July 2013, 305 pages.
Description (from Amazon): Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless
Romance Anthology: Autumn Collection. Readers will love this collection
of six romantic suspense novellas, all with one thing in common:
In Heather Horrocks’ charming story, A Hound Dog Named
Elvis, interior designer, Kaitlin Hartley returns to her hometown of
Aspen Grove, California, to the job of her dreams after a year of
specialized training in New York. During the town’s Autumn Festival, she
enters her dachshund, Elvis, into the Running of the Hallowieners race.
Joshua Moore, the man who hadn’t wanted her to leave Aspen Grove, but
hadn’t waited for her either, enters Elvis’s sister, Priscilla. When
Kaitlin gets home afterward, she realizes Elvis has left the
building—with Joshua. She has the wrong dog! Can she get her dog—and the
man she’s never stopped loving—back?
Eye for an Eye, Stephanie
Black’s thrilling novella, follows Mallory as she is just getting her
life back together, living with her sister and brother-in-law and
starting college. After a difficult few years following a family
tragedy, she’s finally ready to move forward, which includes getting to
know the charming Darien better. But when illegal drugs turn up in her
sister’s drawer, the first person accused is Mallory, and suddenly she
doesn’t know who to trust. She turns to Darien, but with all evidence
pointing at her, she doesn’t know if Darien is the man to save her.
First Heist, a suspenseful novella by Heather B. Moore, Mia, an
undercover agent is about to make a handoff to co-agent, Omar Zagouri.
But before she can complete her assignment, her cover is blown, and she
finds herself escaping with Omar. The only problem is, her boss warned
her about Omar and his sketchy history of landing himself in the middle
of danger. After losing her mother in an attack planned for Mia, pulling
off any heist with a man like Omar is the last thing she needs for her
career . . . or her life.
Sarah M. Eden’s cozy mystery, Letter
for Two, we meet Sophia, who looks forward to the 5:30 p.m. mail sorting
she does with her next door neighbor, Ethan. They live in a renovated
house, now split into two apartments. Ethan is one of those dreamy,
smart guys, but he shows no interest other than being friendly toward
Sophia. When they find a mysterious letter addressed to Eleanor, dated
to 1953, Sophia and Ethan determine to solve the puzzle together. Sophia
knows that spending evenings with Ethan in ‘research’ might be her only
chance to convince him that she should be more than just a neighbor.
the enchanting novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, by Rachelle J.
Christensen, Jillian is the master landscaper at a beautiful park.
Meeting Travis there soon after breaking up with her boyfriend, Jillian
is wary at first. Travis seems like a great guy, but Jillian had fallen
for great guys before. When she learns that his brother, Craig, was
murdered six months before, her heart goes out to Travis. True to her
curious nature, she starts asking questions and learns about Craig’s
close connection with the park. But finding the answers puts Jillian’s
life in danger, and she must decide who she really trusts.
Obsessed, a captivating romantic suspense by Annette Lyon, we meet
Whitney, an executive pastry chef who is working her resort’s booth at
the New York Chocolate Show. The only problem is that she shares the
shift with her arch rival, Stephen. But then an unexpected visitor shows
up: Jeremy, a man who lost a dessert competition she judged. When
Jeremy confronts her and becomes threatening, Stephen steps in and gets
Jeremy dragged off by security. But that doesn’t throw Jeremy off for
long; soon Stephen and Whitney are running for their lives.
My Review: I am a big fan of romantic suspense and these are some of my favorite authors!! Once again, I love how these are little bite-sized stories that are just enough to satisfy a reader. It's a lot of fun to read stories by different authors because their styles are similar, yet so different and that's very apparent with the mystery and suspense elements added. They each have a unique way of unfolding the story and solving the mystery. This would be a great book to read in October--some were a little spooky and creepy, but not over the top. No horror here. I always try and choose a favorite and as I've said before with these anthologies, I'm sure I could read it again in a week and have a completely different favorite, but this time around, I would have to say it's Rachelle J. Christensen's, if only because all I could picture was Hook. :)
Content: kissing; some had a little language; a little creepiness.
This will be a definite re-read for me. To pick it up, click here.