Some sweet romances... All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle & Stormy Kisses by Multiple Authors (Review Briefs)

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All By My SelfieAll By My Selfie
by Jo Noelle
Adult Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Novella
ebook, 91 Pages
October 16th 2016 by Little Box Press LLC

Summary

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. She clicks a few selfies with him in the background. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never see, taste, or feel any of it—except Gwen. 

This is a 100 page novella in the clean & wholesome category.

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My Review

ALL BY MY SELFIE was full of humor, romance, and a unique fantasy twist that mostly takes place in current-day Scotland. Those who enjoy light romance or this author, are sure to enjoy this novella.

I somehow missed that I'd previously read this as part of the Castle Collection from Sweet & Sassy Anthology. Rereading it brought some of the same things to mind. There was plenty of humor, some swoon-worthy moments (hello Mr. McDreamy Scottish Warrior), a little mystery, and a touch of magic. Definitely an enjoyable read!

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was fun and sweet with a nice twist. I adored the ending.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Stormy Kisses
Stormy Kisses
(Sweet & Sassy Anthology)
by Rebecca Rode, Donna K. Weaver, Cindy M. Hogan, Jo Noelle, Lindzee Armstrong, & Rachel Branton
Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 506 Pages
September 23rd 2016 by Little Box Press LLC

Summary

Will extreme weather keep these six couples apart or bring them together? Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Stormy Kisses has six contemporary romances set against wild weather from award winning and Amazon best selling authors. 
Love Right
by Rebecca Rode

Corie McMullen doesn’t consider herself a man-hater. It’s just that being dumped by a fiancĂ© via text has given her trust issues. Now, two years later, she’s written a bestselling relationships book, Love Right, and managed to avoid dating altogether. Even better, she’s scored an interview on a prestigious national morning show.

So when her best friend, Sofia, drags her to Singles Week at a ski lodge in Colorado, she’s reluctant to jump into the dating scene again. Especially when the man who seems interested turns out to be Micah Calloway, a playboy from her high school who insists he’s changed.

Then a blizzard hits while they’re snowshoeing, and the dating game turns dangerous. Now Corie’s very survival rests on an impossible decision. Not only must she trust Micah with her life, but somehow she must find the courage to trust him with her heart.
Waves of Deceit
by Donna K. Weaver

Twenty-six-year-old Shelby Nash wants to break free of her controlling, billionaire father. With the completion of one more project for his company, she can branch out on her own. However, her ex-boyfriend’s been appointed as the new lead architect. She has to find a way to protect her heart from him while avoiding whoever’s making anonymous threats.

Wade Armstrong did a poor job handling the news about the identity of his girlfriend’s father. Shelby walked out of his life without another word. Finally, four years later, Wade has a chance to win her back. As long as whoever’s targeted her doesn’t get to her first.
Secrets in the Storm
by Cindy M. Hogan

High in the Canadian Kananaskis National Forest, super spies, Christy and Jeremy try again for a romantic getaway, in hopes that their remote destination will give them a long awaited private holiday.

Unfortunately, someone else has found shelter in the same abandoned lodge, but with much more nefarious intent. Christy and Jeremy set off, determined to get the evidence into the right hands in Calgary.

But a violent flash storm rolls in, as well as a beautiful girl from Jeremy’s past. Combined, they threaten to not only help the terrorists have their way, but also to end the relationship between handler and spy for good as jealousy and distrust come between them.
Back to You
by Jo Noelle

Zara Hollis never thought at twenty-three she’d trade in her passion for hiking and spelunking to run a mortuary and care for her mother, who has advanced Alzheimer’s. When Trevor Cooley, all grown up and gorgeous, moves back to town, Zara is drawn to the quiet man who used to be her childhood friend, but now in a much more than friendly way.

Trev wants to pull Zara, as fun-loving and beautiful as ever, back into his life and hopefully into his arms. But there’s a problem. He’s only in Colorado for a short time on a stint as an undercover boss. He and his company can’t afford distractions. When the two get stranded together, sheltering from a violent storm, Trev realizes this particular “distraction” may jeopardize not only his plans, but also his heart.
Twisters and Textbooks (a Sunset Plains romance novella)
by Lindzee Armstrong. 

After the death of her parents, chasing tornadoes is the only thing that makes Lauren feel alive. Each storm gives her the adrenaline rush she craves, but it can’t make her forget Tanner, the country boy she left behind in Oklahoma. When a funeral brings Lauren back to Sunset Plains, she decides to seek out Tanner in a desperate attempt to finally let go of her past. He’s still angry by her abrupt departure from his life, and she begins to question whether she ever should’ve returned.

Just as Lauren’s about to run—again—a tornado hits near town, and Lauren and Tanner are caught up in a cyclone of emotions neither is sure they want to escape. Can they weather the storm of their past, or will they let it consume them?
Zoey’s Place
By Rachel Branton

Caring for the animals at Safe Haven Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary has filled the holes in Zoey Morgan’s life and smoothed the memories that still haunt her. It helps that she works with friendly Stephen Carey, whose uncle owns the Arizona sanctuary, and Declan Walker, who is as wild and untouchable as the animals they help.

When a storm hits, flattening buildings and flooding roads all over the state, the sanctuary goes into lockdown mode. But Zoey learns that her younger sister is lost in the storm, and she will risk anything to find her. So will the man who loves her—if she’d let him. Can he slip past the walls Zoey has built to hide her secrets?

Zoey’s Place is a stand-alone novella telling the story of the now-grownup orphan that readers first saw in Rachel Branton’s House without Lies.

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My Review

STORMY KISSES was another sweet addition to the Sweet & Sassy Anthology collection. And enjoyable collection overall for light romance readers, with some stories that shine brighter than others.

Love Right by Rebecca Rode: This one was so full of chemistry and humor with a little danger thrown in. I loved it pretty much from the first page to the last.

Waves of Deceit by Donna K. Weaver: This was another fun read with some major chemistry and a little danger. I liked that there was already a basis for the romance and I really liked the characters.

Secrets in the Storm by Cindy M. Hogan: Okay. So I have to be honest here. I skipped this one. *cringes* I didn't love this series by this author and since I've read a bunch of these anthologies and she always sticks to this same couple who seem to just go on and on... When you don't love something, it's hard to keep reading about it, even in little snatches. Plus, I kind of feel like she just needs to have a compilation of this series' novellas and do something different for this line. I have liked one of her books not from this series so I'd love something different from her.

Back to You by Jo Noelle: This was another fun one. I didn't completely get why he couldn't tell her his secret when she had nothing to do with it, but otherwise, I loved the characters and enjoyed the story.

Twisters and Textbooks (a Sunset Plains romance novella) by Lindzee Armstrong: I enjoyed this story as well. Reminded me a little of the movie Twister. There were some overly dramatic parts, but the chemistry was here as was a very sweet story.

Zoey’s Place By Rachel Branton: This is the second novella from this author in the period of a month. The other one I loved and this one was just so-so. I'm not sure exactly why except some things just didn't work for me. I liked it, but didn't love it.


In the end, was it what I wished for? For the most part, I enjoyed these novellas. I always expect that I won't love all of them, but that is the ideal. This one had a few misses and the rest were all hits.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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