Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ARC Review: ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Laura Wright and Skye Jordan

All He Wants from Christmas
by by Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Laura Wright and Skye Jordan

ABOUT THE BOOK: 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…


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. 


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?


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?

This is an entertaining book with stories from some of my favorite romantic suspense writers.  I enjoyed each story separately by reading only one story a day.  All the stories take place in Holly, NC.  Holly is a small, Christmas-themed, town celebrating the holiday all year long.  For such a small town, it is amazing how many beautiful, single women reside here – all primed for relationships with strong, alpha heroes.  

Within this anthology, you recognize an author’s signature style, but also similarities between authors.  Several authors employ the death of a family member, specifically a car accident, to explain their characters fears and anxieties. Several authors introduce suspense elements with mixed results. Some stories could’ve benefitted from a longer format to develop the tension and the anticipation.  My favorite narratives are the pure contemporary romances. I like the deeper delve into the relationship better.

The story that best exemplifies the holiday spirit is Laura Wright’s contribution, Sinful in Snow.  Gabriel Fox is scrooge that comes back to exact revenge on the person he thinks ruined his life as teenager.  However, when he encounters his “enemy”, he is confronted by her true generosity and her family’s loving spirit. Now it’s up to him to decide on whether to let go of his past or more forward and ruin her future.  To top it off, it has the perfect Happily Ever After.  

In A Nutshell:
I'm not sure I'd call this a holiday book, but it certainly is an entertaining anthology featuring some of my favorite authors.  

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