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Escucha a tu corazón (The Gamblers #3)

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Two multiple-week New York Times bestsellers, Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas, join forces with one exciting newcomer, Kinley MacGregor, to create this sexy anthology with an exciting new theme. In an innovative new twist for anthologies, each author is reintroducing a secondary character from a previous book to star in their own story. Revisit your favourite lost heroes, and ...more
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Dina
Mar 07, 2012 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review for these short stories...

Surprisingly - for me, at least - Kleypas's story was my least favorite. It was good, but I think it could've been better if it had been written as a full-length novel. Jake and Lydia needed more time to sort things out, IMO. But it was very nice to revisit Derek and Sara (Dreaming of You), who are one of my all-time favorite couples.

I loved MacGregor's story. Simon was a favorite character of mine since I "met" him in Born in Sin and I was happy to see him
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Auntee
Jul 30, 2010 Auntee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas
This review is only for the Lisa Kleypas story, "Against The Odds".

Very enjoyable 93-page read, but boy do I wish it was a 293 page read--it would've been a much better story if the characters of 20 year-old Lydia Craven (Derek and Sara's--from Dreaming of You-- oldest child) and 30 year-old Dr. Jake Linley were a little more developed. I know I met Dr. Linley in another Kleypas book (Someone to Watch Over Me)?, but I didn't recall much about him except for his age and his good looks. In this st
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MRB
Sep 09, 2013 MRB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always had strangely conflicting feelings about Lisa Kleypas' work. I think she resorts to eye-rolling melodrama with annoying frequency (OMG, it's yet another kidnapping by yet another cardboard villain who we've barely even heard about before page 315! I wonder if the hero will rescue his vulnerable damsel in distress?!) I also find some of her "heroes" so controlling, domineering, ruthless and malicious that they strike me more as villains, and she tends to feed into the damaging (and, i ...more
.þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...]
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✧✦♔ⱮČ♕✦✧ (Michelle)
Against the Odds
Jake Linley and Lydia Craven
3/5 Stars

Against the Odds is a novella and the third book of Gamblers series by Lisa Kleypas. It is also part of the anthology, Where's My Hero?

Favorite Quotes
"I adore every quarrelsome, terrifyingly logical inch of you... I love it that you're as smart as hell and not afraid to let anyone know it. I love your green eyes. I love the way you are with your family. My beautiful Lydia-" -Jake
"You idiot. You would wait until thirty-eight hours befor
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PepperP0t
I picked up this trio of triangles to follow the Brotherhood/MacAllister series and found that each of the shorts brought their own charm to the party.Though each story is rated separately, collectively it feels as if it should be a 4 star read.
Against the Odds (3.5stars): Being unfamiliar with this series, but determined to finish the anthology I started this story with a closed mind. However, familiarity with the author's knack for filling the most trite storyline with interesting character
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Robin
Apr 18, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a romance anthology with three short stories:

Against the Odds by Lisa Kleypas - Bluestocking Lydia Craven believes the probability of falling in love is very low. But when she is locked in the wine cellar with Dr. Jake Linley, she just might change her mind. Cute story that suffers from the short length.

Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor - Lady Kenna falls in love with the man who answered her letters, only to find out he is Simon of Ravenswood, a common knight who is below her stati
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Lady LightMoon (Elena Serboli)
RECENSIONE SCRITTA PER ROMANTICAMENTE FANTASY SITO.
'Il fresco ombroso interno della cantina li racchiudeva come in un bozzolo, isolandoli dal mondo esterno, dove le ragazze da marito non discutevano di argomenti indecenti con viziosi libertini. Lydia sapeva che non avrebbe mai più avuto l’opportunità di parlare intimamente con l’uomo che l’aveva tormentata e affascinata per tutti quegli anni.'
Questa frase non è l’incipit del romanzo, ma leggetela bene perché racchiude e forse cela molto più di q
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Anna D.
3.5 stars - Tale of Two Sisters (Ned & Charlotte)
This was a quick story and I wish it was longer because I really like Ned’s character. However, I liked Ned more so in the other books than in this short story. He was much more charming in Minx than here, which was a bit disappointing.

