Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 Flames for Holiday Kisses

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Love!

A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes:

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent

A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon

Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

Fabulous holiday anthology with 4 awesome stories.

I knew I would enjoy the Jaci Burton story since I had read A Rare Gift before in the Kent Holiday series.

I really liked this, and it worked as a novella. The story hits on a few emotional levels, and had a lot of heat and good tension. I loved Calliope and how she tames Wyatt. A nice little love story.

Shannon Stacy also delivers in her story, Mistletoe and Margaritas, a sweet friends-to-lovers starting over story. You can’t help but want Claire and Justin to find comfort and love together. Shannon Stacy always makes me feel like her characters could come from my home town, and I like that about her work.

Alison Kent and HelenKay Dimon were new authors for me and I really liked both stories.

In This Time Next Year by Alison Kent, Brenna is rescued by the hot but damaged local doctor and she has to make some tough decision about not only their relationship, but her own future. Will she see her own dreams come true or has she changed them now that she’s met Dillon?

I loved the recognition of health care professionals in the armed forces and those who volunteer to help the needy. Such wonderfully understated but powerful themes for me in this story.

It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon was an interesting treatment of career versus love story. What happens when you are still in love but the job keeps you apart? I loved the struggles of these two characters and I especially loved Austin’s love and devotion to Carrie. It came across so clearly.

Lovely holiday anthology. Recommended.

Thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.

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