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by Leslie Kelly (Contributor), Janelle Denison (Contributor), Julie Leto (Contributor)

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This was a quick read, and fairly satisfying. The theme was a fun one--reuniting with an old flame at a high school reunion (do people really look forward to those things? It's hard to believe), and all three stories took place at the same location--a resort designed for reunions. Other than that, they weren't connected, which was a bit of a letdown. I read this over a couple of days, so I kept checking back to see if any of the characters or situations were in common, but they weren't. It would have given it some extra pizzazz, I thought.

Of the three, I thought the strongest story was the first, Leslie Kelly's "Underneath it All." It was a bit of a stretch that Seth hadn't tried before the ten years were up to find Lauren and explain where he'd gone on prom night, but not too much of one. The next story, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was fairly cute, if a bit less realistic. "A Moment Like This" I thought was the weakest of the three, but still not a bad story. All in all, it delivers what it claims to--short, summer fantasy reads. ( )
  beckymmoe | Apr 3, 2013 |
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Underneath It All by Leslie Kelley

Okay, confession time. I never went to my senior prom. I was so anti-school by my senior year that I wanted nothing to do with anything so “déclassé”. Now that I’m *mumble* one, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like. Somehow, I’m sure I would have had a better time than Lauren, the heroine in this story. As the prom queen, she’s left standing alone on stage, in tears, without her prom king. Luckily there is a class reunion where the two reunite and Lauren finally finds out what happened to Seth, the AWOL boyfriend, on prom night.

This story was well told and had me in tears, both sad and happy. I felt so much for Lauren, first being jilted, then running through the anger and finally acceptance of what had happened on prom night. And, of course, her new emotions – happiness and love.

Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Janelle Denison

What can I say? I love me a good nerd. Even my boyfriends tend to the nerdish side. (I’m currently dating an accountant but he swears he doesn’t own a pocket protector. Rats!) Our nerdy hero, Will, is really no longer a nerd. He’s kind of like Bill Gates – he grew out of the nerdiness when he got rich. Ali is the cheerleader with a heart who always had a thing for Will but was afraid to let her fellow cheerleader and football player friends know. It was amusing to see how those fellow class mates grew and matured (or not) and makes me wonder about all those snotty cheerleaders and jocks from my own class.

The worst line in the entire book came from this story: “… but there was no denying she had a gorgeous rack.” Rack? Really? Now, Will is supposed to be the shy kid from high school, the computer nerd, the guy whose older sisters taught him to look at a woman’s eyes when he talked to her and not at her “rack”. The word “rack” just doesn’t ring true here. And I am the furthest thing from a feminist but come on. A little dignity here.

A Moment Like This by Julie Leto

My other favorite kind of man? The bad-boy in leather and torn-up jeans that comes roaring in on a Harley. I never seem to end up with these men but they are fuel for my fantasies. And Rip is definitely fantasy material. As his polar opposite, Erica reminds me of the character Muffy Tepperman in the TV show Square Pegs – a senior class president, she knows everyone and is quick to relate anything negative happening to the principal. Yep, really dating myself with that one.

It was wonderful to watch Erica change to her true self when she was with Rip. Even she knows when the mask goes up and down and, like most women I think, Erica desires the one man she can be herself with. I love the way these characters developed from high school to adulthood, changing and growing up but retaining the essence of who they are.

For all the stories in this book, I give a thumbs-up. Each story is heart-warming and shows how we never forget that high school love – even if it was only love from afar. Now, if only my high school crush would show up…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373796986, Mass Market Paperback)

Ever wonder what happened tothe guy most likely to…

Score with the prom queen?

Lauren and Seth were the high school "it" couple—until Seth disappeared on prom night. But a reunion gives Seth a chance to show Lauren an evening long overdue.

Not date a Playboy Bunny?

Ali was the highlight of geeky Will's high school years. But now that he's ditched the nerdiness, he's 100 percent of calculated hotness…and Ali won't be able to say no.

Ride out of town on a Harley?

Rebel Scott "Rip" Ripley always had a thing for the elusive Erica. But reunion night holds a few sexy surprises when Erica decides it's time to take the bad boy for a ride.

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