Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Review: Wild & Steamy

Wild & Steamy

By:  Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, Carolyn Crane

Publisher:  eBook

Publish Date:  August 2011

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Fantasy Romance, Urban Fantasy Romance, Steampunk Romance

Series:  Anthology; Disillustionists 2.5

Recommendation:  If you like hot sexy reads, this is a perfect quick fix!

Book Synopsis:
The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook - An Iron Seas novella of 15,000 words: The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth's life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay?

Vixen by Jill Myles - A shifter novella of 15,000 words: Miko's denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn't want to choose between both wants them both.

Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane - A Disillusionists novella of 20,000 words: Sophia Sidway, Midcity's most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption...but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all.
My Thoughts and Summary:
The Blushing Bounder ~ By Meljean Brook

Tempest is sick and now living with, whom she feels is, her deceiving husband in London and the reason she had a falling out with her family in the US.  Her husband wishes she would get the infection with the "bug" to cure her illness, but fearing the stories of becoming a zombie after death she refuses.  While in her room one night she witnesses a murder in the alley.  Tempest's husband is the one on the case and is to keep her safe from the guilty man.  Tempest looks closer at her husband and learns a few things, and maybe will save his life and hers.

This was a different story for me.  So much here to this world in this short read.  The bugs to heal people, and potential zombies.  Then we have the steampunk take on the mechanics uses here.  Wonderful the way Meljean mixes all this and creates an amazing world in such a short story.  I really enjoyed the world set-up and the ideas here.

Vixen ~ By Jill Myles

Miko lives in the country to be away from distractions and interruptions...including men.  She's a were-fox and men drive the hormones through the roof as foxes are vixens.  Miko has visitors, 2 men visitors, sent from her mother.  They are sent to protect her from the new specialized hunts.  But the flirting begins, and Miko starts thinking about the one thing she moved to keep from her mind the sting of men and...mating.

Hot and steamy.  Sexy!  Have the fan ready!  Miko and these two delicious men.  But not only is the attraction flowing strong, but there is a story here as well.  The hunters are out and boundaries are crossed.  Oh by far Jill has created a Hot! story here.  The whole idea of the were-fox and her needs.  Wow!  But there is a story here about the hunter issue, but the main focus is on Miko.

Kitten-Tiger & The Monk ~ by Carolyn Crane

Sophia is sick of herself and what she does to others.  She wants rebooted and the only one to do that is The Monk.  She has a hint of where to start to find someone who knows where he is, on her path she learns this person is one from her past.  A past she thought she had moved past but found she never can.  Can she forgive herself and can he forgive her?

This is the story I got this anthology for.  I loved reading the first 2 books of Carolyn Cranes Disillustionist series.  And this one just adds to the list!

We learn more of Sophia and of The Monk.  Oh, I love Robert!  We get to see into the Tangle, the curvy twisting highway mess everyone dreads that is ever present here in the city.  Of this Tangle we see why it's the way it is.  We get just a touch of the stories in the trilogy as well, but it is not needed to have read those to read this.  But you might fall in love with the magic created here to pick up the first two books.  Great side story!

I read this for my own enjoyment.

This read qualifies for the Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.


  1. I love anthologies, and this one looks great! Have added to my wishlist. Thanks for the heads up, as I'm a huge fan of the Disillusionists series!

  2. The Myles one was sure steamy! And the Brook one, loved it :) You gotta read The Iron Duke if you haven't

  3. Alexia - Hi!!! So glad you added this one to your want list. :) And that you've enjoyed the Disillusionist series. It really is a great series. ;) Thank you!

    Blodeuedd - lol. I couldn't believe Myle's short story was so steamy. I needed the fan on! lol. No I haven't read The Iron Duke. Is this story from that series? I'm going to have to check it out.

  4. You know I got this for my nook and have yet to read it. Must read it now, haha.

  5. Robyn - I think you will enjoy the short story Carolyn has here. :) You learn more about Sophia and The Monk... oh boy. ;D Do enjoy!

  6. Can't wait!! First, I have to catch up on my fantasy and sci-fi magazine, so behind, haha.

  7. I love Meljean Brook, but I've only read The Iron Duke and a couple short stories that take place in that world. I'll have to add this one to my list too.


  8. Oh I so DO have to add this one to my tbr! This sounds so good and I do enjoy anthologies even though not everyone does. :)

  9. Robyn - I look forward to hearing what you think of the story when you get to it. :)

    Missie - Oh, I need to get The Iron Duke. I've heard great things about it. :) And hope you enjoy this one too!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - lol. I hope you enjoy this one when you get to it. :)

  10. Oh my, I am liking the middle one about the vixen and two men. I am in the mood for hot and steamy...

  11. Great review hon. I love a good anthology and this sounds like it was made for me LOL! Hope to start this soon, thank you hon :)

  12. StephanieD - Oh, that one with the vixen was really a wonderful read and steamy. lol. I did really enjoy it. :) Hope you do!

    Diana (@offbeat Vagabond) - Thank you! :) So glad you like the sounds of this anthology. It really was a wonderful read. :) Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. :)


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