Monday, December 1, 2014

Giveaway & Review | Wild Holiday Nights Christmas Anthology


Now that we're officially in December, it's time to get into the spirit of the season! I love the holidays. The decorating, the baking, the shopping. Apart from playing Christmas music and putting up my tree, one of my favorite ways to get into the holiday mood is to read Christmas-themed romances. And today Harlequin released Wild Holiday Nights, a holiday anthology to satisfy your Christmas cravings. Here's a little taste of what you're in for.


BLURB:

HOLIDAY RUSH by Samantha Hunter 
Cake guru Calla Michaels is canceling Christmas to deal with fondant, batter and an attempted robbery. Then officer Gideon Stone shows up at her door. Calla thought her kitchen was hot enough before… 
PLAYING GAMES by Meg Maguire 
With her plane grounded on Christmas Eve, Carrie Baxter agrees to share a rental car with her secret high school crush. Sure, Daniel Barber is hotter than ever, but he's still just as prickly, too. It's gonna be one looong drive…and an unforgettably X-rated night! 
ALL NIGHT LONG by Debbi Rawlins 
Overworked paralegal Carly Watts needs Jack Carrington's signature, but he'll do whatever it takes to buy more time before selling his grandfather's company. Including having one very naughty night before Christmas! 

MY THOUGHTS

With short stories it's sometimes hard to really build interest in the characters and make the relationship seem like it didn't just spring up out of nowhere, but all three authors did a great job of making you root for the heroes. Samantha Hunter's Holiday Rush was both sweet and funny, and a great example of the 'Best Friend / Little Sister' trope, which is one of my favorites. I loved the way that Calla's prospective customers played a role in getting her and Gideon together. It added a vein of humor to the story and really played off the spirit of the holidays.
Playing Games was my favorite of the three stories, which didn't surprise me as I'm already a big fan of Meg Maguire (even under her other pen name, Cara Mckenna). Carrie and Daniel had so much history and intensity that you couldn't help but feel like this romance had been stewing for a long time. Their banter is hilarious and their revelations sweet. But damn, the sex scenes were just fantastic, with the perfect amount of dirty talk. I honestly couldn't get enough of Carrie and Daniel together and if this were ever turned into a full length novel I would buy it in a heartbeat. But that said, I think the story was well paced for its short length and used the headache of holiday travel and awful winter weather as a springboard for a sexy, enthralling story.
The final story in the anthology, All Night Long by Debbi Rawlins, revolved around a holiday party and a business relationship that turns into much more. Rawlins did a great job of creating characters we could route for and laugh with. I loved the secondary characters at the factory and the facets of the hero's personality that they brought to the forefront. Carly and Jack definitely got in a few quips and we got just the right amount of back story to understand who these characters really were and how they got to be in this predicament. Overall, it was a short and sweet conclusion to a great holiday anthology.
If you're looking for a read to get you in the Christmas spirit, Wild Holiday Nights has three sexy stories that'll add some sugar and spice to your holiday cheer.

Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.



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Author Info
Samantha Hunter  - Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Meg Maguire - Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads |
Debbi Rawlins -  Goodreads |




And to share some holiday cheer with you all, Meg Maguire was kind enough to send me some copies of Wild Holiday Nights for a giveaway! Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of four copies.




12 comments:

  1. I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS AND CHRISTMAS!!!

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  2. Holiday themed books and movies always get me in the holiday mood. Thanks for the giveaway

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  3. Half-naked men dressed up with a bow ;-)

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    1. Lol how could that NOT get you in the mood...I mean Christmas spirit.

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  4. Holiday music and the smell of pine trees gets me in the spirit.

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  5. Oh we love to drive around and look at all the Christmas lights! So pretty! And...love to read Christmas romance books!

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  6. Holiday smells always get me in the spirit - pine, snowy candles? I love it!! I also love to read Christmas-themed books around this time to get extra into the spirit of things. :)

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    1. I've been lighting candles for the past month and every time I read a new post on a candle I start jonesing for some new ones.

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  7. Listening to Christmas music always gets me in the spirit. I start listening in November. :) And I start reading holiday romances!

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    1. I love Christmas music but I'm so particular. I like the classics, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby. New covers just make me angry lol.

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