“WHEN TIME COMES: A SUMMER ROMANCE NOVELLA,”BY CAT NICOLAOU
PUBLICATION: MARCH 28, 2015
WHEN TIME COMES
Athena can’t avert her eyes. Alex Dane is back in Greece. Her mind wanders in time, six years ago, to the island of Rhodes. Three lustful days with him and a precious gift he left her with. All she needs is a leap of faith, but will he fly? Dare they dream again “When Time Comes”?
SEALED BY A KISS
After a bad marriage, Jenny thinks she will never find happiness again. A strange coincidence changes her whole life and her new future is sealed by a long-awaited passionate kiss.
Two heart-warming contemporary romances for those who still believe in love.
This is my 3rd time reading and reviewing Cat Nicolaou’s writing and once again I was instantly drawn into her stories. This is a collection of two short stories – “When Time Comes” and “Sealed By a Kiss.”
“When Time Comes” is the story of a woman named Athena who one day discovers that Alex Dane is back in Greece for a concert which prompts Athena to reminisce about how they met 6 years earlier. Going back in time, the reader learns of Athena’s ferry trip to Rhodes to see Alex in concert, their chance meeting, their passionate weekend, and their heart-breaking goodbye. Now that he’s returned she wonders if there is a chance she may have met more to him than she first expected, so she decides to take a chance and go see Alex again.
This story reminded me of growing up and having huge crushes on certain musicians and that this story is every girl’s fantasy to meet the celebrity of her dreams! I don’t want to include any spoilers but let me say that their weekend together is full of passion, sharing thoughts and dreams, and just an incredible whirlwind romance. The amazing thing about Cat Nicolaou’s writing is her enviable ability for description. She provides the reader with everything they need to picture the characters, hear their voices, feel the heat in the sun, and feel the passion between them. There were times I felt that the language wasn’t flowing like it should, appearing somewhat choppy at times, but it did not take away from this romantic and entertaining short story about Athena and Alex.
“Sealed with a Kiss” is a much shorter story about Jenny, a divorced mother of three children, and Nick. Jenny visits the same coffee shop each day just to see and sit near Nick, who also comes in every day. Finally, she gets the nerve to talk to him and is shocked to learn that he has also been admiring her. When she learns about his job and the connection to one of his children, she fears for their new relationship, but in time, Nick puts her worries to rest and convinces her of his real feelings.
Although I’d like to believe in love at first sight, this story didn’t appeal to me as much as Athena and Alex’s story. It contained a lot of the elements of Nicolaou’s writing that I love, but I didn’t feel as connected to these characters. I liked the romance of it, but I just needed more to really get to know these characters and understand their feelings for one another. The chemistry between them was obvious but I would have liked to have learned more about them and why they were so drawn to one another.
Overall, I thought these short stories were original, creative, and well-written. Cat Nicolaou easily draws her readers in and is able to keep her readers’ attention with her romantic ideas and characters. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for light, easy, romantic stories!
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*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.