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It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2016
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From the Back Cover
It's the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air―and desire reaches the boiling point. . .
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie comes a hilarious, sexy story about a determined shopper who grabs the last action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the arms of a sexy secret agent. Mayhem under the mistletoe ensues. Business as usual this Christmas season...right?
Christmas with the Billionaire Rancher
Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money in Mandy Baxter's story set deep in the heart of Texas. But when gorgeous do-gooder Chloe Benson comes knocking at his door―in search of funds for her charity―Nate can't ignore the passion he feels for her. Maybe love is priceless after all?
Christmas at Seashell Cottage
'Tis the season in Jewell Cove when local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger and ex-SEAL Dave Ricker. Are these turn of events too good to be true? Or is Christmas working its magic―for real― Donna Alward's heartwarming holiday story?
About the Author
Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.
Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a two-time Rita award winner.
Donna Alward lives on Canada's east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she's not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking...and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at DonnaAlward.com/newsletter.
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Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie -
This was cute and fun, and I loved that there was humor through out the whole thing. I loved Trudy's attitude, and how determined she was to get that toy for her nephew, no matter what she had to go through. The scenario was a bit out there, I don't really see that scenario happening, but hey, it was still lots of fun. There's not really too much romance in this; really only a couple kisses, but I still enjoyed the chemistry and banter between Trudy and Nolan. I also enjoyed Trudy's relationship with her sister; they have some fun conversations. I definitely wanted a bit more in the end, but this was a great read for me. Finished it in no time at all! I originally read this story in a different Christmas collection, so just a notice that this isn't a new story for this Christmas set. All in all, fun to read for the season. Entertaining Christmas read!
Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward -
This one is cute, and the romance is sweet. I don't love the scenario with the baby, but I still enjoyed the story. The heroine, Charlie, is a bit reserved, and has a crush on the new guy in town, Dave. Charlie connects with Dave while volunteering at church, and they begin to grow closer, but when they find an abandoned baby in the manger in place of Jesus, things get a little hectic. Charlie and Dave are a cute couple, and I enjoyed reading about their relationship progressing.
Christmas with the Billionaire Bachelor by Mandy Baxter -
This one was the steamiest! Lots of sexy times, and sizzle. While the other 2 stories were on the more wholesome side, this one definitely goes the other direction. The connection between Chloe and Nate is great, and I liked the premise of this story. Nate's rich dad has died, and Nate has inherited lots of money. Nate and his dad didn't get along very well, since his dad sucked, so he doesn't want the money. Chloe needs money to keep her charity for young street kids open, so she plans to ask Nate, but once she meets him the connection between the two can't be denied. They get hot and heavy really fast, but they have some issues they need to work through. I liked Nate’s gruffness, and Chloe and him have some sweet moments. Entertaining read.
This is a short story that does not go where you think it will. At all.
Trudy has a sister and nephew who she cares for very much. So much that with one day’s notice, right before Christmas, she takes on a mission to find her nephew the one toy that everyone wants, which has been sold out for weeks, and the toy that five year old Leroy wants more than anything. Belief in Santa, a competition between mothers, and a past that includes a distant father are at stake. In an old, dusty toy store, she finds the special toy. She also finds a man who she might have been interested in at one time but now just wants him to go away. As Trudy makes her way to the checkout, Nolan dogging her heels, the strangest night of her life begins.
If this were the charming story about finding the perfect gift for a little boy it could end right here. But it’s not. This is actually a spy versus spy short story, with Trudy and the toy she actually has to protect with her life caught in the middle. Not knowing who to trust (and the reader doesn’t know, either), Trudy has to use her wits to overcome danger and the possibility that the toy of the year will fall out of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Delightful and a little bit angsty, all wrapped up in a budding romance, this is a fun short story to read when you’re tired of the Christmas rush and shopping. At least you don’t have Trudy’s problems! Read and enjoy.
Christmas at Seashell Cottage
This could be titled The Doctor and the SEAL, but that wouldn’t indicate the true Christmas story going on here.
Charlie has been forced all her life to meet the expectations of her parents. She is happy, but she is lonely. She has never learned how to socialize so she doesn’t see a lifelong love in her future. She joins the local church and volunteers to help decorate for Christmas, hoping to make new friends.
Nate is an ex-SEAL who has moved to Jewel Cove to be closer to his daughter, now living with his ex-wife and her husband. He’s working as a maintenance man on boats in the harbor when he catches Charlie’s eye.
The Baby. That is what he is called for most of the story, and in fact, we only learn his temporary name, not his real name. As the town gathers for the annual caroling and tree lighting, in front of the church and its outdoor manger scene, Charlie and Nate meet and a friendship begins to develop. Charlie and Nate linger to talk, and it is as they are leaving that Nate finds the doll in the manger has been replaced with a real baby. Did I mention this is in Maine? In December? Charlie takes him to her office to examine him and call the authorities. She makes a spur of the moment decision to foster him until his mother can be found.
The story is about Charlie and Nate, two people who are burdened by their pasts, and how they push each other away, while needing each other so badly. The baby is almost incidental, yet he is at the core of what could be. The ending of this short story includes an HEA and a HFN. You’ll have to read it to find out who is involved in which, but I promise your heart will melt.
Christmas With the Billionaire Rancher
We begin this story with a death and an unwanted inheritance. There is also a mystery that readers don’t even realize is a mystery until the harsh truth is revealed.
Nate and his three brothers were raised by a man who spent far more time with his business than he did with his sons or his series of wives. The last wife is left out of the will and Nate not only inherits a lot of money but he is also left to run his father’s business. The other three brothers already have fortunes of their own but Nate is an ex-SEAL and therefore not wealthy in his own right.
Chloe runs a charitable foundation that is going down the drain if she can’t raise $3 million dollars by Christmas Eve. She crashes the after funeral party intending to ask Nate for the money to keep her foundation going. One thing leads to another and she winds up in bed with him. It was supposed to be a onetime hookup but both Nate and Chloe find that their attraction is too much to let go.
Nate’s background in the romance department and Chloe’s need for the money are not revealed to each other that night or for a while, and of course, when the truth comes out hard feelings and a sense of betrayal seems to doom any further deepening of a relationship.
Of the three stories this is the most romantic and angsty. I loved all three stories and perhaps this one the most.
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