{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Summer in New York Collection by Various Authors

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection
Title: Summer in New York Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)
Authors: Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Mangum
Date of Publication: July 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance

In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul.

In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed.

In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart.

Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she's been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn't sure she's up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Lisa Mangum for touring this book with Oops! I Read Again Tours! Having received a copy in exchange for an honest review did not affect my views of the novel.

Feel-good. That's how I'll describe this collection of contemporary romance short stories. It was a quick read and you'll read all six stories in one go because you won't realize time has passed by. With six short stories, it was just right in delivering that dose of romance into your life. Of course, the characters aren't as developed as we'd like them to be, given the nature and length of the stories but they all got me smiling. I'll rate and review each story as I go.

Job Hazards by Janette Rallison (4/5 stars): This is the most fun story out of the six. Lydia never thought she'd be posing as a hooker in order to catch guys as a police officer. All's fine, until her ex-boyfriend from high school dropped by her dark corner. It was so fun to see Lydia and Harrison interact, especially when Harrison thinks she's lost her way and turned to prostitution. He was there to save her and talk to her, while Lydia can't drop her cover. It was all sorts of sweet too by the end, when they were in the process of getting back together.

A Taste of Sun by Heather B. Moore (3/5 stars): There's just something about how mature and how Winona and Steve just clicked. They were both lying to Winona's aunt so as not to disappoint her -- Steve lying that he's been touring Winona and Winona joining him. Until they actually went to a tourist-y trip and found themselves enjoying. Cute!

Dulce de Leche by Luisa Perkins (3/5 stars): Okay, nanny romance is one of my favorite tropes in chick-lit. Ha! Got me. Add to that that Mirasol was treated like a princess back home but she decided to work hard for everything by herself in New York and you certainly got me. I love characters who want to establish something for themselves. Fine, that's too much pride and everyone should be thankful for what they got and probably use it to forward their career and all that, but hey, I'm a very prideful person too so I get it. Then Darius is a doctor, with a son with Asperger's and sigh, my brother has autism so I love these kids and I get them and I love reading about them. I guess the writing was a bit just-fine for me so this only got 3 stars.

Take a Chance by Sarah M. Eden (3/5 stars): Aaaaaww, second chances. <3 Broadway actors singing in an airport. Just, catching up and taking that leap for the second time around. And I want to adapt the game they played at the airport souvenir shop. This is all sorts of cute and smile-inducing!

Firsts and Lasts by Annette Lyon (3/5 stars): Uhm, this would be my least favorite out of all. I guess I just wasn't relating to the characters that much.

& by Lisa Mangum (4/5 stars): I pretty much worship Lisa Mangum. She can just bring that smile to my face. I absolutely adored the plot to this novel and the characters!! I was so swooning.

I'd say SUMMER IN NEW YORK COLLECTION was able to start strong and end strong, as my favorites were the first and last story. I recommend this for fans of contemporary romances looking for a fast read.


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  1. I love clean romance novella collections, and I discovered this series through Sarah Eden. I've never been to New York City so I'm looking forward to reading these stories!

  2. I think this sounds like a lot of fun :) Thanks for sharing!


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