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Review: ‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate Hardy

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About the book:

With the help of a sprig of mistletoe and some snow angels, a recently single pastry chef teaches a highly successful and sexy Scrooge the true meaning of the holidays on a snowy Christmas Eve that quickly heats up.

I enjoyed this holiday novella. Ellie and Mitch share a connection that isn’t instantaneous, but strengthens as they get to know each other. Ellie is spending her first holiday in the US to help her Godmother recover from surgery. Mitch hates the holidays, but knows that he must put on the Santa suit if he wants to impress his boss. I liked Mitch, but didn’t find his Grinch-like turn around about the holidays very believable. He changed his attitude almost completely in the course of one afternoon. ‘TIS THE SEASON TO KISS SANTA is a cute, quick read.

the book girl gives ‘TIS THE SEASON TO KISS SANTA a 3/5

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Review: Have You Any Rogues? by Elizabeth Boyle

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About the book:

The Seldons and Dales have been mortal enemies for centuries …

But that hasn’t stopped the roguish Crispin, Viscount Dale, and the impetuous Lady Henrietta Seldon from waging their own battle … of the heart. Every stray glance, every chance encounter threatens to reveal the secret passion that keeps drawing them together.

But finally, after years of flirting with disaster …

Crispin and Henrietta find themselves locked in a wine cellar, and now there is no denying the love and loyalties that have lured them in and torn them apart time and time again. Will this one last chance—this tempting night of desire—ignite a fire that will never be extinguished, no matter the price?

 HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES? is a tale of second (and third…and fourth) chances at true love. Henrietta and Crispin met when they were both young and full of dreams. Instantly smitten they knew they were meant to be together, but their families are enemies and pull them apart. I love how each time the couple is reunited their connection is just as strong as it was the last time they saw each other – no matter how many times Henrietta has been married or how many women Crispin has supposedly seduced. Their love is the ultimate true love. HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES? is a sweet, romantic story with some very steamy scenes between Crispin and Henrietta. I loved every moment of the story!

the book girl gives HAVE YOU ANY ROGUES? a 5/5

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Review: The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

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About the book:

’Tis the season for a new holiday novella from acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex! The Scandal Before Christmas is romance so good it’s scandalous…

Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas, and he can’t afford to be choosy. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea—all within a matter of days.  

Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, and nothing and no one to recommend her but her own self. She accepts the lieutenant’s hasty offer only for the comfort and security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm snows her and Ian in, they both find they got much more than they bargained for—laughter, light, and a Christmas filled with honest to goodness true love…

Ian needs a wife, but he doesn’t want one. Anne doesn’t want a husband, but marrying a man who will be at sea for a good part of the year – leaving her alone – seems about as good as it can get for a plain girl with nothing to recommend her. I loved how these two meet and think one thing about each other and then quickly change their opinion. Ian didn’t expect to be attracted to the plain Anne, but he quickly sees her as beautiful. Anne overcomes her shyness and learns to assert her true self. I loved these two as a couple. Their romance is both sexy and sweet.

the book girl gives THE SCANDAL BEFORE CHRISTMAS a 4/5

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Review: Santa to the Rescue by Adele Downs

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About the book:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurt a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

SANTA TO THE RESCUE is a cute, romantic short story. Jamey and Heather have great chemistry when they meet. The story is short, but the author does a great job of building a believable relationship between two strangers. Heather has trust issues and Jamey is able to overcome them by being honest with her and working to make sure he doesn’t let her down. SANTA TO THE RESCUE is the perfect read when you want something quick and sweet.

the book girl gives SANTA TO THE RESCUE a 4/5

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Review: Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey

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About the book:

Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determination—and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasn’t been easy but it’s necessary. She’s indispensable, and he can’t stand the thought of losing her if things didn’t work out.

For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways she’ll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. She’s worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly she’d like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderland…

What begins as a single kiss and a few bad Santa jokes turns into a weekend full of breathless passion and hopes for something more. But with Monday comes a return to their complicated reality—and Adrian must prove that promises made are promises kept, especially at Christmastime.

