Reviewette: Must Love Hellhounds Anthology "Blind Spot" by Meljean Brook
From New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris and Nalini Singh and national bestselling authors Ilona Andrews and Meljean Brook, tales of man's worst friend...
In these hound-eat-hound worlds, anything goes. And everything bites.
Follow paranormal bodyguards Clovache and Batanya into Lucifer's realm, where they encounter his fearsome four-legged pets, in Charlaine Harris's The Britlingens Go to Hell. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non- lethal vampire trackers, one that intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers, in Nalini Singh's Angels' Judgment. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world - and whose scent he's following - in Ilona Andrews's Magic Mourns. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind - and damn sexy - companion and a hellhound in Meljean Brook's Blind Spot.
These four novellas by today's hottest paranormal authors will have hellhound lovers everywhere howling.
The Guardian Series Book 9
Maggie Wren, a human and former CIA operative, is on an assignment for her new boss which she's hoping will end with her getting fired and not killed. Having recently been informed that angels, demons and Hell are real, and that she'd been working for a now dead demon, Maggie doesn't think twice about working for the eccentric vampire Colin Ames-Beaumont. But just when she's finally beginning to feel that she's found her place in life and maybe even a family to call her own, her former CIA partner emails her with a message that makes Maggie's blood run cold. It's no secret that Ames-Beaumont is ruthlessly protective of his family and if he discovers that Maggie knows the man responsible for his niece's abduction, death will soon follow from the angelically beautiful vampire.
Now on her way to New York, Maggie's objective is to find Ames-Beaumont's nephew, Geoffrey Blake, see him safely to the airport bound for home and then locate his missing sister. But nothing ever goes exactly to plan especially in the case of Geoffrey Blake for not only is he blind but he's also sinfully attractive.
Geoff is adamant that he accompany Maggie in her search for his sister. While she may mistake his blindness as a hindrance, in reality it can only help them. Geoff comes from a long line of psychically gifted family members. When his many times over great aunt Emily, his Uncle Colin's sister, cut herself with Michael's sword, she was changed and that change passed down through her children and her children's children. Geoff and Katherine are some of the most powerfully gifted in the family and their abilities, if known, could easily be exploited by any organization. But his ability to help is only partly why Geoff is willing to go to the extent of blackmail to stay with Maggie. He knows her and has wanted her since the moment he first "saw" her four years ago.
A low burning flame was ignited the moment Maggie laid eyes on Geoff and it's slowly becoming out of control. The only thing that's preventing Maggie from indulging in her rampant lust is the fact that she's here to do a job and save a person's life. Maybe even her own if all goes well and Ames-Beaumont doesn't decide to kill her. But it soon turns out that the situation is as dire as she'd imagined.
Her old partner is trapped in a bargain with a demon and he's holding Geoff's sister in an attempt to use their combined gifts. While the demon can't hurt any of them because they're human, Maggie can't stand the idea of her old partner facing an eternity in the frozen fields within Hell and does her best to manipulate the stipulations of the Bargain to their advantage. It also helps that they have a three headed hellhound in their corner and he's hungry for some demon flesh.
"Blind Spot" was a fun read. I loved visiting Colin Ames-Beaumont's human family and learning about the lingering effects of Michael's sword. Geoff and his "ability" is interesting to say the least. He's also blissfully direct and he makes no secret of his attraction for Maggie.
Maggie's loyality was endearing. She's someone you could count on to take a secret to her grave. Despite the fact that the Guardians have unearthed her past, it doesn't mean that she'll break her oath and expain it.
While Geoff's and Maggie's passion for each other is tangible, I just wish that I was able to read them consumate it but I also understand why they didn't.
Another great addition to the Guardian Series.
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Question for Meljean: What's next?
Now that Demon Forged is out, I'll be working on the final three books in the Guardians series, and launching my new steampunk series, which I'm tremendously excited about. I love historical romance, but I don't think I can write without adding a little twist ... and I've been dying to write a steampunk series for years now.
For those of you unfamiliar with steampunk, it's basically historical science fiction, where the technology is more advanced than it really was. In this case, there will be more steam technology, along with a few other changes to our world. What I really love about it is that steampunk is easy for anyone who has read a historical romance to sink into. Sure, there are dirigibles and giant squid in mine, but the basis of the worlds will be familiar.
The tone of the series will be similar to the Guardians, because I like it a little dark (but with humor throughout, don't worry!). The series will feature men who run a little more alpha than in the Guardian series, women who are just as strong and as complicated, and a heat level that's cranked up a notch. There's adventure, pirates, zombies, and all kinds of fun, crazy stuff. I think it'll be a great time!
The first entry in the series will be "Here There Be Monsters," a novella in an anthology (it doesn't have a name yet) also featuring Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, and Virginia Kantra. That'll be released in mass-market in August 2010, followed not long thereafter by THE IRON DUKE, a full length novel.