Love on the Dark Side – Various
As a fan of Black Lace (RIP), erotica and the paranormal, Love on the Dark Side seemed like the perfect read to me. Published a few years back, it finally made its way to the top of my enormous to be read pile. Featuring esteemed authors such as Mathilde Madden, Olivia Knight, Kristina Lloyd, Madelynne Ellis, Janine Ashbless and Portia Da Costa, my expectations were high. Unfortunately, the book didn’t quite live up to it.
However, this was less to do with the authors and the writing, and more to do with the way the book was put together. Yes, all the stories were paranormal, but they were all pretty varying in scope; from vampires and werewolves to incubi, succubi and spirits of those who have passed on. I think within paranormal, people have their favourite sub-genres and therefore they’d rather read more on those particular subjects. I know I would. Of course, this is just my personal opinion, so if you’re a lover of all things supernatural, then go ahead and check out this book.
Real stand out stories in this book for me were Mathilde Madden’s What Witches Want and Madelynne Ellis’ Lust for Blood. However, this goes back to my previous comment about sub-genres. Madden’s story deals with werewolves, which I never really had a ‘thing’ for until I read her Silver Trilogy series of books, all of which were extremely sexy. Ellis’ story, as you may have guessed, is about vampires – and not only that, a bit of girl-guy-guy action. A winner all round, really.
Overall, a bit hit and miss – but it’s got a good enough quality of writing and top authors to make it worth reading if it’s your cup of tea. Check out my Book Depository link below to find the cheapest price – you won’t mind paying it.