I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released: 25 November 2014
Series: Kate Daniels #7.5
Published by Berkley
” I loved each of the four novellas, they all offered something different, from Nalini Singh’s beautifully romantic Secrets at Midnight to Lisa Shearin’s funny and action packed Lucky Charms” ~ Under the Covers
Personally, I am not a huge fan of anthologies; however, if you entice me with Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh and Meljean Brook aka Milla Vane….then you need to get out of my way; I will stampede over you to get my hands all over it. All three of them are in my top five favourite authors, and I have also read and enjoyed Lisa Shearin’s books as well. So Night Shift is definitely an exception to my “meh anthology” rule. And it didn’t disappoint me, I loved each of the four novellas, they all offered something different, from Nalini Singh’s beautifully romantic Secrets at Midnight to Lisa Shearin’s funny and action packed Lucky Charms.
Secrets at Midnight (Psy Changeling novella) by Nalini Singh
This was everything you have come to expect from Nalini Singh; beautifully written, highly romantic and full of more adjectives than you can shake a stick at. I was glued to my kindle screen. It was set in the Psy Changeling world and features one of Mercy’s brothers, Bastian, and we get to see him find and fall in love with his very unusual mate. This novella was straight up romantic, not to mention a little sexy and was a fantastic introduction to this anthology.
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels novella) by Ilona Andrews
It’s safe to say that the Kate Daniels series is a little obsession of mine. And when I say little I mean it is requirement of any friendship that you have a) read the books b) loved the books and once again Andrews demonstrates why I love this series so much by giving us a peek in to the life Jim and Dali, two of the characters in the Kate Daniels series. This tale was full of action, magic and romance, not to mention Jim being a badass:
Jim wasn’t just a badass. He was a badass who wrote a book for badasses on how to be a badder badass.
This was my favourite novella in the anthology and a great addition to the Kate Daniels series
The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane
We skip from urban fantasy to plain ol’ fantasy in The Beast of Blackmoor as we follow a warrior priestess on her sacred quest to tame the Beast of Blackmoor, only the beast isn’t quite the evil demon she thinks he is, instead he is handsome and strong barbarian trying to help his people. This novella was earthy, raw and a lot darker than the other stories in Night Shift, but it was a fantastic read, full of adventure, sex and some pretty intense emotions, I really hope Milla Vane aka Meljean Brook continues to write a full length novel for this world.
Lucky Charms (SPI Novella) by Lisa Shearin
“How the hell did you lose five horny leprechauns in a strip club?”
Any book that has the above line in it…bound to be a pretty amazing read and it was. We follow Mackenna Frazier’s first day at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, which does indeed involve five leprechauns and a strip club…not to mention some elves, a Russian werewolf, a gorgeous goblin and her new partner. This novella was packed full of some hilarious action and adventure as Mac gets thrown in the deep end on her first day as seer in her new job, this was another fantastic read in the Night Shift anthology and definitely a series that is going straight on to my TBR pile.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?