First Night, An Anthology of Romance Novellas

First Night, An Anthology of Romance Novellas

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ISBN-13: 9781590020012
Publisher: Antares Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2002
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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First Night, An Anthology of Romance Novellas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Four original stories by four very original writers. This book is a treasure and features an early novella by Jen Safrey. All the stories are linked by a New Year's Eve ball but each stands alone. Each story also corresponds to a season of the year which helps along the notion of a full year of romance. Honey Clover, the Spring offering, is a dynamic, passionate story of opposites attracting. Renaissance, the Fall story, is an elegant story of love lost and reborn. Fate and Firecrackers has all the heat of summer as it tells the story of two people who meet and make a love connection in a matter of hours. Providence, the winter story, is a time-travel story about a woman lost, or possibly found, in time. This book is a hidden delight that no romance fan should miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This hidden gem contains four of the most charming, original novellas I've ever read. I was especially impressed with Honey Clover and Renaissance. Honey Clover has a very unique hero and Renaissance transports the reader to the romance and passion of Venice. If you can get it, do not miss this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Night, An Anthology of Romance Novellas is an awesome compilation of short romance novels. The stories are wound together around a New Year's Eve ball where the men and women are paired randomly based on the champagne glasses they pick at the beginning of the evening. The book covers a whole year with each of the four stories representing a season of the year. The Winter story, Providence, is by Bobbi Lerman. The Spring story, Honey Clover, is by Pauline Shannon. The Summer story, Fate and Firecrackers, is by Jen Safrey. The Fall story, Renaissance, is by MaryAnn Mangini. Providence is a time travel, about an art seller who goes one hundred years into the past to find literally the man of her future. I loved the past parts of this story, because of the way the author described the hotel and the clothes. It was so good. It was like an episode of Highlander or Angel. Honey Clover is a contemporary, but it has a twist with the hero. He's got a disability that turns out to not be a disability at all. He's one of the most awesome heros I've ever read, and I just love him. His name is Brian and he loves a woman named Vivienne who is the most uptight nut. But she is very real in the way she doesn't know what's good for her even when it's right in front of her. I really loved this story. It was the most original and had some of the best characters. This story had me wondering if it might be true because it was so interesting and real. Plus I loved the emotional and sexual tension between Brian and Vivienne. Fate and Firecrackers is a contemporary. It's very young and hip. It's about a drummer girl named Bronwyn and a caterer name Rick. He's hot, she's wild and it's a nice mix. These characters go boom! when they get together, and they're fun and fresh. This was a good story too. Renaissance is the most complicated of the four stories. It's the most like a book all on its own. It's about a recently divorced woman who goes to Venice and finds herself while she's finding love. This story is so, so good, and I want to go to Venice so bad after reading it. This is one of the best anthologies I've ever read because the stories all go together really good and each one is fun and exciting to read. You get some of everything. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it. - Carol B., book reviewer
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of truly one-of-a-kind stories is great reading. Who knew romance could be this good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Night is a collection of four romance novellas each of which is delightful, stirring and passionate. Honey Clover is my favorite. You won't be sorry if you read this book if only for Honey Clover alone, and the other stories in the book (Providence, Fate and Firecrackers and REnaissance) are very good too. I enjoyed this book completely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I got far more than I expected. First Night is four very special novellas within one gorgeous cover. The stories are connected only in that a New Year's Eve Ball is the catalyst that brings all four couples together in very unique and original ways. I read so many romance novels but this is the first one that is honestly like a breath of fresh air. There are no bad stories here. Honey Clover and Fate and Firecrackers stood out as my favorites but Providence has a velvety beauty of its own. Renaissance, the last tale of the quartet, has some of the best literary romance writing I've ever read. I swear you will love this book, right from the invitation on the first page to the last biographical note. I can't say enough good stuff about this book because it's really just that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The invitation at the beginning of the book drew me in and the four great stories kept me there. Providence, the first story of the four in First Night, was a lovely, elegant time travel with none of the