I waffled between three and four stars for this anthology of four stories by four pretty big-name paranormal romance authors. “Mysteria Lane” is a sequel to “Mysteria”, a 2006 book by the same four authors about a town filled with magic and paranormal beings snuggled in the mountains of Colorado. Because it’s an anthology, it’s one that’s hard to rate as I enjoyed some stories more than others and overall I think this book is not as good as the first one.
“Disdaining Trouble” by MaryJanice Davidson is about one of a set of troublesome and trouble-making witchy triplets. When the oldest triplet is accidentally knocked into the magic wishing well by the latest victim of the triplet’s magic, her mother’s wish for her to ‘grow up’ ends up transporting her to a very different and very dangerous world. When she magically returns, only a few minutes have passed in Mysteria while she herself has spent twelve years fighting for her life. Now the new, grown up triplet isn’t sure where she belongs, but wherever it is she hopes the handsome Thad will be with her. ***My least liked of the four which bummed me out as I’m a big MJ Davidson fan. I just found the heroine irksome and the plot silly.
“The Nanny from Hell” by Susan Grant about a demon sent by Satan to take revenge on a hero and heroine from the first book. When a car accident dumps her in the wishing well, Shay’s wish to be human is granted. Unfortunately, Satan hasn’t forgotten about her…or her task. Good thing her new best buddy is a wickedly handsome demon hunter. ***Pretty hot story that made me wish for a demon hunter of my own.
“A Tawdry Affair” by Gena Showalter regarding what happens when low self-esteem meets witchcraft. Glory is a love witch who’s had the hots for Falon for what seems like forever. When he rejects her advance, she’s sure it’s because she’s a bit pudgy since he’ll apparently ‘do’ just about any other girl. Her resentment and hurt grow until a magic pen enables her to take revenge on Falon. But the difference between what Glory ‘thinks’ and the real reason for Falon’s refusal may just make her revenge rebound. ***If I’d liked Glory better, this would have been my favorite. If it wasn’t for the hot sex, I’d have thought this was a young adult story because of Glory’s pettiness.
“It’s In His Kiss” by PC Cast. A woman tries to control her very strange ‘opposite magic’ by living in perpetual control over everything in her life. What happens when she discovers what she thought she wanted isn’t what’s right for her? ***My favorite of the three, yet probably lowest on the heat meter. Very excellent short story with engaging characters and a well-hidden life lesson.
I’d certainly buy another anthology set in Mysteria, but I wouldn’t put it on my ‘must buy’ list.