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Title: My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
Author: P.N. Elrod
Publisher: Published October 3rd 2006 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312343606
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Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis---and weddings An "ordinary" wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories. What's the seating plan when rival clans of werewolves and vampi Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis---and weddings An "ordinary" wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories. What's the seating plan when rival clans of werewolves and vampires meet under the same roof? How can a couple in the throes of love overcome traps set by feuding relatives---who are experts at voodoo? Will you have a good marriage if your high-seas wedding is held on a cursed ship? How do you deal with a wedding singer who's just a little too good at impersonating Elvis? Shape-shifters, wizards, and magic, oh my! "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" / Esther Friesner "All Shook Up" /P.N. Elrod "Tacky" / Charlaine Harris "A Hard Day's Night-Searcher" / Sherrilyn Kenyon "Something Borrowed" / Jim Butcher "Spellbound" / L.A. Banks "Dead Man's Chest" / Rachel Caine "Charmed by the Moon" / Lori Handeland "...Or Forever Hold Your Peace" / Susan Krinard

30 review for My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This was a great anthology. I enjoyed each story, and I breezed right through it. My thoughts of each story: Spellbound by LA Banks. This was a fun story about two star-crossed lovers who happen to be part of voodoo/root-practitioner families who hate each other. The Hatfields versus the McCoys, except they are Black. I laughed a lot, and some of the characters reminded me of some family members on both sides (minus the voodoo-practicing part). Both the hero and the heroine were virgins. This is This was a great anthology. I enjoyed each story, and I breezed right through it. My thoughts of each story: Spellbound by LA Banks. This was a fun story about two star-crossed lovers who happen to be part of voodoo/root-practitioner families who hate each other. The Hatfields versus the McCoys, except they are Black. I laughed a lot, and some of the characters reminded me of some family members on both sides (minus the voodoo-practicing part). Both the hero and the heroine were virgins. This is probably my favorite story by Banks now, although I do love her other short stories that I've read. Five stars. Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher. I just love Harry Dresden. In this story, he is helping his friend Billy the Werewolf get married. Too bad a miffed faerie stole his bride and decided to take her place. But Harry is on the case, with a little help from Detective Murphy. Five stars. Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine. What a pleasant surprise. A bride gets talked into getting married on a pirate ship by her fiance. It turns out the pirates are all dead and under a curse. And her fiance had some nefarious motives. But, true love conquers all. Between the erstwhile bride and the pirate captain. Great fun. It helped that Captain Lockhart reminded me of an Anne Stuart hero. I'm so easy that way. Five stars. All Shook Up by PN Elrod. This was an interesting story. I think Elvis fans would really love it. There is a wedding singer who has an uncannily perfect imitation of Elvis going on, and an ability to help the wedding couple along their course of true love. An ability shared by the caterer, who is the main protagonist. I'm not a big Elvis fan (although I like a lot of his songs), so it was weird how the hero was sort of possessed by the spirit of Elvis, but I still enjoyed it. Four Stars. The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Esther M. Friesner. This story made me laugh. I enjoyed the whimsical feel, and the slyly ironic narration. A bastion of upper class entitlement is plagued by mythical creatures, in time to 'spoil' a sweet, young debutante's wedding. This is a must-read for Greek mythology enthusiasts. Four and 1/2 stars. Charmed by the Moon by Lori Handeland. I haven't read any of the books in her Nightcreature series, and this is a follow-up story about Jessie and Will from Blue Moon. They are getting married, but Jessie is having cold feet, not sure if their feelings are true for each other. They go on a spirit journey to find that out when they find a love charm in Will's ceremonial wedding gear. I really liked this story. The magic and the mysticism hit the right note with me. It has a bittersweet feel as their HEA is not my ideal, but I can understand the choice they made for the dangerous world they live in. Four and 1/2 stars. Tacky by Charlaine Harris. When I read Ms. Harris' stories, I usually teeter on the edge of sincere admiration for her imagination, amusement, and a bit of cheesy overload, all at the same time. I sort of like the goofy approach she has to the paranormal world, but sometimes it feels too goofy. I like the way she pokes fun at Southerners in a goodnatured way. I must say this was an unusual wedding, with the bride being a vampire, and the groom being a werewolf, and human fundamentalist assassins attacking the wedding party. For some reason, the main protagonist, Dahlia, kept making me think of Pam from the TrueBlood show, although she's hetero. Four stars. A Hard Day's Night-Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Yay. A Black Dark-Hunter paired with a Black female Squire. Thank you, Ms. Kenyon. This is about Rafael Santiago, who was a pirate in his mortal life, and OCD Squire Celena, who's afraid to lose yet another Dark-Hunter to the ongoing battle with the Daimons. They end up crashing an Apollite wedding teeming with Daimons. This was a really good story, but it felt way too short to me. Sort of an abbreviated version of a full-length Dark-Hunter novel. Everything was resolved, but I felt like I wanted more. Four stars. "...Or Forever Hold Your Peace" by Susan Krinard. I liked the Victorian paranormal feel of this story. This is a paranormal mystery in which Olivia and Kit, a crime-solving duo, work to find a bride who was kidnapped from her wedding, using their Talents. This is an alternate England called Albion, where most people have some sort of magical Talent. Olivia can see inside a person's body to see their anatomy, and Kit can change into a large Black Dog. It was fun and had the pulp fiction, neo-Victorian vibe I love. I felt the tone could have been a little more vibrant for maximum enjoyment, but I'd love to read more of Kit and Olivia's adventures. Four stars. I really want to give this collection five stars, mainly based on the first three stories and the overall appealing vibe it holds, despite the preponderance of stories not reaching five stars. So I will. Recommended to fans of humorous paranormal/supernatural fiction, be it urban fantasy or paranormal, with a little gaslit Victorian mystery thrown in.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Exina

