Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Review: ONE FINE FIREMAN (novella) by Jennifer Bernard

About the book:

Kirk, a.k.a. Thor, one of San Gabriel’s infamous Bachelor Firemen, certainly lives up to his nickname. He’s tall and handsome, with a chiseled body worthy of any Viking god. But he’d give it all up for one glance from her.

Sweet, shy Maribel has no idea that Kirk’s been pining for her. There’s nothing he’d like better than to sweep her off her feet and show her just how exquisite their love could be. But Kirk has a secret, and he won’t let anyone get close, least of all the sexiest woman he’s ever met.

Can a feisty little dog and an even feistier little boy help these star-crossed lovers find the passion they both so richly deserve?

I adored this novella. It was the perfect little break from all of the Christmas stories I’ve been reading. Kirk is an awesome hero. He’s everything that makes a great guy – strong, sexy, protective, a great listener, and he’s really interested in everything about Maribel. Kirk isn’t perfect though – he’s shy when it comes to Maribel (he hardly ever talks to her) and he tries to protect others when they don’t need it. Maribel is just as great. She puts her son first and realizes that she has to find a man who will be there for her and for her son. Their romance is fast paced, but very satisfying.

I loved that this story explained how Stan came to be the firehouse dog. It’s a very original story and I really liked that he got his own book 🙂

the book girl gives ONE FINE FIREMAN a 4/5

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Review: DOC HOLIDAY by Debra Dixon

About the book:

Drew Haywood needs a feminine touch to help give his young son a holiday to remember—and no one does Christmas better than Taylor Bishop. She knows how to transform a house into a home that sparkles. But when Drew lets his guard down, he finds that Taylor has much more to offer. Kissing her is like coming in out of the cold—and Drew doesn’t want to go back out.
 
Taylor has already raised one family—she grew up with six brothers, after all—and she doesn’t need another. She may have fallen for Drew as a teenager, but he’s asking for a Christmas miracle that would break all her rules. Still, the chemistry she shares with this sexy, single father has nothing to do with the past. Perhaps the gift of a young boy’s smile, not to mention stolen kisses beneath the mistletoe, will point the way to the one thing on Taylor’s wish list.

This story didn’t really work for me. I couldn’t connect with the heroine of the story. Taylor’s constant thoughts about her desire to live her “own” life after helping raise her brothers and the conflicting irritation when someone else stepped in to help and did the things that she had always done (and complained about) made her hard to like. She didn’t want to raise another family, but she jumps right in to make Noah’s Christmas her priority. The whole time she is making the little boy fall in love with her she is telling his father that she wants nothing to do with being part of another family. I know that part of the reason her attitude bothered me so much is the mother in me. If she really didn’t want to raise another child or be part of another family she should have stayed the away from Noah. So, obviously she wasn’t very firm in her convictions. However, it’s on just about every other page that she doesn’t want to be there and that she wants her own life. I got sick of it. Drew also irritated me since he was exposing his son to someone who might break his heart if she really did leave. The romance between the two of the seems more convenient for him and his need for a mother for Noah. I didn’t think that there was much chemistry between the two characters. Everything turns out happy in the end, but by then I didn’t care about either character.

the book girl gives DOC HOLIDAY a 2.5/5

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Review: ALL HE EVER DESIRED by Shannon Stacey

About this book:

A second shot at first love

After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he’s forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren’s son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan’s door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can’t deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

I was so excited that it was time for Ryan’s story. There was something about him in Mitch’s book that I really liked and I knew that his and Lauren’s story was going to be really good. I was right! Their chemistry is through the roof and fantastic. This really isn’t a story of second chances at love. Although Mitch had a crush of Lauren when they were younger and Lauren had fantasized about Ryan for some time they had never been a real couple in the past. This is a new relationship for them both and they jump into it quickly. I loved the way they work out all of the issues between them as they come about and how they both realize they want to be together no matter what compromises they have to make. There are appearances by all of the Kowalskis and some plot lines that I’m sure will be picked up in Josh’s book in 2013.

the book girl gives ALL HE EVER DESIRED a 4/5

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Review: BABY UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Teresa Carpenter

About the book:

San Diego hockey team’s PR director Elle Austin goes beyond the call of duty to keep their rebel captain in check—even playing nanny to his son!

Max Beasley knows nothing about looking after a baby, so he enlists Elle’s help after little Troy is left on his doorstep by his irresponsible ex.

Maybe it’s the spirit of Christmas, or seeing Max’s softer side, but Elle wishes he saw her as more than just an employee, and that they could give Troy the best gift of all—a family!

