5/5, Contemporary Romance, ebook, Holiday Romance, review copy

87103881From Amazon:

House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.

Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there’s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes’ wiring for almost as long as he’s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn’t notice Scott back in high school, but she’s noticing him now, and soon they’re indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year’s.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other’s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

HOLIDAY SPARKS is a sweet, romantic holiday story. Scott Quinn used to fantasize about Chloe Burke in high school and she didn’t even know he was alive. Now, years later, he is answering her emergency call for an electrician at her parents house and they are the ones giving off sparks. I really like the ugly duckling turned hunk story line. Chloe and Scott are a fun couple, but even knowing that their would be a happy ending I wasnt’ sure how it was going to work. Ms. Stacey managed to suck me in and make me care about her characters a lot within the space of a novella. I wanted to know that Scott and Chloe were going to make it and be happy beyond their Christmas fling.

the book girl gives HOLIDAY SPARKS a 5/5

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Holiday Romance

871038631 I love almost everything about this anthology from Carina Press. I decided to review each book separately and the reviews will post at different times today. You can purchase either the individual stories or in this bundle. The only thing that I wasn’t fond of was the difference  in the tone of the stories. This collection really is “naughty” and “nice”. The first two stories are sweet and sexually tame stories. The second two are erotic romances. It was a little jarring going from the nice stories to the naughty ones (for me).

These four stories will definitely put you in the mood for a Christmas romance!

5/5, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, puchased book

84977325From the back of the book:

Enough of “nice” – it’s time to be “naughty”!

From the time they were kids and neighbors, Reece Winston tugged Abby Harper’s pigtails and tormented her. but when Abby – now the sole owner of her parents’ vineyard – sees Reece Winston again after years apart, she’s unexpectedly struck by the need to play a much more adult kind of game…

Then a freak accident forces her to stay with Reece, and Abby decides that what she really wants for Christmas is Reece – perhaps wrapped with a red bow. But as Abby and Reece explore their naughty lists, they begin to realize that nothing is quite as easy as it seems!

This was a fun holiday romance. I love books where the characters have a past together and it is believable that they fall for each other so fast. Reece was home for the holidays to get his parents vineyard and home ready to sell. Abby has always had a crush on the older next door neighbor, but other than one time by accident has never acted on her feelings. These two are thrown together and the sparks fly. I really liked how well the knew each other and took into account what was going on in their lives when one of the would start to pull away. I’LL BE YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS is a perfect holiday romance to cuddle up with!

the book girl gives I’LL BE YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS a 5/5

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3/5, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, puchased book

715600081From the back of the book:

All he wants for Christmas…

Meg Jardine, personal assistant extraordinaire, is convinced she’s about to lose her job. Her gorgeous, dark and deeply unimpressed boss, William McMaster, is stranded in Melbourne over Christmas – and it’s all her fault! With her heart in her mouth, she invites the intimidating billionaire home for the holiday…

…is her!

At Meg’s chaotic, cozy family farm, William’s cold reserve begins to melt away. Suddenly they’re seeing each other in a whole new light, and country girl Meg has shot straight to the top of William’s Christmas list!

I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the ending. It is super romantic, but totally unbelievable. William is so cold in the beginning that it was impossible for me to believe that he would have changed at all by the end of the book (which takes place over three or four days). He had spent most of his life keeping himself closed off from other people, but we are led to believe that after a couple of days on Meg’s farm he completely changes. I just couldn’t. However, I loved the way the ending was written. I loved the grand romantic gesture that William makes for Meg. If only I could have believed that William would have changed that much.

the book girl gives CHRISTMAS WITH HER BOSS a 3/5

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5/5, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, puchased book

71560014From the back of the book:

Chasing his Christmas Cinderella!

Lucy Bright can’t believe it when she’s plucked from secretarial obscurity and transformed into the pampered fiancee of a slick retail guru. But then she discovers it was all a publicity stunt! Rushing away from the media frenzy, she bumps – literally – into the arms of delicious tycoon Nathaniel Hart…

Spooked by their instantaneous chemistry, Lucy flees – but Nathaniel is determined to find his barefoot beauty. Though all he has is one very expensive red designer stiletto to help him!

