Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ruin box set by Rachel Van Dyken

If you haven't gotten the Ruin boxed set yet, it's still 99 cents  Go snag...here's an excerpt of Toxic...the second book in the boxed set. 


"Each stroke…" His hands pressed against my hips making me gasp. "You need to feel it not just on your fingertips—but everywhere."
Holy. Crap. 
"Feel it here," he squeezed and then ran his hands lightly up my sides, then resting right underneath my breasts, he pressed again. "And here."
My breathing picked up speed, as did my music. 
"Slow down," he commanded in that same irritating patient tone. "Where is this story taking me? Where are you taking your lover?"
"Huh?" I breathed. 
"Use your hands to tell me the story—use your body to propel the story forward, what happens next, tell the story, Saylor. Make me feel it without even touching you."
"But—that's impossible."
"You can feel a kiss without touching someone's lips."
"I'm confused."
"Concentrate." Gabe's voice was firm. "I want to kiss you."
"What?" He was lucky I didn't actually collapse against the piano this time. 
"In the story." He chuckled. "I want to kiss you in this story, so kiss me."
"You want me to get up and kiss you?" Mind you, I was still trying to play a difficult piece as he was asking me this which basically meant I must have had talent because my body was on fire. 
"Without our mouths meeting."
"Through the music." I clarified in a doubtful voice. 
I could hear the smile in his tone as he answered. "Yes, through the music, show me what the kiss would feel like. I want to taste it."
"But how?"
He laughed softly. "I'm touching them."
"What?"
"My lips," he countered. "They're soft, open, wet…"
I squirmed on the piano bench, squeezing my eyes shut. "What else?"
"As I part my lips…I wonder what your tongue tastes like, what type of pressure you'd use as you pressed your velvety smooth mouth against mine, I imagine exploring your mouth not just because I want to—but because I can't help it. I'm lost. And your kiss is my salvation…so Saylor, will you save me?"
My fingers glided effortlessly over the piano as I imagined his mouth—the way he smiled, the way he took his lower lip hostage when he was deep in thought. The dark look he got in his eyes when there was something he wanted. Our kiss would be epic. 
The music picked up speed as I leaned over the piano, pounding each note with the rhythm of my footsteps as I approached him. 
His hands would reach for my hips as he pulled me closer. My hands hovered over the keys making my hesitation known. 
And then I pressed softly against the ivory, leaning forward as if I was leaning into Gabe with my body pressed against his. My breasts brushed the keys I moved closer to the piano and then slowed the music. 
His eyes would close. 
His lips would part. 
And we'd meet in the middle—because both of us wanted the same thing. Both of us wanted to taste, to explore, to feel. 
I slowed my left hand as my right hand moved quicker across the keys, to show the anticipation. 
And then, our mouths would touch. 
I pounded the keys with my left hand, making it the loudest part of the piece which wasn't normally how it was done. 
Our tongues would tangle. 
I pounded the piano harder. 
His fingers would dig into my arms as he lifted me into the air. 
I pulled back from the piano, stopping the music, and then gently started the rhythmic cadence again. 
Our kiss was the perfect joining of music. 
He was the left hand, I was the right. 
Separate they sounded like silly scales. 
Together—they were beautiful. 
When I stopped the piece, I was sweating. 
"Open your eyes," Gabe whispered. 
He was breathing so heavily it looked like he'd just ran a marathon, with a smile he tucked my fallen hair behind my ear and tilted my chin toward him. 
"That…" He leaned in. "…is how you perform. Like every kiss is both your first and last—like you're saying both hello and goodbye—like you've just been born…like you've just died."

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Starter Wife by Moriah Densley

