Book Review: Valentine’s Day Collection

Title: Valentine’s Day Collection
Authors: Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, Sarah M. Eden
Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 19
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: February 1, 2017

Book Summary:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes VALENTINE’S DAY COLLECTION.

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, and Sarah M. Eden.

A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison
Bethany has endured a streak of depressing Valentine’s Days. And this one is turning out no different. Her friend set her up on a blind date—and Bethany can only hope that James will be a decent guy. But it seems the fated day has other plans, and Bethany finds herself in the middle of a comedy of errors that make a blind date with a stranger the least of her problems.

EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore
When Maurie moves back to her hometown to open up her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job, and Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood return with full force. When she discovers Grant has a troubled past of his own, Maurie realizes that she might have misjudged him all along.

HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor
As Kayla trains for the Olympic swimming trials, she vows to never let another boyfriend get in her way. When she finds out her younger sister’s new high school swim coach is Nate—the guy Kayla had a huge crush on when they were in school together—Kayla realizes that her resolve is weakening. But Kayla isn’t willing to risk giving up her Olympic dream for anyone, not even charming Nate.

When Sam’s long-time boyfriend, Steve, texts that he has something important to ask her on Valentine’s Day, she’s sure that he’s going to propose. Determined to look great for the big day, she hits the all-night laundromat to wash her favorite outfit. When her clothes are chugging away in a machine, Steve calls and pops a question—not one she ever would have expected. Reeling with shock, she’s left facing the holiday alone, unless you count the other person at laundromat, a guy leaning against his own washer, intent on his phone.

DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis
The last place Colette wants to be stranded is the snowed-in Denver airport, especially when her sister is enduring chemo treatments and needs Colette’s help back home. When Colette runs into another stranded passenger—none other than former college boyfriend Drew—she can’t believe how much he’s changed . . . and hasn’t changed. Drew is still the same amazing guy that Colette was foolish enough to blow off for someone else. By the time she’d realized her mistake all those years ago, Drew’s heart had been too broken to give her a second chance. Now Colette can only hope that she can work her way back into his heart.

HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden
On the surface, Helen seems to have her life figured out. Her advice column, Hey, Helen!, is gaining more readers every week. She regularly hangs out with the guy next door, laughing and chatting over pizza and work. But when her feelings for her handsome neighbor begin tiptoeing toward something more than friendship, Helen can’t help hoping Neil might feel the same way. Between her own uncertainties, his friend-zone treatment of her, and a pair of loudly interfering parents, Hey, Helen! could use a little advice in love.

I very much looked forward to reading these stories, and they didn’t disappoint. Some of them I wished were longer because I did not want to let go of the characters and stories yet.
A Brush with the Law: This story made me laugh. I loved the characters. I definitely would not want to have been in Bethany’s shoes for most of that day. Reading about embarrassing situations stress me out a bit, so I took of half a star for that, but other than that, I loved this story.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean – reference to hookers
Every Occasion: At the beginning of the story the characters and story seemed a bit familiar, but I quickly realized is was much different than the story it reminded me of. This was a cute story with great characters.
Rating: 4 stars
Content: Clean – 1 swear word, references to infidelity
Hold Your Breath: This was a sweet story. I really liked the characters and how they challenged each other to be better.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean
The Ultimate Bachelor Challenge: This was a cute story that was hard to put down. This was one I especially did not want to end. I would love to read more about these characters, both the main characters and some of the minor characters.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content: Clean – reference to gay marriage
Deal Breakers: This story had great characters. It was a cute story with the characters getting a second chance at love. Having been stuck in airports before, I could definitely relate to that part of the story.
Rating: 4 stars
Content: Clean
Hey, Helen!: This was my favorite out of the stories in this collection. I loved the characters, the story, and the ending. Looking back, I think in some ways his parents helped facilitate the development of their relationship.
Rating: 5 stars
Content: Clean

Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean
Source: Review Copy
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