Three romantic comedies that’ll melt your heart!
Releasing December 12th, 2016
MELTING THE MILLIONAIRE’S HEART by Linda Morris
Special needs teacher Kayla Johnston is supposed to be schmoozing at a swanky school fundraiser. Instead, she careens into a snowbank on the side of the road…straight into the path of a wickedly handsome stranger. When their chemistry ignites, Kayla’s New Year’s Eve begins to show some seriously sexy promise…
YOURS AT MIDNIGHT by Robin Bielman
Four years ago, Quinn Sobel gave Lyric Whetsone the night of her life…then disappeared. Now he’s back to make amends, but Lyric has a secret that could drive Quinn from her life forever.
ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS by C.M. Stone
Eliza knows plenty about sexy cowboy Christian Yerrick, the man who crushed her heart when they were kids. Back in town, she’s determined to avoid Chris altogether…until she accidentally rear-ends his truck on New Years Eve, and the fireworks between them burn hotter than the Vegas Strip…
Like the Christmas Anthology, the New Year’s Anthology is comprised of three steamy novellas of romance. Unfortunately unlike the Christmas Anthology in which I adored all three novellas, I’m giving 2/3 of a thumb’s up here.
The anthology begins wiht Robin Bielman’s “Yours at Midnight,” a story about Lyric and Quinn who have known each other practically their entire lives. I loved this story. Lyric and Quinn were both likeable and had a lot of history that made their romance in this novella work. Plus the secret. Lyric’s family is large and intrusive and lovely so it was nice spending time reading about the welcoming, in-your-face family. While it worked great as a novella, it’s almost one that you’d love to read as an expanded novel just because Quinn and Lyric as well as the family are such great characters.
The last novella in the anthology is “One Night in Vegas,” which is again about two people who have known each other a long time. Christian is the best friend of Eliza’s surgeon brother and Eliza has crushed on him for as long as she can remember. There’s a lot to like about this story which includes one of the grand final gestures that we romance lovers adore.
Now the filling is “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart” and this is the one that was off-putting in the very first scene. What the blurb above doesn’t tell you is that Kayla Johnston is playing with her cellphone and that’s why she careens into a snowbank. Her first reaction is to blame the person texting her and then to blame her ex- because he was the subject of the text. I almost moved on to the next story because the irony of authors focusing on condom use and then having their characters use cellphones while driving is not lost on me. I did continue reading. This one has a lot of steaminess (you may want to read for the steam alone) and then the “l” word is tossed around after the first night. You can judge for yourself how you feel about that.
So I give an exuberant two thumb’s up for the very satisfying bread on this sandwich and then a thumb’s down (or maybe sideways) for the filling. However, I think the bread more than makes up for the filling. Definitely read for the charm of Lyric and Quinn (loved Quinn!) and Christian and Eliza.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
On Sale for $.99 from Dec 12th – Dec 18th
From Amazon: LOVE ME AT MIDNIGHT
rating: (4 out of 5 butterflies)
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com
Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, with a joke or two thrown in. Her book Melting the Millionaire’s Heart was an Amazon Top 100 Series Romance bestseller. Hard Hitters, her series about a fictional minor-league baseball team in southern Indiana, is available from Berkley.
When she’s not writing, working as a freelance editor and technical writer, or mommying, she’s doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn’t eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom (and their 2016 World Series win!) prove lost causes aren’t always as lost as they seem. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Ashes in the Wind was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels, and she’s never looked back.
Linda loves to hear from readers. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook at facebook.com/lindamorrisbooks.
C.M. Stone grew up in Boulder City, NV–just outside of Las Vegas–and went to college there in Southern Nevada before moving to rural northwestern Wisconsin. From her earliest memories, she was telling stories and finding ways to record them. At seven, she wrote her first book (a sci-fi thriller!) and sold it door to door. These days she’s writing romance. https://ceeemstone.com/