    I've read only A Hard Day's Night Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon “You can't go through life alone. Trust me on this one. It's lonely as hell.” Short and satisfying. Celena, a Squire, who lives for the rules, is in constant worry for the ones under her care, and does everything to ensure their safety. It is especially true for Rafael, for whom she has been longing secretly for years. Rafael Santiago, an ex-pirate, now Dark-Hunter is fascinated by Celena’s fierce beauty, and strict protectiveness. Af I've read only A Hard Day's Night Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon “You can't go through life alone. Trust me on this one. It's lonely as hell.” Short and satisfying. Celena, a Squire, who lives for the rules, is in constant worry for the ones under her care, and does everything to ensure their safety. It is especially true for Rafael, for whom she has been longing secretly for years. Rafael Santiago, an ex-pirate, now Dark-Hunter is fascinated by Celena’s fierce beauty, and strict protectiveness. After an almost fatal, but luckily ended adventure they confess their feelings for each other, and live happily ever after. I’m amazed again by the fact that Ms. Kenyon is able to jam incredibly many things into only a couple of pages: humor, background story, emotions, a Daimon attack, an Apollite wedding, surprises, action, erotica, and Acheron. Nicely done! (Too bad it is short.) Originally posted on my blog. My favorite quotes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Read to fill the “Supernatural” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card. A collection of short fiction—these are almost always a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed all but one of the stories and my favourites were “Tacky” by Charlaine Harris and “Dead Man’s Chest” by Rachel Caine. Not surprising, as I am familiar with both authors. There are lots of vampires and werewolves of course, but I loved the cursed pirate ship in Rachel Caine’s story and the spookily good Elvis impersonator in P.N. Elrod’s “All Sh Read to fill the “Supernatural” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card. A collection of short fiction—these are almost always a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed all but one of the stories and my favourites were “Tacky” by Charlaine Harris and “Dead Man’s Chest” by Rachel Caine. Not surprising, as I am familiar with both authors. There are lots of vampires and werewolves of course, but I loved the cursed pirate ship in Rachel Caine’s story and the spookily good Elvis impersonator in P.N. Elrod’s “All Shook Up.” Definitely a worthwhile read if you enjoy any of the contributing authors or are looking for something new. I must say I wish there were more pirates in the urban fantasy genre!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Generally I prefer anthologies with fewer authors and longer stories. I only got this so I could read the Dresden story by Jim Butcher. I read a few others by authors I like and only flipped through the rest. Jim Butcher's story was very good. He does a good job of introducing all of the elements in the series as a natural part of the story, so it's a strong stand-alone story for people who haven't read any of the series. And if this was my introduction to the series, I'd be ordering the first b Generally I prefer anthologies with fewer authors and longer stories. I only got this so I could read the Dresden story by Jim Butcher. I read a few others by authors I like and only flipped through the rest. Jim Butcher's story was very good. He does a good job of introducing all of the elements in the series as a natural part of the story, so it's a strong stand-alone story for people who haven't read any of the series. And if this was my introduction to the series, I'd be ordering the first book right now, it was a fun, if very short, story. Ironically, the story by Charlaine Harris was too long and not very enjoyable. It's about a vampire/werewolf wedding that takes place in Rhodes, so I'm assuming it's the pack that Alcide is a member of. But none of the characters were familiar. It was really funny or interesting, just ok. Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter story was actually very good. I don't usually like romance novels that much, but this had a lot of humor and a fun story. And a very sexy man! The premise seems a bit different, mixing up vampires and Greek mythology and a few original elements. I'm not sure that I want to read whole novels of these stories, but I'm intrigued. And a (rather long) short story was great.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    At first I wasn't sure what exactly this was. I knew it had supernatural elements, but was it romance, horror or comedy? Well, it turns out that My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding is kind of a mix of all three, and each of its featured short stories are full of imaginative, creepy beings, from vampires to werewolves. Definitely a great book, although not one of my absolute favourites.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews

