A Romance Anthology
by Various Authors
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Short Stories)
Keywords: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Valentine's Day, Short Stories, Anthology, Sweet
Guiding Hearts by Claire Gillian
Description: Is a lonely woman's GPS sentient or is her subconscious taking her by the hand to help heal a scarred heart?
When Jemma Ernst's GPS malfunctions and sends her to the home of handsome and engaging Gabriel Nash, she writes it off as a fluke. But she can't seem to reprogram him out of her thoughts nor her GPS.
Better Latte Than Never by Katrina Sizemore
Description: Single and cold on Valentine’s Day, Hailey Merritt is not looking forward to working all day at the coffee shop while everyone around her is cheery with romance and she’s stuck trying to figure out her next step in life.
But, when a special bouquet arrives for her from a secret admirer, she decides to reserve judgment on this holiday and find whomever sent the flowers.
Maybe Cupid has a plan to make this her favorite Valentine’s Day ever.
Dream Architect by S.L. Hughson
Description: Taylor and Sons Custom Design keeps ASHLIN TAYLOR at arm’s length from her dream job. If only she were a son, she could follow her architectural dream. In the Taylor creed, girls get married and boys have careers. DYLAN CUTRIGHT focuses on finishing college and landing an architectural engineering job in a large firm. Minus emotional ties.
After their accidental encounter, their attraction is amplified during their work interaction. Unlike her family, Dylan encourages Ashlin to pursue her dream by enrolling in college. He even argues her case with Uncle Mike. All of this support confuses Ashlin because when she moves closer to him, he rebuffs her for reasons she can only speculate about.
Valentine’s Day might be the perfect opportunity for Ashlin to make him notice her. They are working together - alone - on the most romantic day of the year. Dylan builds her dream of career, but will he ever lower his walls and become more than just the man IN her dreams?
One Hot Angel by Jaylee Austin
Description: Oblivious to Tiffany Jenkins in three short weeks her life will end—unless she makes the perfect choice. Will she chose revenge and expose her ex-husband? Or chose love and surrender her heart to the only man who can save her?
Rock My Bones by Wendy Sparrow
Description: Jared has been eyeing the sexy mural painter from inside the museum’s paleontology lab, but she’s way out of his league. He can’t let her paint that obviously misplaced fern, though…even if it means initiating contact.
You could call her a paleontology groupie, but Shay Meyers is interested in a more modern specimen. An adult male Homo Sapien to be exact—one who needs to be dragged out of his lab for a practical course in mating rituals. If she’s lucky, this will be the Valentine’s Day she rocks his bones.
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So I decided to read each story and jot down my thoughts immediately after. Here goes…
Guiding Hearts by Claire Gillian 5*
Ms. Gillian has a great way with words. Eloquent, yet simple, her writing drew me into this story as though I was there beside Jemma seeing, smelling, and tasting everything she did. LOVED Gabriel’s back story, and how we’re given hints rather than an info dump of his issues.
A perfect blend of sweet romance and a hint of magic left me feeling satisfied. For the most part. My gripe with this story? I wanted MORE. While I get shorts are made for anthologies, Jemma and Gabriel’s story has SO much to it – a good delve into their lives could have easily kept me wrapped up in a novel length version.
Better Latte Than Never by Katrina Sizemore 4.5*
Really cute, this story wrapped up nicely in short story form. Lonely girl has to work all day in the coffee shop with an old flame – or rather, her old crush. What she doesn’t know, is he’s crushed on her for half of forever too. A mysterious delivery of roses brings back memories for Hailey, and her determination finds her an unexpected answer.
Dream Architect by S.L. Hughson 4*
Ms. Hughson’s story hit home for me. Big time. While the writing wasn’t as captivating as some of the others, Ashlin’s character – who she was because of those in authority around her – spoke to my heart. Manipulated into believing she had a set fate in life, Ashlin didn’t dare to dream. I loved how Dylan steps in and opens her eyes. A lovely, sweet story of finding independence and love.
One Hot Angel by Jaylee Austin 4*
This is one story I would have loved to see expanded. The falling in love happened WAY too fast – even with the paranormal aspect involved. Girl wants revenge on her ex, blogs about needing a hottie date for her reunion to show the world she isn’t frigid like the ex claimed, and an angel answers, one who has been watching her for some time.
Throw in the need to have her fall in love with said angel before the end of Valentine’s Day night or else, and there’s some great tension. Just would have loved MORE.
That’s becoming a theme in this antho for me…
Rock My Bones by Wendy Sparrow 5*
OMG. Seriously? You end the story THERE?!? Dang, Ms. Sparrow. I wanted more…more…MORE I say!
Can you have any cuter of characters? With such insecurities and thoughts that make made me giggle and snort! Geek and artist—who’d think they had so much in common.
Best story of the antho. WELL done. Well done.
So, yeah. I wanted more. These are five authors I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on for future releases. Off to stalk them now and see what back titles (if any) I can find…
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