A special Valentine boxed set from three much-loved authors. Historical Romance authors Sue London and Sandy Raven, known for their adventurous heroines and brave heroes, team up with Gail Dayton, best-known for her steampunk and historical fantasy stories, for a sexy and heart-warming historical romance collection!
To My Valentine, by Gail Dayton - Lady Lydia Daventry betrayed Captain Alexander Ferguson by marrying another. Then she followed her military husband—and Captain Ferguson—to Spain, compounding his sense of betrayal. Now the husband is dead and the army at the end of a desperate retreat to the coast and ships back to England. Alex finds her trying to herd her little party of women and wounded soldiers to safety and escorts them the last few miles. Can they find their way back to each other?
Jack Valentine, Sue London - Artie Graham thought upholding the tradition of Jack Valentine was a sweet way to show his love of Norfolk. What he didn't expect was to find a woman even more enthusiastic about it... and him.
The Valentine Gift, Sandy Raven - Believing they were unable to give each other the child they wanted so desperately, forces one couple to consider other options. They are then blessed many times over!
I've been a fan of fantasy, science fiction, fairy tales and other "books of wonder" since I was young enough, I still thought kissing was icky. Then I grew up and decided I liked a strong dose of romance in the mix.
I live on the Texas coast with my fella of 30-plus years, our youngest son (who should be graduating college this semester) and the granddog Dolly, a princess wussy pitbull mix who lets the cockapoo down the street beat her up.
The box set contains some interesting story to read set around Valentine Day. They're nicely written with special characters. One thing for sure, three of them are steamy, so if you like them, read this!
To My Valentine by Gail Dayton (3.5 stars) Lady Lydia needed to bring her little party to the ship that will bring them back to England. Unfortunately, her last horse died on her, leaving her feel utterly helpless. Captain Ferguson saw a woman that needed his help but he never expected that it would be the one who broke his heart a year ago. But his honor and good heart would not allow him to leave her alone, so he offered to escort her party. Ferguson was truly crushed when he heard of her marriage last year and now she was a widow. Her late husband died due to his foolishness.
This story is interesting to read especially about their past encounter but I'm curious about what happened in their encounter since it was not fully described. I like their interaction.
Jack Valentine by Sue London (4 stars)
This is my favorite story out of the three in the box set. Jack Valentine is an organization that made sure children got their gifts in Valentine's Day. Teddy is one of the volunteer in Jack Valentine and so is Artie Graham. Teddy has been in love with Artie Graham since he saved her cat years ago. Artie never noticed her until she came into his house to discuss the matter of Jack Valentine. And surprise! Artie carved the toys for the kids on his own. That's very endearing.
I love this story with their sweetness. I'm pleasantly surprised with the rest of the book and it's great!
The Valentine Gift by Sandy Raven (3 stars)
The story is okay and nice writing even though the plot is expected. Their struggles are painful and my family got that experience too. Their insecurities are portrayed beautifully and their love are enduring. I like Trey and Caroline and the letters.
Rating: 3.5 stars
I received a copy of this box set in exchange of an honest review.
A Valentine to Remember is a collection of stories that center around Valentine's Day or close to it. I think it's a marvelous idea, because there are so few Valentine stories that center around the holiday.
To My Valentine Gail Dayton
In this story, we meet Captain Alexander Ferguson and Lady Lydia Hunt Daventry. Now these two met a year before and liked each other. However, life took them away and life brought them back to one another. At the beginning, Alex was a big fan of Lydia, and the reason was he thought she threw him over for some other guy. So, they had some ground to recover.
Overall, To My Valentine was an all right read. They had to deal with trying to make sure to get back to England and to keep their friends safe. However, there was part made me chuckle and it was probably one of the most awkward sex scenes I have read. Yet, it was funny. We have Lydia who never touched a cock outside of being in her. Anyway, here is where I chuckle: "It's the first one I've touched. That is, one has touched me, but I've never..." She pumped her shoulder in another shrug. "You know." “Then why did you kiss it?” He seemed really want to know. “Because it was there? It was being so friendly-like and, well, I was feeling friendly, and it just seemed like a friendly thing to do. So to speak.” I lost it right there. I thought the ending was sweet.
