Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Road Trip Collection by Jolene Betty Perry, Sarah M. Eden, Ranee` S. Clark, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Aubrey Mace

Road Trip Collection

by Jolene Betty Perry, Sarah M. Eden, Ranee` S. Clark, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, Aubrey Mace

Inspirational Romance
ebook, 328 pages
May 10, 2016 by Mirror Press
Timeless Romance Anthology #17

#1 Amazon Bestselling Romance Anthology in Clean Romance
Six new contemporary romance novellas from bestselling authors:

What Falling Feels Like by Jolene Betty Perry
High school was years ago, and Kendell is ready to admit that Tyler, her best friend’s younger brother, has matured into a good-looking man. But the once-popular Kendell is recovering from a marriage-gone-wrong, and she regrets turning Tyler down for high school prom. On their road trip to deliver a refurbished camper, Kendell rediscovers all the reasons she liked Tyler, but it might be too late to rekindle their friendship.

Antiques Road Trip by Sarah M. Eden
Kelsey is living out her dream for the weekend as she participates in a reality show contest by living on a 19th century film set. The contestant who wins the show receives a trip to England and $100k, more than enough to get her through grad school. When she meets Devon, who was coerced by his sister to participate, friendship blossoms. When things go wrong for Kelsey, Devon is there to help, and she soon realizes that winning the contest isn’t what she most desires.

Wouldn't It Be Nice by Ranee` S. Clark
When Jacqueline's boyfriend Colin drops out of their long-planned road trip with friends to put his job first—again—it's the final nail in the coffin of their dying relationship. But then Hudson, her best friend’s brother, takes Colin's spot for the road trip, and Jacqueline’s disappointment in her ex takes a back seat to the chance for reestablishing the close ties she once had with Hudson. When their friendship detours into romance, it forces Jacqueline to question her reasons for breaking up with Colin and her future with Hudson.

Head Over Heels by Annette Lyon
Tristan is proud to be an entrepreneur, running a popular singles’ lifestyle blog. So when she gets an offer to cover a singles convention in Las Vegas, she needs to find a way to get there from another freelance job in Salt Lake without breaking into her personal savings. Her friend sets her up with a co-worker who happens to be driving that way, and Tristan is more than surprised to come face-to-face with a man she has a lot in common with, not to mention seems to click with right away. The two decide to play a prank on Tristan’s friend, and pretend that they are smitten with each other, but soon, the lines between pretend and reality start to fade.

Two Dozen Roses by Heather B. Moore
Dayna reluctantly takes time out of her busy work life to drive her mother up the Pacific Coast Highway from California to her brother’s home in Oregon. Strangely enough, they keep running into two brothers who are traveling the same route in honor of their sister’s memory. The older brother Garrett is a merciless flirt, but the younger brother Roman is who captures Dayna’s attention. Soon she realizes that the brothers are extremely competitive, and she’s just become their next target.

Try, Try Again by Aubrey Mace
Sarah’s secret crush on Justin takes a sudden turn when he breaks up with his girlfriend and declares that he’s interested in Sarah. She believes he’s just on the rebound, and they slowly drift apart. Six months later, Sarah still can’t stop thinking about what might have been. She ropes her friend into taking a road trip to visit Justin, hoping for a second chance. When Justin sees her, he wants answers, and Sarah has to decide if she’s brave enough to finally tell him the truth.



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My Thoughts

I love the Timeless Romance Anthology. This time when they write about road trip, I'm intrigued right away. What would they write? These stories are totally sweet and they made me swoon and sometimes I was smiling with no reason. Reading their unique characters just warmed my heart.


What Falling Feels Like by Jolene Betty Perry (3.5 stars)

Kendell was divorced and she just wanted to focus on building her life by buying and selling trailers. When her best friend told her to ride together with her brother, she wasn't prepared on Tyler's charm. He worked out and no longer the lanky boy she remembered from high school.

I like Tyler but Kendell, not really. Tyler is really sweet and I should say charming. After all of those years he still pined over Kendell. He would make a really loyal and loving husband. A guy that waits for a girl for years deserve a much better girl but again love is blind sometimes.

I know people made mistakes such as Kendell turning down Tyler, but I felt that she was being too mean to him and she thought about herself more. When Tyler forgave her after those years, he showed that he has a big heart.

The unique thing about this story is that Kendell has a job that is admirable and I like her for that. Their road trip is interesting too!


Antiques Road Trip by Sarah M. Eden (4 stars)

This is one unique story. The idea is quite authentic and I wish there is such show too (is there any out there?).

Kelsey wanted to win so she can go to grad school and study more about the era that she loves so much. When she met Devon, she felt happy that they are in the same group. As the show goes, she get to know him and his initial intention joining the show.

Devon is a special guy. He loves his sister so much that he is willing to go to the show to win and to make her happy. It’s so cute to see him trying to do his Regency act properly.

