Dark Secrets by Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, , Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan

Dark Secrets: A Paranormal Noir Anthology

  • By Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, , Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, Mina Khan
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: September 17th 2015
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
  • Source: review copy
  • In a Flutter: Kickass anthology!
  • rating-system5

    MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine
    Valentine is a detective with two major problems: he’s been offered a kidnapping case that will probably get him killed, and his partner won’t let him turn it down. He owes her that much … since his partner’s a ghost, and he blames himself for her death. A dark, haunting noir mystery of love, hate and loss.
    FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden
    PI Mick Swayne has seen it all—his clients have included liars, thieves, and even killers. He thinks he can handle anything and anyone. Then she walks into his office. Savannah Moreau is beautiful, seductive, and…a vampire? The gorgeous vamp hires Mick to help her track down a killer who is hunting in Chicago, but as Mick slips deeper into Savannah’s paranormal world, he wonders if he can really trust his new client…
    DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart
    When the devil starts the music, you’d better get ready to dance.
    Kathleen Murphy has sold her soul to the devil. Fame, fortune, success…everything she’s ever dreamed of is hers, and all she has to do is the devil’s bidding. When love comes knocking, the last thing in the world she wants to do is involve Jake in her twisted world, but the devil’s started up the jukebox and Kathleen has no choice but to learn the steps
    THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson
    Faulkner Hearne, the captain of the ruthless Fae Hunters, finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture the consort of Faerie’s cruel Prince of Summer when she flees across the veil into modern New Orleans. Can Faulk turn Liandra over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her?
    An all-new novella set in the Sentinels of New Orleans multiverse.
    HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy, a Twelve Kingdoms novella
    A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name.
    Nix is nothing. The Princess Natilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Natilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage determined to have a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix.
    THE DJINN IN THE MIRROR by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella
    A paranormal Cinderella story with a young witch as the heroine and a wicked, sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother.
    Dahlia, the step-daughter of a power hungry wizard, promises to free a djinn trapped in a mirror if he rescues her from impending death. But Ashmael the djinn has his own agenda: to trick & seduce his way to freedom. The only problem is he ends up falling for Dahlia. Can he win his freedom and save the girl?

    ~ Goodreads



    I loved this anthology so, so much! The stories were diverse both in tone, paranormal/fantasy elements, and sorts of HEA they presented. They were all romantic, some sweet, some somewhat tragic but ending with togetherness, if you know what I mean. Some of the authors were new to me, though they are popular names. I’m glad I got to know their writing in this anthology, because I loved all of their works enough to really want to read more by them now.

    MARION, MISSING by Rachel Caine
    It’s no secret I love detective stories, investigators of all sorts are probably my fav characters. I loved Val and Tilde, their connection in a time when it wasn’t as natural as it seems today. This story pulled at my heart strings the most, because despite the togetherness at the end of the story, it’s more of a tragic love story than a straightforward happy ending. I loved it all the more because of that.

    FEMME FATALE by Cynthia Eden
    Mick and Savannah made a seriously hot couple, with stellar chemistry and a delectable vampire romance with a bit of a twist. Mick, a PI, Savannah an awesome vampire temptress looking for company – they made for hot, exciting, and romantic reading.

    DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Megan Hart
    This was among my favorites from the anthology. I am partial, I know; Kathleen is an accomplished author, and a fantastic character if you ask me. Jake was interesting too, but I won’t lie, the clear star for me was Kathleen, and I loved the role the Devil played, lol. Which sounds ominous, and it partially is. The story had me wondering and pondering until the very end, which I loved so, so much. I felt Kathleen and Jake were a touching, charismatic pair.

    THE CONSORT by Suzanne Johnson
    I love the world of the Sentinels of New Orleans, and I’ve read stories set in this world and enjoyed them. This one didn’t take my heart fully, for some reason. Sweet romance, surely one of the reasons, characters not as tortured as I tend to like them. I’m an openly evil reader, and sweet generally doesn’t do it for me. That’s a matter of personal taste, though, and the story had everything right, if you ask me, just not what it takes to make me personally swoon. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t totally in love, you know?

    HEART’S BLOOD by Jeffe Kennedy
    Again a world I’m familiar with, the most familiar with comparing with the rest of the authors/worlds of this anthology. The Twelve Kingdoms world is an exquisite fantasy world, full of tension, intrigue, and all sorts of love stories. I enjoyed this one, Nix was great and noble, and Cavan was interesting. I wanted their HEA and was thrilled when it happened.
    Also, big love for poor Falada – I kind of felt like crying there, sigh. I wanted to kick the hell out of that horrible woman pretending to be Princess Natilde. Jeffe Kennedy has the awesome ability to build very realistic characters, and that includes villains, antagonists. You feel the burning desire to choke them to death, lol. I surely felt it 😀

    I really loved this baby too! Dahlia and Ash were both charming characters, very charismatic, interesting, easy to relate to. They had great chemistry and, I won’t lie, I loved the presence of a certain cat sidekick too 😀 I always love sidekicks, what can I say?

    All in all, this was an amazing anthology. I think some are reticent about anthologies, as I am sometimes, because they mean short stories. These ones were pretty good lengths though, if I may say so 😀 Novellas, not short stories. So read this baby. It’s totally worth your time!


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