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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599986612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599986616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maya Banks lives in Southeast Texas with her husband and three children. When she's not writing, she loves to hunt and fish, bum on the beach, play poker and travel.

Escaping into the pages of a book is something she's loved to do since she was a child. Now she crafts her own worlds and characters and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.



Kate Davies is Lecturer in English Literature at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ray TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2008
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~Home for Christmas by Kate Davies~

With her husband gone and her daughter spending the holiday with her fiancée's family, Sophia books a cruise for Christmas this year, far from her memories and even further from the very distracting presence of her friend and business partner, Ethan. She just needs some time and space to figure out what she wants for the rest of her life, and whether or not her feelings for Ethan are real or just a by-product of their close friendship.

Ethan has been waiting for the right opportunity to let Sophia know just how he feels about her. Having been careful to give her space in which to grieve her late husband, he has bided his time in reluctant patience - he'll be damned if he misses his chance with her now. Determined to finally make his move and tell the lovely widow just how much she means to him, he moves heaven and earth to land himself on the same cruise. He'll pull out all the stops to make both of their dreams come true, praying that those dreams will be possible together.

Home for Christmas is an absolutely wonderful tale about a mature romance between two friends who have long loved each other from afar. With a starring couple who are both over forty, Kate Davies offers a realistic look at love the second time around for those of us who are long past the first bloom of youth, but still young enough to entertain dreams of love and forever.

As a no-nonsense widow and the mother of a young adult daughter, Sophia is mindful of her family's needs, while still being very aware of her own as a woman. When the death of her husband left her as part-owner in his business, she never hesitated to roll up her sleeves and work in the family business alongside her friend and partner, Ethan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2008
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4 stars for LOOK WHAT SANTA BROUGHT by Annmarie McKenna.
Very nice romance. Very sensual. I like her style of writing about a guy who is focused on only one woman, and he's got to have her, and he treasures her. This is a sequel to Blackmailed, but the stories don't need to be read together. In Blackmailed Brianna becomes the mate of Cole and Tyler. Scot is Brianna's blind brother who lives with them. In this story, Tara has just broken up with an abusive boyfriend Eric who still wants her and tries to hurt her. Tara needs to find an apartment, and Scot invites her to live with him temporarily.

Story length: 56 pages. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: current day St. Louis, Missouri. Copyright: 2007. Genre: contemporary romance.

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For a list of my reviews of other Annmarie McKenna books, see my 5 star review of "Finding Strength" posted on 7/12/08.

3.5 stars for HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Kate Davies.
Nice, romantic lovers story. Very pleasant ending. Wonderful guy Ethan. Dan was husband to Sophie and business partner with Ethan. Dan died two years earlier. Sophie began working at the company with Ethan. Ethan has been attracted to Sophie but remained a platonic friend due to her mourning. Sophie decides to go on a Christmas cruise alone. Ethan discovers this as she is leaving for the airport. He hurriedly arranges to get on the same cruise. They become romantic and intimate for the first time on the cruise.

Story length: 48 pages. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: two. Setting: current day U.S. and Caribbean cruise ship. Copyright: 2007. Genre: contemporary romance.

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To date, I've read one other book by Kate Davies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia A. Frazer VINE VOICE on January 2, 2008
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The McKenna story was my favorite-the others were well written also. They were all closer to mainstream romance than most of the stories written by these authors. A very enjoyable read and the McKenna story has a tie to her Blackmailed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stamping Momma on December 17, 2007
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While all these stories in this anthology are well written and very good, they were just a little tame for my taste. I was expecting the usual hot, smoking love scenes that are a staple in an AnnMarie McKenna or Maya Banks book but the love scenes were just like a regular romance novel. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book alot. I was just expecting a little more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anelle Strydom on July 1, 2008
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The stories where just to short, they where nice enough but I like alittle bit of meat on my characters. So I would have to rate them unsatisfyingly short.
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