Sunday, May 11, 2014

One Lucky Night by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier

“Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A handsome guy and an honest one. A cold pint and another one! Or in your cases, Orgasms.” - Killian Whelan (Drink or Dare)

One Lucky Night
Authors: Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, Melinda Dozier
Publisher: CreateSpace (paperback edition)
Published: May 1, 2014
Source: author for review

Purchase Links: Amazon - B & N - iTunes - other retailers

One night can change everything…

The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.

Lucky Break by Aria Kane
Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.

Lucky Star by Grace Teague
When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she's in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.

A New Tune by Ana Blaze
When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?

Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips
As a bartender, Sean Whelan meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.

Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier

A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.

Last January, I read and loved the anthology Love and Other Games. So when author Aria Kane approached me and asked if I would like to review her newest anthology, One Lucky Night, and have a stop on the blog tour, I jumped at the opportunity. I didn't know there was going to be a new anthology and I squealed in delight. One Lucky Night did not disappoint. I loved that each of the novellas were a mixture of super sweet scenes between each of the characters and sexy scenes between each of the five couples. I hope Aria continues to collaborate for new anthologies and I will be looking for other books from these authors.

Below are my thoughts on each novella. I'll be back later in the month with my tour stop!

Lucky Break by Aria Kane - A second chance romance! After years of being apart, I loved how quickly Derek goes into protection mode as his cares for Andrea. He remembers everything about her. Such a sweet novella!

Lucky Star by Grace Teague - I felt that everything was too rushed. I understood why Charlotte finally decided to tell Tommy how she felt, but I felt Tommy's reaction was rushed. A story with this many powerful and confusing emotions for the characters would have benefited from a longer book. I would have loved it more if the character's feelings towards this new relationship and the implications were fleshed out more.

A New Tune by Ana Blaze - By far my favorite of the five novellas. I love heroes that know what they want and are determined to get it. Cian watching Holly's every move as he sings was hot. Cian writing songs that are about his feelings for her... Yum! 

Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips - Another adorable story. I loved the relationship between Lexi and Sean. She's scared of him, but he'll move the moon for her. 

Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier - I love characters that are not too shy to flirt. And boy, do these two characters flirt. Natural born rivals, Rachel and Killian butt heads until the chemistry takes hold and they can no longer resist. 

Check out the gorgeous trailer for the One Lucky Night anthology!

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua.

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Grace Teague lives in Pittsburgh with her spouse, children and a cat named Mr. Sushi.

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Ana Blaze lives near Washington DC with her charming husband and three cats who firmly believe they are royalty. Ana is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff.

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Melinda Dozier teaches English to middle schoolers by day and writes at night. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her college sweetheart and three sons.

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