by Eve Langlais and Stacey Kennedy
Published May 5th 2011
A mini anthology containing: DEVON'S REDEMPTION by Eve Langlais Bethany lost her one and only love to a war overseas. As if that weren’t bad enough, a brutal attack and claiming by a Lycan makes her life a living hell. She lives only for revenge until the day love comes back into her life and promises to rescue her from her misery. However, the mate who forced her isn’t about to let her go. Devon died on the battlefield only to be reborn as a creature of the night. He fights to stay away from his one true love, but when he caves to his desire and sees her again, he discovers redemption is possible even for one who walks in darkness. CRUZ'S SALVATION by Stacey Kennedy Cruz understands torment. A mortal turned vampire in the war, he has suffered untold loneliness and despair. That is until he meets Kiara—a werewolf he’s forbidden to love. Though Kiara needs Cruz, and wants him forever, werewolves and vampires are bitter enemies. To make matters worse, her Alpha, also her father, suspects that Kiara pines for a mate. Mistaking her sadness for the longing she feels for Cruz, he sets out to give her all the happiness he can provide. Together, Kiara and Cruz will have to fight against the rules placed upon them to hold onto their love. But an unwanted visitor creates a complication neither of them planned for. Milo, Kiara’s chosen mate, has come to stake his claim. Now, not only are lives at risk, but hearts are threatened and dreams hang in the balance.
Once Bitten, Forever Burned was a very sensual and romantic anthology that made a quick little read by two great authors.
In Devon’s Redemption by Eve Langlais we meet Devon, a former soldier who died overseas leaving the only woman he’s ever loved behind. Miraculously he doesn’t perish there though; instead he is reborn into a vampire. Fearing he may put her in danger, Devon stays away from his love for ten long years until he can stand it no more and goes to visit her. The woman he finds though is a drastically different one then the one he left.
Forced into being a lycan and the mate of an alpha, Bethany has been beaten and abused for the last six years. When her one true love shows up, back from the dead, Beth thinks that she can finally have the revenge she has been seeking on her mate and a new start in life; but if he can’t have her, no one can.
The second story, Cruz’s Salvation by Stacey Kennedy, feature’s Devon’s best friend and brother-in-arms, Cruz. Roaming the world alone Cruz has never experienced love until he meets Kiara. But a relationship between a wolf and a vampire is forbidden so they meet secretly for months. When Kiara begs for him to finally take her though Cruz realizes that he must make a decision, either take Kiara away from everything she knows to be with him or leave her all together so that she may go on with her life.
Being the alpha’s daughter, Kiara knows that falling for a vampire would be considered treason but she can’t help how her heart feels. Having to sneak around and hide her feelings for Cruz begins to take their toll on her however and thinking Kiara’s sadness comes from the lack of a mate, her father arranges her to bond with another alpha. Unable to even contemplate being with any other male besides Cruz, Kiara runs to him begging him to take her away. When they’re found together though things turn deadly and Kiara must choose between the two men she loves most in this world.
I went back and forth between a 3.5 and 4 with this one but I’m sticking with the 4 because both stories flowed so well together. Each was full of romance, action and desire with plenty of smexy scenes heating up the pages. Cruz’s story was much more amorous while most of Devon’s was on the heart breaking side, you questioned if both could ever end happily but not to worry, they do! I liked how they tied into each other so well and for only being a little over a hundred pages each they read like a full length novel. The characters and relationship were well developed and the suspense had me eagerly turning the pages.
A great bite of erotic paranormal romance!
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - LOVED IT!
Sexual Content: Werewolfs + Vampires = Smokin' hot paranormal action between the sheets, against the wall and in the woods!