I LOVED all 5 of these.
Each one is a really short novella (about 70 pages) and they are fabulous!! It's really a nice idea that each one of the authors wrote some story taking place on a train - each one is different though the setting is the same.
I'm copy-pasting here my reviews of all 5:
Tight Quarters by Samantha Hunter
Brenna and Reid are "stuck" together for a few days in the same berth on a train when both of them wants this trip to be a "time off". Actually Reid doesn't mind that much sharing the berth with her, but he won't give up his place on the train, while Brenna, dealing with her claustrophobia - REALLY doesn't want to share the berth with him (he's too big! :D) or anyone else that clouds her space and she surely doesn't want to give up the ride.
Reid is sweet and supportive. Even though they barely know each other he finds himself trying to help her out (well, he is extremely attracted to her - that's a good excuse as any, right? :)) and Brenna though she wants to deal alone with her fears finds herself not the only one who has a past to deal with and put behind.
With Reid she can loosen up and have fun. she can face her demons. but does that mean that Reid is just a crutch that actually stands in her way of facing her fear on her own or is he a new fear she has to deal with?
I loved this Novella. It was so sweet and real for me.
Back on Track by Donna Cummings
Liked the idea of hitting on someone with the a funny game. I always screw these things up :D
Ticket Home by Serena Bell
I loved it!
We meet Amy who left Seattle and Jeff to pursue a work opportunity. Jeff was upset with how this thing all played out. But after a while he realized how much he misses her and how much he is willing to do to bring her back home to him. He figures he'll take the train she usually takes to work and make her listen to him while on the train - she has no-where to go on the train.. Amy doesn't want to return back home with Jeff. their relationship had its problems and she doesn't think that coming to talk to her on the train will make any difference. In her eyes HIS work always came first - before her - so the opportunity of this new job was what she needed (as an excuse) to leave him.
So we are left with Amy and Jeff on the same train day after day - Him trying to convince her it's going to be different and her trying not to yield to her attraction and love for him when she is trying to make the right decision for herself.
Thank You for Riding by Meg Maguire
How do I summarize this sweet sweet novella?
I'll first say I loved it!
Caitlin just got dumped. It's not that the guy was so important to her its expectation blowing up to reality.. When she lets her mind free to imagine what to come [ and she does that a lot through the story which is funny and most of it a little unrealistic on the realistic side.. :) ] breaking up is not what she expected. She returns home only to meet on the train (da!) this cute guy she saw when the both of them were donating blood.
When she first met him she was conscious of "half" flirting with him - which is bad since she was in a sort of a relationship but on the train she is "freshly single".
Mark is a sweetheart. I think any woman interested or not on his type will surely agree on that. not only a sweetheart also a gentlemen who offers her his gloves and coat when they are both stuck on the platform which was mistakenly closed when they got of the last train.
The best way to get stuck on a platform from about 1 a.m. till morning when they open (about 5 a.m.) is with a sweet hunk like Mark. and while a coat and gloves helps out a little with the cold there are other ways to get pretty warm ;)
I liked both Caitlin and Mark. I also liked that their jobs are really different so they probably wouldn't meet on their regular circle of friends but they did meet up while donating the blood - each for his/her reasons.
The ending was also sweet and funny I was missing the both of them on the second I closed my Kindle for the day.
Big Boy by Ruthie Knox
Sweet story :)
Not everything is what it seems and I guess the other way around :)