Red Riding Hood (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Red Riding HoodRed Riding Hood by Autumn Sand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red Riding Hood (Down the Rabbit Hole) is a multi-genre anthology with stories which are either from the romance, erotica and BDSM, fantasy and paranormal romance or horror genre by 12 different favourite authors. Each short story is a retelling of Red Riding Hood, as has never been told before!
I particularly liked the first story in the book, Ruby by Autumn Sand, in this romance story Ruby who is currently in the middle of finalising her divorce to her younger husband who has run off with a women who is more his age and who is pregnant meets the ‘Wolf of Europe’. Count Edric Moreau of Paris, is a notorious handsome ‘rake’ known to seduce wealthy men’s wife’s but has also taken over as chairman of an important organisation and Ruby is tasked with interviewing him for Vogue. Still recovering from breast cancer, chemotherapy and a mastectomy whilst waiting for reconstructive surgery, Ruby is feeling bruised and low in self esteem and so she is keeping it strictly professional but Edric has more romantic plans in mind. I loved this story, which had great characters and a lovely storyline.
The other story which stood out was by Lia Fairchild, Cloaked. Also a romance which features Eva Chacon, however she is calling herself Vanessa as she is working in Oakdale, a senior living facility and is looking for her grandfather who is also going by a different name. Whilst at the facility she meets Luke and the two date although Vanessa remains suspicious as per her Aunt Nora’s teachings. We learn that Vanessa is in fact part of a known crime family and is living undercover as she is at risk from a rival family. This is a fast paced story which is part romance and part thriller, sadly Luke is also not who he appears to be and it leads to a dramatic conclusion, but do Eva and Luke end up together, no spoilers!
Other stories which stood out were Darlene Tallman’s fantasy and paranormal story, Little Red’s where a young girl meets her sexy new boss but after a violent encounter at a bar brawl she soon learns that wolf shifters are very real and that ‘mates’ are for life. D.A.Stein’s, Redd’s wolves is an exciting reverse harem retelling of Little Red Riding Hood featuring an innocent girl living with her Granny in the woods, three sexy wolf shifters and a motorcycle gang, all of which kept me turning the pages.
I enjoyed this anthology of short stories as each one was very different making this an exciting book as a whole. Each story although short was packed full of great characters, adventure, and interesting plot lines. I have been introduced to new authors and enjoyed stories from ones I already love, I recommend this book as a good read.

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