February 11, 2013

ARC Review: It Happened One Valentine's Day

at 2/11/2013 10:39:00 PM
Ahoy there peeps! I bring you a special post. What's the occasion? It's Valentine's Day on Thursday and I was lucky enough to be permitted to review this ebook, It's Happened One Valentine's Day. This was basically a compilation of excerpts from various authors. It's a sampler of chapter ones from different story lines. There was an introduction from Eloisa James and excerpts from Eloisa Hames, Lyndsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost, Liz Carlyle, Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Rachel Gibson, Emma Cane, Cheryl Harper, Jennifer McQuiston, Beverly Jenkins, and Kathleen Harrington.




This February, much beloved, New York Times bestselling romance author Eloisa James presents an enchanting Valentine's Day free e-book sampler, It Happened One Valentine's Day. With excerpts from fourteen new and upcoming Avon and Avon Impulse novels and novellas, including Eloisa James's not-yet-released Once Upon a Tower, It Happened One Valentine's Day is a free treat for romance readers to enjoy in the most amorous month of the year! It Happened One Valentine's Day: An Avon Romance Valentine's Day Sampler includes:
An Introduction from Eloisa James and excerpts from Eloisa James, Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost, Liz Carlyle, Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Rachel Gibson, Emma Cane, Cheryl Harper, Jennifer McQuiston, Beverly Jenkins, and Kathleen Harrington


The following is a list of the chapters (a.k.a excerpts) that were featured in the book:


Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James

Immortal Ever After by Lyndsay Sands

Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Bride by Moonlight by Liz Carlyle

"V is for Vampwoman" (from Vampires Gone Wild) by Kerrelyn Sparks

"A Forever Love" (from Vampires Gone Wild) by Pamela Palmer

The Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson

True Love at Silver Creek Ranch by Emma Cane

"Love Me Tender" (from Kiss Me: An Avon Books Valentine Day Anthology) by Cheryl Harper

Saved by the Rancher by Jennifer Ryan

The Earl in My Bed by Sophie Jordan

What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston

Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

The Maclean Groom by Kathleen Harrington


I liked all of the excerpts and they all peaked my interest, but my top 2 out of all of them would be:


  1. Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James
  2. Immortal Ever After by Lyndsay Sands

Once Upon a Tower is the next book in Eloisa James' Fairy Tales series. This play on the fairy tale Rapunzel. 

Once upon a time…
A duke fell in love 
Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross, values order and self-control above all else. So when he meets a lady as serene as she is beautiful, he promptly asks for her hand in marriage.
With a lady 
Edie—whose passionate temperament is the opposite of serene—had such a high fever at her own debut ball that she didn’t notice anyone, not even the notoriously elusive Duke of Kinross. When her father accepts his offer… she panics.
And when their marriage night isn’t all it could be, she pretends.
In a tower. 
But Edie’s inability to hide her feelings makes pretending impossible, and when their marriage implodes, she retreats to a tower—locking Gowan out.
Now Gowan faces his greatest challenge. Neither commands nor reason work with his spirited young bride. How can he convince her to give him the keys to the tower…
When she already has the keys to his heart?
This story features Gowan, Duke of Kinross, who's looking for a wife and finds just that at a party he is invited to. The leading lady? Lady Edith, the host's daughter. From reading the first chapter, Gowan felt like the kind of person who likes his personal bubble and chafes when anybody enters his circle. He also seems like a no-nonsense and super logical in thinking; think the male version of Temperance Brennan of Bones. I love Eloisa James and her various series; this book is no exception.




A kiss doesn’t mean eternity . . .
Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!
. . . Or does it?
Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for!

It's been a while since I was interested in Lynsay Sands' Argeneau. I have to be honest, I lost a little interest after the main Argeneau family all found their mates. It wasn't because the story lines were bad, it was more about me being more emotionally invested on the main family branch's love lives. I think I will pick up this series again.

For this ebook in its Valentine's Day themed glory, was a good read all around. The various romance related sub-genres introduced me to other authors that I have never heard before. I think that was the whole point of this ebook; to introduce new sub-genres of romance that you have never read before. Below are links to get your copy today! :D Thanks for stopping by!



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