As I promised in my post of Joyce DiPastena’s Just This Moment, here are the reviews for the remainder of the books in the anthology.
With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology: Ten authors have gathered to share their talents to support a friend who is dealing with extensive medical expenses for both himself and his wife. I have read books by many of these authors and can agree they are all very talented. Many have had books reviewed on this site.
With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
by Traci Hunter Abramson, Rachel Branton, Rachelle J. Christensen, Joyce DiPastena, Danyelle Ferguson, Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Janette Rallison, Heather Tullis
Publication Date May 22, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure
Setting: Canada, Arizona, Georgia, England, Washington, Minnesota, Kansas Written for: Adults
WITH A KISS: A Sweet Romance Anthology
A collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors.
**On sale for a limited time only!**
Romances in this collection:DANCING TO FREEDOM by Traci Hunter Abramson: A Russian ballerina. An American hockey player. A forbidden romance. Can Katrina follow her heart when freedom is the one thing she lacks? Or will the Cold War cost her the only man she has ever loved?
RYLEE’S MIX-UP by Rachel Branton: Rylee Williams didn’t want to be a bridesmaid at her estranged sister’s wedding, the sister who’d grown up with the family she was supposed to have. So why does she find herself in a dress two sizes too big and no date for the wedding? Maybe it’s time to give up on her family once and for all. But a greased pig contest and handsome cowboy Beck Seeger might just change her mind—both about sticking it out and taking a chance at love.
THE REFUGEE’S BILLIONAIRE by Rachelle J. Christensen: Shawn Halstrom has an assignment: travel to Atlanta, Georgia to investigate The Heart of Atlanta refugee center so that Burke Enterprises can make a donation. The job should take two weeks tops, but he wasn’t planning on falling for a Cuban refugee named Carolina Diaz. She’s a single mother who isn’t interested in dating, even if the guy might be a billionaire.
JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?
ORIGAMI GIRL by Danyelle Ferguson: Josephine loved teaching crafts at the children's hospital until she was assigned to help Dr. Blake learn how to relate with his patients. As she helps the young doctor soften his sharp edges, relax his rigid folds, and open up to the people around him, she finds she can't help but love the man he's becoming.
SABRINA’S HERO by Donna Hatch: For weeks, Sabrina daydreams about a mysterious gentleman who frequents the lending library. Is he perchance an agent for the crown? A returning war hero? A highwayman? A fateful public assembly introduces her to the mystery man as well as an intriguing newcomer. Now she’s torn between a charming rake promising the adventure she craves, and a handsome barrister who offers security. Only one will stand by her when it matters most.
FALLING FOR LUCY by Heather B. Moore: Lucy Morley’s older sister is perfect, yet Lucy can’t even hold down a job, let alone stick with something like college. After another disastrous firing, she lands her dream job at a bookstore—and it doesn’t hurt that her new boss, Adam Parks, is pretty much her dream man. But if Lucy is good at one thing, it’s guarding herself from heartbreak. Adam has other plans in mind that include finding a way into Lucy’s heart.
MY DEAREST EMMA by Luisa Perkins: Since her husband died at 25, Johanna has worked at a busy hotel in the new railroad town of Danube, Minnesota, soothing her loneliness by writing home to her sister in Germany. When she meets August, a shy widower, her letters reveal a budding friendship. But Johanna soon begins to question whether their romance can survive a demanding employer, August’s jealous daughter, and the misgivings of two recently broken hearts.
COVERTLY YOURS by Janette Rallison: Paisley Spencer never needed a knight in shining armor—until she finds herself surrounded by three gangsters in a bad part of Phoenix. A handsome stranger intervenes, rescuing her from certain disaster. The only catch? Now she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the next hour. She finds it’s a job she doesn't want to end.
Novella by Heather Tullis: When Titus takes over as manager of Midwest Blood Services, he immediately notices Regan, and she notices him right back—until she realizes he took the job for which she had been vying.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Dancing to Freedom by Traci Hunter Abramson – 5 stars
Setting: Canada, Cold War Era – US – 1947 – 1991
Tags: Ballet, Russia, Refugee, Defection, Hockey
I enjoyed this romance between a ballerina from Cold War era USSR and a Canadian hockey player. The way they met in secret and had to avoid the KGB knowing they even spoke added an element of suspense that was entertaining.
Rylee’s Mix-Up by Rachel Branton – 4 stars
Setting: Arizona Contemporary
Tags: Farm, Ranch, Cowboy, Foster Child, Abandonment
A fun mistaken-identity story
The Refugee’s Billionaire by Rachelle J. Christensen – 4 1/2 stars
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Tags: Single mom, Refugee
This was a sweet story of a refugee who had made some mistakes but was doing her best to provide for herself and her son.
Just This Moment by Joyce DiPastena – 5 stars
See the post here
Origami Girl by Danielle Ferguson – 4 1/2 stars
Tags: Oncology, cancer, art, resident
This is another fun story. Josephine was so loving and full of sunshine. Dr. Blake was not. It was amusing how out-of-touch he was with the kids he worked with, to the point of knowing them by their diagnoses instead of their names. The scene where he was discussing the difference between girls and boys was hilarious!
Sabrina’s Hero by Donna Hatch – 3 1/2 stars
Setting: England, Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
The story was good. It was interesting to get the perspective of a book being an expensive gift. We are so spoiled today to be able to get books so easily and inexpensively!
Falling for Lucy by Heather B. Moore – 4 1/2 stars
Setting: Washington, Contemporary
Lucy’s family pretty much wrote her off as a failure, which was so sad. Then she ended up with a job at Adam’s bookstore and learned how to shine. One thing I especially enjoyed about the story was the mention of authors and books. Not just one or two, there were many, and not just mainstream authors. It was sweet that she mentioned the author that this anthology is raising money for.
My Dearest Emma by Luisa Perkins – 4 1/2 stars
Setting: Minnesota, Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
The author did a great job of telling the story through Johanna’s letters to her sister, Emma.
Covertly Yours by Janette Rallison – 5 stars
Setting: Arizona Contemporary
As with so many of her works, this story was a fantastic mix of humor and adventure. I loved the way that Paisley got herself into such a jam and the way she tried to get Ice out of jail. The story was told by only her perspective, which was exactly the way it needed to be.
Suspect Love by Heather Tullis – 4 1/2 stars
Setting: Kansas Contemporary
This was a very short story, but it was the perfect length. It was a sweet story.