Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas reviews

Hey fans. I've been reading up on some good, bad and bleh Christmas books!!! Here's the run down on what to read this holiday season!

A Naughty Little Christmas (Cowboys, Cops, and Kilts: 8 Seasonally Seductive Romances from Bestselling Authors) $0.99 Amazon

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Cowboy Jackpot Series, Book 1 
Randi Alexander 
Award Winning Novella. A lucky first kiss in front of a Las Vegas slot machine pays off big for bull rider Boone Hancock and college student Gigi Colberg-Staub. 
The 19th Precinct, Book 1.5 
Ann Bruce 
It's cold and snowing and dark when a vice cop meets the perfect woman for him, all the while bad men with guns are chasing after him. 
Aliyah Burke 
Recuperating in wintery Massachusetts, Heath Dixon gives cold-hating Kassia Green something much hotter to focus on. But can he keep her after Christmas? Like…forever? 
Opal Carew 
Given one chance to break the curse which has held Angelique in its grip for two hundred years, she is faced with a heart-rending decision. Can she sacrifice Nick's happiness for her own freedom? 
Jennifer Haymore writing as Dawn Halliday 
In the wintery Highland mountains, Aileen and Niall unleash their forbidden passion. But Aileen is promised to another this Christmas, and the wicked Lowlander will stop at nothing to have her. 
Yvette Hines 
Even during the holidays a woman can have one reckless night that will change her life forever...especially when the man she was with is determined to prove they belong together. 
Christin Lovell 
After being apart from each other for a year, Libby and Tyler realize their feelings for one another are more than platonic. Are they willing to risk years of friendship on a chance at love? 
Paige Tyler 
Hayley Knowles has always fantasized about getting spanked by her husband, Conner. But how can she possibly ever get her husband to do it, especially since she’s too shy to tell him? This is the holiday season, though, so maybe Hayley might get exactly what she wants for Christmas! 

A Naughty Little Christmas (Cowboys, Cops, and Kilts: 8 Seasonally Seductive Romances from Bestselling Authors)A Naughty Little Christmas by Randi Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an awesome compilation of Christmas stories. Hot, sexy and full of holiday cheer! The only thing that bothered me was all the "excerpts" and what not between stories. I understand there are a lot of authors involved in this, and that they all want attention, but that stuff could have been put at the end of the book. It sucked when you had to skip 5-10 pages at a time just to get to the next story! Either way, it's still a great collection and well worth the 99 cents!!

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While Snowbound (Sensual Romance Series) $3.99 Amazon

Snowbound with the famous rocker might be her best friend’s fantasy, but it isn’t Ella’s. Nor is she impressed with the fact Brady Gates was voted sexiest man of the year – twice. Ella was looking forward to the isolation of her mountain cabin and the peace and quiet she needs to finish writing her book. Rescuing the careless celebrity in the midst of a blizzard and taking him to the safety of her remote cabin was not how she intended to spend her time on the mountain. 

Weary of lovestruck fans climbing into his bed uninvited and the ever present paparazzi, Brady Gates had planned to take an incognito break from his hectic life and spend several weeks alone at a remote mountain cabin. 

Finding himself stranded in a blizzard doesn’t bother him half as much as the fact the one woman he wants is the one woman who is the least interested in him. 

While SnowboundWhile Snowbound by Anna J. McIntyre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed that this rock star book didn't have a heroine going star crazy over the hero. This was a sweet little romance and showed feelings developing over time. I found it refreshing that there was no love at first sight and it felt very real. Until the end, which was rushed, and basically felt like a cliff notes version of what came next. There was no real "fix" to what happened between them. I mean, if a man disappeared on me, I wouldn't just welcome him back with open arms. The other thing that bothered me was how in depth the author went into explaining the indie author process. I have to say, if I wasn't an author, I would have most likely rolled my eyes and skipped past the long winded description of the sites and processes. It was boring, and I felt it took away from the story a little bit.

This isn't a horrible book, it just definitely needs some work.

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A Cajun Werewolf Christmas (Stormy Weather, Book 6)

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This is it! The answer to your Stormy Weather questions. This isn’t a traditional romance by any stretch, it's a glimpse of happily ever after or how the Cajun werewolves spend their first Christmas as a pack. 