In this short story, Ned & Charlotte's relationship were not developed enough for me to get too invested. I really didn’t believe Ned would agree to marry just to get his hands on a property – especially sin
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Minh
Jul 08, 2010 Minh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'm not sure why I continue to torment myself with these Anthologies, most of the time there's 1 slight glimmer of hope with at least 2 other hard slogs which was very much the case in this novel. Julia Quinn's name was enough to entice me to pick up this book, Lisa Kleypas helped a little as well.

Lisa Kleypas's story picked up seemingly in the middle of the story. All of the characters knew one another and were discussing events of a few days past. I couldn't relate to the characters with all
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Amanda Sheila
Anthology.

***So far I only read Lisa Kleypas story, because I followed the series. I'm going to read the rest after I read their own series.

I liked it! It's a story of Lydia, Sara and Derek's daughter. It's a bit short and the chemistry sparks way too fast yet I enjoyed it. Though not as much as the previous books, but overall I liked it!

I'm soooo gonna read Lisa Kleypas's other historical romance ASAP!
Grettel Grace
Dec 29, 2015 Grettel Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Románticas empedernidas
Me ha encantado. Autoras muy competente y entretenidas con una imaginación espectacular y una pluma maravillosa. La verdad que todas las historias tuvieron su toque único y me distrajeron bastante bien.

La primera historia, Escucha mi corazón de Lisa Kleypas, fue muy bonita, no había leído nada de esta autora antes así que me lleve una grata sorpresa con este trabajo, por supuesto estamos hablando de una antología por lo que las historias son cortas en sí, pero aun así uno no pierde nada, enganc
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Jenny E
Dec 11, 2012 Jenny E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for the Quinn story...loved it!

3 stars for the Kleypas story...a little too short.

I didn't read the MacGregor story, as the knight/medieval thing doesn't interest me

All three of these stories are "novellas," but Quinn's story was more satisfying and I didn't feel like it was a novella at all.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
You think I would have liked the story about Sara and Derek's daughter and Jake Lynley. It was pretty good. I thought it could have been better. I loved Simon of Ravenswood's story. He's so adorable.
Michelle Connolly
This rating is for Julia Quinn's 'A Tale of Two Sisters' alone, which I thoroughly enjoyed, from the very beginning to the very last word. Bravo, Miss Quinn, for this wonderful little novella!
Rebecca (everyday reader)
All three novellas meet my ideals of great love stories and real men who can be called heroes.
The_Book_Queen
When I first started reading romance, it was historical romance that got me started. And a great part of my current obsession is due to the brilliant work of two best-selling authors for this genre, Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas. I instantly fell in love with their work, the characters they so wonderfully painted on the pages, and the numerous romantic 'sigh' moments in their stories. I've read most of both of their books, and because of this, I haven't read anything from either one in a few mont ...more
Luvmyfamily
Mar 10, 2011 Luvmyfamily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three outstanding stories!

Against all Odds - I kept reading about Dry. Linley in her Bow St. Runner's series and in Where Dreams Begin and I loved him instantly! I kept thinking he deserved a story and when I saw he had one, I was thrilled! I loved the simmering passion between him and Lydia and the explosive passion.

Midsummer's Knight - My first Kinley MacGregor story (though I've read a LOT Sherrilyn Kenyon stories). Very sweet. It kept me on my toes about how it was going to work out. I perso
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Joy
I loved it! Three great authors with three captivating stories. All of them were about characters betrothed to someone and the marriage is not a love match and here come the heroes/heroines to change all that! I have to admit, Lisa Kleypas is my fave romance author, but I liked Julia Quinn's story the best. So for the quick reviews...

