Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This anthology is a follow-up to the horror and paranormal romance anthology previously written by Ms. Miles. I did not read that anthology but if it is anything like this one, I know I can look forward to being scared and will read it in the daytime.
The Swinging Tree
Matt and Audrina Marsh are expecting their first child and their biggest problem now is what to name to pick if it is a girl. A Christmas vacation is just what the doctor ordered and so they head to the small town of Caddo, California. When they enter the hotel, they are met by a staff member who makes it very clear that she is not going to help an interracial couple, Audrina is African American and Matt Is white. Unfortunately, there is a tragic history involving the area behind the hotel, and it is a history that dates to the 1920’s and will change their lives forever.
Lili is spending the weekend at her best friend Peyton’s grandparents’ beach house with her boyfriend, her best friend with her boyfriend and another couple. Peyton’s boyfriend Max hurt Lili emotionally and physically when he raped her and now all she wants is revenge. Unfortunately, her quest for revenge would have repercussions she could never have imagined, and Max was not the only one who suffered.
Since the beach house is not far from Caddo it isn’t surprising that something evil will happen.
Be Home by Sunrise
Chase is a vampire trying to deal with his only child, Tiffany, who he turned after taking too much blood from her while feeding. Tiffany is constantly putting herself and him in danger, arriving home just a little before sunrise and committing an act on another vamp and now she has put a target on her back, a target which Chase is trying to protect her from. Chase is forced to move from his home with the hope of leaving their troubles behind, but trouble follows them and could mean their end.
Rachel is a Wiccan and loves to spend time on her roof until she is attacked by three teens, Mason, Kurt and Brian who wanted money or sex and when none of that was forthcoming Kurt pushed her off the roof. Ten years later Mason’s life is going great, a beautiful girlfriend Luna, a good job, house and car, the only thing keeping him from total happiness is the guilt he feels for not stopping Kurt from killing Rachel. Mason is about to learn who has been running his life and who is about to destroy it.
Zach and Paris are killers, and their newest victim is a blond hooker lying in bed bound and waiting to die. After the death Paris has a ritual she performs while Zach looks on. Now it is time to party.
These five short tales were exciting and scary, and I loved each one of them. It is not a long book, but it is one that anyone interested in paranormal romance and horror should treat themselves to.