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I really only bought this book for the stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning, I wasn't very interested in the other two stories but as I had bought the book I decided to read them and was pleasantly surprised, I really enjoyed them. I'm going to review each story seperately but as a whole I thought this book was great. I think it's a great way to try out new authors without buying a whole novel length story and reading this book really converted me to a novella fan. This book is absolutely perfect if you need cheering up. All of the novella's are romance so you're guaranteed a happy ending and as they're so short you can read them in a short amount of time so that you get to the happy ending (and through the inevitable angst of a romance story) fairly quickly.
Every single story in the book was very well written and although the writing styles were all different I enjoyed each of them.
Because the stories are so short it's really difficult to write about them without giving away the ending, so sorry for them being so vague.
-To Kiss in the Shadows by Lynn Kurland-
I really enjoyed this story. The heroine of the story is a very likable character and for such a short story I was impressed by how well developed she was. The hero is also very likable but I felt like he wasn't really developed as well. He was introduced quite late into the story and I kind of felt that for a story that's so short Kurland waited too long to introduce him. At one point it even seemed like the heroine was going to end up with someone completely different.
Overall a very enjoyable story. I wouldn't rush out to buy one of her books now but if I found one on sale somewhere I would probably buy it.
-An Interrupted Tapestry by Madeline Hunter-
I have never read anything by Madeline Hunter before but this was my favourite story in the whole book, which is surprising as I'm a big fan of both Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning.
The story really gripped me from the beginning. Hunter jumped straight into the romantic storyline which I thought was perfect for such a short story. The characters were so believable and the emotions so well written that you really felt them.
Madeline Hunter is most definitely on my to buy list based solely on this novella.
-Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon-
I was disappointed with this novella. Sherrilyn Kenyon has written a series of books about dark hunters, dream hunters and werehunters (i've written a review on the series on here) and this novella is one of the first stories in the series. I was expecting it to be the best in the book but I think it was actually the worst.
Usually she writes novella's so well but in this one I just wasn't feeling it. Her characters felt two dimensional and under developed and I thought that for a romance novel there wasn't enough focus on emotions. There was action which was good and there was romance also good but it felt as though she had written both half hearted and that they didn't compliment each other.
-Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning-
This was not Karen Marie Moning at her best and this story did not even compare to the greatness of her novel length books. This novella is part of her highlander series and compared to the other stories in the series it's not as good but that doesn't mean it's not a good story. It's not up to her usual high standard but it's still a good read. The problem was that it left me wanting more. It wasn't that the story was bad or that I didn't like the characters, I just felt that they needed an entire novel in order to develop and do justice to the story.