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One of the Rare Anthologies I Haven’t Liked
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020
Usually, I adore anthologies. I like that they introduce me to new authors. They're usually reasonably priced. If you don't like one story, you can easily move on to the next.
My problem with this one is that I just kept moving on, never finding a story that felt good or was right to me. The first story turned me off almost immediately because the author made the heroine a statuesque bombshell the hero couldn't ignore. I love romance and read a lot of it, but sometimes I just get so disgusted by the way that, even in fiction, external beauty is worshipped. In a book, we have a chance to make it so love and attraction are not so shallow, so I dislike it when authors take the typical way out. I was hoping for better in the next story, but the prodigious information dump that was somewhat confusing left me cold. I did actually finish the next story, but the buildup took too long and didn't seem realistic, and the ending was unbelievable because it was so rushed. I think you get what I'm driving at with this anthology here, and I don't need to detail any more stories. If you love romantic anthologies as I do, there are better ones out there than this one.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.