Last of the Red-Hot Mammas

Short Story in The Power of Love Anthology

By Dianne Castell

Berkley Sensation - June 2008

Contemporary Romance

Twelve authors coming together and providing short stories for an anthology. Twelve short stories of empowered women overcoming obstacles and finding success and love. The Power of Love is an anthology of twelve romances written by some of today's brightest stars in the romance genre showing that sometimes anything is possible, given the power of love.

Sisters always seemed to be certain what was best for their siblings, and had no qualms at interfering when necessary. At least that is what Gloria thought when her sister sent her to a hotel, and she found a man there. She had every intention of immediately leaving, but well, she liked him, and he seemed to even like her, and, well, you only live once.

Oh boy, Gloria couldn't believe what she had done. She quietly left, figuring they wouldn't see each other again. That was until she learned who he was, and how determined he would be to see her again.

Last of the Red-Hot Mammas was a funny story of mixed up romance. I enjoyed Rab's methods of courting Gloria. They were definitely unique. Ms Castell always includes a lively, and typically, large cast of secondary characters, and even though they aren't all mentioned by name, this story is no exception. After all, sometimes it takes a village to court a woman.

Included in The Power of Love are: Sweet Dreams by Lori Foster, Unpredictable by Erin McCarthy, After Hours by Toni Blake, Last of the Red-Hot Mammas by Dianne Castell, Salesman of the Year by Karen Kelley, Dance the Fandango by Rosemary Laurey, The Girl Next Door by Janice Maynard, Chicken Soup for Annie by LuAnn McLane, No Angel by Lucy Monroe, Angel in the Alley by Patricia Sargeant, Hannah's Choice by Kay Stockham and The Mouse Who Roared by J. C. Wilder.

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