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Hotter Than Hell (Anthology 12-in-1)

by Kim Harrison (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)

Other authors: Keri Arthur (Contributor), L.A. Banks (Contributor), Heidi Betts (Contributor), Kim Harrison (Contributor), Tanya Huff (Contributor)8 more, Linda Winstead Jones (Contributor), Susan Krinard (Contributor), Denise Little (Contributor), Marjorie M. Liu (Contributor), Cheyenne McCray (Contributor), Lilith Saintcrow (Contributor), Susan Sizemore (Contributor), Carrie Vaughn (Contributor)

Series: The Hollows (Short Story "Dirty Magic"), Dante Valentine (Short Story "Brother's Keeper"), Kitty Norville (Short Story "Life is the Teacher")

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Dirty Magic by Kim Harrison - 5
Can banshees love? Tender and twisted is this story
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
I swear. The "Hotter Than Hell" thing went right by me. I mean, all these books are "Something Hell." And then when it occurred to me I thought it would be more romance novel than anything else. I was wrong. Oh, I was so wrong.

Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff--Hey, who knew Tanya Huff could write sex like this? My gods, this was hot. It had a character I liked, a plot I didn't figure out immediately, and true to form Huff included a gay man because she likes her sexual diversity she does. Also? HOT.

Minotaur in Stone by Marjorie M. Liu--You know how I said I liked Liu's work in the previous anthology? Well, not here. I enjoy her writing style but this story was a bit Broken Boy for my (newly wounded) tastes. I did like her main character, she was different enough to make me ignore the worst of the romance.

Demon Lover by Cheyenne McCray--I hated this. I'm not sure there's much more to say other than "incubus," "romance," and "hate."

Equinox by L.A. Banks--Did I like the plot? No, not at all. Did I like the sex? No, not at all. Did I like the widely diverse characters of all different genders, races, and nationalities? Hell yes. That was enough to make me consider checking out one of Banks' longer works.

Ride A Dark Horse by Susan Krinard--Curse turns man into horse, only true love can turn him back. Look, when you're riding off into the night on top of a mysterious horse and then banging the guy that appears out of nowhere you've lost me.

To Die For by Keri Arthur--These people kept interrupting the plot to have sex! Every single time anything happened they'd take a sex break. Found a clue? Sex. Found a dead body? Sex. It's like Arthur wanted to write a novel but only had the space for a short story so cut out everything but the sex. And it wasn't even good sex!

Curse of the Dragon's Tears by Heidi Betts--You know how some romance novels just sort of stick one or two paranormal characteristics in there over the top of your regular everyday romance and think it counts? That's what this was. I didn't want to read about the main character's tattoo fetish and I didn't care about the "curse turns man into tattooed dragon dude, only true love can turn him back" plot.

Brother's Keeper by Lilith Saintcrow--I loved this. I was shocked at how much I loved this. I am totally checking out Saintcrow's books. I mean, okay, yeah, "nichtraven" and "sex witches" (you almost lost me with that one, Lilith) but damn if her writing isn't good. And she left out the gratuitious sex in order to give me realistic characters and a moving plot. When this story ended--abruptly, I might add--I actually made a little noise of despair, kind of like I do when a really good show flashes "to be continued" on the screen.

(Like A) Virgin of the Spring by Susan Sizemore and Denise Little--Please, please, please, I am begging of you, stop trying to rewrite Arthurian legends. Please. Just don't do that anymore, okay? Because most of you can't do it well and then it just makes my soul hurt.

Life is the Teacher by Carrie Vaughn--Emma! This was about Emma from the second Kitty Norville book and I loved it.

Moonlight Becomes You by Linda Winstead Jones--This one kind of made me laugh. It took a cliche, turned it around, and turned it around again. This is the sort of thing that happens when you watch too much Buffy.

Dirty Magic by Kim Harrison--I've read reviews with people who didn't understand this story and hated but I loved it. It took me a minute at the end to think about it but when I did, god, it was great. Very sad, a little sinister, and it took my breath away with what it did at the end. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
This book is a collection of fairly typical paranormal romance stories. The majority of them tend towards heavy romance themes and have very explicit sex scenes. A lot of them were just okay; but there were a couple that I really enjoyed. There weren’t any stories in here I would rate 5 stars though.

