by Stacy Brown, Karen L. King and Patricia Waddell

January 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7490-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Cupid Calling is a delightful romp through Regency time, during the Valentine’s Day season.

In Only Mine, Stacy Brown introduces us to Roland Harwicke, Duke of Westchester. Thanks to his former betrothed, he is no longer interested in romance of any kind that is till Valentina Rutledge shows up in his bed. As for Valentina, she wants nothing to do with marriage, at least not being forced into it. But, when she finds herself in Harwicke’s bed and no recollection on how she got there. Hmmm..sounds like a plot to entrap the Duke, to me, what do you think?! :)

The Batchelor and the Bluestocking is a sweet, fun story about Devin Nash, Lord Beauchamp and his lovely ward Cecilia Clemmons. Devin takes it into his head, that Cecilia, a girl he’s known all his life and is now his ward, should be married, and what better choice should she have but to marry him. The only problem is that she wants nothing to do with him, at least as husband material. When Devin devises a plan to win her heart and her hand by Valentine’s Day, you’ll absolutely fall in love with him. Karen L King does a great job with this story.

Patricia Waddell’s story; Love Letters gives us a great lesson in love and war: Don’t let your Valentine end up going to the wrong man, or there will be hell to pay! That’s just what happened to Lady Rebecca Lowery, when her Valentine to her intended ends up in the hands of one Viscount Sterling, a man who has a heart of steel that no woman can ever penetrate. That is til he accosts Rebecca and warns her of the dangers of Valentine’s lost and of love won.

All three stories are wonferfuly written and very entertaining. Anthologies are tricky to write as the author’s are given only so many words to work with to make it a story. These three talented writers have done a wonderful job of character development and plot enhancing. They are very easy to read and will not leave the reader feeling that something has been left out or neglected in the storyline.

This is a very good set of romance tales and I highly recommend that your read them. A true keeper for your Valentine romance collection.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Debbie.