Third Time's the Charm (An Aliso Creek Novella)
Author: Heather B. Moore
Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC
Published: December 7th, 2012
ebook: 60 pages
FTC FYI: Received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to the Aliso Creek Novella Series
Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating the “Five” at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone . . . if perfect is even possible.
In fact, Liz Carlson will settle for a normal man. A normal man with a job, that is. Married twice, then divorced twice, Liz’s rose-colored glasses fell off and shattered on the ground a long time ago. Her main focus now is raising her six-year-old daughter and surviving long days at work on her feet as a hairdresser. When Sloane Branden answers her call for help, quite literally, Liz doesn’t even give him a second glance. She’s sworn off dating for as many years as it takes, and it seems that Sloane has done the same after his own tumultuous marriage. But when Liz discovers that Sloane defies every stereotypical deadbeat she’s dated, she might just find room in her heart and discover the third time’s the charm.
This novella is very close to perfect. It has great characters that you care about quickly, and an all around fantastic story. Liz is an adorable character that had me smiling with her funny quirks. I laughed when she would text Gemma (part of the Five) for pep talks. I loved Sloane instantly. I really liked how he was with Paisley, Liz's daughter. This fun short story has a surprising twist that I really enjoyed. I hope there are updates on these great characters in future novellas (hint hint).
5 out of 5 stars. Third Time's the Charm is a quick, fun read that had me wanting more. Gemma's story, Picture Perfect, is next up and it will be in A Timeless Romance Anthology -- Spring Vacation Anthology coming in February 2013. This anthology will feature short stories from Heather, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, Heather Justesen, Aubrey Mace, and Sarah M. Eden. I can't wait! All of the "Five" friends will have their own story in the Aliso Creek Novella series coming in 2013.