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    Three amazing stories

    Love by the Letters by Jenna MacGregor One little mistake leads to a romance that will make you giggle with the way things happen between them. They got off to a bumpy start with their first meeting, but it was clear they were perfect for each other. They are a couple that goes about things differently and won’t let anything stand between them. I loved the twist in the end with her family and didn’t see it coming at all! Portia has a way with words and will do anything to help her sister get the man she loves. I loved how she didn’t really care about what others thought and wasn’t shy when it came to Gabriel. Gabriel didn’t know what was missing from his life until he met Portia. He’s a good mix of going after what he wants, but also not hiding his feelings. How to Brew a Perfect Kiss by Shana Galen I’ve loved Thomas since he appeared in An Affair With a Spare and was excited to see his story. There is heat between instantly and not just from the hot coffee on his pants. The dangers of the past weren’t going to keep them apart. Raeni is a strong young woman that has fled from her home and is trying to make it on her own. I loved her right away with how brave she was and how smart she was. Thomas will never think twice about helping someone that he knows needs helps. Add in that he loves the woman and he won’t stop at anything to protect her or help her. A Second Chance for Love by Minerva Spencer I love a bit of enemies to lovers and a second chance at love. Neither one’s story is what the other thought and they will only realize that after striking a deal. It’s clear from that start that they weren’t going to be able to resist each other. Fate brought them together for better reasons. Oona was shocked to see him again and wasn’t prepared to give up her secrets. She did what she had to for her future when agreeing to his deal, but her heart took over. Juss is set on revenge, but being alone with her and telling his story makes him realize that’s not what he wants. The truth will come out and his heart will win. copy provided for an honest and voluntary review
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    A pleasant surprise!

    I enjoyed this anthology more than I thought I would. I normally find novellas leave me feeling rushed or let down because of their brevity. These were well-written stories featuring merchants (rather than aristocracy) and featured two authors I hadn’t read before (MacGregor & Spencer). Well done! Galen’s is a sweet love story between a former slave who now owns a coffee & tobacco shop on Bond Street and a Jamaican runaway whose white father wants to sell her to another. 4/5⭐️ MacGregor’s features a love letter that lands in the wrong (right) hands. Funny and endearing and involves a bookstore on Bond Street. 4/5⭐️ Spencer’s is a second chance story with a ten-year interval between a down-on-her-luck heroine and a self-made, rough and tumble owner of a tavern. A bit spicier than the other two, and my favorite overall. 🔥 4.25/5⭐️
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    Lovely Anthology

    Love by the Letters, by Janna MacGregor: A comedy of errors, Portia helps her sister write a love letter and then she delivers it to Bea's beau, at least that’s what she tried to do, but the wrong man gets it. What she goes through to try to get the letter back gets her into some sticky situations, but after everything, she’s found the man of her dreams. I thought some of the situations that Portia got herself into were a bit silly and unlikely, but it all worked out, with a fun twist at the end. How to Brew a Perfect Kiss by Shana Galen: Thomas Gaines is a successful businessman, and his success is all the more sweet because he escaped from a life of slavery in America to England, where slavery is illegal. When Raeni Sawyer is hired at his new coffee and tobacco shop in London, he’s taken with her, even as he wonders how she came to be in London with nothing. He finally learns that she is the mulatto daughter of a plantation owner who has escaped to freedom in London from Jamaica. She was robbed of her money and belongings as soon as she came to London, and is need of some help. Of course there is some conflict and a bit of danger, but I was happy to see this unique couple figure out how to make it all work, since they were made for each other. This was definitely my favorite of the three stories, I loved it. A Second Chance for Love by Minerva Spencer: Justin Taylor and Oona Parker have both had their share of troubles, but Justin has managed to rise above his past and become a wealthy man. When he sees Oona again, he decides to get revenge for what he thinks she did to him long ago. Poor Oona has fallen on hard times and is just scraping by, trying to raise her daughter alone and taking what work she can find. When Justin proposes that she pose as his mistress for a week and offers a great deal of money, she can’t turn it down. It doesn’t hurt that she’s always been attracted to him, and it seems that the attraction was mutual. If Justin can get over the past, they just might have a future. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in return for my honest review.
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    Will Bond Street unite these three couples?

