"Stories where finding that special someone is worth the struggle"

THE ONLY ONE is an anthology of stories by three of the most talented authors in the Dorchester ranks. Each story is set in a world that the author created for a longer book, thus giving us a "taste" of that world. All three stories utilize the premise that for every individual there is one other person that completes them, a soulmate, an inspiration, and a lover that makes life worth living. This book is fan-fricking-tastic -- it's a good book that should appeal to the fans of these authors as it represents some of the best of their works, but in addition it should win new readers, eager for more.

Christine Feehan's story, Dark Descent, has a bodyguard heroine, Joie, who likes caves... Frankly, I can't think of a better match for a Carpathian male like Traian, who hunts renegade vampires. The story takes its title from the fact that our heroine is drawn into "descending" into a cave after she meets the hero during an out-of-body experience and can't stop herself from trying to find him later. I loved the ideas in this book, the fact that these two were communicating long before they met in the flesh... a kind of Carpathian Internet... and that once again, it is the heroine's choice to push matters forward. There is a beautiful mix of humor and intense action in this story and quite a bit of whimsy. While short, as a novella must be, Dark Descent still manages to pack the same punch as the rest of Feehan's books.

The Star Queen is Susan Grant's story, which takes place in the far distant past of the Vash, the interplanetary people introduced in The Star King, The Star Prince, and the upcoming The Star Princess. Here we have a nitty- gritty tale of the survivors of an intergalactic war living in the ruins of their planet, still fighting back. Hope is fading for our heroes until one woman inspires one man to look beyond what-is to what-could-be -- if he takes responsibility for making it happen. All Taj wanted was a safer world. Romjha decided to give it to her, plus the rest of the universe and the result is what led to the interplanetary system of government in The Star King.

Sacrilege builds on the story that Susan Squires started in her vampire book Sacrament. Again we have the "companion" infected vampires and the heroine is, of all things, one of the villains of the first book, Magda. After a couple hundred years in Mirso Monastery under the watchful eye of Brother Pietr, the lady vampire with a serious addition to the last drop of her victim's blood has been rehabilitated and is sent out into the modern twenty-first century to face airplanes, strangely skimpy undergarments, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer conventions. Unfortunately her mentor, Pietr, discovers too late that he's fallen in love with Magda... and to make sure he recovers from his "infection" the head of the monastery sends an assassin to destroy Magda. This prompts Pietr to reconsider his position... what good is eternal life if you must live without that which makes life worth living? Sacrilege expands beautifully on the Sacrament legend showing how the "answers" offered by Mirso Monastery are a bleak existence compared to what love and self-control can bring. The story also includes Sarah and Julien from the previous book, and it is wonderful to see them again, enjoying life in this century.

In all three stories, the hero must fight for what he wants... to destroy the villains that would harm his lady, and to convince her that she's the only one for him. While short, each story does a creditable job of doing just that. A very nice job was done by all three authors in this book.

Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted May 21, 2003


For Each,
There Could Be Only One

They came from the darkest places: secluded monasteries, the Carpathian mountains, galaxies under siege. They were men with the blackest pasts—warriors, vampire monks, leaders of armies—but whose passions burned like dying stars. They had one purpose: to find those women who fulfilled them, completed them, and made them rage with a fire both holy and profane. They sought soul mates whose touch consumed them with desire, yet whose kisses refreshed like the coolest rain. And each man knew that for him there was only one true love—and in finding her he would find salvation.

Dark Descent
Christine Feehan

A novella of the Dark: Book 11

Dark Descent tells the story of Joie Sanders, a bodyguard and Traian Trigovise, an ancient hunter, meeting after a battle in a deep cave filled with mystery and wonder. Set in the Carpathian Mountains, Joie, with her brother and sister go caving and come across the ancient warrior beset upon by several vampires. They have no choice but to throw their lot in with the hunter and do their best to escape with their lives from the underground labyrinth filled with ancient traps left behind by a powerful race.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Shapeshifter

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The Only One
by Susan Squires, Susan Grant, Christine Feehan

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
May 1, 2003
Available: May 1, 2003
ISBN #0843951702
EAN #9780843951707
384 pages
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Other Books by
Susan Squires

The Mists of Time
A Twist In Time
Time for Eternity
Dead After Dark
One With the Darkness
One With the Shadows
One With The Night
Love At First Bite
The Burning
The Hunger
The Companion
No More Lies
Body Electric

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