Jordyn’s Army, A short story Anthology

Blurb:

17 short stories to benefit Jordyn Preston, daughter of Beverly Preston

Heidi McLaughlin – Fighting For Our Forever… Baby style

The Beaumont Gang comes together for the birth of Ajay and Whiskey’s son.

Kathy Coopmans – Pure Rose

Meet Rose and Owen in this short sexy story about two single parents in their forties.
Think Cinderella meets Prince Charming
Opposites really do attract.

Amy Briggs – Waking Up to Forever

What happened when Snow White woke up to her Prince Charming?
When Jaqueline White awoke from a coma, the result of a poisoned apple, her doctor Jacob McIntyre, was by her side. They’d never met, but it was fate that drew them together when he saved her life.
Now, one year later and days away from their wedding, disasters begin to strike in tandem, threatening to ruin the entire day. Jacob and Jackie work tirelessly to put out one fire after another, wondering if these catastrophes and mishaps are a sign from the universe that perhaps they aren’t meant to be after all.
Does true love really conquer all or are curses just not meant to be broken?

Adriana Locke – Crush

Delaney McCallister isn’t looking for a date. She just wants clean pajamas so she can go back home, flop on the couch, and relax. As the spin cycle begins, in walks the most delectable man she’s ever seen—one that clearly doesn’t belong in her small town. She doesn’t belong in his bed, either, but a simple little crush never hurt anyone.

Shari J. Ryan – Love, Rose

I didn’t want Frankie back. I didn’t want him to stay, but I wanted him to know how much I loved him, why I loved him, and what I would have done to make him happy. Through letter after letter, I poured my heart and soul onto paper and mailed them.
The letters never made it to Frankie. Frankie moved away, but a new man moved into his old place. His name was Colton, and he was the one who received all my letters.
When Colton wrote back, he told me my words changed his life. He wanted to meet me.
I didn’t know that meeting Colton would also change my life.

Julie A. Richman – Reunion

Two high school besties.
Two ex-boyfriends.
A 10-year high school reunion.
An unexpected surprise revealing a long-kept secret
There are just some nights you’ll never forget…

HJ Bellus – Coming Home

The My Way Gang is back together. Annie has news to break to her dad, Cree. Life on the farm will never be the same.

Sam JD Hunt – Roses for Rachel

Major Jonah “Whaler” Jones is at rock bottom. After losing his wife in a tragic accident that he’ll never forgive himself for, the once elite fighter pilot is ready to end it all. But one sweltering Vegas morning, a voice from beyond changes the trajectory of his life.
“Wake up, Jonah, and go get my roses,” she says.
On a hungover quest to fulfill his dead wife’s request, he stumbles upon Hannah Green. A struggling widow, Hannah fills her days crafting copper roses. Although he vowed to never love again, Jonah knows that his beloved Rachel came to him that morning with a purpose; and that purpose was Hannah.

Tara Leigh – Finley and Sebastián, Wages of Sin series

It’s a steamy summer in New York City,
and the newest couple in the Wages of Sin
series is burning up the pages.
With Aislinn and Damon away,
Finley and Sebastián will play.
Let the games begin.

Kaylee Ryan – Whiskey & Roses

You met Rhett and Saylor in Hey, Whiskey.
My outlook on life has changed in the last fifteen years. I now have a husband and a family I can lean on. I’ve paved my own path, but they’ve traveled it with me.
Not a single day have I regretted my choice to make this small town in West Virginia my home. We’ve built a life here and raised our kids here.
Now here we are fifteen years later, and I’m about to show my wife that even after all these years, she’s all I see.

Michelle Dare – Where I Escape

You never know where your life will lead. Mine led me to a man who abused me. Who hurt me. Who destroyed everything I was. I never thought I’d be whole again.
Love is something my friends have, not me. I thought it was unattainable. Until I met Finn.
He knows of my past. He’s held me through my nightmares. I’ve never met someone so kind and patient.
Where I escape is into the arms of Finn where everything in my world finally feels right again.

Haylee Thorne – Capturing Tomorrow

Bachelorette party shenanigans planned √
Hotel suites booked √
Invites sent √
Jet fueled √
Have all your plans go to hell√
Phoenix Kingsley is about to find out that sometimes even the best laid out plans fall apart…and it’s not always a bad thing…

Michelle Windsor – Coming Up Roses

Five long hours in flight.
Four cocktails in.
Three little words.
Two strangers in first class.
One unexpected connection.
Buckle up and prepare for takeoff as Griffin Harrison and Chloe Adams find themselves encountering more than turbulence on their way to New York City. Make sure your tray tables are locked and in their upright position, cause things are gonna get bumpy.

Verlene Landon – LINE 39

Lena gave up on life and abandoned her dreams of a happily-ever-after when a freak accident took her eye, most of her vision, and left her scarred. Her only reason for living now is to make her terminally-ill father believe otherwise.
Rue is blinded by the beauty of Casterton’s newest resident, but he can’t work up the nerve to approach her. Sadly, he notices her leaving Carol’s every week with a bouquet of flowers from someone who obviously has the courage he lacks.
Lucky for them, a happy-go-lucky golden retriever puppy helps them both to see what’s right in front of their faces.

Kristin Mayer – Mine to Protect

Austin and Scarlette come together in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end.

