In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. While working on the set of a ghost-busting reality show in a haunted castle, she meets a sexy vampire, and together they prevent a Master Demon from killing everyone in the castle.
In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.
Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons. When she arrives, she finds out that her date, a vampire, was the human she'd been in love with four years ago but was forced to dump.
©2012 Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper, and Jessica Sims (P)2012 Tantor
I didn't like the first story. It was very vague and didn't give me a longing to rediscover the characters in other related books. I also didn't like the ending of it. It seemed to glamorize an abusive relationship between the dark-ones parents despite the circumstances. The second story was hilarious, and the third was my favorite. Although I was already a fan of the author.
This is a three part listen. DO NOT judge by the first book. The other two are great. The second is by Molly Harper and it's awesome as usual. The 3rd is pretty good too.
The novella by Molly Harper was the best. I love her. I really disliked the first story - I skipped it after 3 chapters.
Jessica Sims & Katie MacAlister's stories need different narrators.
None are as good as Amanda Ronconi, who usually does Molly Harper's books. Abby was best of the three, with different voices for each character. But as I've heard Amanda's versions of voices for the same characters they still bugged me.Leah had a terrible time doing men's voices. And Sophie has these long pauses between words during some of the more... intimate scenes and it just bugged me. The pauses were too long to really fit, they hurt the flow.
Not all of it. After 3 chapters I skipped the first novella. All of the Molly Harper story was great. And the last story was okay, not amazing, but okay. Honestly I only listened to it because I was tiling my kitchen and didn't have anything else to listen to. But I did finish it when I had other options.
As I wanted to hear the tory about Sam and Tess, it was worth the credit. But if I weren't a Molly Harper fan I wouldn't have gotten it and I wouldn't have missed much.
So this book is 3 short stories. I gave the story 3 stars just because I didn't really care for 1 of the stories. But other than that, everything else was great!!! All the narrators were really good!!!
In fairness, I only "read" the Molly Harper portion. But I sorely missed Amanda Ronconi narrating for her!
I loved the story. I'd love to see her explore some of her other characters from Half-Moon Hallow in the future. Jolene? Jamie? Ophelia (yes please!)?
with different narration. I just couldn't get into the story because the main narrator's voice and pronunciation were annoying. I didn't listen past the second chapter.
Different voice, better pronunciation, inflection
I wasn't able to get far enough into the story to know.
absolutely no one! the 1st and 3rd books made me want to puncture my own eardrums!! god awful writing and someof the worst narration I have ever suffered through!
Harper absolutely! the other two, probably, under pain of violent death! their stories were beyond bad. these stories were the first time I wanted the main character to die early in the story.
reading the first book was bad, but it was nowhere near the agony I felt during the third story! Even suspension of disbelief was not enough to protect me from these awful works. If it weren't for Harper's story this would have been unbearable.
Not having either of the 2 books included with Molly Harper's story--which is actually available stand-alone. As there is no information re: which stories are being presented, it turned out to be a huge let-down, plus the last story--by Jessica Sims--was impossibly insipid and performed in an unbelievably irritating style...!
Don't waste your money on this collection--just get Molly Harper's story by itself.
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