Thursday, 18 August 2016

Review: The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine by Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson & Sharla Lovelace

Welcome to Moonbright, Maine…Where the scents of donuts and cider waft through the crisp night air…with just a hint of magic.

It’s time for the annual Halloween costume party at the cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, the perfect place to celebrate the pleasures of the season. Guests return to the picturesque B & B year after year to snuggle up in its cozy rooms, explore the quiet, tree-lined streets and enjoy all the spooky fun of the holiday. But local legend whispers that it’s also a place where wishes have a strange way of coming true.

For three unsuspecting revelers, it’s going to be an enchanted weekend of candy corn kisses and midnight black kittens, along with some real Halloween surprises—the kind that make your heart skip a beat—for many more celebrations to come…

ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by Kensington 
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Anthologies

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

The Cottage on Pumkin and Vine is an anthology of three different stories by three different authors with one cottage in Moonbright Maine in common. Each story is unrelated but they all share Rose Cottage and it's proprietor. Legend has it that the cottage is magical. One story takes place before Halloween, one during, and one after.

Charmed By You by Kate Angell  2 stars

Charmed by You took place before the big annual Halloween party at Rose Cottage and was my least favourite of the three stories. It involved the party planner and the mover. My problem was that I didn't like the characters very much and the chemistry seemed forced. When the pages heated up I found it a little awkward.

Mesmerized by You by Jennifer Dawson  4 stars

This one took place during the party and was a friends to lovers story. I am a sucker for these type of stories and I found this one quite cute. Jennifer Dawson is not a new author to me and I have enjoyed a couple of her previous novels in the past. She created a chemistry between the two characters that had me routing for them and she is a pro at heating up the pages. I enjoyed everything about this story.

Enchanted by You by Sharla Lovelace  4.5 stars

This one took place after the party and I think it may have been my favourite of the three stories. It was a second chance romance which I am also very fond of. It told the story of present and past through both points of view. I adored when either one of the characters reminiced back to when they were in high school. I thought the story was really cute.


This book was a great way to get my romance fix and to get a taste of a few different authors. Each story was quick and easy to read with a lot of romance and perhaps just a little magical realism. The setting was a charming backdrop for three completely different stories.

 Kate Angell

I live in Beautiful Naples on the Gulf of Mexico, Florida. I love the sunshine, as well as the seasonal summer thunderstorms. I'm a morning person. I enjoy brunch. I'm an animal lover and avid reader. I laugh a lot. My birthday's in March, I'm an Aries. My favorite color is purple. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I can read Tarot Cards. My office has lots of plants: bamboo, Elephant Ear, and TickleMe. I buy a fresh bouquet of flowers each week. I enjoy going to the movies. Can make popcorn a meal. Love Starbucks. I still eat Rice Krispies for the 'snap, crackle, pop'. I spend hours at book stores. Like Saturday morning cartoons. Watch General Hospital. Favorite evening TV shows include: The Mentalist, Bones, Criminal Minds, CSI Miami, The Office, and Monk reruns. MY PHILOSOPHY: Out of chaos comes calmness. Appreciate the peace!

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Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is the author of the popular Something New series, spicy, small town romance released with Kensington, and pens the dark and edgy contemporary romance series Undone.

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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Sharla Lovelace

Sharla Lovelace is the Bestselling and Award Winning Author of five standalone novels, and the exciting Heart of the Storm series, all featuring sexy small town love stories with heat and humor. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, a souped up golf cart, and two crazy mutts.

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