Review: Dark Pursuit anthology

Dark Pursuit by Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman, Kris Norris, Paige Prince
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Pages: 478
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Rising Blood by Bronwyn Green
Vampire hunter, Harper Yovanoff, is not happy. She’s been assigned a new partner—one who’s an utter pain in her ass. Elliot Zielin is gorgeous, but he’s also reckless and insufferably arrogant. If he’s not careful, the vampires will be the least of his worries.

Elliot knows he should play nice with his new partner but can’t resist poking the bear—the tiny, angry bear who’s so freaking beautiful, she makes him ache for things he shouldn’t. Despite the fact that Harper has a stake with his name on it, he keeps pushing.

When a powerful vampire begins stalking hunters, Harper and Elliot are forced to work even more closely together. With tempers and adrenaline high, letting off a little steam goes way too far, and they end up in a place they never expected. Fighting their growing feelings becomes impossible, but if they can’t stop the sire hell-bent on their destruction, all the love in the world won’t save them from becoming the very thing they hunt.

Tempted to Death by Jessica Jarman
Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters, fearing their growing feelings and the possibility they’d find out that she is one of the things they hunt.

Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and spend their lives running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing had gutted them.

But, she’s back, desperate for their help. Reigniting their love is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals the truth.

Now that Luca and Oliver know, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that they’ll look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see.

Content Warning: Tempted to Death is an MMF ménage and contains depictions of MM intimacy and sex.

Grave Measures by Kris Norris
Not all souls go quietly.

After the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Daniel Cartwright had thought banishing her spirit would bring him peace—allow him to move on. Until her ghost returns. She wants Daniel to join her…and she’s not taking no for an answer.

Arrynn Baker has watched Daniel flourish into one of Threshold’s best hunters. And is proud to be his partner. There’s just one small issue… She’s fallen for the man. Hard. While she’s not opposed to taking him as a lover, she’s not convinced he feels the same.

When a grisly new killing rocks both their worlds, lines get crossed, and Daniel knows he’s got a choice to make. Either be content with one night with Arrynn, or man up and jump in. But, if he wants a future with the woman of his dreams, he needs to deal with his past, once and for all. Even if the solution takes grave measures.

Next Lifetime by Paige Prince
Born a witch, Sarah keeps her gift and her love of William, a lowly farmhand a closely guarded secret. Their plans for a life together come to a grisly end when one of the world’s most feared and evil vampires finds out about her power and decides to take it.

A hundred years later, William has been reborn as Lucas Dagan, a powerful vampire hunter, with no memory of his past. But, Sarah, now known as Caitlin, remembers. Worse, she’s now the very thing Lucas has sworn to exterminate. Any chance they might have had at happiness has been crushed.

Duty and passion collide when Caitlin and Lucas are forced to fight together to save the world. But will determination and remembered love be enough? Because if evil has its way, there won’t be a Next Lifetime for anyone.

 

Review: This book is a compilation of several vignettes. They all have to do with paranormal romance. Each are their own separate story and they don’t have anything to do with each other. The reader can skip around if they so choose or if one of the stories don’t appeal to them they can skip it and move on to the next. I read all of them and loved each one. I separated each book so that I can review each one individually, because each one is so different from the other. I read this book right before Halloween and I scared myself while reading. I’m normally not one that enjoys being scared. It’s scary!!! However, reading this book was a good scary, because I enjoyed reading each book so much.

Rising Blood by Bronwyn Green

I loved the exchange of words between Harper and Elliott. Harper is tough, no nonsense, and disciplined with her work and what she does. Elliott is disciplined as well, he also can temper his serious side with a little humor. The banter between these two was pure entertainment, and the story was kick ass as well. I mean this literary and figuratively.

Tempted to Death by Jessica Jarman

I would just like to reiterate that this is a ménage book and the two men protagonists are together in a relationship. I just wanted to make sure the reader knows this just in case M/M romance is not your thing. Tara is strong and courageous and takes on a lot more then she should. Her character has a vulnerability about her that is appealing, it makes the reader want to root for her and want her to have a happy ending. Luca and Oliver are made for each other. They complete each other. Where one is impulsive and rash, the other is more thoughtful and waits to see what will happen next. One can be brash and hurtful, the other is more compassionate and understanding. They understand each other and they understand Tara, except why she ran away. This book appealed to me because firstly I love ménage romance, and paranormal romance, but also because I love second chances, forgiveness, compassion, and learning from your past mistakes.

Grave Measures by Kris Norris

Now this book was the one that scared me. Ghosts and this that go bump in the night, this was perfect for Halloween. If scary isn’t your thing, don’t fret, it’s not scary as in horror movie scary, it just made me think of what would happen if a ghost wouldn’t leave me alone and tried to keep me any way they could. Daniel has had a tough time dealing with his ghost problems. He’s not mean or a jerk, he’s a nice guy, and he’s tough as nails and works hard. Arryyn (I love the spelling of her name, it’s so pretty), is tough as nails as well and doesn’t put up with a lot of crap, from anyone, living or not. She wants Daniel to move forward with his life, not only for herself, but because she cares about him and wants the best for him.

Next Lifetime by Paige Prince

I liked the plot of this book, defeating evil, the good guys defeat the bad guys. The whole battle of good versus evil has an appeal to me since childhood. I love reading about the good guys not giving up even when things seem to be going awful. Caitlyn has been fighting evil for years and won’t give up her dream of being with her love. Caitlyn has lost a lot in her battle of evil and holds on to what she believes in. Lucas fights evil, that’s all he knows, that’s all he focuses on. He sees vampires and humans as black and white. Vampires are evil, they must be destroyed. I felt so sad for Caitlyn because of what has happened to her.

I hope that if the reader enjoys paranormal romance, that they give this book a shot. It was funny, romantic, entertaining, all the must haves a great book should have.