California Dreamin' Collection

California Dreamin' Collection

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California Dreamin' Collection by Heather B. Moore, Kaylee Baldwin, Annette Lyon

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas with bestselling and award winning authors.

In the sweet novella TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Heather B. Moore, Gwen uses her wedding photography business to keep her life simple and focus on something other than her own broken heart. When Jack, a guy too handsome for his own good, helps her clean up after a photoshoot, then asks her out, she doesn't know if she can handle dating again. But Jack's charm wins her over, and she agrees to meet him for dinner. The more she gets to know Jack, the more she likes him, but everything about him seems too good to be true.

GONE FISHING, a charming novella by Kaylee Baldwin, follows Claire as she tries to convince her dad to leave his start-up company as a boat guide and come back home to Colorado. He's the only one who can defend Claire against her domineering mother. But when she arrives at the San Diego harbor, she's met with more than one surprise. First, that her dad is truly living his dream and has never been happier, and second, she's unexpectedly attracted to his business partner, Miguel.

In THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING, an enchanting novella by Annette Lyon, Alexandria has one last task to perform for her late husband, who died much too young: scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. She goes to the Santa Monica Pier to do just that, but her plans get sidetracked after meeting Michael and feeling an immediate connection to him. They grab lunch, and the more time they spend together, the more they discover that they have in common-including past romantic hardships. As the day wears on, Alexandria begins learn that her heart just might be able to find love again.

In Jennifer Moore's captivating novella A HERO'S SONG, AnneMarie's career as a romance novelist is skyrocketing and her agent books her on a late night talk show. The host gets her to admit that she was in love once, with a guitar player. Moments after her segment, Lance Holden appears on the same stage, to perform his newest song. Is it a terrible coincidence? AnneMarie hasn't seen Lance ever since he broke her heart ten years ago, and she has refused to think about him again. Their lives are worlds apart, but as Lance tries to reconcile with AnneMarie, she finds herself taking a second chance.

In STAY WITH ME, an endearing novella by Shannon Guymon, Jolie moves to L.A. to take on a nanny position for the summer, since apparently having a degree in art doesn't translate to getting a job as a graphic designer. When Fitz, the family's chauffeur, picks her up at the airport, she wonders if every man in LA is model-gorgeous. When Jolie meets her two charges, she finds them adorable and needy. But it's harder to hold onto her job than she thought with a hostile Mrs. James and her spoiled brother. Fitz becomes both the silver lining of her job and the man who just might convince her to stay in L.A.

In the delightful novella, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, by Sarah M. Eden, Ada is the best realtor around. The best. She prides herself in matching each client with the house that will fit all of their needs. She hasn't failed yet. So when Craig hires her to find him the perfect condo for him and his son, Ada is up for the challenge. What she may not be prepared for is her unforeseen attraction to Craig, her immediate attachment to his nine-year-old son, and her heart telling her that it's okay to take another chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941145777
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 03/18/2016
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

