They say love conquers all, but whoever "they" are, must not have heard of Murphy's Law -- whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid's arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.
No Wrong Turns - Lisa A. Adams
Falling for You - Michelle Ziegler
Coffee and Cufflinks - Annabelle Blume
A Slippery Slope - Rebecca Hart
The Shamrock Incident - London Saint James
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This was a very cute collection of sweet romances. They all revolve around the theme of happy accidents - or at least accidents that eventually lead to happiness. While the collection was fun to read, there were two that really stood out as favorites. A Slippery Slope and The Shamrock Incident finished the set off very nicely and I think I will be going back to re-read them again sometime.
No Wrong Turns – Lisa A. Adams This was a cute story. Jessica’s troubles began with her car running out of gas, twisting her ankle and losing her wallet. This story seemed to move a lot faster than any of the others with her accepting the help of a handsome stranger and taking refuge from a storm and her swollen ankle at his house. Jessica and Sean seemed to develop a deeper (sex free) connection off the page that was told rather than shown, therefore I found the ending a little rushed. But the final scene was really sweet and elicited an “aww” from me. - Rating; 4/5 Falling for You – Michelle Ziegler: Darci has no luck with online dating. On the day of what would have been her one year wedding anniversary, had the groom-to-be not jilted her at the altar, her best friend decides it’s time for a more forceful inter-friend-tion. Thoughts of the ex-jerk fall away when she receives an email from the one that got away. I loved this story! It was hilarious and the dialogue made these characters feel so real. Darcia seemed like my kind of gal. A little bit of a geek, a little bit melodramatic, one of those friends you love so dearly that you want to throttle them when they won’t take your good advice, or when you think they’re just being ridiculous. I really enjoyed every interaction between her and Abby, the meddling best friend. Andrew was a bit like Darci, and his shyness or apprehension about baring his feelings once and for all was rather adorable. Those two were a perfect fit and deserved each other. - Rating: 5/5 Coffee and Cufflinks – Annabelle Blume I struggled to like this story and almost didn’t finish it. There was hardly any interaction with the hero at all except for the brief words in the beginning, in the middle I was once again told instead of shown that they’d had a few mornings where they carried on actual conversations, and the last interaction was briefly at the end. The majority of the story was all about Olivia’s highly stressful job, her worries about getting sacked, and nearly a week of nightly bar crawls with her best friend, flirting with men to get free drinks. Their characters and their behavior was indeed vapid (the heroine’s words, not mine). I was hoping for more story about Daren and Olivia and less Olivia and Michelle, and all the other side characters which dragged on. - Rating: 2/5 A Slippery Slope – Rebecca Hart At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the heroine based on her choices of driving up into the mountains with threadbare tires and stepping into a puddle of icy slush with her suede boots. But the story picked up right away with Anna bumping into the hunky hero and soon after that the ball that got things rolling. Just like the first story, I loved the ending. Second “aww” moment of the day. Now THAT was romantic. - Rating: 4/5 The Shamrock Incident – London Saint James The sappy, happy bubbles rose up in me from the first page onwards. Marissa and Trey seemed so down to earth. Within the first few minutes of their awkward meeting, I believed the stirrings of chemistry going on between them. He may have been there to deliver some unpleasant news, but the gentleman that he was, he decided to stay and help her. I really liked the maturity they showed in the development of their relationship amidst moments of shyness which was really cute. - Rating: 4/5 FD: Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
I received, For the Love of Murphy, as a beta read. I liked it so much; I bought it. No wrong turns: I had a hard time reading the second story. Why? because there are some stories you read, and you just want to savor them a little longer. That is what No wrong turn was like. Instead of reading the rest of the stores as fast as possible. I gave this a few days, for the savor flavor! Falling for You: There is nothing better than an old flame. This story managed to light up the candle inside my heart. Coffee and Cufflinks: A saucy little tale that doesn’t disappoint. A Slippery Slope: so cute. My definite favorite by one of my all time favorite writer’s. The ending, what can I say? She nailed it. The entire story was cute, just the perfect amount of aww. The Shamrock Incident: Since I found London Saint James’s, Heart of Winter novels, I’ve been in love with her writing. Her sassy little love story hit the spot. Each story was different yet wonderful, and together they made this Anthology a very refreshing read.
It's hard to give anthologies a five star for every story to be up to that level, but with this collection of Murphy stories it was easy to do. Murphy's Law is anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and I saw a Murphy's law of love that said "Love makes believers of us all." Put these two together and it sums up this anthology. First off is a sweet tale of wrong turns and lost wallets by Lisa A. Adams called No Wrong Turns, Jessica and Sean make a delightful couple in this story of running out of petrol but meeting your perfect match. Falling For You has Darci meeting up again with her ex's best friend Andrew and all the things that had gone wrong are bought up till at last something goes right sometimes all it takes is time. In Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Bloom you now have all the IT Murphy Laws come into play and believe me there are many of them, and in this story Olivia finds out all about them as she is trying to connect with Daren. Just as well there is also the law of averages so it works in the end no matter how many screw ups there where as Olivia says “If all my screw-ups ended like this, I'd make mistakes a lot more often,” A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart has us heading out to the ski slopes, have you ever come across anywhere more suited for Murphy's Law, I haven't, as Anne finds out but in the process she finds Devlin, so life can't all be bad can it. The final story by London St James, The Shamrock Incident had me giggling as Marisa stumbled around, I could see myself, except I never met a guy as cute as Trey to catch me. All five stories are wonderfully written and although short there is nothing missing and they were all a joy to read. I received a free copy for an honest review