Salesman of the Year

Short Story in The Power of Love Anthology

By Karen Kelley

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.

From the moment she saw Devon, Jennifer was pulled right back to the past. To when they had been in school, a time when she had gone by Jenny, she had wanted to go out with him, and she had dreamed of being a vet. But times had changed, she was soon to be married, and now she went by Jennifer. She couldn't, shouldn't, think of things that might have been.

Having her fiance Adam join them as they looked for houses, Jennifer was forced to compare the two men. Whereas Devon had always accepted her for whom she was, Adam always reminded her of how things should be - the way he wanted them.

All her life, Jennifer had tried to do the right thing. It may not have been what she wanted, but it was for the best. Now, she was marrying Adam, and they were looking for their new home. It was a time of realization, a time for her to make the best decisions for herself, and for Jenny to emerge.

Salesman of the Year was a touching romance. I loved watching as Devon gently reminded Jenny of the goals and ambitions she'd once had, and encouraged her independence. I really enjoyed watching Jenny stand up for herself and not only make a grab for life, but also for the man that she loved, and loved her.

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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