usual time travel silliness. Honey Clover is flat-out brilliant, romance at its best. The characters lived for me and that's what I look for in a romance. The fresh and lively characters continue in Fate and Firecrackers, which younger readers will enjoy. Renaissance, the last story in the book, is a treat for any reader who likes to wallow in rich, intelligent descriptions of Europe along with a smart, sensitive story line. These stories are all so original, it's hard to categorize this anthology. It's not a holiday book, per se, although New Year's Eve is the catalyst for each story. These are four great romances. I'm thrilled with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first night is romance fit for the discriminating palate! each story is a joy and a pleasure to read and leaves you with that happy, buzzy feeling that a good book should ... times four!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good collection of really good short stories about romance. Efvery couple is one to fall in love with. I recommend this book highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Brian in the second story in the anthology First Night, I know that spring is truly here when the honey clover arrives. Pauline Shannon's Honey Clover is a delightfully wonderful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the loveliest Valentine's Day presents I've ever gotten! These are four of the best and most innovative romances I've read in a long time. Super book, super new authors, I look forward to more from each.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Night does the impossible, it succeeds at combining good romance with good literature, especially in Renaissance and Honey Clover. Honey Clover is the most esoteric of the four short novellas and offers a very unique take on the usual boy-meets-girl romance set up. Fate and Firecrackers is straightforward romance served up in the style most of us are used to and Providence ends with a very clever and very original twist on the romantic time travel. I enjoyed reading this book and will probably find more to enjoy the second time around. This is the kind of book where you notice more once you've read it and know the stories and characters. It is called First Night, but the stories are about much more than just couples that meet on New Year's Eve. I give this book my highest recommendations and my applause to the four special authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So much has already been said, all I can say is that this book is great. Romance readers especially will love the original ideas and the superb writing of the four stories in First Night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Honey Clover, the second novella in First Night and I was so blown away by the story, I had to find more of her work. I didn't have any luck, so I read Honey Clover again. This is such a fine story about Vivienne DeNoue, a scientist, who has had a terrible run of luck when it comes to her love life. When she meets Brian Cord, a man who is everthing most women can only dream about, she's so distrustful of her own feelings that she loses him. She literally has to enter his world before she can understand that he's the right man for her. Pauline Shannon tells this story with great humor, warmth and passion, all the things I like in contemporary romance. Honey Clover made me sit up and take notice of a lively, imaginative new writer. I am looking forward to more of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like romance, you need to read Honey Clover. It is just great and it by itself is worth the price of the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a lousy New years eve. No man, no money and nothing good on tv. I got First Night as a stocking stuffer and started reading it. THIS WAS THE BEST NEW YREAR'S EVE OF MY LIFE! I got to spend it with not one, not two, not three, but four scrumptious men. I thought all the stories would be about the New Year's Ball that is the centerpiece of the book, but one of the stories takes place in the year or so before the ball and the other one takes place a few months after the ball. This is a book that delivers New year's magic all year around, not just on that magical night. I truly loved these stories. They made the loneliest night of the year the most satisfying, for me. Maybe some of the magic rubbed off, and I'll get my magic First Night this time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Night is great stories, great romance and all-around enjoyable reading. It's a year-round treasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are like me, you fall in love with the heros of the romances you read. I fell in love four times with First Night. Each hero will make you drool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it was just holiday stories. WRONG!!!!! Even though each story has something to do with a New Year's Eve ball at a fancy hotel, they represent each season of the year in some way. PRovidence is the first story and it is the them of winter. It is the story of Amy Beale, who is accused of grand larceny in our time. She has a slip and finds herself in the arms of a sexy, loving artist, only it's 100 years in the past. She's in the same place, but a different time. Bobbi Lerman did a marvelous job of showing us the turn-of-the-century grandeur of the hotel versus the modern opulence of the same place. Her eye for detail and for relating the confusion and growing love between Amy and Nicholas was great. Honey Clover