Six great little tastes of just how sweet love can be - and a bit of spice too. Foster's story ended up being my favorite of the six but I actually really liked most all of the stories, they were a nice palate cleansing change of fare from what I normally read.
Shelter From the Storm - Lori Foster - The romance here was incredibly sweet and gentle, with two people who have been important parts of each others' lives finally taking the next step to become so much more.
Take Me Home - Erin McCarthy - After making a total mess of her life, she runs back home to the one man she can alway count on, giving him the opportunity for him to pursue what he has always wanted - her. I do like the friends finally discovering their true feelings theme of the story, but I had a hard time getting past the situation of her pregnancy, if she really had feelings for him. She was kind of a mess self-esteem-wise, so the happily ever after didn't feel so ever after to me.
Razor's Edge - Sylvia Day - This story takes things to a whole other level of steaminess, which is not surprising since a companion novella to this one is coming out under the 'Heat' banner in the fall (I normally avoid that imprint due to cruder language, there's a tad here). But the sensual intensity works just as well in this one as the sweetness did in Foster's, when the hero with a dangerous life gets a chance with his friend's widow - a woman he has always secretly loved.
Midnight Rendezvous - Jamie Denton - Denton's doesn't follow the friends to lovers theme, but a man whose addiction has nearly ruined his career, finds his muse in a scarred woman who now lives in solitude. For these two heading towards such different lives, it was hard to imagine a happy ending, but I liked theirs.
Dime Store Cowboy - Kate Douglas - This one was a big surprise to me coming from Douglas, whose writing is generally way more erotic than my normal fare - in fact I had to check her website to make sure that is was that Kate Douglas. I just loved the hero in this one, who apparently was a side character from an earlier cowboy romance. He's left the big city and his career, to try and find the man he's left behind at some point in his life, and I loved the delight that he finds in starting his new life in Colorado, along with love.
Life in the Past Lane - Kathy Love - Another really sweet ending for a man who dreads returning to the town he fled as a child and discovers that, looking through adult eyes, everything that he'd always wanted might just be there for him now.