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Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. So some plus points, but minus points because it's pretty unclear why they broke up in the first place and he never really apologizes for that or why they should expect that issue to be different now. View all 11 comments. I'll put my notes on each story below but I'll summarize by saying that the only story worth picking this up for is the first one by Josi Kilpack. Okay, that's unfair because Heather Justesen's and Heather B. Moore's stories aren't bad, either. The rest are varies stages of bad, though. That makes the collection a 2 stars that I'll round up because I'm being a bit strict in my evaluations; if you want some easy stories that don't take a lot of time or emotional commitment, then you can do worse.
I probably did them a disservice by taking them seriously. In Moonlight Kiss by Josi S. Hit all the right notes, and in an amazingly short space. Noticeably bad copyediting is the only drawback all of them verb repeats separated by another word. After three years with promise of marriage and they aren't living together. That's odd. That they only remember kissing and romantic crap only makes sense if you're religious. In which case, why are they waiting? Then again, they are both idiots.
She's a doormat and he's thoughtlessly selfish. Half a star and that only out of pity. Dancing at the Flea Market by Heather Justesen Carter is a trope—feeling like he's cheating on his dead wife is never going to be a draw for me. It takes the sym out of sympathetic because it means he's toying with someone for completely made-up reasons.
Figure yourself out before drawing someone else into your stupidity, man. Derek deserves better. Why is he giving her the time of day?!? And nobody bothers to point out that she's doing to him what she fears he'd do to her? She's the monster that she throws in his face! How is this not obvious to literally everybody she's whining to?!? Do stars have polarity? Can I give -5 stars? Picture Perfect by Heather B.
Moore Oh! I've read this before. Wish I'd written about it. I agree with my previous three stars. Drew is a bit immature and the timing of things was manipulated by the author. Or it might be crap. I can't tell because even at the end, we don't know why the idiot Kevin broke up with her before. He didn't atone or apologize or anything. He just kissed her and she succumbed. I take it back, this is a crap story with a spineless heroine who falls for a glib charmer with hot lips. Two stars that could have been three if the author had womaned-up and told us what happened.
A note about Chaste : All of these are chaste. Some to a fault as in, you can see the fault lines of ripped-out faith as chastity doesn't make sense in some of these stories. There's some mild kissing but nothing too serious in any of the stories. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral.
Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing.
So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story. View all 8 comments. Let's see how many capitalizations in the blurb I question by the end of this review.
Contemporary stories are not my preference, but I do read some. The last Timeless Romance contemporary collection that I read didn't float my boat, but I know I'm prejudiced against stories that feel "too" contemporary. So I went into this collection fully expecting that I'd be somewhat indifferent to it. That, however, wasn't the case for this first story! Sarah has a daughter with Down's Syndrome, and that made a really interesting plot point. It probably bears noting that I am deaf and my youngest son is autistic, both of which affect the lives of my family members to some extent.
Plus, the events as they unfolded in this story felt SO realistic. Maybe Ms. Kilpack is drawing from someone's real-life experience? Loved it. The resolution to the story is very satisfactory. However, I really feel that both Tess and James are very silly. More maturity is really needed on both sides. It doesn't seem realistic to me because of that. In fact, it takes a long time for the reader to find out what Tess sees in James. I'd be interested to hear if anyone thinks the events in this story - particularly the thought processes of the principal players - is realistic.
When the two women run into Carter, an impatient man with a painful past I think this would be an issue in any relationship, except possibly in the case of TWO widowers. Mara lives with her father to help him manage health care issues. It felt realistic, and I really had a sense of Mara and Carter's strong feelings for each other. In the process, she encounters Derek, a boyfriend that she broke up with two years previously. This is another story in which I feel that the characters are just too immature.
She'd known that things have felt "off" in their relationship for about a month, and based on the events later in the story, I can only assume that she felt more offended than grieved about the breakup. I can't help but feel that to be a flaw in her character. If she wasn't in a good relationship, she should have gotten out. If it WAS a good relationship, she should have felt grieved.
The Science of Sentiment by Aubrey Mace 4 stars From the blurb: "Rosie will do anything to forget Kevin, his completely perfect kisses, and the fact that he dumped her.nightfire.dev3.develag.com/blood-red-turns-dollar-green-volume-2.php
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It's a two bedroom cabin. I feel like this is another story with an immature love interest just needing to have a conversation with the other. I just cannot conceive of a person dumping someone without trying to fix an issue first. It's so hurtful. And such a waste of time. When bumps occur in the road, we What's the point of trying, because you'll never get anywhere. That just doesn't jive well with me, regardless of the fact that Rosie agrees to his request both times. And technically she didn't even give a verbal agreement the first time. I cannot agree with tactics like that.
