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And Then He Kissed Her: A Contemporary Romance Boxed Set

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ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID by Melinda Curtis, USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author:

Nicole Edwards has walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid thirteen times! Thirteen times! In an effort to change her luck, this master baker plans to give up waiting for Jake – who doesn’t know she’s alive – sell her business in New York City, buy a food truck in Los Angeles, and find he
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Published July 14th 2015 by Defy the Dark Publishing (first published July 9th 2015)
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Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read and am reviewing Riverbend by Ciara Knight. This is the first book I have read by the author and was in love with every bit of it. If I had one complaint it would be that it was too short, I wanted MORE!!! LOL Riverbend was sweet and refreshing. My heart really went out to Mitchem and Cynthia they were both pretty much clueless of what the other person felt. Of course Mitchem is still trying to live in the past and is not sure if he's ready to move on but once he realizes things he knows ...more
Isha Coleman
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
There is nothing as sweet as love. Especially discovering it when you don't expect to. And Then He Kissed Her consists of a group of authors and stories that leave the reader feeling good and satisfied. Each story has something for the romance lover in us all. Stories range from flirty and funny, to serious and heartbreaking, to awkward and unexpected. My favorite stories were Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis and Uptown Heiress by Linda Peterson. And Then he Kissed Her is full of compelling ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book that will have you laughing out loud throughout you have found it! Grandma Dottie's antics are super crazy at times. Our heroine, Dr. Aubrey "Bree" Summer has her hands full with keeping Dottie out of trouble. Dottie and Aubrey are in Ecuador for a family friend's wedding. Aubrey is also there to check on the family chocolate business's cocoa bean crop and to hunt down jerk Marcos "Nino" Alfero who is trying to steal her rsearch on improving cocoa beans for his choc ...more
Patty Duplechin
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Botanist Audrey Summer is going to a friend’s wedding. She’s also looking fo a Marcos Alfaro, who hires her assistant. She’s afraid that Mr. Alfaro is trying to steal her work of a richer strain of cocoa. She meets Nino, who is Marcos Alfaro. She spends time with him and actually likes him. She tells him some of her work and how she’s angry about Mr Alfaro hiring her assistant. He really likes her but he’s afraid of commitment. So he doesn’t tell her the truth. He doesn’t trust people, thanks to ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read and reviewed Charmer by Brinda. Berry
A sweet fairytale love story
I have intention of finding out the other two books of this box set
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the title of this contemporary set, but then I noticed two authors I loved and I was sold on reading it. Ciara Knight and Lindi Peterson have wowed me with their previous books so I knew I would enjoy it. It totally surprised me in a good way :) *this is the order I read them in*

Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis 5 stars/one of my fave stories
This was one of my fave stories of the set. Grabbed my attention from the start and made me laugh out loud a few times, a great story to begin t
Valri Western
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This anthology of 5 books is the perfect book for summer! It could be a delightful beach read or a "curl up and read on the porch read" or just "read anywhere it's cool read"!!! I loved them all and only wished they were a little longer because I enjoyed the characters so much! Only one author, Melinda Curtis, was familiar to me but I love discovering new authors!
If you haven't read anything by Melinda, you need to read her Bridesmaid series! It's fun and swe
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this box set. They were packed with emotion and I loved the first kisses!

Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis
Master baker Nicole had been a Bridesmaid 13 times! All she wants is someone to love and love her back. But her grandma has told her she is cursed. That she has her love of baking and her drive for success and there is no room for love. So she gives up Valentine weekend to work for Tiffany .

Chef Sean is the wedding caterer and he has worked with Nicole many times in the
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Always a Bridesmaid – Melinda Curtis

Can you imagine being a bridesmaid 13 times???? I sure can't!! That's exactly what Nicole had been through! She was a master baker and had set her eyes on a man who just didn't know she existed beyond catering gigs. Call it “the curse”! Chef Sean usually works the catering gigs alongside Nicole and doesn't want her leaving NY for LA and has plans of his own to break “the curse”. Just wait until
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a set of five different stories from five different authors about finding love in different situations.

First we have Always a Bridegroom from Melinda Curtis

We have Nicole Adams who has been a bridesmaid for thirteen times and never a bride. She is suffering from her family Siberian curse and decides she needs a change since the only guy she is interested does not notice her. She figures she needs a change as she willing to sell her business in New York and move to L
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given to me for an honest review. There are five lovely stories and some will make you cry.

Always a Bridesmaid Book 2 by Melinda Curtis---There are some interesting people in this story. The bride-to-be, Tiffany, has broken off weddings with 5 previous men. Everyone wonders if number 6 will actually wed Tiffany. Then there is her friend who will wear her fourteenth bridesmaid dress for this wedding, if it happens.

Riverbend by Ciara Knight---Mitchem lost his wife 2 years ago and he still misses h
Rosemary K
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This set is perfect for summertime. The stories are enjoyable and are a perfect way to kick back and relax. I enjoyed all the books in this bundle. Melinda Curtis's Always a Bridesmaid tells about Nicole Edwards and her problem. She has the "Siberian Curse". This caused a woman to freeze up at the sight of a desirable man. The only man she's not invisible to is Sean O'Malley. She confides in him and he agrees to help. Chef High and Mighty is the perfect antidote. The side effect is a wild attrac ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for something light and fun, this set is for you. I struggled for weeks to find something to help me get over a dark book that left me with the worst book hangover I've ever experienced. These short stories were the perfect, and I'm not a fan of short stories. I don't enjoy falling in love with characters just to have their story cut short. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this set.

My favorite story was "Charmer" by Brinda Berry. I fell in love with her writing when I read the S
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This compilation includes stories from 5 different authors. They are really good. I recommend this book for gifts, vacations, or somewhere you need to have a book ready. They are all separate and individual books within the book.

