The first story was just ridiculous
THE 4TH ONE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT 4th one said something about character named Tony on the book cover and I never even saw that name in the whole story Some of them were okay but overall it just really wasn t worth the time to read it Six steamy holiday stories yacht cook cartoon writer 2 snowstorms Santa cop model none of which was believable although I read them all Maybe too many stories for one book Friends turning lovers did too good a job explaining why they were only friends and I didn t buy into the New Love In A Few love in a few I only reread 3 of
The 6 Stories In Here 6 stories in here I reread them every year Reviewed for THC Reviews35 stars Making Waves by Donna Kauffman I can t say that I m terribly enthusiastic about boats andor sailing so for that reason alone Making Waves didn t fully resonate with me I ve never seen a yacht up close so I have no idea what one looks like especially inside Unfortunately the author s descriptions left something to be desired on that count making it difficult for me to imagine the setting I also thought that her balance between dialog and prose was off ilter and sometimes both were a bit too verbose There were some long passages of introspective narration that made the story drag for me and there were eually long sections of dialog most of which didn t add much to the plot or characterizations Some also took place during moments of passion and I ve never really cared much for chatty love scenes As for the love scenes themselves they could have been smokin hot if they had just flowed better Even setting aside Burke and Kamala s talkativeness the way they were written was a little too choppy and metaphorical causing me to have to re read certain parts just to figure out where they were in the love making process I also didn t find their bluntness about their desire for one another to be a particular turn on I just favor having a little mystery surrounding the protagonists feelings while still eeping it honest I was rather ambivalent about Burke and Kam as the hero and heroine I like alphas but Burke seemed to be the cocky playboy type who thinks he can have any woman he wants which wasn t really to my taste Even though I was a little skeptical of Burke s cure for motion sickness I did think it was rather sweet that he made the effort to help Kam overcome it If nothing else I thought I might like the inter ethnic aspect of their romance since Kam is Hawaiian but she wasn t really a stand out heroine for me I admired that she was a woman who had worked hard to become a great chef and wasn t allowing her overbearing family to run her life but seemingly contrary to her personality she had uit a job where she was being sexually harassed by her boss and never tried to do anything about it legally I thought her reasoning for that was weak and what was even confusing to me is that since she had no sailing experience she wore skimpy clothes to meet Burke just in case she needed to use her looks to get the job Also the moment she set foot on Burke s boat she almost immediately allowed him to start groping her but I guess maybe that s supposed to be OK if you re attracted to the guy Regrettably this turned out to be another one of the instant lust tales that I m rapidly tiring of these days with Burke and Kamala literally tearing each other s clothes off within less than an hour of meeting and I can t say that I ever felt much of an emotional connection between them Also as with some of the other novellas in this anthology the Christmas theme is something of an afterthought Making Waves is the fourth story in the Men of Rogues Hollow series While I rarely ever read series books out of order I made an exception with this one because I was eager to wrap up the anthology Burke had been mentioned in passing in the first novella Baby It s Cold Outside from the Jingle Bell Rock anthology but since I haven t read the second and third stories Exposed from the Bad Boys Next Exit anthology and Catch Me if You Can respectively I don t now if he was a part of either one Burke s three brothers and their heroines from those stories are briefly mentioned in Making Waves with little where are they now updates In my opinion Making Waves stood pretty well on it s own but I had too many issues with it to truly enjoy it After two so so reads in a row from Donna Kauffma. DONNA KAUFFMAN Making Waves The last thing playboy captain Burke Morgan needs is a last minute replacement cook for his yacht who also suffers from motion sickness But once he sees luscious Kamala Apolo he's got a perfect idea for getting her body in sync with the rhythm of the water NANCY WARREN Let It Snow When perky Chicago weather girl Marisa Langley gets stuck in the cold with her survivalist cameraman Rob Sheridon she can't begin to forecast just how steamy it can get between the two of them ERIN McCARTHY And Ab. To rudely and insultingly on a regular basis The purse snatcher plot
