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Review: Once Upon a Valentine Anthology by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly & Michelle Rowen

She had long, gorgeous hair

Summer Tomlinson always had a thing for Andrew Macmillan. Now that they’re business partners–as well as bed partners!–Summer wonders if letting her hair down will catch him for good….

He sought a sleeping beauty

Historian Ashlynn Scott is seeking the fabled castle of Sleeping Beauty. But with just one kiss, she finds herself tangled up–and tangled in the sheets!–with a rogue adventurer. She might never want to wake up!

She was being chased by every man

Ginger Redman wanted to be irresistible, so she made a wish on a magic cookie. And the baked treat delivers–sending her sexy best friend, Stephen Fox, right into her bed!

Title:Once Upon a Valentine:
All Tangled Up
Sleeping with a Beauty
Catch Me
Author:Stephanie Bond
Leslie Kelly
Michelle Rowen
Category / Genre(s):Harlequin / Mills & Boon (Blaze)
Trope(s):Fairytales Retelling
Point of View:
Location:Tennessee, US
Elatyria (Fairytale Kingdom)
Toronto, Canada
Release Date:1st January, 2012
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A fun, fairytale anthology

All Tangled Up by Stephanie Bond

Andrew is back in his small town after the death of his estranged father. He finds his father’s estate in turmoil but can gorgeous neighbour, Summer, with long flowing hair, lead him back to find a happily ever after?

I swear I’ve read this story a hundred times before – man back in home town, estranged father, girl who loved him when younger etc etc etc. This really didn’t excite or interest me and apart from Summer’s hair I could see little resemblance to the fairytale.

Sleeping with a Beauty by Leslie Kelly

Historian, Ashlynn is searching for Sleeping Beauty’s castle when she finds herself accosted by rogue adventurer, Raine. With one kiss Ashlynn realises that even though she hasn’t found her castle perhaps she has found her Prince Charming.

In this cute and unique story we travel back to the fairytale land of Elatyria which featured in a few of Kelly’s previous short stories. Both Raine and Ashlynn are lovely characters and their love story is cute and satisfying.

Catch Me by Michelle Rowen

All Ginger wants for Valentine’s Day is for men to want her so that she can have her pick rather than being stood up on the most romantic night of the year. But when a magic cookie makes her dream come true she takes refuge in the arms of her best friend, Stephen, the one man she dreams of having a happily ever after with.

I couldn’t remember much about the tale of the Gingerbread Man but when I read this story I definitely saw the clever similarities. I loved both Ginger and Stephen and their relationship was so sweet. I’ve never read Michelle Rowen before but I’ll look out for other Blaze books by her in the future. Good fun.

I didn’t like the first story at all but the other two certainly made up for it. If you’re looking for light, sweet and romantic stories then even with the bad apple at the start I would still recommend this book to you. 4 stars.

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