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12 Books of Christmas

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 11 & 12

If you’ve followed my blog for the past week or so, you will know I have been reading a series written by seven authors centering on a group of girlfriends coming back to Christmas Falls, Tennesse. This series had me crying over my coffee and biting my tongue to not cry standing in the grocery line. I’m not that sappy most times, and these books aren’t necessarily an “emotional rollercoaster”, but there is just something about these simple love stories with the best HEA’s ever. Maybe I’m just caught up in the season or getting sentimental in my old age. (If you are a blogger friend and I start crying over my vamps and shifters, please give me a virtual smack) I did not read these books in order so it’s proof that they can be read as stand-alones with the exception of the last one. Read book seven last.

 

Many years ago, Lexi found herself the victim of a nasty rumor. Rumors and small towns go together like tequila and salt. So she spends the next eight years trying to separate herself from Christmas Falls and the gossip. But of course, she’s pulled back and has to face her demons head-on. She is spunky and determined and deals the past with class and determination. The romance in this book, like the others is sweet and very clean. I mean like new-car-clean. However, it worked very well because these characters are so real, the plot is fast moving, and the dialog is spot-on.

Twelve unlucky years ago, rumors flew about Lexi and Kevin. And now? Well, not much has changed, except this time neither can run away. Not from Christmas Falls. And maybe . . . not from each other.
As a political strategist at Dunlop Bennet & Associates, Lexi Townsend’s career is going nowhere. She’s a cubical dweller writing speeches for freshmen senators in DC. But if she can hitch her career wagon to a rising political star, she’ll be on her way to a corner office in no time. When she’s offered a plum holiday assignment–an ideal candidate with deep pockets, someone who could make the leap from local to national politics–she starts to dream about that corner office.
Until she realizes her candidate is Kevin O’Malley, aka Kevin the Hottie, Kevin the Snob, Kevin the Liar, the same guy who shattered her high school reputation back home in Christmas Falls with a rumor. Assignment in hand, Lexi braces herself for the most difficult political race of her career–because this time it’s personal.

 

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USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award-winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale – from sweet romance to sweet romantic comedy (written under the Melinda Curtis brand) to fun, sexier romances (written under the Mel Curtis brand).

“…Wonderfully entertaining…” Jayne Ann Krentz (commenting on Fool for Love)

“Reading Slade and Christine’s story reminded me of why I enjoy romance. Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf!” Brenda Novak

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Melinda loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while simultaneously capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love (because, really, who lets the man have the last word?).

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This is the seventh book in this series. I recommend this is the only one you read in order. Like the other girls, Olivia’s life has changed over the years and she finds herself back in Christmas Falls dealing with a life that did not turn out how she, or anyone else planned.  I enjoyed the romance in this book. I think it’s wholesome and focuses on the magic of the Christmas season. I liked the interplay between characters and the way new characters are integrated into this town.

Olivia Mackey spent her whole life hearing how she was destined for bigger and better places than Christmas Falls, Tennessee. A regular on the beauty queen scene from a very young age, she learned from her stage mom, that appearances mean everything. Having spent the years after high school traveling the world and failing at the dream everyone told her she should have, she’s back home and wondering what she’s to do next.
Nothing is where she left it. Friends have scattered, her mentor is ill, and Olivia is fumbling her way through a big life in a small town.
Tim Avondale and his young daughter showed up in Christmas Falls one evening looking for a fresh start. Buying the Sleepy Hound Bookstore seemed the perfect opportunity. Life had gone so wrong and now here in this quiet town he could keep anything bad from happening to his daughter again.
When the two cross paths Olivia and Tim find an instant connection. A tug toward each other they don’t want to ignore. The problem is, in the process they are being tugged away from all the things they thought were important in their lives. He can’t hide out from real life forever. She is more than just what people see on the surface. But when they’re forced to decide will they choose to be better together or safer apart?

