Everlasting Bad Boys
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Everlasting Bad Boys
Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden and Noelle Mack
320 pages
September 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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This collection of short stories contains three very different tales, each with their own charm.

'Can't Get Enough' by Shelly Laurenston follows the playboy dragon Ailean, who's always getting in trouble - usually at the hands of a woman. When he has to take responsibility for Shalin the Innocent, a quiet dragoness, he discovers that there's more to Shalin than the other dragons think. As he teaches her how to live with humans, and that horses and puppies aren't dragon food but pets, he begins to discover what's important and what's worth fighting over. This story is the longest of the three, taking up about half the book; although original in its ideas, it lacks slightly in other ways but is nonetheless a decent read.

'Spellbound' by Cynthia Eden features a slightly familiar by still enjoyable storyline. Serena is a witch, and in order to protect her coven from a warlock who is attempting to bind them, decides to summon a special kind of demon - a cazalone - who is extremely powerful and can hopefully defeat the warlock. Unfortunately, the demon that she summons, Luis D'Amil, isn't too keen about being wrenched from another job, and even less keen when he realizes how attracted he is to Serena. The two work together to track down the warlock, but Serena's opinions of assassins like the Soul-Hunter might begin to change. This is a good, well-paced read in which both hero and heroine are well-written.

'Turn Me On' by Noelle Mack is the shortest of the three stories and, although enjoyable, its pacing is a bit odd. Beth Danforth goes for a job interview at SpectraSign and finds the new CEO, Justin Watts, a very attractive man. However, when their working relationship moves to something more personal, she finds out Justin's not quite what she originally thought. Can a being of light and a human woman be together without some of his energy rubbing off on her? This story moves in odd leaps occasionally, where a couple of weeks suddenly pass, and it isn't easy to come to grips with how Beth thinks. Justin is written in a rather childlike manner, and I felt some disbelief that he could be a successful CEO. The ending doesn't entirely wrap things up, and I wasn't too sure about the resolution of some of Beth's issues. Still, this story is a reasonable read with an original plotline.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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