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Don’t miss the .99 pre-order special—on release day it goes back up to full price 2.99. Pick up your copy here. 
Starting over has never been so fabulous
Linnea King has it all, fabulous social life, adorable children, and her successful husband’s income… until he serves her with divorce papers. Her perfect life crumbles in a storm of police reports, cranky bus drivers, and burned dinners. The single life feels as foreign as a trendy haircut.
Just when Linnea fears she’ll lose everything, her new neighbor steps in to help. Not that she’s judging by appearances, but TJ Gates looks like trouble with a capital T. Tattoos, motorcycle, and sexy southern manners, TJ is the last person Linnea expects to be her hero.
A demolitions expert who takes prizefighting gigs to pay the bills, TJ has pretty much screwed up everything that matters, and rebuilding his life after a violent past is harder than it looks. He thinks the polished, expensive-looking Linnea King needs the same thing he wants: a second chance.
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To celebrate, Ms Densley is giving away 4 pearl & Tibetan silver charm booklover bracelets! TJ Gates & Linnea King from Starter Wife might seem like an unlikely match at first, think Hugh Jackman and Grace Kelly.
To enter the drawing, you could tell us your favorite “opposites attract” or “odd couple” story.
OR… Since the book is set in Las Vegas, she added all the crazy stuff she's seen, living in Vegas the past 10 years. You’ll have to read the book to find out what’s so outrageous about it, but meanwhile you could tell us the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen, and you’re entered into the drawing.
OR… If you’re not feeling particularly inspired, we'll be glad to hear a hello from you, and that will do too, but we hope you’ll entertain us with your funny stories.
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck! Winners will be announced on release day, Oct. 14, 2014.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cover Reveal Reborn by Ada Adams



Coming March 2015!!!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Tour- The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure

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The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure


“Oh! Do link arms with me, Calliope,” Blanche whispered, her brown eyes widening with apprehension. She took Calliope’s arm, tightly linking it with her own. “The old Mulholland house still gives me the willies every time I walk past it. I hate to think on what might have gone on inside. It’s truly terrifyin’!” “Oh, don’t be silly, Blanche,” Calliope said, feigning calm. “Poor Prudence’s lunacy…it’s sad. And besides, her fiendish acts were not committed inside the house. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just…it’s just a sad, empty building.” Calliope Ipswich felt the hypocrite, however, as an uncomfortable shiver of residual dread and unease shuttered down her spine, More than six months had passed since the All Hollow’s Eve when the dangerous state of Prudence Mulholland’s fracturing mind had been revealed to the townsfolk of Meadowlark Lake. And now, each time Calliope thought of poor Prudence and her family, not only did her heart ache for their family’s unhappy lot but a chill of lingering horror rippled through her being. In truth, at times Calliope wondered if it had all been simply a bad dream—a nightmare. But it hadn’t. It really had happened—all of it.


Tifferz Take~
So, this is the second book in a series, but it stands alone perfectly as well. This is Calliope's story and  is whimsical, filled with romantic kisses and a few twists along the way. I was getting a little worried towards the end as the pages were dwindling but Marcia worked her magic and crafted a perfect ending for Calliope! This was the perfect escape from life if you are looking for a sweet, fun and romantic read! I look forward to the last book in the series.

FYI- No sexual situations, it does contain a few swear words.

Jewelz Review~
The Secret Bliss of Callipoe Ipswich is everything I've come to expect and love from a Marcia Lynn McClure book. It's fun and sweet, full of wonderful kissing scenes, and a great way to escape from the daily grind. This is the second book in the series, but it is great as a stand-alone also. I love how Calliope is such a fun, tender-hearted young woman who loves to bring joy to those around her, and little Shay is nothing short of adorable! This is an easy read that will be perfect when you want a fun, romantic book to take your mind off the cares of the world.

FYI ~ no intimate scenes other than kissing, some mild language

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Author Marcia Lynn McClure
 Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.” Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.  
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken

~Blurb~
Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.

But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.

Im cursed so I did it.
I'm numb so I held it.
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins.
The only way out is death...yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family.

Tifferz Take~
Throughout this series I have always been curious about Tex and Mo. I was drawn into this story quickly and to put it mildly this story is intense. I felt Ms. Van Dyken did a wonderful job balancing the mafia and romance of this story. Not an easy thing to do. I must say you need to pay attention or you may miss important info. I felt like I was on a powerful roller coaster, in the dark not knowing when a surprise drop, twist or turn would come about. It was quite electrifying. Secrets, lots of secrets, betrayal, lies, forgiveness and the mafia all rolled into one.  It is true you hurt the ones you love the most. You see that in this story. It tears you up inside. When I was finished with the story I was so happy, as I was not sure how things would turn out. I had hope, but you never know. With all the bombs that got dropped in this book.  Is blood always thicker than water? Who would you choose...blood or water?