Danielle Stewart is a USA Today Best Selling Author of over twenty books. Her series include The Piper Anderson Series, The Edenville Series, The Clover Series, The Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery Series, The Rough Waters Series & The Barrington Billionaire’s Series. She has had more then 2.5 million books downloaded and held the number one book rank on iBooks, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Danielle currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and six-year-old son. She works hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create storylines while folding laundry. She loves hearing from readers so please find her on social media!

 

12 Books of Christmas ~ Reviews 9 & 10

Thank you, NetGalley for giving me a copy of this ebook.

I liked this story so much that after reading it I bought the box set of this whole series. I enjoy paranormal books that incorporate various paranormal beings rather than focusing on just one. This story piques my curiosity to want to learn more about these characters. Do not read this thinking you will know all about the storyline of this series. However, I do think it is completely possible to read this without having read any of the other books and still know exactly what is going on. The author did a great job of sharing backstory without bogging down the story with unnecessary details and exposition. So now I’ve got a little tiny snippet of this series and I WANT to read more. I hope Winter will be in more than just this story because I liked her a lot.

 

 

Orphan Liam Ryan isn’t asking for much this Christmas–just his Uncle John. And he’s counting on Father Christmas to find a way to make that happen.

But when Father Christmas tosses Liam’s letter, claiming that the kid is asking the impossible, his daughter, Winter, takes over. Half-pixie, Winter, longs to do something important with her life, starting with getting a job at the Order of the Shadow Accords, the organization that polices the supernatural world. When she discovers Liam’s uncle works for the Order, it seems like fate.

Savaged by werewolves and bitten by a vampire, no one knows what to expect of John Ryan, but it won’t be anything good. So there’s no way he’s getting involved with his nephew…or anyone else. Worse, he’s getting a babysitter over the holidays. But when he meets irrepressible Winter, all that matters is whether she likes her guys to be naughty or nice….

The Order series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Bittersweet Blood
Book #2 Bittersweet Magic
Book #3 Bittersweet Darkness
Book #4 Bittersweet Christmas

 

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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This series is going to be the death of me. I don’t want to read anything else until I get it finished. I have two more. I can vouch for the “standalone” part. I’ve read these books out of order and they have all made perfect sense and had terrific flow. Two of them came from NetGalley so if you’d like to see what I’m talking about head over there. This story focuses on Piper and her struggle as a single working mom. When she meets Jace her whole life is turned upside down in a matter of minutes. Since I haven’t finished the series yet, I can’t really say which one of these seven friends is my favorite, but Piper is in the lead.  I am in luv with these books.  I don’t feel like the author rushed the plot to get to the juicy scenes. In fact, if sex scenes were rated by types of drinks, these sex scenes would be juice boxes and not tequila shots. They are sweet fun-to-read romances.

 

 

Is there room for two on this honeymoon for one?
Piper Wyatt’s Christmas wish is to get promoted to manager at Blackstock Hotel and Resort. Not only does the promotion mean more money, but it means more time with her son and proof that she’s not such a disappointment after all.
Jace Petersen, successful owner of a national chain of sporting goods stores, finds himself alone and miserable on what should have been his honeymoon. That is until he literally falls onto the lovely Piper Wyatt. He’s intrigued with this woman who can fix a car in high heels. Too bad for him, he makes a horrible first impression, and Piper’s not allowed to mingle with the guests.
While Piper tries her best to steer clear of Jace during his stay, she can’t help but notice he’s not the man from their first meeting. But is he worth risking her promotion? Or is Jace right, Piper deserves more than she ever thought possible for herself?
Find out in this charming Christmas tale about finding love in the most unexpected place, a honeymoon.
Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.

 

Jennifer Peel is the award-winning bestselling author of the Dating by Design and Women of Merryton series, as well as several other contemporary romances. Though she lives and breathes writing, her first love is her family. She is the mother of three amazing kiddos and has recently added the title of mother-in-law, with the addition of two terrific sons-in-law. She’s been married to her best friend and partner in crime for a lot longer than seems possible. Some of her favorite things are late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and Southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

 

 

 

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 7 & 8

This love story involves Christmas, a hot guy, AND chocolate! Could it BE any better?! This sweet story was fun to read. I enjoyed the interplay between characters and the story development.

