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… 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!

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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.

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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