Ahh, December. My Christmas lights are FINALLY all up and I’m ready to talk about books. Christmas books, of course! I think Sunny got us off to a great start on Monday, so I’d like to continue the momentum with my review of Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection. I chose this one because I was familiar with most of the authors in the collection and have enjoyed their work. Read on to find out which stories had me Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree…
Publication Date: December 5, 2011 Length: 355 pages Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Carina Press Source & Format: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley; digital Official Summary It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Love! A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts. Anthology includes: This Time Next Year by Alison Kent A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton It’s Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
Liz‘s ReviewThis Time Next Year by Alison Kent
What a great start to this anthology! I loved this story! Brenna was relatable and seemed smart and capable. Dillon was sexy, a bit mysterious, and wonderfully complex. It wasn’t ever completely clear to me why Brenna felt that she needed to go be a nurse in another country for a whole year when she didn’t want to leave her grandmother, but it didn’t make me like the novella less. Brenna and Dillon forged a strong relationship over just a few days and it felt completely real. I’ve not read an Alison Kent book before, but after reading this one, I’ll be checking out more of her work!
Rating: A-A Rare Gift (Kent Brothers, Book 2) by Jaci Burton
You know that I love a little humor with my romance and this one has it! Calliope is a great character. First, her name is awesome! How could you NOT like someone named Calliope?! She’s also outgoing and funny and bold. In a different story, a character like her might be irritating, but when she’s paired up with Wyatt, she’s perfect. Wyatt is still a little angry and a whole lot bitter about his divorce 3 years ago. He feels like a failure. Maybe that’s why Calliope is so great with Wyatt – she’s kind of Tigger to his Eeyore. And it wasn’t too difficult to like Wyatt, since he was a smoking hot hunk of a man! This was a lot of fun to read!
Rating: AIt’s Not Christmas Without You (Holloway, Book 1) by HelenKay Dimon
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this story when I started it. Carrie seemed a little annoying and came on a little strong. But it quickly became much better. I liked how Carrie had the guts to move away from home to follow her career, but I did NOT like how indecisive she was about Austin. Austin is the guy she left behind but can’t get over. At first, he had an “aw, shucks” vibe, which I didn’t love. But just like Carrie, it quickly became apparent that my first impression was wrong. I thought Austin was cute and sweet. He was also very stable and constant in his feelings for Carrie. I liked this story, but it was not my favorite in this book.
Rating: B-Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
Justin and Claire have the secret hots for each other – Justin doesn’t want to make a move because Claire is a widow and her late husband was Justin’s best friend; Claire doesn’t want to make a move because her late husband was Justin’s best friend. I loved that they have so much in common and so many shared experiences. They both like each other but neither will take that leap. It occasionally got to be a little too much with each character not seeing the other for what they want, but I didn’t get TOO frustrated with Justin and Claire. Plus, this was another one that had some laughs. I had a great time reading this story. It’s no wonder that Shannon Stacey is such a popular author!
Rating: A-Overall Bottom Line
Honestly, I didn’t even notice these stories were novellas. They are well written, engaging, and long enough to get a good feel for the characters. Holiday Kisses is just about the perfect book to read while snuggling under a blanket next to a blazing fire in the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate at your elbow!
Overall Rating: B+
Wine/Beverage Pairing: Mexican hot chocolate – nice and warm with a little extra spice!Buy Digital: Kindle | Nook Buy Print: Amazon | B&N
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