I bought this book the day before I left to read on a plane between Australia and Thailand, and before I actually got on the plane I had read it through twice! This is a wonderful compilation of stories from four outstanding authors. Each brings their own unique, and often bizarre, twist to the world of romance. JD Robb's cynical but ever human Lieutenant Eve Dallas drags readers onto the gritty city streets of future New York, and Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake takes readers behind the closed doors of an often twisted St Louis. Maggie Shayne's vampires and Susan Krinard's werewolves provide a window into a world within our own. This book is one that will appeal to both fans and new readers alike. Each story can stand alone and does not require exhaustive prior knowledge of the characters or the previous novels, and each whetts the appetite for any new novels soon to come out. I have already placed my order for the next in each series by both JD Robb and Laurell K Hamilton, and I am about to look for the next by Maggie Shayne and Susan Krinard. A fantastic read I have no hesitation in reccommending to anyone at all!