“Magic Kisses” by Carrie S. Masek
Brett needed a new apartment, job and
girlfriend, but that’s not exactly what he got. The
apartment is hell, he’s overworked and underpaid and not a
woman to be seen in his life. Eliza, his next door neighbor,
stepped in to play the part of his “Wing Chic.” In an
attempt to find love for him she helps him to meet other
women. She’s successful but not in the way they are prepared
Eliza’s friends are a strange bunch of
folks. My mother always said surround yourself with a lot of
people with different personalities. Carrie Masek succeeded
in giving me just that in this story. Not to mention I love
Hershey Kisses a whole lot more these days.
“Telephone Tag Winner”
(Aquamarine Series, Book 1) by Dee Lloyd
Rina feels love has deserted her, not
really important when you don’t know how to love. Even
though she decides to go out on a limb and meet a blind
date. She’s on her way to her friend’s cottage when she’s
caught up in a multi-car pileup. Covered in bruises,
dislocated body parts and a head wound, she decides the best
thing to do is cancel her so-called date. While she’s
waiting for her ride to the hospital she calls and leaves a
message to cancel the date. Unfortunately she leaves it at
the wrong number. Ryan works at the local hospital in the
E.R. He is tired and ready to go home but decides to check
his messages. He hears a sexy voice on the recording that
sends him over the edge. He figures it wouldn’t do any harm
if she’s there and he’s there to check her in and let her
know she’s made a mistake.
Out of tragedy romance blossoms. I love
the twist of fate love stories and Telephone Tag Winner,
didn’t disappoint. The characters Ryan and Rina are
interesting and their story, a definite attention keeper.
“Winning Sylvia’s Heart”
by Nancy Pirri
Sylvia is alone on Valentine’s Day. She
and Tom, her ex-fiancé, had decided to call it quits the day
before. Jack McNamara, her next-door neighbor, has been
trying to get over his own failed relationship when he
befriends Sylvia. She shows up at his apartment ready to use
the party to get over Tom, to her disappoint the party is
over. Jack invites her in for a home cooked meal and lends
an ear as she tells him about the failed relationship. He
knows she deserves better than going through the motions,
she deserves romance and that’s what he sets out to give
Jack is a man who loves romance, what
woman wouldn’t fall for him? He’s the answer to any woman’s
dreams. Sylvia’s heart wasn’t the only heart won.
“The Third Kiss” by Jane
When she was a child, Gail’s
grandmother told stories about the magic of the third kiss
if given to you by the man who had given you the first. Now
in her thirties, she still remembers the boy, Augue who gave
her the first kiss on a dare when she was just twelve and is
still just as angry about it. The second time he kissed her,
they were saying goodbye after graduation. She hasn’t
managed to find that special someone, but she’s thought
about him over the years. Gail has given up on the magic of
romance, much less the magic of the third kiss.
Who hasn’t had thoughts of the “one”
linger in their head every now and then? The third Kiss, is
a beautifully written romantic piece, You’ll want to be a
believer in the power of the third kiss.
“Atop A Wedding Cake” by
In sixteen years Cathy Baker has taken
no time for herself. When she is suddenly left a young widow
with six children, to support her family she turned to
baking, the only thing in life she’s good at. Now the
children are grown and her youngest is about to be married
on Valentine’s Day. She meets Emily’s soon to be
father-in-law who is ecstatic about the joining of their
children in holy matrimony. Trey awakens feelings in Cathy
she hasn’t felt since her husband’s death. Feelings she
can’t seem to shake.
Who says when we grow older we have to
give up on love? Cathy and Trey find each other at the
perfect time in their lives. Mature couples in love, very
refreshing to read.
“In Cahoots With Cupid” (Kaleidoscope
Series, Book 2) by Karen Wiesner
Angela Lewis always makes it her
business to see that everyone around her is happy. Returning
home for a wedding, memories of a decision she had made to
get what she wanted haunts her. Kiowas Mackenzie has always
had a thing for Angela even though she was five years older
than he. His pursuit for her is still stronger than ever.
Despite her protest he is adamant on convincing her he is
the only one for her.
Love stronger enough to surpass time
apart. It’s beautiful when it happens and Ms. Wiesner set it
up perfectly. Ki’s strong love for Angela is powerful and
their story an enjoyment to read.
Releasing in February 2009, just in
time for Valentine’s Day, the authors of Magical
Kisses: A Jewels of the Quill Valentine's Day Anthology
offer writing styles in varying ranges to bring you stories
in this anthology that contain something for every reader.
The stories are entertaining and the characters well
written, all tied together by the magic of a kiss. I
recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an anthology with a
different flavor for every taste.