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Once Upon A Holiday, A Holiday Anthology

Christmas is over, but technically it’s still the holidays. Here is my last holiday review for 2010. Pick up this book, and read it over the New Year. You’ll enjoy it.

Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins

For Eve Clark, winter usually means long cold nights spent alone, until she’s persuaded to attend a masked ball. Abandoning her inhibitions, she shares a blissful tryst with a mysterious partner. though she runs from their hotel room the next morning, Leyton Pamler is determined to track Even down and show her that the night neither can forget was only the start of something sensational…

This was a good story! The dialogue was sharp and strong, and it was the biggest hook for me. The second hook would be Eve Clark. She’s in a career that is mostly led by men. She’s earned her place and intends to keep it. She doesn’t have to make demands for equality. She comes by it quickly with strong, icy words that cut egotistical jerks off at the… well, you know. She’s good. She sharp. She can handle it all. Except for play time. The main characters were well matched. Leyton Palmer is also career oriented to a fault. Together they get the play time down pat.

Candy Christmas by Adrianne Byrd

Peace on earth and goodwill to all men? Not if the man in question is drop-dead-sexy Montel Starks, Candy Lahane’s competitor since he started at their ad agency a year ago. But on a business trip to Europe, rivalry gives way to a red-hot, explosive affair that makes Candy realize that what she really wants for Christmas is right in front of her, just waiting to be unwrapped…

Once again, I was caught by dialogue. The conversations between Starks and Lahane had me barking out in laughter multiple times. And speaking of multiple… yeah, you know what I mean. Byrd knows sex, and has it down to the bare bones. I’ve never read sex like this. I won’t hide the fact that I had to consult with google on a couple of things. 😉 It was good, and interesting. Best part of this story was a fantastic twist that made me gasp, because I truly wasn’t expecting it.

Chocolate Truffles by Kimberly Kaye Terry

It started as an innocent drink with a stronger to celebrate her promotion. It turned into the most erotic night of Camille Jackson’s life. But the man she was sure she’d never see again is now her instructor in a two-week managerial workshop, and Gideon Tebar is making it clear that he’d love to relive every delicious detail  of their encounter, again and again…

While I always enjoy a male lead who knows how to take what he wants it was refreshing to have one who took a step back. That’s not to say he didn’t tease the leading lady into near insanity before he walked out the door. A little tease like that pulls you right along. This is straightforward story without a lot of twists and turns. It was sweet with small gestures that make a big difference.

This book will make you want to rewind the clock and give your significant other a real Christmas present.

I hope you all enjoy your New Year. My family and I are having our Christmas this weekend, as my husband work hours have been insane over the holidays. I hope your weekend is as great as ours will be. Be safe and have fun!

I give Once Upon a Holiday four hearts!

You can purchase Once Upon A Holiday here as well as at: BordersIndieboundAmazonPowell’s

 

*I received this ARC free from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

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3 Responses

  1. Fantastic review. Makes me want to read these novellas BAD.

    And I’m like you…I love good, crisp dialog, especially if the exchanges between h/h can make me “bark with laughter”

  2. I have this book from NetGalley and got through the 1st story and part of the 2nd one before I had to put it down because of school.

    I agree the 1st Novella is great. The main characters are definitely well matched, there is mystery to their first meeting.

    Great review, I am going to have to pick this book back up and finish it now.

  3. I’m a sucker for fast paced, sharp dialog.

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