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She thought her date was out of this world.
Actually, he was not of this world . . .

We've all been on bad dates, nightmare dates, dreadful experiences that turned out to be uniquely memorable in the very worst way. But at least our partners for these detestable evenings were more or less . . . human!

Now Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, and Lori Handeland -- four of the very best writers currently exploring the dangerous seduction of the supernatural -- offer up dating disasters (and unexpected delights) of a completely different sort: dark, wicked, paranormally sensual assignations with werewolves, demon lovers, and the romantically challenged undead. Sexy, witty, chilling, and altogether remarkable, here is proof positive that some love matches are made someplace other than heaven.

Topics: Anthology, Short stories, Speculative Fiction, Futuristic, Suspenseful, Supernatural Powers, Demons, Dating, and Magical Creatures

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061741920
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This book looked promising, and I loved the smell of the book the former owner had left on it (I got it used, and it smelled of cigarettes and fruity perfume). Although it looked like it'd be good, and some of the book was good, I wasn't a fan of how erotic this book got, especially when it had been marked 'young adult.' The first story was me spending more time counting down pages until I was done than enjoying the tale. In fact, I was too confused to even appreciate what wasn't erotic, bloody sex/foreplay (undead vampires, live vampires, banshees?). The other stories were better, and the best was saved for last, but even then the tale was cut off too soon and still managed to have adult scenes. I was disappointed, to say the least.more
I loved this book! So many good stories they pulled me in immediately. I rarely read anthologies but this one was well worth it! I highly recommend!more
 This entire book was a waste of time. None of the stories were particularly interesting. No, not even Kim Harrison's.more
Overall I really enjoyed this anthology. All of the stories were entertaining. My two favorites were Kim Harrison's story about Ivy and Lori Handeland's "Dead Man Dating". My least favorite story was Kelley Armstrong's "Chaotic".-Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim HarrisonThis story was about Ivy when she was dating Kisten; Mia (the banshee from "White Witch, Black Curse" is involved as well). This story helped explain some of the back story between Ivy and Mia, as well as gave nice incite into Kisten and Ivy's history. It was an engaging story and I enjoyed it; overall (4/5 stars).-The Claire Switch Project by Lynsay SandsThis was a cute story about a girl who gets zapped by a molecular destabilizer and finds she can change shape. I liked how it was written; it was cute and funny. I have found that I like Lynsay Sands writing style, it is usually pretty funny and makes for a fun, quick read. (4/5 stars)-Chaotic by Kelley ArmstrongThis story was about a half demon girl drawn to chaos who finds other paranormals breaking the law. It was an okay story, but my least favorite of the bunch. I didn't like the female lead that much and I thought that the male werewolf lead was also a weak character. The idea of being drawn to chaos was neat, but I just couldn't get into the story. (3/5 stars)-Dead Man Dating by Lori HandelandThis one was a pretty darn good story. It is about a woman who is using an online dating service and accidentally hooks up with a demon. The heroine was a little flighty and weak for my taste, but there was a lot of action and it was an interesting premise. The story could be a nice set up for a series; maybe we will see more of the main characters as they take on demons all over the world in another book.more
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This book looked promising, and I loved the smell of the book the former owner had left on it (I got it used, and it smelled of cigarettes and fruity perfume). Although it looked like it'd be good, and some of the book was good, I wasn't a fan of how erotic this book got, especially when it had been marked 'young adult.' The first story was me spending more time counting down pages until I was done than enjoying the tale. In fact, I was too confused to even appreciate what wasn't erotic, bloody sex/foreplay (undead vampires, live vampires, banshees?). The other stories were better, and the best was saved for last, but even then the tale was cut off too soon and still managed to have adult scenes. I was disappointed, to say the least.more
I loved this book! So many good stories they pulled me in immediately. I rarely read anthologies but this one was well worth it! I highly recommend!more
 This entire book was a waste of time. None of the stories were particularly interesting. No, not even Kim Harrison's.more
Overall I really enjoyed this anthology. All of the stories were entertaining. My two favorites were Kim Harrison's story about Ivy and Lori Handeland's "Dead Man Dating". My least favorite story was Kelley Armstrong's "Chaotic".-Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim HarrisonThis story was about Ivy when she was dating Kisten; Mia (the banshee from "White Witch, Black Curse" is involved as well). This story helped explain some of the back story between Ivy and Mia, as well as gave nice incite into Kisten and Ivy's history. It was an engaging story and I enjoyed it; overall (4/5 stars).-The Claire Switch Project by Lynsay SandsThis was a cute story about a girl who gets zapped by a molecular destabilizer and finds she can change shape. I liked how it was written; it was cute and funny. I have found that I like Lynsay Sands writing style, it is usually pretty funny and makes for a fun, quick read. (4/5 stars)-Chaotic by Kelley ArmstrongThis story was about a half demon girl drawn to chaos who finds other paranormals breaking the law. It was an okay story, but my least favorite of the bunch. I didn't like the female lead that much and I thought that the male werewolf lead was also a weak character. The idea of being drawn to chaos was neat, but I just couldn't get into the story. (3/5 stars)-Dead Man Dating by Lori HandelandThis one was a pretty darn good story. It is about a woman who is using an online dating service and accidentally hooks up with a demon. The heroine was a little flighty and weak for my taste, but there was a lot of action and it was an interesting premise. The story could be a nice set up for a series; maybe we will see more of the main characters as they take on demons all over the world in another book.more
Paranormal Romance. Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil by Kim Harrison- living vampire trying to get around her partner. I'm not entirely sure if I like the way sex is used in this story. But, Ivy is a strong female character who is smart and beautiful, and uses that to get ahead in her world.The Claire Switch Project - Lyndsay Sands. A poorly written story with science that doesn't make sense, a stupid girl who only wants to do the head scientist, and a horrible plan that I'm fairly sure I've seen in every Saturday morning cartoon (without the kinkiness). Also, the star the lead character turns into, Brad Cruise, is just wrong. The author could have at least attempted to give the star a new original name. Horrible, terrible, derivative story.Chaotic - Kelly Armstrong. The best one out of this collection. Its well written, with a lead character that is quite resourceful. I really enjoyed this story, and how Hope meets Karl.Dead Man Dating - Lori Handeland. The story is cute, but making the lead lady a rather frumpy book lover is rather clichéd, and after the announcement that Armageddon is coming, Kit only thinks about her lost virginity.more
Undead in the Garden is about vamps (Ivy) and I got bored with it & didn’t finish. Claire Switch was a little too cutesy in the love relationship. Armstrong’s Chaotic was awesome, and involved a chaos demon and Karl, the werewolf that isn’t quite a member of the Pack. Handeland’s story was ooookay, but the love was a little too overdramatic…more
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