Saturday, October 26, 2013

Heating Up the Holidays 3-story Bundle by Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers and Serena Bell

As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.


The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.

I love this time of year when the holiday anthologies get released. It’s a great way to get introduced to new authors. Heating up the Holidays contains three stories, which really makes for a perfectly sized read. 

Play With Me is the “starting over” story of Kali.  When circumstances force her to take a job as an executive assistant, she meets Daimon. Kali’s instincts tell her he’s not quite what he seems, but it isn’t until she learns more about him that she sees what he’s really hiding. This was my second read from Lisa Renee Jones and  I loved how this story captured the spirit of generosity

Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers is the very personal story of Jenny Write, a woman dealing with life changing circumstances.  What struck me most about this story was the very unique voice and it doesn’t pull any punches as far as the emotional content. It captures the sometimes sad part of the holidays  but ends on a hopeful note. Nicely done.

After Midnight might just be my favorite story in this anthology by a very narrow margin.  This was such a sweet story of Nora and Miles.  They meet at a New Year’s Eve party  and a full year passes before they see each other again.  A lovely story of attraction, taking chances, and rebuilding that really touched me.

This gets a solid 4 star rating from me. Very nice holiday anthology from authors to watch.

Thanks to Loveswept and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review.

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