From the blurb:
A collection of not-so-chilling tales of love and laughter from three of the genre's masters of pulp.
In The Bone Orchard, by Abigail Roux, Pinkerton investigator Ezra Johns and US Marshal Ambrose Shaw have a lot to learn about life—and the afterlife—in their quest to bring a vicious murderer to justice. Fortunately, they've got all the time in the world to figure it out.
In City of Monsters, by Andrea Speed, an ex-investigator turned some-kind-of-shifter (he doesn't know, but with his luck, it's probably nothing cool) is hired to find a missing reverse tooth fairy in the hellish dimension of Dev. But even simple things aren't easy for a guy with more vices than virtues, and his situation gets even more complex when a hot newcomer to Dev with a taste for danger joins him on the case.
In Horny, by Anne Tenino, a group of supernatural law enforcers enlist the help of a human, Ryan Caulfield, to catch Zeus: the god voted Least Likely to Keep It in His Pants. But there's more to Ryan than even he knows, and the satyr searching for Zeus is tempting him with far more than simple justice.
All in all, this was a very mixed collection.
"The Bone Orchard" by Abigail Roux
This was a weird mash-up of historical and paranormal romance, and it didn't quite work for me.
While I love a good old-fashioned western story, this felt lazy and not particularly historically accurate. Throw in some old-timey phrases and some cowboys hats and call it a day! I think the author didn't do a great job creating an atmosphere for this story. It sort of just was, without any of that masculine, old-fashion charm that westerns have.
However, my biggest pet peeve was the insta-love. GAH! Why oh why do authors do this to me! Ezra and Ambrose know each other for a hot second and all of the sudden they are in looove? I don't think so. And the sex wasn't even hot, which is normally what Abigail Roux does best.
Now, as someone that has read most of the Cut & Run series but none of the Sidewinder series (Shock & Awe), I didn't appreciate the mash-up between these characters and the Sidewinder ones. Maybe this book is intended for die-hard fans only and I don't fall into that category?
While not a bad story, I didn't think it was particularly strong. One of this author's weaker efforts.