Was A Bust For Me a bust for me and ended up being pretty silly and the character s back stories were eually ridiculous The only thing I can really say I liked about the entire novella was Grant a sweet sexy rich Brit who seemed to genuinely want to help people I wouldn t mind having a guy like him around but since he seems to be attracted to uber alpha women like Corinne I don t think I d ualify There is a major continuity error between the
cover blurb which gives the hero s name as Tony Danielson and the actual story in which he is named Grant blurb which gives the hero s name as Tony Danielson and the actual story in which he is named Grant and I can t say that Corinne ever mistook him for the purse snatcher at any point in the plot like the blurb says either The writing was decent and readable that some stories I ve tried but I just don t think that Ms Davidson s style is for me especially if she writes like this all the time The bottom line readers who enjoy smart mouthed snappy dialog alpha heroines and don t mind the lack of an emotional connection may find some enjoyment in this one but Undercover Claus just didn t pass muster for me Rating 12 Silver Bella by Lucy Monroe This 52 page story was readable enough but unfortunately was far too short to be satisfying for me The hero and heroine were not nearly as developed as I would have liked to see Their connection both to each other and to me as the reader was minimal at best so I couldn t really say whether I liked or disliked either one I can say that the hero Jake seemed a little too cocky for my taste although if I d had to go off of I might have felt differently I thought the heroine Bella had potential and I was initially intrigued by her virginal status that was at odds with her bad girl public image The main problem I had though was that Bella said she had been waiting for a serious commitment from a man who liked her for than just her body then she gave it up to Jake who initially offered no commitment nor seemed to have any attraction to her other than a physical one By the end it becomes clear that the relationship is being played as love at first sight which isn t my favorite plot device anyway but I never really felt a deep connection between Jake and Bella that went beyond lust Also the Christmas theme was a relatively minor part of the story Overall Silver Bella was an OK read but not up to par with my first Lucy Monroe novel that I recently read Silver Bella is the first story in the Mercenary series a preuel of sorts and I believe that Jake and Bella appear in Ready the first full length novel of that series Although they did not have any actual part in Silver Bella there is mention of Bella s brother Joshua and Jake s sister Lise who are the hero and heroine of Ready Also there was a brief mention of Daisy Bella s sister who becomes the heroine of Carter s story in the 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys anthology Even though this novella didn t nock my socks off I still look forward to continuing the Mercenary series soon Rating Snow Day by Susanna Carr This was another sweet sexy tale about two friends becoming lovers but in my opinion it wasn t as good as the Erin McCarthy story in this anthology with the same theme I felt that the author left a lot of uestions about Tyler and Karen s backgrounds There was an implication that Karen s family were not very nice people who had left her with a bad reputation to overcome in their small community as well as a feeling of being an outsider but these things are never really explained I also would have liked to have nown about how Tyler and Karen became friends There was never any explanation of this at all nor whether they had shared any deeper bond than that of casual friends in a small town where everyone nows everyone else In addition I didn t really get a particularly favorable impression of their other friends most of whom didn t seem to like Karen at all or have anything better to do than be nosy and gossip about her It was pretty much a case of everybody hates Karen with no reasons given as to why In spite of the plot weaknesses though I would have to say that Snow Day was a pretty enjoyable read for me since it embodied one of my favorite themes It was my first read by Susanna Carr but it was good enough to leave me open to possibly reading of her works in the future Rating. A little comfortable LUCY MONROE Silver Bella Successful model Bella Jackson may look steamy on covers but under them she's a total novice What she needs is someone who can make her feel the way she looks And hunky Texan Jake Barton seems exactly what she needs in her Christmas stocking SUSANNA CARR Snow Day Showing up naked in Tyler's bed has to do with Karen's rotten luck and bad sense of direction than actual intent But Tyler's sure she's right where she belongs and he's got one Christmas snowstorm to prove it to
