Linda Lael Miller is the award-winning author of many bestselling novels, including Courting Susannah, One Wish, and the Springwater Seasons series, as well as her acclaimed vampire romances, the first two of which are collected in Out of the Shadows.
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I will be honest up front and say that I bought this primarily for the story by Shelly Laurenston, "My Kind of Town." If I've ever read either Linda Lael Miller or Jennifer Apodaca, I don't remember it. But I've read so many, I can't remember every authors name.
This collection is worth the money. Not a bit sorry I purchased it retail. First, Laurenston's story "My Kind of Town" is the lead, at least in my opinion, as it is at least half of the book in length, which had me cheering. It started out a tad slow, but once it got going, it was very engaging and I didn't want to put it down. Fans of Laurenstons' "Magnus Heat" and "Here Kitty Kitty" will find a little less "crass and sass" but no less sensuality and humor. This is the only paranormal offering in the book, and for me, worth the price all by itself.
Linda Lael Miller's story was very good. "One Last Weekend" had me tearing up a few times. While I've never experienced the kind of despair one might when their once great marriage is falling to ruins, I FELT it in this story. I felt my stomach churn as 2 people who once knew each other inside and out realized they were strangers. Too me, that's darn good writing. The ending wasn't to my personal taste, but otherwise, it was a great story.
Jennifer Apodaca's story "You Give Love A Good Name" was very sexy and entertaining. THANK YOU for writing a female who is independent but not afraid to ask for help. Thank you for writing an Alpha male who also respects the strengths of others, particularly females. These were characters I liked immediately.
I've said this before in my reviews: I'm not looking for literary enlightenment, and I don't always know if the sentence structure is correct.Read more ›
Joanna and Teague Darby fell in love and married in college, had a beautiful daughter and a wonderful life. As Teague's architectural firm became more successful, he started spending a lot more time at the office, which ended up in Joanna and Teague drifting apart. Shortly after their daughter marries, Teague and Joanna have decided that they've grown too far apart and decide to divorce. Their lawyer gets them to spend one last weekend together in their cottage. Will this time together allow them to repair their marriage, or will they grow even more distant?
One Last Weekend is a sweet story that shows that no matter how much a couple may love each other, if their relationship isn't nurtured, it will still fall apart. Real life situations and true to life characters made One Last Weekend a good story that I easily identified with.
You Give Love A Good Name by Jennifer Apodaca
Lexi is being stalked by an unknown man. Even though the family that Lexi has sacrificed her wants and goals for doesn't believe her, she is still on the run. Nick is a bounty hunter hired to track down and bring Lexi back for an upcoming trial. Although they had met at his sister's wedding months ago, and Lexi turned down his offer of a one night stand, he hasn't been able to forget her. Bound, bent and determined to keep a professional distance from the woman he has to bring back, will he be able to keep the promise to himself when Lexi needs his protection from her stalker?
Watching Lexi and Nick fight their attraction for each other was a treat in You Give Love A Good Name. Although Nick swore that he'd never get involved with another woman, Lexi gets under his skin without even trying.Read more ›
Linda Lae Miller: One last weekend Teague and Joanna used to be passionately in love, but since their daughter has grown up and married, they have both drifted apart and at some point decided to get a divorce. At the suggestion of their lawyer, they meet one last time at their beloved beach cottage, and when a storm hits, they are stuck there together - with very pleasant results... I found this story to be interesting and well-written, but also often very sad since - naturally - a large part of the story was about the extreme sadness of the characters about their situation and what seemed to be the loss of their love for each other. I'd say it's bitter-sweet, but good.
Jennifer Apodaca: You give love a good name Lexie is working as a wedding planner in her family's company, but she is unhappy and would like to become a writer instead. When a drunk groom harasses her and exposes himself, she defends herself with a stapler - and gets arrested for assault! As if that weren't enough, there's a stalker after her, her rather selfish family doesn't believe or help her, and when she leaves town to be safe, she's got bounty hunter Nick after her. That turns out to be a positive thing, since the two met each other at his sister's wedding and have been attracted to each other since, so he's more than willing to help her deal with her problems. But after a painful loss, he doesn't really want a relationship and Lexie isn't the type for a no-strings-attached affair... This story has a wonderful mix between suspense, humour, and romance, as well as well-developed characters.Read more ›