    2 Stars: I have read books from most of the authors in this book and loved the books they wrote. I found this book to be entertaining. However, It was hard to get through. It seems that the stories were just thrown together to piece together a book. I didn’t like the book. However, the characters were borderline from unlikable to a few exceptions the plot was a bit poor. The writing was poor at worst and bad at best. I developed some interest in the book but not enough to sustain me. If part of a 2 Stars: I have read books from most of the authors in this book and loved the books they wrote. I found this book to be entertaining. However, It was hard to get through. It seems that the stories were just thrown together to piece together a book. I didn’t like the book. However, the characters were borderline from unlikable to a few exceptions the plot was a bit poor. The writing was poor at worst and bad at best. I developed some interest in the book but not enough to sustain me. If part of a series, at least one thing peeked my interest to continue. Even though the plot was uninteresting, not original or unique in any way and contained an overload of pretense, the romance was a little better but the romance was still flawed. The male/female lead was possibly abusive, verbal/physical or both, boring, or had no to very little chemistry with love interest, etc. Everything was too easily predictable. Overall, ok maybe some redeeming value!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    I only read the Harry Dresden short story about Billy and Georgia's wedding. It was funny, and hectic, of course! Georgia is replaced by a Fae in glamour, and nobody, including Billy knows that. Harry figures it out and is trying to find the real Georgia before the wedding takes place. "What happens to him if he marries a faerie?" "Conservatives get real upset," I said absently. "But, I'm not sure, magically speaking..." Faerie, ax murderer - different methods, same results!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    Since Urban Fantasy is my favorite series, it's impossible for me not to be drawn into a themed anthology featuring some characters I already follow and some characters I haven't met yet. The stories are mainly cozy, quaint, and humorous, but there is a serious shadow in a few of them. The cover is adorable with the cake and decorations befitting the genre - and of course with this kind of mixture you can expect all sorts of supernatural beings (vamps, shapeshifters, demons, witches, the undead. Since Urban Fantasy is my favorite series, it's impossible for me not to be drawn into a themed anthology featuring some characters I already follow and some characters I haven't met yet. The stories are mainly cozy, quaint, and humorous, but there is a serious shadow in a few of them. The cover is adorable with the cake and decorations befitting the genre - and of course with this kind of mixture you can expect all sorts of supernatural beings (vamps, shapeshifters, demons, witches, the undead.) As with any anthology, the offering is a mixed bag, but I'm happy to report that overall the offerings make the bag pretty. The first short story, Spellbound, is a cute thing that succeeds at being humorous. From the spoof play of the old rival between Hatfields and the McCoys, to the lust induced cravings of young couples holding off till the wedding, to disasters that befall best men and maids of honor, it's a riot. Not perfect (the field melodrama carries on too much at times and there's not wrap-up explanation about the very beginning), but some fun stuff. I'll always miss L.A. Banks, RIP. Something Borrowed was yet another reminder to myself that I need to majorly catch up with the Harry Dresden series. Although choppy, it's fun and cute. Harry is a fill-in best man for a were friend about to tie the knot, but when he finds the missing bride, he also finds trouble. Bob makes a needed appearance with his corny tradmark lines. Worthy if you're a fan of the series, fast paced. The third story, Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine, is easily my favorite. Pirates, betrayal, surprise twists, a little romance thrown in, humor, enjoyable characters- both heroes and villains - there's not much more I can ask for. I do need to find more of this author - fast. All Shook Up - I did enjoy the Elvis wedding story - it was more about the magic of Elvis than anything. How the paranormal came into play was decent. Not my favorite story, but a decent one. Would be great for Elvis fans. Charmed by the moon by Lori Handeland was well written and I like the author's technique with words. I can tell the main character would get on my nerves quick with attitude in a series, though. The story is a good one, sweet, and blending in Indian lore for Will - her intended's - sake. Tacky - The Charlaine Harris story is set in Sookieverse with Dahlia but without Sookie or any of the main book characters. Not the best story but cute and amusing. Light in structure but it's fun enough. A Hard Day's Night Searcher - I'm not familiar with the world and the legends that go along with it, but it wasn't really necessary. Jeff was especially funny as the teenage squire who keeps screwing things up. Raphael wasn't the most dimensional but he was amusing as well. Not the best story but one of them. Sherrilyn Kennon writes humor with ease. ...Or Forever Hold Your Peace - The last story seemed well constructed with several deep layers of twists, but it was one of those where you really need to know the overlying story, series, etc., to get into it and understand it enough to care. The writing isn't back but it's a little old fashioned for an Urban Fantasy series I haven't read. Think it's more for already established fans.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews When reading anthologies, I usually pick up one novella here and there to fill in gaps between longer books and rarely read them straight through. With that being the case, I've decided to post reviews of each story as I finish it. Reviews on the remaining novellas and the overall book rating will be forthcoming.:-) *newest review for this anthology Spellbound by L. A. Banks - Spellbound was an interesting romantic novella that wasn’t quite like anything I’ve read before. Reviewed for THC Reviews When reading anthologies, I usually pick up one novella here and there to fill in gaps between longer books and rarely read them straight through. With that being the case, I've decided to post reviews of each story as I finish it. Reviews on the remaining novellas and the overall book rating will be forthcoming.:-) *newest review for this anthology Spellbound by L. A. Banks - Spellbound was an interesting romantic novella that wasn’t quite like anything I’ve read before. It was a fun, rather madcap story in which we get modern-day versions of the Hatfields and the McCoys, except in this scenario, they’re African-American practitioners of voodoo magic. Jefferson and Odelia, the hero and heroine, met at college and fell in love despite their feuding families, and each of them have eerie commonalities in their backgrounds which form a yin and yang of sorts. They both also have a celibacy spell over their heads, so that if they make love without being married, one or both of them it seems will die (I wasn’t entirely clear on that part, though). They’re having an increasingly difficult time waiting, so they’re planning a surprise wedding to coincide with their families being in town for their college graduations. The only problem is that when their families find out ahead of time, they start working spells to keep them apart. Because of the brevity of the story, we don’t get to know Jefferson and Odelia very well. All we really learn about is the feud, the commonalities I spoke of, and that they’re quite simply madly in love and want nothing more than to be married. However, they seem like a very sweet couple, and because of the celibacy spell, it appears to be implied, though not outright stated, that they’re both virgins, which is pretty unusual in a romance. I was certainly rooting for them to make it to the altar before disaster struck. I liked both of their grandmothers, who are from the Robinson and Jones families and had children who married into the feud. They really go to bat for their grandkids and although the Hatfields and McCoys do stir up some trouble, I loved the way their spells backfired on them, which was really funny. The only thing I had difficulty with is that it started to get confusing with so many characters in such a short story. Otherwise, though, I enjoyed Spellbound and can recommend it. Star Rating: **** Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher - Something Borrowed is a short, thirty-page novella that falls between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty in the Dresden Files series chronology. It features the wedding of Harry’s friends, Billy and Georgia, the leaders of the Alphas werewolf pack. Harry is the best man, so when Billy can’t reach Georgia and is caught up in appeasing his soon to be monster-in-law, he sends Harry to check on her. Much to Harry’s dismay, he finds their apartment trashed, Georgia missing, and traces of fairy activity. Using a tracking spell, Harry, with the help of Murphy and Bob, must rescue Georgia and get her to the wedding before Billy unknowingly marries the wrong woman. This was a really fun novella that I very much enjoyed reading. The interplay between Harry, Murphy, and Bob was sharp and witty, while Murphy’s introduction to Bob was great for a laugh. Harry and Murphy always work well together, and the attraction between them (at least on Harry’s side) is slowly building, making me wonder what might happen in future books of the series. It was great to see Billy and Georgia get their happy ending, even though it didn’t exactly go as planned. But it did have a touch of fairy tale magic in an evil stepmother and true-love’s kiss, which I loved. Overall, this was a great little foray into Harry’s world that leaves me wanting to revisit it soon. Something Borrowed was originally published in this multi-author anthology but was later reprinted in the single-author anthology, Side Jobs, along with several other novellas in the Dresden Files series. Star Rating: ***** *Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine - I’ve never read anything by Rachel Caine before, but it’s been in the back of my mind to perhaps try her out sometime. Dead Man's Chest gave me a nice, little introduction to her work without a huge time commitment. It’s an entertaining story that has a Pirates of the Caribbean vibe to it. Our heroine, Cecilia, is an ordinary girl who’s been dating Ian, a drop-dead gorgeous romance cover model for two months. She can’t quite figure out what someone like him sees in someone like her and it doesn’t entirely feel right when he starts talking marriage. As the story opens, Ian has taken Cecilia to the docks where he has a pirate ship awaiting them for a quickie ceremony. She reluctantly goes along with it, only to find out that her uneasy feelings regarding Ian were right and that the crew of said pirate ship aren’t entirely human. I had somewhat mixed feelings about our hero and heroine. At first I had a hard time respecting Cecilia. As a follower and a peacemaker, I understand sometimes going along with the crowd and not wanting to rock the boat, but even though something feels off about the entire wedding thing and she doesn’t really want to marry Ian, she still allows him to railroad her into it. After she discovers that he’s a no-good scoundrel, she does grow a backbone and that’s when I started to like her more. The real hero of the story is Liam Lockhart, the cursed ship’s captain. Despite behaving like a scalawag in the beginning, he’s the one who steps in to save Cecilia from her doom. While he wouldn’t necessarily be my ideal romance hero, he did grow on me as the story progressed. Overall, I enjoyed Dead Man's Chest. It was a creative story that had some humor and was fun to read. I’m not sure if Rachel Caine is technically considered a romance author, although I know some of my romance reading friends have recommended her work. It seems like she generally leans more toward fantasy and suspense that has a touch of romance in it, and that’s how I would categorize Dead Man's Chest. It’s a paranormal story that involves something about halfway between ghosts and zombies, which was fun. But the romance was a little weak. The focus is more on the fantasy element of the curse, while the character and relationship building is more of an afterthought. It does have a cute HEA, which I was doubting would happen for a while. So overall, this novella was an amusing diversion that left me open to trying more of Rachel Caine’s work. Dead Man's Chest is the first in her There Be Pirates novella duet. Star Rating: **** “All Shook Up” by P. N. Elrod - The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Esther M. Friesner - Charmed by the Moon by Lori Handeland - Tacky by Charlaine Harris - A Hard Day's Night-Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon - A Hard Day's Night-Searcher was a pretty typical Dark-Hunter story, but an extremely short one. The most unique thing about it is that it features two persons of color as the hero and heroine, which in my experience is pretty unusual for a popular, mainstream romance series. Otherwise, there wasn't anything particularly new or groundbreaking in this novella that hasn't been seen before in the Dark-Hunter series. I liked both the hero and heroine in this story. Rafael first appeared as a secondary character in Sins of the Night, and like that book, A Hard Day's Night-Searcher also takes place in Mississippi. In his human life, Rafael was a pirate, but in his three centuries of being a Dark-Hunter, he has mellowed considerably. Celena is a squire for another Dark-Hunter, Ephani (also from Sins of the Night), but Rafe takes advantage of a situation with his own squire to get Celena to work with him for a week. It was pretty amusing how Celena was so anal about her job that she nearly drove Rafael crazy in a matter of days, but when he learned why she was that way, it was a rather touching moment. However, the novella is so brief, there isn't really any space for meaningful character or relationship development. Celena was apparently already in love with Rafael long before the story began, and Rafe went from lust to love literally in the span of a heartbeat. Rafael and Celena did get to have one quick but wild adventure, accidentally crashing an Apollite wedding reception, but as I mentioned before there wasn't much else besides the usual Dark-Hunter stuff going on here. It pains me to say so, but even Acheron's appearance was a bit lackluster. Since this novella didn't add anything to the overall mythology or story-arc of the series, it could easily be read as a stand-alone or possibly even skipped, but for those readers who prefer to read series in order it falls between Dark Side of the Moon and The Dream-Hunter in the Dark-Hunter chronology. Considering the brevity of the story, A Hard Day's Night-Searcher was a decent and fairly enjoyable read for what it was, but still didn't really reignite my enthusiasm for the series. Star Rating: ***1/2 “...Or Forever Hold Your Peace” by Susan Krinard -

