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"a great Halloween read"

Violet and Silver: A Journey to Avalon by Crymsyn R. Hart
Celeste, a witch with her heritage running all the way back to Avalon, has done everything she can to be sure that no one finds her or find out what she is. Then, on Halloween, a night of the year when the veils between the worlds are the thinnest, she meets a man who is everything she could ever want, Tristan. But he's half vampire and half Druid. Not to mention, he's on the run too. Celeste feels as if she's known Tristan forever, and on their first night together, they take part in the Great Marriage. Thus, finding out that they are each others soul mate, and together must fulfill a prophecy. Then, Tristan disappears, until a year later when Celeste finds him and saves his life, and he then only comes back to her each year after that on Halloween. But Shortly before the 3rd year of their meeting, Celeste is taken back to her childhood home by her sister. It's a trap for both Celeste and Tristan, and the question remains: Will they be able to save each other ? This is the first story in the Midnight Encounters Anthology. I liked how Hart didn't dwell too much on what happened during the time Celeste and Tristan were apart. I kept wanting to read to find out what was happening between these two soul mates. It has heavy sex scenes as well as heavy sexual language, to warn those who might find that offensive.

Bad Moon Rising by Sabrina Luna
Megan McShaw is a wolf in her local pack, and one night, she gets a message over a police scanner that there's a rogue wolf at the town bar. Megan goes and picks Derek up as he's running down the street...naked. She then takes him to her father's cabin in order to get him back in tip-top shape. Derek's been a lone wolf for awhile, and Megan can sense that he's searching for something OR someone. But now it's up to Megan to get him accepted into the pack, while also trying to fight off his advances that may or may not be caused by "moon fever." Simply a great shifter romance. Luna leaves you cheering for Derek and Megan, both as a team and also lovers. There is strong sexual language, but the sex scenes themselves aren't prolonged or too explicit. The ending however will leave you feeling satisfied, while also making the whole story worthwhile.

Scaredy Kat by Dahlia Rose
Kat feels like your average, or sometimes even less than average 25 year old woman. Her friends say she's gorgeous, but she just doesn't see it, and after all of her failed relationships, she REALLY doesn't see it. So, after her friend's Halloween party, at which her friends husband tries to set her up with an accountant, who is shall we say is BO-ring, Kat tries to summon forth her true love, through magic. After all, she reasons, that there's no use in being a witch if you can't help yourself out every once in awhile. But, her spell works in a way that she never coming, sending her and her true love into highly unusual circumstances. This story had me laughing at points, and all in all, just enjoying the read.. Rose knows just what kind of characters to throw into the mix, to keep the reader entertained. The characters learn much from each other, and help each other a lot too. A couple of heavy sex scenes, and at times a tad bit explicit, as warning. However, I did find some of the ways that the dialogue flowed (at certain points) to be a little awkward. Scaredy Kat also has a fantastic ending.

Dirty Deeds by Eliza Gayle
Megan once traded her soul for the perfect body, any girl or woman would die for: blonde, skinny, beautiful, and her sex life is amazing. But now she's employed in Hell... literally, and her boss is an ancient demon, as is she. And part of her job is description is taking the souls of those whom she beds, but she's really not cut out for the job, and therefore has a hard time meeting her monthly quotas. Now, she has 5 days to meet one month's quota, or she's turned over to the gatekeeper of hell for her punishment. And she does okay, until Drake...who also happens to be a demon...You'll just have to see where "eternity" takes her... Three words: Sex Sex Sex. Despite the many, erotic sex scenes and some BDSM all thorough the entire story, it's very well written, and there's still a storyline, which keeps the reader drawn into what is going on, and what could or will happen.

As a whole, Midnight Encounters was very well written. All of the stories have sex scenes, but none of which drag the reader away from the storyline or plot. Every reader is bound to find something they like in each story, and the authors each bring something different and original to the table, which helped to maintain my interest in each story, and also to keep me reading to find out what the next author had in store for me. It's a great Halloween read as well, seeing as how each story takes place on or around Halloween, and each story has a tie-in to the affect the Halloween season has on each of them, whether they're a vampire, witch, or shifter.

Reviewed by Denise Kivett
Posted October 4, 2007

SUMMARY

Also Available in Trade Paperback - EAN: 9781603130370

Violet and Silver: A Journey to Avalon by Crymsyn R. Hart

Fed up with feeding candy to zombie fairy princesses, Celeste takes a stroll in the local graveyard on Halloween. There she sees Tristan emerge from a mausoleum. Under the full moon, her hidden power calls Tristan to deny his vampire hunger. Once in his arms, Celeste realizes he is the key to unlocking the road to her heart and to the lost Isle of Avalon.

Within Celeste, Tristan discovers the goddess he shunned for immortality ages ago.

Their love can only be realized once a year, on a full moon, on Halloween. However, in the darkness, and across the country, others want the lovers for their own evil purposes.

Celeste's family wants her for her power and Tristan's old master wants her for his own dark intentions. Will Celeste escape her density? Will Tristan give into his dark hunger? Or will Avalon remain lost forever in the mists?

Dirty Deeds by Eliza Gayle

As a newly turned Demon, Melody loves being a bad bad girl. Sex is her weapon and she knows how to use it. But when her boss demands five souls in five days, she's in an awful fix. Desperate to find those souls, in as easy a way possible, she heads for The Dungeon. The hot new BDSM club in Charlotte.

Drake is the Master here in the Dungeon. Anything and everything he wants is for the taking...until he meets Melody. But despite his need to master the strong willed Demon, he harbors a secret that threatens their bond, Melody's soul, and even Immortality Bad Moon Rising

Derek Lee's a drifter ´┐Żand a lone wolf, literally. In the small town of Heather Grove, he falls for Megan McShaw, feisty, sexy redhead and a decedent of a Scottish wolf clan.

When a 'bad moon' rises, he accidentally transforms into his wolf-form in public. Megan comes to his rescue and attempts to keep him safe until the Samhain moon passes´┐Żbut can she control her own feelings for Derek until the moon waxes?

Scaredy Kat by Dahlia Rose

Katrina Julio is a witch from a family where witchcraft was encouraged. She uses spells and magic to help run her Internet spell shop. Fondly nicknamed Kat she sees herself as a mousy girl who is more into books and spells than looking for love. After another Halloween season comes around and she goes to another party alone, Kat is fed up and she goes home and conjures a spell to find her true love. Who knew what summoning the magic would bring right to her door.

In another realm Gareth is in a fight for his life. He is the Warlock of Herion and his world has been taking over by Genesis who has stolen the "Gem of Chale." He was about to be destroyed when heard a soft voice repeating the words of a love spell. Gareth finds himself being pulled through time and ends up on Kat's living room floor. Now Kat must learn to channel the power that is buried within her to help save Gareth. A man who has stolen her heart and help him save his world!

Bad Moon Rising by Sabrina Luna

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Midnight Encounters
by Dahlia Rose, Crymsyn R. Hart, Eliza Gayle, Sabrina Luna

Whiskey Creek Press (Torrid)
October 1, 2007
Available: October 1, 2007
ISBN #1603130373
EAN #9781603130370
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