All I Ever Wanted [NOOK Book]

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Winterfest is heating up in Abbott Springs...

As the town’s yearly festival kicks off, cold days turn into steamy nights, new flames will be ignited, and old romances will be rekindled.

All About Us by Marilyn Brant—All Sami Abbott ever wanted was permission to be herself. At home, she aims to be the perfect daughter but never measures up. At college, she’s the bold girl ...
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Overview

Winterfest is heating up in Abbott Springs...

As the town’s yearly festival kicks off, cold days turn into steamy nights, new flames will be ignited, and old romances will be rekindled.

All About Us by Marilyn Brant—All Sami Abbott ever wanted was permission to be herself. At home, she aims to be the perfect daughter but never measures up. At college, she’s the bold girl who had a one-night stand with sexy musician, Alex Hamilton. When he arrives unexpectedly in Abbott Springs, her worlds collide and she must reconcile the girl she tries to be with the person she really is.

All I Need by Caisey Quinn–All pink-haired rocker chick Everly Abbott thought she wanted was acceptance in her straight-laced hometown. But her best friend and bandmate Justin Cohen is about to show her that what she thinks she wants isn’t necessarily what she needs.

All for Love by Rhonda Helms–All Maya Monterey ever wanted was to belong. Happiest with the Abbott family, Maya’s been secretly in love with sexy pastry chef Oliver Abbott for years. With a flirty new look, she’ll pull out all the stops to get him to notice her. And if her plan fails, she’ll walk away from the only home she’s ever known–and Oliver–for good.

All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan—After years of placing the wrong bets, all Aubree Baxter wanted was someone to take a chance on her. Golden boy Kennedy Hale plays it safe in life and love, but to keep Bree in Abbott Springs, he’ll have to go all in.
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  • BN ID: 2940148313823
  • Publisher: Rhonda Helms
  • Publication date: 1/9/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 365
  • Sales rank: 62,866
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Brant is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of eight novels to date, writing in the genres of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy, and new adult/mystery. Please visit her online at www.marilynbrant.com or find her on Facebook and Twitter @marilynbrant.

Caisey Quinn is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and writes New and Young Adult books about country girls finding love in unexpected places. She can be found online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com or on Twitter as @CaiseyQuinn where she spends entirely too much time chatting with readers, writers, and anyone who’s willing.

Rhonda Helms started writing novels several years ago and loves teen and New Adult romance. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. Visit her at rhondahelmsbooks.com for details about her and her books. You can also find her on twitter @rhelmsbooks or Facebook at facebook.com/rhondahelmsbooks.

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, Lexi Ryan considers herself the luckiest chick she knows. You can visit Lexi at her website www.lexiryan.com or find her on Twitter @writerlexiryan or Facebook at facebook.com/lexiryanauthor.
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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    Winterfest at Abbott Springs, Ohio brings in tourists and sights

    Winterfest at Abbott Springs, Ohio brings in tourists and sightseers together with the town's people. It is a celebration to traditions and closely held ideals.

    Our anthology is a collection of four related stories about friends on the brink to adulthood. This year, Winterfest comes at a pivotal point in their lives when they are branching out to new experiences. while old feelings linger unresolved. New influences will forever shape the lives of this group of friends with hope for new beginnings.

    These authors share a wonderful gift of storytelling. Although the stories are connected by theme, their individual styles complement each other, making this entire anthology a favorite read.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    This is an amazing set of Novellas.  Each one is intertwined wit

    This is an amazing set of Novellas.  Each one is intertwined with the other and yet could be read completely separately.  I really enjoyed Winterfest in Abbott Springs.  These sexy novellas are sure to warm you up on a cold winters night.  




