All I Ever Wanted: An Abbott Springs Anthology by Caisey Quinn, Elizabeth Lee, Marilyn Brant, Rhonda Helms
Series: Abbott Springs
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: January 10, 2014
Format: eARC, 366 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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 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.
I love a good novella and I’m a total sucker for stories set in the winter or holidays. The idea behind this anthology was right up my alley: holidays, small town USA, friends-to-more and/or second chance romances, all written by authors whose writing I enjoy. (Full disclosure: I’ve read and loved books by Marilyn, Caisey and Lexi previously. Now I can honestly say I enjoy Rhonda’s work as well.)
These four stories fit so seamlessly with each other, while still allowing each author’s voice to shine through. The characters and timelines were interwoven and worked so well together. Each story was wonderfully-written with characters I found myself caring about and rooting for. The female characters were smart and strong, the men sexy and sweet and I liked all of them. Each story was believable, swoony and sexy. Whether it was finding Sam finding herself and love in an unexpected place (and person!), Everly giving in to the possibility of more with her best friend and bandmate in All I Need, Maya finally taking steps to make her crush notice her in All For Love, or Bree taking a chance at love with Kennedy in All or Nothing, I was completely hooked on the story and wanted more when it was all finished.
It probably goes without saying, but I want to go to Winterfest! It made an absolutely perfect backdrop for these stories. It was Smalltown USA at its finest and I was absolutely enamored with it. The authors vividly painted the picture of the town and activities and it was completely charming.
If you like your romances a bit sexy, a lot sweet and with wonderful HEAs, All I Ever Wanted should definitely be on your TBR. 🙂
I received a copy of this book from the author(s) in exchange for an honest review.