Unlike other anthologies by Lisa Scott, the first in the Willowdale collection is only 3 stories long. In The Willowdale Romance books we follow the romances of 3 young women who become friends in the first story. Tonya from New York is first, a hairdresser and a catalyst, Jeanne the chef and Kate the local girl are friends in need of love. However, like her other romances… each is a short story, complete (for the most part) standing solo… except for the final that ties everything together. There is a common thread to be found in these, of course as I mentioned above, and the usual humour mixed in with romance.
Willowdale is a southern small town complete with a barber shop of dubious quality, gossiping biddies, and a couple of dishy brothers. The ending of the trio of stories is very different and no less entertaining than Lisa Scott’s other stories. Very unexpected! I loved this series of stories almost specifically for the ending. The characters are fun and well fleshed out. There is history both shared and not and a touch of wry humour when it comes love.
Contemporary romance in quicker nibbles, the Willowdale series is a wonderful afternoon read. I, as always can recommend Lisa Scott’s books whole heartedly. You can find my other reviews by typing Lisa Scott book reviews in the search engine on the right of my page. Romance with an ending I certainly did NOT see coming… be sure to check out The Willowdale collection for some contemporary fun that is neither overly graphic nor completely angsty.
Who doesn’t love a good contemporary spin on classic fairy tales? Especially when they are all tied together with common threads and elements?? Be it an exclusive brand of shoes (Jiminy, like the cricket maybe?) or a massively gorgeous apartment building (Grimm Apartments)… each of these tales has a taste of fairy tales, romance, humour and of course characters you love to love, complete with evil stepsisters and stepmothers and all!
Once again Lisa Scott has hit the spot for me with her bite sized contemporary romances. I am hard pressed to say which in this anthology is my favourite. Is it the rather bright and cynical Rose with her red hood or the adorable Cyndi with her borrowed “glass” slippers? Maybe Belle the carpenter or Shawna (Snow) White with the 7 children to nanny? Or Goldie with her unfettered lifestyle (was her coffee just right after 3 tries??)?
As with all of the Flirt series, Fairy Tale Flirts! is a wonderful series of 5 individual stories about 5 different couples. Of course they are all linked together but still you can read them one at a time or all at once and still enjoy. You can read my other reviews on her works HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. After all it all started with a pair of magical slippers… this time!
Here I am back to the Lisa Scott gems. Beach Flirts is another anthology of wonderful and refreshing short stories. In this series half the fun was figuring out how the stories tied together… be it knowing someone from a previous, a lost shoe…. or even helping cause the next scenario…. they are all wonderful, engaging, hilarious and best of all …. ROMANTIC!
Of course, as the name suggests, Beach Flirts are all romances that occur on or around the beach. This leaves us open to beach parties, bikinis, swimming and other fun in the sun. Each of the installments are full of interesting people, silly situations and end with a heartfelt love you absolutely cheered along the whole way.
As is common with the Lisa Scott books (you can read my other reviews HERE, HERE. HERE, and HERE), I really don’t have a favourite coupling, each one quickly becomes my new favourite as I read along. And the final story ties everyone together with a terrific bang ending. I don’t want to spill too much of the story but there are all sorts of loves… at first sight, unrequited (only to become more), broken (waiting to be fixed)… and it all begins with a family holiday at the beach.
Again I cannot suggest these books enough… if you want bite sized romantic fun that is contemporary in nature this is so for you!!!