Book: The Perfect Gift
Author: Dani-Lyn Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 80
Published: Pocket Star, November 17, 2014
It’s the season of second chances in this heartwarming, contemporary holiday romance where two single parents find each other—and another chance at love—in the most unexpected of places!
’Tis the night before Christmas…and businessman and single father Jason is scrambling to find the dollhouse of the season for his seven-year-old daughter Emily. But when he finally strikes gold at an obscure toy store, he’s met with resistance—literally, as a beautiful woman named Leah is grabbing onto the dollhouse box from the other side of the aisle, determined to get the same Christmas present for her own daughter.
Desperate not to let the other win, Jason and Leah forge a pact: stay together until they find the same dollhouse at a different toy store. It sounds simple, but ten stores and many hours later, they still come up empty. They might not be finding another dollhouse, but they sure are finding a lot to talk about and, as their mutual attraction grows, the unlikely pair finds the greatest holiday gift of all—love.
Well, what can I say? This was short, sweet and to the point. It’s the classic tale of single parents looking for a particular toy on Christmas to gift their kids and find the last one available. It was a cute plot and even though it was very short, somehow the little bit of romance worked for the sixty pages.
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Book: Haunted Halls
Author: M. Raiya
Page Count: 57
Published: Less Than Three Press LLC, May 7th, 2014
College should be a blast for Evan: Same state where he grew up, just a few hours from home, tuition is free, and there’s nothing but new experiences and opportunity in front of him. All he feels is homesick, alone, and adrift. Whatever thrills his roommates eludes Evan.
He is distracted from his misery by Gabriel, who seems to come and go in the blink of eye. But he’s beautiful, confident, proud—everything Evan is not. Most of all, he’s a mystery, and one that Evan is determined to solve …
This was a short fun read. I’ve always had a thing for ghost stories. Even the word ‘ghost’ is so mysterious and intriguing. So it was no wonder I wanted to read it, and it delivered what it intended, a fun quick read of romance between a loved yet lonely living boy, and a long ago dead ghost of a gentlemanly young man. I liked the main character, Evan, immediately. He was a college freshman and he represented one side of what we all felt at that age and stage of our lives. First time away from his home, he felt a sort of loneliness that only time, and a few good friends you can find, could help him overcome.
The good looking mysterious ghost, Gabriel, I also liked. He was a true gentleman, a ghost I wouldn’t kick out of my house. He was kind, gentle, very considerate of Evan and other living people.
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Book: Different Strokes
Author: Nico Jaye
Page Count: 69
Published: Less Than Three Press LLC, December 11st, 2013
This was a short yet very sweet story. For a romance that was sixty something pages, it had a good pace. We met the characters when they themselves met for the first time, and we kept delving into their lives in certain periods of the year, like christmas, thanksgiving and valentines, which made the story flow easily.
Tomas is an Olympic medalled swimmer who has his own massage therapist. He’s not very social for the strict and disciplined way he lives his life, so when his therapist has to leave for an emergency and sends her replacement, Darren, Tomas is met with a nice surprise.
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Book: The Rake’s Redemption
Author: Sherrill Bodine
Page Count: 177
Published: Diversion Books, December 1st, 2013
The Rake’s Redemption is a story about finding love for the second time, it is about facing your past and moving on to your future. I could say all this because it is about all those things, unfortunately though, it falls short in making me feel them. Those are just the conclusions I drew in the end of the story, like when I was in high school and we were required to read a book and give a brief summary about what it was talking about. I’d read the book, but then I wouldn’t exactly connect with it further than was necessary for my homework. It’s a shame though, because the storyline was promising and a particular subplot was most interesting.
Juliana Grenville is a widow, albeit a young one of twenty three. She’s met her husband when she was young and they enjoyed a very short marriage of one month before he perished at war six years ago. Now she passes her time taking care of her home and her brother, but in order to relieve her brother of the responsibility of caring for a young widowed sister, she wishes to marry another widower like herself, preferably with kids. So she plots to travel to London with her aunt. There she meets Dominic, Marquis of Aubrey, who’s a rake, but also somewhat of a mystery. He’s most definitely what she is not looking for in a husband, and yet the heart wants what it wants, and before they-and us- know it, they find themselves falling in love and facing their unique obstacles in order to end up happy together.
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