Summer's Sweet EmbraceA Sweet Romance Anthology
by Various Authors
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Genre: Romance Anthology (Short Stories)
Keywords: Summer, Beach, Ocean, romance, contemporary, Summertime Romance, short stories
Description: Summertime love is always the sweetest. These eight sweet tales of summer romance are the perfect companion for a day at the lake or the beach.
by Michelle Ziegler
Waiting for the right one can be torture.
Too bad for Hailey, impatience got the best of her. Finding Mr. Right in time for a destination wedding couldn’t happen fast enough. Instead of listening to reason, or rather her friends, she’s stuck in paradise alone, again. Nothing ruins a tropical paradise faster than catching your date with another woman.
Justin’s ready for a change. He’s been caught up in his own success for too long and is looking to finally settle down. Timing is everything and his cousins wedding is the perfect start of his new life. His luck is changing with the captivating mystery woman on the beach. Now all he has to do is find her, before he agrees to his family’s match making plot.
by Laurie Treacy
Carly Dawson, 18, is facing her last summer before leaving for college, all alone. Still nursing a broken heart over the loss of her boyfriend, Chase Montgomery, she wants the next two months to be different. A shocking unexpected visitor one night just may offer Carly the excitement she seeks. Her only decision is whether or not to choose what this visitor offers her.
The Beach Rose
by Christa MacDonald
Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside Maine. It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money in its first season to let her live up there year round. But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped. To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on. So much for rekindling a summer romance.
For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old. Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs. He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though. Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants. Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.
When the Sea Swallows the Sun
by Kim Strattford
A trip to Clearwater Beach was supposed to be a fun escape from the D.C. rat race for Emma and her boyfriend Sam. Until Sam dumped her, leaving her with a ticket she was too cheap not to use and a resolution to enjoy her time in the sun and get over him. A plan that sputters when Sam’s good friend Rick shows up. Rick, who’s never seemed to approve of her for reasons she’s never understood. Rick, who seems to think he has license to bug her just because he bought Sam’s ticket. Rick, who may be a much nicer guy than she ever realized, and who might have a very good reason for not thinking much of her. Can they make peace in the beautiful Florida sun and surf? Peace—or maybe more?
by Jaylee Austin
What if fate pushed you to make a choice between keeping a promise and revealing a truth? After her grandmother’s death, she opens an unexpected letter containing an unwanted request. Isabel feels obligated to honor her grams final wish. In the process she risks losing the man of her dreams.
Six months before their marriage Isabel reveals a time bomb that will forever change their lives. He loves her but the betrayal of not trusting him weighs heavy on his heart. Trust means everything to Seth.
One ring, journal, box, spirit, and flower will teach everyone the power of commitment and the importance of honesty. Secrets left buried will always haunt the living, a life lived truthfully leads to happily ever after. Will Isabel and Seth realize this before they are doomed to replay the mistakes of the past?
Love’s High Tide
by Niki Mitchell
Tired of the vacationers hitting on her, surf shop owner, Skye Taylor quits dating. In walks the cocky, Harley Nicholson from Idaho. She’s not open for another summer fling. Can he convinces her to give love a chance?
Harley sees Skye shooting through the Huntington Beach Pier on her surfboard. Mesmerized by the woman’s connection with the wave, he sets out to meet the brazen surfer. He bets his cousin that before he leaves in three weeks, she'll be his.
Skye’s life is kept busy running the Epic Surf Shop and training for annual surfing contest. The handsome, buff Idahoan interests her, but she doesn’t want another disastrous summer fling. Harley charms her into giving him a surfing lesson, woos her with moonlight strolls, and coaxes her with sweet gestures. Skye discovers Harley’s betrayal. She refuses to see him or hear his explanation.
Miserable, Harley must do something monumental to win her back. Will Skye ever forgive Harley?
by Melissa J. Crispin
Tracey Thompson isn't like most twenty-year-olds. She's looking forward to settling down and marrying her soul mate, Noah Martin. Even though their love bloomed when they were just little kids, they never doubted it and never looked back.
When a tragic accident separates Tracey from Noah, she struggles to go on without him. As the days wear on, she becomes aware of a chance for them to be together once again. All she needs to do is understand what tore them apart in the first place. But, overcoming this is harder than it seems. Will she be strong enough to find her way back to him?
by Sheryl Winters
Executive Secretary, Margaret Simms should have had it all. An apartment on the beach and a job at Reynolds Ad Agency, working for her best friend and business mogul, Garrett Reynolds.
A one night stand leads to a pregnancy and a re-evaluation of her life goals. In reality, Margaret's always hated her office job and culinary school is her life dream. But that too is ripped away from her when Garrett, her best friend and father of her child, develops cancer.
Obligation forces her back to the work she hates. When office espionage threatens her life, Margaret finds she must make a choice. Stand up for what she truly believes in or lose all she's ever wanted.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I would love to have authored Pride and Prejudice. This is such a highly influential book, that I would have inspired millions of women. I would love to pen a book almost everyone loves.
Persuasion by Jane Austen. I adore Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth’s story, the timelessness of their love and the reconnection of it.
Anne of Green Gables. From the setting to the characters to the plot it's my favorite kind of story - honest to it's place, time, and people while being winsome. It's a book that makes you feel better just by having read it.
Probably Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I think it’s one of the first books that really took me away by a combination of crazy tone, wacky characters, interesting romantic elements, and a strong story. A close second would be Briar Rose by Jane Yolen, because I love remixed fairy tales and this one is heart wrenching.
The Harry Potter series, I adored each and every novel. I loved the magical world of England’s nine3/4 Hogwarts Express taking them to Hogwarts where magic rules over the mundane world. The idea she wrote 800 pages per book and never once lost my attention was an impressive feat. I’d love to engage millions of people to cheer for a small boy through his maturity and into adult life. In my view these are exceptional young adult books giving everyone hope in a magical destiny for their own lives.
Audrey Niffenegger authored The Time Traveler’s Wife. She created the intricate involuntary travels that Henry DeTamble takes through time. I like stories that have plenty of twists and turns in the plot. Niffenegger is a master at weaving the threads through this story.
Melissa J. Crispin:
Oh wow. That's a tough question. I think it would have to be Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson. It's the final installment in her Tairen Soul series, and it is an incredible book. As a well-written, epic fantasy with a beautiful love story, it was hard not to fall in love with the story. The characters are portrayed so well and the plot is so engaging. Plus, this woman knows how to write a kickass battle scene (with magic too!).
I remember reading, 'The Speed of Dark' by Elizabeth Moon and being astounded at the simplicity and complexity of the novel. Lou, the autistic hero, was such a sad, happy, confused man. His looming choice? To become a “normal” or stay the way he was. I found his choice well thought out. The book itself is so well written, I “thought” in Lou’s speech patterns for days after I read it.
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