When I got this box set for review, I debated how I was going to do it. There are eighteen full-length stories in the set and for a few reasons it is not possible to review it all at once. Even I can’t do 18 novel-length books in a week, haha! And can you imagine the length of the post? Shari would shoot me for sure. The authors graciously understood this and suggested that I could review at least one right away. I have decided to read at least one or two a month and eventually plan to get them all read between other review commitments. This may take a while as you can imagine. I think it will actually be a good thing because for one, I’ll be able to do justice to each story with a full review and it will definitely keep the box set in everyone’s mind longer.
Most box sets have a theme of sorts and this one is pretty much: Romance. The romances range from first kiss to second chance, from gentle paced straight contemporary to hard-paced suspense. It’s a big variety which is right up my alley. I’ve actually never read a book by any of these authors so that is a huge draw for me as well.
And so, onward to the first story which is a beautiful and dramatic second chance romance for a hurting couple who couldn’t figure out how to recover from the loss of their baby until it is almost too late.
Nick and Ariana met in college, fell in love and married. Their relationship was built on friendship and camaraderie. They not only loved, but respected each other as they pursued their dreams separately and together. Then the stresses of infertility, starting up their businesses, and an interfering mom caused everything to unravel until the day Ariana lost a baby and couldn’t deal so left her beloved husband. Now, they are facing a divorce that she initiated, but finds herself so reluctant to finalize. An unforeseen circumstance that leaves them locked in a room together gets them talking and the two haltingly begin communicating again and working toward a new chance. Nick wants it and Ari does too if only she can trust in Nick’s love and commitment and sternly force her fear away, they will make it work this time.
As I mentioned this one is both beautiful and dramatic. Beautiful in the sense that infertility and loss are tough things to face and because Nick, no matter what, was there for his wife and really stepped up when they decided to work it out. He courted her beautifully and stayed strong through all her doubts and his mom’s criticisms. And dramatic because Ariana can be a hot mess. She lets her fears and Nick’s mom really work a number on their marriage and her own stress level. Can’t say that I was fond of Ariana even though I felt for her going through the losses that she did. She grew throughout this story and I loved that in the end, she was able to stand up to Nick’s mom. I liked that the author set it up so both characters took turns at the narration.
It was a gently-paced standalone story that focused entirely on the rebuilding of Nick and Ari’s marriage. I would recommend this to Contemporary Romance fans who don’t mind things getting a pinch on the spicy side.
My thanks to the authors for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.