Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Curl up with this heartwarming Christmas collection!
Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, ’tis the season for giving love a chance . . .
If you enjoy Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series, then you won’t want to miss this short but very sweet story about firefighter Ian and his favorite “friends with benefits,” Melissa. Sometimes a crisis makes you take a good look at your life and realize there may not be a tomorrow… When Melissa nearly didn’t make it out of her burning apartment building, her fear of commitment takes a backseat to her real fear of not living the life she really wants. Bonus prize if you guys the present in the pantry–surprised me!!
Kristen Ashley, Every Year: Holidays don’t come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .
Longtime fans of Kristen Ashley and even those new to her Chaos MC series will enjoy this story that shows the sweet and vulnerable side of an especially tough member, Shy, and his wife Tabby. Since they’re central characters in the first couple of books in the series, it’s both a wonderful catchup for older readers and a sweet introduction for anyone just starting. Lovely and soft, but like all Ashley’s stuff, it’s got a little heartbreak built in. Great read.
Hope Ramsay, Silent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.
Last Chance, South Carolina is the perfect place for a down on her luck heroine in this sweet southern charmer of a Christmas tale. When Maryanne loaded up her baby Joshua and made the long trip from Alabama to South Carolina, she planned on finding the Carpenter family farm and her cousin Jennifer. It was her last prayer for a soft landing–something she’d grown tired of waiting for while growing up in the foster care system. Luckily-she found something better–Daniel Jessup and the possibility of her dreams coming true. Gotta have faith and believe!! Sweet story.
Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who’s set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .
Dinah Mason’s A Place for Everything organizational service gets a big influx of cash along with a boatload of frustration when she takes on accountant Lincoln Jones. Who will win in this skirmish of the opposites? Hmmmm… Maybe their attraction? Very cute story about two characters who unwittingly find their perfect match on the job. Loved it!
Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn’t mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?
This was a really great story that packed so much meaning into such a small space! What a wonderful read! Ilena’s lost her husband, but she’s got her son and a very positive outlook on life. How she and John convince an out-of-his-element, East Coast loving prepster to embrace the small town, Oklahoma way is pure magic, Christmas elf style.
Plus: Excerpts from upcoming novels!
Review: I’ve always loved a great Christmas anthology and with one that includes offerings from two of my favorites, Jill Shalvis and Kristen Ashley, I was really pleased! But I was also happy to “meet” the three other authors as well, with their touching tales about how Christmas can be lonely unless you find someone to share the love with. Enjoy!