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- Print Length: 358 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 064817431X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Shenanigans Press (December 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077LYR3FY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The thing that these fun stories had in common was that the female leads weren’t afraid to get what they want in the bedroom. There is a lovely mix of contemporary romance, science fiction romance, paranormal romance, regency romance, and erotica in this collection, and they are typically a 30-minute read. Even if you don’t usually go for one or some of those genres, I highly recommend snatching this up. You will enjoy them no matter what, and you may even find yourself a new genre to add to your list!
Below are reviews for each story (I give each one 5 stars!):
Let It Snow: I really liked that Jovie was a workaholic, and it was cute watching her warm back into the Christmas spirit. I really wanted to go skiing while reading this one—especially with sexy Chris!
Eight Secret Nights: I loved that this story featured Hanukkah traditions. I really enjoyed watching the romance between Mara and Evan develop, and I found it to be well-balanced considering the length of the story.
A Tradition Worth Continuing: I tend to avoid stories featuring married couples since I can’t really relate, but I truly enjoyed this one. The chemistry was hot, and the ending was really sweet.
Kittens For Christmas: Kittens and a sexy man, yes please! I loved this one so much. Regina and Ric were complex characters that I immediately connected with, and they were perfect for each other.
Missing You For Christmas: This one was so sweet! I really felt badly for Allison as she tried to get through her day-to-day activities while missing her husband, Jake; but the ending was also perfect.
A Grease Monkey Christmas: Cailin Briste is how I found out about this set, and I was super excited to read her short story. I loved that the female lead, Jasline was actually the mechanic in this story. I admired her strength, especially considering how she lost her family. Davon was also a complete hottie, and I liked the drama he was involved in. The steamy scenes were beautifully written, and I loved that ending! The complex characters really felt like real people even though this is of the Science Fiction genre. You can really imagine what life would be like if we had access to space travel! Her ability to paint such realistic worlds while throwing in the heat is what makes her one of my favorite authors!
Santa Claus is Coming: This was a great friends-to-lovers story set in Melbourne. I highly enjoyed the Australian lingo and found myself imagining what Christmas must be like over there. Chris and Holly were made for each other and I found their age difference to be a really nice touch.
The Promise Of Love: I have also not read much Regency Romance, but I loved this. I have no idea how Maya Bailey was able to have such a complete story considering the short length. The layout couldn’t have been more perfect. Edward was such a stud; it was no wonder Elizabeth fell for him so hard!
Underneath The Mistletoe: A hot cop that loves kids, yes please! This was yet another cute story. Nic and Amelia had such great chemistry, and Grace was beyond adorable. All of these characters were so well-written that it felt like a true story!
Blizzard: This was one of my favorites because it was another of the Science Fiction genre. Simon was so incredibly hot, and I was so jealous of Fallon. I am curious to see if Susan Frewin has more books set in this interesting world, and I look forward to checking her other stories out!
All I Want for Christmas … is You: This was such a fun story to read. There was a little suspense thrown in the mix, something I don’t usually read, but I really enjoyed this. Devon is yet another hot cop in this collection of stories, and Victoria was the perfect match for him. I thought it was so great that Victoria was a suspect in his case!
Christmas is Coming: This was the only story in the collection that featured a true Dom type man. You will love this if you are into that style of relationship. This one might also set your kindle on fire!
New Beginnings: I am not quite sure if this falls into the PNR category or not, but it was a great addition to the collection. I thought the romance between David and Erika was really sweet. I also enjoyed that she was a girl of average size!
I Fell Through Starlight For You: This one was also one of my favorites because the story was not something I ever would have imagined! A romance featuring Santa’s son, yes please!! I loved everything about Kristjan, and I wish he really existed even though he and Lucille were perfect together. I look forward to checking out Keira Fox’s other work because I am now a huge fan!
I received a copy and volunteered to review it.
Of the fourteen stories, I really enjoyed the plot, humour and characters of:
* Eight Secret Nights (Shoshana David) - a sweet but hot romance between a shy guy and a Jewish heroine who celebrate Hanukkah together. I loved the premise of a secret admirer giving the heroine gifts and learning more about Hanukkah (which I wasn't all that familiar with to be honest) and what it means. I loved how the hero went out of his way to learn too, and the special way he helped the heroine celebrate this event.
* Missing You For Christmas (Moxie Rivers) - this was a seriously heart-touching story of a married couple, the husband serving in the military overseas and the wife at home alone for yet another Christmas. It was a wonderful story of friends, friendship, surprises and love, one to warm your heart, maybe even bring a tear to your eye by the end.
* Santa Claus is Coming (Jennie Kew) - a cougar romance with a photographer heroine and younger fireman hero! This story was hot, hot, hot! Definitely an erotic romance. What's not to like about a ripped fireman in an Aussie themed Santa photo on a beach, helping out his best friend's older sister, one he's had a crush on forever? Loved Ms Kew's well timed humour and one-liners as well as the fan-yourself sex scenes. A complete, multi-layered, satisfying story.
* I Fell Through Starlight For You (Keira Fox) - I loved both the characters in this contemporary short story with a slight paranormal twist. Kris, the hero is a half Snow-Elf/half human and Santa's son. Lucy runs a café/bistro and stays open all Christmas night to provide sanctuary and a place to feel welcome and warm during a time when some feel lonely. The heroine is a genuinely, selfless person, and Kris ends up a recipient of her care the night he falls from his dad's sleigh after an accidental mishap. It's a feel-good romance, one I really enjoyed everything about, except perhaps the rather abrupt ending.
Overall, what I really enjoyed in the anthology were the variety of hero and heroines portrayed. They all weren't hot looking, handsome guys and Barbie figured girls, but relatable characters.
The writing craft and skill of the authors in this anthology do vary, as does the believability/clicheness of some of the plotlines and characters, but I'm sure most readers will find a variety of stories they will enjoy, just as I have.
I'm glad I had the chance to read this anthology and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys festive-season flavoured, short stories.
(I received an ARC of this book for review.)
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