I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Entangled Bliss on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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Three novels that prove love can always be found right at home
There’s nothing quite like the comfort and serenity of returning home again, especially when combined with the sizzle and excitement of finding true love. This limited-edition contemporary romance boxed set from Entangled’s Bliss line features three fun and flirty small-town stories sure to make you laugh, sigh, and smile long after you’ve turned the last page.
Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris: Colby Robicheaux knows her brother’s best friend—delectable fire captain Jason Landry—is off-limits, and anyway, she’s only back home for a short time. Jason’s looking for someone to help him raise his preteen daughter, not a fling, but Colby’s all grown up and tempting as ever.
Playing at Love by Ophelia London: When Tess Johansson’s music program gets pitted against Jack Marshall’s football program in a battle for funding, she knows only one of them can win. Jack might be the summer love she never forgot, but her job means everything to her. Competing against the enemy was never quite this much fun.
Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo: Sydney Williams might have come home to her small town of Shamrock Falls, but it’ll take more than that to rekindle a broken friendship with her childhood best friend, Kade Mitchell. When friendship turns to sparks turns to more, will Kade be able to convince his best friend to gamble on forever?
I count this as three separate books on my Goodreads reading list, but in the interest of not flooding your news feeds with reviews today, I am reviewing them as the bundle they came to me as.
The Hometown Love bundle from one of my favourite imprints, Entangled Bliss, brings to us the first book in each of three great series. The three stories, from Rachel Harris, Ophelia London and Kelley Vitollo, are collectively, and individually, sweet, funny, emotional and adorable.
So, here are my thoughts on each of the books in the Hometown Love Bliss Bundle:
Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris
A quick read, but by no means rushed, Taste the Heat is a sweet and charming story that will leave you feeling pretty damn cheerful. Both Colby and Jason are reluctant to get involved, but thanks to their undeniable chemistry and the oft-amusing matchmaking antics of Jason’s daughter, these two don’t stand a chance.
I love that even though Colby has this pain from the past (and she has held on to it rightly or wrongly), there is a lovely growth in her character and she doesn’t close herself off from new experiences. Jason’s love for and desire to provide a good and stable life for his daughter is just so sweet. Thanks to Rachel Harris also for showing Jason’s late wife in a positive and real light.
While Taste the Heat is not explicit (Bliss books tend towards closed-door), it doesn’t skimp on the chemistry between Colby and Jason, and you definitely won’t feel as if you are missing out.
I’m not always a fan of matchmaking kid stories, because they can easily veer towards saccharine sweetness, but Emma was pretty normal and I love that she was barely subtle in her desire to help her dad find someone special again.
Now I’ve met the rest of the Robicheaux clan, I am really looking forward to reading the next books. Taste the Heat is a gorgeous, fun start to what looks like a great series.
Playing at Love by Ophelia London
I’ve read a few of the later titles in Ophelia London’s Perfect Kisses series, and I have enjoyed them immensely. So, when I got the chance to read the story of Tess and Jack, I was not disappointed.
Tess and Jack have history, having shared a brief romance as teenagers. Now, they’re back together, as colleagues and rivals for funding. I love reunion/second-chance romances, and this was no different. I love seeing how they move away from their past, and begin to find the promise that now and the future holds for them. Their connection is perfect – believable and sweet.
With all the drama of whose department would survive, I found myself hoping that both would find a way to get what they wanted, as well as who…
I really enjoyed this romance – along with the glimpses I got of characters from the books I’ve already read from the Perfect Kisses series.
Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo
The catnip sirens sounded loudly when I saw that this was a friends-to-lovers romance. You all know I would eat them for breakfast if I could.
I really liked the couple in Lucky Break, Sydney and Kade. Both are hurting, from the now and then, and aren’t looking for anything more than re-igniting their friendship. The development of their relationship from friends to lovers is lovely and romantic, and I totally got them as a couple. They are real, multi-faceted characters, and the exploration of their past friendship and lives certainly allow you as a reader to connect with them.
I haven’t read the others in the series, but I will definitely head out and 1-Click them now. The secondary characters most definitely add some spark and colour to the tale, and I am really looking forward to seeing what Kelley has in store for them.