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"a very hot werewolf anthology"

It is a time in which werewolves and vampires have made their presence known to all of humankind. In HEAT by L.A. Banks, our first story in this anthology, we enter the French Quarter, a casino in Las Vegas owned and operated by the Warwick Clan of werewolves. It's where Butch Maverick, a bounty hunter, got a tip from his brother, an East Coast detective, that some bad drugs where going through involving some werewolves. Of course, Butch has absolutely no desire to return to the French Quarter; it's where Laurel Warwick is and he sure doesn't want to see her again. With Laurel head of security for the casino, there's no way Butch will be able to avoid her though. Laurel, on the other hand, can't believe Butch is not only in her family's casino, but was trying to go around her again. Not this time and not now, when the casino is hosting a twenty million dollar poker tournament.

Will the two of them be able to work together to figure out who is behind the plot? What is the plot exactly? Is there any hope of a relationship between Laurel and Butch?

In our second story, THE HUNGER WITHIN by J.M. Jeffries, we meet the Omega of the pack, Solange Warwick. Solange works as personal assistant to her mother, Esther Warwick, Alpha female of the Warwick Clan. Esther and her husband Julius were slaves on a plantation before the Civil War and when the war ended, the two of them grabbed all the children they could and ran, Solange among them. Of course, Solange wasn't like the rest of the slaves, her father was the plantation owner. The Warwicks were given the "gift of the wolf" and eventually settled in Las Vegas and opened the French Quarter. Now that Esther and Julius are retiring, Solange has decided it's time for her to move on. Then we have Jarred Maitland, human undercover FBI agent working at the French Quarter. It's taken him a long time, but he finally managed to infiltrate Kenny Brooks' gang. Jarred is now supposed to compromise Solange to get updated information because Kenny is planning on robbing the French Quarter and getting the twenty million dollars. Solange and Jarred feel an instant attraction.

Is there any hope of a relationship between Solange, a werewolf, and Jarred, human? Will they be able to stop Kenny from robbing the French Quarter?

Our third story, DOUBLE DOWN by Seressia Glass, introduces us to another member of the Warwick Clan. This time we meet natural born daughter of Esther and Julius, Simone Warwick. Simone is pretty far down in the pack hierarchy, in fact she's only one step up from being Omega. In charge of entertainment for the casino, Simone is pretty busy. She's also used to getting what she wants, so when the magician's agent comes to her office to personally let her know Kadim refuses to allow The Mystery Channel to record one of his shows, Simone decides that's not good enough and decides to check with the man himself to find out why he won't sign on the dotted line. For some reason, Simone finds herself seeing the very private Kadim in a new and delicious way. Of course, the fact the alpha from a rival clan wants her to marry him to get her share of the casino will have an effect on their relationship.

Exactly what is Kadim? Simone knows he's not human, but can't tell from his scent what type of creature he is. Is there hope for any type of a relationship between the two? Why won't he allow his magic act to be recorded?

Our fourth and final story in this anthology, OUT OF THE DARK by Natalie Dunbar doesn't actually have one of the Warwicks in it. This time, we have a relative, a cousin. Garen Roy is next in line to become the Alpha of the Roy Clan after his father. For now, Garen is working for the Preternatural Police, supposed to be making sure the weres and vamps don't get out of control. Not that it's doing any good with a werewolf pack attacking humans. During this rogue werewolf pack's latest killing spree, only one victim survived—Kellie Monroe. When the werewolves struck Nana's home, at least Kellie was armed and waiting having silver bullets in two guns and a silver knife. This particular knife exactly matches a sword identified as belonging to the warrior Arielle. After being bitten, Kellie manages to plunge the knife into the chest of her attacker and he burns from the inside out. When she's finally rescued, Kellie ends up getting inoculated against the lycanthrope virus and she almost dies. Turns out she has something different in her blood. She's human, but not. Determined not to become a lab rat in the hospital, Kellie leaves. Not surprisingly, a were almost attacks her as soon as she gets into a taxi. This time, she's rescued by Garen Roy, a man she's attracted to and who happens to be a werewolf.

What is Kellie? Is she somehow related to this Arielle? What is this rogue werewolf pack after? Can Garen keep Kellie safe?

VEGAS BITES is a very hot anthology of life and love among a werewolf pack. These four authors have come up with four very different stories of life in a werewolf pack in Las Vegas. I really enjoyed all the different types of beings in these stories as well, from werewolves to vampires and djinn and even the Fey. There's a bit of something for everyone in these stories and I highly recommend VEGAS BITES.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted August 4, 2007

SUMMARY

Vegas Bites, a werewolf anthology comprised of four romance novellas, takes place in the French Quarter casino—the only black owned, werewolf casino in Las Vegas. With a backdrop of a weeklong Texas Hold’em tournament, the full moon approaching and the retirement of the alpha couple, battles of love, loyalty, and lust abound.

Join L.A. Banks, J.M. Jeffries, Seressia Glass and Natalie Dunbar in exploring this high roller fantasy world of feuding werewolf packs, high-stakes thieves, a sexy djinn and a mystical medallion.

 

Vegas Bites
(A Werewolf Romance Anthology)
by J. M. Jeffries, Seressia Glass, L. A. Banks, Natalie Dunbar

Parker Publishing, LLC (Noire Allure)
November 1, 2006
Available: November 15, 2006
ISBN #1600430015
EAN #9781600430015
346 pages
Paperback
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Blood Lust
The Dazzling Debutante
The Captivating Chauffeur
The Bewildering Bequest
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A Dangerous Love
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