Saturday, August 13, 2016

REVIEW: The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine

The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine
Authors:  Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson, Sharla Lovelace

**I received a copy of this book from Kensington Press via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review**

For Halloween fans who hunger for spice other than pumpkin this fall, this new book from Kensington Press adds a bit of heat to the season of witches, pumpkins and ghosts. The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine is a collection of 3 romantic short stories. The stories all center around Halloween in Moonbright, Maine at Amelia Rose's Bed and Breakfast.  Every year Amelia hosts a Halloween costume party. One story happens before the party, one during, and the last tale unfolds after the costume party is over.

The first story, "Charmed by You''  is by Kate Angell. Cade Maxwell is hired by local costume shop owner Grace Alden to help decorate the B&B for the Halloween party. At first they dislike each other, but as they work together to make Amelia's party a success, they discover they have more in common than they think.

The story has great sexual tension between the two main characters. Enjoyable and definitely hot!

Second is "Mesmerized by You,'' written by Jennifer Dawson. Chloe and her best friend, Jack are on their way to visit her Aunt Iris who lives in Moonbright. Just as they arrive in town, Aunt Iris informs Chloe that they will have to stay at the local B&B because bees have invaded her home. When they arrive at Amelia Rose's B&B, they find out there is only one room available. Halloween, and a bit of magic, weaves a spell over the couple and they find they might want to be more than just best friends.

More steamy, sexy vibes in this story. Definitely a fun, light romantic romp. Lots of action, too!

And, last, Sharla Lovelace adds her story, "Enchanted by You.''  Sidney Jenson and Caleb James were high school sweethearts. Due to a misunderstanding, they broke up years before. They are re-united in this story and find that they still have feelings for each other.

A nice feel-good, second-chance-at-love story! Lots of steam and heat in this tale as well!

I don't usually read the romance genre, but I love Halloween, so I gave this book a try. It was an enjoyable, light read. Don't expect any in-depth characterization or plot, but that's not the purpose of these stories. The stories are meant to be emotional and sexy -- and they definitely met that goal! This would be a great book to read while enjoying a glass of wine on a cool, autumn night before ravaging your spouse, boyfriend or significant other.

I liked the Halloween theme, and the way the stories were unrelated but all centered around the B&B and the annual Halloween shin-dig. Amelia Rose doing tarot readings and fortune telling for each couple was a really neat Halloween-y addition.

All in all, not my usual read, but a nice feel-good, sexual fantasy sort of afternoon. Might just have to sip wine tonight and then rock my husband's world. HA HA

Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson and Sharla Lovelace have all written multiple romance novels. Check out their websites here: , ,  and

The Cottage at Pumpkin and Vine will release August 30th. Pick up a copy and put some spice in your Autumn!!

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