A Sweet Collection of Love
Commenté aux États-Unis le 23 avril 2021
Alexis Winter offers five delightful short, sweet romances that explore familiar romance tropes—second chance loves, enemies to friends, and brother’s best friend. Each romance is a happy-ever-after-ending. The collection is a delightful collection of love.
Ella and Logan’s Story—Young Love Flummoxed by Fate and Sabotaged by a Friend
After high school graduation, the plan was for Ella and Logan to leave their small town of Herrin, Illinois and to depart for college together. And, they anticipated to return four years later to work—Logan with his dad’s construction company and Ella at her mom’s flower and plant store. But plans change. Over the summer, when El’s mom got sick the loving daughter realized that she couldn’t leave her mom—not right then. So, when Logan left his broken-hearted Ella, he assured her that the separation was only temporary—that she would join him at college in another year. And, Logan assured her that she would not be alone, even if he weren’t present. He would get his best friend Tom West to check on her. And so, Logan left, and for the first couple of months, all was well with the young lovers staying in contact. But something happened during the third month and all communication broke down. Finally, Tom told her that Logan had “moved on,” and so should she. Tom always promised that he would be the one to protect her going forward.
Now, twenty-two years later, Ella and Tom West are anticipating their 18-year-old daughter Erin’s high school graduation. Filled with memories of her own graduation and her lost love Logan, she is stunned by Logan’s return to Herrin and Tom’s announcement that he is filing for a divorce. Fate has once more gob smacked Ella spinning her world around.
Mia and Ben’s Story—Giving Love a Reprise
During high school, lead singer and guitar player, Ben Foster first gazed at the ocean-blue eyes and raven hair of beautiful, sweet Mia while playing on a make-shift stage in someone’s living room with his bandmates, Mike and Quinn. And, over the next 2 years of high school the young sweethearts became lovers, inseparable and committed, until as seniors, Ben and the guys were noticed and offered a contract to record and to tour. And while the thoughts of Ben leaving broke junior Mia’s heart, she encouraged him to accept the offer—it was his dream, just as hers was to eventually go to college and to teach. But, they promised to stay in touch with calls and texts until they didn’t. Ben felt that he couldn’t hold on to Mia from a distance and Mia knew that she could not follow her dream and follow Ben. And so they just stop communicating. But Ben still expresses his longing and love for Mia in words and music he composes—but Mia has stopped listening to the radio—it breaks her heart to hear his voice.
Now, 10 years later, Mia is a college graduate and kindergarten teacher who is still in love with her high school crush who, with his band, are musical superstars. And, after years of absence, the boys are coming home—back to where they were first discovered at Gordy’s Bar. And now, as adults who have achieved their professional goals, it is time to address their personal goals.
Harper and Rowan’s Story—Being True to the Heart
Harper Mitchell had known Rowan Wilson her whole life. It would be almost impossible to hail from their little farm community and not to know everyone—especially since the two grew up on tangent farms and graduated from the same high the in the same class.
But knowing a person and liking that person is not necessarily guaranteed. And, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Harper and Rowan did not like each other. There seemed to be deep and intense dislike between the two neighbors and classmates. Harper’s intelligence won her a place at Yale and the whole community honored one of their own succeeding with a town parade with floats and a band —except for Rowan who set the float on which Harper rode on fire providing a flaming send off for the favored town daughter.
Now, 4 years after her fiery send off, Harper is back ready to help her dad whose health has been in decline. And once more the antagonists are reunited. And it is time for the truth—the truth that Rowan does not torment Harper out of hatred or the desire for payback—he torments her because he wants her. Since Harper left, he has come to realize that being the hot jock doesn’t get you a job or a chance. And he knows that to have a chance with Harper, he must work to win her heart and trust.
Kaylee and Landon’s Story—Young Love Grows Up
Beautiful blonde-haired, brown-eyed Kaylee Cash is very close to her older brother Kyle—they are twins. Both live in the city, and share creative visions—Kaylee as a designer and Kyle as an architect. And they share something else—they both share a long-term relationship with the same man—Landon Styles—best friend of Kyle and secret lover of Kaylee. The trio have been friends and, at later frienemies, since they were 5 years old.
Now, at age 30, the trio have all separately come back to the city of their child and young adulthood as professionals. And by chance, life reunites Kaylee and Landon who once more experience the sparks of the love they explored as high school secret lovers. But the same force still has the potential of separating the friends who have again become lovers—brother and best friend, Kyle. Before Kaylee and Landon can sort out their relationship, Kaylee must reunite the former friendship of her brother and his former best friend and her secret lover.
Gabbi and Easton’s Story—Misunderstood Emotions
Gabbi Jones and Easton Perez first met at age 5 in kindergarten. As a 5-year-old, Easton was so struck by the breathtaking beauty of the blue-eyed, blonde-haired new girl, Gabriele, that he did what any 5-year-old befuddled by an unknown and confusing emotion—love—would do—he spit at her—blaming her for his confusing and never-before experienced emotional response. And with age, while Easton came to finally identify his overwhelming emotional response to Gabbi as love, that knowledge came too late to manage the damage that resulted from his aggressive responses that continued through the years. And unfortunately, the “popular kid,” and star athlete, Easton’s hurtful response to Gabbi allowed her to declare definitively that he single-handedly ruined her life in high school as she dealt with the loneliness, insults and rejection generated by his high school followers. Even the mention of Easton Perez’s name filled her with an emotional response—all negative.
Now, 12 years later, Easton has relocated to California and has achieved success and acclaim in Hollywood. During college years his life took a turn of direction when he supplemented his finances with modeling gigs. Over time those gigs led to acting opportunities, and now as a current A-list actor, life trajectory and his finances have changed forever. And with the demands on his time, he needs an assistant, and when he sees a familiar name on the list of possible assistants, he insists that the employment agency send Gabriel Jones to fill the position.
And, beautiful Gabbi also had followed the call of acting to Hollywood. However, her reception was not met with the same success experienced by her high school nemesis. And overtime, her gigs as a temp worker soon outnumbered her appointments for script reads and talent calls. So, while she often worked for members of the screen industry, the jobs were never in front of the camera.