Title: Valentine Charms
Author: Anne McAllister
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Page Count: 173
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Twenty-three second graders were on a mission!
Her students were convinced Jane Kitto needed a man in her life. A ‘real man’ – not the Secret Admirer who had, every Valentine’s Day for years, sent her a tiny charm. Jane appreciated their enthusiasm, but not their choice. Football star Zack Stoner was the last man on earth she’d fall for. Handsome as sin, tough as nails, and more appealing than she wanted to admit, Zack made Jane want things she never imagined wanting–with him.
Zack Stoner had never forgotten Jane. When they were younger, he’d been confused, unnerved and fascinated by the sweet and generous Jane. It wasn’t all that different now, except he was a man, and knew he wanted her. But would Jane take a chance with someone like him?
Twenty-three cupids said yes.
Valentine Charms by Anne McAllister is a contemporary romance read that longtime fans of Anne may be slightly familiar with. The story is based on Anne’s Simple Charms but has been rewritten and now being republished adding much more detail to Jane and Zack’s story although the basics are still the same as the earlier version.
The story revolves around Jane who is a second grade teacher now at the same school she had attended herself as a child. Back when Jane was in school she was very timid and shy and distinctly remembers Zack who was older and very much the trouble maker of the school.
Now Zack is a famous football player gone into media work and has returned to run a story on his former school. Of course Jane is the one along with her class that is called upon to work with Zack which brings the two together after all these years.
While the book is now longer than the original it is still a fairly short and quick read but I think it held just the right amount of detail to the story. One might consider this one a bit of a case of opposites attracting with Jane and Zack but with their shared history they just seemed to fit together. And on top of that the addition of the second grade class of cupids made for a very heartwarming tale.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Anne McAllister has written nearly 70 romance novels for Tule Publishing and Harlequin Books.
She has won two RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America — for COWBOY PRIDE and THE STARDUST COWBOY — and has had nine other books which were RITA finalists.
Her books have also been finalists for the National Readers’ Choice Award. She was named Midwest Fiction Writers “Writer of the Year” and also received Romantic Times’ Career Achievement Award as “Series Author of the Year.”
But while the awards and sales are wonderful, Anne thinks the best part of writing is telling the story. With every new book she writes, she meets new characters – or gets to know old ones even better – and discovers what makes them and their relationships tick.
It’s the relationships that interest her most and the question about “where do you get your ideas?” has always astonished her as she has more ideas than she knows what to do with!