Some of the best names in paranormal romance put together an anthology that embodies the darkness and seduction of noir, featuring ghosts, vampires, fae, magic, a djinn and even the Devil himself. “The Consort” is a sexy peek into a dangerous and seductive Fae series that will have you adding The Sentinels of New Orleans series to your reading lists, while “Femme Fatale” is a fast-paced mix of detective work and the intoxicating lure of falling in love with a vampire. “Dance With the Devil” is a personal favorite, quite unlike a typical romance story, so full of despair it’s almost heartbreaking, yet riveting in its emotional suspense. Each story is different from the others, and all offer a unique perspective on what noir can bring to the page.
In “Marion Missing,” by Rachel Caine, Warren Valentine accepts a dangerous case related to the death of his partner because he feels guilty, and the ghostly Tilde won’t let him give up. Cynthia Eden brings readers back to traditional noir in “Femme Fatale,” with P.I. Mick Swayne investigating a homicide where the victims are completely drained of blood — and his client just happens to be a beautiful vampire. “Dance With the Devil,” by Megan Hart, tells the story of Kathleen Murphy, who sold her soul to the devil for fame and fortune and must do his bidding, no matter how much it hurts. Suzanne Johnson’s “The Consort” shows half-blood Liandra escaping to New Orleans after being traded to the evil Prince of Summer, and Faulkner Hearne is ordered to bring her back for punishment. Then readers visit Jeffe Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms in “Heart’s Blood,” a fairy-tale retelling about how Princess Natilde was robbed of her identity on the way to marry Prince Cavan and forced to look on while an impostor tries to steal her life. Finally, Mina Kahn brings readers “The Djinn in the Mirror,” the tale of a young witch who promises freedom to a djinn and falls in love instead. (SELF-PUBLISHED, Oct., 562 pp., $18.98)