The first two novellas are historical and the last (by Gibson) is a contemporary. I didn't make it through the last story, trudged my way through the first, but enjoyed the second quite a bit. Overall, it didn't make for one of my favorites. Having said that, they are novellas as opposed to full length novels, so you get what you get...
Three Stories. From Back Cover: Stephanie Laurens: A new year brings new scandal when a rake awakens in the bed of the flame-haired temptress who had seduced him years before. All of society has them bedded, but can he convince her to become wedded? Vicotria Alexander: When their midnight elopement is foiled, a handsome young earl and his dazzling debutante swear to love each other forever-no matter what. Now it's midnight once again...can their love be rekindled with one perfect kiss? Rachel Gibson: She's attending her high school reunion as a newly formed ravishing beauty; he's now sexy, successful, and determined to give her her come-uppance. What will happen when the clock strikes twelve?
3 different stories. Scandalous Lord Dere by Stephanie Laurens; The Last Love Letter by Victoria Alexander; and Now and Forever by Rachel Gibson. From the cover: Once upon a time, three young women each attended a New Year's Eve ball...The moon shone brightly, music filled the air. Kisses were stolen and promises made. But what happens when morning comes?
This anthology of New Year's Eve celebration stories pairs Regency authors Stephanie Laurens and Victoria Alexander with contemporary author Rachel Gibson, and the collection is a rare treat. The tales begin with Laurens's scandalous Lord Dere as he arrives on Abigail Woolley's doorstep in the midst of a blizzard. Dere and Abigail share a past that neither can forget. They've both gone far too long without love and if propinquity and passion have their way, a blissful future awaits them.
The second in this trio of tales is Victoria Alexander's "The Last Love Letter." Beautiful Rachael Gresham had given all the love in her passionate young heart to handsome Jason Norcross. But treachery and greed tore them apart, their hearts shattered with betrayal and despair. Now fate has brought them together again, the truth at last revealed. Will Rachael and Jason have the courage to put the past behind and reclaim the love that has endured the long years spent apart?
In Rachel Gibson's "Now And Forever," high school friends Brina McConnell and Thomas Mack come together again at a class reunion. They may both have changed for the better on the outside, but inside, they're still as passionately attracted to each other as when they were teenagers. The fire that threatens to scorch them now is very adult, but whether it will last past New Year's Eve is anyone's guess. Whether your personal preference is the charm and wit of Regency England or the sexy appeal of contemporary America, you'll be bowled over with this terrific collection of romantic tales.
These short stories were really enjoyable. I found it a little awkward with the transition from the two historical romances to the final contemporary romance. All stories had very relatable characters and good dialogue. Not one that I'll read again, but definitely worth the read. :)