Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review: Naughty and Nice: Three Holiday Treats



Naughty and Nice: 

Three Holiday  Teats (Crooked Creek Ranch #2.5) 

Published November 5th 2012 by Random House Digital, Inc.

’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.


ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox

Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Molly O’Keefe

Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?

ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Sloane

After being jilted by her fiancĂ©, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support—and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they’ll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.

My Thoughts:  

Room at the Inn:  Of the three stories in this book, this was by far my favorite.  The main characters Carson and Julie are in their 30's.  They had fallen in love when they were in college and Carson brought Julie back to his home town of Potter Falls, which she automatically fell in love with.  When his mother became ill, Julie donated one of her kidneys to her, and after that, decided to stay in Potter Falls, while as Carson just wanted to get away from there.  As the years pass, Julie becomes the "town's sweetheart," involved in everything, and everyone just loves her.  She and Carson would end up hooking up every time he came back home, which wasn't often, but then that stopped happening to.  After the death of his mother, Carson returns home to check up on his ailing father.  He ends up getting a room and Julie’s Bed and Breakfast with the agreement that he would help her with repairs.  Try as they may, they cannot deny their feeling for one another and things soon get hot and heavy again.  Will Carson be able to face his feelings for Julie?  When it comes down to the wire?  Will he choose his job or love?  

This was a great story.  I loved the characters.  Julie is just great all around.  She has a charismatic personality, she's funny, and she would do anything for the people she loves.  Carson is quite the hottie, and I really liked him also.  The chemistry between the two is through the roof and there are some very steamy scenes.  There is also a tremendous amount of humor and I enjoyed the banter between Julie and Carson.  The story line was entertaining and progressed well.  Overall, this was a delightful Christmas novella that was both funny, sexy, and romantic and I really enjoyed it. 


All I Want for Christmas is You:  This was the shortest of the three stories, being only several chapters.  It was so short I really had a hard time getting into it.  I would consider it an NA or mature YA story.  The main characters are Maddy and Billy.  These two childhood sweethearts want to get married on Maddy's 18th birthday and have to tell her parents.  In the process she has to face her feelings, and is kind of wishy-washy about it, seeming really unsure about what she wants.  I liked Billy, he seemed a lot more sure of himself and seemed like a really great guy.  Basically the whole story revolved around whether or not Maddy would show up at the courthouse on the day they got married.  

One Perfect Christmas:  This short story was actually historical in nature, set in the 1800s.  Jane Merriweather and Lucas Cavanaugh grew up together and were the best of childhood friends.  After Jane's engagement ends abruptly, Lucas spends some time with her, comforting her, and finds his feelings for her are more than just friendship.  One night after having too much too drink, Jane confesses her feeling for Lucas.  Even though he feels the same way, the thought of settling down scares him to death so he just leaves for some months.  When he finally does come back home, he finds that despite all his adventures, his feelings for Jane are still the same.  Jane's family is desperate for her to find a husband.  Her father has poorly managed their estate and they are basically broke, so they need her to "marry well," in order to save their home.  Jane too has just arrived back after leaving because she was so embarrassed by what happened with Lucas.  In the meanwhile, Lord Needles arrives on the scene, who is also interested in Jane, and he is quite the hottie, which makes Lucas really think about things.  With the threat of her impending engagement, will he finally tell Jane how he feels, or risk losing her forever?

I enjoyed this story, it was short, but it was good, keeping my interest.  The romance was good, and I enjoyed the characters, even Lord Needles, who helps Maddy realize what is important in life.  There ending is quite steamy also.  This was a short, steamy, historical Christmas romance and I did enjoy it.  



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6 comments:

  1. The first story sounds really good but I'm not sure about the other two.
    I normally don't read anthologies much but I'm finding Holiday ones are the exception. I like the sweet, cute and romantic story that happens quickly.

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    1. I really liked the first story. I wasn't crazy about the other two though.

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  2. Sounds like a good mix of stories just right for the holidays.

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  3. I am loving anthologies lately, especially those centered around a holiday. This one sounds really good. I'm glad you liked it, Ellen!

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    1. Thanks, it was a fun holiday read. I especially liked the first one.

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