A Cajun Werewolf Christmas 
(The Happily Ever After) 
paranormal romance – the final Stormy Weather story 

Join Deveraux Pack for their first Christmas together. With Angel and Jules’ wedding days away, the pack braces the snow and cold for an unforgettable day. The men place a bet to see who can come up with the best baby present. And Mother Nature provides one last surprise for everyone. 

A Cajun Werewolf Christmas (Stormy Weather, #6)A Cajun Werewolf Christmas by Selena Blake
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is a sorry excuse for a story. There's no romance, no nothing. Apparently it's just a wrap up to a whole series that I will no longer waste my time reading. The story line was horrible, boring and most parts didn't make sense. The author doesn't take into account someone like me who hasn't read their books, and who doesn't know the series. There's not much of an explanation to the back stories. There's nothing. Don't even waste your time on this unless you've read the other 5 books in this series.

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White Collar Christmas, A Short Romantic Mystery $0.99 Amazon

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Rookie FBI agent, Sara Amos, is on her first undercover op, posing as a chauffeur to sexy art forgerer Alexander Batisto. She wants to shed her rookie status and bring Batisto’s criminal ring down, but when she unexpectedly finds herself falling for the seductive art forgerer, her investigation takes a weird twist. 

Batisto is not who he says he is…and he’s got a big surprise under the Christmas tree for Sara.

White Collar ChristmasWhite Collar Christmas by Misty Evans
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Super short, quick, cute little romance. Sara thinks she's undercover, trying to stop a criminal, but starts to develop feelings for him, only to find out a big secret/surprise! You'll fly through this and I just didn't like that the rest of the book is nothing. Excerpts, reviews, it's filled with non-sense. If it wasn't free when I picked it up, I would have been very upset.

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A husband for Christmas (Season of Desire, Book 1) (Erotic Romance - Holiday Romance) $0.99 Amazon

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Season of Desire is a trilogy of three amazing different stories. Although each of the stories is complete, books in this trilogy need to be read in order. 

Book I - A Husband for Christmas 

Maeve fled the cold of Chicago for the sunny tropical climes of Miami in the hopes of starting a new life after suffering from the loss of her husband in a top secret mission gone wrong. But one day, the man she thought was dead appears on the doorstep of her flower shop. Can she forgive him for staying away and leaving her in an agony of grief for almost two years? And will she finally get what she thought she’d lost forever – “a husband for Christmas”? 

Genre: Erotic Romance / Holiday Romance / Winter Romance\

A Husband for Christmas (Season of Desire, #1)A Husband for Christmas by Melissa F. Hart
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Well, this says it's an erotic romance. But, there's nothing really erotic about it. A woman thinks her husband is dead, then he comes back, that's it. Where's the erotic part?! False advertising and so so so not worth wasting your time. It took me literally five minutes to read this and it's nothing! Please please don't waste your time or money!

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Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides Series) $2.99 Amazon

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Believe in magic...

Single mom Carol Baker has the goal of providing an old-fashioned, white Christmas for her two kids. She's been divorced and the kids' dad, sadly, hasn't been the most attentive father. So, Carol takes her crew to New England, hoping for a happy holiday and a chance to make her small nuclear family feel whole. Little does she know that a series of mishaps and adventures will land her in the handsome innkeeper's arms, and cause her to rethink the meaning of faith.

With his only child headed to college, innkeeper Paul Love plans to sell his establishment and take an early retirement in Montreal, where he can live out the solitary life of a bachelor. Though his son and mom have other plans, including a surprise visit from Paul's old high school sweetheart, Beth. But it's hard to focus on Beth, when an offbeat brunette from Virginia captures his imagination. After so much time alone, can Paul open himself up to a little Christmas magic? What's more, can he convince Carol to believe, as well?

Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides #3)Mistletoe in Maine by Ginny Baird
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I guess I expected to story to actually contain a wedding, as it's the Holiday Bride series. It doesn't. But, it's still a cute romance. Not sexy, just cute, sweet. Single mom goes on vaca with her kids for Christmas, falls in love with Inn owner, and that's it. It was still a fun short read! Definitely try this one.

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