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…
THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden
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.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus
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?
HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan
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?
The first story, Melt for Me, features a widow whose feelings of guilt prevent her from enjoying Christmas and some even refer to her as Mrs. Scrooge! Now, as she runs a bar in Holly, a town that is devoted to Christmas all year, that's a huge problem. Her first true love, Tate arrives like a blast from the past leaving Ella shaken but even as they reconnect outside forces are determined to come between the couple.
The second story, Sweet Rapture, is about Meg, a woman who has returned to Holly following a harsh break up, but she has no idea what really was going on. Meg has inherited a house but strangely it seems there are things happening that are frankly just a little odd. So when Dylan, the source of her heartache, turns up looking to make amends, Meg is just a little distracted but she soon finds out just how important to Dylan she really is.
Ms Eden's offering sees a good girl taking a walk on the wild side with a very
dangerous man. Jemma might just be the sweet treat that Grayson finds totally
irresistible but his rather murky former life hasn't quite finished with him
yet! This is a mouth watering romance to warm the coldest heart.
In Merry Christmas, Baby, Nora is doing the best she can raising her sister and frankly has no time for love. However, there's a certain Jackson who pushes all her buttons and then some! Okay, one date and he avoids her, leaving Nora feeling more than a little miffed but what will she do when Jackson decides on a full on charm offensive and trust me when this guy goes to battle, he intends to win!
Of course no Christmas collection and is complete without a salute to the Grinch and Ms Wright's Sinful in Snow, does just that. Ten years ago Carol told her parents about an abusive foster family, and always wondered what happened to the boy she remembers. Gabriel never understood why Carol betrayed his secret and now he's back in Holly, a cold hearted man looking for revenge. What Gabriel hadn't expected though was to see the world through Carol’s loving eyes and she slowly brings him back to life.
The last offering, Home Advantage, is by a new author to me. There are some people who seem to have the world at their feet and Meier is one of them. He is a very successful hockey player home to recover after a recent injury. He can have any woman he wants usually, but Faith is far too busy running her shop to dally with Meier. Once he saw Faith as out of his league, but Meier has grown up and fully intends to pursue her because, boy is she worth the effort.
So I think I'd love to move to the town of Holly! Oh, I know it's not real, but the warm feelings these stories generate just make me want to hop on a plane and visit. Yes, I do have one or two favourites and Ms Naughton's story that connects with her Aegis series was a well-paced romance. I should also mention that the twist on the Grinch by Ms Wright had such vivid dialogue that it pulled me in and I loved it. Definitely a wonderful way to get in the mood for the holiday season, so why not give All He Wants for Christmas a try and discover a new author or two yourself.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.