About the book: #1 Amazon Bestselling Romance Anthology in Clean Romance
Six new contemporary romance novellas:
WHAT FALLING FEELS LIKE by Jolene Betty Perry
High school was years ago, and Kendell is ready to admit that Tyler, her best friend’s younger brother, has matured into a good-looking man. But the once-popular Kendell is recovering from a marriage-gone-wrong, and she regrets turning Tyler down for high school prom. On their road trip to deliver a refurbished camper, Kendell rediscovers all the reasons she liked Tyler, but it might be too late to rekindle their friendship.
ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP by Sarah M. Eden
Kelsey is living out her dream for the weekend as she participates in a reality show contest by living on a 19th century film set. The contestant who wins the show receives a trip to England and $100k, more than enough to get her through grad school. When she meets Devon, who was coerced by his sister to participate, friendship blossoms. When things go wrong for Kelsey, Devon is there to help, and she soon realizes that winning the contest isn’t what she most desires.
WOULDN’T IT BE NICE by Ranee` S. Clark
When Jacqueline's boyfriend Colin drops out of their long-planned road trip with friends to put his job first—again—it's the final nail in the coffin of their dying relationship. But then Hudson, her best friend’s brother, takes Colin's spot for the road trip, and Jacqueline’s disappointment in her ex takes a back seat to the chance for reestablishing the close ties she once had with Hudson. When their friendship detours into romance, it forces Jacqueline to question her reasons for breaking up with Colin and her future with Hudson.
HEAD OVER HEELS by Annette Lyon
Tristan is proud to be an entrepreneur, running a popular singles’ lifestyle blog. So when she gets an offer to cover a singles convention in Las Vegas, she needs to find a way to get there from another freelance job in Salt Lake without breaking into her personal savings. Her friend sets her up with a co-worker who happens to be driving that way, and Tristan is more than surprised to come face-to-face with a man she has a lot in common with, not to mention seems to click with right away. The two decide to play a prank on Tristan’s friend, and pretend that they are smitten with each other, but soon, the lines between pretend and reality start to fade.
TWO DOZEN ROSES by Heather B. Moore
Dayna reluctantly takes time out of her busy work life to drive her mother up the Pacific Coast Highway from California to her brother’s home in Oregon. Strangely enough, they keep running into two brothers who are traveling the same route in honor of their sister’s memory. The older brother Garrett is a merciless flirt, but the younger brother Roman is who captures Dayna’s attention. Soon she realizes that the brothers are extremely competitive, and she’s just become their next target.
TRY, TRY AGAIN by Aubrey Mace
Sarah’s secret crush on Justin takes a sudden turn when he breaks up with his girlfriend and declares that he’s interested in Sarah. She believes he’s just on the rebound, and they slowly drift apart. Six months later, Sarah still can’t stop thinking about what might have been. She ropes her friend into taking a road trip to visit Justin, hoping for a second chance. When Justin sees her, he wants answers, and Sarah has to decide if she’s brave enough to finally tell him the truth.
My review: I LOVED this collection. Regency collections are great, but these contemporary ones really have my heart. This one was really well done and I loved each and every one of the stories in it. These are all novellas, so you can sit down and easily read one in a sitting. I'll talk just a bit about each of the stories.
Jolene Perry's What Falling Feels Like starts the collection out amazingly well. I loved Kendall and Tyler. I loved that they had a history and the way that made their road trip just a bit awkward because they were no longer really familiar with each other. I loved the way that Kendall was trying to get her life back together by buying old trailers, fixing them up and selling them for way more than she paid for them. And I thought it was fun that Tyler was doing a similar thing making furniture out of old junk to sell. Such a cute story!
Next up is Sarah Eden's Antiques Road Trip. I loved the premise behind this one. It's a reality show where the contestants are taken back in time to the 1900's and they have to act as though they belong there. This is easy for people like Kelsey, who have a knowledge of what would have happened during that time period and not so easy for people like Devon, whose only reason for being on the show was because his sister was ill and couldn't do it herself. I love that Sarah Eden can write contemporary romance as well as she writes regency romance. And I loved the twist with this one being a bit of both. And the romance was amazing as well!
Then there's Wouldn't it Be Nice by Ranee' S Clark. I've loved her books and this was a cute one too! It's such a cute idea. Jac has been planning to go on a road trip to Alaska with her sister, her best friend and several guys, including Jac's own boyfriend, Colin. But Colin is a work-a-holic and when his job takes precedence over her again, Jac decides that they are through. It's a complete surprise when Hudson, her best friend's brother, takes Colin's place. And that's when Ariel, Jac's best friend spills the news that Hudson has always planned for Jac to be "his girl." And that's when Jac realizes just how much she could grow to care for Hudson. I loved this story, so cute, such a fun road trip idea. And there is plenty of romance and kissing in this one too!
Annette Lyon's Head Over Heels was so fun too! I loved Tristan, she's a young single who writes basically a blog about things to do as a single. She is hanging out at Salt Lake's Comic Con Speed Dating when she meets a man she would love to get to know better, but that's not to be as the time runs out early and he leaves. But fate takes a hand. Tristan has to get to Las Vegas that same day, and her best friend hooks her up with a ride from MacKenzie, who Tristan is sure is a girl. Imagine her surprise when MacKenzie ends up being no other than Mac, the amazing man from speed dating. The whole plot of this one is cute! I loved both Mac and Tristan and the dynamic between them. So much fun!
Heather B Moore's Two Dozen Roses is next. This one's about Dayna, she's already had a failed marriage and she pretty much spends her whole life working. But she's taken a few days off to take her mom up the Pacific Coast Highway to her brother's house in Oregon. They plan to his some of the best attractions on the PCH and that's when they meet brothers Roman and Garrett. It quickly becomes obvious to Dayna that Roman is the more real of the brothers, but Garrett isn't going down without a fight. I loved the way this one had a California feeling to it. It really made me want to get out there and drive up the PCH!
Last but not least is Aubrey Mace's Try, Try Again. Sarah had a huge crush on her co-worker Justin, but he had a girlfriend. Then one evening he surprised her by telling Sarah that he loved her and she was the one for him. But Sarah knew she didn't want to be a rebound girl, and eventually she and Justin didn't work together or really see each other any more. It was so crazy the way that Sarah found and connected with Justin again...at his grandpa's funeral. I loved the way that Sarah was so concerned for Justin that she wanted to show up at his grandpa's viewing to check on him. And I really loved her friend, Lottie, who Sarah dragged along on this trip. Lottie is very pregnant and everything she says made me laugh!
This whole collection is cute, you won't want to put it down!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Labels: Annette Lyon, Aubrey Mace, Clean Romance, Heather B Moore, jolene perry, Ranee' S Clark, Sarah M Eden, Timeless Romance Anthology