mercredi 14 janvier 2015

The Magical Christmas Cat ( anthology with Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy,…)

Hello to all,

                  First review of the year and since i was a little busy around Christmas i only managed to have my christmas stories reading time while i know some of you can't read those any time of the year i thought i could still share my discovery with you, it will give you enough time to find this book before december that way ;).

As often we pick an anthology for 1 or 2 authors we know and a series we love, in this case it was for Nalini Singh that i could not resist getting this book...the 3 ohters authors are new to me and i must say that i was happily surprised. All these novellas have 2things  in common: cat, normal one, demon or shifter this is a good way to discover series with feline in it;) and they are set around Christmas ( a little seasonnal magic;)

I will give you a short, really short opinion on each novella so you can see if you want to discover more of it ;)

Happy reading!
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication: 2008
ISBN:  0425223558
Genre: paranormal romance, Christmas, Holidays Romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: bought

Short description from goodreads :

 Put a little "meow" in their stocking this year with these tales of Christmas and felines―from beloved bestselling authors!

New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: heartwarming holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories―including one featuring Lora Leigh's genetically altered Feline Breeds―this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night...

My opinion:

         Stroke of Enticement  (Psi Changeling 3.5) by Nalini Singh   (5/5)

OH my GOD! I can’t believe I nearly missed this one…so far I can’t resist Nalini Singh writing and she won me over once again with only a few pages… This was simply too good! If you haven’t read her psi Changeling series you have nothing to fear you can read this one without a problem as you get glimpse of the universe, the main battle,  only alluded, stays in the background. Here the focus stays on the romance  and what a wonderful Christmas romance^^
I did not remembered Zach a lot but I love this leopard , he is too good with his nephew Bryan…and Annie she suffered so much but she is so strong… I could understand her doubts and I really wanted Zach to gain her trust^^
Really I have nothing negative to say about this one, the rhythm, the space even the length all is perfect I just hope that later in the series Annie will meet again the psi who saved her as a child and I wonder a little if he is who I think he is^^;; but that would be a meeting I would love to read about nevertheless.
So if you want to discover Nalini Singh writing this could be a excellent introduction if you also want some holidays romance
Christmas Bree ( Murphy Sisters 2) by Erin McCarthy (3/5)
Bof… really this is the story I liked the less from the whole anthology. It’s not that bad written, it’s quite spicy but not the spicier from the whole book either… I did spend a good time reading the story but the only funny element was the cat Alaska

Christmas Bree did not give me even for an instant the wants to read more about the sisters or about the universes itself it’s simply was enough as it is.

Sweet Dreams by Linda Winsted Jones (3,5/5)

This story was quite different from the others as it’s the only one where the “ cat” is not a positive element… total opposite in fact as it’s about a demon taking the shape of a cat. So as you can imagine the title is really deceptive
I liked the story and I think I would love to learn more of that brotherhood if all members are like Zane… so I would not mind discovering that the author has more books in this universe even thought it won’t be a priority either.

 I liked Ruby she was a little close minded at first but when it’s needed she does act which courage and faith.
This story is the darker one from the anthology which is not normally what I would have linked to Christmas but it does work.

Christmas Heat  ( Breeds 17) by Lora Leigh (4,5/5)

 I loved this one! It was perhaps just a tad too spicy and detailed for me but I loved the whole concepts of the Breeds and I would love to discover the series. This one was my first attempt at this author and despites  Christmas heat being number 17 (and the series well past number 20) I managed to get immersed into the universe without any problem  so if like me you are new to this author this is an anthology you would not regret.

Noble and Haley were too cute to resist especially Noble, protective but also as his name predestined it ^^ noble^^. There are some more sad parts in the story especially when it comes to Jason but as a whole it was a fantastic reads leaving me wanting more

I did love how Noble discovered what Christmas means for Haley and went with the flow.

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


4 commentaires:

  1. Aw yay! I enjoyed this one quite a bit as well. It was a really nicely done antho and yes on Singh! It was my first by her and holy cow I adored it :) Hope you have a good night Miki :)

    1. a sweet night yes, after such a good reading it would have been difficult not too^^
      If you loved the novella by nalini i'm sure you will enjoy her series even more but only gets better^^

  2. C'est sympa d'avoir de bonnes nouvelles comme ça ! Je ne connaissais pas celui ci.

    1. je l'ai un peu découvert par hasard en fait, il était parmi la liste de livre que Nalini Singh mettait en jeu lorsqu'elle vidait ses étagères... je n'ai rien gagné mais j'ai découvert 2 anthologies auxquelles elle avait participé et j'ai pas pu résister^^