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Reviews of Wyatt's Previous Novels:
Primal Instinct (#2) -- TBQ
Uprooted by Amanda Heger
A quick read; nothing really special stuck with me from this story, but there wasn’t anything at all bad about it. It just . . . was. :/ Honestly the one thing that comes to mind when I started writing this review was the dog, who apparently thinks he’s a goat because he likes to stand on top of random pieces of furniture and stare at the wall. Between 2 ½ and 3 stars
Revved by Harper St. George
This one felt too rushed and fell short for me, as I had to double check that I had actually reached the end of the story. Spoiler: I had. Again, nothing bad about it, but it was also a bit forgettable, considering I only read it a day and a half before writing this review and still my mind went blank on specific points from the story. 2 ½ stars.
Nailed by Tara Wyatt
Out of the three stories, this was my favorite, though it still didn’t quite hit the mark for me. However, I thought this one had the most potential and could have made for a great full-length novel, or even a short novel, rather than this quickie novella.
Nailed had a great start: the hero and heroine “met” before on a dating website, but only ever chatted online for weeks. When a date was set, Adam ended up standing her up, and then completely pulling his profile and they never spoke again . . . until he shows up to fix her porch, which his best friend (her neighbor) drove into. Adam tries to explain to Charlie that he never meant to hurt her; he had just gone through a divorce, and signed up for the site just for a hookup. But once he started talking to Charlie, he knew she wasn’t “just a hookup” and he also knew he wasn’t ready for a relationship again. So instead he ran completely. Understandable, it takes Charlie a little bit to warm back up to him.
I have to say, I really loved her attitude. She actually throws her shoes at him when he first shows up.
Like I said, I would have loved to see this one fleshed out into a longer story, showing us their romance from the very start – the online messages, which were only referenced – through to the “break up”, and then their reunion and ultimately their HEA. I would totally read that because I thought the premise for this particular story was really good.
I did have two things to complain though: first, I found it hard to believe that as much as they were talking on the dating site, they never exchanged phone numbers. But I suppose it was done that way to work for the story of Adam running, giving Charlie no chance to talk to him after that night. Second, towards the end of the story when they have their fight, I couldn’t believe that Adam would hang up on a CRYING Charlie and then later block her number when she called (a few times at that) but “didn’t leave a voicemail”, which to him meant that she didn't care enough. *sigh* Between 3 and 3 ½ stars
Anthologies are good at trying out new authors and this one was no different in that respect. I’ve read one from Wyatt before (romantic suspense), which I liked, and while I’m not writing off Heger or St. George, I’m not exactly dying to grab another book of theirs right now. Still, it was nice to get a taste for their writing, and I can’t say I hated any of these stories – they just didn’t offer me a lot to remember them for after I closed the book.
All three stories are all loosely connected by two things: the heroes are all cousins, and the second-chance trope. Three things, I suppose, if you count the heroes all being blue-collar types that work with their hands. If any of those things interest you, you may like this anthology. I found the stories all quick and cute, with the third story (Wyatt’s) being my favorite of the bunch.
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the authors.
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