free read Merry Christmas BabyN I probably won t be in any hurry to complete the series Rating 12 Let It Snow by Nancy Warren I ve never really been much of a fan of the lovehate relationship in romances but if the story is long enough to develop the characters and their connection to one another I can usually buy into their burgeoning love Let It Snow relies heavily on the lovehate scenario with weather girl Marisa thinking that her camera man Rob hates her because he barely ever looks at her or even speaks to her Of course Rob is just hiding a case of the hots for a woman
he doesn t want to like because she t want to like because she his exact opposite Unfortunately found Let It Snow to be too short to develop the characters and plot sufficiently to make their rapid turn around believable Another large part of the story had to do with Rob and Marisa getting stranded for hours on the roof of their high rise office building in a snowstorm which I thought lacked credibility as well They were supposedly doing a live video feed for the evening news so one would think that someone who had been working on that broadcast would have noticed them being missing much sooner Also in this technological day and age it seems likely that one of them would have been carrying a cell phone While I guess neither scenario is impossible they were improbable enough to give me pause In addition the love scenes lacked the heat of some of the other novellas in this anthology In my opinion there just wasn t enough build up of sexual tension to create the necessary steam The Christmas theme was really just a token as well with the events merely occurring on Christmas Eve Overall Let It Snow wasn t a terrible story but it wasn t a great one either This was my first read by Nancy Warren but since it seems this may not be the best example of her work I ll reserve my full opinion on her writing style until I ve had the chance to check out of her books Rating You Actually by Erin McCarthy The stories in this anthology are so short that I went into reading it with the attitude that they would probably be OK reads but I wasn t really expecting anything spectacular Well Erin McCarthy uickly disabused me of that notion with her novella You Actually that has become the first short story to which I have ever awarded 5 star eeper status I absolutely loved this little gem about two best friends who are finally able to reveal their long held feelings for one another and share the best Christmas present of all Ms McCarthy definitely has a nack for creating a beautiful love scene A fur throw under the Christmas tree jingle bell panties cute and a sexy game of Twister all made for a story that was incredibly steamy and sensual but was infused with just the right amount of tender emotion and light humor to also make it sweet I loved Josh and Cassidy s Christmas Eve tradition of watching It s a Wonderful Life which is one of my own traditions There was just enough back story given on Josh and Cassidy for me to feel a connection to them and although I liked the characters so well I could have read a full length novel about them I didn t come away from the story feeling like it was too short All in all You Actually was a perfect first read for me by Erin McCarthy and if she writes like this all the time I can t wait to dive into her back list Rating Undercover Claus by MaryJanice Davidson I am sorry to say that I did not find Undercover Claus to be particularly romantic at all The two protagonists fall into bed within just a couple of days of meeting and are proposing to each other a couple of days after that without any real build up of sexual tension or emotional connection of any ind So far the other novellas in this anthology have been sizzling hot and at least had that going for them even if the plot was so so but the one and only love scene in Undercover Claus completely fizzled The details are pretty sparse and what little the author does describe was not sexy to me at all The heroine Corinne was not really to my liking either She is a tough no nonsense straight taking foul mouthed cop with no vulnerability that I could identify I don t mind a strong ick butt heroine as long as she has a softer side but Corrine was just too abrasive for my taste I honestly couldn t figure out what the hero Grant even liked about her unless he is a masochist who enjoys being spoken. Out Time Too Josh Black is so in love with his friend Cassidy that he writes her into his cartoon strip making Cassidy think he's fallen for another woman Can two confirmed friends unwrap their true feelings in time to share a night of unforgettable holiday passion MARYJANICE DAVIDSON Undercover Clause Dressed as a sidewalk Santa undercover cop Corinne mistakes Tony Danielson for a purse snatcher What Tony sees is a beautiful lonely workaholic and he'd love to take her out of disguise and help her slip into something.