STORY: Winterfest is heating up in Abbott Springs…
As the town’s yearly festival kicks off, cold days turn into steamy nights, new flames will be ignited, and old romances will be rekindled.
All About Us by Marilyn Brant—All Sami Abbott ever wanted was permission to be herself. At home, she aims to be the perfect daughter but never measures up. At college, she’s the bold girl who had a one-night stand with sexy musician, Alex Hamilton. When he arrives unexpectedly in Abbott Springs, her worlds collide and she must reconcile the girl she tries to be with the person she really is.
All I Need by Caisey Quinn–All pink-haired rocker chick Everly Abbott thought she wanted was acceptance in her straight-laced hometown. But her best friend and bandmate Justin Cohen is about to show her that what she thinks she wants isn’t necessarily what she needs.
All for Love by Rhonda Helms–All Maya Monterey ever wanted was to belong. Happiest with the Abbott family, Maya’s been secretly in love with sexy pastry chef Oliver Abbott for years. With a flirty new look, she’ll pull out all the stops to get him to notice her. And if her plan fails, she’ll walk away from the only home she’s ever known–and Oliver–for good.
All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan—After years of placing the wrong bets, all Aubree Baxter wanted was someone to take a chance on her. Golden boy Kennedy Hale plays it safe in life and love, but to keep Bree in Abbott Springs, he’ll have to go all in.
REVIEW: You all know by now that I usually need to be dragged out of my historicals, and if I am dragged, it will only be because I’m enamored by an author and her story telling.
Such was the case with this anthology, which by the way was an interesting premise to begin with, that had Marilyn Brant and three authors I’ve never heard of, Rhonda Helms, Marilyn Brant, Lexi Ryan & Caisey Quinn.
Usually an anthology will have a few authors giving us a sample of their work through short stories that are not connected at all, or have a thread of connection, such as a snowy night. This anthology has a Winterfest setting in Abbott Springs and each author is gifting us with her own couple and their happily ever after.
Since all the stories have a sufficient blurb, my review will cover my opinion on each story.
‘All About Us’ by Marilyn Brant
I loved this couple a lot. Both characters were adorable, and the chemistry and tension between the two is off the charts. I think the reason for it is the heroine and her dual identity, which the hero unravels fairly quickly, and is intrigued by her pretense and her double life.
This was a story about a physical attraction first and if it would be given a chance to blossom into a true love.
‘All I Need’ by Caisey Quinn
This story was as sweeter as it was H.O.T. hot. If you’re a fan of ‘best friends’ turning up a dial to lovers and finding in each other that someone special that was right in front of them the ir whole life, you’ll love this story. I did!
‘All for Love’ by Rhonda Helms
Let me tell you, out of all the stories, I was looking forward to this one the most because of the way Ms. Brant introduced both of these characters, and both were very intriguing.
Oliver Abbot [the older brother to the heroine from MB’s book] was an amazing chef, but when it came to love, the guy was oblivious to Maya’s feelings. He was hit with that knowledge by his sister and finally opened his eyes and heart to this chick that was so cute.
Loved this one too!
‘All or Nothing’ by Lexi Ryan
And now we come to the last story in this entertaining anthology.
This story was most intriguing because we had a hero that was torn between his wishes and those of his family and the legacy to the name.
I liked the psychological pull-push of both of these characters and enjoyed their thought process very much.
There you have it. I enjoyed each story for different reasons, and I think you might too.
All four authors did an outstanding job by having all the stories and characters flow seamlessly from one story to the next, with characters that were entertaining, relatable and interesting. The pace was remarkably fast and even throughout all four stories and plots very believable.
As for the authors I never heard about before? Now I have no excuse not to seek them out! If you’re interested in checking out one of these authors, here’s a FREE copy of Stolen Wishes (New Hope) by Lexi Ryan. Now you don’t have an excuse either! LOL!
*Melanie for b2b.
*Book provided by one of the authors.