Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark and Julie Daines

Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance, by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark and Julie Daines
2015, 176 p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but as mistaken identities abound, three heroines will put this age-old adage to the test! Showcasing a trio of LDS fiction’s finest authors, Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance is a heartwarming collection of short stories that begs the question: can true love really conquer all?

Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson —New York City book editor Ellie Hanover has discovered a groundbreaking manuscript that may be just what she needs to save her job. But when her anonymous correspondence with the author begins to develop into more than a professional relationship, Ellie is left wondering if her real find is actually Mr. Right.

He Loves Me Not by Jennifer K. Clark —When Kenedee spies her boss leaving flowers on her desk, she’s swept into a whirlwind of infatuation. If only he didn’t have a girlfriend . . . Undeterred, the young woman enlists in the scheme her employer’s brother has put in motion for the company’s sake in hopes that she can win over the man of her dreams. But even foolproof plans can go awry.

Fools of Us All by Julie Daines —The course of true love is never smooth, as Jane discovers when a case of mistaken identity results in a date with the man she’s admired from afar for years. But she knows all too well that masquerading as her twin sister can only go on for so long before the truth comes out.

This book starts out strong with Storybook Romance. I loved Ellie and felt bad for the position she found herself in when her boss, Ed, died. I thought she handled herself well when she continued to work hard even when her new boss, Meredith, treated her so poorly. Her co-worker, Lucy, was awesome, helping her dress more fashionably and passing on leads to help her find a better job. I especially enjoyed reading her correspondence with Max. She was hesitant to let him in too much and I understood that while at the same time wanting her to take a chance. The ending was the best part, especially the final short chapter! 

Next up was He Loves Me Not and I loved that one, too! Kenedee works for a river guide company and is convinced her boss, Dravin, is interested in her, even though he has a girlfriend, Charlotte. She saw him leave flowers on her desk one morning and is waiting for him to break up with Charlotte. Her co-worker Emma is trying to get her to notice Andrew, Dravin's brother since he's actually single, but Kenedee doesn't want to hurt Dravin's feelings. Andrew comes up with a plan to scam Dravin and enlists Kenedee to help. She reluctantly agrees. This results in some pretty funny situations which were highly entertaining. And it also helps her determine where her heart really lies.

Finally, there was Fools Of Us All--another winner! Jane is mistaken for her twin sister, Jennica, by Mason, a guy Jennica dated briefly in high school but quickly dumped. He wants to reconnect and she tries to tell him who she really is but he's in a rush so she agrees to meet him. As she gets to know him, she wants to 'fess up, but she's having such a great time getting to know him and is afraid of his reaction when he learns her true identity so she keeps playing along. It was a little odd to me how he never knew she existed and the author explained it, but I still have a hard time grasping the reality of that happening. In any event, it made for an interesting story because, of course, the truth came out and Jane had to deal with the fallout. This one was kind of sad, too, and I was hoping things would work out for Jane in the end.

I loved each of these stories! I thought they were well-developed for novellas and felt satisfied at the end of each of them. This is a great collection! I was only familiar with Melanie Jacobson but want to read other books by Jennifer Clark and Julie Daines.

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog.

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Jennifer K. Clark lives in the small rural town in Wellington Utah. After a decade of entertaining her husband and three children with infamous, fictitious stories, she decided to put her imagination to good use and became an author. She likes to add a touch of romance to her novels along with a healthy dose of adventure. Fueled by Lindt Chocolate Truffles and Sour Patch Kids, she now spends a copious amount of time with the characters in her head. In her spare time she likes to create science experiments with the ingredients in her potions cupboard, debate which Doctor is her favorite (it's a toss-up between the 10th and 11th), and--when she has time--watches the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice.

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Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies--anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

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