Friday, February 17, 2017

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Valentine's Day Collection {Review}

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Valentine's Day Collection
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Mirror Press    

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes VALENTINE'S DAY COLLECTION.

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, and Sarah M. Eden.

A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison
Bethany has endured a streak of depressing Valentine’s Days. And this one is turning out no different. Her friend set her up on a blind date—and Bethany can only hope that James will be a decent guy. But it seems the fated day has other plans, and Bethany finds herself in the middle of a comedy of errors that make a blind date with a stranger the least of her problems.

EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore
When Maurie moves back to her hometown to open up her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job, and Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood return with full force. When she discovers Grant has a troubled past of his own, Maurie realizes that she might have misjudged him all along.

HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor
As Kayla trains for the Olympic swimming trials, she vows to never let another boyfriend get in her way. When she finds out her younger sister’s new high school swim coach is Nate—the guy Kayla had a huge crush on when they were in school together—Kayla realizes that her resolve is weakening. But Kayla isn’t willing to risk giving up her Olympic dream for anyone, not even charming Nate.

When Sam’s long-time boyfriend, Steve, texts that he has something important to ask her on Valentine’s Day, she’s sure that he’s going to propose. Determined to look great for the big day, she hits the all-night laundromat to wash her favorite outfit. When her clothes are chugging away in a machine, Steve calls and pops a question—not one she ever would have expected. Reeling with shock, she’s left facing the holiday alone, unless you count the other person at laundromat, a guy leaning against his own washer, intent on his phone.

DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis
The last place Colette wants to be stranded is the snowed-in Denver airport, especially when her sister is enduring chemo treatments and needs Colette’s help back home. When Colette runs into another stranded passenger—none other than former college boyfriend Drew—she can’t believe how much he’s changed . . . and hasn’t changed. Drew is still the same amazing guy that Colette was foolish enough to blow off for someone else. By the time she’d realized her mistake all those years ago, Drew’s heart had been too broken to give her a second chance. Now Colette can only hope that she can work her way back into his heart.

HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden
On the surface, Helen seems to have her life figured out. Her advice column, Hey, Helen!, is gaining more readers every week. She regularly hangs out with the guy next door, laughing and chatting over pizza and work. But when her feelings for her handsome neighbor begin tiptoeing toward something more than friendship, Helen can’t help hoping Neil might feel the same way. Between her own uncertainties, his friend-zone treatment of her, and a pair of loudly interfering parents, Hey, Helen! could use a little advice in love.


My Review: 5 Stars

I absolutely loved each and every single story in this collection! The book starts off with a bang with A BRUSH WITH THE LAW. This is the most embarrassing story I've ever read!! I was blushing and giggling for a good chunk of the story and my husband was looking at me strangely. Although embarrassing, it's really sweet and I love the romance and the way it all came together in an unexpected way.

EVERY OCCASION is a tender and heartwarming story. Who wouldn't love to have another chance with a crush from the past? Maurie and Grant's story is the perfect mix of overcoming hardships and learning not to misjudge.

I'm not very athletic, but I sure love a story about those who are dedicated to sports, especially on an Olympic level. HOLD YOUR BREATH not only gives swimmer, Kayla, another chance at the Olympics, but also a chance at love--with a high school crush. Nate is just persistent enough to wedge his way into my heart...and into hers.

THE ULTIMATE BACHELOR CHALLENGE left me almost screaming, "NOOOOO!!!" I didn't want it to end yet and wanted to know how things really played out. Sam gets the shock of her a laundromat...on Valentine's Day...but luckily, a celebrity, of sorts, is there to pick up the pieces. When an internet challenge pushes Sam into the limelight, she goes with the flow and the romance is swoony.

I can't imagine being snowed in at an airport, but that's what happens in DEAL BREAKERS. Years earlier, Colette chose another man over Drew, but now he just might have a chance with her. I loved how over the course of a day or so, this couple gets reacquainted in a way they never imagined. Sometimes, love is all about the right timing.

Sometimes, it would be nice to be able to say what you want to people who are looking for advice and that's just what Helen gets to do with her advice column, HEY HELEN! Her long-time neighbor and friend, Neil, uses this as a chance to get his true feelings out there. I love a neighbors-turned to-romance story and this one delivers in a great way.

Content: Each story has the common Valentine's Day theme, yet is so unique and different. I went from laughing to feeling teary eyed to having my heart touched to cheering on many great couples. Each story has some clean kissing and the first story, due to unfortunate and hilarious circumstances, as a character that finds herself in her underwear. These are perfect reads for the season of love...or for anytime.

*I received a complimentary copy, which didn't affect my thoughts and opinions in any way.*


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