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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘Love Stories: A Novella Collection’ by Samantha Young

Brother’s best friend, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance… this collection has it all!

Love Stories: A Novella Collection by Samantha Young is now LIVE!


A collection of contemporary romance novellas from New York Times Bestselling Author Samantha Young.

This volume includes novellas previously only available exclusively to newsletter subscribers. They have now been collated into this romantic collection of modern love stories.


The Forbidden Christmas Gift:
It’s Christmas at Shaw’s Department store in Edinburgh! Reid Shaw should feel nothing but gratified by his success. But he’s not satisfied because the sexy Scot wants forbidden fruit for Christmas: Evan Munro. Reid’s Evan’s boss. He’s thirteen years older than her.
Oh … and she’s his best friend’s little sister.

New Year’s Eve:
After Ryan drunkenly kisses the object of her crush, Joe–her sister’s father-in-law– at his son’s birthday party, all she wants to do is avoid Joe for the rest of eternity. But when they find themselves stranded alone together on New Year’s Eve, Ryan discovers Joe most definitely doesn’t want to avoid Ryan…

Loving Valentine:
Micah Green has loved Valentine Fairchild for over ten years; ever since they were kids brought together by Micah’s difficult family life. Too many outside factors have gotten in their way, pushing them further apart over the years. But Micah, no matter how hard he tries, can’t forget her. When he finds a way to see her again, he realizes he’s wasted too much time loving Valentine from afar. Now he just has to convince her to let go of their past so they can move on with their future. Together.

Ember in the Heart:
Loosely Inspired by Pride & Prejudice.
When Ember Bonet overhears her sister’s fiancé’s best friend uttering rude remarks about the Bonet sisters at the engagement party, she instantly dismisses him as a pretentious man-child. Then said man-child, Foster Darwin, moves into the house next door along with his five-year-old daughter, making him hard to ignore.
Foster can’t believe his best friend, Colt, omitted to tell him the spinsterish Bonet sisters live in the house next door to his new home. Problem is, Ember Bonet is anything but spinsterish. From the moment they met, Foster has fought an overwhelming attraction to her. An attraction he has no time for. Not only is he determined to prioritize his daughter Georgie, he can’t fail his own father again. And Edward Darwin has made it clear that Foster must settle down with the right woman. Unfortunately, his family’s idea of ‘right’ isn’t the sexy massage therapist next door who’s eleven years his senior.
Determined to keep her distance from Foster, Ember fails when it becomes clear he and Georgie need support in their new life together. But proximity to one another is too great a temptation, and physical chemistry soon turns into so much more. If only Ember could get over their age difference and Foster his family pride… today on Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble!
Apple Books:


4.5 ‘Love Stories’ Stars!

ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.

A collection of novellas from one of my top favorite authors? Sign me up! I am a massive fan on Samantha Young and when I saw she was releasing a collection of short stories that I still had not yet had the pleasure of reading, I was all over it. And after reading these four stories I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them and its wonderful characters.

All the parts in Love Stories: A Novella Collection have been developed enough to enjoy them as novellas, the characters are well developed and complex, the plot is fluent, the connections are definitely there and the chemistry burns the pages. And I am so happy because every single one has a very good ending that wraps everything up. Also there are so many troupes involved (age-gap, workplace, forbidden, retelling…) so I am sure any romance fan will find something they can enjoy. In my case, I really enjoyed all four stories but I loved New Year’s Eve and Ember in the Heart more because they were the extremely emotional ones.

Therefore, I am rating Love Stories: A Novella Collection with an overall of 4.5 STARS because it’s a great collection of novellas that any fan of Samantha’s writing will love. Also it’s a great way to get to know her style if you haven’t read anything by this amazing author yet. I highly recommend this and any of her other books because Samantha’s stories are such a treat for any romance reader!

The Forbidden Christmas Gift: 4.5 ‘forbidden fruit’ Stars!
New Year’s Eve: 5 ‘code red’ Stars!
Loving Valentine: 4 ‘Cupid’ Stars!
Ember in the Heart: 5 ‘obsession’ Stars!

The Author

Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over fifty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards.

She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 31 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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