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Passion in Portland 2016 Anthology

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Twenty amazing authors. Twenty NEW stories. One fabulous anthology. Passion and romance in Portland, OR, tie these twenty novellas together. You will love every one, each unique but connected by their location, the beautiful Rose City.

AJ Harmon, USA Today Bestselling author and the event host of Passion in Portland
Heather Carver, event host of Passion in Portland
Cassia L
Kindle Edition, 843 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by ABC's Legacy, LLC
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Carlene Inspired
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Tied together by their shared locale, Passion in Portland is 20 unique shorts written by 20 authors. Some standalone, while others tie in with the authors' previous work.

Overall rating: 4 Stars
Individual Ratings and Reviews:

Stay With Me – A.J. Downey - 5 Stars
Stay With Me by A.J. Downey is a complete short, a prequel story for A.J. Downey's Virtues' Trilogy. Corrine and Dominic meet in unlikely circumstances, her past pulling her away from him, but
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-romance
I was given a copy of the anthology and have only had the chance to read a few of the stories. When I can get to the others I will leave a review.

Kiss Cam:
Way too short! I received a copy to review for the Passion in Portland Anthology and read Anie's first. Kiss Cam is funny, smart, sweet and sexy. Her characters are awesome, even Hadley is perfect as Riley's BFF. Camden is the perfect book guy: great career, cool car and condo, and a normal personality. This novella is perfect for an evening
Dina Littner
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Confession: It takes me forever to read anthologies. I like to read the stories in small bites -- like going to a tapas restaurant for my reader-brain. (Okay, that makes no sense.)

I started the Passion in Portland anthology with the following two stories.

Kind of Crazy by Eliza Boyd - The highlight of Alexa's spur of the moment trip to Portland is a whirlwind vegan-restaurant food tour. Or is it? With the help of her mysterious, handsome, and coincidentally, vegan rideshare driver, "Nicolas," Ale
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
***KISS CAM by Anie Michaels***

I have read every single one of Anie's books and have loved them all so I knew I had to read this story! And to have it within an anthology is icing on the cake! Now...on to Camden and Riley's story.

It all started with a break-up. At a basketball game. During halftime. But then there is a kiss between strangers that could be the start of something new. They might have started off as complete strangers but by the end of the game, Camden wants to know more about th
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've yet to read the full anthology - I'm very much looking forward to it though as I love Portland and I've a feeling they're all going to be great.

I have had the pleasure of reading Mary Crawford's Port in the Storm and if it's any kind of preview for the rest of the Anthology then I know I'm in for a real treat!

Both characters feel young, but down to earth and I find myself rooting for both of them. It's very easy to get attached and relate to them! I actually came to love Sam when I got a li
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am determined to read all of the stories in this anthology but I am writing the reviews for the ones that I did read.

To Portland, with Love by Cassia Leo:
I really liked The Story of Us trilogy. Rory and Houston are great and it was so wonderful to catch up with them and see how they’re doing. We got to see them in their daily routines and how married life is treating them. Not everything is as peachy as you would think but with Rory and Houston they are determined to make it work and to give
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let's start with this beautiful cover!!! I absolutely love it!!!
I really like this anthology because not only are you supporting a wonderful cause when you purchase it but I also really enjoyed reading authors that are new to me!

I'm going to review To Portland with Love by Cassia Leo!!!! LOVED!!! I'm a major fan of her The Story of Us series and we dive right back into a world I love so much with Rory and Houston!!! was so wonderful to be back with one of my favorite couples.....We've
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Was gifted this for an honest review.
I will be very honest and say I haven't read the whole anthology but hope to get time to go back and read the whole thing at some point. Ok now on to why I wanted to read this anthology. Cassia Leo has a story in here and it is part of a series of her's I've read and adored so of course I needed to read this part of the story. I was not disappointed at all. Cassia is an amazing author and if you haven't read her before just getting a small glimse of her world
Georgia Anthony holland
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have not finished the whole anthology yet but I will leave a review for what I have. I read the novella Jaycee Ford wrote. Quinn and Walt are so cute together. after reading this I really want to go to Portland and see the sites that were named. I wish I got more of their story cause I was hanging off ever word written. I loved it. As I finish the others I will edit my review
 Aschlie Brake - The Piggy has Flown Books
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. What a great book! All the stories were great. I especially loved 'To Portland, with Love' by Cassia Leo. I am a big fan of The Story of Us book series. It was a great honor to have it paired up with the these great stories. Tons of fun, and entertainment. Thank you for the awesome anthology!
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***Mr. Wright Write Right by AJ Harmon***

