Interview with Ally Broadfield, Author of Just a Kiss and Giveaway

[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Ally!

[Ally Broadfield] Thanks so much for inviting me to Manga Maniac Café! I’m excited to be here.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Ally Broadfield] Passionate, determined, whimsical, kind, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Just a Kiss?

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Novella Review-Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Just a Kiss is a very cute story.  The premise is one of my favorites – clever young woman with no dowry has to find a match before being stuck for the rest of her life with an odious acquaintance.  In this case, Charlotte is being pressured to marry the cousin of her sister-in-law.  Both the sister-in-law and the cousin are horrible, selfish people, so it’s a good thing that Charlotte has a backbone and stands up to them.  They keep plotting to compromise her so that she will have to marry Horace (with a name like that, you know he’s going to be an awful toad), but fortunately, Sebastian, Earl of Marley, steps in to save the day.

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Novella Review: Kingdom Keepers: Unforeseen by Ridley Pearson

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I jumped at the chance to review Unforeseen because I love all things Disney.  My favorite vacation destination is the Happiest – and most Expensive- Place on Earth – the Disney resorts in Florida.  I drag Dean there, year after year, revisiting the same attractions, eating the same Mickey Bars, and riding the same rides, with a few exceptions.  The addition of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom means unseen experiences, as does the remodel of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, so you can bet that we will be hitting the parks again within the next year.  Which brings me back to the novella – I wanted to get a little taste of Disney World before our next trip.

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Novella Review: The Art of Goodbye by Gwendolyn Heasely

I really enjoyed Where I Belong, so I was eager to catch up with Corrinne and see what she’s been doing since her days in Broken Spoke, Texas.  The Art of Goodbye takes place over the evening before she leaves for college, with brief flashbacks to the spring, when she visited Broken Spoke to attend prom with her new friends.  That evening didn’t go quite as she had planned, so Corrinne has carefully crafted a schedule of events to celebrate her last night in New York City.  She is on a rigid time table, and when these plans don’t go as expected, either, she learns a valuable lesson.  There is no art to saying goodbye, and sometimes, things just happen.  Trying to control every situation to make a perfect memory isn’t possible and it’s better to just go with the flow.

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Novella Review: Driving Mr Wrong Home by Shirley Jump

Driving Mr Wrong Home was not my favorite novella in the Billionaire Matchmaker series, and I’m not sure why.  It has all of the elements I usually find engaging; a second chance at love trope, a road trip across the country, and a feisty little dog that demands pets and attention.  I think the problem I had is with the heroine’s personality, and I didn’t feel that she really changed much during the story.

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Novella Review: Love in the Shadows by Barbara Wallace

 

Love in the Shadows features Charlie’s mysterious owner, the billionaire Mr B, and Jenny, a woman who has lost the ability to trust in love.  She’s been running from her past and has settled in Chandler’s Cove, making friends with Mia, Marney, and Gabby.  A dedicated school teacher, she has worked hard to remake herself, and she’s content with her friends and her new life.  That is, until she meets Nick.  Suddenly she’s confronted with a riot of emotions, which has her running scared and leaves Nick with confirmation that he is truly a hideous monster.

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Novella Review: Love Unleashed by Jackie Braun

 

Review may contain spoilers

Love Unleashed is the second book in the Billionaire Matchmaker series that I have read.  As I stated previously, the big draw for me is Charlie, the rambunctious little canine who acts like a catalyst to brings the couples together.  The protagonists of this novella are Mia, a florist, and Gideon, the town vet.  It features my favorite trope;  Mia rejected Gid when he proposed six months ago because she is terrified of commitment, and both are still hung up on the other.  Mia is carrying around a ton of baggage that is preventing her from trusting Gid.  After bouncing between her drug addicted parents and the foster care system, she feels that she can’t trust anyone and that all relationships are doomed to failure. 

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Novella Review: The Sheriff’s Secret by Susan Meier

 

Review:

The Sheriff’s Secret is part of The Billionaire Matchmaker series, which features a four-legged matchmaker.

The Sheriff’s Secret is a quick, sexy read, and even though Dell could occasionally be a shallow jerk, I really enjoyed this story.  Marney is a jewelry designer whose work has been picked up by a shopping channel, so she is enjoying her success and reaping in the benefits of her hard work.  Single again after catching her husband cheating on her, she’s lost everything in the divorce; her condo, their mutual friends, and even her parents’ respect.  They can’t get over how she could allow her ex to get away.  He was a lawyer and made them feel like they had made a huge jump socially.  Never mind that he was a cheating scumbag and that Marney is doing just fine on her own, her parents just won’t let her forget what a prize she let go.

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