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I didn't love it. In fact it took me a month to read it. I'd flip through the stories, read one, skip the next...I eventually read all of them. I didn't like the L.A. Banks story at all, but then again, I hated "Minion." If I tried to write as "ethnic" as she does, my review would say, "Oh vey! The schmaltz in that story made me messhugana! So much mishigas for a little shtup!" Enough already. I liked the Charlaine Harris story, that was worth reading. Overall, phooey on this collection. I've re I didn't love it. In fact it took me a month to read it. I'd flip through the stories, read one, skip the next...I eventually read all of them. I didn't like the L.A. Banks story at all, but then again, I hated "Minion." If I tried to write as "ethnic" as she does, my review would say, "Oh vey! The schmaltz in that story made me messhugana! So much mishigas for a little shtup!" Enough already. I liked the Charlaine Harris story, that was worth reading. Overall, phooey on this collection. I've read novels by most of the authors and enjoyed them more than the individual stories here, with the exception of Jim Butcher; I didn't like his Dresden books but thought the story here was well written and interesting. I really like the paranormal genre so this book was a dissapointment for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daiva

    Review of Charlaine Harris - "Tacky" story ONLY.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL WEDDING - 3.2 out of 5 STARS "Spellbound" by L. A. Banks - 2 Stars I thought this story was weird and hard to follow sometimes. "Something Borrowed" by Jim Butcher - 3 Stars I thought this story was interesting but it might have been easier to follow if I'd read others in the series. "Dead Man's Chest" by Rachel Caine - 3.5 Stars This story was weird at first but I felt it got better after Ian pushed Cecilia overboard and she fell for Lockhart. I felt the curse was interesting, MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL WEDDING - 3.2 out of 5 STARS "Spellbound" by L. A. Banks - 2 Stars I thought this story was weird and hard to follow sometimes. "Something Borrowed" by Jim Butcher - 3 Stars I thought this story was interesting but it might have been easier to follow if I'd read others in the series. "Dead Man's Chest" by Rachel Caine - 3.5 Stars This story was weird at first but I felt it got better after Ian pushed Cecilia overboard and she fell for Lockhart. I felt the curse was interesting, too. "All Shook Up" by P. N. Elrod - 5 Stars I loved the whole Elvis thing, as I am a ridiculously huge Elvis fan. I wished it could have been a full-length because I know I would have liked it. I would have liked to see more development of Frankie and Rick's relationship. "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" - Esther Friesner - 1 Star I thought this story was weird and I didn't like it. The mythology aspect was cool but everything else was just weird. I felt that the ending was creepy since the guy was old enough to be her father. "Charmed by the Moon" by Lori Handeland - 2.5 I thought this was an interesting story but it was not the best. I liked the other novella of his that I read previously better than this one. "Tacky" by Charlaine Harris - 5 Stars I liked this story and felt that it was nice to get into Harris' world of vampires and werewolves through other characters. I loved Dahlia and Todd. The fight at the end was totally boss and I'm pretty sure I was smiling throughout the whole thing. "A Hard Day's Night-Searcher" by Sherrilyn Kenyon - 5 Stars I absolutely loved Rafael. He was sarcastic, funny, sexy, intelligent. And I loved Celena even though she drove him crazy. It was totally awesome how she came and protected him. I thought it was hilarious that Jeff told the story of the Dark-Hunters and Apollites and didn't understand how he was in the wrong since he changed the names. I love that Ash killed Rafael for them so Celena could give him his soul back. And, I was glad there was sex in this story; for heaven's sake, this was the only story in the whole anthology that had sex and by this point I was going crazy. "...Or Forever Hold Your Peace" by Susan Krinard - 2.5 Stars This story was a little weird, and it might have been better if I'd read others in the series and knew more about the world it took place in. The end got a little creepy with the Kate/Emma fight in the one body. I did love Kit and Olivia, however, and wanted them to be together, and I loved when he protected her.

  13. 5 out of 5

    H.A.

