Book Review: Fifty First Times Anthology by Julie Cross and Various Authors

March 21, 2014 New Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

Book Review: Fifty First Times Anthology by Julie Cross and Various AuthorsTitle: Fifty First Times (A New Adult Anthology) by Julie Cross
Published by: Avon Impulse on February 25, 2014
Genres: Anthologies, New Adult, Romance
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 350
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three-stars

You always remember your first time...

Whether it's the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren't ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level--or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters' lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm, Whatever Life Throws at You

One Line: It definitely leaves you wanting more!

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

This was my first time reading an Anthology and I have to say, it definitely leaves you wanting more. I mean, I knew these were all short stories, but I didn’t realize how short until I breezed through a few of them in a matter of minutes. I’ll admit, it was a bit frustrating to not really know all of these characters and their story in depth, but I think each other did a good job of at least introducing us to what would be amazing stories, some more than others, of course.

What I loved most about this anthology, and what I hope anyone who reads this will take away from it, is that we get a sense of the writing style of various authors all in one place. While there were some that I know and love, which drew me to this originally, there were also I knew nothing about and I enjoyed reading their works. Naturally, there were some stories I devoured and others I “skimmed” through, but for the most part, I enjoyed all the stories.

I imagine this is somewhat shorter than other anthologies out there, since it focuses on a particular theme. I loved that not all the “first times” were based on sex. There were quite a few, but also some about experiencing new things, opening yourself up, and discovering who you really are and what you really want. You’ve definitely got all kinds of romance that is sure to please everyone.

If you’re looking for a mix of romantic times from various authors, you’ll want to give this a read, for sure.

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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