For my purposes, I was after the last story in the book. Charmer by Brinda Berry. I had been wanting to read this ever since it had been mentioned on social media.

Reese McClain meets Cord Barton in a mall. She is there since her niece dragged her along - only to find out
Winnie Lim
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And then He Kissed Her is a collection of five sweet romance novellas. Of the five authors, I have only read Melinda's books so I was really happy to try the writing of some other authors who also write sweet romance. My 2 favorite stories in the collection are Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis and Riverbend by Ciara Knight.

Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis
The heroine of the story Nicole is the baker for Tiffany Bonander's wedding. Tiffany appeared in book 1 of the Bridesmaids Series and
Holly (epiloguebookblog)
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing "Charmer" by Brinda Berry only:

Brinda Berry is an author you can trust, and her latest publication is no exception. "Charmer" is a short and sweet story that’s perfect for cleansing one’s palate after a dark or angsty read. I usually don’t like third person narratives, but I’ve come to learn that Brinda Berry can make any mode of storytelling work in her favor.

This particular endeavor features a celebrity (Cord, young rock star) and a non-celebrity (Reese, the slightly older baker). A
Julia David
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the books were a quick and fun read. Loved Always a Bridesmaid. Between the Siberian curse and the auto correct, it was very entertaining.

In Riverbend, Mitchem is trying to move on after his wife's death and Cynthia has been patiently waiting for him to do just that.

Along Came You has Jake selling his grandmother's house. He is reluctant, but he hires Gina to sell it. He is instantly attracted to her, but they live in different cities. They find that they have a past together and things may
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great romance stories that make you laugh, cry and say awwww at the end!!

Hildie McQueens story Along Came You was an amazing tale of a couple who met as children then were reunited again as adults. Neither really remembering they were playmates as kids. Gina Mills having been badly hurt from a failed relationship, she's not looking for love. Working as a real estate agent she meets a handsome man. Jake Weston a successful businessman hires Gina to sell his grandmothers quaint little house. When
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Then He Kissed Me. Had wonderful romance stories.
Another Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis was so good. I loved it. From the first page I was hooked on Nicole's story of always a bridesmaid. Something I could relate too. Then the unexpected happened and the romance with Sean began. I can't wait to read the first book in this series..
Riverbend by Ciara Knight was my first book I read by this author. I loved it. The love story between Cynthia and Mitchem was cute.
Along Came You by Hildie McQueen
Mandy Saial
I loved this sweet romance Anthology it was filled with some heartwarming , romantic and funny stories by some brilliant and new to me authors . I will absolutely be picking up some of their other books .
One of my favorites was ,
Charmer by Brinda Berry.
It's about a Pie Bakery owner named Reese who has her life mapped out years in advance and doesn't see anything or anyone else fitting into that timeline other then her niece whom she takes care of , herself and her business, but fate doesn't work
Joan Mueller
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Then He Kissed Her by Melinda Curtis, Ciara Knight, Hildie McQueen, Lindi Peterson, Brinda Berry
This compilation of novellas was extraordinarily talented. Each novella kept the reader wanting more of the story. Character development and love interest was phenomenal. I was so sad to get to the last line and realize that there was no more to read. Each novella was unique and engaged the reader. The premise of kissing demonstrated in the title provided a unifying theme throughout the compilatio
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Then He Kissed Her is a collection of five stories. These stories include:
Always A Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis
Riverbend by Ciara Knight
Along Came You by Hildie McQueen
Uptown Heiress by Lindi Peterson
Charmer by Brinda Berry
This collection is so much fun and full of delight. I can not decide if Melinda Curtis's Always A Bridesmaid was my favorite or if Hildie McQueen's Along Came You was my favorite.
These stories are super clean, fun, and romantic. I enjoyed all of them.
5 stars.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
What a great collection of books, that everyone would love to read. Most are new authors to me and I will be reading more from them.The books in this collection are: Always a Bridesmaid by Melinda Curtis....Riverbend by Ciara Knight....Charmer by Brinda Berry.....Along Came You by Hildie McQueen....Uptown Heiress by Lindi Peterson.
I received a copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review.
Linda Dunn chilson
Absolutely loved this book. Every story on it were so much fun to read, and really sweet stories. If you are looking for erotic stories this is not the book for you but if you're looking for sweet, warm stories this is definitely the book for you.
Each author does a great job with each couple, myself I was transported into each story and couldn't put the book down. Had it not been a busy weekend I easily would have sat and read the book all day.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Authors in this set, and I found I liked them all. Some Authors I have not read before but I will be looking for more books by them. I think my favorite was ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID by Melinda Curtis and then ALONG CAME YOU by Hildie McQueen but all the authors where great. "I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review."
Connie Sturgill
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved these collections

I came to this collection of books a huge Hildie McQueen fan already. So it was no surprise that I would love her novella in this collecting, "Along Came You". But I was very pleasantly surprised with finding that I enjoyed all the other authors in this collection also. A fun summertime read.
Lisa Guertin
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Along Came You by Hildie McQueen. This is a great set of sweet romance stories. My only complaint is that some of the stories needed better editing and/or proofreading because the errors took me out of the stories at times. Over all, this is a strong 4.5 star set.
Tina Wickham duckwald
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this collection of feel good romances. In this collection is a Always a Bridesmaid by one of my favorites Melinda Curtis.I also was introduced to some stories by authors that are new to me. Sweet romances and very entertaining.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first story captured my attention and I loved them all! In my opinion it is a very well written book.when you can envision what you are reading. I highly recommend this, especially if you love novellas!
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Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance and sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to bond w ...more

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