on October 18, 2008
All four stories in this collection are well-written and made me want to purchase more books by all but one author. The best is Sherrilyn Kenyon's 'Winter Born', a tale of were-panthers, which is both sexy and romantic. She transcended the space limitations of the novella form with skill and ease to make a very hot, enjoyable and plausible story with very likable protagonists and secondary characters that I would definitely like to see in other stories. Ashley's werewolf story was sweet and romantic, though not as skilled, the sex a little arbitrary, though I've seen it done a lot worse elsewhere in the genre. Bank's vampire story oddly seemed long and protracted, a how-things-started, I suppose, to her series of books. I found myself bored. Handeland's shifter story was funny, enjoyable and hot, again with likable characters and a kind of intro to her series. This compilation is a good introduction to these four authors if you haven't read them before and a fun read if you have. Recommended.