20,000 words

I adored this book. The story jumps right in and never slows down. Even though the story is short, it doesn’t feel incomplete or like it is missing anything. (When I saw the word count I was surprised it was that short!) The chemistry between Adrian and Rachel is evident from the very beginning of the story. I really enjoyed how they both worried about what their relationship would be like when they got back to the real world and had let that fear keep them from acting on that attraction for so long. It made their weekend fling seem like so much more than a three night stand. Their problems with reconciling their romantic relationship and their work relationship take a little time, but work themselves out quickly. The writing is excellent. SNOWBOUND WITH THE CEO is the perfect book for a cold winter night.

the book girl gives SNOWBOUND WITH THE CEO a 5/5

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Review: It Happened Under The Mistletoe by Valerie Bowman

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About the book:

When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend’s house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who have been dogging his steps in London ever since he inherited a dukedom. He soon learns a bit of Yuletide peace and quiet is too much to ask for. When he encounters Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when a bough of mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?

I am a HUGE fan of any type of holiday themed romance story and IT HAPPENED UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a perfect holiday themed novella. Oliver and Cerian are an awesome couple. I love how similar they are – usually it is opposites that attract. They are both trying to avoid the men/women who are after them for the title(Oliver)/money(Cerian) and what better way to do that then to pretend to be a courting each other? Oliver and Cerian have major chemistry and the help of a certain feline that helps them to their happily ever after. I finished the novella with a smile on my face. If you are looking for a quick read with a holiday theme this is the perfect novella.

the book girl gives IT HAPPENED UNDER THE MISTLETOE a 5/5

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Review: Baiting the Boss by Coleen Kwan

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About the book:

For years Grace Owens harbored a secret crush on her boss, Jack Macintyre, the heir to the Macintyre Corporation. But Jack relocates to a remote tropical island after tragedy upends his life, cutting off all contact. Now Grace’s new boss issues an ultimatum: return Jack to the family fold or pack her briefcase and move on.

When she turns up at Jack’s bungalow, he can’t deny his attraction to the fiery woman determined to lure him out of his tropical paradise. Little does she know that returning is the last thing he wants—he’s nobody’s boss, and he likes it that way.

If he stays, she’ll lose her job. If he goes, she’ll lose her heart.

BAITING THE BOSS is a sexy and sweet romance. Grace is sent to bring Jack back to civilization and the family business, but when she gets to really know the sexy ex-businessman she realizes that he is where he needs to be. I love how flawed Grace is – she lets her boss walk all over her and it takes getting to know Jack and falling in love with him for her to come into her own. She realizes what she does and doesn’t want from life and goes for it! Jack also changes through getting to know Grace. I really love the passion between Jack and Grace – they share some very steamy moments together. My only problem with the story was the ending felt abrupt. The flow of the story had been flawless until the ending. The story needed an epilogue or one more chapter to tell us what happens next.

the book girl gives BAITING THE BOSS a 3/5

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Review: The Billionaire’s Matchmaker: An Indulgence Anthlology

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An Anthology by Shirley Jump, Susan Meier, Jackie Braun and Barbara Wallace

 Can a feisty four-legged matchmaker help four best friends find the romance of their dreams?

When a handsome man from Gabby’s past agrees to a cross-country road trip, her master plan to re-launch her art career quickly morphs into an unexpected, romantic reunion.

Marney’s 9-1-1 emergency help arrives in the form of a rugged, blue-eyed cop. Now she has the perfect bodyguard to keep her safe during those dark, steamy nights…

The last thing Mia wants is a relationship…yet the headstrong florist can’t keep her hands off her sexy-as-sin ex-boyfriend.  Will she open her heart before he leaves town for good?

Jenny is a woman on a mission – she’ll even resort to dognapping to make her point! But can she teach a reclusive, emotionally-wounded tycoon that love heals all things?

THE BILLIONAIRE’S MATCHMAKER is a very cute anthology with one very cute dog at the center of all four stories. I really enjoyed the first three stories. They had great romances and felt like complete stories with happily ever afters. The fourth story, Jenny’s story, didn’t feel as complete. Her story doesn’t end with a fully realized happily ever after just a promise of one and I felt a little cheated after the previous three stories. Even without the happily ever after it is still a sweet story like the other three. THE BILLIONAIRE’S MATCHMAKER is the perfect book when you are looking for something quick, sexy, and sweet.

the book girl gives THE BILLIONAIRE’S MATCHMAKER a 4/5

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Review: The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare

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The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success—at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…

Audrey Petty’s always been the responsible one. The good twin.  Successful, dependable, and trustworthy—that’s Audrey. She’d be the perfect girlfriend for her childhood crush, billionaire Cade Archer…except that she’s pretty sure she’s not even on his radar. But when fate (and her chaotic twin) come together, Audrey finds out that she’ll be spending the next month with Cade at his remote cabin retreat. It’s a dream come true…

Until she meets her worst nightmare.

