Saturday, November 15, 2008

One Touch, One Glance

One Touch, One Glance is a collection of sweet romances that is sure to lift your spirits this holiday. The official release date is December 8th, 2008, but I got a sneak peek at this and just had to share. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and there was enough different styles to please everyone. I am not going to grade every story individually but I will tell you a little about all of them and give the entire book an average grade.

5AM on Sunday Morning by Gwen Hayes
Ryan is finally ready to tell Kelsey how he feels about her after being best friends since college. This was a great friends story and as for Ryan, he could play doctor with me any day.

I heard you, You know by M.E. Ellis
What an unusual beginning t a love story, with a heroine who can’t flirt and is arrested for shoplifting. I was wondering where the author was going at first with this one, but it was written with a snarky voice with a cute ending. Very lighthearted and humorous.

New Love by Maryann Miller
Seniors need love too. Love can be even better the second time around in this love story, proving there can still be love in your life after the age of 40. MaryAnn Miller shows us wine isn’t the only thing that gets better with age in this delightful story.

A Ride to Remember by Adelle Lauden
Another grandma love story. I may make fun, but I really like these kinds of stories, because I find the characters have more depth and are more realistic. Adelle Laudan is a very talented romance author that can make even the most hardened biker romantic.

Sweet Tea Maggie by K. Starling
Bed and Breakfast hotels are intimate settings, where romance blossoms, but with a pig farmer? Yes, I was surprised too, but it worked. Mrs. Starling can make anything romantic.

Tuesday’s Affair by Trinity Blacio
Second chances at love are never easy, especially when we are nurturing a broken heart. Trinity Blacio weaves a sweet tale reuniting two lovers from the past.

Lavender Heart by Debbie Gould
Beautiful lavender eyes, hidden behind physical scars. He told her to walk away, but she couldn’t and he couldn’t forget the one woman who saw past his hideous exterior to the colors within. Debbie Gould will make you believe in magic again, with this modern Beauty and the Beast story.

Forever Found by Debbie Gould
A single mom, who had been burned by men in the past found it hard to trust any men. Jason is going against the odds to even try, but he needs to help her believe in love again, if they can ever be happy together. As a soldier, he isn’t one to give up without a fight. This is a fast paced romance, but it is certain to tug at your heartstrings.

Waking Up by Ava James
Waking up is a military romance, with a wounded soldier, who has more than physical pain, his heart needs healing too. Ripping out the catheter would have caused excruciating pain and damage, but after I got over that forgotten detail I has found this a really enjoyable romance. That’s what I get for having a medical background, I can’t read the medical romances not written by someone with experience in that field. Ava James is an extremely talented author and I can’t wait to see what she has planned next. I do love men in uniform.

Under the Christmas Stars by Faith Bicknell Brown
Sometimes we find the wrong guy before we can find Mr. Right. Who needs mistletoe when you have the Christmas stars to kiss under. Faith Bicknell-Brown will chase away the cold on a frigid winter night with this sweet romance. She is a very talented editor and author.

He’s on the Menu by Savannah Chase
Yummy! If he’s on the menu, can I have a bite? Jessie is a waitress that crashes her car into the tour bus of rock star, Ian Knight. Savannah Chase has a real winner here with this modern day love story.

Unexpected Gift by Lisa Alexander-Griffin
A Christmas miracle helps two people with broken hearts to love again after they each suffered devastating losses. I didn’t know it was possible to pack that much action and suspense in such a short story. I hope that Lisa Alexander-Griffin continues to surprise me in her writing, and I look forward to reading more of her work.

Whispers in the Wind by Kensana Darnell
I always love a good cowboy story. Mitch has a painful past he wants to forget. Allison still has a little growing up to do. Love takes patience, trust, and time to build, but it doesn’t hurt to be on a ranch, under the stars, or taking a horse ride out into the country together.

Musician’s Monsoon by Brieanna Robertson
Every artist needs a muse, and Zane finds his music again after seeing a face in the crowd. Sophie didn’t expect to get noticed, but she felt a connection to his music, and felt sorry for him after her cousin assaulted him with her chest, so of course she goes back to his hotel. Musician’s Muse was laugh out loud funny, and one you won’t want to miss.

Little Cowgirl by Nicolette Zamora
Nan and Greg meet up at her party, and her costume is a sexy pink cowgirl number that no one could ignore. It was off to a great start and then a little miscommunication causes a little friction between the couple, but it ends with a sweet phone call and a promise for more.

Forever Guy by Jambrea Jo Jones
Samantha believes she found her forever guy in her longtime friend and childhood crush, Jack. Changing a friendship to a romantic relationship can be touchy and it takes a little bit of work to make a believer out of him.

When Time Stood Still by Kathleen MacIver
Mathew is learning blacksmithing weapons in the Scottish highlands. Rhianna fascinates and intrigues him, but the ending to this story has surprising twist. I loved this story.

Wounded Hearts by Missy Lyons
Healing a broken heart takes time and patience. In this touching story, a little girl finds her voice, and two single parents find the other half of their heart.

This anthology really touched my heart, which is why I am giving it a four star rating. It was an above average read, focusing on the emotion and romance not the physical side of love. So it was very satisfying to read.. Not only do I recommend you buy this for yourself, but also for your loved ones. It’s a romance book that won’t make you blush when you hand it to your mother-in-law. The book is sure to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside after you are through reading.

4 Stars

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Kathleen MacIver said...
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Kathleen MacIver said...

I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful review, and I'm so glad you loved my story! That makes me feel so good.

God bless!

-Kathleen MacIver

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