    All About Us by Marilyn Brant-This tempting tale will warm you up on a cold winter night.  I love a good girl meets bad boy match-up.  This one has a twist in that the bad boy is not the heart breaker but the good girl does lots of damage.  Samantha is a sexy, sweet storyteller with a very active imagination.  Alexander Hamilton is a good guy underneath that bad boy rockstar exterior.  The chemistry between Alex and Samantha is smokin hot.  These two in the kitchen could burn some biscuits.  The author does an excellent job creating a short story that is complete, unrushed, and leaved you with a solid happily ever after. 




    All I Need by Caisey Quinn-What happens when the small town you are from only remembers who you were and refuses to see you as who you are now?  Everly and Justin have changed a lot over the past several months after leaving Abbot Springs.  Justin does not appreciate the nickname Jubby that was given to him because he is not longer chubby, but more like a hot alpha male with a six pack.  Everly is not the girl that got booed off the stage in 9th grade.  She is beautiful, confident, and super talented.  What happens with Justin wants Everly to be more than just his friend?  They can't go there can they?  It could break up the band.  I loved this story about finding contentment with who you are.  Everly and Justin are the cutest two peas in a pod.




    All for Love by Rhonda Helms–Oh Oliver you clueless man.  He has no clue that Maya has the hots for him until his sister gives him a swift kick in the butt.  Stupid boy that he is does not know how to handle this intel.  All of the sudden he is looking at Maya in a different light and realizes what he has been missing.  Maya will not settle for anything less then all of Oliver.  I love her spunk and bold attitude towards him.  She knows what she wants and Oliver does not stand a chance.




    All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan-After reading the previous three novellas I was not a fan of Kennedy Hale.  It seemed as if he were nothing but a spoiled rich kid that had no trouble where the ladies were concerned.  He broke Everly's heart and I liked Everly so again not a fan.  Well here is the reason why I read everything Lexi Ryan writes.  She has a talent for taking a character you could care less about and making you fall in love with them.  Kennedy was battling his inner demons dealing with the expectations set forth by his father.  He did not want to take over the company business.  He would rather take a chance at trying out for a pro-football team.  Aubree has been his best friend since they were kids.  He could tell her anything.  But things were weird between them because of a stunt Bree pulled when he was back at school.  Bree was wild and free and went wherever she wanted to go and did whatever she wanted to do and damn the consequences.  She is an artist.  All Bree wants is for Kennedy to see her as a sexy woman instead of his buddy.  She can't take it anymore and when she puts herself out there again he almost destroys her.  Will Kennedy get his head out of his ass in time or will Bree get on a flight to Paris and leave him for the last time?  If you like scorching sex scenes that will steam up your windows on a cold winter day then you will love All or Nothing.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    Abbott Springs, Ohio is having its yearly Winterfest involving t

    Abbott Springs, Ohio is having its yearly Winterfest involving the entire town. A group of friends both near and far is coming to attend the festivities. New relationships will be made from old as it heats up in the cold temperatures.




    There are four stories, each one written beautifully. There's an overlap of all four stories, yet they're told in a way that allows them to stand out on their own as well as cohesively. This anthology is so well written that doesn't even come into question. Another aspect of this anthology that I really loved and applaud both the writers and the editor(s) for is how they managed to overlap yet not reveal anything that would spoil another story.




    All About Us by Marilyn Brant centers around Sami Abbott whose home to keep up her "perfect daughter" image. She's shaken when she runs into Alex Hamilton whom she met when she was in her "wild college" persona and had a one night stand with before she left him with the wrong phone number.




    All I Need by Caisey Quinn stars Everly (love the name!) Abbott coming home with her band to perform at Winterfest. She's afraid to perform having not forgotten what's happened to her in the past. Her best friend and band mate Justin Cohen hopes to show her she's stronger than she thinks and what she needs is something else.




    All for Love by Rhonda Helms has Maya Monterrey going big. She's been in love with Oliver Abbott for a long time. She's going to try one last time to get his attention and hopefully have him see her as something other than "little sister's best friend/like my little sister". If he doesn't she's ready to leave the only place and family that as has felt like home.




