Paula Guran, the editor of this compilation, waffled so much at the beginning of this book that I gave up reading her introduction to go and do something more interesting, like watching a plank warp.
I guess that was my earliest indication that the book itself was going to be the major disappointment it proved to be ...
If not, the first story ought to have begun to convince me .. it was one of those which though adequately constructed in terms of grammer, language choices etc., nonetheless leaves you sitting there at the end, asking "yes, well .. what was she trying to say? What were those blasted lights? Where was the point in all that?"
If a short story should - as I believe - have a beginning, a middle and an end, which start a tale, expand it and lead it to a conclusion wherein the reader can make sense of the elements that went before .. this fails to meet the criteria. It seemed to more resemble some ideas the author had jotted down in a spare moment to think through and work on at a more convenient time.
Of the 12 stories, only one - Rebecca York's "A Hero's Welcome" (which I think was oddly titled in relation to the story) met my criteria for a book in the romance genre .. which is that the hero and heroine end up living "HAE" (happily ever after).
The remaining eleven stories I found depressing, irritating, self-indulgent or just plain boring. Some I'd class as fantasy, rather than paranormal. None would fit my criteria for the romance genre.
All in all, I'd have considered it a major waste of money except that at least now I know not to buy anything in future by 11 authors I've realised I have zero time for!