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Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Sand and Kisses

   Posted by: Kristina   in Romance, Short Story

Buy Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Sand and Kisses

Open for Love by Elana Johnson

Sabrina Arnold runs her family’s Bed & Breakfast, trying to save pennies where she can, meaning that it’s up to her to fix plumbing issues at the same time she is booking wedding packages to famous guests.  However, when a new Bed & Breakfast is set to open right next door, Sabrina can’t help but snoop.  Snooping always brings more trouble than it’s worth, and this trouble comes in the form of a very good looking Carter Hammond.  Little does Sabrina know that Carter is her competition, and he omits the fact he’s the owner.  Trying to get past deceptions, business differences, and a painful loss can their small romance bloom?


Secrets in the Sand by Cindy M. Hogan

We’ve seen Christy Hadden, young talented spy, before.  She has a knack of finding trouble when she should be planning and enjoying a secret rendezvous with her handler/boyfriend.  A night of romance quickly turns into a vacation of hide and seek from the police and an attempted murder turns into a real murder gone wrong, with all the evidence pointing at Christy.  It quickly becomes a race of finding the real culprit and freeing an innocent kid.


Life’s a Beach by Jo Noelle

Trying to get away from love and all the horrible baggage that comes with it, Jenna Brennan tries to stay far away from Misty Harbor Cottages.  Attending a faraway school and accepting internships.  Finally giving in to her Uncle Walter’s requests, she finds herself sucked back to the Cottages and finds herself accepting a challenge against her longtime friend, and the man she loves: Cole Zamora.  Competing for the chance to own the cottages while trying to fight her growing love, Jenna finds that she can’t win every competition.


The Upgrade by Candice Toone

Amanda Ford has graduated from college, and taking the big step into being an adult with responsibilities is proving rather difficult.  Throwing caution to the wind, Amanda follows her friend to a college football game which turns into a date with a cute very cute guy.  Things get complicated when that cute fling happens to be a college student who shows up to her study abroad orientation.  Trying to keep the relationship strictly professional and nip the feelings before they begin is proving more and more difficult with the time the two are thrown together.


Surfboards and Star Trek by Donea Lee Weaver

Anna is enjoying a last get away with her daughter, before she heads off to college, and as a single mom they both don’t mind enjoying a little eye candy on their vacation.  Things seem to go well when the two meet Derek, and Anna finds herself falling madly in love.  However, their age difference raises several concerns and she runs for the hills.  Can Derek prove to Anna that their love is real and that they are good for each other?

This has been another fun anthology to read.  It wasn’t my favorite anthology, but they stories were engaging and kept a steady pace.  I happened to enjoy Surfboards and Star Trek the best, a little quirky romance that kept the characters real.


I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Fatal Exchange

Christy Hadden is an extremely talented spy, and at 19 she has to be good. There are people that would love to see her fail and she needs to prove that she is very capable of her job. Christy is on assignment in Paris, and her next mission seems easy enough-grab a flash drive with damaging information on a high ranking public official and keeps the informant safe. However, things go from bad to worse after Christy grabbed the flash drive. Before she can even react the flash drive is taken from her and she gives chase, leaving her informant behind and he’s killed. Christy needs to earn back the respect of her director, and decides to go undercover as a pickpocket. After she hits the streets she begins to realize that Paris is full of thieves and nobody is safe as the streets are overrun by several pickpocket rings.

If you can get past the fact that such an accomplished spy is only 19, it’s a very good book. It’s full of action and suspense, and there is a little bit of romance towards the end of the novel. I haven’t read the other books in this series, but this book can be read on its own. I didn’t feel like I’ve lost anything in the story by not reading the previous books. I have read other books by Cindy M. Hogan and I really enjoy her as an author. I wouldn’t mind reading the other books in the series and get to see more of Christy in action. I didn’t give it a perfect rating because it was hard for me to imagine that the way the department was set up, as believable. For the director to totally disregard information that was continually being given to her, especially when it had to do with the safety of a whole team, frustrated me and didn’t seem real at all. To have so much anger and hate between an agent and her shadow, makes you think that there should have been some psychological testing going on, and you would want your agents to trust those that are working with them. It is a fictional novel, so I’m not extremely put out when it doesn’t seem realistic, but other than a few small things, the book was good.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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Kate Unmasked

There aren’t very many teenagers like Kate Hamilton. Kate is an amazing high school student, getting A’s in all her classes and hanging out with the “good” crowd. Kate stays out of trouble and always listens to her parents, well usually; there is that little fact about a boyfriend her parents don’t know about. However, Kate isn’t content with her life quite yet; she is adopted and she wants nothing more than to know who her birth parents are. She’s invested her life savings into solving this mystery, only to come up disappointed time and time again. Kate is not a stranger to disappointment so when she receives news from the private investigator she’s hired, stating that they’ve come up empty; she is ready to give up hope, but an accidental discovery in the attic gets Kate and her star-struck best friend, Ellie, curious enough to start the search all over. It’s obvious now, that her parents have been keeping secrets from her and now it’s time for Kate to start keeping her own secrets. Loaded with just enough information to send her packing to New Jersey, Kate and Ellie team up on an adventure that was best left buried deep in the attic walls.

Cindy M. Hogan knows how to keep a reader guessing. Many twists kept me on the edge of my seat, I kept wondering if poor Kate was going to survive the streets or beaches of New Jersey. Ellie and her family were enough of a distraction that gave humor to a horrible situation; I just had to shake my head at their antics. In this Teen/Young Adult book, you can find humor, mystery, suspense, drama, murder, and romance. Definitely a book that I would recommend to a teen or an adult, it can be enjoyed by both age groups. The writing was smooth and transitions were flawless, I never felt lost and was able to sit back, put my feet up, drink my hot chocolate, and enjoy a very good book. Thank you Cindy M. Hogan for helping me escape into a world of intrigue.

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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