I did feel that Tex and Mo's relationship was missing something like the friendship and sharing. It felt very lusty and more physical. Yes they have been friends since they were children and know each other but, I just felt the friendship did not grow. They do have chemistry and a connection. Overall a stirring read! I look forward to the next mafia book.

Just FYI~ This book contains swearing, violence and sexual situations (I did skip most of the sexual situations as they were very detailed) This is an Adult book.

Source~ author for an honest review

Jewelz Review~
I had read this entire series and it just keeps getting more intense. I love how the character are so well defined and yet there are surprises around every corner! I think that one of the most important underlying themes of this series is that you can't judge by appearances. You THINK you know what's going on with a character and why they do what they do. But, until you get inside that character's head and their past is laid out before you, you truly don't understand that character and his/her motivations. While this series is a work of fiction about the mafia (a world that the vast majority of readers have no real connection to) there are things we as readers can take from these books other than the amazing experience of getting lost in this fictional world. To me, that is truly good fiction - when I can find some life truth that makes me a better person in the real world.

I thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster ride that was Elicit. Tex and Mo's relationship is so multi-faceted. Their loyalty to one another is nothing short of fierce. The other members of The Family and the drama that is par for the course with the mafia provides the perfect backdrop to test Tex & Mo's loyalty to each other. While their was a focus on their physical relationship, I do feel that it was a physical manifestation of their deep emotional connection. I am so excited for the coming books in this series!

FYI~This book does contain strong language, violence, and intimate scenes. It's an Adult book, not appropriate for teenagers IMO.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.

Chellz Review~
Austen lovers, this is a Fabulous read!!!!

Claire Prescott is always putting everyone's requests and needs above her own.  With this character trait, Claire goes to England for her sister, Missy, to attend an Oxford seminar on Pride & Prejudice.  Claire is to present Missy's paper while she is there.  Before Claire embarks on her trip across the pond, she finds herself unemployed and unsure of her relationship with her boyfriend, Neil.  

Claire knows no one at this seminar, so she decides to tell a few white lies to those with whom she will associate.  One of the first people she meets is the dashing James Beaufort.  She is instantly attracted to him and surprised when he shows an interest in her.  While Claire is out on a walk one afternoon, she meets the elderly Harriet Dalrymple.  Claire finds herself at Harriet's cottage and reading the supposed manuscript of Jane Austen's First Impressions.  Secrecy is of utmost importance to Harriet and Claire soon finds herself in some difficult situations.

I was up until 2:00 reading this great story.  I loved the author's version of First Impressions!!!!!!!  This is a well thought out story with lots of twists.  If you enjoy Jane Austen at all, this is a delectable treat.  I look forward to reading Ms Pattillo's other stories.

Source~ Purchased from Deseret Book

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Summer in New York Collection by Various Authors

Fancy spending the summer in New York? Do the next best thing: read these sweet novellas set in New York. Hope you can help out!

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection
Title: Summer in New York Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)
Authors: Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Mangum
Date of Publication: July 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance

In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul.

In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed.

In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart.

Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she's been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn't sure she's up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.
Tifferz Take-

Job Hazards, by Janette Rallison
Lydia Robinson is a policewomen and on a sting operation undercover. But her cover was a bit of a shocker and not what she was expecting. Anyways she does the job and while working undercover as a hooker her old boyfriend, Harrison from high school pulls up and boy do things get interesting!! One of my favorite parts is when Harrison takes Lydia to dinner and when the waiter asks if they want dessert she say no that she needs to be able to fit in her hooker clothes. I loved it. But, will misunderstandings from the past keep Harrison and Lydia apart? Read it to find out! A fun, flirty and memorable sweet romance.
Just FYI- This story has no swearing or sex in it.

A Taste of Sun, by Heather B. Moore
Winona Grant is house sitting for her aunt Genevieve for the summer. Winona’s meets Steve the first day she is headed to her aunt’s apartment after a run in with a women Winona thinks is his girlfriend. She has been hurt badly and wants nothing to do with me. Her aunt leaves a message for Steve  to take care of Winona and show her around. His first attempt is met with a door slammed in his face.  Will he give up? Or does he have a scheme to win her over? Day trips are planned but someone keeps no showing. Winona turns the tables on Steve when she actually shows up for a day trip. Will the friendship they find turn into more?  You must read it to find out. I like how strong and forward Winona becomes in this story. I think she needs that after her last relationship! This sweet romance hit just the right spot!
Just FYI- No swearing or sex in this book!

