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Love Least Expected

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Nine stories. One happy ending.

Under the Mango Tree - Meredith Bond

Lakshmi is a good 18th century Indian girl who should not be avoiding her chores and enjoying a mango while hidden amongst the high branches of the mango tree in her mother’s garden. She truly should not be seen by a man who is not a member of her family—an Englishman, no less. And she absolutely should not
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Valerie Twombly
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Jennifer Lane
"I'm Here to Clean Your Pipes, Ma'am"

Taking the Plunge by Kishan Paul is surprisingly deep for a novella. It's also sweet and fun.

Eve had a crush on Pete in high school. Her crush intensified when Pete stood up for her against the bullies taunting her for being overweight. Pete didn't have it much easier. He dreamed of attending college and pursuing his own life, but his family's poverty and mother's cancer forced him to follow his father into the plumbing/construction business. Pete dealt with
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yes, I read (past tense) a romance book. Nine short stories, to be exact. I know, it is very shocking. Especially for anyone who knows me. This is a genre I just can't even convince myself to like, but every February, as we get ready to celebrate Crap Day (haha), I force myself a little out of my comfort zone, and choose a few short stories that catch my attention.

In this situation, one of the authors (Michaela Miles) contacted me, curious as to whether I would want to give their anthology a try
Twin Opinions
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will start with as a whole! I love love it. You can not go wrong here. 9 books some with historical settings, some with paranormal, and some contemporary and romance a plenty! Loved every page and wish there were more box sets out there like this! I would own every one! It has everything I love in romance books!

Under the Mango Tree
Meredith Bond
What a cute story. I loved it so much. Never read a book set in this area and I am so drawn in. Lakshmi is wonderful and was a joy to read about. Connec
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are in the mood for romance, this book has something for lovers of several genres, and even though they are short stories, most of the tales will lead into future stories, so you might be left wanting more, but your needs will be fulfilled (eventually...) The storytelling of these nine authors is magical and will keep your interest until the very last page.

Under the Mango Tree: This is a cute little tale of two people meeting and being attracted to each other, despite what society thinks
Kara Lauren
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was not compensated by any of the authors for this review.

When I first started reading this anthology, I thought I would be able to number them in my review from most to least liked. After reading all these wonderful stories, there is no way to do that. I love each one and they are all very different complex stories! I really cannot wait to read more stories with the characters below!


Under the Mango Tree-Meredith Bond

This one pulled me in right away. I have always had an interest in aristo
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
This review can originally be found on Olivia's Catastrophe:

So, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day I day I have picked up a more romantic read! It’s a bit weird to review though, because it was a collection of short stories and excerpts of longer novels… and it is hard to peg a rating on them as a whole! So the rating above is an average score, and now I will write a few sentences about each story individually.

Under the Mango Tree

This was a pretty simpli
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Bobbi by: Authors
Love’s Not Viral by Nessie Strange – I honestly couldn’t imagine having some famous actor come knocking at my door let alone him spreading rumors that we were engaged. This story grabbed me and held me throughout the whole thing. It definitely got my heart racing and cussing the guy out. I’m not sure I would’ve reacted as calmly as Aster did in this situation, but I have to say she is one tough woman. Bradley is an arrogant man with some major issues. James is wonderful and a gentleman. Nessie S ...more
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Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The star rating for Love Least Expected is: 4 1/2 stars out of 5! :)

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading an ARC Copy of ‘Love Least Expected’(via:

“Love Least Expected” is a compilation of nine wonderful short stories from nine different authors. What a treat and perfect to read especially now with Valentine's Day right around the corner. These are story lines that will satisfy your need just like a variety-filled heart shaped box of delectable chocolat
Cindy Gilleland
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes.
Under the Mango Tree
She willed the man to turn toward her so that she could see his face, while he and her brother conversed about nothing. Turn. Turn. Tur… oh! He did turn. But then he looked up—straight at her! Lakshmi sucked in her breath and held it, praying that he couldn’t actually see her. But he had. His eyes… Oh, my, his eyes… blue—no, green—no, an odd mix of them both! They were the oddest, brightest colored eyes she’d ever seen! Well, she’d never actually seen anyone w
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Here's my thoughts on several of the stories in this anthology:

Fall Into Darkness

I may have been a bit predisposed to liking this one since I really enjoy the fated mate type of story, but even so...this is a really great start for this series. After starting off with a tense dramatic scene that immediately draws you in, we go right into another, and then your attention is kept from then on with the engrossing development of things between the two lead characters.

