Four shorts

On the Hunt (short story anthology) Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall & Hannah Jayne

I usually prefer my books long – very long – and so avoid short stories.  But I’d heard a lot about the authors of the first three stories in this anthology and decided to give it a go (thanks netgalley!).  When I say I’ve now downloaded books by both Ivy and Zanetti you’ll understand that I’m glad I went with these shorts.

The first three were for me that bit better – fast paced, memorable characters, intricate world settings and strong story lines.  I was particularly annoyed when Scorpius Rising finished – a new take on a wannabe zombies?!  Those damn hunky Scotsmen are everywhere.

But for me the passion, longing and raw sensuality of Mika and Bailey won me over – and there was enough of the intricate world that Ms Ivy has created to really have me hooked!

As for Dianne Duvall’s ghost story – who doesn’t love a lonely spirit or want a sexy dream or two?!  Yuri seemed both lost and yet very real.  Whilst the ending was perhaps a bit obvious I just loved Yuri, I would have loved to have seen more of his interactions.

The fourth story, was a tad different (probably in a good way) with strong characterisation but perhaps I’d done the short thing by then or perhaps it lacked the pace.  I didn’t quite get the first person story but the fashion setting made it stand out.

Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.