An absolute triumph for the third Heart2Heart charity anthology
Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology, Volume 3 by Annabeth Albert May Archer Mary Calmes Charlie Cochet Eden Finley Susan Hawke Sloane Kennedy Lucy Lennox Lily Morton K.M. Neuhold Nora Phoenix Layla Reyne Piper Scott
Damon Suede Hailey Turner & Aimee Nicole Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After the slight disappointment with the second volume of this charity fund-raising anthology, I have to say I was apprehensive going into this one.
But, it’s an absolute triumph and, imho, even better than the brilliant first volume in the series.
Sixteen top-quality short stories which, while they mostly only really concentrate on the initial “meet/cute” part of the romances, still manage to give the reader a fully fleshed out story full of feels.
My favourites were those by:
Lily Morton (who else), although she surprised me with an incandescently hot opening sentence and a truly sweet romance between two very different men. I believe she plans to expand a bit and release the story later and I can’t wait to find out more about Simeon (who we met in Milo’s book) and Ziggy.
May Archer who gave me a really interesting pairing of complete opposites who find out that actually home might be found in the most unlikely of settings.
Piper Scott writing as Emma Alcott This one really was just a gorgeous romance between two men who really didn’t fit into the stereotypes their appearances had made them inhabit. Utterly sweet, quietly steamy, also has an extended sort of epilogue with them still being uber happy.
Layla Reyne We get Greg’s story, Miller’s best friend from Dine with Me and it’s everything I’d hoped it would be and bonus points for the drinks recipes!
I’ve picked these as highlights but it’s fair to say I enjoyed every single story in this anthology this time round, there wasn’t one I felt was left hanging or hadn’t been developed enough. There’s pretty much something for everyone here with friends to lovers, bisexual awakenings, opposites attract, fake boyfriends and the rest.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this brilliant fund-raiser, especially Leslie Copeland for all the author wrangling.