    This book was like a gift from the fiction gods for me, containing stories from almost every one of my current favorite paranormal and dark fantasy writers. All the stories were degrees of good or great, but the best surprise was from my old fandom friend Rachel Caine (Roxanne Conrad), a twisty-fun pirate romp called "Dead Man's Chest", an awesome homage to the Pirates of the Caribbean and how much we all want to jump Captain Jack Sparrow no matter what we say in public. *G* Well worth the cost o This book was like a gift from the fiction gods for me, containing stories from almost every one of my current favorite paranormal and dark fantasy writers. All the stories were degrees of good or great, but the best surprise was from my old fandom friend Rachel Caine (Roxanne Conrad), a twisty-fun pirate romp called "Dead Man's Chest", an awesome homage to the Pirates of the Caribbean and how much we all want to jump Captain Jack Sparrow no matter what we say in public. *G* Well worth the cost of admission!

  14. 5 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    Like most anthologies some of the stories in this collection were better than otherst. It might have just been be but I felt lost with "A Hard Day's Night Searcher". I felt that because I hadn’t read any of the Dark Hunter books I was lost on the 2 species involved in the story. I did enjoy some of the stories, mostly the ones that made me laugh. My favorites were: 1. Spellbound 2. Dead Man's Chest 3. The Wedding of Wylda Serene 4. Charmed by the Moon ** Since I always love pointing out book covers, l Like most anthologies some of the stories in this collection were better than otherst. It might have just been be but I felt lost with "A Hard Day's Night Searcher". I felt that because I hadn’t read any of the Dark Hunter books I was lost on the 2 species involved in the story. I did enjoy some of the stories, mostly the ones that made me laugh. My favorites were: 1. Spellbound 2. Dead Man's Chest 3. The Wedding of Wylda Serene 4. Charmed by the Moon ** Since I always love pointing out book covers, let me add that I loved this one. Creepy gothic cake! Yum! **

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miss Kim

    Sherrilyn Kenyon "A Hard Day's Night-Searcher" - Dark-Hunter This is a romantic short story about Raphel, the dark-hunter and his love for a squire. It's short and sweet, with a brief appearance by Acheron.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Books

    SPELLBOUND by L. A. Banks (2.5 stars) If you’re a fan of erotica, you’ll enjoy the first half of this story. I didn’t, because I’m not a fan. But the rest of it was okay. I haven’t read any of this author’s books before, and I don’t think I will. SOMETHING BORROWED by Jim Butcher (4.5 stars) I enjoyed this short story immensely. I’m a huge fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, so it was great spending a few pages with Harry, Bob and Murphy. This quirky short is hilarious, action-packed and massively en SPELLBOUND by L. A. Banks (2.5 stars) If you’re a fan of erotica, you’ll enjoy the first half of this story. I didn’t, because I’m not a fan. But the rest of it was okay. I haven’t read any of this author’s books before, and I don’t think I will. SOMETHING BORROWED by Jim Butcher (4.5 stars) I enjoyed this short story immensely. I’m a huge fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, so it was great spending a few pages with Harry, Bob and Murphy. This quirky short is hilarious, action-packed and massively entertaining. DEAD MAN'S CHEST by Rachel Caine (4.5 stars) A very entertaining short, and quite unique. I’ve never read any of this author’s books before, but I was impressed by this little pirate romance. 'ALL SHOOK UP' by P. N. Elrod (4 stars) I loved this quirky short…the first three quarters of it anyway. It made me laugh and I read most of it with a smile on my face. I loved that it brought Elvis back to life. Just a pity the ending, when the wedding was over, was a bit of a let down. THE WEDDING OF WYLDA SERENE by Esther M. Friesner (5 stars) This one was without a doubt my absolutefavorite of this anthology. It was a laugh a minute! If Friesner’s writing is always this exquisite and her stories this charming, I definitely want to read more of her works. CHARMED BY THE MOON by Lori Handeland (4 stars) Although I don’t enjoy books or movies with a werewolf theme, I liked this story very much. TACKY by Charlaine Harris (3.5 stars) I loved Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels and for a long time she was my number one favorite author. I enjoyed this novella by her, but I expected it to be better. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT-SEARCHER by Sherrilyn Kenyon (4 stars) I’ve heard many good things about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books, though I haven’t read any of her novels yet. I enjoyed most of this novella, but didn’t care for the erotica or the ending. The witty dialogue between the characters had me in stiches. The epilogue seemed tacked on as though the author suddenly remembered she was supposed to write something about a wedding, which she hadn’t planned on making part of her story in the first place. …OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE by Susan Krinard (2.5 stars) I breathed a sigh of relief when I reached the last page of the final story. It was entertaining, but not enough to keep my interest. I couldn’t wait for it to end.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Liked most of the stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rhianna

