Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark, and Julie Daines

Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance
Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark, and Julie Daines
176 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but as mistaken identities abound, three heroines will put this age-old adage to the test! Showcasing a trio of LDS fiction’s finest authors, Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance is a heartwarming collection of short stories that begs the question: can true love really conquer all?

Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson —New York City book editor Ellie Hanover has discovered a groundbreaking manuscript that may be just what she needs to save her job. But when her anonymous correspondence with the author begins to develop into more than a professional relationship, Ellie is left wondering if her real find is actually Mr. Right.

He Loves Me Not by Jennifer K. Clark —When Kenedee spies her boss leaving flowers on her desk, she’s swept into a whirlwind of infatuation. If only he didn’t have a girlfriend . . . Undeterred, the young woman enlists in the scheme her employer’s brother has put in motion for the company’s sake in hopes that she can win over the man of her dreams. But even foolproof plans can go awry.

Fools of Us All by Julie Daines —The course of true love is never smooth, as Jane discovers when a case of mistaken identity results in a date with the man she’s admired from afar for years. But she knows all too well that masquerading as her twin sister can only go on for so long before the truth comes out.

My Review:
I loved each one of these stories--they're all short and sweet...and romantic! The collection starts out with STORYBOOK ROMANCE, a story about Ellie, a NYC book editor. When her bosses passes away and a rival takes over, she has to work extra hard to keep her job. She discovers gold in the slush pile--a book that total captures her heart and soul. The emails and instant messages with Max, the author, that follow her discovery are completely priceless.

I really enjoyed the banter and exchanges that Ellie had with Max. I felt that they were real and true to who they were and their online encounters had me smiling. I loved the way they ended up meeting. I thought the story was really romantic, even though they actually never ended up even kissing. I loved the backbone that Ellie grew in relation to her job.

HE LOVES ME NOT was a lot of fun and took place in Moab, UT. Kenedee works for a river guide company and is sure that her boss, Dravin, has the hots for her--even though he has a girlfriend. I mean, he does leave her flowers all the time. The business is in danger of closing and Dravin's brother, Andrew, comes up with a scheme to postpone the inevitable.Kenedee isn't so sure this plan will work, but she's willing to do whatever it takes.

I couldn't help but laugh at several instances. To avoid being caught, Andrew and Kenedee ended up hiding in a funny situation. There was also the time when the "deal" was going down. It seems to be more a reunion than a business meeting. The characters and setting were a lot of fun.

A case of mistaken identity in FOOLS OF US ALL made for some heartache. When Jane is mistaken for her flamboyant twin, she runs with it, since the guy is a long-time crush. Mason is just as nice as he's always been, but seems pretty clueless, especially since he dated Jane's twin in high school. 

I loved the tender relationship that Jane shared with her mother. She's very selfless, even towards Mason. I loved the way she dealt with Jennica, her twin. I felt her pain with the situation, but she handled it well. 

These types of stories prove that it's possible to have a fun, clean romance without all the smut. I thought they were all well-developed for being so short. Of course, I would have loved them to be full-length, but I was completely satisfied.

Content: Clean!
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About the Authors:
Melanie JacobsonMelanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog.

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Jennifer K. Clark 
Jennifer K. Clark lives in the small rural town in Wellington Utah. After a decade of entertaining her husband and three children with infamous, fictitious stories, she decided to put her imagination to good use and became an author. She likes to add a touch of romance to her novels along with a healthy dose of adventure. Fueled by Lindt Chocolate Truffles and Sour Patch Kids, she now spends a copious amount of time with the characters in her head. In her spare time she likes to create science experiments with the ingredients in her potions cupboard, debate which Doctor is her favorite (it's a toss-up between the 10th and 11th), and--when she has time--watches the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice.

Julie Daines 
Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies--anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

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