Review – Love in an Elevator

Love in an Elevator, a Romantic Comedy anthology

My Review

love-in-an-elevatorI loved this book, I loved this book, I loved this book! Clearly I can’t say it enough times! Love in an Elevator has 8 short stories that incorporate a romantic story that involves an elevator in some way. Who would’ve thought that there could be so many ways that elevators can bring people together?! They’re all clever and funny and filled with unexpected romance and all the stories incorporate the elevators in completely different ways, yet the elevator plays a key role in all of the storylines. Some of the authors are personal favorites, some are authors i’ve been meaning to read, and some were completely new to me. Almost all 8 stories got a 5/5 star rating from me and I HIGHLY recommend these stories to all who enjoy romantic comedies and are looking for some major laughs!

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

[Please note, these stories are no longer available as an anthology and are available to purchase separately as novellas from each author.]

1. Hold the Lift by Aven Ellis

I was looking forward to reading this short as I’ve heard of her work but have never read any of her writing yet! This story was about Sierra and Jude meeting in an elevator that gets stuck. They’re both young, hard-working professionals that work hard to accomplish their goals. I love that he’s a professional hockey player (It’s the only sport I truly enjoy!) and I love the tie-in with the Magic 8 ball. Sometimes the digital age can bring people together and sometimes it can make things more difficult, but I truly believe that when things are meant to work out, they very often times do.

5/5 Stars – super cute story of Sierra and Jude

2. Down, Then Up by Beth Labonte

This was a new author for me and I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of her before. Thankfully that changed now that I’ve read her story of Lauren and Jamie. Lauren runs into her old college boyfriend, of all places on a crazy bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas. They both have accomplished a lot since their college years, but could it be that neither of them ever moved on from their failed relationship?

4/5 Stars – mixture of silly, sweet and serious

3. Going Up? by Whitney Dineen

I’ve got a few of Whitney’s novels on my kindle app but haven’t made my way to them yet. This novella inspired me to read them soon!

Fiona Kitchen moves to New York to open a branch of her massage spa called The Rub, like her flagship store in Pennsylvania. After months of having trouble finding a new client base, Fiona gets a job as an elevator operator. That job leads to some interesting adventures and I was happy to be along for the ride. I would love to read a full length novel of Fiona’s story.

5/5 Stars

4. Taking a Chance by Becky Monson

Liza and Jay meet in the elevator that is supposed to take them to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. Liza is a special type of socially awkward; she’s scared of crowds, small spaces and especially afraid of heights. But she has a promise to fulfill and perhaps Jay is the perfect person to help her accomplish her goals.
5/5 Stars – Such a cute story!

5. Happy to be Stuck with You by Rich Amooi

I was excited to see that Rich was one of the authors in this anthology, as he is one of my favorite authors! You can get a copy of this novella for free if you sign up for Rich’s newsletter (you’ll also get his new releases for a discounted rate when they come out): Sign up here!
Happy to be stuck with you is a cute story about seemingly unrequited love in the workplace. You know what they say about making assumptions about people right? You’re usually wrong! This was a funny one, a laugh out loud comedy from beginning to end, in the classic Amooi style.

5/5 Stars – classic laugh out loud comedy

6. Upstairs, Downstairs and the Lift in Between by Geralyn Corcillo

Another of my favorite authors!

This is the charming story of where Mark and Maisy meet and fall in love. I read the full length novel recently and it’s wonderful! I enjoyed reading how it all began, even though I read it out of order.

5/5 Stars

7. The Only Way is Up by Lindy Dale

This was a new author for me, but one I’ve heard great things about. This is the story of Bailey and Callum. I loved the dynamics between these two and would love to continue reading their story if it was a full length novel!

5/5 Stars

8. Out of Order by Dee Ernest

This was a completely new author for me. I loved the story and the relationship that brews between Seth and Grace and will definitely be checking out her other works.

5/5 Stars

Title: Love in an Elevator

Author: Multiple Authors

Published: July 2016

Book Blurb: Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology!

I purchased this book when it was available as an anthology. You can now only purchase the novellas separately from each author on Amazon.

Hold the Lift by Aven Ellis – Amazon Link 

Down, Then Up by Beth Labonte – Amazon Link

Going Up? by Whitney Dineen – Amazon Link

Taking a Chance by Becky Monson – Amazon Link

Happy to be Stuck with You by Rich Amooi – Newsletter

Upstairs, Downstairs, and the Lift in Between by Geralyn Corcillo – Amazon Link

The Only Way is Up by Lindy Dale – Amazon Link

Out of Order by Dee Ernst – Amazon Link

I purchased this book when it was available with all 8 stories together in one. They are now only available separately. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion. 

