We’ve got your royalty and soldiers, ne’er-do-wells and Templar Knights, highfalutin society types and your every-day guy, my kinda guy. What do they all have in common? Conflict. Passion. Pain. Love?
All of these stories are unabashedly celebratory when it comes to that last ingredient.
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Susan Lee
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen
The post-war economy is at a standstill, much like Foster Wetherly’s life until he’s forced to do battle with irritatingly confident—and competent—fellow ex-doughboy Casey Gladwin for a position in their shrinking department at Manhattan Security Mutual.
“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers
Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.
A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.
Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by KJ Charles
Lord Gabriel Ashleigh is a ruined man. Last night he lost everything at the card tables to his brother’s worst enemy, notorious gambler Francis Webster. Tonight, he’s going back for one more game. Ash thinks he has nothing left to lose. But Francis sets the stakes, and they’re higher than Ash could have imagined…
Two Regency bucks. One game of cards. Everything to play for.
“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper
Many men lost brothers overseas in the summer of 1944. Warren Burch was one of them. For months he still clung to his big city life in Philadelphia, but finally he’s made the difficult choice to return to his home town. Warren’s polio-stricken leg won’t let him serve, so the least he can do is be there for his mother, when brother Charlie never again will. Arriving home means a whole new life, constrained by the rhythms and prejudices of a small town. Fortunately, it’s made more interesting by the mysterious and attractive young man next door.
“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk
When a child goes missing, is it a simple case of a young runaway, or are more sinister forces at work?
“Carousel” is part of the Whyborne & Griffin series and takes place between the events of Stormhaven and Necropolis. It can be read as a standalone.
“Deliverance” by Aleksandr Voinov
This is a re-vamped, re-edited, improved version of “Deliverance”. It’s about William Raven, a templar, who thought he’d escaped his past. (Same character as in “The Lion of Kent”.)
Office Romance by Tamara Allen
Foster is in the Accounting department, right along Casey Gladwin. It’s 1920 and their firm is looking to become more efficient, at least it thinks so.
I like the understated tone of this writing. The characters are recognizable ‘types’ but not overly produced. Little details point to the depth of the ability to paint a layered picture with few words.
This started out rather light, maybe even qualifying as uncomplicated. Then everything changed, truths revealed and emotion bobbed right to the surface.
The dialogue is natural and gives us more about Foster and Casey each time the talk, especially with each other. I like these two imperfect, wounded, humorous, ambitious young guys who are determined to be a lot more.
”There has to be more to life than measurable benefits. What about values we can’t calculate in hours or dollars? If this is all we fought for…”
Emotional, humorous and hopeful. I enjoyed this one and proudly say I popped my Tamara Allen cherry.
I will definitely be reading more from her. 🙂
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Introducing Mr Winterbourne by Joanna Chambers
We have alternating points of view in this one by way of Lysander Winterbourne and Adam Freeman. This is done well and is in no way confusing.
Gee, hmmm, adults discussing and then offering and accepting apologies whenever conflict rears its complicated head? Oh, yes. This is a trait of many of Ms Chambers’ characters and I appreciate it, let alone relish in the results of such behavior. The reward for conversation, sharing and working things out is so much greater than misunderstandings cloaked in false importance. It doesn’t hurt that both Lysander and Adam enjoy their sporting fun by way of fencing. 😉
When two people realize they feel similarly, especially in terms of how others should and shouldn’t be treated, the heart unclenches, lungs expand and smiles usually show up. Jussayin’.
I enjoy meal scenes, any scene with any food. It’s an effective way to let two characters get to know each other, lower their guards and reveal some truth. Well done here, that.
Have I mentioned yet that this is sexy? Sensual? Hot? … no? Well, it’s all of those things. It’s pretty damn amazing when a storyteller can make me want to do nothing but sigh contentedly in so few pages. Still… more, please??
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The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh by KJ Charles
Ash, Ash, Ash, what’re we going to do with you? And you, Francis Webster. You sneak, lovely devil, you.
Two pages in and I was already sold, take down the sign, here’s my money.
The pacing is smart. It starts off with a bang and then a breather, a moment for us, and Ash, to contemplate the short and long of his future. I was already smiling.
Um… excuse me, I’ll be… right back, in a few minutes. clears throat Talk amongst yourselves…
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Unfair in Love and War by Kaje Harper
I did not take a single note while reading this. I was enthralled. I read right through to the last word. No breaks, no picking up a pen and notebook, nothing.
Beautiful, intense, funny, painful, clever and steamy. Thatisall.
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Carousel by Jordan L Hawk
😀 <<< that’s me, while I was reading this, thinking about it, writing this right now. Me 😀
This is a story told from Griffin’s point of view, I believe only the second time in the Whyborne universe. It means we get more depth, more emotion, more everything straight from the investigator’s mouth. I like feeling him saying “my dear” to Ival. He’s the only character I’ve ever come across from whose lips it sounds right, perfect, loving.
Love the creepy, love the supernatural, love the sweet and love the heat. This took a couple of unexpected turns with a play on a horror story classic type. One ingredient felt a bit unnecessary, we of course I would always like more of Christine, but this was undoubtedly Whyborne and Griffin and they are forever in each other’s arms in my world. 😀 <<<< Me.
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Deliverance by Aleksandr Voinov
Conflict. From word one we’re in the middle of conflict. Land and people… two people who fit the very definition of conflict. It’s never easy to do the right thing, especially when the right thing isn’t perfect and yet you know it’s perfect for you.
This one put an emotional stranglehold on me and wouldn’t let go. Every word has purpose, digging deeper in an unrelenting onslaught of pain and passion. In the very same moment it refused to let me go, I was shown a world packed with possibilities in ways to tumble right over the cliff’s edge.
William Raven and Guy de Metz. I love watching as you try to figure it all out. There’s no guessing on my part as to why you both behave the way you do. Unfortunately for you, the path is not so clear. Or is it? Heh.
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