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Opposites Attract: The Icing on the Cake / The Short, Hot Summer / Pride and Prejudice / The Princess and the Adventurer
Opposites Attract The Icing on the Cake / The Short Hot Summer / Pride and Prejudice / The Princess and the Adventurer Author:Lynn Kurland, Emily Carmichael, Elda Minger, Elizabeth Bevarly An anthology of love and war between the sexes -- and the thrill of discovering their common ground -- especially when the lights go down. — It's what they have in common that counts... — When Mars meets Venus.... When day clashes with night.... When love sparks the hottest battle of the sexes since Adam said yes to Eve.... — OPPOSI... more »TES ATTRACT
Man and woman. Right off the bat it spells trouble. But sometimes love at first sight needs a second glance -- and a second glance to bring two distinct hearts, minds, and bodies together. So indulge yourself. Believe in the impossible, and in the unfathomable dreams of unbridled passion -- where you least expect it. Now in these four delightful stories of love and war, four acclaimed authors invite you to discover that unexpected common ground between men and women -- and the thrill of sharing it when the lights go down....
The novella compilation is a difficult genre for an author. The story has to develop the characters and romance enough that they're believable in a much shorter length of time.
While a reader could accuse "Opposites Attract" of being "too light" and perhaps a bit unbelievable, this is a charming and entertaining collection by authors that all handle the novella genre well.
Kurland's "Icing" is probably the weakest story in the bunch, despite the fact that Kurland is the headlining author here. The characters are very appealing, and I really enjoyed the role reversal, but I didn't find their romance particularly believable.
I didn't find the romance in Bevarly's "Summer" believable, either, but as usual Bevarly's humorous, distinctive stream-of-consciousness writing style and incredibly charming characters make up for the lack of a deep romantic development.
Carmichael's "Pride" was the best of the bunch. The characters were believable, as was their romance, and the dogs definitely rounded out the whole thing. Carmichael has a real gift for adding in appealing secondary characters, be they ghosts ("A Ghost for Maggie") or dogs ("Finding Mr. Right").
Minger's "Princess" is also good, with some pathos and humor thrown into the mix, along with believable characters and a nice adventure plot.
"Opposites Attract" is not deep lasting literature, but it -is- fun and entertaining, and, in the end, I think that's what we ask of romantic novella anthologies.