Anthology review

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Sweetest in the Gale

Olivia Dade’s Marysburg series stars older teachers (all characters are forty-somethings) in workplace romances. This anthology contains three novellas: Sweetest in the Gale (in its first release), and reprints of Unraveled (originally from the anthology He’s Come Undone) and Cover Me (from the ...

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The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like… well, Halloween, but on bookstore shelves and in supermarket checkout lines, it’s time for Christmas!  Kensington’s The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas is an anthology of historical western romances set during the winter months.  Though one is a bit dicey, the ...

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Jingle Balls: A Holiday Romantic Comedy Anthology

I know – it feels a little bit early to be talking about Christmas, especially after the year we’ve all suffered through.  A charity collection of romantic comedy novellas sold to benefit The Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, Jingle Balls combines a number of fun novellas from a bunch of ...

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Regency Christmas Gifts

The first thing I do to kick off the Christmas season (besides, of course, cranking up the season début of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You) is get out my old anthologies and read a Carla Kelly Christmas short story. The last thing I do on Christmas Eve before I turn out the lights ...

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Tudor Christmas Tidings

Normally, I find a wide range of quality in an anthology. Tudor Christmas Tidings, however,  is consistent from start to finish. That’s great for the strengths - every novella in this anthology has a wonderful sense of setting, with well-integrated historical figures. However, the main weakness o ...

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The Deadly Hours

The Deadly Hours is a multi-author anthology featuring four new historical novellas which revolve around a watch known as La Sirène. The timepiece, made from gold stolen from a church during a deadly raid, is said to be cursed as a result of the bloodshed surrounding it. But is the artifact truly t ...

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Beach Hut Surprise

Nothing gives you instant gratification like reading a short story anthology.  One hour and – boom! – you’ve already finished a book! No need to tell others it was only sixty-two pages, natch!  Beach Hut Surprise Anthology by Louise Allen, Lesley Cookman, Liz Fielding, Joanna Maitland, Sarah ...

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5

Another year’s gone by, and another collection of hot stories about willing, eager partners is released in this year’s edition of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5. This year’s anthology is a little weaker in the quality department while also being stronger in that there are a wi ...

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Miss Dominguez's Christmas Kiss and Other Stories

In the Carla Kelly tradition of holiday shorts that make you smile, these three sweet short stories (set in the Edwardian Caribbean across Christmas, New Year, and Reyes Magos) are a lovely addition to any holiday romance fan’s library. These are gentle, realistic stories about the holidays of ord ...

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Footsteps in the Dark

I had high hopes for this anthology when I saw two of the names attached to it (Dal Maclean and Josh Lanyon), and Footsteps in the Dark more than met my expectations, although in the end, all but one of my favorite stories were penned by new-to-me authors (yay!).  None of the eight stories are part ...