E-galley Review: Love Stories by Samantha Young

Posted December 4, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  Love Stories by Samantha YoungLove Stories: A Novella Collection by Samantha Young
on December 6, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 314
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars
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Blurb:

A collection of contemporary romance novellas from New York Times Bestselling Author Samantha Young. 

This volume includes novellas previously only available exclusively to newsletter subscribers. They have now been collated into this romantic collection of modern love stories.

Includes:

The Forbidden Christmas Gift:
It’s Christmas at Shaw’s Department store in Edinburgh! Reid Shaw should feel nothing but gratified by his success. But he’s not satisfied because the sexy Scot wants forbidden fruit for Christmas: Evan Munro. Reid’s Evan’s boss. He’s thirteen years older than her. 
Oh … and she’s his best friend’s little sister. 

New Year’s Eve:
After Ryan drunkenly kisses the object of her crush, Joe—her sister’s father-in-law— at his son’s birthday party, all she wants to do is avoid Joe for the rest of eternity. But when they find themselves stranded alone together on New Year’s Eve, Ryan discovers Joe most definitely doesn’t want to avoid Ryan…

Loving Valentine:
Micah Green has loved Valentine Fairchild for over ten years; ever since they were kids brought together by Micah’s difficult family life. Too many outside factors have gotten in their way, pushing them further apart over the years. But Micah, no matter how hard he tries, can’t forget her. When he finds a way to see her again, he realizes he’s wasted too much time loving Valentine from afar. Now he just has to convince her to let go of their past so they can move on with their future. Together.

Ember in the Heart:
When Ember Bonet overhears her sister’s fiancé’s best friend uttering rude remarks about the Bonet sisters at the engagement party, she instantly dismisses him as a pretentious man-child. Then said man-child, Foster Darwin, moves into the house next door along with his five-year-old daughter, making him hard to ignore.
Foster can’t believe his best friend, Colt, omitted to tell him the spinsterish Bonet sisters live in the house next door to his new home. Problem is, Ember Bonet is anything but spinsterish. From the moment they met, Foster has fought an overwhelming attraction to her. An attraction he has no time for. Not only is he determined to prioritize his daughter Georgie, he can’t fail his own father again. And Edward Darwin has made it clear that Foster must settle down with the right woman. Unfortunately, his family’s idea of ‘right’ isn’t the sexy massage therapist next door who’s eleven years his senior. 
Determined to keep her distance from Foster, Ember fails when it becomes clear he and Georgie need support in their new life together. But proximity to one another is too great a temptation, and physical chemistry soon turns into so much more. If only Ember could get over their age difference and Foster his family pride… 

My Review:

So, since Samantha Young is an auto-buy/auto-read author for me, I don’t even necessarily read the blurb when I sign up for any contemporary book by her. In my mind this was going to be a bunch of novellas about couples I already knew from her other books. Instead it was four completely standalone stories. Honestly, I really enjoyed them all! My only issues had to be with the first two were much older men type of relationships, and I don’t really care for those that much, or at least they’re not my favorite types of reads since I’m personally more attracted to younger men. And the other issue was that the female characters in the first two books had names that are more male to me from my own experience. So once in awhile it’d mess with my reading and remembering which character.

But it doesn’t matter, all of the stories were really good! I did really like the first one despite the age difference. In fact there was a line the heroine had that so relates to what I have been saying to myself about a guy I like who keeps complaining about not finding the right woman, or that women don’t seem to like him.

“It’s me, you fool!”

I have something similar running through my head every time I read a social media post by my friend, so I get where Evan was coming from.

The second story was a little harder for me to read, since it was an older sister but with the dad of her younger sister’s husband. That was just too much for me, even if their age differences weren’t as great as you might think for that type of a relationship.

Jumping into the third story I was relieved to see a story about a couple the same age. And it became my favorite of the bunch really quickly! I loved how it all unfolded for Valentine and Micah.

And finally, the fourth story probably tied with the third for me because it was about an older woman and younger man. But there were definitely some frustrating things that happened between Ember and Foster. However I loved the whole single dad bit and I definitely developed my own little crush on Foster.

Overall a really fun collections of novellas by one of my all time favorite authors, Samantha Young.

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