by Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, Camy Tang & Lacy Williams
What a great collection of stories! I feel so blessed to have been able to read and review this upcoming release. It is packed full of six wonderfully romantic stories. Each story is a novella that is well-developed, with interesting characters and great romance. Readers will, of course, find some favorites within this collection (as I did). Your favorites may be different than mine. I am just so happy to have gotten to read six enjoyable, romantic stories in one book! And…there is such variety of types of stories included. There are historical and contemporary romances, as well as contemporary romantic suspense. Truly something for everyone. I will give a short review of each story below.
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First Kisses (releasing in March 2014):
The Rambler’s Bride by Linda Goodnight
This novella is a wonderful way to start off the collection of stories. It is a historical novella with interesting main characters who must overcome misunderstandings in order to go forward. The back story and the sacrifices that Esther North has had to make in her life are touching.
Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Café by Janet Tronstad
This novella is unlike many typical romances that I read for two main reasons: the setting is the 1950’s (a time period that I don’t find many books set in) & the point of view is from the hero’s perspective throughout the story. We see everything through Buddy’s eyes. This is an interesting way to tell a story, as things are revealed to us only as Buddy discovers them.
Her Mule Hollow Cowboy by Debra Clopton
A contemporary western novella, this story is very sweet. I really enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Cliff and Maddie. There is so much for Maddie to overcome in order to learn to trust and let herself take a chance on love. Watching her emotional growth through the story and Cliff’s patience with her is very sweet.
Deadly Hunt by Margaret Daley
This contemporary romantic suspense was so exciting! Tess, a bodyguard on vacation, ends up rescuing a man. Instead of the relaxation she needs, she becomes Shane’s lifeline. Shane needs Tess to protect him from whoever is trying to kill him. Tess doesn’t know if she can keep a professional distance with this man that brings out feelings within her that scare her. Great emotional connections between these characters.
Necessary Proof by Camy Tang
Alex is being framed and now he and his friend, Jane are running for their lives. In this exciting romantic suspense novella, Jane and Alex will have to fight for their lives by outwitting those who are after them. But will Jane truly be able to trust Alex with her life and her heart after having experienced more than her fair share of hurt? These are great characters. The compassion and understanding that Alex shows toward Jane really endeared him to my heart.
Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
This contemporary cowboy novella was wonderful! Haley returns to her small town after being gone for ten years. The crush she had on Maddox long ago could turn in to something more. But Maddox has some big issues to overcome. He is not the confident football star that he used to be. Life has been hard and he feels less than worthy of Haley. I love how both Haley and Maddox have things that make them unsure of how the other feels about them. Both of these characters are so well-written. And the side characters in this story are wonderful. I am hoping to read more about them in future stories.
This novella collection really is great. It is one that I know I will be rereading many times. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of First Kisses in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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