#SINYCBlogTour Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Summer in New York Collection


A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York CollectionSummer in New York Collection
(A Timeless Romance Anthology)
by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Mangum
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback266 Pages
July 15, 2014

Summary

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.
  

My Review

The Summer in New York Collection includes six short novellas, four of which from authors whose books I have loved, so I was really looking forward to reading this one. It did not disappoint. There was plenty of happy moments full of sighs and sweet kisses, tapered with some heartfelt struggles. My only complaint was that I wanted the stories, especially certain ones, to be longer. There were two reasons I wanted them to be longer. First, I wasn't ready for the stories to end. Second, I wanted more development for the romance in some of the stories so that it didn't feel like insta-love. These are all novellas though, and so of course they're going to be short.

JOB HAZARDS: I can't say I was surprised how Janette Rallison, who is known for her humor, had me laughing out loud from the beginning (you can read the very beginning of her novella below). It only gets more mortifying when the MC runs into an old flame while she's impersonating a hooker. How Janette comes up with these scenarios I don't know, but I do know that I love them every single time. Job Hazards was my favorite of this compilation, even though it also felt like the shortest of them all. I could have handled several more chapters.

A TASTE OF SUN: This story was so adorably cute. There was some great sarcasm and wit when the two protagonists first meet and then begin to get to know one another. I loved how they developed a friendship that evolved into something more. I also loved the little tours of New York.

DULCE DE LECHE: I loved Marisol's spunk and how she wielded her culture sometimes. (Her baking made me rather hungry.) I also admired her bravery and her fight in realizing her dream of finishing college, and doing so all on her own. She was great with the boys and with their father. The closing scene was really sweet.

TAKE A CHANCE: I liked that there was no insta-love in this story. Instead you have two people who were formerly in love get stuck together at an airport and realize their love is still worth fighting for. It was fun to see what lengths Miguel would go to in order to earn back Jane's love and who else was willing to help. Another great read!

FIRSTS AND LASTS: I loved how this one opened up and how the two MC's spent all this time together even knowing that Dani would be leaving. They had so much in common and really understood each other and built up their relationship from there. I loved the ending when Mark comes to say goodbye. I pretty much melted right there.

&: I loved what the "and" stood for in this story. I loved the talk of books and words. I loved the laughter, the way that Lucy saw herself because of how Jesse saw her, the romantic moments, especially towards the end. Lisa was great in writing a bad guy who wasn't too bad, but definitely affected Lucy, and a quirky, but sweet good guy who definitely could make Lucy swoon.

If you enjoy reading chick-lit or are looking for something quick to read that will give you the satisfaction that comes from a happily-ever-after ending, definitely grab the Summer in New Work Collection. It was fun, sweet, heartfelt, and swoon-worthy. Each novella definitely left a smile on my face.


Content: Clean (There is some innuendo, but very sparse.)

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

Excerpt

Job Hazards
Janette Rallison

Chapter One

Fighting crime wasn’t supposed to involve wearing a leopard-print miniskirt, a silky halter top, and stiletto heels. Not once while Lydia Robinson was in the police academy a year ago had she envisioned that the job would land her on a seedy New York street posing as a hooker. But as Lieutenant Miner had told her a week ago after he called her into his office, “You’re a natural.”

A natural hooker? “Is that supposed to be a compliment?” she asked.

He held up his hands to stop her protest and nodded at the glass window of his office. Outside, two other female officers were talking about a case. Officer Loomis was fifty-two and had more wrinkles than a pile of forgotten laundry. Officer Dustin was seven months pregnant. “I just meant,” Lieutenant Miner said, “that you’re the best one in the department for the sting.”

So now Lydia stood on a dimly lit corner next to a row of bars and strip clubs. She wore so much makeup that she looked like she was part of a Broadway play. Her usually long, brown hair had been curled, teased and poofed. It was magazine-girl, notice-me hair. Half-a-bottle-of-hairspray hair.

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54 comments

  1. I've never been to New York City, but have been to parts of the state when I was a teenager. Being from southern CA, I loved how green and lush the countryside was!

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  2. no never been - why leave Hawaii?

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  3. no, i have never been to new york but really want to visit at least once soon!

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  4. Glad this one gets a shiny review from you, Tressa. It looks fantastic and I've a.) loved the tagline (Downton Abbey geek here) and b.) that cover art?? Oh, my, it's gorgeous. :)

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  5. I love the cover, I like the blurb, your review makes me want to read it -- OK, it's going on the TBR list!

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  6. I knew you would like this one! It was one of my favorite YAs this year.

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  7. Zonell Conant9/4/14, 7:09 PM

    I've never been, but plan on going next year

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  8. This is new to me and it sounds really good. Great review:)

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  9. Thanks for sharing. I'll wish you luck!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, Natalie. The first book, The Darkest Minds, has been my favorite so far, but I haven't read In the Afterlight yet.

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  11. It would be awesome and very powerful. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I haven't been to New York, but I have heard the upstate is gorgeous. My husband has been twice for school related trips. We hope to go together at some point. :)

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  13. Same here. I hope we both get there eventually.