Billionaire playboy Reese Durham is used to seducing women to get what he wants. But when stiff, too-proper Audrey bursts into the private mountain lodge and scares his companion out the door, it’s time for a little revenge. It’s clear that Audrey’s in love with his buddy, Cade…and it’s clear to Reese that blackmailing Audrey with this information can get her to agree to just about anything. Like furtive kisses in the dark, or a secret rendezvous in the woods. Audrey may think she knows what she wants, but Reese is determined to show her what she needs.

And as Reese discovers the volatile minx behind the buttoned-up exterior, he starts to think maybe she’s just what he needs, too.

THE WRONG BILLIONAIRE’S BED is the third book in the Billionaire Boys Club series. Audrey is responsible, uptight, and dependable. When her twin sister needs her she will do anything to make sure that Daphne gets the help she needs – especially if it means she gets to spend time with Cade. Her feelings for Cade have been around for a long time and she sees the time at the cabin with him as a way to start a romantic relationship, but she doesn’t count on Reese Durham being there getting in the way. I love the way Reese pushes Audrey’s buttons. There is so much tension between the two of them. I love how their relationship changes from one of frustration, blackmail, and angry words to hot encounters in the woods and bets with the loser being the others love slave. There are a lot of emotional moments in THE WRONG BILLIONAIRE’S BED between Audrey and her sister and between Audrey and Reese. The author does a fantastic job writing the emotional scenes. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

the book girl gives THE WRONG BILLIONAIRE’S BED a 4/5

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Harlequin Flash Reviews – October

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HIS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Nikki Logan

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He could look …and this time he can touch!

Each year, Hong Kong’s most kissable businessman Oliver Harmer allows himself one Christmas present: a lavish meal with off-limits Audrey Devaney. Keeping her at arm’s length—quite literally!—is a battle of epic proportions for Oliver, but also an irresistible temptation. Until the year she doesn’t come.

Now the rules have changed! Because, this Christmas, Audrey is single, and Oliver must decide if he will let her run away at midnight for good, or fight for her to stay until morning!

I enjoyed 75% of this story. I loved the idea of a couple, meeting year after year in friendship and that friendship evolving into something else. My problem with the story is that it felt like it went on forever and ever. The pace of the story is very slow. I liked the characters and the idea of the story, but the pacing just didn’t work for me.

the book girl gives HIS UNTIL MIDNIGHT a 3/5

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A BEAUTY UNCOVERED by Andrea Laurence

A beastly boss is tamed in this Secrets of Eden book from Andrea Laurence…

CEO Brody Eden is a loner. The brooding billionaire has secrets that he refuses to unveil to anyone…until he meets his new assistant, Samantha Davis. She’s temptation personified, and she’s sitting right outside his door.

Samantha’s never met a man as guarded—and gorgeous—as Brody. She doesn’t want to fall for her boss, but there’s something about Brody…. Beneath his gruff manner, Sam senses tenderness—and an intense passion waiting to be unleashed. And she’ll make it her mission to enter his lair …and his bed.

I enjoyed this book. Brody is gruff, grumpy, and immediately attracted to his temporary secretary. Samantha has been burned once before by being attracted to her boss and doesn’t plan on falling into that trap again, but when she finally sees the reclusive Brody Eden she can’t help herself. I loved Brody and Samantha together. She doesn’t care about his scars and shows him that there is so much more to him that his outer appearance. Brody undergoes a huge transformation through the story. There is a subplot between his brothers and an old murder that doesn’t get resolved (it carries into the next book in the series).

the book girl gives A BEAUTY UNCOVERED a 4/5

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT NIGHT by Jennie Lucas

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An indecent indiscretion!

Emma Hayes has gone from making hotel magnate Cesare Falconeri’s bed to running his household, including handing out expensive parting gifts to his numerous conquests! But each time, it’s chipped away at her heart. Until one night, inhibitions lowered, she reaches for what she’s always wanted….

With one disastrous marriage behind him Cesare vows never to go there again. But when his indiscretion with Emma has consequences, Cesare must break his own vow—and say I do for the sake of his heir. Now he’ll expect his new bride to share his bed, instead of making it!

I had a hard time liking the main characters in this book. Cesare was a jerk to Emma over and over, yet she forgives him. She doesn’t hold him responsible for his actions on many occasions. It is almost the end of the book before Emma comes into her own and gets stronger. At the same time Cesare realizes what he’s giving up by not letting himself truly love Emma. The happily ever after is wonderful it just takes a while to get there.

the book girl gives THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE NIGHT a 4/5

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