Adventures in Amethyst Series Books 1-4 by Karen Wiesner

Adventures in Amethyst Series Books 1-4 by Karen Wiesner
Publisher: Writer’s Exchange E-Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Holiday
Length: Full Length (200 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES is a collection of the first 4 novellas in the series, including A Rose for Romeo (Book 1), Revenge in Amethyst (Book 2), Reckless Rose (Book 3), Christmas in Amethyst (Book 4).

Book 1: A Rose for Romeo
Dr. Melina Rose is sick of discussing, listening to, and writing about sex. She’s spent her life avoiding intimacy in her own personal life. After abandoning everything she’s worked all her life for, she returns to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in only to discover that everything has changed–everything except her crush on her sister’s old boyfriend Scott “Romeo” Romero.

Book 2: Revenge in Amethyst
After abandoning everything she’s worked all her life for as a nationally renowned sex therapist and author, Melina Rose has returned to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in and fallen in love with her sister’s old boyfriend Scott “Romeo” Romero. Scott and Melina are ecstatically expecting a baby and planning their wedding. Everyone in town has agreed to keep Melina’s past as Dr. Mindy Rose a secret. However, someone in Amethyst is driven by jealousy to see Melina’s dream-life come crashing down…

Book 3: Reckless Rose
Even bad girls need love…

When Reece Childs rolls back into Amethyst to stay, Lona Rose realizes her reckless crush on the older brother of a former beau is still waging hot and heavy. But how to prevent the rumors and mistakes of her past from ruining the start of something wonderful?

Book 4: Christmas in Amethyst
Eager to make it up to her son’s many disappointments in the past year, single mom Sheila Mason takes a shift at the restaurant she works on Christmas day in order to buy Dev a puppy. When a creepy customer follows her on the deserted road from the restaurant to her home in Amethyst, her holidays go from bad to worse.

A Rose for Romeo (Book One-contemporary romance)

I applaud Melina for the courage it took to walk away from her toxic work situation. I liked how decisively she severed all ties to her former life. Melina is definitely a planner and she has a very specific idea of what she wants to accomplish when she arrives in Amethyst. However her reunion with Scott definitely puts a kink in her carefully laid plans.

Melina is certainly not the awkward girl she used to be and she and Scott have great chemistry. I really like the situation that brought them back together. I can’t give away too many details, but I will say that her use of a pair of sun glasses and a sledge hammer is a particularly memorable moment. I do think that Melina and Scott fall in love a little too quickly for it to be truly believable. I would have liked their romance to be drawn out more, especially since Melina has some issues with intimacy. When the story ended, I wasn’t sure what kind of couple Melina and Scott would be, but I felt they had great potential.

Revenge in Amethyst (Book Two-romantic suspense)

After the brief glance of Scott and Melina as a couple in A Rose for Romeo, I was pleased to see that their relationship is progressing nicely in this installment of the series. They are very attentive to each other, and their chemistry continues to sizzle as they make plans for their future. I particularly like how good Scott and Melina are with Devlin, Scott’s young cousin. The way they care for the young boy indicates that they will be great parents

Unfortunately, Scott and Melina’s path to happiness hits a bump when Melina’s past comes back to haunt her in a very dangerous way. Melina’s most disturbed patient didn’t take too kindly to her abrupt retirement and he has every intention of making Melina pay. When Melina’s identity and location are revealed, Melina and Scott’s lives hang in the balance making the story very intense.

While I enjoyed the pacing and intensity of Revenge in Amethyst, I do wish that some of the secondary characters were a bit more rounded. Most of them are either very good or very bad without much in between. However, I still found the story and its conclusion very satisfying.

Reckless Rose (Book Three-contemporary romance)

When I read the blurb for this story, I was very curious. Lona is definitely not portrayed in a positive light in the previous two novellas. However, once I finished reading Lona’s story. I found myself wanting to know more. Even though a couple of years have passed between this story and the previous one, there was absolutely no indication given in the other tales that Lona wanted to change. It’s not that I don’t believe that she could change, there was just very little detail provided on what motivated her to make such drastic changes to her life.

I also wish that her relationship with Reece had been drawn out more. They had a very short and intense encounter years ago, but it wasn’t enough to really make me believe that they had a strong connection. I felt that their relationship needed to build a bit more before they made declarations of love.

Christmas in Amethyst (Book Four-Holiday, romantic suspense)

Christmas in Amethyst is by far my favorite story in this anthology. Jeb and Sheila have a rich history full of love and heartbreak that makes their connection very real and believable. When they were young Jeb and Sheila were the classic sweethearts who tried and failed to maintain a long distance relationship after high school ended. Some poor decisions on Sheila’s part tore them apart and her guilt continues to keep them apart for a very long time.

Sheila has convinced herself that she doesn’t deserve Jeb’s love anymore. However, Jeb is a very patient man. He is always there for Sheila. He is a very solid and strong man, but he’s also incredibly gentle and great with Sheila’s son, Devlin. He knows that Sheila is too proud to accept too much help and he gives her space when she needs it.

Sheila’s incident with the creepy customer at the restaurant is definitely scary and had me on the edge of my seat. I flew through the pages hoping that Sheila would make it through the ordeal safe and finally find the happiness that she deserves.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Adventures in Amethyst. I recommend it to anyone who loves heartwarming romance paired with a dash of suspense.

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