"Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" by Kim Harrison—This is actually a prequel to Harrison's Rachel Morgan series (Dead Witch Walking), told not from Rachel's point of view, but Ivy's. If you're familiar with the series, it's a great addition, if not, it's a great introduction. Many of the elements here are mentioned throughout the series, so if you're familiar Harrison's series you'll really enjoy it. If not, it can stand alone and if you enjoy it, I do recommend the series. This tells the story of Ivy climbing the corporate ladder on her boss's terms and how she manages to turn the tables on him. If you're a Harrison fan, this is a must read. You'll be sorry you missed it.
"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands--Claire Beckett and Kyle Lockhart are scientists experimenting with a molecular destabilizer. Claire is exposed to the beam and her co-worker Kyle takes her home for observation. Of course, they both have hidden feelings for each other. They are in for an interesting night when they go to their high school reunion together. The story is very funny. I'll definitely be looking up some more books by this author!
"Chaotic" by Kelly Armstrong—Here Armstrong develops another character in her Otherworld series, Hope Adams, a half demon with the ability to see and feel chaos. This story establishes her relationship with jewel thief and werewolf, Karl Marsten. This story is filled with action, tension and more than a few hilarious moments that kept me so involved that I couldn't put it down. If you're familiar with the series, there is more to come for these two. If you enjoy this story, I encourage you to read more by Armstrong. The Otherworld series is particularly good.
"Dead Man Dating" by Lori Handeland—Kit Morelli is a plain jane, bored literary agent with a hot date. What she doesn't realize is that her date is dead (oh boy). Just as he makes his move, enter Chavez, a demon hunter. Sparks fly but are they flying for both of them? Read this to find out. This was my first exposure to this author and I'll be looking for more from her.
The stories in this anthology are enjoyable. It's a great way to become familiar with new authors, or revisit your favorites. These stories are a great intro into what each is capable of—and if you like any of the authors, you can find other books they've written. Highly recommended!!