Arielle Joy

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Blog Tour Interview | Aven Ellis

Today I’m excited to share an excerpt from Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis, a contemporary romance novel released by Soul Mate Publishing, in addition to a fun little Q & A!

Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis

Publication Date: December 19, 2014

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Book Blurb

Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail server at a posh Chicago hotel.

In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there’s something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.

In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?

Buy Links: Amazon U.S. | Amazon U.K.

A Little Q & A Fun with the Author

In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’

Quirky. Sweet. Thoughtful. Swoonworthy.

Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?

My leading men come from people I’ve seen on TV, articles I’ve read in magazines, or interesting men I’ve come across in social media. Never from my real life. That’s the fun of writing-creating something unique from my life!

Do you have any writing rituals?

I always think of my next chapter in my head, how it is going to go from beginning to end before I write it. If I’m writing on the weekend, I must write with a cup of coffee, with a spoonful of cream.

Do you write every day?

I have a day job and other hobbies so no, I do not. Hasn’t hurt me at all, however.

If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find?

Five chubby lip pencils (I’m addicted to them), powder, perfume, wallet, receipts.

Do you like reality TV programs?

I used to be addicted to The Bachelor, but I’m sitting out on this current one. (Sorry, Chris didn’t interest me.) I do love MasterChef and Top Chef. If it has food, I’m IN.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

A pumpkin pie smoothie. Every day. Without fail.

What was the last DVD you purchased?

A work out DVD. But I did get a Downton Abbey DVD for Christmas so I’m pumped about that.

What color are your eyes?

And I have really big pupils. Like Wilma Flintstone.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I always have a positive message for women in all of my books-that’s so important to who I am as a writer. In Surviving the Rachel, the message is that sometimes you have to go through a lot of challenges, and through tough times, but you will find your way out-and perhaps to the place you were meant to be most of all.

About the Author – Aven Ellis

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Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista followed next. Surviving the Rachel will be published in 2015.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, hockey, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

Excerpt – Surviving the Rachel

Now it’s just me and Jack.

“Firefly,” he says, breaking the silence.

“What?” I laugh.

“Right there, hold on a second,” Jack says, pointing near the pond. “There!”

And I see it. A firefly lights up the darkness for a brief second, a flash of yellow in the dark sky.

“I condemned many fireflies to a sad death in a Cool Whip container in my childhood,” I admit, laughing.

“Did you poke holes on the top?” he teases.

“Of course! I didn’t try to suffocate them on purpose.”
“Murderer.”

“I was not,” I giggle.

“Challenge for you,” Jack says. “Can you still catch one?”

“Absolutely I can.”

“Prove it.”

“Oh, okay, you’re on. First one to catch five wins,” I say, throwing down my own challenge.

“I’ve so got this,” he declares.

So we both get up and begin catching fireflies. We’re laughing and teasing each other and before I know it, I have bested Jack.

“That’s five,” I declare happily, snatching the fifth firefly. I open up my palm to reveal it to him, and then I release it to the night sky.

And in a way, I feel released, too. I’m releasing the negativity about the job search, and I’m starting new tomorrow with Jack’s help. I gaze at his profile, and I know this German-speaking boy next door has something—if not everything-to do with this newfound feeling I have.

He turns and catches me looking at him. We don’t say anything for a moment, and another firefly flashes light between us.

“I guess I should be heading home,” he says softly.

“Okay.”

“So I’ll see you tomorrow for sushi?”

“Yes,” I say, smiling back at him. “And I’ll send you my resume right now.”

Jack nods. “Okay then. I’ll see you tomorrow. And thank you for tonight.”

“I should be thanking you,” I say softly.

He turns and begins walking across the grass. I cross my arms over my chest, his sweatshirt still keeping me warm. Jack suddenly stops and turns to me.

“’Hochzeit mit Hindernissen,’” Jack says.

I begin laughing. “What?”

“The German title for ‘The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding,’” Jack says, grinning at me. “That’s one of my favorite Friends episodes.”

Another firefly lights up in front of me as I watch him walk away. And then I realize that’s what Jack is to me.

He’s like a firefly who has lit up the darkness.

And I find myself drawn to his light.

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