Dulce de Leche, by Luisa Perkins
Marisol just got out of a horrible nanny situation and is now looking for a new position. She is to interview with Dr. Darius Jackson and he shuts her down at first sight. We learn that since his divorce and having his two kids during the summer a younger nanny the summer before kept flirting. He just was not going to do that again. But, when he finds that Marisol is the only nanny available with special needs experience he changes his mind. Marisol is delighted but is receiving a lot  of pressure from her mom in Chile to date and not be someone else’s servant. I can see how a Latin parent would feel that way,  having lived in Chile and Panama. The boys Reese and Seth have settled in with Marisol and she is doing a wonderful job. I love when Dr. Jackson confronts her about her schooling and she goes off on him about her family and how they lived in Lo Barnechea. ( I lived in La Dehesa right next to Lo Barnechea when I lived in Santiago) I will admit it was so fun to have Chile referenced.  So, will a friendship be all that Dr. Jackson and Marisol share? Read it to find out. Such a witty, fun and delightful read.
Just FYI – No swearing or sex in this book!

Take a Chance, by Sarah M. Eden
Miguel is stuck in the airport and so is Jane the girl he wanted to marry. Should he approach her? Should he stay clear of her?  He goes for it and it is a bit awkward and have small talk. Then Miguel says how his parents miss her and Jane just shuts him down. So, Miguel has decieded he is going to win Jane back. He loves her and misses her. Will this work? How can he get her back. More flight delays and a meeting with some guys to tells his worries to. But how to get Jane back. He had to think and fast. What happens next is one of my favorite parts of the story. The hunt for the worst souvenir game. I had a smile on my face the whole time! Then Miguel get really brave and asks why things went wrong…..so will things work out? You must read it to find out. I found this read to be funny, fresh and full of surprises! You can really never go wrong with a story by Sara M. Eden. I have loved and cherished each story by her.
Just FYI- No sex or swearing in this book!

Firsts and Lasts, by Annette Lyon
Dani and Mark meet for the first time outside The Met museum. A picture taken of Dani and security coming to tell her she is too close to the painting is quite comical as Mark then proceeds to dare her to have another close look at the next painting. Then they are off to get the best hot dogs in New York and we will see if this chance meeting is meant to be more or not.   The conversation seems to flow like a steady stream. We find out that Dani is an actress that could not make it and Mark is a musician that could not make it. The clincher is that Dani is going home in ten days and giving up her dream. But, maybe just maybe Mark will give her another perspective?  Dani and Mark go through Dani’s first and last list before she leaves. So, will Dani still leave after making amazing memories with Mark? Will she leave NY with her dream unfinished? Read it to find out.
Just FYI- no sex or swearing in this read.

&, by Lisa Mangum
Lucy works for a publisher and is in a unsuccessful relationship with Devon. Lucy needs to get some wedding invitations made stat. Only it is midnight and her go to Kinko’s is under construction and closed. She stumbles upon a small printer where she meets Jesse. Now invites are done she has an impromptu brunch with Jesse. They play a game called definitions and it was a fun interaction to witness! Lucy  has a couple run-ins with Devon and things are over. She needs to make some bold decisions before Devon can ruin her career. Will they pay off?  Lucy seems to be making wise choices.  With the wedding party a huge success. What is next for Lucy? Will things work out with Jesse? To find out read the sweet story!
Just FYI- No swearing or sex in this book!


This collection of stories in not to be missed! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a sweet romance! Each story was unique and a delight to read!

Source- Blog Tour

Jewelz Review ~

Job Hazards
This was a fun, sweet story about high school sweethearts getting a second chance at love. Lydia & Harrison had an unpleasant breakup at the end of high school. Six years have passed and they haven't seen or heard from one another until one night when Lydia is working the streets of New York as an undercover cop in a prositution sting. Poor Harrison thinks the girl he left behind has fallen to prostitution to make ends meet and so he tries to rescue her. What he gets is cuffed by New York's finest. 

I really enjoyed this fun novella and getting a glimpse into Lydia & Harrison's lives. I'd love to read more about their budding relationship.

