Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Romancing the Holiday Anthology

Title: Romancing the Holiday
Author: Anthology
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: e-book

Publisher: Carina Press

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Sexual Intensity: hot

We wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!

A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. 'Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

Edited by Angela James this anthology includes: 

We'll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon
The Best Thing by Jaci Burton
Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Story Overview:
No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that's just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he'd lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she's so angry that she pretends she doesn't remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn't last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle's mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.

Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her "faulty" memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

My Review:
Rating: A
This is the third year that I have LOVED the holiday story and getting to visit this family from HelenKay Dimon's imagination. I truly love these characters. They have a great family dynamic...a bunch of guys who love to give each other a hard time and I LOVE that! Seriously, this series from HK Dimon fall under the heading of some of my favorite contemporary romance reading of the year!

This book was no exception. I liked the history between Spence and Lila...they had 3 days and never planned to see each other again. It was a chance thing. They had no idea that they had any connection at all, until Lila moved to this small town of 950 people where EVERY ONE is in everyone else's business. 

Spence, as a character/hero, was fabulous. He is a caretaker and cannot stand the idea of Lila alone trying to rebuild her Uncle's resort/campground so he comes in and takes over. Totally an alpha move, but he has such a sweet heart, even when he's being an idiot. 

My favorite scenes in the book were with Travis...maybe he's our hero for next year's book??? *please*

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Tori Lewis had a perfect working relationship with Brody Kent, until a year ago, when a flaming hot kiss changed everything between them. With passion dancing a wicked tease around them, they have to decide which direction their relationship is going. But Tori doesn't want to risk losing her job and the only family she knows, while Brody wants to shake things up and make Tori his. Can he convince her he's worth the plunge into the unknown?

My Review:
Rating: A-
I love the Kent family and it was wonderful to get to visit with them again. Tori is a wonderful addition to this group. I like her history and that the family means as much to her as Brody does. Brody, the playboy of the family, doesn't know what hit him in the last year since he kissed Tori at last year's Christmas party. Tori knows exactly what hit her, love, but she isn't willing to risk her adopted family just to scratch Brody's itch. I loved that she wasn't a pushover for his lines. I also really loved that he was the one to get domesticated between the two of them first. Tori always knew it wasn't going to last, so she never even dared for that kind of relationship. It was Brody who dared to dream. Another great little story!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.

A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.

This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him…for good.

My Review:
Rating: B
A computer geek for a hero...yeah, this story worked for me. Kyle is trapped. He's a sexy, wealthy, super-intelligent guy, but he's caught in the web of wanting to please his father and that means marrying his on-again, off-again arm-candy, Monica.  Dad's said the business needs their merger to happen, so Kyle is going to propose. He goes to his best friend Caitlin for help. 

I adored Caitlin's character....the whole time I wanted to cry for her. She's in love with her best friend and he can't man-up enough to claim her...that was my issue with this book. Seriously, Kyle needed to find some balls...that took WAY too long. I know he's a computer geek, but he needed to stand up for want he wanted...Caitlin. It did finally happen and it made for a fun little romantic Christmas story in the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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