Hot and Haunted Anthology reviewed by Lisa

Hot and Haunted AnthologyTitle: Hot and Haunted
Author: Megan Hart, Lauren Hawkeye, and Saranna DeWylde
Release date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 256
Source: Edelweiss

True Halloween pleasures don’t come from sweets . . . I’d have to say that even days after reading this anthology that it is still on my mind! Just absolutely terrifyingly awesome!

Nothing Else Matters by Megan Hart
Megan Hart is a personal automatic-read/buy for me. I’ve read quite a bit of her stuff and I have to say that this has that same heavy feel, but with a little post-apocalyptic action going on. The whole people-being-turned-into-zombies-after-being-infected-by-plant-matter was superbly well done. Hart’s writing is also – as per usual – pretty much damn well flawless. Her storyline just flows at a pretty decent pace that just had me reading and reading until the next thing I knew it was all over. I’ll also be honest and say that I’d like to read more of this particular story, but that I’m also scared because I’m not sure if it will a happy ending. Hart’s depiction of a post-apocalyptic world is pretty much spot on and rather terrifying, too! Loved it!

Pick Me Up by Lauren Hawkeye
A little psychological thriller with a bang…
We all know that hitch-hiking is a rather dangerous thing to do. I mean, we don’t know the person behind the wheel of the car that we’d like to get a ride from. That person could be a serial killer or something and you may not be getting out of that car in one piece – let alone alive!

So in this piece we see how sometimes hitch-hiking can be our secret fantasies come to life… and how, well, it can still turn out for the worst. All I can say is: Expect the unexpected. This one left me reeling and pretty much freaked out, but it was rather interesting… and hot and scary!

Holy shit, I still can’t get over how much this story kind of messed with my mind and left me saying: Whaaaaaaat??? I had an eyes wide open look on my face. I definitely had a love/hate relationship with this story. I just don’t want to give too much of it away. You’ll just need to trust me and read it yourself.

Little Red’s Big Red by Saranna DeWylde
This one was unexpected, but very good and very sexy. The writing was great and the pacing was good, and the story was very much engaging and entertaining. It’s an adult, modern version of Little Red Riding Hood that features a U.S. Marshall as Little Red, and a prisoner/cult leader – seemingly – as the big bad wolf, and a sexy FBI agent hottie that had our heroine doing everything but howling at the moon. Sort of. It certainly had its twists and turns and I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I have never read anything by this author before, but I will say that after reading this I definitely will be looking into reading more of her stuff in the future. A very enjoyable, fantastically thrilling read!

An ARC of this title was provided to me free of charge by the publisher Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. Many thanks!

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