REVIEW: All He Wants For Christmas Anthology

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Six Brand New Short Stories From Six Authors

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♦BLURB♦

From six of your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year!

MELT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton

Yuletide Spirits pub owner Ella McKinley doesn’t do holidays. Not after everything she lost on a cold, snowy night long ago. In fact, she’d be perfectly happy if the calendar jumped from November to January, bypassing December all together. Then rock’s latest “it” guy, Tate Kendrick, rolls into town, and though Ella tries to resist his wicked charm, the heat they once shared flares hotter than ever. When trouble linked to the rock star strikes at her pub, Ella suddenly starts to wonder if the return of her first love is a holiday miracle or nothing more than her nightmare before Christmas.

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Meg Anderson has returned to her home in Holly, North Carolina after she discovered her relationship with Dylan Cain was nothing more than a lie. The last thing she expects is for Dylan to be her new tenant. Or the realization that he might be the only thing standing between her and a killer…

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

Billionaire Back In Town: Gabriel Fox is a ruthless, heartless, soulless grinch. His only goal in coming to Holly, North Carolina is to ruin Carol Cardini’s Christmas. Like she ruined his—and his life—ten years ago. Now that her business is in trouble, he’s finally found the way. But the beautiful owner of Christmas Carol’s Shop and Crafts won’t allow her dream to be destroyed. Not by revenge, and certainly not by the sexiest man she’s ever known. She can, however offer an apology, and a chair at her holiday table. But can a grinch’s cold heart be warmed and healed by the love of a good woman—and the magic of Christmas spirit?

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan

NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than much needed family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough to win a woman deserving of forever?

Collection: 150,000 words

 

♦REVIEW♦

Each short story is based in Holly, North Carolina where it’s Christmas 365 days of the year. The small town is festive and cheery, but rife with a little bit of danger, and a whole lot of love. Each author takes a different character, integrates them into the small town, and creates their own spin on the love they find in Holly. We enter in December:

Melt For Me by Elisabeth Naughton: Estranged flames Ella and Tate haven’t seen each other in around 9 years. The amazing summer they spent together ended abruptly, and they parted ways in extreme fashion. Tate is now a huge singer in a band, and Ella, well, she’s a widow who has been stuck running the bar she got when her husband passed. Christmas to her has been a bad memory, and she wants nothing more than to move out of the always-happy town. When Tate arrives back in town, that inner flame reignites, whether she wants it to or not. I loved this hot little story. The second-chance romance element really added an extra bit of tension (heart twinges and stomach flips) that rocked the charts (pun intended) when skin met skin. Sweet and sexy (mixed with some danger), this short story felt like a novel and I didn’t want it to end. –5 Stars

Sweet Rapture by Alexandra Ivy: Things ended badly for Meg back in Vegas; her boyfriend, Dylan, really broke her heart when she found she was a cover for him with his FBI mission. Back in Holly for the last six months to both take care of the estate and flower shop her grandmother left to her when she passed, she’s finding she’s in need of a tenant in order to help pay bills. A friend helps her find someone quickly, but she’s speechless when she finds Dylan arriving to grab the keys. Speechless to find that maybe he’s here for something else…like her. This story was a bit shorter than the others, and left me a bit wanting when it came to their connection, but I still enjoyed the mystery and rekindling of the two. –3.5 stars

The Spy Who Came For Christmas by Cynthia Eden: Sweet Jemma is more than just the tasty, dreamy chocolates she makes. She’s known for being a bit standoffish with the male sort, but she has good reason to be. She’s untrusting, but resilient; she wants to be more, have more, and maybe be a little dirty. When Grayson Cole walks into her shop, in Holly for a vacation, she has a reaction that she’s never had to a man. That instant connection is felt by both, immediately. But Gray is secretive, mysterious, and she isn’t quite sure if she’s willing to hand herself over to someone who might be dangerous. Only danger is going to happen either way. I love the danger that Cynthia Eden can create, and even in a short story she does it so well. Grayson was a completely sexy hero, and Jemma was a fantastic heroine. –4.5 stars

Merry Christmas, Baby by Katie Reus: Nora and Jackson have been friends for awhile. She’s normally very safe and protected due to the responsibilities of being the legal guardian for her younger sister, but she let’s those safeguards down when Jackson, a former Navy SEAL, shows he wants her. When things hit the fan very quickly after, she shuts herself down to him. But Jackson isn’t willing to let the one go, and he’s more than willing to put out all the stops to prove to her that she means everything to him. With this second-chance romance you get just the right amount of grovel and resistance to build up enough sexual tension so that when walls are breached, it creates a hot blend. –4 stars

Sinful in Snow by Laura Wright: Life hasn’t been easy for Gabriel Fox, and he blames the turning point of it on Carol Cardini. He’s back in town to crush her, after 10 long years, but the moment he sees her again…well, something changes. The sweet, loving Christmas shop owner is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen with, still, the kindest heart he’s ever known. Now his plans don’t seem worth it…or do they? Laura Wright managed to write a short story that felt like more. It was hot (YES), but the little bit of heart twinges you get seeing Gabriel slowly soften were so worth it. It was touching while also being incredibly sexy, and I absolutely loved it. –5 stars

Home Advantage by Skye Jordan: Meier Grant hasn’t lacked in female attention, pretty much ever. So when he heads home for Christmas, the first time in many years, he doesn’t expect that he has to work so hard for Faith to succumb to his womanizing ways. Faith has changed her life around both taking care of her ill father and then running his hardware shop after he passed. What she doesn’t need is the lady-loving hockey player trying to use his skills for a night of a good time. When he commits to wearing her down, who really ends up worn down by the end? Ms. Jordan, as always, writes a great romance. It had witty characters, a very strong female, and the perfect amount of sexy. It was far too enjoyable seeing Faith make Meier work for a scrap of her attention, and how she utilized the power she did have when she wanted it. –5 stars

Overall: 4.5 stars!

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHORS♦

EN

Before topping multiple bestseller lists–including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal–Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.

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AlexandraIvy

Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She started her career writing traditional regencies before moving into the world of paranormal with her USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling series The Guardians of Eternity. Now she writes a wide variety of genres that include paranormal, erotica, and romantic suspense.

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Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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KR

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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LauraWright

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Laura Wright is passionate about romantic fiction. Though she has spent most of her life immersed in acting, singing and competitive ballroom dancing, when she found the world of writing and books and endless cups of coffee she knew she was home. Laura is the author of the bestselling Mark of the Vampire series and the USA Today bestselling series, Bayou Heat, which she co-authors with Alexandra Ivy.

Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children and three loveable dogs.

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Sometimes fun. Sometimes naughty. Always romantic.

I am a New York Times Bestselling Author writing under the pseudonym Skye Jordan for my more … sexually heated … works.

My Skye Jordan novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.

And, yes, even love. Because even as Skye Jordan I’m just a happily ever after kinda gal.

Thanks for reading!

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