Author: Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Janette Rallison, Lisa Mangum, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden
Series: A Timeless Romance #8
Genres: Romance Anthology
Date: July 12, 2014
Publisher: Mirror Press
Six contemporary romance novellas, all set in renowned New York City with one thing in common: Romance.
In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life.
In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul.
In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed.
In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart.
Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.
In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she’s been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn’t sure she’s up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.
Another wonderful collection of stories from some of my favorite authors! I love these collections — all so different and yet tied together by a central theme. And while I love that I can read a story in one sitting, I always end up wishing they were just a little bit longer!
These collections always hit the spot! The stories are the perfect length for a quick romance fix.
Job Hazards by Janette Rallison – Hilarious! Talk about an awkward meet up with an ex. It was a great second chance story!
A Taste of Sun by Heather B. Moore – I loved the way Steve handled Winona’s refusal to tour the city with him. So cute! I admired his openness and honesty and loved the support Winona gave him.
Dulce De Leche by Luisa Perkins – Marisol was so sweet, and amazing with Darius’ boys. I wish I could taste her baking! I loved the way the relationship developed in the story.
Take a Chance by Sarah M. Eden – What a random way to get a second chance. It was fun to watch the little things Miguel did to try and get Jane to talk to him. I loved the surprise help he got from some other passengers!
Firsts and Lasts by Annette Lyon – I loved the instant connection between Mark and Dani, and the way they encouraged each other to follow their dreams. I’d love to see them in the park!
& by Lisa Mangum – Jesse was a poet! He made my heart melt. He and Lucy were perfect for each other. I loved the meaning behind the “&.”
I always enjoy the Timeless romance anthologies. Six stories in one book is a little tougher since there isn’t time to delve very deep into the story. I tend to prefer ones that are second chance romances as opposed to insta-love.
Job Hazards was pretty fun. It is a second chance romance that starts in the most awkward situation ever. Harrison comes upon Lydia while she is undercover as a hooker. The whole situation was amusing. Except for Harrison. Not so amusing for him. It took longer for me to warm up to him since he was so judgmental both in high school and during the story.
A Taste of Sun was more on the insta-love scale but at least it wasn’t insta-insta. I liked Steve and Winona even if she was a bit offish in the beginning. It was fun that he reported back to her what their outings had been like when she wouldn’t go.
Dulce de Leche was neither insta-love or second chance. It was more of a slow burn romance and in truth, we really didn’t get to see the romance. The whole story was either as employee/employer or friendship. Not until the very end do we really see the romantic nature of the relationship and by then the story is over. The interracial factor was an interesting twist that I don’t see very often in these kinds of books.
Take a Chance was second chance romance from a recent break up instead of long lost love. I had a harder time with believably with them getting back together so quickly. Also that she was so unclear with her feelings during the time of their break up. But it was fun to think about Broadway performers doing an impromptu show in the airport when everyone was stuck there. I would have liked that when I’ve been stuck with a cancelled flight.
Firsts and Lasts is definitely an Insta-love story but I still thought it was kind of lovely for them to see the city together. Mark was a bit pushy in his desire to change Dani’s plan but it was sweet at the same time.
& was more on the insta-love side but mostly it was just Jesse showing Lucy that she was worth more than what the voices in her life were giving her credit for. I thought Lucy was a little vindictive toward Devon but he wasn’t a very nice person really. Jesse was kind of a perfect love interest. This story had a bit of innuendo at the end that didn’t really fit the rest of the story so it stuck out as weird to me.
Sex: some kisses