Title: The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine
Authors: Kate Angell, Jennifer Dawson and Sharla Lovelace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: 3 Halloween-Themed Novellas
Available: 30th Aug
Welcome to Moonbright, Maine…Where the scents of donuts and cider waft through the crisp night air…with just a hint of magic.
It’s time for the annual Halloween costume party at the cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, the perfect place to celebrate the pleasures of the season. Guests return to the picturesque B & B year after year to snuggle up in its cozy rooms, explore the quiet, tree-lined streets and enjoy all the spooky fun of the holiday. But local legend whispers that it’s also a place where wishes have a strange way of coming true.
For three unsuspecting revelers, it’s going to be an enchanted weekend of candy corn kisses and midnight black kittens, along with some real Halloween surprises—the kind that make your heart skip a beat—for many more celebrations to come…
Source: ARC from Kensington Books via NetGalley
These three Halloween novellas all take place in and around the same inn, Rose Cottage, in the town of Moonbright, Maine. The owner of which has a few magical tricks up her sleeve when it comes to falling in love.
Charmed by You – Kate Angell
The first story is by far the shortest, and its author was the reason why I picked up this anthology in the first place. Yet it’s also my least favourite. I really didn’t like Cade or his unprofessional cousins. I thought he was a complete jerk, actually. Sure, Grace is a bit uptight and definitely micromanages things, but Cade’s attitude towards her smacks of sexism, and I struggled to get past that or believe in their relationship. Or the reason why he hated Halloween.
Add in a really abrupt ending and sadly, this one wasn’t what I’d hoped for. 2.5 Stars.
Mesmerized by You – Jennifer Dawson
This is both a much better length for a novella and also a much more enjoyable story, with a good friends-to-lovers plot, which may or may not have been given a little magical assistance. Sure, it’s obvious to everyone except Jack and Chloe that they are not just perfect for each other but also madly in love. However, it’s still pretty cute seeing them finally get there – nicely steamy too. 3.5 Stars.
Enchanted by You – Sharla Lovelace
The final story is the longest and that helped a lot in the enjoyment stakes. It’s a second chance romance between a hardworking lawyer with people issues and a local handyman who has created a whole new life for himself at the heart of the community.
I would have liked to have seen a little more of Sydney’s awkwardness at times, to be honest, because she really doesn’t seem to have many people issues despite claims otherwise. It might also have been nice to have had a bit more resolution when it came to Sawyer and his father. However, on the whole I really enjoyed this one. Sydney and Sawyer have a very sweet history, with a touch of angst and plenty of room for romance. The tension between them works beautifully. 4 stars.
Overall, I liked this. The setting was great, the stories were enjoyable, there’s some good chemistry and sprinkle of magic and plenty of heat to warm those autumnal nights. If you love Halloween and are partial to a touch of pumpkin with your romance, then give it a go.