Clean romance lovers these books are for you!!
Trifecta Books is excited to announce their new line of short contemporary romance novels for e-book. The Sweet and Clean Romance Collection will melt your heart and sweep you off your feet. There are currently four books out with many more titles coming soon.And Something Blue by Paige Timothy (Main Street Merchants #1) Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?
My Review: First of all, there was a map included at the beginning of the book that showed where each business was located on Main Street. I really enjoyed looking at that, so that I could visualize just where everything was. It really drew me in. Secondly, it was a short, fun story and I can't wait to read more about this great street!
Laurie works in a bridal shop and helps brides-to-be find their perfect wedding dress. She's really good at what she does and when she makes a fantastic sale, she is very surprised to find herself under attack a few days later by the bride's lawyer brother, Logan.
Laurie is a likable girl. She knows her stuff and isn't one to be bullied, but she really goes back and forth between hating and loving Logan. Logan is a man used to getting what he wants and with the results he expects. Isn't there a saying about love and hate being very closely related? I loved watching their relationship play out and seeing the twists and turns that came with the story. I wasn't expecting a few things that happened towards the end, but that's what makes it fun--I love being surprised.
My Review: I enjoyed this book even more than the first! Morgan, one of Laurie's roommates, decides that she's just not good enough for all of the good guys. When Max comes into the bank where she works and comes through her line, she's surprised that he shows interest in her. Could he be the one she's been waiting for?
I really enjoyed Morgan and Rory's best friendship and relationship. Rory works with Morgan and is the nicest guy. Morgan is really confident where men are concerned, but she's able to be herself around Rory. It was interesting to see how Max fit into the picture and to see what a great guy he ended up being. I don't know many men who could be as selfless and helpful as he was.
This story began in the same time frame that Book 1 did and it was interesting to see the different points of view and the ways the story overlapped. However, it continued on and took a direction all its own. There were so many characters that I loved being introduced to and I hope they each get their own story eventually.
Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie (Love Notes #1) Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run the Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run-in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of the Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.
My Review: This is another clean line, but is a completely different series from the previous two. I had a harder time connecting to the characters in this story, but it had a lot of potential.
Elahna has had a crush on her childhood best friend's brother for years. When she literally runs into Timothy, the owner of a local theater, she finds that sometimes it takes an unfortunate event to bring dreams back to life.
I've been analyzing why I felt a disconnect and I think it's because the characters weren't consistent for me. Timothy is called Timothy for most of the story and then all of the sudden, 3/4 of the way in, it switches to Tim, and then back. There's a situation, for example, where Elahna is very happy to be going to see Timothy's sister and after a few miles in the car, completely flips out, complete with yelling and fighting. A few minutes later, she's back to normal. In another instance, Timothy's sister was very angry to see him, but after a short explanation of why he's been absent from her life, she's joking and normal about everything. There are several instances like this. The transitions in mood were too abrupt.
As I mentioned before, there is a lot of potential. Childhood crushes can be romantic and the musical theater world is a great setting. For the most part, aside from the mood jumps, I really loved seeing the story and the mystery unfold. I loved the way everything ended up, especially the last two chapters.
My Review: I enjoyed this one because sometimes characters seem a little too perfect and there was nothing perfect about these characters. Meredith is in a wheelchair and struggles with her broken dreams. She used to be a phenomenal dance and would love to marry someday, but who would want her? Even though she has a lot to deal with, she is still a mostly positive person. I love the way she is about to latch on to an idea and take off with it. That determination is what really helps her deal with her situation. She is also kind, even in the midst of a self-pity moment or two.
She wants to dance with her brother at his wedding more than anything, but it feels hopeless. Until Kyler comes up with the perfect solution. Kyler hasn't had an easy life, either, yet he is motivated to push forward and make the best of what he has. He is devoted to making this dance happen and the motivation that Meredith offers him doesn't hurt.
I loved watching things gradually unfold and the story left me rooting for the characters and really gave me hope.
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