Love Least Expected Anthology

When love drops in unexpected, the strangest things can happen. Nine short stories from sweet to sultry, full of romance, magic and love from award winning and USA Today recommended authors. 

Review by Paulina Woods

Under The Mango Tree: (Historical Romance) ~ by Meredith Bond


Lakshmi is a good 18th c. Indian girl who should not be hiding among the branches of the mango tree avoiding her chores. She truly should not be seen by a man who is not a member of her family--an Englishman, no less. And she absolutely should not even contemplate speaking with this man. But Lakshmi has never been one to follow the rules. 



I absolutely loved this short story. Lakshmi is a young woman who has come of age and is expected to marry well. But before that can happen she meets an Englishman who steals her heart. The only thing missing was a longer ending. I wanted, no needed, to know what her family thought, how did she get away?

           I give this one four bloody hearts and a must read.


Rolf's Quest: (Historical Romance) ~ by Aubrey Wynne

Time is running out for the royal wizard of Henry II. Rolf's quest: find genuine love and lift the enchantment that has imprisoned his ancestor, Merlin, for centuries. Now he must win Melissa's heart without the use of magic. She desires him, but will she defy her family and refuse her betrothed? Or will Rolf be doomed to a life of bitterness like his ancestors before him. 



Magic is in the air, no really it's in the air. Rolf is the last remaining male descendent of Marlin and he has to break the family curse by finding true love. Melissa has been promised to a man both her family and her believe will be a great match. When Rolf and Melissa meet for the first time, sparks fly.

            This is a story of love in a time when marriages were formed for alliances and love was a foreign concept sang about. I give this story four bloody hearts for the sweet innocent love found within.


Fall Into Darkness: (Paranormal Romance) ~ by Valerie Twombly

Eli, bounty hunter for the Tribunal, is sentenced to earth to find his humanity. But when temptation is thrown in the angel's path in the form of the soft curvy Ashley, he is unable to resist. Fate may bring them together, but desire could bond them for eternity. 



I am going to KILL Valerie. This book was beyond good and the ending, grrrrr. This is a story about an angel on the brink of falling and a woman who has no desire to continue living. A snowstorm and a few hellhounds bring to broken hearts together and hot steamy sex follows.

            I give this story five bloody hearts and a swift kick to Valerie's butt for leaving me like she did. I am now waiting to see how this one ends.


Alphabetical Disorder: (Fantasy Romance) ~ by Katie Stephens

When a trick horseback rider gets caught up in a dangerous prophecy that jeopardizes the circus, she believes she can solve the problem by dating alphabetically. Now all she has to do is figure out how to manipulate her flawed interpretation so she can be with the man she loves.



This made me laugh out loud. I wish I had come up with the idea to date alphabetically. Maybe I could have skipped some repeats. I love Susie and how she tries to interpret a prophecy and almost causes the downfall of the troop. Then there's Sam. He has finally gotten around to going after what he wants, Susie. This is a cute read and I give it four bloody hearts.


Roses Are Wrong, Violets Taboo: (Southern Romance) ~ by Kris Calvert

When Alexander Chase Tabeau and Rose Westwood meet by chance, neither planned on stumbling into the best night of their life. But timing is everything and fate has a cruel sense of humor. With love on the line and nothing to lose, will one night together change their destiny forever? 



Ok this is a cute story that will have you thinking and hoping for more. I loved Chase and how he gave the outward appearance of a tough guy but he wanted what his brother has, true love. There's no real back-story on Rose but I still liked her. I want to know her secrets and can not wait to read more.

            I give this amazing read four bloody hearts and suggest reading this for Valentines


Love's Not Viral: (Contemporary Romance) ~ by Nessie Strange

When a crazed Hollywood star puts Aster Sanderson in the media crosshairs, her home becomes a prison. With her life out of control, the last person she expects to rescue her is her captor's brother, James. Is their attraction a result of circumstance...or could it be something more? 



This book hit a little close to home. I could actually identify with how Aster must feel with an out of control person running around. The only thing I wish is that I had a hot guy locked up in a room with me for a few hours. This book is a little dark but still a great read. I give it four bloody hearts.


Taking The Plunge: (Contemporary Romance) ~ by Kishan Paul

When Pete, Eve's high school crush, shows up in her life, she pepper sprays him. Despite her efforts to push him away, Pete finds himself drawn to the red haired beauty. When logic and emotion don't agree, which path should she follow? 



If I thought Love's Not Viral was something I could relate to, Taking the Plunge is the second half of my life. This is a must read for many women who feel they are not good enough and struggle to find a place to fit in. What she went though with her brother is something I had to struggle with too. I give this book five bloody hearts and a high five to Kishan Paul.


The Trouble With Never: (Southern Romance) ~ by Isabella Harper

When Summer and Caleb run into each other after a long absence, sparks fly. Her painful past makes it hard for her to open up, but he's more than willing to help. He's loved her most of their lives. Can she learn to love and trust him, or will her fears push him away? 



Awww. Yup I went there. This book is about a woman climbing her way out of an abusive relationship, returning home, and finding love. Real love, true love. I felt all warm inside after reading this one. I give it four bloody heart.


Keep Calm And Eat Chocolate: (Contemporary Romance) ~ by Michaela Miles

When institution residents Elle and Chris meet, their personalities clash. During a quiet moment in the garden together, secrets are shared and a bond is formed. Will their connection be their downfall or lead to the fresh start they deserve?



This book was hard to read. Not because it wasn’t well written, it was, but because, again, I understand these places. I have visited family in them and have watched them deny help. Watching these two find love in such an unlikely place was sweet. I give this one four bloody hearts.

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