Friday, November 29, 2013


My Review:

Christine Rains has created an unusual collection of short stories about paranormal beings living on the 13th Floor on an apartment building that is only accessible to them. The City of Carmine is under attack by evil and their lives become intertwined as they deal with issues unique to each and yet part of the whole. 

Stefanie is a werewolf, an alpha who is being hunted by the pack she should be leading. Then there is Marc, a demon who has retired from doing the Master's bidding, and Meira, a Harpy under the thumb of Zeus who falls in love with a human, a true hero that Zeus wants in his army. And that is just three of the unique characters that fill these stories of love and sacrifice in Christine Rains, The 13th Floor: The Complete Collection.

I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent learning about the residents of the 13th Floor. Her stories are about a group of paranormal beings in need of anonymity but extremely secure in the human world. My favorite resident was Marc the retired demon who saw himself as the landlord and protector, but I loved all the characters and their individual journeys. Each character has different obstacles to overcome in a quest for redemption and love that most never saw coming.

I happily recommend this collection to all readers of romance and the paranormal, and to all readers looking for something new – a genre they have not tried before. This is a great place to start. It's a wonderful escape, with a beautifully constructed world and well-developed characters, written with skill and with just the right amount of romance. 

I truly enjoyed Christine's 13th Floor and since there is the added bonus called The Shadow, can we take that as an indication that more great stories are on the way with new characters and new story lines for the unusual residents of the 13th Floor? This reader hopes so!
***** ***** *****

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  1. Oh, these stories do sound scary. i'm glad you enjoyed them Yolanda. I will read them one dark, stormy night!

  2. Interesting premise indeed, sounds like a great read

  3. I usually don't read short story collections, but you make this one sound interesting. I'll have to look for it.

  4. I'm the same, rarely read short story collections, but might try this one.

  5. Ha! More paranormal romance. That's at least three at the coffeehouse this month. The premise for this one sounds like a lot of fun. I'm sure Christine appreciates your plug as well.

    1. Yes, well, I could have posted erotica again... :)

  6. These definitely sound like fun reads. I like the short format--so I can read one or two when I have a brief break between tasks.
    Thanks for letting us know about them!

  7. I love short fiction. This is going into my TBR pile....

  8. Thank you so, so much, Yolanda! What a nice surprise to come back to after visiting the in-laws. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. :)

  9. Christine has really created a rich world and it's pretty amazing to know the series is now complete!

  10. Wow, I am intrigued how quickly Christine writes! Congrats Christine-what a fabulous collection~

    Hope you both had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am thankful to call you both my friends!!

  11. What a cool hop! The book sounds great--I'll have to check it out! :)

  12. Christine is well-known in my circles. She is a fine writer and deserves every accolade.

  13. Hi, Yolanda,

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you had a special and fantastic Thanksgiving. I am still going through culture shock. LOL. So nice to hear ENGLISH again. LOL.

    Hope you are well! I miss you!


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