On the Prowl – Various
I really enjoy a supernatural read, and when I saw this anthology featured a story by Karen Chance, I was sold. I’d not read anything by the other three authors, but this book made me want to look them up!
The book features four novellas, all of which slot into series’ by the included authors. However, although they’ll likely make you want to read the other books, it’s not necessary. On the whole, they work as standalone stories too.
I was immediately hooked on Patricia Briggs’ writing as I started reading her story, Alpha and Omega. This tale about werewolves had me interested straight away. The characters are very strong and the protagonist very likeable. I instantly wanted to know more about her, and how she’d ended up in her situation. The story was engaging throughout and it definitely made me want to read more of her stuff.
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks was a tad more difficult to get into, because there’s a great deal of mystery surrounding the main character. Naturally this is resolved come the end of the story, but it caused me not to engage with her so fully. I did really like the main male character and the sizzling tension between them, but I was a little disappointed with the ending to the tale.
Karen Chance’s offering, Buying Trouble, had me sitting there nodding my head. Having devoured everything else of hers, this was a piece of a puzzle that slotted right in. It’s not needed to add to the story and it also works as a standalone, but if you’ve read everything else, this novella simply tells you more about some of the more minor characters in Chance’s other series. Really tense, action-packed and enjoyable.
Mona Lisa Betwining for me was the weakest of the four stories. I’m not saying it was bad, it certainly wasn’t. I just felt this was a story that didn’t work as well as a standalone because there was so much information missing that it was difficult to get a grasp on the world and the people in it. There was some very hot sex in it, which was a definite bonus! I enjoyed the story, but felt the world and the main character was a little too complex for the brevity of this tale. Having said that, I’d definitely seek out more by the same author, as the writing itself was top notch.
In summary, I’d recommend On the Prowl to fans of supernatural books. If you haven’t read any of these authors, it’s a great introduction and means you get a taster of their work before buying any more books. I’m inclined to say I’ll be seeking out more of their included authors’ work.