Against All Odds - short but sweet. I loved the reappearance of Derek and Sara (Dreaming of You) as parents with 5 kids, and their love is stronger than ever. For a
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Jaime West
Apr 04, 2011 Jaime West rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Lisa Kleypas - Lydia Craven and Dr Jake Linley
Kinley Mac Gregor - Kenna and Simon
Julia Quinn - Lydia, Charlotte and Edward Blydon aka Ned

Reading these three short stories is a great way of getting introduced to different Authors and their writing styles. I have previously read these Authors before, but I wasn't able to note the differences between them until now.

Kleypas - story has conflict, and confrontation, the heroine always has a back bone, she isn't bossy or in your face but she certainly
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Natha
Tidak akan menceritakan satu persatu dari cerita di dalamnya. Ciri khas dari masing-masing penulis kelihatan banget, dua diantaranya maksudku, karena Lisa Kleypas dan Julia Quinn termasuk sudah pernah kubaca (JQ malah banyak banget dikonsumsi), sementara yang satunya baru pertama kali kubaca di buku ini.

Inti ketiganya sih sama, dipandang dari sudut pandang si pria. Cerita yang pertama si wanita yang hampir menikah dengan lelaki lain dalam hitungan hari. Cerita kedua, si wanita hampir menikah de
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Audrey
Nov 20, 2011 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I seem to be on something of an anthology streak. This set of historicals provided a pleasant reading experience overall. As with most anthologies, the styles and quality varied. It's a 3-3.5-ish read overall.

Against the Odds by Lisa Kleypas: 3.5-4 stars. While I'm not necessarily one of those people who readily believes that Lisa Kleypas walks on water, I do think she consistently delivers stories and characters of quality in lush and sexy historical settings. This novella is no exception. I wa
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Natalie
Nov 17, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I have to say about this book is that if you are yet to read this book, I would highly recommend you go back and read all of these author's other books. Every single character in Where's My Hero? have been introduced in previous tales. And because I'm OCD, I will list the books here.

The first story is about Lydia Craven, the daughter of the hero and heroine from Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas.
Dr. Linley, the hero, can be seen in Where Dreams Begin. However, his part is so small
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Lelyana
Oct 28, 2011 Lelyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Diana
Against the Odds: [Lisa Kleypas:] Jake Linley is in love with mathematical genius Lydia Craven. Unfortunately for him, she's engaged to marry boring Lord Wray. Can he convince her to change her mind?

This story was very sweet, with love triumphing. It felt a little incomplete, however. It should have been longer.

Midsummer's Knight: [Kinley MacGregor:] Simon has taken to answering Stryder's mail, and in responding to the witty letters of Kenna. He finds himself falling for her, but she believes th
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Miusseth
Sep 13, 2015 Miusseth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Against the odds. By Lisa kleypas.

I really enjoy the storytelling from this author. It's easy to read, with a bunch of likable characters and tons of chemistry. In only a few pages I was cheering for Linsey and Lydia and I just wished it was a full novel!!
I enjoy immensely historical romances by Ms. Kleypas because she doesn't seem to get to hung up on the historic details and simply tells her story with passion.
Linds
The reason to read this book is for Kinley MacGregor's story, which is a surprise because I prefer Lisa Kleypas and Julia Qunn as authors.

MacGregor's story is about Simon, who I met in the MacAllister series. He's a great beta hero and it's nice to see him get the girl that he deserves. This story is really very romantic. (5 stars)

Lisa Kleypas' book just didn't work as well as a novella, it needed some more time to breathe and to develop character. I thought I would like this story much more bec
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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Other Books in the Series

The Gamblers (2 books)
  • Then Came You (The Gamblers, #1)
  • Dreaming of You (The Gamblers, #2)

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“I'd rather be insane with you than sane without you.

- Jake to Lydia”
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“She broke the seal to find the flowing, masculine script that had come to mean the world to her.

Courage, my love. I need you to possess the same fire that led you from Scotland to Normandy that first day when we met. Whatever the day brings, know that I will always love you. You carry with you, my heart, my soul, my very being. Be strong for me, Kenna.

Ever your knight,
S

Postscriptum
S doesn't stand for Stryder.

She laughed at that, even though her eyes were filled with tears.

-Simon in a letter to Kenna”
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