Eli is the definition of alpha
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing bunch of short stories in one.

I managed to read and review x3 of them that intrigued me and caught my eye :)

Fall Into Darkness: (Paranormal Romance) ~ by Valerie Twombly
Now this is what I'm talking about, I absolutely LOVED this book!

I will definitely be waiting for the continuation to land sometime this year!

This story kicks off straight from the start and holds on tight, it's a great love story about fallen angels...

Eli who doesn’t follow rules very well. He has lost his humanity so th
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fall Into Darkness by Valerie Twombly....This is a great love story about fallen angels. Sexy angel Eli gets his wings clipped when he disobeys the rules for the third time. He is banished to earth to find his humanity~~~or be sent to hell. Ashley has always thought of herself as a freak all her life. Seeing how a person will die when she looks into their eyes has finally sent her running to an isolated back woods of Alaska. Eli comes to her rescue in more ways than one. Ashley is also the answe ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was terrific! It was like a smorgasbord and had something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what kind of romance you are looking for! I was lucky to find some new authors who I will definitely be looking for more from. It would be difficult to pick my favorite because everyone had something special. From paranormal to historical and Southern to contemporary romances, you definitely will find a story to love. Great read for Valentine's Day and every other day too. Who doesn't need a litt ...more
Amanda Miller /A Bookaholic's Fix: Feeding the Addiction
I was fortunate to get a sneak peek at this collection so that I could review before it's release. Overall, I'd have to say this is an amazing collection of stories that explores the emergence of love when it is least expected. All of the authors did a wonderful job and I will be on the lookout for more from each of them in the future. Honestly, you can't find a better way to spend $0.99. Under each title is my thoughts.

Under The Mango Tree: (Historical Romance) ~ by Meredith Bond

This one was ok
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Love Least Expected is an anthology of love story short stories/teasers. The stories are all short and basically set the background, plot and characters for the next installment (most due sometime in the summer of 2015). Some stories are more developed than others. I like anthologies in that they give readers the opportunity to get a taste for new authors. The best anthologies have full stories. I usually pick up an an
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous anthology containing nine novellas. A wonderful way to discover new writers and their work.

1. The Trouble With Never: (Southern Romance) ~ by Isabella Harper. This is such a treat for me, as I love Southern Romance stories and whilst I felt a bit frustrated at the end -Is that it! I'm so happy that there will be more Summer and Caleb to come soon. The author manages to capture the intensity of feelings between the protagonists as they face up to their mutual attraction. The ai
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.

What more do you want over the festive period than 9 short love stories in one well this is the Anthology for you.

Written by all these delightful authors,Meredith Bond , Aubrey Wynne , Valerie Twombly, Kris Calvert, Katie Stephens, Nessie Strange , Kishan Paul , Isabella Harper , Michaela Miles

Seeing as this was such a large book and its new to me writing a review on so many short stories im going to review the one i liked most.

Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this mix of short romantic stories.
There was a story based in the past, a paranormal one,
and other contemporary romance ones. Truly
was a nice blend. A little something for everyone. =)
There were some that I can say were my kind of love
story and I look forward to reading more surrounding
these characters in 2015!

