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Dates From Hell by Kim Harrison,
Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, Lori Handeland
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 006085409X
Date: 01 April, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Kim Harrison's "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" has a bit of a twist. Ivy Tamwood is fresh in her new job at IS. She's trying to come to grips with her life as a living vampire and setting rules for herself. Ivy figures she can give blood to rise to the top but she won't give her body. Her supervisor feels differently and wants both. Ivy's has some tough decisions to make while handling a murder investigation involving a Banshee, a body that Piscary dumped on Kisten, and the expectations everyone has or her -- the last living Tamwood vampire. Will Ivy manage to hold it all together and avoid her date from hell?

"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands is a funny tale of scientific research gone awry, romantic breakups, a high school reunion, and friendship. Claire's best friend Jill got dumped by her boyfriend just before the class reunion so she has no date. Kyle, Jill's brother, finally gets up the nerve to ask Claire to the reunion. It's a dream for Claire who has loved Kyle since forever. Of course, Claire says, "Yes." Now how can she handle two dates for the same event? You have to read this because it's a twist you probably don't expect on this theme.

In "Chaotic" by Kelley Armstrong, Hope is enduring her blind date with Douglas, a friend of her brother-in-law. Douglas is a jerk but not a mean one; he's actually trying to be nice. Hope is bidding time and daydreaming when her powers alert her to someone in danger. While Hope is a journalist covering supernatural or weird stories, she also is an agent for the Interracial Council catching criminals as a contractor. She manages to catch a high level criminal but things are not what they seem and Hope is soon in over her head and one step ahead of disaster. It's well told and convoluted enough to keep you guessing about what is going on.

Lori Handeland's "Dead Man Dating" is a funny tale of Internet dating gone beyond hellish. Kit finally decides to pick a date and meets Eric Leaventhall. He's gorgeous, interesting, witty, and unfortunately dead and possessed by a demon. Kit would have been toast except for the demon hunter who is also drop dead handsome but alive (which is a step in the right direction). Now if only, he didn't need to kill Kit to get rid of the demon or does he? You can see the ending coming but it's still a wonderful surprise and the story well worth the time spent reading it.

High literature--no not really. But is it worth the time spent reading it and will you face your life refreshed and with a smile -- yes.

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