    Gives a whole new meaning to 'wedded bliss'... When a simple, traditional wedding just won't do, you get together several popular paranormal fantasy authors and bam! You get a wedding worth remembering. [SPELLBOUND:] by L.A. Banks is a lively tale of two families notorious in their feud and moreso for their voodoo. When the son of one and the daughter of the other fall in love they risk an all-out war of magics between their aunts and uncles just to get married. With her usual attention to cultur Gives a whole new meaning to 'wedded bliss'... When a simple, traditional wedding just won't do, you get together several popular paranormal fantasy authors and bam! You get a wedding worth remembering. [SPELLBOUND:] by L.A. Banks is a lively tale of two families notorious in their feud and moreso for their voodoo. When the son of one and the daughter of the other fall in love they risk an all-out war of magics between their aunts and uncles just to get married. With her usual attention to cultural detail and a heavy dose of slangy dialog this one was a little tough to swallow but Banks delivers flavor like none other. 3/5 stars [SOMETHING BORROWED:] by Jim Butcher brings the world of Harry Dresden onto the wedding ciruit and into a patch of faerie trouble. When werewolves Billy and Georgia attempt to get married an old grudge comes back to haunt them and it's up to Harry to make sure that the wedding goes on. I've still never ready the Dresden books and that made this story a little confusing not sure how fans of the series would feel. 2/5 stars [DEAD MAN'S CHEST:] by Rachel Caine is a wild yarn about a wedding at sea and attempted-murder most foul. Ian is a man almost too good to be true when he whisks Cecilia off on a wedding cruise that will change their lives. I am a huge sucker for a pirate story and this one delivered quite well even if the romance was a bit too rushed for my tastes. 5/5 stars ["ALL SHOOK UP":] by P.N. Elrod brings the catering crew and entertainment at a reception into the light as an Elvis impersonator and head caterer strike up an attraction. Toss in a special magic, a model and a wrestler and you get one crazy wedding that won't be easily forgetable. This story was so different but well characterised I couldn't help but like it. 4/5 stars [THE WEDDING OF WYLDA SERENE:] by Esther M. Friesner throws the book at the uppercrust and their snooty ways as they try to find a way to prevent chaos at The Club where a wedding is to take place. Mixing mythology and dry humor this one pokes fun at high society's strictures. I loved how this one was narrated but the story was a little choppy and strange. 2/5 stars [CHARMED BY THE MOON:] by Lori Handleland is a story of Native American myth and a wedding that could be stopped by questionable magics. Werewolves are the bad guys who may have set the trouble up but sometimes lovers just need to trust their feelings. I'm not sure if this ties into Handeland's series at all but it felt like these characters were from another story. Loved the Native American mythology use and the hero and heroine were well suited to one another. 3/5 stars [TACKY:] by Charlaine Harris is set in the Southern Vampire Mysteries world but isn't focused on Sookie. When a vampire and a werewolf decide to get married it causes all kinds of comflict for the bride and groom least of which is the fact that their races hate one another! I've only recently become remotely familiar with this world and love the way it is presented, this story was cute and an interesting look at the vampire and werewolf politics Harris has created. 5/5 stars [A HARD DAY'S NIGHT-SEARCHER:] by Sherrilyn Kenyon plops you down into the world of the Dark Hunters where a young squire with delusions of grandeur has written and gotten published with a short story that is a blatant rip-off of the REAL Dark Hunters. To protect his squire a Dark Hunter has to keep the female squire he has the hots for busy and maybe get her to break a few rules along the way. There's a lot of plot packed into this short story but it comes off strangely well if you're a fan of Kenyon's Dark Hunters this is a decent read. 4/5 stars ["...OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE":] by Susan Krinard is a historical tale of a wedding interupted by a mysterious man, an even more mysterious death and a kidnapping. When a group of friends must sort out the truth using their inherited magics they're in for a big surprise. Really interesting conceptually but a little confusing this one would have made a better full length novel. 3/5 stars Overall this was a pretty good sampler of authors and I loved the diversity of writing styles. It was fun to see familiar authors writing outside of their series (Banks, Caine) and to see a few were tied to others (Butcher, Harris, Kenyon). Not my favorite anthology about weddings but certainly one for fans of the well known authors included within.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Spellbound" by L. A. Banks was a very nice start to this anthology! Odelia and Jefferson are so in love, and want to get married on the same day they graduate from college because all their family will be there. With this match made in heaven, what could possibly go wrong? (Beside the fact that both their families are into witchcraft, and have been feuding for decades casting spells on one another.) This was a nice southern-style short that was entertaining, and gave the real feel of being "dow "Spellbound" by L. A. Banks was a very nice start to this anthology! Odelia and Jefferson are so in love, and want to get married on the same day they graduate from college because all their family will be there. With this match made in heaven, what could possibly go wrong? (Beside the fact that both their families are into witchcraft, and have been feuding for decades casting spells on one another.) This was a nice southern-style short that was entertaining, and gave the real feel of being "down" south for a wedding! "Something Borrowed" is another great short story by Jim Butcher! It features local wizard, part-time sleuth Harry Dresden as the best man in his good friends' Billy and Georgia's wedding. Unfortunately all is not going according to plan when no one can find the bride, and only traces of faerie magic is found in Georgia's last known location. Jim Butcher writes about very comical, complex, and awesome characters, and this short was a nice addition to the wedding motif set in this anthology. "Dead Man's Chest" by Rachel Caine reminds me of "Pirates of the Carribean" meets the girl next door with Fabio as her soon-to-be husband. Cecelia thinks she struck gold when she meets her drop-dead gorgeous fiancee Ian, and he whisks her away on a pirate cruise ship to take their vows. What neither of them realize is how "authentic" this pirate ship is, and Cecelia soon discovers there is more to the dark, dangerous, and sensual Captain Lockhart than meets the eye. I really liked this short tale of pirates, damsels, greed, and curses. It was very entertaining, and had me enthralled from the first few pages! "All Shook Up" by P. N. Elrod was a quirky little short that told the story of Frankie, a caterer with a gift for "reading" people, and her run-in with an Elvis impersonator during one of her wedding gigs that seems just a bit too authentic to be just another Elvis wanna-be. Cute and fun, this story fit right in with the others in this book. "The Wedding of Wylda Serene" by Esther M. Friesner details the wedding plans of the granddaughter from a prominent family who wants to get married in the prestigious Club, that just happens to attract mythological and supernatural creatures during any event with groups of people in attendance. This was a funny and interesting story that had plenty of surprises, and integrated the aristocratic atmosphere in the story. "Charmed by the Moon" by Lori Handeland brought forth an interesting story of wedding jitters taken to the supernatural extreme. Jess and Will have decided to get married on the reservation of Will's Native American tribe. Of course, they aren't your normal, average couple: They are hunters of the demonic creatures, mainly werewolves, who rome the earth and wreak havoc amongst humankind. When they find a magical talisman that binds them together forever on the day of their wedding, both Jess and Will have decide if love they feel for one another is real, or is it all part of the spell and, more importantly, should they get married if they were never meant to be? Fast-paced and humorous short, I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and their storyline. "Tacky" by Charlaine Harris introduces vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers as the maid of honor to her nest mate and friend Taffy's, also a vampire, upcoming wedding to Werewolf packmaster Don. This short is very entertaining, and I hope to see more stories about Dahlia in the future. "A Hard Day's Night-Searcher" by Sherrilyn Kenyon was another entertaining short in this anthology about former pirate now Dark-Hunter Rafael and his pursuit of by-the-book, follow all the rules Squire Celena. When his current Squire Jeff writes a short story that exposes Dark-Hunter secrets and has it published, it's up to Rafe to try to save his Squire by seducing Celena the person sent to take Jeff into custody for punishment. Nice addition to the Dark-Hunter series. "... Or Forever Hold Your Peace" by Susan Krinard follows the story of an early English couple attempting to marry until a stranger interrupts the ceremony, and ends up dead on the church steps. At first the story is a little hokey, but it ends up being pretty good, and the supernatural elements become very entertaining. Overall, this anthology was not only humorous but entertaining to the nth degree! I basically enjoyed each and every story in this anthology, and recommend it to all Urban Fantasty Romance buffs!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I can't believe I'm writing this but I really liked this anthology. I usually find them tiring and repetitive, but this collection is excellent. The stories are varied enough that I felt it necessary to comment on them individually. L.A.Banks Spellbound - Banks is a great writer and it’s no surprise that she manages to make a story that ,though a bit weak when it comes to action, keeps the story moving at a great pace and adds some dashes of fun. Jim Butcher Something Borrowed - Butcher can alway I can't believe I'm writing this but I really liked this anthology. I usually find them tiring and repetitive, but this collection is excellent. The stories are varied enough that I felt it necessary to comment on them individually. L.A.Banks Spellbound - Banks is a great writer and it’s no surprise that she manages to make a story that ,though a bit weak when it comes to action, keeps the story moving at a great pace and adds some dashes of fun. Jim Butcher Something Borrowed - Butcher can always be counted on to keep things interesting. And I always appreciate how you can enjoy his short stories without being fully cognizant of everything that has to do with the Dresden Files world. Rachel Caine Dead Man’s Chest - Predictable yet excellent storytelling benefits from a charming heroine and a dashing hero. This could have worked out perfectly as a full length novel, it left me wanting more. P. N. Elrod All Shook Up - So fun! Original and quick, the world is set up with just a few lines and the characters are alluring and easily relatable. Esther M. Friesner The Wedding of Wylda Serene - This story was the least appealing to me. The writing style, while evoking an upper-crust way of speaking, felt dull and I just couldn’t get myself to care about any of the characters or the things that were going on. Lori Handeland Charmed by the Moon - I felt a little lost with this one; it has good writing but it felt like I had to be familiar with the world to really get it. The female lead, Jessie, never really meshed with me, she felt like a mix-&-match of genre heroine tropes. The story stands out for including Native American elements, but I couldn’t get into the story. Charlaine Harris Tacky - I admit that to some “True Blood” exhaustion had me dreading this story, but it’s fun, well written and has some great original characters. A wedding between a vampire and a werewolf in a world where it’s been deeply established that they don’t get along is interesting concept and Harris manages it in an interesting and engaging manner. Sherrilyn Kenyon A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher - I’ve read this in other anthologies. I already knew it’s a quick and fun story, but I re-read it anyway because it’s good. The wedding is a minor element in the story and it feels like it was a story Kenyon had lying around and they included it just to get her name on the cover. Susan Krinard “…Or Forever Hold Your Peace” - The story I enjoyed the most; great action, phenomenal world-building, likeable characters, this short story has everything I could ask for in a good story. With a tiny note before the story, Krinard is able to fully explain the great magical twist she gave Victorian England. Kit and Olivia make an excellent match and what little there is of the story totally captivated me and left me wanting a lot more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    This edited work is a lot of fun. We see nine short stories spread over 300 pages. The focus? Weddings and the supernatural. As with all such volumes, some works are more compelling than others. But, for the most part, each story works pretty well. The book opens with a reimagining of the McCoy versus Hatfield feud, with spells meant to keep one from socializing with the other. Here, we see a young McCoy in love with a young Hatfield--risking the damage of a terrible spell. The essay shows how th This edited work is a lot of fun. We see nine short stories spread over 300 pages. The focus? Weddings and the supernatural. As with all such volumes, some works are more compelling than others. But, for the most part, each story works pretty well. The book opens with a reimagining of the McCoy versus Hatfield feud, with spells meant to keep one from socializing with the other. Here, we see a young McCoy in love with a young Hatfield--risking the damage of a terrible spell. The essay shows how they hope to work around the obstacles and get married on their graduation day. This work is okay, but there are some distracting factors for me. Still, it is fun to see how the young people try to work around the spell. A few other examples (no need for a 1,000 word review!). Jim Butcher has created an interesting character, Chicago's only wizard who is also a private investigator (Harry Dresden). There is a missing person on the day of the wedding of one of Harry's friends--the bride! Harry teams with a police officer who investigates weird events in Chicago. Murphy and Harry end up saving the day (if the wedding had gone through with a phony bride masquerading as the real one, Harry's friend would have been in deep trouble! All's well that ends well. The third story is a gem--"Dead Man's Chest" by Rachel Caine. A cad wishes to marry Cecilia, purportedly out of love. In reality, he thinks he'll inherit her money. Venue for the wedding? A pirate ship. Of course, the kicker is that the pirates died long ago and are condemned to live anyhow. This works out well and leads to an improbable conclusion--but fun all along the way! And so on. There are some really wonderful stories here, such as Lori Handeland's "Charmed by the Moon." Charmed by Elvis? Take a look at P. N. Elrod's "All Shook Up." I didn't like it much as it began, but it ended up a charming tale for me. Anyhow, if you're in the mood for werewolves, undead, wizards, spells, and weddings, you might give this a look.

