Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Jordan Castillo Price, editor (anthology)
Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors: Astrid Amara, KJ Charles, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan Castillo Price and Andrea Speed.
This compilation, which features several of the biggest stars in the M/M paranormal romance firmament, is a deep trove of delights for fans, but also an object lesson in why diamonds need cutters. The opener, Rhys Ford’s “Dim Sum Asylum,” which crackles with energy, packs a wallop that at times becomes a whimper. Price’s own “Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns,” from her Psycop universe, is an entertaining string of scenes that ultimately do not coalesce into a plot. K.J. Charles riffs on a quirky bit of 19th-century research (and a little Dickens too) in “A Queer Trade,” but the story draws a troubling analogy. There are uncomplicated delights too: Charlie Cochet’s shape-shifter fantasy, “The Soldati Prince,” is a fluffy, hyperbolic exploration of shifter pack clichés, and Lou Harper’s “One Hex Too Many” is full of sly fun. There are pleasures aplenty here, along with a few reminders of the value of good editing. (BookLife)
The Novel Approach
Charmed and Dangerous is a spec fic lover’s Wonderland… Or whatever it is you call that place we go during those not-quite-aware-of-reality moments when we lose ourselves in a great book.