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  14. Oooh! So fun! I hope it works out and you have a great time!

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  15. There was something missing that I couldn't figure out, which is why it's not a full five stars, but then I went and read a blogger friend's review and she figured it out for me. The book needed to be a little longer so that some parts of the story could develop a little more. There is also one really violent part that was pretty horrific, but otherwise, I loved this one!! I'll be seeing the author later this month and I'm really excited about meeting her! :)

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  16. I hope you do enjoy it! The beginning chapters are my favorite and then towards the end there are some with the MC's and one of their friends that were great, dialogue-wise.

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  17. I pretty much ate it up. Lol! :)

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  18. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it! I love it when I come across a unique story.

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  19. Ok, I'm not a big novella fan but I may have to read this one. I actually need to reread the second book in preparation of the last one. I love this series! Liam!!! This better end well. ~Pam

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  20. I feel like I'd be super lazy if I was a blue, but definitely telekinesis. You could turn book pages while eating without having to worry about them getting messy. ;)

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  21. I've read nothing but positive reviews about this one, so I'm getting more excited about reading it. Love sarcastic banter. I've enjoyed White's other books too. Great review, glad you enjoyed it! ~Pam

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  22. Jacklin updegraft9/6/14, 4:12 PM

    Thank you

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  23. Haha, yeah. To be the ultimate hybrid of multiple powers would be awesome.

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  24. It could have been a little longer to allow some more development, but otherwise I really loved it! I'm going to be seeing her this Wednesday and I'm so excited!!! :D

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  25. Yes, Liam! ;) He's such a great guy! I just love that even with all the darkness and violence there is still laughter and love. That's how a story should be told, at least that's what I relate to and love. We couldn't survive such a terrible thing without looking for hope or light somewhere. :)

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  26. Lol! Lazy? That is an awesome way to use that power!! I totally didn't think of that!

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  27. This looks like a treat (and what a gorgeous cover), I'm putting it on my "next" list, thanks for sharing !

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  28. I really enjoyed it! :D

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  29. Blue, because I've wanted telekinesis ever since I saw Matilda back in the day :)

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  30. Emily Hendricks9/8/14, 8:37 PM

    Definitely pyrokinesis, I love fire.

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  31. I'd def wanna have telekinesis! I've always wanted to have that power anyway and it'd be super useful IMO. I have had darkest minds on my wishlist for sooo long! Awesome giveaway Tressa ^_^

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  32. I can't take credit for the giveaway. It's all the publisher. I'm just happy to get to be one of the participating bloggers. :)

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  33. Alexandra Aleman9/9/14, 5:13 PM

    Mind control for sure. :)

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  34. I would want telekinesis, but any of them could get out of control very easily ;)

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  35. I would want to be mind control or intelligence. But they all sound like amazing abilities.

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  36. this looks like a great series . Telekenesis is a great power to have

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  37. I would say Mind Control or Fire.

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  38. I would want the ability of mind control! It would be so cool to manipulate people's thinking and understand their thoughts... I can't wait to start this series!! Thanks for the chance!

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  39. Bella Flores9/16/14, 11:12 AM

    I would want mind controll!!! I could do some amazing things with that... lol these look amazing, can't wait to read them, and nice prize too. thank you

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  40. Mind control! Orange! I already get migraines enough, so there's no downside to reading people's memories! ---except for if you're Ruby and the whole issue with that.... and.... yeah. No spoilers!

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  41. Frannie Panglossa9/22/14, 2:30 PM

    Mind control!! *-*

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  42. Mind Control!

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  43. Hand down mind control!!

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  44. Mind control! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  45. I haven't started the series yet so I'm not sure in the world of The Darkest Minds which power would be the best. I would definitely lean most towards the greens/intelligence and blues/telekinesis.

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  46. I honestly just don't know. I am having a tough time between intelligence and telekinesis. Either would be amazing. I would definitely not care to have mind control, as cool as it seems on the surface I would not want to have that kind of control over other people. It would be too tempting sometimes, and that isn't okay.

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  47. Linda Trinklein9/29/14, 6:29 AM

    Which of the five Psi groups (mind control, intelligence, electrokinesis, telekinesis, pyrokinesis).. hmm mind control would help a ton!! ;) thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!!

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  48. I think I would want electrokinesis if I lived in TDM world! I wouldn't want to be an orange...or a red for obvious, spoiler reasons. But yellows can definitely put up a fight. They're not targeted AS much and can have a better control of their powers because they're not as strong as reds or oranges. And Zuuuuuu~ she's so cute! #teamgloves I loved In Time so much.

    And Alexandra Bracken said that the color themes on the cover coincide with the psi group of an especially important character (or psi group) in that book. In the Afterlight has lots of red and a focal point of yellow. SO EXCITED.

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  49. Good Review and thanks very much for doing all the dirty work lol!!!


    I just wish the heroes weren't all so "pretty" it might make life worth living if some of them were God forbid normal lmao!!! :D

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  50. This hero is somewhat Darcy-like, I think. Definitely not perfect, which I liked. I do know what you mean though. :)

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