With a Kiss Anthology – Book Review, Preview

Posted June 26, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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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 Anthology – Book Review, Preview

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
Pages: 666


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.

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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

Setting: Contemporary

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

Tags: Peterloo

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.

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About Donna Hatch

Best-selling author, Donna Hatch, is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish more than twenty historical romance titles, including the award-winning “Rogue Hearts Series.” She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six (yes, that is 6) children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Donna and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

About Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels which are set in Ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She’s not old and doesn’t remember the time period, so Google has become a great friend. Although she spent several years living in the Middle East, she prefers to forget the smells. Heather writes historicals and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies. Heather’s USA Todaybestselling titles include Heart of the Ocean, Mail Order Bride, Mistress Grim, and Poetic Justice. Heather also writes Young Adult speculative under pen name Jane Redd, which includes the Solstice series. Foreign publications include Das Grab der Konigin(Germany), Drommen om lykke (Norway), and Sommer og kjaerlighet (Norway).

Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

About Janette Rallison

USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms.  Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 28 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons.  She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.

About Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in clean historical romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

All readers who sign up for her newletter receive a free copy of Loyalty’s Web.  The link is the one for her blog.

About Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.
Rachelle is the award-winning author of twenty books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection & Whitney Award Finalist), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, Proposals and Poison, Hawaiian Masquerade, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.


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