Four captivating and wonderfully imaginative stories are included here. The characters are intriguing and the worlds they live in well formed and truly inventive, leaving a desire to visit again.
In 2072 San Francisco, Ria Wembley is rescued from an attempted rape by leopard changeling Emmett and his team. Now that she’s under his protection, his pack works to eradicate the threat to the city they claim to as their own while Emmett lays claim to Ria’s heart in Singh’s “Whisper of Sin.” Knight’s “Blood and Roses” has Blood Rose Ameris forced to seduce vampire knight Raniero and soon she’s changing her opinion about the untrustworthiness of vampires. It’s 1853 and Major John Harris inherits an estate in Scotland in “Shifting Sea” by Kantra, which brings him a love he never imagined in fin folk Morwenna. Set on an alternate Earth, “Here There be Monsters” by Brook has Ivy running from Mad Eben Machen — what happens when she’s captured? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)