Short synopsis of the stories as well as some brief thoughts on each of them can be found below.

Overall an okay short story collection. I would recommend to those looking for some steamy paranormal short stories. This is a great filler book for if you want to have something quick to read off and on. I wouldn’t recommend reading in one sitting because the stories seem very similar and get a bit repetitive if you read them all at once.

-Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff (3/5 stars)
This was about a woman who is trying to sign up a couple of country-rock brothers to her record label. When she sees the brothers in person she realizes that they might not be fully human. It was a decent story with some steamy scenes.

-Minotaur in Stone by Majorie M. Lui (3/5 stars)
About a young woman who dreams of a Minotaur and ends up finding out her dreams are real and she needs to help save him. Draws on both the Greek mythology surrounding the Minotaur and the mythology of Tam Lin. This was an okay story. I liked some of the surrounding mysterious info about the heroine; however I just felt like this was a very unfinished story.

-Demon Lover by Cheyenne McCray (4/5 stars)
I really enjoyed the characters in this story and how engaging they were. You end up really rooting for them both and wanting them to find happiness; which takes talent in a short story like this. I liked the backdrop of Gods and Goddesses. It gives you an excellent feeling for the paranormal world behind this story, again an excellent feat for a short story.

-Equinox by L.A. Banks (4/5 stars)
This was a good story about a special ops agent that gets sent into the woods to apprehend a group of environmental activists. Little does he know he will be facing off with the Goddess Artemis herself. I liked the mythology in here. The main leads are fleshed out nicely and have good chemistry together. The end of the story felt a bit rushed and just too contrived. However, mostly I enjoyed it.

-Ride A Dark Horse by Susan Krinard (4/5 stars)
This was a story about a woman who was trying to escape a bad marriage by taking vacation at a horse ranch. There she finds the most unusual type of horse. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. However I felt like the writing style itself was a bit unfinished feeling. I also thought the male lead was a bit too stalkerish and alpha predator; especially in the beginning of the story.

-To Die For by Keri Arthur (4/5 stars)
This was a story about a shapeshifter who gets partnered with a werewolf she has the hots for on an investigation. It was very well written; you can tell Arthur writes a lot and has a polished writing style. The theme, characters, and story were all very typical urban fantasy.

-Curse of the Dragon’s Tears by Heidi Betts (3/5 stars)
This was a story about a young woman who comes to an abandoned castle to hunt down a man who’s been haunting her dreams. It was okay but not great; the whole thing was a bit too creepy and insta-love for me.

-Brother’s Keeper by Lilith Saintcrow (4/5 stars)
This was an interesting story about a sexwitch who gets an emergency call from her brother. I liked the idea of how the sexwitch’s magic works (her powers can be as much of a curse as a help). This definitely wasn’t a romantic story...it was dark and hard and gritty. I enjoyed it. This seems like it’s part of a larger story, so the main character must be from one of Saintcrow’s other series.

-(Like A) Virgin of the Spring by Susan Sizemore and Denise Little (4/5 stars)
This story was an interesting blend of magic and time travel, fantasy and science fiction. I thought the world building in here was pretty neat and enjoyed the plot a lot. The romance between the two characters is more comical than steamy; but I enjoyed the light-heartedness of it all.

-Life is the Teacher by Carrie Vaughn (3/5 stars)
This story was about a young woman getting used to becoming a vampire. Not really any romance, mostly it was a young woman who is learning to embrace her vampiric lifestyle and power. It was okay but kind of dry and written in an almost a clinical way.

-Moonlight Becomes You by Linda Winstead Jones (4/5 stars)
This was a cute story about a woman who is semi-stalking her neighbor because she’s convinced he’s a vampire. It was a cute and fun story and I enjoyed it.

