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review 2019-06-03 20:43
Night Shift / N. Singh, I. Andrews, L. Shearin, M. Vane
Night Shift - Milla Vane, Ilona Andrews,Lisa Shearin,Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself. 

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms .

 

This was a fun little collection of urban fantasy/paranormal romance fiction. I especially enjoyed the Ilona Andrews and the Lisa Shearin contributions. Their writings are consistently on target with my reading tastes. The Nalini Singh story is also exactly what one would expect from her, a little too skewed to the romance end of the scale for my reading taste, but her fans will undoubtedly get what they are looking for.

The interesting offering in my opinion is the Milla Vane story--shades of Robert E. Howard! This is Conan the Barbarian meets his Warrior Princess version and they struggle for supremacy! (Not that Howard wrote weak women--and the limitations of his time meant that he couldn’t detail their physical relationship in his stories the way Vane does). It’s obvious that Ms. Vane has appreciated Howard’s work and probably Fritz Leiber’s as well, classics of the sword & sorcery genre. The major shift is that this story is told from a strong female point of view--Mala decides what she is and isn’t willing to put up with from her Barbarian-to-be. It could have fallen flat, but for me it didn’t. But if sex on the page makes you uncomfortable, you will squirm while reading this gritty story. Mind you, if that makes you uncomfortable, you will not have made it this far in the book!

The Andrews story details the romance between Jim Shropshire and Dali Haurimau, in delightful fashion. I had never liked Jim all that much in the Kate Daniels series, but I’m due for a re-read in the near future and will see him quite differently now (and I will see Hugh D’Ambray differently after reading Iron and Magic). 

The Lucky Charms story by Lisa Shearin is the introduction to her SPI Files series. It might have been fun to have read it before plunging into The Grendel Affair, but she didn’t write in any details that were crucial to understanding that first novel. (Completely unlike Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, where if you missed the initial short story, you ended up confused as heck during Cry Wolf).

All in all, a pleasant and fun offering by four talented authors.

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review 2018-10-13 23:29
Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane
Night Shift - Milla Vane, Ilona Andrews,Lisa Shearin,Nalini Singh

The Secrets of Midnight by Nalini Singh

Such a cute and wonderful story. It's predictable, but so fun to read. 4.5 stars

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews
Fantastic world, great storyline, and awesome characters. I fell in love with Jim and really appreciated that Dali wasn't "a gorgeous kick-ass heroine with amazing rack". Such a nice change. More than 5 stars

Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin
Interesting world. There were too many characters and they weren't as solid as in the first two stories. But Mac's work sounded interesting and for the prequel novella, it was good enough to make me interested in reading the first book of the series. 4 stars

The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane
Big disappointment. The story wasn't urban fantasy or paranormal romance. It was erotica and I didn't like the style or the setting. The characters were okay, but there was too much sex in it and the way these scenes were written was just creepy. 2 stars

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text 2016-05-25 21:23
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Night Shift - Angela Dawe,Nalini Singh,Lisa Shearin,Ilona Andrews,Milla Vane

Started book 3- I am liking this special sup unit or law people. 

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review 2015-05-31 16:06
Night Shift - Nalini Singh,Lisa Shearin,Ilona Andrews,Milla Vane

One of the better anthologies I've read. Most are at least entertaining.

 

Tale the first - Nalini Singh's contribution. H has discovered his mate's scent, but he can't find her UNTIL... he takes an elderly shifter home and meets a young woman she's befriended. The h - orphaned as a tot - has been brought up human and has no idea she isn't. Since moving to the area, she's been having "issues" which come to a head after meeting the H - her inner cat wants to come out and play. This possibly is one of the best uses of a novella - lots of time needed to figure out who she really is can be written off in a paragraph or two (we don't need to know of the days of fingernail tapping while waiting for a phone to ring or an email to arrive). It's a given that he's going to accept her, and she has no objections, so...

 

Tale the second - the first thing I've read from the Kate Daniels series (I've since hunted down all the books themselves, will worry about additional novellas later). The H is second in command - I think - and the boss has taken off and left him in charge. He has a girlfriend in the h, who has self esteem issues I think. And...something bad is happening. It was cute, and more importantly, it made me curious about the world it's set in.

