Review – Must Love Hellhounds (an anthology)

must love hellhoundsI’m going to be honest with you.  I saw Must Love Hellhounds at the used bookstore and bought it simply because it included an Ilona Andrews story set in the world of Kate Daniels.  Yes, my plan was to read all of them but I knew I might only enjoy the one story.  I was wrong.

The Britlingens Go To Hell by Charlaine Harris – 4/5 stars.  To say that I had given up on Charlaine Harris after the last few Sookie books is an understatement.  Imagine my surprise when I not only enjoyed this story but was rather impressed by it.  Batanya and Clovache are bodyguards for hire.  When they take on a job that lands them in hell, they will have to use all of their skills to get out alive.  I want more stories about these two!  It was exciting, funny and full of action.

Angel’s Judgement by Nalini Singh – 4.5/5 stars.  This is a prequel novella to the Guild Hunter series.  How much did I enjoy it?  So much that I immediately went out and bought book one of the full series.  Sara and Deacon, I need more.

Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews – 5/5 stars.  The main event, well at least for me, which is primarily an Andrea and Raphael story.  It filled in a few blanks from the full novels and included a BIG reveal about Curran.  I’ve since read the Andrea novel (Gunmetal Magic – review to come) and think she and Raphael could probably have their own series.  It’s not quite Kate and Curran but I like the differences.  While Kate and Andrea are best friends they are very much individuals with distinct voices.

Blind Spot by Meljean Brook – 4/5 stars.  My first read from this author and I’m looking forward to more.  This is a novella set in the Guardians world.  The details were unique and I especially was impressed by Geoff, who is blind but can see through others’ eyes.  Maggie had to grow on me but, by the end, she won me over.

Recommended to fans of Urban Fantasy and those who want to check out some of the popular series without making the investment of a full length novel.

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