Review: California Dreamin' Collection by Multiple Authors

A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin' CollectionCalifornia Dreamin' Collection
(A Timeless Romance Anthology)
by Heather B. Moore, Kaylee Baldwin, Annette Lyon, Jannifer Moore, Shannon Guymon, and Sarah M. Eden
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook350 Pages
April 2015 by Mirror Press

Summary

Amazon #1 Bestselling series in *New Release* for Clean Romance

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas with bestselling and award winning authors.

In the sweet novella TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Heather B. Moore, Gwen uses her wedding photography business to keep her life simple and focus on something other than her own broken heart. When Jack, a guy too handsome for his own good, helps her clean up after a photoshoot, then asks her out, she doesn’t know if she can handle dating again. But Jack’s charm wins her over, and she agrees to meet him for dinner. The more she gets to know Jack, the more she likes him, but everything about him seems too good to be true.

GONE FISHING, a charming novella by Kaylee Baldwin, follows Claire as she tries to convince her dad to leave his start-up company as a boat guide and come back home to Colorado. He’s the only one who can defend Claire against her domineering mother. But when she arrives at the San Diego harbor, she’s met with more than one surprise. First, that her dad is truly living his dream and has never been happier, and second, she’s unexpectedly attracted to his business partner, Miguel.

In THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING, an enchanting novella by Annette Lyon, Alexandria has one last task to perform for her late husband, who died much too young: scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. She goes to the Santa Monica Pier to do just that, but her plans get sidetracked after meeting Michael and feeling an immediate connection to him. They grab lunch, and the more time they spend together, the more they discover that they have in common—including past romantic hardships. As the day wears on, Alexandria begins learn that her heart just might be able to find love again.

In Jennifer Moore’s captivating novella A HERO’S SONG, AnneMarie’s career as a romance novelist is skyrocketing and her agent books her on a late night talk show. The host gets her to admit that she was in love once, with a guitar player. Moments after her segment, Lance Holden appears on the same stage, to perform his newest song. Is it a terrible coincidence? AnneMarie hasn’t seen Lance ever since he broke her heart ten years ago, and she has refused to think about him again. Their lives are worlds apart, but as Lance tries to reconcile with AnneMarie, she finds herself taking a second chance.

In STAY WITH ME, an endearing novella by Shannon Guymon, Jolie moves to L.A. to take on a nanny position for the summer, since apparently having a degree in art doesn’t translate to getting a job as a graphic designer. When Fitz, the family’s chauffeur, picks her up at the airport, she wonders if every man in LA is model-gorgeous. When Jolie meets her two charges, she finds them adorable and needy. But it’s harder to hold onto her job than she thought with a hostile Mrs. James and her spoiled brother. Fitz becomes both the silver lining of her job and the man who just might convince her to stay in L.A.

In the delightful novella, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, by Sarah M. Eden, Ada is the best realtor around. The best. She prides herself in matching each client with the house that will fit all of their needs. She hasn’t failed yet. So when Craig hires her to find him the perfect condo for him and his son, Ada is up for the challenge. What she may not be prepared for is her unforeseen attraction to Craig, her immediate attachment to his nine-year-old son, and her heart telling her that it’s okay to take another chance.

 

My Review

I've enjoyed all of the collection from A Timeless Romance Anthology line of books to date. The California Dreamin' Collection was another compilation of sweet romantic novellas that I enjoyed from beginning to end with several that I would read again. Here are my thoughts on each one:

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Heather B. Moore. This was one of my favorites from this collection. It was sweet while having some definite swoon-worthy moments. It also had fantastic characters and a plot that felt authentic.

GONE FISHING by Kaylee Baldwin. This was another favorite. I loved the whole damsel-in-distress and the pirate saving the day, in a way. It was fun and sassy, with a few laughs and plenty of romance.

In THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING by Annette Lyon. This was just an all around sweet story. I thought that some of the focus being on food addictions and child obesity was interesting as was two characters who made a bond when children at camp finding each other years later.

A HERO’S SONG by 
Jennifer Moore. This was another story that I really enjoyed. I think every girl has had a crush on a rock star or a guy in a band at some point in their lives. I loved that the author let things evolve realistically - as in things aren't easy for these characters. At all. Great characters as well.

In STAY WITH ME by Shannon Guymon. I really liked the setting for this one. Jolie and the kids were my favorite characters by far with Fitz coming in next. There was some drama and maybe a little too much romantic fluff in this one that went over the top for me, but otherwise a cute romance.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Sarah M. Eden. This story felt like it easily could have morphed into a full novel in the romance or women's fiction genre. I loved the depth of the characters, that they have a rough kind of start and go, that they felt authentic, and I practically melted towards the end when Craig goes to visit Ada's book club. Seriously the sweetest, most down-to-earth guy ever! I didn't even talk about the sweet moments at the end... This was another favorite.


Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not affect my review in any way.


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5 comments

  1. Great haul this week. While You Were Gone sounds really interesting. Happy reading.

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  2. laura thomas6/22/15, 7:39 PM

    What an awesome batch of books this week. Looks like you're all set for a little while! LOL

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/06/21/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-114-and-the-sunday-post/

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  3. Definitely a wide variety here, that's for sure. ;)

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  4. I'm looking forward to that one, plus I do like duologies. No middle-book syndrome. :)

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  5. northernplunder6/27/15, 2:50 PM

    The cover for While You Were Gone is lovely, and I love the sound of it, adding it to my wishlist now.


    My haul
    Lauren @ Northern Plunder

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