This is the first anthology I've read and I can't say I'm too impressed. Generally when it comes to romance I want something realistic and a couple of these stories, due to their short length, did not come through. I was very glad for the few that were spread across a certain amount of time. This is just my personal preference, though. If you're the type whose insides turn to mush at good love story than you'll love this anthology.
That all being said, I want to take a paragraph or two to talk about my three favorites in this collection. I really liked The Rambler's Bride by Linda Goodnight despite the bull-headed hero. Given the 1800s western setting, I liked the "fast-paced" romance between leads. It fit the period like a glove.
My next favorite was Necessary Proof by Camy Tang. The suspense and thrill was amazing! I liked how the leads built friendship and trust before they headed down any romantic path.
My last favorite in the collection was, ironically, the last in the collection, Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams. I loved how the romance was tested by time and how they got to know each other.
In sum, I cannot say I'll be picking up another anthology anytime soon, they just aren't my slice of pie. I am glad I read this one, though, and I enjoyed the stories I mentioned above. I recommend to avid romance readers fifteen and older.
I received an ARC ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
Back Cover:A new anthology from some of your favorite inspirational authors.
Enjoy this collection of love stories with a theme of FIRST KISSES. The First Kisses collection includes:
The Rambler’s Bride by Linda Goodnight
In 1870’s Kansas, Widow Esther North will do most anything to save her land from her powerful cousin and the coming railroad-even kiss a stranger! The kissing cowboy, Jericho North is bent on revenge from his brother’s widow, and the will hidden in his pocket is all he needs to make it happen. But he hadn’t reckoned on a baby...and neither he nor Esther had reckoned on love.
Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe by Janet Tronstad
USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author, Janet Tronstad, pens a brand-new Retro Café Sweet Romance starring a 1950’s truck driver (Buddy) and a waitress (Penny) who both have enough trouble without everyone in Webster’s Crossing thinking they are falling in love.
Her Mule Hollow Cowboy by Debra Clopton
Rescuing a beautiful cowgirl from being trampled has professional bull rider, Cliff Masterson, dreaming of romance, home, hearth and that first kiss...but Maddie Rose has had enough people in her life leave and she’s not willing to risk her heart on a rambling cowboy—Sparks fly when these two are near. Can the Matchmakin’ Posse of Mule Hollow help this couple find their happily ever after?
Deadly Hunt by Margaret Daley
All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.
Necessary Proof by Camy Tang
Alex Villa became a Christian in prison, and because of his efforts to help stop a gang producing meth in Sonoma, he has been set up for the death of a cop. Can computer expert Jane Lawton find the evidence that will prove his innocence before the gang eliminates them both?
Kissed by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
Former shy-girl Haley Carston is back in Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. She didn’t count on cowboy Maddox Michaels, her high school crush and the man who might just bring her dreams of marriage and family back to life…