    All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan features best friends Aubree Baxter and Kennedy Hale. Aubree is looking for something in all the wrong places and Kennedy is avoiding taking control of his own future. Something happened three months ago that's made things awkward between them and Bree is ready to bail. Kennedy has to change things if he doesn't want to lose her. 




    I can't tell you which story I loved best because that would be unfair and really hard to do. I enjoyed visiting Abbott Springs and Winterfest and would've loved a cup of hot cider or Sami's Mexican hot chocolate. I was loathe to leave everyone on that covered bridge. I sincerely hope to read more collaborations written as well as this one. 




    I'd like to thank the authors for sharing a review copy with me. I loved it so much I went out and bought my self a finished copy from a retailer. I will also be adding the paperback to my library shortly.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    4.5/5 stars When I first saw Lexi and Caisey were included in

    4.5/5 stars When I first saw Lexi and Caisey were included in this anthology I knew I had to pick it up because I have so much love for their books! This was my first time reading anything by Rhonda and Marilyn and it will NOT be my last! It was so cool how each author took a different couple, but took the same background and spun it as their own. I loved the Winterfest setting in Abbott Springs! I also really enjoyed reading about all the characters I was introduced to in the first novella by Marilyn. These ladies did a fantastic job of making their novellas flow seamlessly with one another and creating characters you couldn't get enough of!

    All About Us by Marilyn Brant was the first one up and it was adorable! I instantly fell for Alex Hamilton! He finds himself in the small town of Abbott Springs as a favor to a friend. The last person he ever expected to see was a girl he met while playing a show. Especially since she told him she'd be in Switzerland. Turns out Sami Abbott told Alex a lot of untrue things and that really stings him. The two connected that night and to find out most everything she told him was false really hurts.

    Sami has her reasons for doing so, however. Living in a small town is not the easiest for her. Having everyone see you grow up and form this image of you can be quite suffocating. Sami doesn't want to be 'Sami' anymore. She wants to be Samantha- she wants to be different than the person everyone in Abbott Springs knows. Away at school she can do that. When she meets Alex it was natural to be that other person and not worry about their paths crossing again. Alex is definitely seen as an outsider in Abbott Springs and is met with some hostility, as he's not one of their own. Sami is shocked to see him there again, but all the feelings she had for him come rushing back as she sees him again.

    I liked Sami and Alex, but definitely felt for him as Sami lets her insecurities and fears win out, leaving him behind once again. He knows this girl has the power to break his heart and I like that he confronts her and puts that out there for her. He was a good guy and I really liked him.

    We got to meet a lot of the other characters in this story so we could be familiar with them in the later books which was really helpful.

    All I Need by Caisey Quinn was next and it detailed the story of Justin (Jubb) and Everly. We met them in the last book briefly, as Justin was the friend Alex went to help. Justin and Everly are in a band together and have been best friends forever. Justin has feelings for Everly, but feels she has friend-zoned him a long time ago. Justin has the reached point where he literally cannot take it anymore. He can't continue on with the way things have been between them and is determined to make her his.

    Everly was a bit of a stubborn one. She had a hard time accepting what Justin was telling her. Sure she's wondered what it would be like to be with him, but she's afraid of what crossing the line will do to their friendship and their band. Everly, like Sami, has her own set of insecurities. She hates being back in Abbott Springs and especially after how hurt she was after what happened last year with Kennedy Hale. She is desperate to play their gig and get the heck out of Dodge. After Justin puts it all out there for her, he is beyond devastated when she agrees to meet with Kennedy again to talk about what happened between them. Justin doesn't understand why she would feel the need to, especially when he's been a jerk to her. Justin mistakes what's going on with Everly and Kennedy and really makes some rash decisions. I'm glad Everly finally realized what Justin really meant to her, but I hated how hurt he was while she was figuring that out.

