ONCE UPON A KISS
by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, Marianne Willman

October 2002
ISBN: 0-51513386-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback
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In an interesting blend of fantasy, romance and magic, this anthology presents four charming little love stories that just cry out for tea, roses, butterflies and fairies at the bottom of the garden.


Nora Roberts leads off with “A World Apart”, showing us how two alternate universes can meet and work together to slay a monstrous threat to New York. Funny, sassy and romantic, this is a great tale, with a wonderful alpha heroine.


In “Impossible”, Jill Gregory lets the magic loose on a medieval land where two families have been fighting and feuding for a century. (Sort of like the Hatfields and the McCoys only with swords and armor.) Of course, in the best romantic tradition, it’s up to the kids to seal the rift. But this is no Romeo and Juliet, thank heavens, and the spunky young lady manages to right some wrongs and find Sir Right while she’s at it.


Ruth Ryan Langan’s “Sealed with a Kiss” treats us to Scotland, tartans and all. (Why are we so endlessly fascinated with Scottish warriors? It’s got to be the kilt thing.) Anyway, Lachlan MacLean is the perfect Scot, handsome as the heather, and smitten with the wrong woman, lovely Arianna. Can love find a way? Wheesht, dinna fash yersel’. It’s a romance. Of course love finds a way.


Concluding this anthology is the mystically delightful “Kiss Me, Kate” by Marianne Willman. Fairies with email? Frogs on the Internet? Well, not quite, but when a lovely American inherits an intoxicatingly beautiful English estate and meets her gorgeous neighbor, anything seems possible.


These are four sweet tales, with just a touch of sensuality to lift them out of the sugar bowl. I’d like to say that this was a spellbinding read, and joke about the pun, but in all fairness, the stories were fun, but not engrossing. This book goes on the “pass along” shelf – I enjoyed it, but probably won’t read it again.


Reviewed in January 2003 by Celia.