Anthology review

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Heart of Winter

I’ll be honest. Diana Palmer’s Heart of Winter, despite its pretty cover, includes a novella called Woman Hater, and I had to see just how bad a story that wears its misogyny on its face would get. Spoiler warning : very bad. So let’s start. Woman Hater (O riginally published in 1987) ...

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6

Rachel Kramer Bussel’s annual collection of romanterotica has once again graced our Kindles, e-readers and bookshelves, and this collection is just as delightful as the last.  I liked it rather better than the previous volume, as this one feels more consistent. As always, the submissions invol ...

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An Enchanting Regency Christmas

Back in the day, historical romance fans new Christmas was around the corner when Signet published its annual anthology of Christmas stories by some of its most popular and most beloved authors.  Those original books are long since out of print – although second-hand copies can still be found - b ...

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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 ...