Today is a day for firsts!
I got my first blog review of The Captive from Getting Your Read On!
Here's a little bit of what they had to say, "I read through this book quickly and was a bit sad to see it come to an end. It's so easy to get wrapped up in books by Julie Bellon. She is one of my favorites!"
They also mention what they liked best about Jake and Mya. You can read the full review here
And my first review of 2016 was a collection of romantic short stories called Three Little Words, by some of my favorite authors! (Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!)
The first story is by Jennie Hansen called Rescuing Bailey. Bailey's next door neighbor is constantly rescuing her---from a tree as a little girl to a broken heart as an adult woman. But when she runs away to find her footing, she thinks she's over it until her father's heart attack. Coming home brings up a lot of emotions for Bailey. Can she trust her feelings for any man? And is it too late for her and the boy who's always been there for her? I really enjoyed this story. The characters felt fleshed out and even though it was a short story, I didn't feel short-changed at the end. Loved it.
The second story in the book is Three Little Words by K.C. Grant. This one took place in New York and it felt so real with the way it was portrayed and made for a good setting. Elizabeth is a speech therapist that believes the way you speak and present yourself can open professional paths up for you. Her roommates aren't so sure and make a bet with her that she can't take a Texan guy with a strong accent and turn him around in three days. Only, her subject has a few Texas-sized secrets of his own which makes for a page-turner to see how it turns out. Cute, flirty, and romantic, and this one had an epilogue which really helped me feel the closure I needed for this short story.
The last one in the compilation is A Crying Shame by Aubrey Mace. Aubrey is one of my favorite romantic comedy writers and this story was just like her others---you will laugh with the characters as you get to know them and enjoy the romantic journey that much more. Cassidy has been unceremoniously dumped and her best friend Elle is determined to move Cassidy past that jerk. Forcing Cassidy to go to Paint Nite with her is her solution and when she maneuvers Cassidy next to a cute guy in the class, the story really takes off. I have to admit, I laughed at the "trees" she was painting and the art teacher's reactions. But the best part was the building relationship between Cass and her cute painting partner. The ending definitely left me with a smile.
This was the perfect book to start off the year with because the stories were short so I could fit them into a busy schedule and yet they ended well so I didn't feel like they were rushed. If you're looking for a quick romantic snack, then this is the book for you!
You can get your Kindle copy here for $14.99
Here's the back copy:
The road to true love never did run smooth, but a few bumps along the way make it all the more thrilling. This timeless truth is showcased in Three Little Words, a charming compilation of short stories written by a trio of popular LDS romance novelists. Readers are invited to follow the journeys of three young women as they encounter love where they least expect it.
Rescuing Bailey by Jennie Hansen
For as long as she can remember, Bailey has loved the boy next door. But despite her feelings, his schedule and his little brother keep getting in the way. Will her childhood crush finally blossom into something real, or will she discover that true love is waiting just around the corner?
Three Little Words by K.C. Grant
The bet is simple: Elizabeth, a speech therapist, has three days to teach a country bumpkin with a drawl as thick as molasses how to speak like a gentleman. But as she gets to know her charming student, it soon becomes clear that there may be more to him than meets the ear.
A Crying Shame by Aubrey Mace
Cassidy is in love with the idea of love, though after her most recent breakup, the possibility of finding Mr. Right seems hopeless. But when she meets a handsome classmate in her painting class, she may end up learning more about chemistry than about art.