Where are my heroes? Whenever I'm reading a book by one of my favorite authors I find I'm falling for the wrong guy—not the hero, but the other man—and what I really want is for him to have his own story.
Like Jake Linley, from Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas … that doctor could sit by my bedside if I ever got sick. And Ned Blydon in Splendid by Julia Quinn … he makes me want to learn to waltz! I never thought living in a drafty castle would be much fun until Simon of Ravenswood in Master of Desire by Kinley MacGregor came along.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that these are my men—when do they get their stories?
Sincerely, A Romance Fan
Some books are so special that there is more than one hero to love, but only a single story is told. So if you find yourself asking, "Where is my hero?" you'll discover the answer right here in this delicious collection by New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn and USA Today bestseller Kinley MacGregor.
Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.
The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.read more
When I first started reading romance, it was historical romance that got me started. And a great part of my current obsession is due to the brilliant work of two best-selling authors for this genre, Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas. I instantly fell in love with their work, the characters they so wonderfully painted on the pages, and the numerous romantic 'sigh' moments in their stories. I've read most of both of their books, and because of this, I haven't read anything from either one in a few months, from Quinn it's been probably a good year. But as soon as I picked up Where's My Hero?, all the reasons why I love their work came rushing back to me! They truly are the ruling queens of the historical romance genre, and I doubt that will ever change. Where's My Hero? is a collection of three short stories, one from each of the authors, but even though they were much shorter than their normal books, I didn't feel cheated like I normally do while reading an anthology. Instead, I was left with the same, warm and fuzzy feeling after reading the h/h fall in love and have their HEA--- no disappointments or feeling like their story had been cut short. That in itself is saying a lot, since if you ask most people, the one downside to an anthology is the rushed feeling you usually get from it. But not with this one-- it was perfect, just like any of the authors' other books. I laughed, I sighed, and I'll admit it, I came pretty close to tearing up more than a few times while reading Jake (Against the Odds), Simon (Midsummer's Knight), and Ned's (A Tale of Two Sisters) books. Only great books do that to me, and this was easily one of the best I've read in a while from this genre-- it just reminded me yet again that even though it's fun to find new authors, and enjoy their books, sometimes you have to return to the beginning. And if these three authors aren't some of the great 'beginning' authors for romance, I don't know who deserves the title! 5 STARS! Touching, charming, and spectacular, Where's My Hero? is the perfect book to read any time, especially if you've been having a bad book lull, unsure of what to read next-- pick up this book, sit down and get comfortable, and be prepared to pull and all-nighter, because once you get started, you won't want to put it down until it's through! And even then, I'm sure it will only be long enough to go and find their other books (whether you've read them all and they're shelved nicely on your keeper shelf, or you're a newbie and you have to rush out to the library). After reading WMH?, I'm hungry for more LK, JQ, and KM (or SK as she's known as in the paranormal section)-- I'm off to do a bit of re-reading today! :Dread more
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Unlike some romance anthologies, this refreshing volume is more a tribute to the authors' fans than a marketing tool. That isn't to say that the book won't be a major money-making machine for Avon-it will-but that the authors have listened to their readers and here revisit their most asked-about supporting characters. In "Against the Odds," Kleypas focuses on roguish Jake Linley, who first appeared in the Regency-era Someone to Watch Over Me. Both the daring doctor and his math-minded counterpart, Lydia Craven, hold appeal, but their sudden avowal of love two days before Lydia's wedding to another man feels forced and far-fetched. The affection that springs between spunky Scotswoman Lady Kenna and Simon of Ravenswood, a knight from MacGregor's Master of Desire, in "Midsummer's Knight" rings true despite the author's occasionally overwrought prose. The best entry in this collection, however, is Quinn's bright and breezy Regency-era romance between dashing Ned Blydon (from Splendid) and down-to-earth Charlotte Thornton, his fianc?e's sister. With its airy prose and sparkling wit, Quinn's "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a small gem in an anthology that, while inconsistent in quality and setting, never fails to entertain. (Sept.) Forecast: Already anticipating the success of this venture, Avon has planned a second Hero collection for next year. With its stellar lineup of authors, this volume should hit sales heights that its predecessors will have difficulties matching. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved