Title: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan L. Hawk, Charlie Cochet, Lou Harper, Andrea Speed, Astrid Amara, K.J. Charles
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 – 774 pgs
Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.
Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum
For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.
Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog
When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.
KJ Charles – A Queer Trade
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?
Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious
Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.
Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.
Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex
Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.
Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince
Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.
Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many
Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?
Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
It’s a boring night at the Quik-Mart for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?
Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.
I chose this anthology because one of my favourite authors Jordan Castillo Price was featuring one of my favourite all-time couple’s… Vic and Jacob. I have devoured every word about this sexy, intense duo and couldn’t wait to read more. I was not disappointed, scorching and captivating!!!
What I was pleasantly surprised by was the other stories in the anthology. If you enjoy paranormal with your M/M Romances then this is definitely one to grab!
Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford – 5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story! There were some giggle worth parts of the story and I loved the way the two men built their new partnership. I really liked how the fae mixed in with the humans and the way it was twisted into the landscape that is in San Francisco already. I would totally read more from these two men.
While I haven’t read Rhys Ford, I have heard a lot of about her and was happy to finally get to read some of her work. I wasn’t disappointed and will be for sure picking up more of her stories in the future.
Heat Level: 5 Delicious Stars
Swift and the Black Dog by Ginn Hale – 4 Stars
For a good portion of this story I felt like I was trying to catch up or figure out who was who and what the story was behind each person. Eventually I got it, but I wouldn’t have minded getting it earlier. The overall story was good and I liked the plot once we were told a bit more about where these powers were from and got the background of Jack. However, the connection between the two main characters was lacking for me and felt more like a friendship than anything else.
This was my first story by Ginn Hale, but I really liked the way the intricacies of the story were weaved together for the most part. However, I normally like a bit more romance to my stories than what we got here.
Heat Level: 1 for suggested situations
A Queer Trade by KJ Charles – 4.5 Stars
While I don’t normally care for books that are historical, I did like this story. It took me a little bit to get into, but the further into it I got the more I liked it. There was definitely some different aspects in play here than I anticipated so that was a pleasant surprise. I liked the scene in the marketplace. While I felt like there could’ve been something between our main characters in the beginning the way it ended up going… didn’t work for me, sadly. But then, it did when the sweets came into play. Who doesn’t love a man that wants to help take care of you?
This was my first story by KJ Charles, but the writing style was good and I would likely read more from this author.
Heat Level: 2
Magically Delicious by Nicole Kimberling – 4 Stars
There were certain aspects of this story I loved… Like Gunther and his family. However, it took me a bit to get into the story as I’ve never read anything by Ms. Kimberling before and maybe these characters/story had started elsewhere where readers would be more familiar with the world that was quickly thrown together in the short story. I really enjoyed the time spent in the factory and Carrot Beard.
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns by Jordan Castillo Price – 5 Stars
Another little taste of Vic and Jacob… And as usual, I loved it. I don’t know if you hadn’t read these characters before you’d have loved it so much. However, you just might. The characters are just as witty and funny as usual not to mention the story was well written, just like any of Ms. Price’s other works. So far my favorite story, but these are also two of my favorite characters ever so no surprise there.
The Thirteenth Hex by Jordan L. Hawk – 5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story and the surprises that kept being thrown our way.While I don’t normally care for historical books, this was well written enough that I barely noticed. Excellent story.
The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet – 5 Stars
Oh… another story of Ms. Cochet’s that I LOVED… I love her Thirds series and while this was quite different, I still absolutely loved the world that was built and the energy the characters had.
One Hex Too Many by Lou Harper – 4 Stars
I enjoyed this story… except there was really no romance so I felt like it was a bit out of place in the set. However, that being said there was drama and suspense and I enjoyed it in the end.
Josh of the Damned vs. The Bathroom of Doom by Andrea Speed – 3 Stars
I haven’t read any of this authors other books in this series, but I found this one amusing at least. I don’t know that it was amusing enough to pick up the other books, but I like the humor mixed in with the paranormal activity.
The Trouble with Hexes by Astrid Amara – 5 Stars
This was one of my favorite in the set even though I’ve never read anything by this author before. There was a lot going on and it made me feel so bad for the men, but it’s what totally made it work. It’s so hard for me to like second chance stories, but I liked this one!
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