 

Natalie LeClair will never forget the kiss she shared with Cooper King three years ago. Too bad he’s the enemy, back in her life to buy her grandmother’s chocolate company right from under her nose.
Cooper King will stop at nothing to acquire LeClair’s Chocolate Shop and its famed recipe. There’s only one wrinkle. Natalie is standing in his way, and he wants nothing more than to rekindle their romance. Cooper longs to return to just business as usual, but Natalie may be the sweetest distraction he’s ever imagined.
Novella-length romance

 

HOLLY BLAIR lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, and two feisty cats. She loves writing small-town romance and creating sweet happily-ever-afters. Born in December, Holly is a self-professed holiday nut. She revels in spending cozy nights nestled next to the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa.

 

I enjoy this series a ton! These characters are so real and I get pulled into every one of these stories. If you like love and happy endings AND Christmas, pick up these books.

In one day, London Walsh finds out her ex is going to be her boss and that her parents are getting a divorce—and they want her to referee the situation. So when she’s offered the chance to spend the holidays in her old hometown of Christmas Falls, far away from all the drama, she jumps on it.
But the quaint town doesn’t feel quite like the home it once was. London shed the goth image that defined her in high school long ago, but no one recognizes the woman she’s become.
Except for Andy Broll, London’s childhood next door neighbor. He recognizes her immediately, which sends London’s heart fluttering as she starts to see Andy in a whole different light. But when her time in Christmas Falls doesn’t go as planned, will London face it head on? Or will she find a reason to run?

 

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning* author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.

*Winner: Readers’ Favorite Book Award 2016, 2017

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These two reviews are part of The 12 Books of Christmas Challenge

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 5 & 6

A hot steamy romance for a cold winter’s night. I enjoyed reading it and taking a quick break from holiday family festivities.  The storyline is a little different from what I normally read and maybe that’s why it struck a chord with me. Or it could be that I’m like a big fangirl when it comes to this guy’s stuff. His stories like this tend to be readable in one sitting. Which is also very appealing to me. I read this one while sitting in the car waiting for my daughter to finish her play rehearsal. He just digs in, tells a great story, shares good characters, and then leaves you wanting more.

I liked the first book, and I don’t know for sure I can say why I liked this one better, but I did. I’m thinking the characters felt more real and solid in this one. I certainly think you should pick up both and read them back to back. There are a lot of things I like about this author, but one of the best things about his books is his ability to explore human relationships in an honest and entertaining way.

 

**Both of these books have adult relational scenes**

These reviews are part of The 12 Books of Christmas Challenge

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 3 & 4

 

 

There is nothing better than wrapping up in a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea on a cold day while reading a good book. This book was great. It gave me all the feels and just made me feel good when I was done. To sum it up, it was like drinking the perfect cup of coffee while the house is all quiet and you can just sit and watch the snow fall.

Thank you, NetGalley for giving me this book.

 

 

 

Eight years after fleeing Christmas Falls because of a high school prank gone wrong, Ashley Brooks receives a mysterious letter from her mentor asking her to come home. She arrives to face all she left behind—her family, her friends, and the rich boy she’d loved who would never date the girl from the wrong side of town.
Brent Donnelly, high school jock, brainiac, and dutiful son did everything right until the day Ashley returns to Christmas Falls. With one look at the girl who got away he questions all his life choices, including following in his father’s footsteps in the family business.
Faced with a potentially devastating decline of tourism in their hometown, Brent and Ashley must work together to save the magic of their town, but when Ashley discovers he still has feelings for her best friend she must finally face the real reason she left Christmas Falls—to try to heal her broken heart.
Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.

Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author who writes ‘A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart’ that spans the heat scales. Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated PG), takes readers into small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love.
The prequel novella of a brand new sister series, Riverbend, is now available, and the first four books will release in 2016.
Ciara’s teen books (Rated PG) are coming of age stories, set in fantastical worlds, with a little grit. Her bestselling series, The Neumarian Chronicles and Battle for Souls both received four and five star reviews and were nominated for prestigious awards.
For more sizzle, check out Ciara’s Shrouded Kingdoms. After a long wait, she is pleased to independently release this series, and after many reader requests, she is happy to announce that the second book, Secrets of Dargon, will release in January 2016.

