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  • Punish Me, Please Me on March 15, 2011

    Ashley does not write boring stories, but they will take you places that my entice you, scare you, make you laugh, titillate you or maybe all of the above. There are five stories in this collection. The first will make you wonder about people; the second will make you laugh once you get the joke; the third is pure enjoyable silliness; the fourth is deeper than in seems but I don't want to give away the story however there is almost no one you will like to have as a friend; but the last will make you think about the opening, and the middle but maybe most of all the ending. You won't get it all the first time you read it. And the best thing is that Ashley gives these stories to you free. Her stories are too good to be free, so grab these before she comes to her senses.
  • Wanting (A River City Novel) on July 10, 2011

    f you want to read a story that will ensnare you, one that you can't wait to know what happens next. One that will make you feel good when it ends, yet make you sorry there wasn't more. Than you will be wanting to read WANTING. It will touch you as it deals with a modern problem often swept into the back pages of a newspaper, but needs attention. You will love the characters and their struggles to deal with an unwanted past and you will root for them to accept the unexpected love that they want to receive and want to give. I was pleasantly surprise how much I enjoyed this story and its feel good message while dealing with tragic events. If nothing else you will enjoy the antics of Natalie, Amanda's little sister. I wasn't expecting this story to be so absorbing. I truly couldn't put it down and wound up reading it in one sitting as I was drawn in to this unusual Romance novel. Ms. Ayers has a deft touch with her characters and the events behind the story. I cannot endorse this book in strong enough terms.
  • A Fine Line (Contemporary Beach Romance) on July 19, 2011

    I was not prepared to enjoy this novel and I almost lost out on a good read. Ms. Ayers has a special touch in telling a story of finding love in unexpected places with unexpected people. It is in her special way of presenting the people and the compelling events that kept me reading until the end without stopping. Of course, it would be a HEA ending, it had to be because you wanted the characters to have it. There is a very special sweetness that Ms. Ayers conveys in the story despite the anger and frustrations the characters experienced. This was a most enjoyable read and I highly recommend it and I all male.
  • A New Beginning (A River City Novel) on Aug. 25, 2011

    Have you discovered Ms. Ayers yet. If you haven't you are missing some wonderful can't put it down reads. To call them a Romance is belittling them, they go way past ordinary Romances. A New Beginning was the kind of story for me. The story moved me and I couldn't help but root for Rick to fall in love with Dallas - I fell in love with her. Both are such engaging characters. The supporting cast all come alive by Ms. Ayers skill in writing a story that engages the reader. You will not want to put the story down in order to find out if what happens. Can they find love that they weren't expecting to find? Will you also root for them because you like them and wished they lived next door? There is only one way to find out. Get the story and ENJOY a GREAT READ. I give it six stars.
  • Mariner's Cove (Contemporary Beach Romance) on Sep. 20, 2011

    Sweet. Nothing was obvious in the beginning and that is a fun way to begin a story. Hmm, first you meet Nikki looking to make sense of her life by a private vacation in Maine leaving family and friends behind. Then you meet Brooklyn, don't bother pondering the name because he is a lawyer running away from his marriage and his job. What can these two possibly find interesting about each other. Can't be Nikki's two children who are still trying to deal with the death of their father - a police officer. Nor is Brooklyn's cute but very spoiled daughter. But there they all are in this little lobster pot town looking for a better life. Who is going to find it, if anyone. Oh yeah, there is some heat in here. Gotta love it the story. Damned good story. Get it.
  • A Skeleton at Her Door (Halloween/Fall Romance) on Nov. 01, 2011

    The Skeleton at the Door Do you enjoy reading a story with a happy ending? This is a story of two single parents finding love that began with a funny and unexpected circumstance. Follow along with their personal struggle to permit love to happen and the very real problems of their children’s approval. Ms. Ayers has the ability to make it come real and still make it fun. You will not want to put it down until you reach the end which is where you will be satisfied with the way it turns out at the same time you will hunger for more. It is that good a read. I finished this story and then read it again and it was as good as the first read. After you read this, you may feel as I did – impatiently waiting for a Christmas story. It can’t be too far off. Do yourself a favor, buy this story.
  • All Wrapped Up: A Collection of Christmas Short Stories on Nov. 10, 2011

