Autumn Kisses is book three in the Four Seasons of Love series from Author Te Russ. The previous titles– all stand alone novels– were A Spring Affair and Sultry Southern Nights. I’m really enjoying this series of short but sweet love stories from Te, not only because it guarantees that I get four new books from her this year (wink wink) but because it also guarantees that I get a lovely story that is void of unnecessary drama and a storyline that doesn’t drag.
This story is also close to my heart because the hero, Rowan, is a writer, deep in the throes of writer’s block. I know the feeling and fortunately he has an editor with a kind heart and a home on Martha’s Vineyard. UNfortunately, his editor’s niece, Laurel “Sapphire Woods” Asher has access to the house and decides to schedule a little get away while Rowan is there.
The two decide to share the house and the attraction between them is immediate and electric. While Laurel enjoys a break from her very public life as a jazz singer, Rowan has begun writing again, citing his new roomie as his muse.
Here’s where things always get a little iffy for this reader. This is a romance, so of course the two fall in love……. just uber quickly and within a month’s time. Before the season is over there is major movement in the relationship and … well. I have a really hard time with insta love. In this case, the fall is very romantic and sweet. I didn’t *hate* reading it but it did drag the stars down for me, just a tad.
An underlying story in this novel is the issue of Laurel’s privacy and the ‘wanna be a star’ talk show host who’s digging into her past, set to expose Laurel- or Sapphire– to the world. This plot line is a real page turner and I thought the outcome was FABULOUS and most appropriate. It actually kind of made me laugh.
Autumn Kisses is just the kind of short-yet- delightful read that I have come to expect from Te Russ. On to the next one! Winter Rendezvous is coming in December!