I received this book via I Am a Reader. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Spring in Snow Valley by Cindy Roland Anderson, Jeanette Lewis, Lucy McConnell, Cami Checketts, Taylor Hart, Kimberley Montpetit
Series: Snow Valley Anthologies, #3
Published by Pepin Publishing Company on 2016-03-01
Length: 647 pages
Reviewing eARC from I Am a Reader
Spring is in the air and so is romance in the small town of Snow Valley, Montana.
Operation—Kiss the Girl, Cindy Roland Anderson
Ivy Baker is doomed to marry a man she only pretends to be in love with to save the family ranch. Since she isn’t marrying for love, Ivy secretly creates a kissing wish list composed of scenes from the romance books she loves to read. She hopes to experience at least one kiss from her list before she becomes officially engaged and seals her fate. When she travels to Snow Valley to help her aunt recover from knee surgery, Ivy finds herself falling for Kellen Thomas, an irresistible cowboy she should avoid. By chance Kellen finds Ivy’s list, and decides to make it his mission to help her fulfill her bucket list, turning her world upside down and making Ivy want to choose her heart over duty.
Love Coming Late, Jeanette Lewis
Cynthia Eddington never thought she’d return to Snow Valley after a string of bad luck forced the sale of her beloved farm there. But here she is, about to start a new life with her children, Jackson and Anoria. Cynthia plans to focus on her career and her family; she’s not looking for romance and she’s definitely not looking for sexy cowboy, Colby Schroder.
Running from the Cowboy, Cami Checkouts
Missy Horman escaped an abusive marriage and returns to Snow Valley to help her father deal with her emotionally disturbed mother. Volunteering to teach a youth Sunday school class seems like a good way to get out of her comfort zone—until she ends up kissing Porter Wilson in front of a bunch of teenagers. Embarrassed, and secretly thrilled, by the kiss, she writes Porter off as a playboy. But, Missy wasn’t the only one affected and Porter’s new mission in life is to prove that there’s more to him than flirting and world-tilting kisses. He wants to show her that a true cowboy knows how to treat a lady and, if Missy can’t keep her wits about her, she might just let him.
The Bet, Taylor Hart
When Destiny Morningstar gets blackmailed into spending her spring break in Snow Valley, the last thing she’s looking for is a date, especially not with Adam and Chase Moon—two attractive and athletic brothers. But soon she finds herself tangled up in a dating spree that includes a flag football game, swinging around the barn dance, and hiking to Snow Valley’s romantic hot springs with the town’s most eligible bachelors. At every turn she’s within kissing distance of one of the delectable Moon men. When she discovers she’s been part of some bet fueled by sibling rivalry and overactive egos she has to make a decision—forgive them both or miss out on the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Sealed with a Kiss, Kimberley Montpetit
Jessica Mason and Pastor James are struggling to make their long-distance relationship work between Snow Valley and New Orleans where Jessica dances with the local ballet company. When April Murphy, a war widow with a child, shows up in Snow Valley, James reluctantly begins to wonder if he and Jessica are really meant to be. April would make the perfect pastor’s wife and he’d have an instant family and the stability he craves. But he can’t get the spitfire Jessica out of his mind and when she returns to Snow Valley to accept an inheritance, her male ballet partner in tow, the love triangle takes on a new edge. Can Jessica and James figure out how to create a family while living in two different states—or do they allow their hearts to move on and forget the passion they once shared?
Romancing a Husband, Lucy McConnell
Natalie Lawson is at a crossroads. Her husband is down on his luck and some days he’s just plain down while Natalie is moving forward, gaining promotions and starting new adventures. In some ways, they’ve grown apart and Natalie can’t help but wonder if her path through life will always include Eli. When tragedy throws them together, Natalie learns a profound lesson that may save her marriage and provide the key to romancing a husband.
I am such a fan of these anthologies set in Snow Valley, Colorado! They have introduced me to a couple of new favorite authors (Taylor Hart, Cindy Roland Anderson) and they are such fun reads. Each novella in the anthology brings back previous characters and introduces new ones while delivering a clean, swoon-worthy read. My favorite in this anthology happens to be The Bet by Taylor Hart and is the 4th novella. Below is my review of it but just so you know I loved them all 😀
The Bet by Taylor Hart
In The Bet by Taylor Hart, Destiny Morningstar comes to town for her cousin’s wedding and winds up staying to take care of her flower shop while she is on her honeymoon. The last thing Destiny wants is to be in Snow Valley. Her best friend and cousin Fate died there and she can’t escape fast enough. When the computer at the shop goes down, she calls the number her cousin left for her. Adam Moon is not very happy when Destiny calls him, pulling him from his GRE studies. He’s even less happy when he shows up at the flower shop to find that she is the lazy girl from his computer lab at the college that had asked for extra credit, which of course he denied.
I really felt for Destiny. Even after so long she is still grieving for her cousin. They had many plans together that now she is trying to accomplish on her own. She’s kind, a little shy, and can’t decide which Moon brother she likes best, if either of them. Chase was her cousin’s crush and is her age. Adam is the jerk TA that won’t help her get the A she needs to attend a school in Paris next year. But despite those things, she finds herself drawn to both brothers and has to decide between the two.
I really liked both brothers. Adam is older, painfully shy with girls, and kind of a geek, which only adds to his charm. Chase is outgoing, the center of attention, and spends all his time outdoors. When Destiny shows up and both brothers find themselves interested, Chase proposes a bet. The first to kiss her gets dibs. It’s silly and really doesn’t take Destiny into account. From the moment he proposed it, I knew it would backfire on both brothers.
Overall, Chase and Adam give plenty of swoon-worthy moments for Destiny. I really enjoyed the differences in the brothers and what they brought out in Destiny. Chase helped bring the grieving Destiny to terms with Fate’s death. Adam reawakened Destiny to the possibilities that life had in store for her. Can you tell I really enjoyed it 😉 If you enjoy good, clean romance I highly recommend you grab a copy!
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