I still like historical romances best! By the way, I didn't note any more capitalization issues in the blurb. Most of them were really cute! I didn't think the last story fit the theme and it's not really a romance. Another great A Timeless Romance Anthology collection of six novellas of best-selling authors. This was a mixed bag for me. Language: No profanity. Kissing only. Source: My personal purchased library.
Nov 01, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , novella. She just hopes that the suave on-line Clint will live up to the man she hopes to share her heart with From Amazon, my individual reviews underneath: In Moonlight Kiss, a delightful story by Josi S. Nov 03, Katie W rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance-clean. I loved these stories!! I'm not typically a big fan of novellas or short stories because they either aren't well developed or they leave me wanting more. These are definitely an exception!!
Six amazing authors crafted some unique and well written stories that totally hit the spot. I love that they're all by different authors because each author has a different style and it was a lot of fun to see that style come through. It's a very tough call for me to pick a favorite, but at this very moment I loved these stories!! It's a very tough call for me to pick a favorite, but at this very moment, I'd have to say Picture Perfect Heather B. Moore won my vote. Don't get me wrong though--I absolutely adored the others.
I could read it again next week and pick a different one. My only wish, aside from never wanting them to end, is that I would have read them during the spring because I love to read books during the season that they take place--don't ask--I'm just weird like that. I read the winter collection and will definitely be picking up the others!! View all 3 comments. I thought this was a great collection of short stories. I enjoyed each one.
Others like Sarah Eden I am a huge fan of and will read anything she writes. I love these anthology's and hope they keep writing many more! There is a new one coming on in May, I can't wait! I admit, short stories are a bit frustrating for me since I always wish they were l I thought this was a great collection of short stories. I admit, short stories are a bit frustrating for me since I always wish they were longer. I really enjoyed all these stories though and they were a perfect fit for my busy day. Content: Clean.
Jul 09, Tandie rated it liked it Shelves: romance , contemporary , shorties , anthologies. I just don't dig these author's contemporary romances, some were cheesy and weird. Sarah Eden's was probably the best one. I much prefer the historical romances these authors write. Dec 10, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: review-team-for-the-author. Received a copy of this from one of the authors to review.
Moonlight Kiss : Really cute story. I was drawn in right away and felt compassion, connection, and disgust like I was supposed to, I'm sure! I thought it was well developed for a short story and enjoyed so much about the setting, Sarah and her friend Brylee and seeing her relationships with the characters develop. Chasing Tess : Slightly cheesy and a bit predictable at the end but still cute and enjoya Received a copy of this from one of the authors to review.
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Chasing Tess : Slightly cheesy and a bit predictable at the end but still cute and enjoyable. I liked Tess and could relate to her frustration with James and would probably have done pretty much what she did. This one, I think could have been a little longer to develop more, but it was still good and I enjoyed reading it. Dancing at the Flea Market : This one was still cute and fun but didn't capture my attention like the first 2 have.
I liked the characters, but it didn't seem like there was enough time to develop the story the way it was told. I needed this one to be a bit longer, but I still enjoyed it. The Best Laid Plans : Cute and and cheesy predictable but fun. Picture Perfect : Very cute, of course a bit predictable, but still engaging and made me root for the two love birds to hook up.
I could relate in some ways to Gemma; she seemed a bit like me. How Drew romanced her would be right up my alley too. This short story is the second in the series of 5 for this author's Aliso Creek series and it's fun getting to know the characters. Looking forward to finishing the series off and reading about the love stories of the other friends. The Science of Sentiment : Cute and funny.
I could see myself a bit in the stubbornness of the female lead but hopefully not quite as stubborn! I liked that there was a lot of dialog in this story and the little flashback into their past. I look forward to reading more by this author. Overall, another fun anthology of short stories. For some reason, these ones didn't seem to bother me as too short and needing more development like the previous anthology in this series that I read. I'm looking forward to reading the other anthologies in this series. Feb 11, Julie rated it really liked it. This is six novellas by six different authorssort of a romantic snack from each one if you will.
All of them were romantic, but a few really stood out. There was one that had a kiss that was bone-melting good. It makes me sigh just to think about it again.
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But as we're dealing with different authors, we're also dealing with different writing styles and depth of character. There were two stories that were enjoyable, just flirty and fun romance. Quick reads. There were two stories that didn't f This is six novellas by six different authorssort of a romantic snack from each one if you will.
There were two stories that didn't fit very well to me because in one I had a hard time liking the hero, even at the romantic parts, and in the other the story was just implausible and I kept shaking my head and thinking, really? But there were two other stories that I was completely enthralled with and wishing they would go on for another , words.
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