Jack Valentine Sue London
I adore Jack Valentine. I love the thought that in this one little community they would celebrate Valentine's Day by give presents to the children. That wasn't the only reason, but Artie Graham and Teddy Minett. Teddy has been in love with Artie and she figure this would be the year he notices her and fall madly in love with her. That's the plan; we know how plans go. Anyway, Artie is stuck with this notion that he needed to marry an heiress to be happy with his life. When he kisses Teddy he's not sure what to believe anymore. I felt so bad for Teddy, because she had these hopes and dreams, and they seem to start to crumble when Artie doesn't see her the ways she wants to be seen. It kind of broke my heart. I adore how Teddy tried to tell him it will be all right, but he was use to his life style, so it's hard for him to comprehend.
This was a good story. I love Teddy and her optimist views; they're kind of infectious. She had to help Artie realize that it can happen if you put trust in love. He certainly had a hard time, but he also learned a few things along the way.
The Valentine Gift Sandy Raven
The Valentine Gift is an extremely sweet story about a couples love for one another. Trey and Caroline have been married for almost a year and half, of course they have been trying to have babies. However, Trey sustained some injuries that might cause some infertility issues. Caroline finds out that she might also have issues getting pregnant. I think this story will strike a cord with some, because there are some couples that go through this issue. Then you come up with what should we do question. Now days it's not as hard, but back then I think it would be heartbreaking. I did like how the story went about and what they decided to do. However, I wish the epilogue went into a little more detail a certain aspect of the story, but it was fine to have a cookie cutter happy ending. After all it is a novella.
Overall, I think it was a nice collections of stories that most will enjoy. Each romance centers around something that makes the story special. So, if you are in need a little Valentine Day romance, you can give A Valentine to Remember a try.
To My Valentine is the first story. This is my first time reading Gail Dayton and this story was well written but a bit too slow for me. I liked the characters and the setting yet I just didn't buy into the heroines explanation of why she "had" to marry. From that point on, I liked her less. The hero was someone I liked and respected. I bought into who he was and the reasons he did things that he did.
I believe that if the story had a faster pace, I might have enjoyed it more.
The second story, Jack Valentine was very sweet romance of a girl who adored the hero ever since she was six years old. She knew that she loved him with all her heart and dreamt that one day he'd see her for who she is, and not just his late best friend's little sister.
I really enjoyed their relationship and the way they came together.
The author of the third story, The Valentine Gift, was someone I read and loved before. I just adored this story and if Ms. Raven decides to make this into a series, I'll be gloaming it!
This story of a married couple who adore each other but believe that they are unable to have children, is fast pacing, heartbreaking and heartwarming.
As the hero decides to undergo some testing and finally know if he is unable to give his wife what she wants, a baby of their own, she is highly suspicious that she just might be pregnant.
They both come p with a perfect Valentine's Day gift for each other. She announced her happy news to him, while he comes clean admitting he can't father a child, but he found seven little girls, sisters all and would be willing to give them a home with her.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This is a prequel novella to Seven Grooms for Seven Brides. It consists of three stories about couples who 1) Refind each other during the war with Napoleon, or 2) Have known each other since childhood, or 3) Are married but childless and their problems getting pregnant. Each story revolves around Valentine's day. I loved all three stories and think you will too.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved it and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. You will love each story in this boxed set as well. You get three great stories by three different authors. "Jack Valentine" by Sue London, "A Valentine Gift" by Sandy Raven and "To My Valentine" by Gail Dayton are the books in set. All great story line and strong characters.
Very nice stories about love and valentines day. Refreshing stories to read. I enjoyed them as it is nice to have a change of pace in books. I really do enjoy all the holidays also. So it was fun reading these. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
These stories were very enjoyable to read. They left me wanting more. I can't wait to read more from this author. It was gifted to me in return for a review. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Easy reading. Good editing. Plots are different, light in tone and the characters are all likeable. First and last stories are the best. A little tension in the last. Last could have had more depth. It leaves you wanting more, feels unfinished.