What a fun holiday story! It does take some suspension of reality, but it is still fantastic. Lucy finds out her life isn’t what she thought it was at all and runs away. She ends up in the arms of Nathaniel, a rich business man who couldn’t be any more different than the man she is running from. There were several points in the book that had me laughing. Her mad dash through the story and down into Santa’s grotto is comical even though I was holding my breath that she escaped from her bodyguards. My favorite part of the story is Nathaniel. He is a man who knows what he wants, even when it seems ridiculous to want it. After having a bad romantic past he isn’t afraid of his feelings for Lucy or how fast they come about. I’m a sucker for the hero who falls in love fast and doesn’t try to deny it.

the book girl gives MISTLETOE AND THE LOST STILLETTO a 5/5

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5/5, Holiday Romance, review copy

81953669From the back of the book:

She doesn’t need rescuing, she only needs a change of scenery…

After a disastrous discovery loses Emma Tremayne both her cheating boyfriend and her high-profile PR job in London, she moves to the Lake District to recover her confidence and live a simpler life. She loves her new job with the tourist board, and she’s settling into small town life just fine – until she ends up responsible for a fundraising effort that calls for twelve naked mountain rescuers…

This is such a fun book! I am a huge fan of Christmas romances and DATING MR. DECEMBER was a perfect holiday romance. The characters are believable and funny. I would classify this book as chick-lit as most of the growth is Emma’s. I caught the movie based on this book last year and loved it. I think that added to the enjoyment of the book. (Although, in my head Emma looks and sounds like Kristen Chenoweth which doesn’t work with the English sayings.) I think this book is perfect for a cold winter night and a cup of hot chocolate.

the book girl gives DATING MR. DECEMBER a 5/5

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*THIS IS THE BOOK I’M GIVING AWAY FOR FABULOUS FRIDAY THIS WEEK*


2009 New Author Challenge, 3/5, Holiday Romance, Paranormal Romance

38223529From the back of the book:

Snow on the roofs and wreaths on the doors and chains on the tires…isn’t Christmas in New England wonderful? But Charlotte Prescott is too busy taking in super-sexy reporter Sam Landry to notice the nip in the air. Make that the nip in the air alternating with the scorching heat that rises whenever she and Sam are alone together. Charlotte would be happy to forget the supernatural third wheel who seems to be staying for the season in the quaint old house she inherited. It is real. Someone’s slurping down all the good eggnog. And something is drawing Charlie and Sam together under the mistletoe – not to mention everywhere else. Happy holidays!

This book worked for me on some levels and not on others. I loved the relationship being built between Charlie and Sam, but could have done without the ghosts. What seemed like it should be a major plot point, Charlie’s house being haunted, was really a very little part of the book. It set up the reason for Sam and Charlie to meet, but that was about it and the resolution happens so quickly that I almost missed it. I thought the book was just okay and not really what I expected it to be.

the book girl gives CHRISTMAS SPIRIT a 3/5

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5/5, Anthology, Holiday Romance

38226991From the back of the book:

Lock, Stock, and Jingle Bells by Donna Kauffman

Holly hates the yuletide season more than ever since she inherited her mother’s Christmas novelty store, but her childhood pal Sean’s determined to warm her up – to Christmas and to him. When they uncover a diary concealing secrets involving both their families, this could be the Christmas that changes their lives forever…

Bah Handsome! by Jill Shalvis

Behind on her bills, B&B owner Hope receives an unlikely guest – stranded solicitor Danny, who’s been threatening to put her out of business. Hope’s staff sees more fire than fight in the sparks that fly as they try and bring Hope and Danny together, but only a Christmas miracle can help these unlikely lovers see the light…

It’s Hotter at Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

Hawaii’s no paradise for Marissa, who, thanks to a series of unfortunate events, can’t seem to get away from the sand to enjoy her Christmas East Coast style – with plenty of snow and slush. But tall, dark, and serious police officer Ted’s about to give this bad Santa in heels a Mele Kalikimaka she’ll never forget…

I love Christmas anthologies. I have a set that I read every year and make sure to catch the new ones when they come out. Kissing Santa Clause is a fantastic anthology. I loved all three stories. My favorite was Bah Handsome! by Jill Shalvis. The story is funny and sweet. This book is a must for Christmas romance lovers!

the book girl gives KISSING SANTA CLAUS a 5/5!

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