Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Edited by Jordan Castillo Price. JCP Books, $19.99 trade paper (480p) ISBN 978-1-935540-79-3
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)
Reviewed on: 11/23/2015
Release date: 08/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
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