A Taste of Sun
Winona is not impressed with Steve. While he's definitely easy on the eyes, all she really knows is that he was called a "two-timer" by a woman right before he got on the elevator. Plus, she was coming off a bad break-up so the last thing she needed was to get involved with Steve. However, Winona's Aunt Genevieve had asked Steve to show her the sights of New York. Winona manages to skip out on their first two trips, but can't help but be intrigued as he continues to attempt to fulfill his commitment to her aunt. When Winona finally relents and accompanies him she finds that appearances can be deceiving and maybe not all men are jerks like her ex Paul was.

This was another quick and fun read that left me wanting more.

Dulce de Leche
Marisol is a hardworking young woman who has been working as a nanny to help finance her college degree. She is unexpectedly released from her employment of 3 years right before summer begins and finds herself frustrated and in desperate need of a new position so she can finish up her schooling. Darius is a single father who only has custody of his 2  boys during the summer. Being an anesthesiologist, he still needs a full-time nanny even though he cuts his work schedule down to the bare minimun during the boys' summer stay. When Marisol arrives at his door he immediately tells her she won't work out for him. His last nanny was a young college girl who was incessantly flirting and otherwise trying to catch his attention romantically - he didn't want a repeat of that. When he discovers Marisol is the only nanny available who has the required special needs background for his son, he reluctantly gives her a chance.

I enjoyed this cute story and how Marisol was able to soften up the strict rules that Darius had in place without coming across as critical or by overstepping her bounds. I truly appreciated the interactions she had with Reed, who has Aspergar's. I would have preferred this as a longer novel as I felt that in order for Darius and Marisol to come to the point they are at when the story ends, more detail and interaction was needed. Considering where the two began with their histories and their personal prejudices and perspectives I felt a lot more dialogue between the two &  personal introspection for each of them was needed.

Take a Chance
This was such a fun read! Poor Miguel - he's been miserable ever since his girlfriend turned down his marriage proposal 3 months earlier & now he's stuck in Laguardia airport due to weather delays. As fate would have it, his ex-girlfriend, Jane, was scheduled on the same flight bound for their home of Denver, Colorado. Miguel can't ignore fate knocking on the door and tries desperately to start a conversation with Jane and find out where things went wrong. Unbeknownst to Miguel, Jane has also been lonely the past 3 months, but she's not ready to address the sensitive topic of their breakup. Thanks to a little help from 5 cast members of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia, Miguel is able to help remind Jane of the fun times they had together, and show her that there are still memories to be made - but is she willing to "take a chance" on him?

I really enjoyed this quick read. It was full of fun and surprises, especially considering it takes place entirely in an airport terminal.

Firsts and Lasts
The story of Dani & Mark is a quick glimpse into the lives of two artists trying to make their way in the Big Apple. Dani has dreams of being on Broadway, and Mark has dreams of making it big in a symphony. Both have struggled to make ends meet with less than ideal jobs while auditioning and yet still the dream is out of reach. Their chance meeting at the MMA leads to a whirlwind of memorable experiences as they tackle Dani's list of places she needs to visit for the "first and last" time before she gives up her dream and heads back to Illinois.

I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures Dani & Mark had over the ten days Dani had remaining in New York and I loved how they connected on such a deep level. Wonderful quick read for a lazy afternoon.

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Lucy is a girl after my own heart. She loves books and words - due to a little bit of luck she pitched a manuscript to the publisher she was interning for and it became a bestseller. That success led to her getting a full-time job as an assistant to Monica (the publisher). She has been dating Devon who works in sales for Baker Publishing also, but ever since Lucy's promotion things haven't been quite the same. While Monica is out of town she tasks Lucy with ordering invitations for a lavish event celebrating the book that Lucy helped find. It's after midnight when Lucy finally has the invitation ready to print, but her 24-hour Kinko's is closed for remodeling - what is she to do? Fortunately, Lucy was taught well by her grandfather that there is always and "and". You can always move beyond any problem you face simply by adding "and". Lucy does exactly that and finds a new printer "&". The dreamy Jesse who is co-owner of & is willing to handprint her invitations for her. As they get to know one another he teaches her yet another perspective on the word "and". It's amazing what one little word can do for someone.

I think this was my favorite in this anthology. It was a true delight to read and immerse myself in. Lucy is adorable & Jesse is the perfect guy to help smooth out her rough edges and help her inner beauty and strength shine.

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