Saturday, December 6, 2014

25 Days of Christmas: Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

Pages: 64 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to thinking about impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen. 

I absolutely loved everything about this book except how short it was! Chloe and Sawyer were characters that I quickly fell in love with and I would have loved to have more in this story! The story was well written & Shalvis does a great job telling a great story in such few pages!

Friday, December 5, 2014

25 Books of Christmas: Forever...Christmas by Mary Kelly

Publisher: 7 Seasons 

 Pages: 257 pages

Buy It Here: Amazon

My name is Katie and I couldn’t have imagined a better setting for a romantic encounter other than Christmas Eve. The only problem is that Alex isn’t exactly my ideal man and he doesn’t seem to have fallen for my charms either. He's insisted, right from the start, that he is absolutely not interested in dating me. At least we can agree on one thing.

But when each Christmas he whisks me away into a romantic story filled with snowflakes, laughter and unforgettable memories, I start to wonder if maybe I judged him too quickly. After all, he brings so much enchantment into my life and makes my heart beat faster than anyone else can. The only small obstacle standing in the way: he’s not in love with me. Can I count on the magic of Christmas to make a miracle happen? 

 I'm really starting to get into all the Christmas themed books & if you are too I would definitely suggest checking out this one if you are looking for something a little different!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

25 Books of Christmas: The Kidnapped Christmas Bride by Jane Porter

Release Date: November 25th, 2014

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

All he wants is a Christmas memory...

Trey Sheenan has cultivated his reputation as Marietta’s resident bad boy, until one day he lets things go too far and he loses everything---his freedom, his fiance McKenna Douglas, and his infant son.

McKenna has loved Trey since they were kids, but she’s had enough. When Trey is sent away for five years, McKenna is determined to do what’s right for her and baby TJ, which means putting her mistakes—namely Trey—behind her, and move on.

When Trey is released early, he returns to Marietta determined to beg McKenna’s forgiveness and become the father TJ needs him to be, only to discover that he’s too late. McKenna’s marrying local insurance agent Lawrence Joplin in a candlelight Christmas wedding.

Or is she?

Once again, Trey risks everything, but this time it’s for love....and the memory of one perfect Christmas together as a family.

This book did not go how I thought it would, it was actually better! I loved Trey & how he was portrayed in the past and how he had very clearly changed to become a better man. I loved how much he cared about his son and McKenna. I was really afraid of the consequences that would have happened after he "kidnapped" them but I was looking forward to a confrontation with Lawrence. That is the only thing that kept me from giving this 5 stars!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

25 Books of Christmas: Snowbound Surprise for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas

Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Pages: 256 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 2 1/2 stars

All she wants for Christmas…

After a difficult year, and the loss of her father, festive cheer is the last thing Addie Ramsey is feeling. She's just planning a quiet one on her Outback farm. Until her new boss, billionaire Flynn Mather, offers her the perfect distraction—to spend the holiday with him in Europe as his temporary PA!

Christmas hasn't always been magical for Flynn, either, yet with vivacious Addie by his side, and seeing the joy through her eyes, things feel different this year. Could Addie be the Christmas present Flynn never knew he needed?

This book was definitely not what I was expecting. I was expecting more excitement, more was just kind of so-so for me. I didn't hate it, but there wasn't really anything I LOVED about it. I thought that the characters were both good, but it was the story line that I just had trouble connecting with. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

25 Books of Christmas: The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Susan Meier

Release Date: November 4th, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Pages: 256 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

The perfect business arrangement?

When entrepreneur Ricky Langley offers Eloise Vaughn the help she needs, in exchange for her attending twelve Christmas parties as his date, she can't refuse. Yes, Ricky's handsome, and devastatingly charming, but this is about business. If only her racing heart would get the message!

Ricky has his own reasons for hating Christmas. But with each date that passes Eloise opens his eyes to the spirit of the season…and opens his heart to a totally different future….

I am really loving all the Christmas themed books & this book was no exception. I loved Eloise, I thought she was classy and fun and definitely just what Ricky needed! It took me a little bit to warm up to Ricky & I wish more would have happened sooner between the two of them. I loved the whole idea of the twelve dates & really enjoyed curling up with this book!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Tour: A Christmas Reunion

Release Date: November 24th, 2014

Publisher: Carina Press

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

Lady Catherine Trevilian and Gabriel Shepherd met in the Earl of Edenwell’s household, he the earl’s bastard nephew adopted as an infant, and she the countess’s highborn niece taken in after being orphaned as a young lady. Though not a suitable match by society’s standards, they fell hopelessly in love – but everything ended when they were caught kissing under the mistletoe. To protect Cat from Gabe’s lowborn charms, the earl bought him an army commission and shipped him out of the country. Catherine eventually accepted an arranged engagement, but never stopped scouring casualty lists for Gabe’s name.

Five years later, Gabe is home on leave for Christmas. Catherine and Gabe quickly learn their feelings have not dimmed – and a forbidden kiss confirms they’ve deepened into passion. But with Cat due to be married in eight days and Gabe still far below her social station, it will take a Christmas miracle for the star-crossed lovers to find happiness…

Such a great historical read to get you in the mood for Christmas! I love historical romance and this book was a great addition to my "read" pile! I would definitely recommend it! And don't forgot to enter the contest below!

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25 Books of Christmas: Christmas in the Billionaire's Bed by Janice Maynard

Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Pages: 192 pages

Genre: Romance

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Whatever possessed Emma Braithwaite to move to Silver Glen? She had no illusions that being in Aidan Kavanagh's hometown would reignite the love they'd shared in England years ago. But now that Aidan's returned for his brother's Christmas wedding, it's clear Emma's explosive attraction to the billionaire has lost none of its power.

She is the cool English beauty whose betrayal once shattered his heart. So Aidan's not looking for reconciliation -- all he wants is Emma in his bed! Needless to say, Emma has other ideas: she's not settling for anything less than commitment this time…

The cover is what first drew my attention to this book. I had been tossing around the idea of doing a special feature for Christmas & knew I wanted to feature a bunch of Christmas themed books. This one seemed like the perfect book to kick of our "25 Books of Christmas", which will feature a different Christmas (or winter) themed book each day from December 1st-25th! We are very excited & hope to make this a yearly tradition!

I've read several books by Janice Maynard, although this is my first of the Kavanagh series. I loved Emma from the beginning & was really hoping for her and Aidan to reconnect. I wish that their had been a little more depth throughout the book & that it hadn't taken until the end of the book to get to their back story. It was a little slower than I'm used to but I like how Maynard writes and her writing made this story enjoyable, even if there were a few things I wasn't a huge fan of! 

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