 

 

I am in love with this series and I want to inhale each one. I seriously can’t read them fast enough. This story is just good. It makes me forget how stressful this holiday season is already getting. I get to sit back for a little bit and walk in someone else’s shoes.

 

Thank you, NetGalley for giving me this book.

 

 

 

 

Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy.
With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance.
Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?
Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.

 

 

SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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These reviews are part of The 12 Books of Christmas Challenge

12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 1 & 2

 

I luved this book, but come on- who doesn’t love a good Christmas story? If you are a fan of Love Actually you will like this book. The set-up is the same in that there is one main story centering on one family, but several interconnected people stories add to the plot development. The characters are solid and such fun to watch, well actually read. The author did a great job setting up each event it made it easy to see these scenes in my head. I laughed out loud a few times and garnished a few laughs from the people around me.

 

**Thank you, NetGalley for letting me read this book**

 

 

Katy’s been stuck in the office away from her family so she wants it all: snow (fake or real), the Michael Bublé Christmas album, whatever it takes.
There’s only one thing missing as far as her husband Ben is concerned: another baby to complete their family. But Katy isn’t so sure she’s ready yet…
Ben may be playing the role of Master Elf in the pre-school nativity but he is struggling to master his own family life. With romantically-challenged friends, an ex who refuses to go away and Katy’s mum’s 64-year-old toy boy thrown into the mix, Christmas looks like it could be going off the rails… Never mind family planning, can Katy and Ben even plan to make it to the end of Christmas Day?

From the no. 1 bestselling author of No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, this book will make you cry with laughter, and then book your flights abroad for the festive season. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Milly Johnson.

 

 

Tracy started writing when her cruel, heartless husband ripped her away from her dream job shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties she wrote the romantic comedy, NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY.
Her new Connecticut friends took a shine to her British sense of humour and encouraged her to share her words with a wider audience. NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY went on to be successfully published internationally and became a number 1 bestseller in the UK. So now Tracy has a new dream job, making people laugh and sometimes cry through her writing.
She’s back in England now and cracking on with writing about other people who screw up their lives in a hilarious fashion. NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON CHRISTMAS DAY is her latest novel to be launched into the world.

Get in touch with Tracy at tracybloom@hotmail.co.uk or follow her on twitter @TracyBBloom

 

 

This book is plain and simple pure awesomeness. If you like the movie, you will like this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A delightful Christmas storybook for adults based on the action-packed Die Hard movie. All John McClane wants for Christmas is to reunite with his estranged family. But when his wife’s office holiday party turns into a deadly hostage situation, he has to save her life before he can get home in time for Christmas!The unconventional fan-favorite movie Die Hard is now an illustrated storybook—complete with machine guns, European terrorists, and a cop who’s forced to rely on all his cunning and skills (and the help of a fellow officer) to save the day. Based on the classic “Night Before Christmas” poem and filled with whimsical illustrations, this cleverly reimagined homage is destined to become a holiday classic.*Contains adult material including violence and strong language. Reader discretion is advised. Ho-ho-ho.

 

Doogie Horner is an author, illustrator, and comedian. His books include Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren’t Aware of (Workman, 2015), Everything Explained Through Flowcharts (Harper Collins 2010), and 100 Ghosts (Quirk Books, 2013), among others. He is the illustrator of the Kid Legends series (Quirk Books, 2014-2017).

Doogie was a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent where he famously won over a hostile NYC audience. His comedy album, A Delicate Man, was an AV Club staff pick. He is a frequent guest on Doug Loves Movies and has been featured on Dave Chapelle’s Oddball Comedy Tour. His live show The Ministry of Secret Jokes won a Best of Philly award from Philadelphia Magazine.

His humor writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, Wired, Playboy, Fast Company, the London Times, Boing Boing, and other publications.

 

These reviews were part of the 12 Books of Christmas Challenge