Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating the "Five" at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone . . . if perfect is even possible.
This box set includes all 5 stories:
PICTURE PERFECT: Gemma Staheli has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn't get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it's finally met its true match.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: Liz Carlson will settle for a normal man. A normal man with a job, that is. Married twice, then divorced twice, Liz's rose-colored glasses fell off and shattered on the ground a long time ago. Her main focus now is raising her six-year-old daughter and surviving long days at work on her feet as a hairdresser. When Sloane Branden answers her call for help, quite literally, Liz doesn't even give him a second glance. She's sworn off dating for as many years as it takes, and it seems that Sloane has done the same after his own tumultuous marriage. But when Liz realizes that Sloane defies every stereotypical deadbeat she's dated, she might just find room in her heart and discover the third time's the charm.
THE DAISY CHAIN: Jess Giles does find her perfect match, but since Charlie's several years older than she, they never have a moment of harmony from his adult kids who protest the marriage. When Charlie dies in a tragic accident, his kids add insult to injury and sue Jess for her share of the inheritance. The only person Jess trusts for financial advice is Charlie's financial planner, Preston Michaels. Just talking to Preston on the phone makes Jess feel flustered, yet strangely comfortable at the same time, so she puts off meeting him for as long as possible. When Jess has to attend the formal hearing, she's about to find out if the man she's been talking to over the phone for several months lives up to the voice that she's grown attached to.
LOST THEN FOUND: Arie, at the top of her career as VP of an established real estate company, discovers that her success has led to a less-than-successful dating life. But she may have just met the ideal man in work-a-holic film producer, Dustin Jacobs. Seeing each other once a week, or even once a month, is no big deal since they are both ambitious... until Arie realizes she wants much, much more.
ONE CHANCE: Valentina is the odd-woman out. She's part of "the Five" when she dates Drew for a couple of years, and remains friends with the women, but with her traveling schedule as a runway model, it's impossible to maintain a real relationship. When Valentina attends her cousin's wedding in LA, she runs into Cesar, who she was school friends with in her native country of Puerto Rico. Cesar is not the young skinny boy she remembers, but a grown man who seems interested in what's beyond her model-appearance. Back in New York, Valentina can't get him out of her mind, but she also can't deny the fact that they're separated by more than one country.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read each of these Novella's individually and really enjoyed them. They can be read in any order. Here are my thoughts on each story - Lost Then Found - This is the first novella I have read in the Aliso Creek series. It was delightful and fun. Arie's strong work ethic and her strong opinions have made her dating life less than ideal. When she meets someone with as much drive as she has, the sparks fly, in more ways than one. I enjoyed watching Arie discover her feelings and learn to love. I look forward to reading Valentina's story next, One Chance. Valentina is a great friend of Arie's and played a fun role in Lost then Found. One Chance - I enjoyed watching Valentina and Cesar reunite and discover one another all over again. Both characters drew me in and made me want to see them happily together. I loved how Cesar treated Valentina with respect and defended her when she needed it. I struggled to believe that after waiting so long to find each other they couldn't be a bit more patient with one another as they tried to establish their relationship. Perhaps because it's a novella rather than a full length story. Still, I loved both characters and want to see their story go on. Daisy Chain- In this story Jess is still mourning the loss of her husband who died a year ago. She is torn between holding on to that grief and moving on in her life. Preston is her financial adviser. They talk often over the phone, but Jess has been reluctant to meet him in person because of her growing feelings for him. I enjoyed watching Jess's friend Arie encourage Jess to move on her life. I have read Arie's story and liked seeing her from a different perspective. Preston is the perfect hero in this book. So fun to watch the relationship develop. I am enjoying the characters in this series a great deal. The novellas are perfect for a quick read and a peak into each of the characters' lives. Third Time's the Charm - I always enjoy Heather's books and want more. Her writing style flows and I feel like I understand the characters. This is the 4th of five of the Aliso Creek Novellas I have read. Each of the five friends is so different in personality. I enjoy getting to know each of them and see how they support one another. Liz is probably the character I relate to the least of the books I have read. Heather helps me see inside her heart and mind well though. I could definitely see why she is hesitant to jump into a relationship. She and Sloan have both been through hard times. I was a bit surprised at how easily these concerns seemed to resolve themselves. I think that might be because it's a novella and there is only so much time to work with. So, I was left wanting more. I am looking forward to Gemma's story. She is a great friend to Liz. Maybe I will learn just a bit more about Liz in Gemma's book too. Picture Perfect - For me this was the 5th of her Aliso Creek Novellas. They can be read in any order though. I was so excited to read Gemma's story. I think her story is my favorite! She and Drew had been best friends for so many years. They had each been through many relationships. I loved watching them take tentative steps toward a more romantic relationship between each other.