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- Publication Date: January 14, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MZA76O4
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Love Historicals presents Once Upon A Kiss Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Once Upon a Kiss was more than I expected and so much fun to read!
Each author shines in their own way.
I was completely transfixed at the first page and was held glued to the pages throughout.
What an amazing collection! Each of these authors will capture your heart with these incredible stories.
Highly recommended! A not to miss collection. Everything a historical lover would expect and more.
Pick you your copy today, and find out for yourself!
Good stories which are well written.
Presenting Lady Gus by Sydney Jane Bailey: This was a lighthearted romp, in spite of a murder plot. Bailey took a chance by presenting us with a physically-flawed Hero (missing a tooth and unaware of when he needs a bath), but she pulled it off. I was a little annoyed by Lady Gus' inability to walk anywhere without tripping - I understand that it was supposed to be a cutesy thing, but I hated it. My personal opinion. The writing was well-done, and I don't remember any errors in grammar or punctuation.
Never Tempt A Rogue by Christy Carlyle (Novella): Another one of those 'no one but the rogue seems to notice how absolutely gorgeous and wonderful the Heroine is" things. It was enjoyable, and well-written. No errors in punctuation or grammar that stood out.
Love & Lies (Book II of The Gladiator series) by Gina Danna: Okay, this is the one that lost this series a star, and to be quite honest, if I'd read this book as a standalone, it would have been only the second book I'd ever given a one-star rating to. This book was awful. Just awful. It's set in ancient Rome, of course, and so we must have the obligatory sister-loving Roman, who spends the entire book giving his sister inappropriate caresses and scheming on ways to get money out of marrying her off, but keep her to himself. The author was trying to convey that the characters were speaking in a foreign tongue, by including dialogue like, "Too many coin to simply throw over the cliff as it were." and "Change attitude or he might choose to see right through you." Most of the time, you can figure out what it means, but sometimes, you have to go back and re-read a couple of times to get it. Worse, it is inconsistent. It doesn't show up, until chapter three. Before that, all the characters use pretty modern vernacular, which is fine--I'm sure the Romans had their own idioms and vernacular. After that, sometimes the "Roman language" shows up in inner dialogue, sometimes not, sometimes for this character, other times not. It also really bogs down the story. Oh, and speaking of language, this story uses all the four-letter words. I, personally, didn't mind, but I know some readers don't want to see that. Then, there are the typos, the spelling errors, the misuse of homonyms, the Celt calling on a Roman god, the author even gets character names wrong. I could go on. I don't know how this one got included in this collection. I can't believe that this is an author with multiple books published. I wouldn't turn this in to a high school English class. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
Vain by Jill Hughey: This one was pretty good, up to a point. Our heroine is a poor seamstress, whose father just runs off and takes up with another woman, because he can't deal with the grief of his wife dying, so he leaves his daughter to starve. Our hero is the local Lord, who is a dandy and, at this point, the heroine's only customer. There were some pretty cool and interesting things about cloth and sewing--it sounds boring, but it wasn't--and, of course, the hero has to do something about this woman, because these people are his responsibility. Then, the hero just becomes a complete dick. Yes, there was some justification, but he really goes off the rails. It ends happily, of course, but, I wouldn't marry the guy.
A Knight to Remember by Catherine Kean: This was a good one, pretty good plot, well-written, and no noticeable errors in punctuation or grammar. Our widowed heroine finds a wounded, naked man in the forest, who has lost his memory. Is he her first love, who callously dumped her for the chance to become a knight? I think we all know, without even reading the book. The villain was equally obvious, but it was still an entertaining read, with likeable characters.
Sweet Taste of Love by Anna Markland: This is part of an ongoing (?) series of books, but it did quite well as a standalone. The hero's parents die in a shipwreck, the ship the hero was supposed to be on, but let his parents go, instead. Suffering mountains of misplaced guilt, he decides that, instead of taking up the reins of responsibility for three estates and two younger siblings, he needs to become a monk. Our heroine has a suitably horrible stepfather, who is forcing her to marry a disgusting old man. She flees and runs into the suspiciously handsome monk, and sparks fly. There were some interesting things about mead and honey and bees. The characters were likeable, and there were no outstanding punctuation or grammar errors.
The Prince's Passion by Nancy Morse: A world-spanning story, set in Russia, Spain, and England about a Russian Prince, who falls for an American girl. The settings are really well-described, more well-described than the characters, actually. It's still a pretty cool story, until the somewhat tired chestnut of the hero getting jealous of a non-rival, and the heroine going all contrary and not declaring her eternal, faithful love at this critical juncture in their relationship. Other than that, I enjoyed it and didn't notice any grammar or punctuation errors.
Angel's Assassin by Laurel O'Donnell: I'm just going to say that this wasn't one of my favorites. We have an impossibly good, impossibly beautiful heroine, and the hero, who isn't good enough for her, but somehow gets assigned as her personal bodyguard. The twist? He's the assassin he's guarding her against. I don't mind a plot with a 'gimme'. You know, when the author takes an unbelievable element, then goes on so logically from there that you buy the whole story. Stephen King does it in all of his books, and he does it extraordinarily well. This author just asked for too many gimme's. You get one. Everybody gets one.
Landry's Back in Town by Margery Scott: This was an entertaining read. There was a mix of danger and sweetness that was well-handled by the author. The heroine was a little too saccharine for my taste, but the hero was everything a mysterious cowboy with a dark past should be. Our hero was convicted and jailed for a bank robbery, along with his brother and some other fellows. Despite the whole town hating him for this, the hero decides to move back home, after getting out of jail. Our heroine inherited a house in this tiny, little town from her grandfather, and she lives on an inherited stipend and volunteers at the local orphanage. For such a small town, there are a surprising number of orphans. Anyway, there follows the "I'm not good enough for you. I'll ruin your reputation." denials from the Hero, before everything works out in the end.
Heiress Bride by Cynthia Woolf: One of those mail-order bride things, with a twist--the heroine was in a horrific carriage accident, and her face and body were scarred, leaving her socially isolated and beau-less. The hero is half Native American and can't find a woman willing to marry him. The story doesn't address why he can't marry a NA woman, only that no white woman would marry him, even though he has a huge ranch and is gorgeous beyond all reasonable belief. The hero also immediately thinks his bride is beautiful, because scars are nothing to be ashamed of on his NA side of the family. I think there's a lot of difference between a couple of scars and scars so disfiguring that your friends can't bear to look at you any longer. It's pointed out that these weren't 'real' friends, so...she didn't have any 'real' friends? What kind of person doesn't have even one real friend? Anyway, there's a murder plot, but, as far as any tension between the hero and heroine, there isn't any. They pretty much fall in love at first sight, and the rest is just them getting used to one another.
I got this collection for free, so I can't complain about the price, and it provided me for hours of reading enjoyment. I heartily recommend it, except for the Roman gladiator one. Seriously, it's a slog.