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California Dreamin' Collection 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I love California and having a whole anthology set in this fabulous setting was absolutely brilliant! I love the way each story had a similar thread, yet were each so different. And oh, so good! I loved meeting each of these couples and wished each and every story could be full-length, as I was completely enamored with every single one of them. This is one of my favorite anthologies to date and my heart was pounding with romantic anticipation throughout the whole thing. This is perfect for fans of sweet and clean romances, with nothing more than kissing, and each story can be read in a sitting. I always plan on savoring them, but end up devouring the whole book. I love these authors! Too Good To Be True by Heather B. Moore I love it when a normal, everyday girl meets a dream guy and doesn't even know it! Gwen is very down to earth and focused on her photography business, but she can't help but notice good looking Jack. He's charming and everything about him really does seem too good to be true, but he's only human. The way the interest in each other builds is utterly delightful. I loved his adorable sister almost as much as I loved Jack and Gwen is just as sweet as can be! This is a darling story set in a fun setting. Gone Fishing by Kaylee Baldwin I love the ocean and a story with a strong presence on a boat was just perfect for me! Claire needs her dad to come home, but is surprised to meet his partner, who knows a lot about her. First meetings aren't also a good indicator of how a relationship will be because things sure didn't start out on a great foot for Claire and Miguel! Another charming story is found in this one and I devoured every minute of it. The Pier Changes Everything by Annette Lyon Second chances are so romantic. Michael and Alexandria both have pasts to recover from and after spending a day together, find comfort in each other and in a surprise revelation. This story is filled with nostalgic moments, as well as hope for the future and really tugged on my heartstrings. A Hero's Song by Jennifer Moore Once again, I love a good second chance story and this one fit the bill perfectly! AnneMarie, a romance novelist, reconnects with her former love, guitar player, Lance, on a talk show. Can you say sparks?! I love the way he tries to win her over with music and the journey they take to find reconciliation. Stay With Me by Shannon Guymon I've always wondered what it would be like to go out of state to nanny and felt that the experience Jolie had was so romantic--and scary! I was living vicariously through her. I would hate to work for someone as mean as Mrs. James, but to have a fun, flirtatious fling with the chauffeur would make it totally worth it. Fitz is darling and I loved the way Jolie worms her way into the hearts of her charges in a snap. A Place to Call Home by Sarah M. Eden I need a friend like Ada in my life! She's a dream realtor and such a sweet person and friend. Craig hires her to find the perfect place for him and his son, but she doesn't count on finding a place in her heart for this incredible duo. I loved these characters and their fun personalities. I think these kind of people totally make a story that much more enjoyable. *I received a copy from an author in exchange for an honest review*
PSullivan More than 1 year ago
California Dreamin’ includes six short stories that are great quick reads. I loved every one! Six amazing authors that do not disappoint. Fantastic story lines, plots and character development. I was so excited to read these stories right before I go to California for vacation. I highly recommend this anthology and the others as well. I am a BIG anthology collection fan!
l_manning More than 1 year ago
California brings thought of the sand and sun. In this collection of short stories, it's all about sand, sun, and romance. From new love that was never imagined to love lost and possibly found again, this collection covers a wide variety of stories and characters. First chances and second chances are all possible, and these stories will make you believe in love. Full of sweet tales, this collection of stories manages to make California itself a character. You feel like you are there in the best way possible. Seriously, if you can't make it out a beach anytime soon, just relax and open this book up. You'll be there in no time. There was a great variety to the stories. Some were tales of instant attraction, while some showed love growing between two people who seemed unlikely to be a good match in the beginning. Some of the stories were about love that had been lost then found. All of them though are about taking a chance on romance and happiness, even if it is not what we thought would happen. One of my favorites was The Pier Changes Everything. I just found the characters to be realistic and engaging. They had dealt with things in their lives that had shaped them, and that ultimately helped them grow into people who could work on things together. It wasn't a heavy story though. There was lots of lightness and fun well balanced with the more serious parts. Each of the stories in this collection will leave you feeling warm and happy and ready for love. They'll also give you a little piece of California to keep in your heart. Book provided for review.
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Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I'm seriously addicted to these novella collections. I love reading them in between longer books and especially on busy days to get a quick fix. I enjoyed all these stories equally and the California setting was definitely close to home! The first one by Heather Moore was even set at a beach we go to frequently throughout the year and especially in the summer. It is impressive that the characters and plot are introduced quickly but in a way that doesn't feel rushed. It was easy to connect with the emotions of the main characters and even though the stories are often wrapped up before I'm ready for them to end, they are a pleasure to escape with :) (Thank you to Ebooks For Review for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
NashelleJ More than 1 year ago
I LOVE TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGIES.  Ok. Now that that's out of my system... I really enjoyed this anthology. I was impressed with the "new" authors and the scope and variety in each of the stories. I have only been to the beach a couple of times, but man, these stories made me want to go back to California so so bad. Here's a little bit about each story: Timeless Romance Anthologies. The perfect amount of romance for me. I love romances, and these short novellas provide me just enough of romance to feel giddy and silly and lovey-dovey. But they are also short enough that I still feel balanced and not too silly. ;) And it's easy to read one story in a short amount of time - perfect for me with my busy schedule and demanding baby. Fabulous. Awesome. Romantic. Happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of these super short stories were very good. There were a couple authors who tried to stuff way too much material into 50 short little pages and they just were not as successful as the others. I personally like the short stories that are around one hundred pages or more. These seemed way too short.
Brookes_Books More than 1 year ago
Another great collection from A Timeless Romance Anthology.  This was just what I needed this last week.  We have had gorgeous weather.  I felt the sun on my face, had the windows open with a nice breeze blowing through, the trees were blooming.  (By the way, I discovered I really like the look of a Spring Snow Crab Apple tree).  Then BAM!  Spring was gone and winter returned.  We've had snow, rain, and I've had to turn the heat back on.  Ugh.   Ahh, California in the summer.  It evokes thoughts of sunshine, the ocean breeze, the smell of suntan lotion on a sandy beach.  I think of visits to my grandparents' house as a kid and visiting my in-laws as an adult.  I think of the summer we had a family reunion at Newport Beach, steps from the sand.  I think of yummy food from Ruby's on the Pier.  I think of all the great times I have had at Disneyland.  Ahh, California. These stories brought back all the wonderful feelings I have about California.  It has a bit of a magical sense to it.  I realize California isn't paradise, but sometimes it seems like it.  These stories fit right in with the image of California being magical.  They each were clean and had happy romances.  I like happy.   Warnings: These are clean, but there are some adult themes, specifically divorce. I would let my 17 year old read this book.
jeanettedummer More than 1 year ago
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love anthologies! I always have the thought in the back of my mind that I’m only going to read one story a day and not neglect my family. This never happens, but I like that the option is there. I wasn’t sure if I was going to connect to any of these stories because I’m not really a “California Girl” but I really liked all of these stories! I’ll even go out on a limb and say it was one of my favorite collections.
JewelsLVIUTAH More than 1 year ago
I love these Romance Anthologies! Not only are the novellas always awesome, so are the Authors! I love that they always try to include 3 new Authors each time. It is the best way to introduce you to new Authors, I have discovered many this way, and I am never disappointed! All the stories are sweet, clean romances that be read quickly! I couldn't put this book down until I was done. Even my Mom who isn't much of a romance reader likes to read these sets because they are like the feel good romances we like to watch on TV. I enjoyed all of the stories equally and can't wait for the next set!