-Dirty Magic by Kim Harrison (3/5 stars)
This short story is about Mia, the banshee you meet in the Hollows series. It basically gives a bit more background on her. I didn’t find it all that engaging and didn’t think it added more to Mia as a character. It didn’t really make me feel more sympathetic to her or anything. It was decently written but that was about it. ( )
  krau0098 | Jun 29, 2016 |
The shorts were okay, none of them making me crave a full length novel out of them. I did read a couple authors I hadn't read before so that was good. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Half of this anthology was really great, while the other half was just meh.

Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff was the first in this anthology and was okay. Ali is trying to get a new band to sign with her company, but her rival company has their sights set on the same one. Problems arise and soon Ali finds herself also trying to save the band. This story had an interesting take on sirens, but other than that it was just okay. 3/5

Minotaur in Stone by Marjorie M. Liu was the story that I picked up this anthology for and I was not disappointed in it at all. A homeless girl who lives in a library starts having vivid dreams of the Minotaur who claims that she can save him. The mythology and writing of this story was just fantastic. 5/5

Demon Lover by Cheyenne McCray was another good one. An incubus falls in love with a human. This one reminded me a lot of Kenyon's dream-hunter series. 4/5

Equinox by L.A. Banks was okay. I honestly don't remember much about this one. I believe one of Artemis's preistesses comes to earth and starts turning CEO's who have damaged the environment into stags for punishment. 3/5

Ride a Dark Horse by Susan Krinard was great. It was a unique story that had a lot of fairytale aspects to it. After a messy divorce a woman takes a vacation on a Ranch and finds a mysterious stranger and dark horse popping up both in her real life and dreams. 4.5/5

To Die For by Keri Arthur was the last story in this anthology that I really enjoyed. This one follows a wolf shifter and her werewolf partner as they investigate two cases of missing teenagers. This story had an excellent well developed plot. I can't wait to pick up a full length novel by Arthur. 5/5

Curse of the Dragon's Tears by Heidi Betts was another okay story. General romance. A woman goes to a castle to find the man who her great-grandmother cursed a century ago. 3/5

Brother's Keeper by Lilith Saintcrow I hated. Characters were introduced as well as a mystery but that's it. The whole story just felt like a prologue to a book. And not just that but I also didn't like how helpless the heroine was the entire story. 1/5

Like a Virgin of the Spring by Susan Sizemore and Denise Little was interesting. A woman from the future gets lost in the past and is saved by a man from the future. I don't really get into time travel books. This one reminded me a bit of Angela Knight's short stories. 3/5

Life is a Teacher by Carrie Vaughn was okay. A freshly turned vampire struggles with adopting to her new life. 3/5

Moonlight Becomes You by Linda Winstead Jones follows a woman who is convinced that her neighbor is a vampire and sets out to prove it to herself. This was cute and fun story. Probably the most humorous one. 4/5

Dirty Magic by Kim Harrison I didn't read. I've tried reading Harrison's stuff before and could never get into it so I skipped this one.

So overall, this anthology was pretty good. Just a couple of stories that just were not all that great. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Harrison, KimEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenberg, Martin H.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arthur, KeriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Banks, L.A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Betts, HeidiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huff, TanyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Linda WinsteadContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krinard, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Little, DeniseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, Marjorie M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCray, CheyenneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saintcrow, LilithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sizemore, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Short stories in anthology:

Music Hath Charms by Tanya Huff
Minotaur in Stone by Marjorie M. Liu
Demon Lover by Cheyenne McCray
Equinox by L.A. Banks
Ride a Dark Horse by Susan Krinard
To Die For by Keri Arthur
Curse of the Dragon's Tears by Heidi Betts
Brother's Keeper by Lilith Saintcrow
(Like a) Virgin of the Spring by Susan Sizemore and Denise Little
Life Is the Teacher by Carrie Vaughn
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061161292, Mass Market Paperback)

Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark . . . and different.

Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker's dozen of today's boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in a breathtaking anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon . . . and hotter than the sun.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:28 -0400)

Gathers together a baker's dozen of today's boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in an anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon . . . and hotter than the sun.… (more)

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