons: They provide something for everyone – It’s a great way to sample an author without spending a lot of money and even if you aren’t crazy about all the stories there’s sure to be at least one you’ll enjoy.  Since these box sets are usually very competitively priced giving new authors a shot won’t break the bank!  And, if you want something quick, or are short on concentration, short stories can fill the bill.  I always think of short things when I am traveling, or recuperating.

I am always enchanted by Darynda’s characters: smart, snarky, strong women and, smoldering hot men (also smart and strong).  This short story features Andrea Grace, a woman with the ability to go back in time just 24 hours.   She has been anonymously helping to solve crimes, but the powers that be finally catch on and involuntarily enlist her assistance.  The characters are great and, for a short story well developed and  the romance builds quite naturally between the characters.   I’d certainly like to see them again.

The story starts off great, but becomes really intricate with international terrorists and a nasty motorcycle gang. I had a tough time understanding the plot and who was what in the cast of characters.  Then, towards the end, I thought the story lost its cohesion and I thought the ending was contrived; to an extent all fiction is contrived, but this felt like it was reaching.

I had never read a story by Darynda without Charley Davidson in it, so I didn’t know what, or who to expect.  Andrea is very different from Charley — still smart and snarky though (not as smart and snarky as Charley).  Her power is not as all-important, save-the-worldy  as Charley’s.  But, it certainly demonstrated that Darynda has more than one story to tell and I enjoyed it.

I look forward to dipping into this anthology more and recommend this particular tale by Darynda Jones.
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AUTHOR: http://www.daryndajones.com/twelve-shades-of-midnight-drops/

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/twelve-shades-of-midnight/id878773037?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Shades-Midnight-Paranormal-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00KGNMO0U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423324615&sr=8-1&keywords=twelve+shades+of+midnight