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Customer Review

on June 17, 2009
This book contains three novellas:

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. Nick can sometimes be unpleasant, but that's motivated by his bad past and his resulting tendency to keep people at a distance, even when he wants to be with them, so it makes sense. I enjoyed this story a lot and was reminded of Shannon McKenna to some degree.

Shelly Laurenston: My kind of town
This story is connected to her shapeshifter-books, and it's certain to be more fun if you know them, but I think it will also work on its own.
Emma Lucchesi is a New York witch, and the only reason why she's in Smithville, North Carolina, is because her coven sensed an interdimensional portal that let through a monster in that area. She manages to close it, but is then attacked by the monster. Deputy Kyle Treharne finds her, helps the injured woman, and feels attracted to her right away. But while Emma feels she can't tell him about her powers, he has a secret of his own - he's a shapeshifter and so is most of Smithville...
This story is very funny, quite erotic, and very entertaining. It's more about the humour and how Kyle and Emma get together, not so much about the plot, but I still think it's a good novella. It sounds like it could be the beginning of a new subseries of her shapeshifter books, and I would definitely like that. Smithville and its inhabitants are a lot of fun.

All three stories are good, but very different. I enjoyed the diversity and would recommend this anthology, but the mix between sad and funny, realistic and paranormal may not be for everyone.
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