This story has its own distinct road trip style. It’s a mix between the Regency time and nowadays. The two world is weaved in its own way and it forms beautiful quilts.

I like this sweet story and the other characters. Nice story.


Wouldn't It Be Nice by Ranee` S. Clark (4.5 stars)

This story is my favorite in this anthology. It adore Hudson so much.

When Colin decided to back out on the long-planned trip, Jacqueline knew that it was the last straw. He would put his job above their relationship for most of the time and she didn't want to come last in his priority. It's not that she was trying to be clingy, but he always did that so I understood her feeling.

When Hudson came in place of Colin, Jacqueline didn't feel too much disappointed because she wanted to be reacquainted with him. Hudson was studying to become a doctor and he joined this trip before his life is full of busy schedule. Jac thought why can’t Colin set his priority straight.

Hudson gave something to Jac to think over. Wouldn’t it be nice to try something more between them? Didn’t they know each other for their whole lives? He didn’t push her too much and at least gave her some times to think about her interest. Who will she choose? Colin or Hudson?

The best thing about this story is that you know that person for as long as you live but to realize that you can be more. There is this one scene that I find adorable which was Hudson’s sister told everyone what Hudson did when he was small. That was the turning point for them and it’s so cute!


Head Over Heels by Annette Lyon (4 stars)

Who would have thought that you’re going to meet Mr. Right in the ComicCon. Nice!
Tristan finally found a man that made her curious and he happened to be Loki. But the time ended soon and she had to go to her next job in Salt Lake. Her friend, Alyssa, knew someone that could help her to get there without hurting her saving. And it got interesting that the man is the one and only Mr. Loki, MacKenzie.

I love the name! Tristan as the woman and MacKenzie as the man. They're totally perfect for each other.


Two Dozen Roses by Heather B. Moore (4 stars)

I love this road trip, especially since it involved PCH. Dayna and her mother's trip got more and more interesting when two brothers, Garrett and Roman did the same route. They met at the same restaurant. Garrett tried to flirt with Dayna and he got close to her mother too. But the one who attracted her is Roman, the quiet one. There is some depth within their conversation and reasons of the rift between the brothers. It was quite expected but still hurt nonetheless.

I enjoy the talks and the competitiveness between the brothers. Which brother will win her heart?


Try, Try Again
by Aubrey Mace (3.5 stars)
I have to say that I don't like Sarah. She ran away when the guy she had been crushing forever confessed his feeling. I was annoyed with her action. She said she was upset that Justin dated another girl, nice one too, and then she ran. But I like the road trip and unique reason for Sarah to meet Justin. The funeral of Justin's grandfather gave her . It was so sweet that Sarah was trying to help Justin remember his grandpa's life by going to buy jackpot. I enjoyed their fun banter too.

About the Authors


Jolene Betty Perry grew up in Alaska, and graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in Political Science. She started writing when she taught herself to play the guitar, and when songs weren't long enough to tell the story, she began writing novels.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

You can find Jolene on her website at www.jolenebettyperry.wordpress.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jolenebettyperry


Sarah M. Eden is an award-winning author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski. You can contact her in Facebook as Sarah M. Eden and Twitter @SarahMEden or her website http://www.sarahmeden.com/

Ranee`S. Clark and her personal superhero, her husband, live in Alaska where they are raising three future super-villains. When she's not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in her living room or losing to one of her sons at Uno, she loves to read and write. She has a bachelors degree in history that is probably useless, but she had a lot of fun earning it. She blogs about writing, reading, and editing at http://raneesclark.blogspot.com.

Annette Lyon is a Whitney Award winner, a 4-time recipient of Utah's Best of State medal for fiction, and the author of over a dozen novels, at least as many novellas, a cookbook, a grammar guide, plus some 120+ articles. She's worked as a professional editor for publishers and best-selling authors and graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in English. When she's not writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor. Find her online at blog.annettelyon.com and on Twitter: @AnnetteLyon

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

Literary awards: 4-time Best of State Recipient for Best in Literary Arts, 3-time Whitney Award Winner, and 2-time Golden Quill Award Winner




Aubrey Mace lives in Sandy, Utah. She attended LDS Business College and Utah State University. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, playing the cello (badly), and spending time with her family and psychotic cat. 

Aubrey has five published novels: SPARE CHANGE, which won the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Romance, MY FAIRY GRANDMOTHER, SANTA MAYBE, BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES THIRTY, and LOVE ON A WHIM. She also has a three novellas, "The Science of Sentiment", included in the TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY SPRING COLLECTION, "A Crying Shame", included in THREE LITTLE WORDS, a romance compilation, and "Try, Try Again", included in the TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY ROAD TRIP COLLECTION.

You can visit Aubrey at her website, www.aubreymace.com.

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