Best-selling author Brenda Novak has done charity auctions
for ten years to raise money for diabetes research. Novak
has raised more than two million dollars for diabetes
through her auction since founding it in honor of her son
Thad, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of
five. In 2014, instead of an online auction, a boxed set
curated by Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes
Research (titled A SWEET LIFE) raised almost $100,000 net
the charity in just one month. This year they are back
a second boxed set. This heart-warming, limited edition
collection features ten BRAND NEW contemporary romances by
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, along
a bonus eleventh story from Novak herself. You can make a
difference while you read! All proceeds from the sale of
SWEET TALK will be donated to the Diabetes Research
Institute via Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes
I got this boxed set specifically to read the short story
one of my favorite authors, Molly O'Keefe. She easily
my hotly-contested list of top ten favorite authors.
However, I am not of fan of her short story for this
anthology, Christmas Eve: A Love Story. Lovers Trina and
Dean are childhood friends who become intermittent lovers
over many years. The story is rather depressing to me.
O'Keefe normally has angst-laden tales that capture my
interest and my heart, but this story simply feels too
to me, without the lovely pay-off of convincing true love
make me sigh happily at the end.
However, I did discover a new-to-me author in Rosalind
James, who writes Just in Time. This story captivates me,
and makes the whole boxed set worthwhile. JUST IN TIME
features a hot and noble New Zealand rugby player, Will
Tawera, who comes to the U.S. to be a kicker for an NFL in
Las Vegas. He meets Faith Goodwin, the assistant to a
fashion photographer for whom Will does some modeling
photos. Will kicks up his heels a little and ends up
modeling for some photos that are used for a fiction
site, showing him looking dark, dangerous, and Maori.
risqué photos put Will in a great deal of hot water, and
Faith travels to New Zealand to meet back up with him and
his pretend girlfriend, in order to preserve his
and his spot on the New Zealand All Blacks rugby field.
their mutual surprise, this pretend relationship leads to
real love, although they have a lot of complications to
navigate on their way to their Happily Ever After. This
a sweet and touching romance with very likeable
Each character feels like the girl or the guy next door,
and I rooted so hard for their navigation through all
misunderstandings and hardships. I'm thrilled to have
this box set just for this story alone, which makes it
worth the purchase price.
There is truly something for everyone in this boxed set.
Interlude by Linda Lael Miller is a sweet and tame tale.
Ask Me Again by Gina Maxwell has some lovely sexual
although the groveling at the end felt cut short to me.
Jackson by Violet Good is a sports romance featuring
network reporters and a wealth of feelings to be explored.
There is a good mix of sexually explicit tales and sweet
stories, with a romance to meet everyone's wishes. With
eleven stories, several of which are full length books,
is a great and wide-ranging collection which supports a
worthwhile cause. Why not use your purchasing power for
social good while getting some great reading material?
In 2014, the boxed set curated by Brenda Novak’s Online
Auction for Diabetes Research (titled A SWEET LIFE),
almost $100,000 net to the charity in only one month. This
year we’re back for a second helping, and you can indulge,
too! this heart-warming, limited edition collection
ten BRAND NEW contemporary romances by New York Times and
USA Today bestselling authors...
You can make a difference while you read! All proceeds
the sale of SWEET TALK will be donated to the Diabetes
Research Institute via Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for
Featuring a foreword by #1 NYT Bestselling Author Robyn
Carr and a bonus story, the Brenda
Novak classic, WHEN WE
TOUCH, which kicks off her popular small-town
contemporary Whiskey Creek series.
In this new tale, ONCE UPON A DREAM, from NYT
bestselling author Melody
Anne, Whitney Steele loses her sister in the blink of
eye and is caring for her niece and nephew, not knowing
she is going to get through the loss of the most important
person in her life. Liam Felton loses his brother and
gets to say goodbye. Can these two people come together
mend what's been broken? Or will fate take them down a
different road altogether?
When behind-the-scenes sports analyst Jackson Gray is
assigned the task of teaching the ins and outs of college
and pro football to the network’s newest on-camera beauty,
sideline reporter Leila Hart, the last thing he expects is
to become the one getting schooled—in lessons in love,
is—from a woman who clearly knows way more about sports
she lets on. JACKSON by NYT bestselling author Violet
From New York Times bestselling author Melissa
Foster comes a new, sweet and sexy wedding romance,
PROMISE MY LOVE, the follow-up novella to
FOR LOVE (The Bradens).
From NYT bestselling author Gina L.
Maxwell comes a story, ASK ME AGAIN, about a
woman who returns to her hometown after her devastating
breakup and finds herself drawn to an old friend who’s
stopped hoping for more.
From NYT bestselling author Linda
Miller we have a heart-pounding tale of unrequited
come to fruition in INTERLUDE, the story of a woman
holding out for the man she’s never forgotten--the sexy
cowboy she’s always loved.
#1 NYT bestselling author Sherryl
Woods takes readers back to her beloved Chesapeake
Shores for the story of a woman stuck in a dead-end job
discovers it's never too late for a whole new dream.
In the latest romance from NYT bestselling author Steena
Holmes, Charlie Peters knew running away wasn’t the
right thing to do, especially from her fiancé, but with
sister in the hospital, now seemed like the perfect time.
And it wasn’t just him she was running away from, but the
promise of the life they could have together. She wasn’t
meant for happily-ever-afters, even though Marcus was her
James’s JUST IN TIME (ESCAPE TO NEW ZEALAND)
brings you one bad boy of New Zealand rugby, one erotic
modeling contract that doesn’t stay in Vegas, and one good
woman to pick up the pieces.
Rita Award winning author Molly
O'Keefe writes a heart-warming story of two friends
find love where they least expect it in A DATE FOR A
Join USA Today bestselling author Nancy
Naigle in SAND DOLLAR COVE, where a determined
shop owner faces the loss of her family’s business, and
the mayor making tough choices between what’s best for the
town and what might win the heart of the woman he’s
loved from afar.
Don’t forget to check out SWEET
DREAMS and SWEET
SEDUCTION, two more limited edition collections from
Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research, as
as LOVE THAT!, Brenda Novak's new cookbook with Jan Coad,
and SAFE HAVEN, a special edition novel from Lauren Hawkeye... read and help the fight