Friday, February 25, 2011

Mini Me: Primal by Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong, Ava Gray

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to her sensual world of the an all-new Breed novella that explores just how savage, how far, and how deep a man is willing to go in the name of desire.

Set in the same dark, seductive corners as Michell Rowen's Nightshade innocent young woman is drawn into the dangerous world of a dhampyr whose love could be the death of her.

Jory Strong's "worldbuilding is nothing short of stunning" (Genre Reviews)...and now, in a novella of the Djinn, comes the story of an angel who crosses the boundaries of desire after committing the ultimate sin- falling in love with a mortal female.

Ava Gray, known for her "riveting romantic suspense" (Publishers Weekly) tells a tantalizing tale of an ordinary man-blessed and cursed with extraordinary powers- who gets a second chance at life and love. 

This one is gonna be a 'Mini Me' review mostly because the anthology wasn't that great and I don't want to devote a lot of time to it - though I think my opinions might be helpful in this case. Why? Because I'm a virtual newbie to all of the series besides Leigh's, so it allows me to better comment on the how each novella appears to the wider audience.

And how do they appear? Not so great I hate to say. Almost every one is so engrossed in the mythology created by the long standing series that they're virtually impossible to enjoy on their own. I don't have the backstory, I don't know why I should care about these particular couples, and I often found myself annoyed to be reading the novellas at all. 

Dammit - I hate when I waste money. 

If I had to pick favorites it would have to be Leigh's and Gray's. Leigh's because I do read her Breeds series and it was a decent addition to the story line, with just enough new material and plot development to make it worth it. Gray's because not only did she make me care about her two characters in a teeny amount of time, I didn't feel shut out because I hadn't read the rest of her books. 

The other two were pretty bad. And by pretty bad I mean REALLY bad and now I don't even want to read the series they're taken from.