Thursday, 5 February 2015

Love Least Expected (Review)

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Title: Love Least Expected
Authors:
Meredith Bond, Aubrey Wynne, Valerie Twombly, Kris Calvart, Katie Stephens, Nessie Strange, Kishan Paul, Isabella Harper and Michaela Miles
Publisher:  Valerie Twombly

Published Date: 3rd February 2015
Rating: 3.4 Stars

*Thank you to the authors for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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: So, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day I day I have picked up a more romantic read! It’s a bit weird to review though, because it was a collection of short stories and excerpts of longer novels… and it is hard to peg a rating on them as a whole! So the rating above is an average score, and now I will write a few sentences about each story individually.

Under the Mango Tree

This was a pretty simplistic story. The characters were simple and the storyline was too. It was about arranged marriage and was a historical fiction. I wanted more of the Indian feel too it (India was where it was set.) 3 stars.

Rolf’s Request

This was a pretty good fantasy, but this is a hard genre to have as a short story. I wanted more world building in it. There was a hint at insta love and a very little love triangle. But I did like Melissa’s courage here. 3 stars

Fall into Darkness
 

Loved it! Just loved it! I loved the angels that were included, the characters were brilliant and there was a great explanation of everything even though this was purely an excerpt. There is some language and explicit scenes though. Well written. 5 stars.

Roses are Wrong, Violets Taboo.

In here the roles were reversed: it was the girl who wanted a one night stand and the guy who was looking for commitment. I was okay, but pretty much purely an explicit scene with some hint of building characters through hints of difficult lives. 4 stars.

Alphabetical Disorder

I’m sorry, but I thought this story was ridiculous. I thought the idea was silly and not well explained. And the explicit scene at the end was completely unnecessary and added nothing to the story. 2 stars.

Love’s Not Viral

This was a pretty crazy and unrealistic story plot, but I still loved it. I think the characters were the best bit, and simply how entertaining the story was itself. A bit of language. Aster was not my kind of girl, with her tattoos and piercings, but I loved her anyway. 5 stars.

Taking the Plunge

Such a sweet story, but dealing with some pretty serious themes here, such as bullying, death, cancer and addiction. The characters were well done and realistic and I want to read more of this story! 5 stars.

The Trouble With Never

There was a divorce theme. Nice, clean romance and loved the characters. I see a lot of development in store for them and this was just the beginning of it. 5 stars.

Keep Calm & Eat Chocolate

I thought this story was a bit unrealistic and had a too good to be true ending to it, but I liked it nicely enough. There isn’t much for me to say, but it was a nice story to sum this collection up. 4 stars.

Olivia’s Question: How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Olivia-Savannah x

46 comments:

  1. Thanks very much for having us and for taking the time to review! :-) xx

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  2. Haven't heard of this one before since I'm not a huge romance fan (when it's by itself) though great review as always, I'm glad you liked it :)

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/january-wrap-up.html

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    1. Yeah, sometimes romance can be something tricky to get right! But I liked this more than expected.

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  3. Hi Olivia - I loved how you rated them individually and came up with an average for the whole. Olivia’s Question: How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? My A to your Q: My husband and I will be going to a very nice local restaurant that serves prime rib, which we both love. Medium Well, please! :)

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    1. I thought it would only be fair to do it that way! Oh wow, that sounds like it will be a great time. I hope you both enjoy it :)

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  4. Thank you Olivia for reading and reviewing Love Least Expected. I'm glad you enjoyed Taking the Plunge. :)

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    1. I loved it and really want to read more of that story for sure!

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    2. How'd I miss this response? That's awesome! The rest of Taking the Plunge will be out in the fall

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  5. Hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds like a fun read, especially for February! I'm doing a romance theme readathon for myself, other than my review books, so I may have to check this out!

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    1. Oh, a romance readathon is a great idea for this time of year! I might have to join in with it as well.

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    2. Cool Lisa! I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Thanks for hosting and reviewing. I'm glad you liked Fall Into Darkness. It was a story that screamed for a longer novel.

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    1. I hope to read that novel when I can! I loved the storyline so much :3

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    2. Watch for it this fall, hopefully. I have to warn, I write steamy but I think you figured that out, lol.

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  7. I don't read many short stories but sounds like it could be nice romantic quickie

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    1. I don't either, so this was different. But yes, some nice, fast reads.

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  8. Thanks so much for having us on the blog and taking the time to review us! I'm so happy that you loved The Trouble With Never. :)

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  9. A mixed bag review. I'm not big on short stories because as soon as you get into a story it is over.

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    1. Yes! But I do think opinions become mixed when it comes to collections.

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  10. I'd love to read Fall Into Darkness, for sure. I'm not big on anthologies/ short stories that much. Except the classics! Great reviews!

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    1. Yes, some people find it hard to enjoy them. You really should check out Fall into Darkness, it was written so well!

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  11. Thanks for thoroughly reviewing and rating them. I take your words for this.

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    1. Thanks for the trust, and I hope it told you if this would be a good read for you or not.

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  12. Love that so many of these were so good. Great to read your thoughts on each one! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I was happy about that too, that they were pretty good. Thanks for stopping by Jess!

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  13. So cool you read it too Olivia! I don't usually read romance, or anthology type books. This has opened me up to the idea of maybe trying more of them. Glad you liked most of the stories :)

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    1. It is awesome that we have read the same book! I don't usually read this kind of thing either, so it was nice to do something different.

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  14. I loved how you came up with something to say for every individual aspect of the story - sounds like a good read! Amazing review & Thanks for sharing - missed your blog :)

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It is good to have you back here as well ^.^ I tried to mention each and every one!

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  15. Nice job! Lol I recently got over 100 twitter followers, I'm looking to boost followers in other areas, eg my blog. :) Great review!

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    1. Congratulations to yourself as well! I am sure you will be able to get there :)

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  16. I read My True Love Gave to Me during Christmas time, which was a bunch of Christmasy short stories. I really enjoyed that one, so maybe this would also be the kind of thing that I would enjoy. Not a big fan of Valentines day, but maybe this will also change my opinion on the matter ;)

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    1. I have heard of that one although I don't know whether or not I will try it. This one is Valentine's day themed - more so romance themed!

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  17. Great review. I love that you reviewed and rated each one individually! I have to admit that I don't read many short stories, I think it's because they always leave me wanting more.

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    1. I can understand what you mean. Many share the same ideals when it comes to novellas as well.

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  18. Fantasy is hard in a short novella, some of these love stories sound fantastic. I love this type of book to keep by my bedside. That way if I finish a full-length novel at 10 pm and want to keep reading I pick something like this..so I don't end up one more chapter-ing till 4 am...lol

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    1. Haha yeah, it would be a good idea to have some short things to read next to you! Fantasy is something I prefer in longer books.

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  19. I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. We do have a love holiday in my country (on 24th of February), but I don't celebrate that either. I think I and my boyfriend are more into spontaneous gifts and dates without a reason rather than the official ones.

    But this year we went to one of our couple friends and made sushi from scratch together. Then we realized we were kinda having a double date on Valentine's Date. So it was spontaneous still because we had no idea what day it was. We had a good laugh about it!
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I understand what you mean. You should show love on all the days instead of simply a specific one :D Making sushi sounds like fun ^.^

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    2. Yeah. I don't have anything with people celebrating Valentine's, it's just not something that I and my boyfriend do.

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  20. Pretty nice book and a real nice review :-)

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