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Rebecca Ruger

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REVIEW: Various Short Stories by Rebecca Ruger

Dear Ms Ruger,

After being pleasantly surprised by “Eight Minutes,” I decided to take advantage of the February romance sale at Fictionwise and try some of your other stories. I bought “Dessert for Two,” “Morning Coffee,” and “Jason Taylor Kissed Me” along with the trilogy of novellas included in “It Must Be Love.” While I enjoyed the novellas, I think you excel in distilling a story down to the essence needed for the short story length. Alas, I’m not as thrilled with the price charged by Fictionwise (even on sale). Yes, yes, I know you as the author have no control over that but those short stories are pricey.

The short stories are all contemporaries and mostly deal with slightly older characters (mid to late 30s) finding the possibility of love. The novellas are historicals (2 Regencies and 1 medieval) and with the longer length allow you to bring the romances to a HEA conclusion. I do feel the need to warn readers that you play a little fast and loose with Regency conventions which, though OK to a point, might annoy purists. Your editor might want to watch more closely for contemporary language that crept into them (one character asks another if they “are still on” for their plans that evening).

But I did enjoy the characterization of all the stories which are as you describe them “lighthearted romps” and feel that you are an author to watch for in the future. B for all the short stories and B- for the novellas.

~Jayne

Rebecca Ruger’s books can be purchased at Fictionwise.

REVIEW:  Eight Minutes by Rebecca Ruger

REVIEW: Eight Minutes by Rebecca Ruger

Dear Ms Ruger,

ruger-eminutes.jpg Your short story sounded fun so I took the plunge (after all it was a very short story so I woudn’t have been wasting much time if it had turned out to be a stinker). This is a fun, fast story with good characterization for such a short piece.

Lynn is a divorcee trying to get back into the dating world via an evening of speed dating. After meeting a few “maybes” and a lot of “absolutely no ways,” she’s about to wrap up the night when the man who had made eye contact with her at the beginning finally introduces himself. Thomas might just turn out to be the man Lynn’s been waiting all night to meet.

I liked how we know something about hero’s personality before we even meet him. And how you quickly put us into Lynn’s first person POV shoes. I also appreciated how you conveyed Lynn’s dismay over some of her “dates” without making her seem cynical, bitter or mean.

I ended up enjoying this one enough to wish it was longer and to look for further books you’ve written. B for this.

~Jayne