My rating: 4.5 of 5.
My full-bloggers-review will be found at:
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holidays-romance
Here you have 9 different stories about love, each have their own twists and turns that keep the reader interested. Each gives something new to each story that will keep you turning the pages. There is something forever one. I have no doubt you will find one in this outstanding book that you will fall in love with. There is some wonderful writing here, which is easy to follow, the words flow easy. You will find many smiles, a few chuckles and tons of love. What a wonderful way to learn a little ...more
Kim Bishop
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**
Review on Fallen into Darkness By Valerie Twombly

Eli, the Archangel bounty hunter, has one job: to retrieve fallen angels and bring them to the Tribunal for judgement. That seems to be a problem for him, considering his charges haven't been coming back alive! Eli had witnessed his once friends committing awful acts on humans, but instead of dealing with the situation in a humane way, Eli just kills the angels and leaves the poor humans to suffe
Elizabeth Robbins
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Under the Mango Tree by Meredith Bond: an Indian girl (Bengali) falls in love, from atop her mango tree, with the delicious young Englishman sent to tutor her brother. Will he whisk her away from her family? I'm not telling!
Rolf's Quest by Aubrey Wynne: this is the first I've read of her books, and I'm encouraged to seek out more. Rolf is a wizard, and descendant of Merlin (yes, THAT one). Each first son, in a long hereditary line, has been tasked with finding his true love, without using magic
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!!
Recommended to Darlene by: Valerie Twombly
Shelves: first-reads
LOOK LOOK WHAT MOUSIEY HAS TODAY!! A book that has not one story but 9 DIFFERENT ONES IN IT WITH 9 DIFFERENT AUTHORS!!!! Now isn't that Exciting???I was given an ARC of this book from Valerie Twombly , in exchange for an honest opinion of their book. Here is mousiey's honest opinion of "ANTHOLOGY OF ROMANCE , LOVE AND MAGIC. " I SURE THINK SO. This book is called " LOVE LEAST EXPECTED" The authors that have written this book are as follow---MEREDITH BOND ( UNDER THE MANGO TREE) AUBREY WYNNE (ROL ...more
Noelle Clark
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Under the Mango Tree by Meredith Bond:

It was the title of this story that first hooked me. Growing up in the sub-tropics, I know well the allure of summers spent in the branches of a mango tree, the intoxicating aroma of ripe fruit, and the taste of mangoes – still warm from the sun – as they are devoured in great numbers.
This delightful story – part of the Love Least Expected Valentine’s Day Anthology – is a refreshingly different, culturally exotic, and joyful read, right from the first word.
Nancy Pennick
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love Least Expected is a collection of love stories by nine different authors. It’s a great read for Valentine’s, but I recommend it for any time of the year. The other great thing is it’s just 99¢ on Amazon! The stories range from historical to paranormal. There’s something for every reader. I rate the stories from 3 to 5 stars, so I gave it an average rating of 4.
Reviewing the book as a whole, I found each story to compliment the title. The main characters weren’t looking for love. It happene
Joanne Rawson
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This anthology encompassed an enjoyable mix of writing styles and genres. It is a well edited and put together bundle, an approachable collection of short, sweet tales that gives you a taste of romance. Each story is unique. The mix of sub-genres provides something for all romance enthusiasts to enjoy. Some are sweet, others are hot, while others yet were fantastically imaginative. Above all, they all made me smile. I will warn readers, however, that this anthology is a mix of short stories & te ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truly enjoyable collection of short stories and truly a great Valentine's Day purchase. All of the stories were exceptionally well written, with fun plots and characters. Being a fan of fantasy Rolf's Quest was my favorite, but each and every story/author delivered an enjoyable read. I found this collection a marvelous way to try new authors and discover new favorite authors. Well worth the $ spent.
Tamera McIntosh
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hot DAMN LADIES!! This is a total must read!! A few new authors to me and I must say I loved every one of theses books!! Uplifting and heart warming from the start to the end. I am so looking forward to reading more from each and every one of these author's! You will not be disappointed you will be looking for more from each author.
Marilyn Jang
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was given this set for an honest review.

I can tell you right now that I am going to love this set just by reading the blurbs of each book. I am giving a partial review as I am in the middle of reviewing another book. This set is going to be on my next read. I will have a full review up on my blog once I have done reading this set.
Chrissy Dyer
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mood for romance? this book has something for several genres
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