    All For Love by Rhonda Helms is about Sami's older brother, Oliver, and her best friend Maya. This was a really sweet story, even though Oliver drove me a little crazy! Maya is incredibly sweet and is probably one of my favorite characters. She has been crushing on Oliver hardcore for years, but he's always seen as her as his sister's best friend. This year, Maya is determined to make Oliver notice her. I felt for Maya. She is crazy in love with her best friend's older brother, her parents are never around, her best friend has gone away to school, and she always feels so alone. Yet, Maya has always been the one to smile through the pain and she does her best not to show how much that affects her. Maya has a difficult decision to make in this novella, as she knows her heart can't take things staying the same much longer. She knows she needs to make her feelings for Oliver known and if he doesn't reciprocate, then it's time for her to move on.

    Oliver, Oliver, Oliver! He's a great guy, but wow he can be dense! He starts to notice subtle things about Maya early on (like how warm her eyes are and how good she looks in her sweater) but just blames these things on his lack of sleep. Oliver is an important asset to his family's bakery and is a pretty busy guy with Winterfest rolling around. When he finally learns the true nature of Maya's feelings, he's in disbelief. He doesn't know how to act around her and he's afraid of misconstruing his own feelings- thinking that maybe he's only noticing these things about her because of how she feels about him. Maya definitely took him by surprise and it took him awhile to see what had always been right in front of him. He definitely gets stuck on the whole "we're friends" business and that definitely made me mad. Maya seriously is one of the sweetest characters I've read about in a long time and she doesn't deserve to continuously be hurt by the one person she cares about most. Thankfully, Oliver realizes his feelings for her, but will he be too late?

    All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan is the last novella in the anthology and wow. I absolutely loved it! I didn't think I would like Kennedy very much, especially after how he treated Everly, but I ended up falling for that boy hook, line, and sinker! I also really liked Bree, Everly's best friend. We have another best friends turned more story, which is cool because that's one of my favorite tropes. Bree and Kennedy have been best friends since they were teens. Bree comes from another important family in the town of Abbott Springs, but has always spent a lot of time at the Hale's and is really considered a part of Kennedy's family.

    Bree has been in love with Kennedy since sophomore year in high school and this past October she decided to act on it- in the wrong way. Alcohol was involved and well- it wasn't pretty. Coming back for Winterfest is hard on Bree because she knows she'll have to face the music.

    Kennedy isn't blind to Bree. He knows he's attracted to her, but he, like the others, is afraid to ruin their friendship. He knows he handled what happened in October badly and he wishes he could go back and change things. He is angry when he finds out she is moving to Paris and he doesn't understand how she could keep letting her mom let her down time and time again with her false promises. He doesn't understand that for Bree it's easier to go after the people who you know will let you down, rather than place your trust in someone (like him) whose rejection would shatter her.

    Kennedy has his own set of issues to deal with though. Being the mayor's son and having all these expectations placed on you isn't easy. His father has his life planned out without taking into account what he really wants. Instead of standing up to him and telling him what HE wants, Kennedy takes the submissive road and that infuriates Bree. She pushes him to be better and to make a stand for what he wants and in turn he pushes her to stop running and realize that she run as much as she wants, but she won't find her happiness that way.

    I loved Kennedy and Bree's chemistry. It was probably my favorite in the anthology. They complement each other really well and once Kennedy was able to get

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    This is an amazing anthology by four excellent writers. It¿s all