MJ Fields – The Way We Fell

Ben and Kendall, part one.
(Brand new part of the Legacy world)
One brilliant smile, and my heart beat for what felt like the very first time.
One night as he held my sister and sang to her, it broke.
Years later, his smile is different, and I curse my heart when it beats in an all too familiar way, a way it’s only ever beat for him… again.
He was once hers, could he ever truly be mine?

Rebecca Brooke – Ring Me

I am not a bully.
At least not anymore. I’d learned my lesson even before I had all my dreams ripped away.
Then I saw her. I knew I wanted her to be mine.
I made so many mistakes, but she let me in and gave me her heart.
Now I want to keep it forever.
How do I ask the woman of my dreams to spend the rest of her life with me? Simple, just ask.
At least I thought it would be that easy.

My Reviews:

Jordyn's ArmyJordyn’s Army by Heidi McLaughlin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall, this was a wonderful anthology, to support a great cause! I completely enjoyed it!

Fighting for Our Forever…Baby Style by Heidi McLaughlin
I’ve not read anything by this author before, but I’ve seen her books. As much as I love Rocker books, I’m very surprised I’ve not picked them up by now! This is a sort of prologue (an after the HEA, if you will!) of her book Fighting for Our Forever. I have to say, even though I hadn’t read the back story, I was able to follow along quite well, and it was a fun story. The author was able to convey the difficulties of late pregnancy, while still showing how happy and excited the parents were. I definitely am going to have to go back and begin this series!

Pure Rose by Kathy Coopmans
Oh boy! This book is short, sweet, and dirty! I’m surprised my kindle didn’t spontaneously combust and set my house on fire! This story is about a single mother, whose daughter is all grown up, and now its Mom’s time to shine! She is getting her chance at life, living for herself, instead of dedicating her life and time to her daughter’s happiness. Definitely shows that it’s never too late for happiness!

Waking Up Forever by Amy Briggs
I’m not sure how she did it, but this author fit an entire mystery/romance in a short story! This is the “After the HEA” for her book “Dream State” which is a sort of Fairy Tale romance. The entire story had me on edge, waiting to see what would happen next, and if they would get their happy day. It was a fantastic, magical story!

Crush by Adriana Locke
OMG! That has got to be the hottest ONS I’ve ever read about! Cue Kindle Explosion! This is an sort of an introduction story, for her book Crank, and boy, does it draw you in and make you want to run to pick it up! Definitely gonna put that on my to read list!

Love, Rose by Shari J. Ryan
This is such a sweet story! It’s all about healing, in the best way for you. Rose is the type of character that you can’t help but love. She is so perfectly imperfect and touches my heart. This is an uplifting story about second chances at life!

Reunion by Julie A. Richman
This was definitely a story that is over the top! High School Reunion that definitely didn’t turn out how Rose thought it would. I couldn’t help but laugh at some places, and feel like Rose got the better deal in the end! A short, fun read about growing up, and moving on!

Coming Home by HJ Bellus
This story starts out with disappointment and ends with hope! Annie’s life is in an uproar, and a trip home to visit her family reminds her of what is important, and that there is always someone to depend on and support you in a small town. And there is a little bit of teasing for what I’m sure is going to be an amazing story to come!

Roses for Rachel by Sam JD Hunt
I’ve not read anything by this author, and while this story was well written, it was a bit outside of my comfort zone. Maybe a little creepy?!? I enjoyed the story, but it struck me as a bit out there. I liked the insta-love factor, and the characters were likeable, but there were parts that just put me off a bit.

Finley and Sebastian by Tara Leigh
The details and description in this short story is absolutely mind boggling! I felt like I was right there with them! And let me tell you, it was HOT! Absolutely scorching! I needed a cold shower and a cigarette after reading this one, and I don’t even smoke!

Where I escape by Michelle Dare
As much as I adore romance, I love a story with a strong heroine even more. I love a story about a woman that has overcome great hardship and is rebuilding her life and moving on. Add in a man that is super supportive, and a love that is undeniable and unending, and I am in heaven! This story hits all of those points and so much more!

Capturing Tomorrow by Haylee Thorne
This is a wonderful short story, kind of an after the HEA, but before the HEA? I know that makes no sense, but Phoenix and River (as well as all of their friends!) are happily together, but there seems to be so much more to their story! I have absolutely got to go back and start at the beginning and read this series!!!!

Line 39 by Verlene Landon
This is definitely and author I’ve not read before, but one I will be checking out. This story is one of overcoming obstacles, to find that life is still there after tragedy, and that love shows up in the most unexpected places!

Coming Up Roses by Michelle Windsor
This was a short romance all about a chance meeting in an airplane, flying cross country. It’s steamy, and just shows you that you never know who you are going to meet in a seemingly innocent moment!

Mine to Protect by Kristin Mayer
This was a lot of drama and excitement in such a short story! I couldn’t help but love the protectiveness and intimacy that was included in their story! Absolutely perfect!

The Way We Fell by MJ Fields
I’ve read a lot of books by this author, and each one just gets better than the last. This short story was fun, interesting, and different than anything I’ve read before. I loved how strong the female character was, how committed she is to her beliefs in how she should be treated and how relationships go. Definitely one that will stick with me, and left me wanting more!

Ring Me by Rebecca Brooke
This is another one of those “I haven’t read anything by this author” but this short story was so interesting, I’m going to have to go back and read Mari & Cole’s story! Matter of fact, I wonder if there are stories about the rest of Mari’s band? This story totally sucked me in, and I can’t wait to go looking for the rest!

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