  22. 4 out of 5

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ★★★★★ My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding A Hard Days Night Search by Sherrilyn Kenyon (book 10.5 in Dark Hunter Series) A Hard Day's Night-Searcher. I love the novellas that go along with the Dark Hunter Series. This one starts off with a squire, Jeff, getting in trouble, by his Dark Hunter, Rafael. Jeff has jeopardized the DH secret. He has published a story, that is strikingly similar to the DH secret. Another DH, Ephani, calls to warn that BloodRite Squire, Celena, is on her way over. Rafael has J ★★★★★ My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding A Hard Days Night Search by Sherrilyn Kenyon (book 10.5 in Dark Hunter Series) A Hard Day's Night-Searcher. I love the novellas that go along with the Dark Hunter Series. This one starts off with a squire, Jeff, getting in trouble, by his Dark Hunter, Rafael. Jeff has jeopardized the DH secret. He has published a story, that is strikingly similar to the DH secret. Another DH, Ephani, calls to warn that BloodRite Squire, Celena, is on her way over. Rafael has Jeff hide, before Celena, Ms-I-kill-anything-that-breaks-formation, got ahold of him. When Rafael opened the door, he started getting all kinds of imagines of her, kicking his ass in stilettos. Since DH and Squires are off limits to each other, thus could never be, but he didn't care about rules, and she lived for them. Rafael gets to thinking, wouldn't be a shame for someone so dedicated to rules and her service, to become corrupt...... will Celena be able to stand her ground, or will temptation win? Tacky by Charlaine Harris (A Southern Vampire Tale Series novella 6.1) This is another wedding story in the Sookie books. This one was funny. It has Glenda a younger vampire teaching Dahlia about wedding since they are going to be bridesmaids. Dahlia was turned before brides had attendants and doesn't realizes the horrors of being a bridesmaid. She is horrified by the monstrosities they call bridesmaid gowns. The happy couple are Taffy, a vampire and Don Swiftfoot(Swinton)a wolf. Can everyone make it through the clash of vampire vs were long enough for a wedding?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marianna