    This is an amazing anthology by four excellent writers. It’s all based in a town called Abbott Springs, each story intertwined with the other. When I first read the concept I really didn’t know how they’d manage to work together and create a set of stories that would merge seamlessly with each other.
    Why did I question it? 
    They do perfectly, like they’ve been written by the same author in a continuous sweep. I loved every line of them and I’m sure anyone who reads them will too!
    ALL ABOUT US – MARILYN BRANT
    This is the first book in the Anthology. It opens with Alexander Hamilton, The guitarist and sax player with the band ‘The White Knights’.
    At first I really didn’t know what to make of this broody, apparently bad boy type but I soon started to warm to him as he told of his brief encounter with ‘Amanda’ Abbott and how she left him wounded with no way to contact her and reconcile things from that one night!
    That was until the day he drives into Abbott Springs to help with a fundraising event to save the towns bridge. It’s there he comes face to face with ‘Amanda’ and her secret double life. It’s a story of imaginary worlds colliding with prejudice ones and how if you want something or someone bad enough you just might be able to get it if you try hard enough. 
    ALL I NEED – CAISEY QUINN
    The second book of the series.  
    The main characters being Everly Abbott, the lead singer of Internal Insurrection, the band that brought Alex Hamilton into town in the first book  and Justin ‘Jubby’ Cohen, the bands guitarist. 
    Justin and Everly both had past troubles with local town members. Especially Everly with the Mayors son – ‘Kennedy Hale’ with him feigning interest in her until, she felt - he got what he wanted. Now they’re both back and certain parts of their past haunt them both. Justin decides it’s time to make the past stay in the past and make the future a whole lot different for them both. Neither realising the feelings they have for each other are shared. Although for one of them the feelings are far more than the other and they decide it’s a case of ‘now or never’. I loved the anticipation of the ‘will they, won’t they’ get together and couldn’t wait to see if love would conquer. 




    ALL FOR LOVE – RHONDA HELMS
    The third book in the Anthology. 
    Here we meet Maya and Oliver as the main characters.  We met Maya briefly in ‘All about us’ – the first book in the series. Working during college break at the Abbotts bakery and swooning over Oliver Abbott from a distance, as well as being one of Sami Abbott’s best friends. Oliver made his first appearance in the same book, Sami’s seemingly more perfect sibling and the one who hadn’t flown the nest but stayed and helped to run the bakery.
    This is their story. One of unrequited love, how it can only be pushed so far until it’s reached its limit.  With a little help from outside influences though, could it all change and feelings be made mutual. Rhonda writes it in a way that every reader will understand because I’m sure most of us have been there at some point in our lives, wishing that someone would notice us! I loved it.




    ALL OR NOTHING –LEXI RYAN
    This is the fourth and final book in the series. Kennedy and Bree are the main focus here.  Kennedy is the son of the local mayor. He carriers a huge weight on his shoulders, larger than the town itself, due to the fact that his life has been planned out and set in stone for him by his father. Bree is one of the gang.  Although of late she’s been out of town, flitting from one place to another, trying to follow her ever absent mother. Even though she was reluctant to return to Abbott Springs, she has for ‘Winterfest’.
    What will come of their friendship after Bree’s shock visit to Kennedy at college a couple of months earlier?  
    Both too afraid to leave things in the past and step away from what’s expected of them to move forward, will they continue on the paths they’re travelling or break free of their ‘destiny’s’ and follow their hearts?




    I can’t recommend this series of stories enough. Its four great talents at their best. Definitely try it and see for yourself.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    What a delight to come upon a collection of novellas written by

    What a delight to come upon a collection of novellas written by four authors with such distinctly individual styles that manage to flow so seamlessly that you don't realize that you are actually reading four "little" books written by four different people.
    The individuality of each of the four ladies' writing styles came out as the unique personalities of the four couples that they each chose to write about in this delightful collection, that came together to tell the story of a Winter Festival in a small town. The stories were masterfully entwined with each other so that you felt the oneness of the event and the great bond of the group of people who had grown up together and gone their own ways as young adults, but allowed the Winter Festival to bring them back each year.
    Pile on the additional fun of love and romance and you have a great read for a snowy weekend or ski vacation, as you enjoy the evening by the fire. I do love the added bonus that because they book is divided into four distinct novellas, I was able to sit down in read it in small chunks with my busy schedule and not lose anything in the process.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

    A great read by four different authors! I loved that I was able

    A great read by four different authors! I loved that I was able to enjoy each authors' unique style and how they all meshed their stories together. Definitely a fun read!

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