Authors: Melanie Jacobson, Julie Wright, Rachael Anderson, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden
Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection. Readers will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a Summer Wedding, all with one thing in common: Romance.
In Melanie Jacobson’s charming novella, Love Bytes, Bree is the maid-of-honor and Dallen is the best-man. While they plan and plot over email and texting, Bree realizes that the best part about the Maui wedding might be meeting Dallen. She just hopes that he’ll feel the same way.
Romeo and Julie-ex is a sweet romance by Julie Wright. “Romeo” turns out to be a two-timing jerk, and when Juliet Moore’s pre-ordered wedding dress arrives from UPS, Juliet curses everything male. In a stubborn streak, she decides to keep the bridal photography appointment—when Juliet shows up for the appointment and meets photographer Jack Montague, she might have to take back some of her curses on men.
In Rachael Anderson’s enchanting novella, The Meltdown Match, Courtney spends each summer in her hometown of Heimel, Alaska, to find inspiration for her next novel. But when she runs into former high school friend, Mitch Winters, and they both win the Meltdown Match—a traditional dating contest—Courtney discovers that leaving her hometown at the end of the summer might not be so easy this time.
In Golden Sunrise, an engaging romance by Annette Lyon, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she’s putting her heart in harm’s way a second time.
Tide Pools is a captivating story by Heather B. Moore. Lexi makes a quick trip to Hawaii to attend her friend’s wedding, and she discovers that the engaged couple, Sydney and Apelu, are still trying to match-make for her. Lexi laughs because not only does their friend David have a serious girlfriend, but he owns a restaurant on the island. But when Lexi meets David, she has a hard time remembering why all of her plans were so important.
In Sarah M. Eden’s delightful novella, A Regular Bloke from Stanmore, Abby is helping her sister, Caroline, plan her British wedding. That’s right, Caroline is obsessed with all things British and insists on an authentic wedding in . . . Oregon. When they arrive at Sainsbury House reception hall, it has everything Caroline loves, and the host, Matthew Carlton, even has a British accent.
I enjoyed each of these stories. I liked how a lot of the stories had examples of being a good friend.
Love Bytes: I was quickly drawn into this story and to the characters. I liked the emails and texts they shared.
Content: passionate kissing, a couple swear words
Rating: 4 stars
Romeo and Julie-Ex: This was a really fun story, and the Romeo and Juliet tie-ins were a nice touch. I expected the viewpoint to change but found staying in Juliet’s point of view added some extra suspense since I didn’t know for sure what Jack was thinking.
Rating: 4.5 stars
The Meltdown Match: I really liked this one. I liked the dynamics between Mitch and Courtney. In many ways they knew each other really well and in other ways they still had more to learn about each other. In this one knowing both points of view helped me to get to know both of them better and had me rooting for them.
Rating: 5 stars
Golden Sunrise: At the beginning, I really liked this story, but by the end, I liked it but didn’t really like it anymore. I’m not sure completely why, but somehow it fell a little flat by the end.
Content: Clean, adult drinking
Tide Pools: I liked this story, but the relationship felt a bit rushed at the end. I would have liked an epilogue since the future seemed somewhat uncertain, especially considering how fast their relationship developed.
Content: Clean – passionate kissing
Rating: 3.5 stars
A Regular Bloke from from Stanmore: This story brings a smile to my face. Matt and Abby are both great characters. I liked how it showed how past relationships can influence and effect current relationships. This story had depth.
Rating: 4.5 stars