Whether it's first love, or love revisited, there's a story in this collection of short works to warm your heart.
Carter Worthington the fourth is the kind of man whose schedule is laid out in fifteen minute increments, while Tiffany wouldn’t know what to do with a day planner if she owned one.
When a hurricane blows Tiffany Breeze into Carter's sheltered universe, he must decide if he's willing to leave the emotional safety of his orderly existence to experience the highs, knowing he'll also have to face the lows.
Romancing the Geek
Stephanie's lifelong dream is to design toys—sweet, cuddly toys. Instead, she's hired as a glorified typist, forced to share an office with Brad, a geek, who's happy programming computer games full of explosions.
Ignoring each other is their solution to co-existence. But when Brad has girlfriend troubles, he swallows his pride and asks Stephanie if she'll teach him how to talk to women. She agrees, but he's having trouble passing her exams.
Amy’s ready for a weekend of solitude and pampering, but her plans turn to thoughts of a no-strings fling when she meets Greg.
Out of Sight
Sometimes being invisible is a good thing. Or is it? Alone with a captivating colleague, Sandra deals with the reality of her marriage and herself.
Second Chance Rose
Rose has had her chance at her one true love. Widowed, her home destroyed by a hurricane, she relocates across the country and discovers the special garden of the bedtime stories her mother told her as a child. When she meets Richard there, friendship blooms. But can there be second chances for true love?
***With minor modifications, these stories were previously published as stand-alone shorts by The Wild Rose Press
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About the Author
Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she’d be a good mom and watch it so they’d have common ground for discussions.
Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fan fiction, then through Internet groups, and finally in groups with real, live partners. Her first publications were short stories, but she found more freedom in longer works and began what she thought was a mystery. Her daughters told her it was a romance so she began learning more about the genre and craft. She belongs to both the Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.
Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband and rescue dog in the mountains of Colorado. You can learn more about her books find her online at:
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I chose this book after reading the first Mapleton murder mystery, thinking that a change of pace would be a good thing. Seems strange to say, especially about a female author, but I truly believe that her mystery novel was so much better than these short stories. Not that I mind romance novels and have read many. While mildly entertaining, I found these stories to be contrived, and generally implausible. Maybe it is just my life... which is the best I can go by, but I generally haven't found women who act the way the women in these stories do, except perhaps on certain websites where it was women more interested in just a fling than a relationship. I left those sites long ago, because at heart I am a true and hopeless romantic and found that making love was far better than just having sex. While the author may have tried to make the stories feel more romantic, it seemed like one after another of mostly "wham, bam, thank you M'aam" when the characters finally decided the time was right. Maybe it would have worked better if she actually wrote a romance novel instead of short stories. For me, I will likely read more of the Mapleton murders, and maybe some of the others, but will leave her "romance" stories to those who want less.
These five short stories from author Terry Odell celebrate the enduring quality of love. In Hurricane Breeze, Carter is guided by his schedule and Tiffany is a free spirit. In Romancing the Geek, toy designer Stephanie agrees to help IT guy Brad learn how to talk to women. In Relationships, older college students Amy and Greg turn a study session into something more. In Out of Sight, Brett and Sandra’s 29-year marriage is put to the test with Sandra’s business trip with her boss. And in Second Chance Rose, a young widow is displaced by a hurricane and returns home, only to find the guy she never dated in high school, Richard, is a better man than she ever thought. Connections add richness and depth to life. Odell has captured that essence of people who step outside their comfort zone and prevail. A quick, easy read. Moderate sensuality. Maggie Toussaint for Muddy Rose Reviews