If it weren't for the last story by Sunny, I would rate all the stories in this anthology as 5 stars. I'm not sure who made the decision to include her in this book, but it felt completely out of place.
"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs, was great start to this anthology. I've read the first 2 paranormal books in this world by Briggs, and they are wonderful reads. However, you don't have to read those books to understand this short story. Anna, is an Omega werewolf, whose introduction to the werewolf world has been through several years of hell. Witnessing something that she's knows she's not supposed to, Anna places a call to a higher lupine authority. Charles, an enforcer gets dispatched to her to investigate the problems in her area. The story was really bitter sweet because of all the abuse Anna had been through. Although the plot wraps up in the end, the relationship between Charles and Anna is still uncertain. I will be looking forward to their book.
"Inhuman" by Eileen Wilks, was another great read. Someone is impersonating Kai, and draining gifted people of blood and energy. Nathan, a cop, who has his own gifted secrets, is out to prove Kai's innocence and that maybe friendship isn't what he needs from Kai. I've read the first 3 books and most of Wilks anthology stories, and this book makes some vague references to some of the events that have happened in the other books, but the story is completely stand alone as well. The plot also wraps up well, and indicates that a book will continue their relationship.
"Buying Trouble" by Karen Chance, was a surprise for me. I bought her first book, "Taking a Chance" when it first came out, but could never get in the mood for it beyond the first chapter, so I never finished. After this short story, I will have to dig that out and finish it. This was perhaps my favorite of all the stories. Claire, a Null, someone who can nullify magic users is working at an auction house to keep the crowd in line for the upcoming bidding, not realizing that she may be one of the items up for sale. Heidar, a Light Elf, has come to bid on an item but he wouldn't mind making a bid for Claire as well. When a riot erupts, Claire and Heidar, get thrown into a difficult situation, and she finds out more about herself that might prove all her insecurities correct. This was a great humorous read. I was disappointed that there was not indication whether their story would continue on in its own book. I would have loved reading about Claire's adventure further.
"Mona Lisa Betwining" by Sunny, made me glad I have never picked up any of her books despite some of the great reviews she's received on her books. The story was not stand alone, so I was completely baffled by the world and characters. In addition, the type of story it was felt inappropriate compared to all the previous stories. The other stories were slightly more paranormal fiction than romance. Sunny's story was all about sex, and non-monogamous ones that that. I couldn't understand the point of the story, because there wasn't enough characterization it made all of the heroine's action and thoughts unmeaningful. It was a horrible story, no plot, and awful characters. This was the only story I would rate 0 stars.
Even though all the stories except for Sunny's deserved a 5 star, I rated this as 4, just because Sunny's took a star away from being included.