I'm always excited when I have the opportunity to review fiction titles! I read a lot throughout the day with the girls so I don't always take the time to read just for pleasure.
I'm typically not a fan of these types of books because the stories feel too short. I still wouldn't say this is my favorite style, but I did enjoy it more than I expected at first. Each story had its own unique style which showed each author's personality.
The characters in each story were quite believable, but I felt the romances were often too quick or forced in some ways. I love believable relationships and those that seem unrealistic leave me feeling a little blah at the end. I think this is all too often the nature of shorter novels. I am sure it must be a struggle for the authors to condense their stories in order for it to fit. This is why I typically prefer very long novels or series of books.
My favorite of the novels was An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray. I'm already a big fan of Shelley Gray's other novels so I wasn't surprised this one stole my heart. I really liked that the central character was a man and that the relationship had a past prior to their introduction to the reader. It definitely left a more believable feel to the story. I also really liked the journey the characters made spiritually and emotionally. This is very hard to convey in a shorter novel, but Ms. Gray did an excellent job.
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