From reading various reviews, I was led to believe that Kurland and Hunter had the best stories, but I couldn't believe this, as I had read all of Kenyon's Dark Hunter books and Moning's Highlander books and was over the moon with them, because they were in short, perfect!
Kurland's story was ridiculous, the hero or heroes? were two annoying brothers and one weak female, who loves to hide in the shadows... Where's the fun in that I ask you? It was quite boring I have to say, and I found myself skipping the pages in an effort to find something to capture my interest. Sadly, I found none. Although my friends have reccomended some of her other books, I will pick them up, albeit VERY reluctantly.
Hunter's book... well, I couldn't get past the first page, maybe I should have tried harder, but it was dull. I feel horrible for trashing the first half of this novella, but it had to be done.
Now, Kenyon's 'Dragonswan' was a charming story, a tortured hero (the best kind :P) and a heroine with spark, perfect for those who had never read her Dark Hunter books and a great treat for those who have. Sebastian and Shannon with a C are a great couple and I for one, love the fantasy, the myths and the romance Kenyon weaves with such vivid imagination and skill.
Moning's offering 'Into the Dreaming' had everything I adore in a book. The book is combined with love, lust, fantasy, mythology (which is very well researched, always a pleasure to read historicals with fab background), and of course the brilliant hero and heroine. Aedan and Jane are lovely who have Aedan's past to overcome, which is a spectacular but gruesome past and very inventive and creative by the talented Moning.
Unlike the second reviewer, I would say that Moning has a definate flair for Highland stories, and I have read many, and none are as original as Moning. Read her Highland series for more proof, especially the last three in the series so far, Kiss of the Highlander, The Dark Highlander and the Immortal Highlander. I have yet not read Spell of the Highlander, but I have no doubt it will be as fantastic :)
I would say to buy this book just for the last two wonderful stories.
It is possible, that Kurland and Hunter's stories were just not to my taste and that's why I felf them to be so weighty (for lack of a better word). If you are a fan of them, then their stories might just be what puts a smile on your face, rather than Kenyon and Moning, but if you're lucky like one reviewer below, you might find you love them all :)