In Review: All I Ever Wanted: An Abbott Springs Anthology by Marilyn Brant, Rhonda Helms, Caisey Quinn & Lexi Ryan

Posted January 31, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 7 Comments

In Review: All I Ever Wanted: An Abbott Springs Anthology by Marilyn Brant, Rhonda Helms, Caisey Quinn & Lexi RyanAll 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
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 366 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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.

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in review my thoughts

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. 

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About Marilyn Brant

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and a number of awards since -- including the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best and the Aspen Gold.

Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family, but she also hangs out online at her blog "Brant Flakes." When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

About Rhonda Helms

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

About Caisey Quinn

Romance writer fueled by coffee, music, and love. Bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series.

I love hearing from readers and other writers, and those freaky hybrids like myself!

About Lexi Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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7 responses to “In Review: All I Ever Wanted: An Abbott Springs Anthology by Marilyn Brant, Rhonda Helms, Caisey Quinn & Lexi Ryan

  1. Chanpreet

    I was blown away by how all the details matched up perfectly too! It was one of the things that made this anthology amazing.

  2. Christina

    I just finished this one as well and I loved it! I’ve never read an anthology of this type before and I found the only thing lacking is that it left me wanting MORE! Thanks for the review!

    • Kim

      I agree wholeheartedly! It was my first anthology and it won’t be my last. I can only hope the rest are as well-written as this one!