In an effort to keep up the “loving feeling” we all had due to Valentine’s Day, we want to introduce you to In His Eyes, an anthology with romance in mind.

First, get to know The Indelibles.  They are a group of fabulous indie authors who are award winners, frequent “Top 100” placers, and hot 2011 debut authors.  You’ve already met Katie Klein here at the Book Hookup and we’re sure you’ll meet many more of these talented authors in the future!

They’ve come together to give readers sixteen original short stories in the anthology In His Eyes.

What’s different about these stories?  Every one of them is from the point of view of their favorite male characters – some are old flames from their novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology.

A full list of the authors who contributed to In His Eyes can be found at the end of this review.

**note** This book was given to The Book Hookup to read but it did not in any way influence this review.

Ana will put In His Eyes on her second shelf!

My Review:  This is a tough review to write.  I wish I could tell you about each and every story in this book because they’re great…each one introduces the reader to a new setting, a new group of people and a new adventure.

But I can’t…so I’ll tell you about the overall feelings I got from this book:

  • I was surprised by how different each story was.  Yes, there’s a theme of love that runs through them but the approach to the theme is unique within each tale.
  • I was captivated by the characters…spies, mermen, gods, guardian angels and many more…all sharing their stories and their worlds from their own points of view.  I can admit that many of these characters are swoon-worthy even in these tiny glimpses.
  • I was charmed by the range of feelings that these stories explored.  The characters were nervous, confused, self-assured, heroic, focused, determined and, of course, in love.  And, even in a few short pages, each author managed to convey these feelings so clearly that I was pulled into the action quickly.
  • I was frustrated (in a good way) because some of these stories were not nearly long enough…I needed more!
  • I was happy that I could pick up my kindle, even if I only had a few minutes, and immerse myself in a quick journey to stimulate my imagination (and get away from the real world).
  • I was busy….buying new books by authors I just discovered!

Overall, this is a quick read that will introduce you to some wonderful authors and fantastic characters!  I look forward to another anthology in the future.

Stories included in the Anthology:

Surprise, Surprise by Stacey Wallace Benefiel, author of Glimpse: Half the women in Melody’s family can see the future, which makes it nearly impossible for Raleigh to surprise her. What’s a guy to do for Valentine’s Day when his girlfriend is always one step ahead of him?

First Kiss or First Kill? by C.K. Bryant, author of Bound: Love isn’t always rainbows and kittens, sometimes it can be downright deadly. (A deleted chapter from Bound.)

Shattered by Ali Cross, author of Become: James and Desi use each other in an effort to cling to the darkness in each of them, but in the end they discover that love changes everything. (A short story from James’ POV)

Before by Jessie Harrell, author of Destined: When a younger Eros is exiled to a land that doesn’t believe in the Greek gods, he finds the first love of his immortal life. Read Eros’ first person account of his romance, and heartbreak, in the time before he met Psyche.

The Qualm Before the Storm by Karen Amanda Hooper, author of Tangled Tides. Yara Jones doesn’t want to be a mermaid. Treygan doesn’t want to be the monster who turns her. You can’t always get what you want. (A short prequel to Tangled Tides.)

Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes, author of Untraceable: When Mo sees a strange girl in the woods, he follows her. He soon realizes they are both in a dangerous position and might not get out alive.

In the Beginning by Katie Klein, author of Cross My Heart: Seth is falling hard for Genesis Green, but the guardian angel is determined not to interfere, until an accident changes the course of their lives forever. (A short prequel to The Guardian.)

A Chance Encounter by Cheri Lasota, author of Artemis Rising: Finnian’s eyes hide a terrible secret. But a girl on the train home, the girl in tears with a secret of her own…She sees right through him. A scene from the upcoming novel, Echoes in the Glass.

Family Bonds by Heather McCorkle, author of The Secret of Spruce Knoll: A Halloween party filled with teens who can channel energy and use it to kill, what could go wrong? For Spruce Knoll fans who are dying to read more about Fane.

Getting Closer by Lisa Nowak, author of Running Wide Open: Megan is smart, hot, and an upperclassman—in other words, way out of Cody’s league. So why did she choose him? (An excerpt of Getting Sideways.)

Precalculus by Cory Putman Oakes, author of The Veil: a re-telling of the fateful class period that changed Addison Russell’s life, from Luc’s point of view (a.k.a. Chapter 2 of The Veil from Luc’s perspective)

The Almost Assassin by Laura Pauling, author of A Spy Like Me, releasing Spring 2012: Malcolm tries his hand at the family business but his conscience and a beautiful “spy” may be his downfall.

Mind Games by Susan Kaye Quinn, author of Open Minds: Raf wants to take Kira—the only girl in school who doesn’t read minds—to the mindware Games, but his friends have other plans. (A short prequel to Open Minds.)

By The Firelight by Elle Strauss, author of Clockwise: When Nate McKenzie asks an unpopular girl to dance on a dare, he’s in for the time of his life.

A Very Alien Valentine’s Day by Magan Vernon, author of How To Date An Alien: After surviving confinement and an intergalactic war for his human half, Alex, now he has to live through the biggest challenge of them all: Valentine’s Day.

Aligned by RaShelle Workman, author of Exiled: A half-Eternal boy and an Eternal girl must free millions of tortured souls from a creature whose been feasting on their pain and suffering.

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