by Anthology

November 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20614-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

The first short story in this ‘Truth’ anthology is The Winning Truth by Erin McCarthy. Tansey Reynolds and J.T. Kowalski are two of four people chosen to take part in an internet reality contest in which the winner will walk away with their choice of a SUV or $25,000 cash. They each have their own personal reasons for wanting the money, but Tansey and J.T. end up being the last two contestants. Before the end of the contest though, they may discover that love is the grand prize. This story, with its humor and sexual tension was my favorite and McCarthy has quickly become a must read author for me.

The Naked Truth About Guys by Alesia Holliday has columnist C.J. Murphy entertaining us with witty columns about men that are humorous and oh so unflattering to the male species. Tired of being overlooked by Hugh Leonard, she lets her friend, and co-worker, give her a complete makeover. While she struggles to find a balance between being a girly girl and just one of the guys, she also begins to see another side to the men in her life. The articles included in this story are sure to bring a smile to every reader’s face – all the female ones at least.

Donna Kauffman’s Truth or Dare has ex-lovers Bailey Madison and Noah Morrissey thrust back together when they both are hired to work on the same project. Bailey is still hurt by the way Noah left without even saying good-bye, and is determined to get the job done and avoid him as much as possible. Being near Bailey again has Noah wondering if he’s finally ready to have a true and lasting relationship.

Lastly we have Nothing But the Truth by Beverly Brandt. Divorcee Madison Case doesn’t even believe in happily ever after anymore, which is ironic since she works for Rules of Engagement, a marriage preparatory service. As if Valentine’s Day alone isn’t bad enough, she has been put in charge of all the last minute details of getting three couples ready for surprise wedding announcements that will be broadcast on television. When Scott Seaver, her ex-husband’s divorce lawyer, shows an interest in her she may have to change her outlook on life and love.

All four of these very different stories share one common theme – love and laughter. While I think the first story was more humorous than the others, they all are lighthearted and inviting. With the cooler months approaching it’s the perfect book to cuddle up with enjoy.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Jackie.

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