This short story is my first introduction to A.J. Harmon’s work and it definitely won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky characters and the adorable story that unfolded between them. Mr. Wright Write Right follows indie romance author Gina as she navigates her first book signing and the world of writing. I loved the familiarity that this setting created and found myself grinning at the inclusion of so many things I’ve grown to adore about this
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Very long, but worth reading till the very last short story. Loved them all. This book definitely contains adult content.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Anthology has TWENTY, yes twenty amazing Authors all in one book. I will be reading each and every story. I will place my reviews of each book here as I finish them.

Kiss Cam by Anie Michaels....
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Kiss Cam by Anie Michaels!!!
I seriously busted out laughing when reading this fast paced, feel good book. The very first few pages will make anyone reading it bust out with laughter. The chemistry of the two main characters is playful and off the charts. The situation they are in i
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
Overall Rating 4.5*

This anthology consists of twenty unique and wonderful stories all tied together by the city of Portland. Independent of each other, some are standalones shorts while a few are continued from one of the author’s previous books.

I read a few of them so far and will be giving a short review for those…

Stay With Me – A.J. Downey, 5*
Dominic and Corrine meet when he shows up to her house after an emergency call is made. The story is complete and gives us a clear picture of the charac
Sabrina Madison
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
PASSION IN PORTLAND 2016 ANTHOLOGY is a timely release perfect for reading on the beach or at the pool–stories that are long enough to be a satisfying read, yet short enough to read in between margaritas


1. 20 stories by 20 talented authors
2. This quote from “When in Portland” by Jaycee Ford:  “He reached across the little table and touched my book. My breath hitched very slightly, unnoticeable to anyone but me. His fingers grazed the spine, and I felt as if he to
Ladyjovi Stone
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Passion in Portland Anthology is a collection of twenty short stories that benefit Bradley Angle, a non-profit organization for the survivors of domestic violence. All of the stories are set in lovely city of Portland. I read a story by one of the authors I had not read before and I have to say that I did love the story. I look forward to reading the rest when I have more time.
Poker in Portland by Gretchen S. B.
Poker in Portland is a swe
Michelle Austin
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From what I have read so far I am loving this great anthology. We get to read a little bit of something from 20 different authors. I really enjoyed the connection that each of them have to Portland.

AJ Harmon is the host author of the anthology and the proceeds go towards helping survivors of domestic violence. Great price for a great cause.

I was introduced to several new authors (new to me). I enjoy anthologies because it gives me a chance to discover these great authors and entices me to follo
Anna K
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I have to admit that I love this Anthology. It is the best Anthology I’ve read so far.
I was actually surprised that the stories were quite long for such an anthology but this made me love the book so much more. Normally I don’t like stories that are too short so this was really great to read stories that weren’t that short but also weren’t whole books. So it is really an amazing Book. (Although I was reluctant to buy it because I don’t really like the cover. But I’m so glad that I did.)
My favou
Clara Deoliveira
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Passion in Portland

This is an anthology collection of twenty author's work

Falling Backwards by A K Layton 5 Stars

Lon Whitlock and Allyea Taff are neighbors and best friends and they've always have been in each other's friend zone. That's until one Friday night out with the guys Allyea meets Lon's brother and they hit it off. When Lon sees his brother and Allyea are into each other he wants out of the friend zone so they have a chance to explore their feelings.

A. K. Did a great job connecting yo
Sandie Grise
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such an awesome anthology! So I wanted to give my review and I will amend it later when I've read all of the stories. For now I chose 3, all from different parts of the book.

Mr. Wright Write Right by AJ Harmon
I loved Jackson and Gina, their chemistry practically leapt off of the page! Gina was clueless as to Jackson's feeling for her. It was charming and delightful! The ending I'm not going to spoil it, happy tears!