I loved this story. Max and Elle are a fun couple. They spend the first part of the book disliking each other. Max pushes Elle’s buttons to get a rise out of her and Elle tries her hardest to stay away from Max. When Troy shows up at Max’s doorstep Elle is the only one he wants to help him figure out how to balance his hockey career and fatherhood. I love the way they grow closer as Elle finds the real person hidden underneath Max’s tough outer shell and Max realizes that he has more to give a woman like Elle than he originally thought. BABY UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE is a fantastic Christmas romance.

the book girl gives BABY UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE a 4/5

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Review: NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS by Fiona Lowe

About the book:

Georgie and Hamish have been best friends forever. So Hamish can’t refuse when Georgie asks him for the Christmas present she’s spent her whole life waiting for—a baby! But seeing a very pregnant Georgie changes everything. Not only is Hamish going to be a father, but suddenly he’s falling for the mother of his child….

Georgie wants a baby and nothing is going to stop her. When she thinks about her future child she doesn’t want to have some mystery donor as the father so she asks her best friend Hamish. Hamish doesn’t want children or marriage ever for reasons that he doesn’t share with Georgie. He agrees to donating his sperm if she promises to not include him in anything to do with the baby. I loved Georgie, but couldn’t understand Hamish until close to the end of the book. He comes across as a bit of a jerk toward Georgie, but there is a reason why and once it’s explained his actions make sense. I loved Hamish’s revelations in regard to Georgie. He goes through a lot of changes through the story and realizes what’s important to him. Georgie also goes through changes – her pregnancy puts lots of things in perspective for her. The characters have lots of different layers and there is more going on than it seems. I loved how much Hamish has to work through for his happily ever after with Georgie and how she opens her heart to him in the end.

the book girl gives NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS a 4/5

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Review: CAROSELLI’S CHRISTMAS BABY by Michelle Celmer

About the book:

She wants a baby. He needs an heir. It seems like the perfect arrangement…until they decide to conceive the old-fashioned way.

Having a baby with his best friend is the means to an end for Nick Caroselli. In his quest to receive a ten-million-dollar inheritance, he’ll also be giving Theresa Phillips the one thing she really wants…a child. Once the baby’s born and the money’s in the bank, they can divorce, share custody and go back to being buddies. But their best-laid plans are about to take a sharp turn under the mistletoe, as things really heat up this Christmas.

This book was so sweet. I loved that there wasn’t any angst between the couple. They were best friends and decided that they could be parents together and they wouldn’t let it get in the way of their friendship. Nick and Theresa are perfect for each other and everyone around them knows it but them. The were a few things that I didn’t like about the story was that they decided to make the baby the old-fashioned way instead of using artificial insemination (which was Theresa’s original plan). With their original intention to keep the relationship only for the purpose of having a child and nothing romantic, it didn’t make sense for them to become sexually involved. It worked for the stories happily ever after, but made what happened feel predictable and took something out of the story. Another thing that bothered me was that the story didn’t feel finished. There are more books in the mini-series that I’m sure will tie up any loose ends, but I wish that Nick and Theresa’s story had felt more complete.

the book girl gives CAROSELLI’S CHRISTMAS BABY a 3/5

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the book girl CAROSELLI’S CHRISTMAS BABY a 3.5/5

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Review: LET IT SNOW by Leslie Kelly and Jennifer LeBrecque

About the book:

Put some heat in your holidays with these scorchin’-hot fairy tales from bestselling authors Leslie Kelly and Jennifer LaBrecque

The Prince Who Stole Christmas by Leslie Kelly

Between her ne’er-do-well brother and her candy shop, Claire Hoffman has her hands full. But when sexy sparks start flying between Claire and her gorgeous but enigmatic tenant “Phil,” Claire wonders if all the chocolate has made her a little Christmas crazy. But what will happen to her fantasy when her dishy fling tells her that, er…he’s actually a prince?

My True Love Gave to Me… by Jennifer LaBrecque

Years ago in the town of Good Riddance, Alaska, Gertie and Knox were best friends—until Knox fell under the “spell” of a rather cold, remote woman. But three years later, Knox and Gertie are reunited at the Chrismoose festival…and all it takes is a snowed-in night in a cabin for Gertie to turn Knox’s chill into a red-hot blaze of sexstasy!

The two stories in this collection are very different, but both of them are fantastic.

The first story – THE PRINCE WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS – is a fairy tale romance. Prince Philip is from a kingdom in parallel universe and he is in need of a bride. He comes to New York in search of a woman who will love him for who he is and not what he has. Claire has always taken care of everyone else – her father, mother, and younger brother. When “Phil” her upstairs tenant stands up for her she finds his caveman protective streak sexy even though she knows she shouldn’t. I liked the way these two characters who are literally from two different worlds find their way to a very sweet happily ever after.

MY TRUE LOVE GIVES TO ME… is a story about second chances and friendship. Gertie and Knox were never romantic, but when he turns his back on her the betrayal cuts deep and she realizes that has always been in love with him. Gertie works to get over Knox and thinks that she is doing okay until she runs into Knox and the feelings are still just as strong. Knox had only feelings of friendship for Gertie in the past, but when he sees her after almost two years he is struck by the fact that she is a beautiful woman and caught off guard by the fact that his former best friend now turns him on. There is a lot of past issues for these two characters to get through and they have to work hard to rebuild their relationship.

the book girl gives LET IT SNOW a 4/5

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