This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Released on January 4, 2016
When this lovely came to my attention, I didn’t even hesitate to snatch it up. A blend of familiar and new-to-me writers all presenting a variety of historical romances that range from sweet to some heat. As it’s an anthology, I’ll be taking the stories one at a time in mini-reviews as I go. And because it is packed with eight stories, I’ll be breaking up my review of this anthology into maybe two or three reviews. I started with the two standalones in the set and both are by familiar to me authors.
She thinks she’s in love with his best friend when he is the man behind the powerful letters they exchange the whole time he is at sea. However, now Jasper Holland is come home. How will he ever get Gemma to love him after all the lies. Because the letters weren’t a lie…
This was quick, humorous, hot, and ready to serve now style. For that, it was just right.
This one grabbed me and I delighted in this friends to lovers romance between the bad boy and his tomboy friend grown up. Julian comes back from the war hollow and also his finances are in desperate straights after a profligate uncle squandered it all. Hen is looking spinsterhood in the face, but she does come into some money which leads her to a shocking plan involving Julian who was once the boy next door.
The author infused a passionate romance with elements such as survivor’s guilt, PTSD, arranged marriage, fidelity, and so much more. For a shorter story, this had heart and depth, but a lightness. And such connection and chemistry that I wanted more of Hen and Julian.
With this taste of two stories from the set, my appetite is whetted for more. I can recommend both the stories which were a nice variety in tone, pace, and romance. I think Historical Romance lovers who want to sample authors or stories with some quicker novella-length reads would enjoy this collection.
My thanks to the authors for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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