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- Print Length: 378 pages
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- Publication Date: January 17, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0793DLNYJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Rogue Acts (The Rogue Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The first two novellas had a fair bit in common. They were my favorites, they both had older characters and both featured long term crushes, but after that they were quite different.
Make You Mine by Molly O’Keefe takes place over less than 24 hours, pitting a high powered woman (running for Mayor of New York) against her campaign manager as pressure and recent events finally bring their long denied feelings to the fore. It’s full of sexual tension and repressed emotion and I really enjoyed it.
Cover Me by Olivia Dade was what brought me to this collection and it’s my absolute favorite of the lot. It takes place over several months, features ordinary people and the struggle that is medical bills and lack of coverage, not to mention the terrifying threat of cancer. Elizabeth and James are plain adorable together, while the story itself is at times heart breaking, but also warm and funny and ultimately uplifting. Loved it.
The Long Run by Ruby Lang also featured a more mature romance, with two empty nester neighbors striking sparks off each other as their paths continued to cross and meet. It’s cute in places, a little sad in others, and has one moment that made me cackle very loudly. It’s an opposites attract tale with added political resistance and I liked it a lot.
The next two stories, Never Again by Stacy Agdern and His Neighbor’s Education by Jane Lee Blair, were a struggle to finish. Never Again’s writing style didn’t work for me, and despite a really cute kitten, I didn’t buy the romance. There were too many characters I had no reason to know and there wasn’t any believable chemistry. His Neighbor’s Education also had a lackluster romance that wasn’t really believable, plus a plot that didn’t really go anywhere.
Personal Addition by Ainsley Booth was missing from my collection, which is a shame.
Finally, everything ended with Brand New Bike by Andie J. Christopher, which I found underwhelming. The plot jumps about quite a bit, leaving important gaps, and I never felt like I got to know any of the characters too well. Maybe if I’d read the other Rogue collections I might have got more out of this, but as a newcomer, I found it less than enthralling.
So, overall, it’s quite a mix, starting out really strongly with the best three stories, then tailing off to an underpowered end. However, those first three stories are worth the asking price, so if you like your romance with a little political bite, then this is definitely worth a go.
(Review copy provided by one of the authors.)
Oh wow. A short story about unrequited love that made me sigh with happiness. Maggie and Jay, friends, collegues and confidantes but never lovers. Neither ever admitting out loud what they meant to the other until a very crazy day where Jay's actions put their own into play and so begins a love story that was twenty years in the making.
Once again, the author pulled me in from her very first words and again, I have a huge smile on my face. Despite its length, I am extremely satisfied with this tale of a second chance at love featuring more mature characters, both so caring and loving, who have so much more to give and finally get the night of passion they've both longed for. Make You Mine is simply wonderful and I can't wait to read more in this anthology.
Thank you Molly O'Keefe for a story that captured my heart.
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