About the book: From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes VALENTINE'S DAY COLLECTION.
Six brand new contemporary romance novellas by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, and Sarah M. Eden.
A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison
Bethany has endured a streak of depressing Valentine’s Days. And this one is turning out no different. Her friend set her up on a blind date—and Bethany can only hope that James will be a decent guy. But it seems the fated day has other plans, and Bethany finds herself in the middle of a comedy of errors that make a blind date with a stranger the least of her problems.
EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore
When Maurie moves back to her hometown to open up her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job, and Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood return with full force. When she discovers Grant has a troubled past of his own, Maurie realizes that she might have misjudged him all along.
HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor
As Kayla trains for the Olympic swimming trials, she vows to never let another boyfriend get in her way. When she finds out her younger sister’s new high school swim coach is Nate—the guy Kayla had a huge crush on when they were in school together—Kayla realizes that her resolve is weakening. But Kayla isn’t willing to risk giving up her Olympic dream for anyone, not even charming Nate.
THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR CHALLENGE by Annette Lyon
When Sam’s long-time boyfriend, Steve, texts that he has something important to ask her on Valentine’s Day, she’s sure that he’s going to propose. Determined to look great for the big day, she hits the all-night laundromat to wash her favorite outfit. When her clothes are chugging away in a machine, Steve calls and pops a question—not one she ever would have expected. Reeling with shock, she’s left facing the holiday alone, unless you count the other person at laundromat, a guy leaning against his own washer, intent on his phone.
DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis
The last place Colette wants to be stranded is the snowed-in Denver airport, especially when her sister is enduring chemo treatments and needs Colette’s help back home. When Colette runs into another stranded passenger—none other than former college boyfriend Drew—she can’t believe how much he’s changed . . . and hasn’t changed. Drew is still the same amazing guy that Colette was foolish enough to blow off for someone else. By the time she’d realized her mistake all those years ago, Drew’s heart had been too broken to give her a second chance. Now Colette can only hope that she can work her way back into his heart.
HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden
On the surface, Helen seems to have her life figured out. Her advice column, Hey, Helen!, is gaining more readers every week. She regularly hangs out with the guy next door, laughing and chatting over pizza and work. But when her feelings for her handsome neighbor begin tiptoeing toward something more than friendship, Helen can’t help hoping Neil might feel the same way. Between her own uncertainties, his friend-zone treatment of her, and a pair of loudly interfering parents, Hey, Helen! could use a little advice in love.
My review: Oh my goodness! I loved this whole collection! It's amazing, I loved the contemporary modern feel and each of the novella's had something that drew me in from the very beginning! Let's talk a little bit about each of the novellas in this one.
Janette Rallison's A BRUSH WITH THE LAW was a great start to this one. One of my very favorites in this collection, although how do you pick just one favorite???? Bethany was a great character and all of the issues she had in this one made me laugh, I think I spent a good chunk of this one laughing. This one is told just from Bethany's perspective and that might be a really good thing, I can't even imagine what the officer would have been thinking when he found her in a compromising situation after he'd already pulled her over. So stinking funny!
Heather B Moore's EVERY OCCASION is next. I liked both Maurie and Grant in this one. I loved that they had some history, and I loved the way Grant was concerned about Maurie and just how her life had turned out. He was so worried that he'd ruined her life when she was a teenager. Maurie was adaptable and she was able to move on from her rough start in life and become a functioning adult. This was a cute one, I loved the ending!
HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor was a fun one too! This one features Kayla and Nate. I really liked that you saw both of their points of view in this one, that becomes crucial later in the book because you understand why Kayla doesn't want any relationship and why Nate feels like they are so important. This one was a fun swimming themed story, Kayla's working so hard to make it to the Olympics, and Nate has already had one brush with them. I liked Kayla's family too, especially her younger sister, who's basically the whole reason Nate and Kayla ever had a chance. Loved this fun novella!
THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR CHALLENGE by Annette Lyon was really a fun one to me. I loved the way Sam and her friends had a special anti-Valentine's Day tradition. And I had to laugh when Sam was getting ready to skip out on it because her boyfriend was going to be calling to ask her something. And when I finally found out what he wanted to ask her, I kind of laughed a bit more, just because the whole premise of this one has been something that we've talked about a bit this lately, so funny! Anyway, I really liked Connor in this one, he's a gentleman, working hard to help Sam and not terrify her. And I liked the whole premise of the challenge between him and Trevor. This one was so cute!
Heather Tullis' DEAL BREAKERS was fun too. I never would have thought to place a romance story in the airport with a bunch of people who are stuck for who knows how long before their flights will leave, and I thought the whole plot worked really well. Colette was such a great character, I loved her loyalty and concern for her sister going through chemo. I loved Drew too, he was really fun to "watch" with the kids stuck near them in the airport as well as with Colette. He was always looking out for someone before himself. Such a great story!
Sarah M Eden's HEY HELEN! was an awesome conclusion to this collection. I loved Helen and her neighbor Neil. This one was really fun because Helen's an advice columnist and Neil is her sounding board for her articles. I loved the way she really can't live without him, but she doesn't really think about anything beyond that. He was fun too! I loved the way he went out of his way to ask a question about her, but still hide it from her until the very end. His parents are pretty funny too! Always fighting and making Neil be in the middle of their battles. My favorite scene in this one is when they show up and start fighting in his apartment and Helen saves the day. So cute!
You don't want to miss this great collection, it's perfect to read at this time of the year!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Labels: Annette Lyon, Clean Romance, Heather B Moore, Heather Tullis, Janette Rallison, Jenny Proctor, Sarah M Eden, Timeless Romance Anthology