Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SMALL TOWN SUMMER Anthology

From warm sunny days to long sultry nights, spend your summer falling in love in a small town! These nine contemporary romances featuring sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and lots of heartwarming romance make the perfect beach read. Whether your pleasure is sweet small town romance or smolderingly sexy love stories, there's something in the Small Town Summer box set for everyone!


AWAKENING ANNA, by Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Terri Osburn
ANYWHERE WITH YOU, by Heatherly Bell
MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS, by National Bestselling author Jamie Farrell
SUMMER IN STRINGTOWN PROPER, by Liz Flaherty
SUMMER STOCK, by Regina Kyle
SERENA’S SOLDIER, by Amy Lamont
A KISS IN KITE HARBOR, by Stefanie London
HER LAST SHOT, by Megan Ryder
SWEET HOME ALASKA, by Rebecca Thomas
AWAKENING ANNA (Terri Osburn) –
Librarian Anna Robinson is fascinated by Max Marshall, the hot young writer occupying the bestseller lists, and the apartment above hers. In one night, Max awakens Anna to true sexual pleasure, but the new lovers quickly learn that one night is never enough.
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ANYWHERE WITH YOU (Heatherly Bell) –
Welcome to Starlight Hill, California, where the wine flows freely and so does the gossip.

Celebrity stylist Kailey Robbins wants a second chance with ex-military pilot Joe Hannigan, but can she convince him that this time she’ll settle down into small town life?
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MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS (Jamie Farrell) –
Shelby’s a newly single mother learning how to be herself again. Zack’s the hot military man next door who loves a good adventure. And a chance encounter at a steamy summer softball game will challenge what they both thought they knew about their hearts, their lives, and their forevers.
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SUMMER IN STRINGTOWN PROPER (Liz Flaherty) –
Banker Molly Linden never expected to be alone and unemployed at fifty. Buying hunky carpenter Joe Rahilly’s saloon takes care of the employment situation, but she’s still alone. Or is she?
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SUMMER STOCK (Regina Kyle) –
Jax Donovan left his hometown—and high school sweetheart Georgi Petersen—for the bright lights of Broadway. Now he’s back, but can he convince the lovely librarian that their romance is worth rekindling, on stage and off?
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SERENA’S SOLDIER (Amy Lamont) –
Young nurse Serena Adessi can't wait to be reunited with the soldier she's loved for as long as she can remember. But when Mace Palmer sustains a career-ending injury while deployed, can she convince him he still has a future worth fighting for?
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A KISS IN KITE HARBOR (Stefanie London) –
When plus size model, Shelby Jenkins, returns to her hometown she must face up to the bullies from her past, but the only person who can help her is the one who broke her heart. Small town advocate Nate Ritter is ready for redemption, but will he lose the woman of his dreams to the big city again?
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HER LAST SHOT (Megan Ryder) –
Girl next door Rachel Darling has been in love with local baseball hero, Bastien LeBeau, for her whole life. Now that he's back in town, can she convince him that she’s the right woman for him or will he lose the best thing that might ever happen to him?
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SWEET HOME ALASKA (Rebecca Thomas) –
When Lauren Kinkade abandons her Hollywood dreams to run the family business back in Alaska, she reaches out to a former schoolmate to help get things off the ground. Trey Briggs has his reasons for turning her down, but can he really resist the girl he’s always wanted?
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*All stories included in Small Town Summer are novella length. Readers will have the chance to catch up with their favorite authors and sample some brand new ones. *
Small Town Summer is available for purchase from:

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REVIEWS

AWAKENING ANNA (Terri Osburn)

I'm a fan of Terri Osburn and have read all of her books.  Of course when I found out she was part of an anthology, I was in.  I heard Awakening Anna was different from her other stories, but honestly until I started reading I forgot that.  Wow, you go girl!  Terri definitely stepped out of her comfort zone, writing a brazen book with an alpha hero.

Anna Robinson is a librarian and head of the Happy Hearts book club.  The group tends to read romance novels, some steamier than others.   Anna is your classic librarian who fantasizes about stepping out of her comfort zone.  Unfortunately for her, she’s been told her bedroom skills are lacking.  For weeks, Anna has been dreaming of her new upstairs neighbor, YA author Max Marshall.

When a storm hits, knocking out power, the two spend a passionate night together which in turn awakens the inner vixen hidden in Anna.  Neither expect their time together to be so good or their time together to end so soon.

Terri has written characters who are likeable from the start.  They bring passion to each other.  I know this is a short story, but I would have preferred for this the be a full-length novel, with more background on Anna and Max.

Rating: 4

MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS (Jamie Farrell)

Moonshine & Magnolias marks my first time reading Jaime Farrell.  Oh my gosh!!!  I have seriously been missing out.  I was in a reading funk and I swear Jaime had me laughing with the southern charm zingers her character Shelby Thermokopolos was sending out.

"You're dog's in the magnolia tree."
"That's a real good grip on the obvious you've got there, bless your heart."

Moonshine & Magnolias is part of the Ex-Wives Series, but is a standalone read.  Shelby is a single mom with two small children and a pug who loves to climb trees.  When Shelby is injured, her next door neighbor, Zack Montgomery steps in to help her out.  

Zack never thought about being married or having a family.  He simply lives for adventure and wants to travel the world.  All that changes when he actually spends a little time with Shelby.

Moonshine & Magnolias had me laughing and smiling from the beginning.  I can’t wait to read more from Jaime Farrell.

Rating: 5

SWEET HOME ALASKA (Rebecca Thomas)

Sweet Home Alaska marks my first time reading Rebecca Thomas.  I found the story sweet and charming.  Lauren Kinkade has always longed for the big city.  After graduating high school, she moved to Hollywood to fulfill her acting dreams.  When things don’t work out and her grandmother passes away, she returns to the small Alaskan town she grew up in.  

Trey Briggs has always had a crush on Lauren, but she never really truly noticed him in high school.  Now, Trey has Lauren’s future in her hands and doesn’t even know it.

Sweet Home Alaska is a second chance romance, featuring high school classmates.  This closed door romance is sweet and doesn’t have the obvious romance storyline behind it. Yes, you know Lauren and Trey are going to get together, but as the story continues, you start to wonder just how that’s going to happen.  

I’m looking forward to reading more of Rebecca Thomas’ contemporary romances.

Rating: 4



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