When in Portland by Jaycee Ford
Quinn and Walt-

finding yourself alone an
Claire Ingram
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This anthology of short romantic stories has something for everyone. All the stories inside vary massively with them all having the main theme of Portland running through and linking them all. I have learnt that Portland is cold lol and full of love.
The stories range from friends realising attraction to each other like in Chaser to chance encounters like in stay with me, from hating someone your attracted to like in Mr Wright writes right to married couples reinforcing their love in to Portland
Patricia Maia (The Bookery Review)
One of the reasons I love anthologies is by getting to read new authors (for me) and indulge in a quick read of their work. It's like getting a taste of their writing!

Passion in Portland, involves 20 stories from great authors, with one set in mind: Portland!
The cause they are embracing is huge and memorable too.

I haven't read yet all the stories of this anthology, but I will write my review as I read them.

To Portland, with Love by Cassia Leo
After reading all the books from Cassia Leo, I can say
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of happily ever after tales that range in style and format due to the contribution of multiple authors the fact that all proceeds go to charity just made it even more enticing. Quick stories of love found in the most unique places, from best friends of the opposite sex to our heroes in uniform and more. Just when you thought it couldn't happen to you or with that person something opens the door to possibilities. Lots of laugh out loud moments and even a few tugs at the heart s ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have not finished the whole anthology but have read a couple of the stories. I will leave reviews as I complete the stories. The proceeds go to such a great cause.
**Honest Liar by Anna Brooks***
I really enjoyed this story. This story is about Josey and Alex. This story has humor and sweet romance. I enjoyed how sweet Alex is and how he tries to protect Josey. The attraction is strong between Alex and Josey. This is short great read.
**Mr Wright Write Right by AJ Harmon***
I enjoyed this short
Kathy Wideman
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, anthology
This is a fantastic anthology. It has about 20 stories written by some amazing authors (several are written by some my favorite authors). Some of the stories are instalove, some are continuing love, but all of them are fantastic. I liked getting to read something different by Jaycee Ford as I love her Love Bug series. Reading this anthology has made me fall in love with Portland and I kind of want to move there now (lol). There is a great variety of stories in this set and there is something for ...more
Heather Cavanaugh
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This anthology had twenty amazing stories in them from some amazing authors. While I only had the chance so far to read one story it was just amazing.

To Portland, With Love by Cassia Leo

This book is part of the Story of Us trilogy and it’s a short story in lives of Rory and Houston. It is told from both Rory and Houston’s POV. This part takes us forward to them as parents of their two kids and living in the suburbs and Rory writing her second book and promoting her first one.

This was a great
Trudy Dowling
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!! This anthology was the best idea ever. I try to read something from every author attending an event. This made it so much easier. There were a lot of authors represented in the anthology. I didn't expect to enjoy them all, but I enjoyed a majority of them. This book is a bargain you don't want to miss. Even better it is all for charity. Kudos to all of the authors. Thank you for making my nights complete.
The stories were amazing!!!!! They took place in the Portland area giving me a m
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read Cassia Leo's story in Passion in Portland's anthology! I couldn't wait to read more Rory and Houston! We enter into their story a few years later when they are married and busy with life and kids. There story is raw and powerful and I just loved it! Cassia the story may not have been long but it touched my heart! I have always loved Cassia's writing and she did not disappoint! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I haven't had a chance to read all the other books but the o ...more
Margaret Freund
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This anthology has 20 short stories by 20 authors. While I didn't get a chance to read all the stories before release day, I am looking forward to finishing the ones I wasn't able to get to.

The stories I did get to read were Kiss Cam by Anie Michaels, Mr. Wright Write Right by AJ Harmon, Stronger by Heather Carver, Honest Liar by Anna Brooks and When in Portland by Jaycee Ford.

I really enjoyed reading each one and my only complaint is that I wish I could get more on these characters!! I simply
Remember I'm not a big fan of anthologies. I am always left wanting more! Short stories are the devil. I need to know what happens next. Where do these characters go from here? They need more words, more memories, more time. This is probably also the reason I wait for a whole series to be released before I jump into that world. I might have a slight issue with cliffhangers too. Characters stress me out if I don't know what's happening with them. LOL With that being said I did enjoy these stories ...more
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AJ grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She is the third of six children and her first exposure to romance was her parents. Now married for almost 55 years, they have always been her example when working on her own marriage and parenting skills.
Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Georgette Heyer, were the writers she grew to love in adolescence and still loves now. Her list of favorite authors