    Spellbound by L. A. Banks: Didn't like it or finish it. 1/5 Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher: It had its funny moments, but I didn't love it. 3/5 Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine: This story was my favorite out of the lot. I usually don't really like Caine's stories. I thought it was funny and interesting. 5/5 All Shook Up by P. N. Elrod: It was okay, but I didn't love it. All about Elvis~ 3/5 The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Ester M. Friesner: Didn't like it; didn't finish it. 1/5 Charmed by the Moon Spellbound by L. A. Banks: Didn't like it or finish it. 1/5 Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher: It had its funny moments, but I didn't love it. 3/5 Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine: This story was my favorite out of the lot. I usually don't really like Caine's stories. I thought it was funny and interesting. 5/5 All Shook Up by P. N. Elrod: It was okay, but I didn't love it. All about Elvis~ 3/5 The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Ester M. Friesner: Didn't like it; didn't finish it. 1/5 Charmed by the Moon by Lori Handeland: It was okay, but I didn't love it. 2.5/5 Tacky by Charlaine Harris: I love Harris, and I did enjoy this story set in the world of Sookie Stackhouse. 3.5/5 A Hard Day's Night-Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon: This is the first thing I EVER read by Kenyon. Didn't love it, and the humor and romance annoyed me a bit. 2.5/5 ...Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Susan Krinard: I liked the setting (not that there was much given). The characters were...interesting(ly annoying aka snobs. Why do all these proper English types have to be prudish and snobbish?). I think it had potential, but it failed to deliver. 3/5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    “A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is number 10.5A in her Dark-Hunter series (meaning that it comes in between “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Dream Hunter,” and before the novella “Until Death do We Part,” which is 10.5B, and also before “Fear the Darkness,” which is 10.5C). I only read Ms. Kenyon's short story (so far). I will probably go back and read Charlaine Harris' story, but it doesn't involve Sookie, so I will read that at a latter time. Ms. Kenyon's short story gets 4 s “A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is number 10.5A in her Dark-Hunter series (meaning that it comes in between “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Dream Hunter,” and before the novella “Until Death do We Part,” which is 10.5B, and also before “Fear the Darkness,” which is 10.5C). I only read Ms. Kenyon's short story (so far). I will probably go back and read Charlaine Harris' story, but it doesn't involve Sookie, so I will read that at a latter time. Ms. Kenyon's short story gets 4 stars (that is being generous) because it is a very short story and I have to take that into account. The story was short, sweet, and VERY funny. The love between the hero (Dark-Hunter Rafael) and the heroine (Squire Celena) was not believable because (even though they did not know each other well) they were already half in love with each other before this book started. PLEASE. Anyway, if you can overlook that, then you will enjoy this short story. I did, I laughed out loud at several different parts.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I only read the Harry Dresden story so I feel it's a bit unfair to rate the whole book. As I got the book through interlibrary loan, I don't know if I'll have a chance to read the other stories or not. If I do, I may add more to the review. As for the Dresden story, it totally explains that comment Murphy makes in Small Favor after giving Harry CPR. I like that Butcher references his short stories in the novel and vice versa, but it can make things really odd if you haven't read them in order. It I only read the Harry Dresden story so I feel it's a bit unfair to rate the whole book. As I got the book through interlibrary loan, I don't know if I'll have a chance to read the other stories or not. If I do, I may add more to the review. As for the Dresden story, it totally explains that comment Murphy makes in Small Favor after giving Harry CPR. I like that Butcher references his short stories in the novel and vice versa, but it can make things really odd if you haven't read them in order. It was a sweet, simple story. Way simpler than one of the novels, but that's to expected since it is a short story. It didn't seem like enough, and I wanted more. Yes, I've become addicted to the Dresden Files. In case you hadn't noticed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    *Didn't really care for the LA Banks story. Too much yelling and hexing. *Like the Jim Butcher story. Harry and Murphy are a good team. *I didn't think I'd like the Rachel Caine pirate story, but it turned out to be really good. And it had pirates! *Gave up on the PN Elrod Elvis story. I just don't care. *Gave up on the Esther M. Friesner story, too, after the narrator started to seem misogynistic. *I liked the Handeland. It was short, but sweet. *The Sookie-verse was awesome. *Liked the Dark-hunter st *Didn't really care for the LA Banks story. Too much yelling and hexing. *Like the Jim Butcher story. Harry and Murphy are a good team. *I didn't think I'd like the Rachel Caine pirate story, but it turned out to be really good. And it had pirates! *Gave up on the PN Elrod Elvis story. I just don't care. *Gave up on the Esther M. Friesner story, too, after the narrator started to seem misogynistic. *I liked the Handeland. It was short, but sweet. *The Sookie-verse was awesome. *Liked the Dark-hunter story more than I expected. I'll have to check out that series. *Ugh to the Krinard. I can't stand the annoying investigators.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Unapologetic_Bookaholic

    I only read a couple stories, so I won't rate the entire book. All Shook Up By P N Elrod Features a[n:] Elvis tribute artist as a wedding singer. I liked how the guests were affected by the presence of his striking resemblance and performance. No sex in this story. It was well written and the paranormal element was unique. 3.5 stars* The Wedding of Wylde Serene I did not like. I did finish so I rate it 2 stars. *More to be added as I read the other stories.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson

    So far this is what I've finished so far. Charlaine Harris - Tacky I've noticed that Harris uses the character Dahlia for several of her in-between Sookie stories. I find the different view was more intriguing, and I enjoy this plot. Jim Butcher - Something Borrowed It's Billy and Georgia's wedding, and guess who got roped into being the back-up best man. Though something's not quite right after getting a weird call. Finally I get somewhat of an explanation about the fungus demons.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    The only reason I bought this book was for the Dark-Hunter story. I did read the book in it's entirety. I will rate the stories individually. Spellbound 1 star Something Borrowed 1 star Dead Man's Chest 1 star All Shook Up 2 stars The Wedding of Wylda Serene 3 stars Charmed by the Moon 3 stars Tacky 3 stars A Hard Days Night Searcher 4 stars Or Forever Hold your Peace 2 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daelith

    Spellbound - 1 star Something Borrowed - 4 stars Dead Man's Chest - 2.5 stars All Shook Up - 3 stars Wedding of Wylda Serene - 1/2 star --- Yawn Charmed By the Moon - 3 stars Tacky - 3.5 stars A Hard Days Night Search - 3 stars Or Forever Hold Your Peace - 2.5 stars

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