Tuesday, May 22, 2018

With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology

With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
Published: May 22, 2018
666 pages
Source: I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinion

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WITH A KISS: A Sweet Romance Anthology

A collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors.

**On sale for a limited time only!**

Romances in this collection:
DANCING TO FREEDOM by Traci Hunter Abramson: A Russian ballerina. An American hockey player. A forbidden romance. Can Katrina follow her heart when freedom is the one thing she lacks? Or will the Cold War cost her the only man she has ever loved?

RYLEE’S MIX-UP by Rachel Branton: Rylee Williams didn’t want to be a bridesmaid at her estranged sister’s wedding, the sister who’d grown up with the family she was supposed to have. So why does she find herself in a dress two sizes too big and no date for the wedding? Maybe it’s time to give up on her family once and for all. But a greased pig contest and handsome cowboy Beck Seeger might just change her mind—both about sticking it out and taking a chance at love.

THE REFUGEE’S BILLIONAIRE by Rachelle J. Christensen: Shawn Halstrom has an assignment: travel to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate The Heart of Atlanta refugee center so that Burke Enterprises can make a donation. The job should take two weeks tops, but he wasn’t planning on falling for a Cuban refugee named Carolina Diaz. She’s a single mother who isn’t interested in dating, even if the guy might be a billionaire.

JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?

ORIGAMI GIRL by Danyelle Ferguson: Josephine loved teaching crafts at the children's hospital until she was assigned to help Dr. Blake learn how to relate with his patients. As she helps the young doctor soften his sharp edges, relax his rigid folds, and open up to the people around him, she finds she can't help but love the man he's becoming.

SABRINA’S HERO by Donna Hatch: For weeks, Sabrina daydreams about a mysterious gentleman who frequents the lending library. Is he perchance an agent for the crown? A returning war hero? A highwayman? A fateful public assembly introduces her to the mystery man as well as an intriguing newcomer. Now she’s torn between a charming rake promising the adventure she craves, and a handsome barrister who offers security. Only one will stand by her when it matters most.

FALLING FOR LUCY by Heather B. Moore: Lucy Morley’s older sister is perfect, yet Lucy can’t even hold down a job, let alone stick with something like college. After another disastrous firing, she lands her dream job at a bookstore—and it doesn’t hurt that her new boss, Adam Parks, is pretty much her dream man. But if Lucy is good at one thing, it’s guarding herself from heartbreak. Adam has other plans in mind that include finding a way into Lucy’s heart.

MY DEAREST EMMA by Luisa Perkins: Since her husband died at 25, Johanna has worked at a busy hotel in the new railroad town of Danube, Minnesota, soothing her loneliness by writing home to her sister in Germany. When she meets August, a shy widower, her letters reveal a budding friendship. But Johanna soon begins to question whether their romance can survive a demanding employer, August’s jealous daughter, and the misgivings of two recently broken hearts.

COVERTLY YOURS by Janette Rallison: Paisley Spencer never needed a knight in shining armor—until she finds herself surrounded by three gangsters in a bad part of Phoenix. A handsome stranger intervenes, rescuing her from certain disaster. The only catch? Now she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the next hour. She finds it’s a job she doesn't want to end.

Novella by Heather Tullis: description coming soon

My Review: 5 Stars

I love the idea of some of my favorite authors coming together to write this book for charity. And I love that a lot of the stories reflect perfectly each author's writing styles and some of them even connect to series that the authors have already written, which is an added bonus.

I didn't have a chance to finish all of the stories yet, but I did read more than half and have loved the uniqueness of every single one of them. Although they are short (less than 100 pages each), they each felt complete and satisfying. I really enjoyed the variety of characters and time periods and can't wait to finish the rest!

DANCING TO FREEDOM really portrays the importance of freedom well. Katrina, a Russian ballet dancer, lives in a glass cage and Robert is determined to break her out of it. I loved the obvious adoration and growing love that ensues through this tenderly heart-wrenching story. My emotions were really drawn out and the characters came to life.

Assumptions cause some conflict in THE REFUGEE'S BILLIONAIRE. I enjoy reading stories with big-hearted, selfless characters and this one delivers. The threads of redemption and hard work really added to the plot. There was an immediate and sweet connection between Shawn and Carolina that warmed my heart and Daniel, Carolina's young son, was the icing on the cake.

ORIGAMI GIRL is a true case of opposites attract. First impressions aren't always accurate and sometimes walls need to be knocked down to get to the heart of a person and sometimes a person isn't as flighty as she seems. I loved the setting and the character growth, especially with Dr. Blake. Jojo was such a fun an light-hearted character. The romance was a sweet complement to the slightly sad hospital situation.

Sabrina dreams of meeting a man of adventure and her mysterious library companion turns out to be too boring and safe for her taste. SABRINA'S HERO is slightly reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, with the heroes and villains, but definitely earns praise on its own. I loved the way the story unfolded and the character realizations that developed, especially as they involved a very sweet and swoon-worthy romance.

FALLING FOR LUCY proves that everyone has a niche in life. It's especially hard for siblings to feel like they have to fit in the same mold as each other and when Lucy doesn't feel like she measures up to hers, she's hard on herself. A part-time job interview at a bookstore changes her life. And not just in the job sense. She clicks with her boss, Adam, and the subtle sparks and the passion for books completely captivated me.

I was a little surprised by COVERTLY YOURS. Paisley is rescued in a bad part of town late at night, but now has to pretend to be the guy's girlfriend. She's obviously an innocent and good girl, but the chemistry ignites with this bad gang boy, Ice, anyway. I was nervous for her, especially as the night got worse and worse, but in true Rallison style, it all tied together in a delightful tale.

Content: all of these stories are sweet and clean

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