A Halloween anthology of sorts on the blog today, all three stories tell a tale of Rose Cottage from before, during and after the holiday, with three different chances at love.
The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine
Moonbright, Maine is the place, and Rose cottage is the setting for these three very different short romances. Filled with the sights of late autumn with the twist of magic and pumpkin everything, three authors are taking a moment in time to tell what happened at Rose Cottage, The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine.
Starting with Charmed by You from Kate Angell, it’s before the holiday and party planner Grace is doing everything possible to get it just right. Bossy, pushy and a bit shrill, where Grace shines is with kids, as she wants the party to be everything they dreamed of. I wasn’t a huge fan of Cade: hired to do a job but manages to whine, moan and groan throughout. His dislike of the holiday didn’t work for me, and if proximity is all that chemistry needs to make a relationship believable, theirs didn’t work for me. I wanted to see more growth in Cade, and watch Grace lose that shrill edge and enjoy herself more. My least favorite of the three.
Next up is Mesmerized by You from Jennifer Dawson, and I loved other titles I’ve read. We are now at the Halloween Party and friends Chloe and Jake are there together, after traveling to visit Chloe’s aunt. With only one room at the inn, a touch of moonlight and a bit of magic, their eyes open to see the bond that is there. Wonderful friends to lovers story that just hits every sweet note.
Lastly is a second chance at romance story from Sharla Lovelace, Enchanted by You. Separated by a misunderstanding since high school, Sidney and Sawyer come face to face… both realizing they’ve still got feelings. Oh just so sweet – even as the two have their own reasons for not believing in the magic… their bond and connection is palpable.
Throughout the story, Amelia Rose, owner of Rose Cottage B & B is there- gently pushing, suggesting and generally smiling on the new and renewed connections. Overall, this anthology is solidly sweet, with engaging moments and characters to enjoy.
Title: The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine
Author: Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson, Sharla Lovelace
Genre: Anthology - Contemporary Romance
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Welcome to Moonbright, Maine…Where the scents of donuts and cider waft through the crisp night air…with just a hint of magic.
It’s time for the annual Halloween costume party at the cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, the perfect place to celebrate the pleasures of the season. Guests return to the picturesque B & B year after year to snuggle up in its cozy rooms, explore the quiet, tree-lined streets and enjoy all the spooky fun of the holiday. But local legend whispers that it’s also a place where wishes have a strange way of coming true.
For three unsuspecting revelers, it’s going to be an enchanted weekend of candy corn kisses and midnight black kittens, along with some real Halloween surprises—the kind that make your heart skip a beat—for many more celebrations to come…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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