Review: NAUGHTY & NICE Anthology (Mini-Reviews)

About the book:

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.
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?
After being jilted by her fiance , 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 new found 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.

ROOM AT THE INN- Ruthie Knox

This is the longest story in the anthology. I enjoyed the fact that we get to know the characters well throughout the story. The relationship between Carson and Julie is complicated as is Carson’s relationship with his father and the whole town of Potter Falls. There are many parallels between ROOM AT THE END and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. I loved that Julie knows she can survive without Carson and will happily, but that she also knows that she will never be completely whole without him. She also knows that she can’t be the one to make him stay in Potter Falls. He has to make that decision for himself. It’s a romantic story of destined love. 4/5


I will admit that I didn’t care for this story while I was reading it. The characters were too young for me (18 & 20). When I finished and read that it is a prequel to an upcoming release the story made a lot more sense and I liked it a little more. The story is very short and mostly just acquaints the reader with Billy and Maddy as they are at age 18 and 20 when they are deciding whether marriage at such a young age is the right thing for them. 3/5


I really enjoyed this story. From the beginning the reader knows that both the hero and heroine are in love with each other. The enjoyment of the story is in how the finally come together after misunderstandings, kisses under mistletoe, another suitor, and one very pesky donkey. The story is lighthearted and romantic. 5/5


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