 

Tale the third - A SPI adventure. I laughed quite a bit during the reading, and now have a quest to find the two books in the series.

 

Tale the fourth - didn't fit with the rest. It's...difficult to explain I guess. Set on a prehistoric/primitive landscape, with erotic overtones and a lack of hygiene (believe it or not, I didn't get turned on by the frequent blowing of an unwashed hornpipe, hand jobs with unwashed hands/va-jay-jay, constant references to thick fingers during said hand jobs (and h still had her v-card), public display of cunning lingual skills, etc. All interspersed with the apparent quest (which he managed to cause her to drop, thus causing her to be marked by the goddess, all because he was afraid taming meant being put on a leash).) Yeah...no. Didn't like this one.

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review 2015-04-26 00:51
Night Shift Anthology
Night Shift - Nalini Singh,Lisa Shearin,Ilona Andrews,Milla Vane

Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh

 

This is a classic romance from the Psy/Changeling world of Nalini Singh. Which has both good and bad points. On the good side we have a lot of racial diversity, the fascinating world playing a backdrop, some pretty awesome side characters and a romance that was generally very sweet

 

On the minus side, it was so classic that it was faintly predictable. Bastien meets Kirby and ZOMG SHE SMELLS OF WIFEY! And lo, the romance is now written in stone as soon as he human brain catches up with Bastien’s relationship planning wereleopard nose. To be fair to the story, while Bastien is very eager to be with Kirby (because of the WIFEY SMELL!) he is also very careful not to pressure her – even refusing to have sex with her when she instigates it because he recognises what vast changes have suddenly rocked her life and he’s very conscious about not taking advantage of her. He is very respectful of her agency and, if you must have the “I smell true love with this complete stranger we are destined to be together” storyline then this is one of the best you will read out there. I’m still not a fan, but this was one of the best I’d read. Especially since, while Bastien had all the classic “MAH WIFEY!” possessiveness, he also kept that to the internal monologue.

 

There’s also some clear story beyond the “I SMELL WIFEY TWU LUB!” storyline with nice appearances from Bastien’s family and Kirby’s past.

 

 

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews

 

It’s Jim and Dali’s story! For a long time fan of this world, this is perfect and I couldn’t wait. But beyond my love of these two characters, this story is awesome as well because of how Dali grows in it. Jim has always been confident, powerful and a leader of his people; he’s the chief enforcer and security head of the Pack, he’s the head of Clan Cat, made up of some of the most dangerous and powerful and independent of the shapeshifters. He has always, from the very beginning of the book, been an immense power and worthy of respect. Dali, on the other hand, has always been plagued by insecurities which is clear here – she considers herself scrawny, she has very poor eyesight, she’s a vegetarian, she’s not dangerous and generally considers herself inept – and has no idea why Jim wants to be with her. Her lack of self-worth is painful to see

 

But through this book Dali really shows off her own strength – and not through Jim holding her hand and convincing her she’s special (though he is instrumental in pointing out that it doesn’t matter how limited her vision or averse to blood she is, she’s still a massive White Tiger and the biggest werecat in the city not to mention absolutely awe inspiring in appearance), but through her going through her life as someone who defeats evil magic in her Indonesian community. We see a side to her life we’ve never seen before – which Jim has never seen before – in which she is casually competent and incredibly, awesomely powerful – and Jim is willing to support her in that, play second to her and let her guide the action because this is her territory and her expertise. We get to see Dali in all her amazing glory and the immensely powerful Jim continues to show his strength AND isn’t lessened by allowing Dali to take point.

 

Throw in Dali being Indonesian, Jim being Black and a whole lot of racially diverse side cast and this was awesome all through. There’s also a wonderful sense of Indonesian culture – I can’t say I’m an expert but there was some clear research involved from cuisine, to mythology. There’s also some definite sharp commentary on the habit of fetishising Asian women. And Dali’s family is hilarious.

 

 

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