    When I sit to read something from Jenna, I expect to enjoy. These four stories did nothing to disappoint. I will admit that the first is my favorite by a small margin, the play is smashing. The second comes with two charms, a delightful story and some of the best words pictures you will find. I do not wish to sound that I am slighting numbers three and four because they were just as good. Above all, you will love the twists in each story. If I could make one suggestion, do not read them all at once. Each must be savored for itself. Besides spreading them out prolongs your enjoyment. This is a MUST GET collection and would make a lovely Xmas present.
  • A Challenge (A River City Novel) on Nov. 16, 2011

    This is the third story of the River City series. I won’t say it was better than the first two in the series because all three are terrific reads. This one offers a really new twist. I don’t like to give away the story when I review, but how often will you come across a romance story that features two over twenty-five year old virgins who avoid romantic situations in pursuit of their ambitions. Tate was not enthusiastic about taking a new job that did not offer her the income she felt she required. It did not help matters that she didn’t have a good impression of the man who would be her boss. However, there was those ways Ari Bia drew her to go against her own beliefs. So their hormones rage, they live together out of necessity while Tate became a success; until something wrong happens and Tate could lose the job after all. There is a rule of sorts that asserts a Romance story must have a HEA ending. But there are surprises. Part of the fun in this story is that folks from the first two stories are part of the third entry. Yet you can read this story and the others as stand alone reads. So whether you read RC1 or RC2 or not, you will want to read RC3 because is it a damn good read. You will love it.
  • A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming (Contemporary Romance) on Nov. 26, 2011

    This is one terrific read and I will be sure to read it again every time the snow piles up outside my door. The characters are so wonderfully unique and when the story reaches its end you will have to agree they are perfect for each other and that seemed impossible in the beginning. Their struggles include saving a herd of cattle in a snowstorm, an erroneous arrest, little town bigotry and different social class. But here LOVE finds a way. Find out how for yourself. Don't wait to curl up with this story!
  • Brianna on Jan. 08, 2012

    Frankly, I thought that was as beautiful and sweet as a first time discovery story could be. There are some stories that are best told. The silence in the story contributed to it's tenderness amidst concern. I want to read more of your works if they this good. Actually, I would point out there was sufficient and pointed showing albeit not a lot of dialogue.
  • Ask Me Again on Feb. 24, 2012

    I must admit that I enjoy an author when s/he is able to write a new story each time. Ms. Ayers manages to do that and it shows in her latest story. Torrey is not your standard beauty queen and Rob is not a typical brawny hero type, but they have the feel of real people. The story deals with real life problems and dilemmas; but here we have characters who had reputations that might have made romance unlikely, but they look beyond reputation and find something magical in the way life brings them together and able to support each other. Bravo Ms. Ayers for giving us another enjoyable read.
  • A Cowboy's Kiss in Wyoming on June 09, 2012

    A Cowboy’s Kiss in Wyoming At last, a new E. Ayers book in a second Wyoming book. I think we have a series in the making for all you Cowboy fanciers. It’s no surprise that her characters are well defined, while remaining believable. In this story, Ms. Ayers explores the possibilities of love between a very independent woman who travels for a living and a very confident cowboy who, because of a rodeo accident, is ready to take over the family ranch. Derrick lives and works within and surrounded by his close knit large family. Chessie’s family is spread all over the USA. Chessie also has to deal with the shock of her widowed mother’s approaching marriage and move from Home in Florida to Arizona. Is this the making of a love that succeeds? You’ll have to get the book and read it to find out.
  • A Love Song in Wyoming on Nov. 05, 2012

    It gets better all the time. Ms. Ayer’s stories I mean. I was sure this would be the first I wouldn’t care for much at all. Country music? I prefer Debussy. Wyoming and cattle? Jeez, I’m from Brooklyn, Noo Yawk. Still I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end and I liked it all the way through. The characters came vibrantly alive and except for Jack, and maybe Billy, I enjoyed them all and felt comfortable with them. So what if it wasn’t real. Who needs reality when one wants a Happy Forever Ending. Johnny, Angie, Ed and Luce, Two Moms and all the others are people you will like. And even Sheriff Kyle from the previous story in this series made an important appearance. What else can I say but get along lil doggie and get your copy of this sweet story
  • A Plump Little Lady Finds Love on Jan. 14, 2013

    A nice inspirational story that says everyone can find love.