Top positive review
on October 2, 2012
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March - 3 stars
I enjoy Ava March's books. They are always beautifully written with vivid characters. I enjoyed 'My True Love Gave to Me' but I did find Sasha's pouting a little exasperating. His tantrum nearly spoiled the book because I felt that Thomas' reticence was understandable & his apology didn't deserve the reaction he received. In the end I was happy with the HEA & will continue with the series.
Winter Knights by Harper Fox - 4 stars
This was an interesting, twisty tale combining legends, ghosts, personal growth & redemption. Gavin needed a kick up the arse (which he received) & being able to see the wounds healed allowing for a HEA was lovely. Gavin & Piers won't be in my top-ten favourite couples, but the story will stay with me for a while.
Lone Star by Josh Lanyon - 4 stars
Mitch & Web were a wonderful couple but the idea of love staying 'real' after 12 years stretched the incredulity a bit. I liked that they worked things out but I must admit that I was hoping Mitch decided to buy the dance school instead of commuting. The whole reindeer thing was a bit odd too. I sort of felt that this was a longer story that had been trimmed to become a short; like there were connecting arcs of the story line missing. Overall, I enjoyed the story but I think it could have been better if it were longer.
The Christmas Proposition by K.A. Mitchell - 4 stars
I like snarky characters & Mel was pretty snarky. He was also a 'yes' man who put responsibility before his own happiness. Bryce was a bit of a Prince Charming character but he balanced Mel's internal dialogue well. Together they made for a wonderful couple. This story kept me on my toes because I felt like there was some background missing & the author assumed I knew things despite them not actually being stated. Apart from that, it was a satisfying HEA. I also liked the fact that the MC's were equal in height which made for some amusing contortions to make all the pieces fit together.
I found reading this anthology exhausting. Each story was well crafted & enjoyable to read; but longer than your average short story. These stories would be better read slowly & savoured rather than read all at once.