Published by Robin Perini/Thursday Publishing Genres: contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Specualtive Fiction, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy
A LOVELY DROP
TWELVE SHADES OF MIDNIGHT ANTHOLOGY
by 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
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.