Anthology review

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Night Shift

Night Shift is a collection of three alternate reality/paranormal romances and one fantasy romance, all by established genre authors. The first three stories were solid visits to worlds those authors have written about in other books, which contributes to the generally-strong worldbuilding in the co ...

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A Christmas to Remember (anthology)

Note: A Christmas to Remember is a collection of four Christmas-themed novellas that have been previously published elsewhere. Anthologies are, by their very nature, a mixed bag, and I usually find they consist of perhaps one excellent story, one poor one and a couple in between.  In the case of ...

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Say Yes to the Scot: A Highland Wedding Box Set

I’ve been on a Highlander kick recently (I’ll blame it on Outlander withdrawal).  Four authors put their spin on this classic romantic character type in the new collection Say Yes to the Scot: A Highland Wedding Box Set.  Each story showcases all the stubborn, proud and slightly possessive qua ...

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Sight Unseen : A Collection of Five Anonymous Novellas

When I heard about this anthology and the clever conceit behind it - five famous authors have contributed novellas, but only the publisher knows who penned each story - I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.    Sight Unseen is an intriguing idea, and it’s a real challenge to guess who penned e ...

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Duchesses in Disguise

Duchesses in Disguise contains three very different stories that all spring from one small accident.  Three noble ladies traveling incognito are stranded after their carriage is damaged in a storm.  When a local gentleman and his two companions come upon the accident, they immediately offer their ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 2

This second volume of erotic short stories written by women is an interesting collection that ranges from erotic romance to erotic horror, mainly with a D/s or bondage-centric themes.  The quality of the content varies quite widely; so while the book contains twenty-one stories, I’ve selected the ...

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Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

I truly enjoy historical novels where I’m not only entertained by a well-written story, but I also learn about a part of history of which I had no prior knowledge. So I really appreciated seeing a bibliography at the end of three of the stories in this anthology – a welcome first, because I’m ...

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Four Weddings and a Sixpence

The stories in Four Weddings and a Sixpence, a new anthology from some of the biggest names in historical romance, follow a group of friends who each find love with a little help – perhaps – from the old sixpenny piece one of them finds lurking beneath her mattress. Something Old - by J ...

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Silver Belles: An Over-40 Holiday Anthology

Romance is glutted with the innocent ingénues, so in Silver Belles, it was refreshing to read about people with more years under their belts. Many of the protagonists in these stories have children but are now empty nesters, and so are at the perfect moment in their lives for a happy-for-now joyful ...

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Snowflakes and Stetsons

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I’m usually not an anthology junkie, but when Christmas rolls around, I just can’t get enough Christmas stories. As a result, I have quite a stash of holiday anthologies.  While there wasn’t any one story that hit it out of the park, I more or less liked everything I read here so I’ll defin ...