    I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of Bachelors of Bond Street and the views expressed are my honest opinions. Shana Galen, Janna MacGregor and Minerva Spencer team up with three novellas featuring three successful businessmen and their chance meeting with love. In Janna MacGregor’s Love by the Letters, Portia Bellingham delivers her sister’s love letter the wrong person, thus meeting Gabriel St. Aulyn. Thus, she must recover it or risk having her sister ridiculed or worse, should the contents come to light. When her initial attempt results in failure, Portia must return to Gabriel’s bookshop, enabling her to get to know the bachelor better. It is then she discovers she has so much in common with him. But will their interests be enough for them to go against everything for a lifetime full of love together? This sweet novella ends with an unexpected twist that readers surely did not imagine. However, it could have been better such as delving into Gabriel’s past, or introducing the alleged fiancé 3.5/5 In Shana Galen’s How to Brew a Perfect Kiss, Thomas Gaines gets his own story. Readers first met Thomas in Shana’s Survivor book An Affair with a Spare, where he plays a prominent part of the storyline. In fact, the readers loved him so much that they demanded he gets his own story. Thankfully, Shana agreed. Thomas moved to London to open business on Bond Street. Raeni Sawyer needed money and accepted a position at his teashop, despite not having the talent for serving. After a mishap, Thomas meets the beautiful Raeni and offers her a different position, that of his clerk. Will the closeness make them realize how perfect they are for each other? I love the little details in the book such as descriptions of Bond Street as they give a realistic perspective to the novella. 5/5 In Minerva Spencer’s A Second Chance for Love, Oona Parker gets reunited with Justin Taylor by chance after they had been employed in the same household ten years earlier. Justin, who held the position of a groom, had been let go for dallying and had believed that Oona, then the governess, had been the tattletale after discovering him in flagrante delicto. Thus, after a decade, he welcomes the opportunity to carry out the revenge he always desired, despite of having done well. Thus, he offers the beautiful but impoverished Oona money to act as his mistress for a week, keeping his reason a secret. Oona, having secrets of her own, accepts. Would she regret her choice, or would this adventure lead to a lifetime of love? This novella is well written and keeps the readers in the dark of all the events until the end. 5/5
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    How the other half loves

    Love by the Letters by Janna MacGregor This is a quick, light read, with some twists. It's a fun if somewhat predictable story, but it felt rushed. I think this is Janna MacGregor's first novella, and it is a tricky format to master. It is well written, but I feel it would have been better to flesh out the romance rather than have Gabriel's extensively detailed backstory because the love seemed to come out of nowhere. If felt a little unbalanced, but I loved the characters. I give 3 stars. How to Brew a Perfect Kiss The Survivors: a Novella by Shana Galen At last, Thomas Gaines' story! Even though I was impatiently waiting for this story, Shana Galen captured my attention right from the start with her realistic and vivid depiction of Bond Street, its atmosphere and activities. This novella is very romantic but also very informative as we learn of various aspects of slavery and the black population who thrived in nineteenth century London. Once again, Shana Galen has written a compelling romance steeped in history and with secondary characters so intriguing that fans might beg for additional novellas. I'm thinking perhaps Madame Renauld, Alice, and two brothers... I give 5 stars. A Second Chance for Love by Minerva Spencer I have read Minerva Spencer's previous three books, and because she writes those sweeping sagas, I wondered how she would fare with this shorter format. I am surprised and delighted to say that this is my favourite book of hers! It's really a condensed novel, with fully fleshed out characters, a meaty story, great dialogues, a wonderful romance, and superb secondary characters; I loved Mrs. Cantrell and I hope we get to see more of her in the future. I give 5 stars. Overall rating: 4.3 stars, rounded up to 4.5 because of the excellence of the two latter novellas.
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