is the story for spring, and it starts four months after the party has happened. Vivienne is fairly unloveable at the beginning, but when you discover why, it's like you can see yourself acting like that in that same situation. In Brian Cord, Pauline Shannon created a one-of-a-kind romance hero, the best one I've seen in a long time. I have dreams about him, that's how good he is. Honey Clover is about how Vivienne's insecurities and past experiences blind her to the love that's right in front of her. Vivienne gets what she deserves in this story, both good and bad, and she has the perfect, most romantic ending. Honey Clover excites, stimulates and amazes at every turn with unique character twists, endearing secondary characters and one-of-a-kind creativity. Pauline Shannon displays her talent as a writer by balancing it all to make an incredible short book. Fate and Firecrackers is the summer story in that it is hot, hot, hot! It is the story of a drummer Bronwyn and a caterer, Rick. They're both scared to let themselves fall in love. Aren't we all these days? Jen Safrey crafted a fast-paced, solid story and it ends just where a full-book length romance would begin. Alltogether it was very entertaining. Renaissance is the fall story and the theme of fall is woven elegantly throughout it. This story takes place about a year before the New Year's Eve party, and it is about Delia Preston, who goes to Venice on sabbatical after she has trouble adjusting to a divorce after two decades of marriage. MaryAnn Mangini shows off her native land to great effect. Her descriptions of Venice are rhapsodic. This story was more like erotic poetry in places than regular romantic fiction. I have read hundreds of romances and never reviewed a single one of them. I had to review First Night because I want everyone to know how wonderful this book is. I was really impressed by the writing, the clever plots, and the overall concept for the book. Plus, First Night looks great on my shelves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the holiday-themed romance I've read in the past years, Providence in First Night is the only story that has made me believe that the magic of the holidays just might be real. I fell in love with Amy and Nicholas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Night is an anthology of four great stories executed with the best writing out there. Renaissance, by MaryAnn Mangini is the star at the top of the First Night Christmas tree. Honey Clover, Fate and Firecrackers and Providence are like finding three presents you always wanted under the tree. I'm in love with this book and the four yummy, make that FIVE yummy heros in it. (Sean in Honey Clover has to be counted!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Night was an early Christmas present I gave to myself and I consider myself spoiled now. I couldn't believe how good the four stories are. I knew I was in for something special when I opened the book and saw the invitation. This is the best anthology I've ever read and Honey Clover by Pauline Shannon is the best contemporary I've read all this year. I can't wait for Pauline Shannon's next book. MaryAnn Mangini's Renaissance is great too. It is the last story in the book, but it's ending is the book's beginning, so to speak. There are lots of interesting connections between the four stories. First Night is the kind of book to read over and over because you notice something else different with each reading. First Night is great entertainment and pure romance at its best. If you like time travel stories then Bobbi Lerman's Providence will make you melt. Fate and Firecrackers by Jen Safrey puts a snappy twist on the tried and true boy-meets-girl formula. First Night is joy to behold for romance readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could say 1,000 things that I liked about this book, but for the sake of keeping it short, I am going to write about the best story in the book. Honey Clover is worth the purchase price all by itself. This is romance that means something, and funny thing is, is I didn't like this one at first. I'm not used to heroines being so real or for the hero to be not perfect. I liked Fate and Firecrackers because it is what I'm used to in a romance. Boy meets girl, boy and girl talk things out, boy and girl live happily ever after.Fate and Firecrackers fits the mold. Honey Clover shatters the heck out of it. In Honey Clover, something happens to Vivienne DeNoue that I thought was implausible, but then I realized that what happens to her is the only thing that can save her from wrecking everything with Brian Cord, the guy of her dreams. I think Brian was too good for Vivienne, and that Vivienne was just stupid. Just the fact that I was personally caring what happened to these characters showed me what a good story Honey Clover is. I forgot that I was just reading a story! Pauline Shannon reeled me in with great dialogue, vivid characters and a compelling plot. There's so much in that story. I fully enjoyed First Night and Honey Clover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As they say in my neck of the woods, First Night is da bomb! Providence is the dreamy romantic type of story that I love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honey Clover captivated me from Vivienne's first crotchety complaint on the first page to her glorious awakening at the end of the story. Honey Clover is a glory to behold for any woman who's let love slip away and hopes to recapture it. I loved Honey Clover.