August 7, 2016 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – August 7th, 2016
My reading history is a checkered one, starting with epic reads such as Gone With The Wind and moving to a Harlequin monthly series such as Romance or Desire. The length of a book has never mattered to me, as long as the characters have proper development and the story has enough conflict to carry it through.
But when I don’t have a lot of time to read, or I want a fast and deep love story, I pick up a romance anthology. While they used to be more readily available, when I find a book of short stories, I snap them up and keep them around. Below are three of my favorite anthologies and I hope that you enjoy them too.
Premiere: A Romance Writers of America Collection by Various Authors
Published by Romance Writers of America, Inc.
From Romance Writers of America® comes a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world’s most popular genre of fiction!
New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.
New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.
New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye’s New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.
And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day’s tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.
From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!
Plus tales from:
T. L. Costa
Harper St. George
My Rating and Review
I loved every single story in this romance writer’s collection that contained historical, contemporary, paranormal, and gay stories. A great read and highly recommended!!!
The Power of Love by Various Authors
Published by Penguin Group
Twelve all-new stories of women’s resilience, empowerment, and fulfillment, by bestselling and award-winning authors.
In this engaging anthology of never-before published stories, twelve authors are united by their unique visions of the female experience. A young woman is torn between the security of her fiancé and the excitement of an old flame; a desperate wife is forced into the workplace for the first time in her life; an ambitious professional woman finally finds the courage to take control of her career; and her man; an emotionally fragile divorcee finds resolve in the ethereal visitations of an archangel…
These are just some of the women who discover and rediscover their own wonderfully fallible but ultimately strong selves in the shadow of love, romantic love, platonic love, new love, and lost love. Readers will be touched, inspired, charmed, and entertained by these original stories of disparate longings, unsettled lives, and the power of love.
Includes 12 stories by New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Foster and Erin McCarthy, Toni Blake, Dianne Castell, Karen Kelley, Rosemary Laurey, Janice Maynard, LuAnn McLane, Lucy Monroe, Patricia Sargeant, Kay Stockham, and J.C. Wilder.
A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE POWER OF LOVE GOES TO THE BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTER OF CINCINNATI
My Rating and Review
I loved all these stories about the power of women and the men who love them. I loved this anthology and highly recommend it!!
Wildest Dreams by Various Authors
Published by Kensington Books
Suite Secrets – Make reservations for a top secret hotel…where anything goes in the privacy of luxurious fantasy suites, designed for couples only. Magazine reporter Rebecca Fraser has been assigned to get the inside story – and to interview Sebastian Tennant, the ruthless businessman and legendary lover who created this hidden haven of erotic pleasure. What’s behind the gilded door of suite 13? Sebastian isn’t telling, but all she has to do is unlock it…and surrender herself to him, body and soul…
Voices Carry – Camelot Reeve can’t help fantasising about the tall, gorgeous man beside her in the elevator. Jonah McCauley may be her new boss but there’s no escaping his powerful sexual magnetism in such close quarters. Just the sound of Jonah’s deep voice is enough to trigger an uncontrollable desire for his touch – and his hard body. And her wildest dreams are about to come true when the doors slowly close and they’re alone at last. They’re going up, up, up…and they’re going all the way…
Cabin Fever – Successful author Rachel Manning pens sweet romances by day.. And hotter than hot fantasy for a women’s Web site after midnight. “Jade Johnson” is the name she uses for her shockingly sensual tales but no one knows that Rachel and Jade are one and the same – except Jack Nichols, who drives for miles through the wilderness to find her cabin hideaway. All it takes is one spark to light their fire…a fire that will last all night long…