My Net Galley Review of Romancing The Holidays Anthology by HelenKay Dimon, Christi Bath, Jaci Burton

Romancing the Holiday: We’ll Be Home for ChristmasAsk Her at ChristmasThe Best Thing
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Length: 272 pages

This is a Net Galley Review


We wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!

A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. ‘Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

We’ll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

Book three in The Holloway Series

No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.

Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her “faulty” memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

For more stories of Holloway, check out It’s Not Christmas Without You and Lean on Me, available now!

Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.

A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.

This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him for good.

The Best Thing by Jaci Burton

A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. She’ll have to keep her heart—and her libido—in check.

Brody can’t get the time of day from Tori—ever since that impulsive kiss, she’s avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family’s construction company office. The company can’t afford to lose her, and Brody’s come to realize that he can’t live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he’s a changed man?

It just might take a Christmas miracle.

Stories also available for purchase separately.

Debs Review:

We’ll Be Home for Christmas

What a powerhouse couple we have to start us off. Spence and Lila are adorable in their own way.

Can Spence be anymore soft hearted…sigh When he takes to caring for a person, he goes out 100%. He breaks my heart knowing what is inside him is going require a strong woman like Lil to handle him in and out of the bedroom, that’s if he can keep his foot out of his mouth. *grins*

Lila is a bit of a shock, but a nice one. I am so glad Ms. Dimon created her with a strong sense of herself as well as a strong backbone, she will need it. The only disappointment I found with this story is I would have L.O.V.E to see Lila settle in with the dynamics of Spence’s family. I think that would have been a hoot!

Ask Her at Christmas

Oh My Ms. Bath you give us a true romance that builds in strength as you turn the page, but I have to admit I wanted to hurt Kyle a few times. *My bad*

Kyle is loyal, charming and 100% devoted to his best friend. The only thing standing in his way is she does not realize she stars in his hottest dreams.

Caitlin I thought need to be a smidge tougher. It is more about being true to herself than anything else.

Can these two work through the extra drama to reach where they both want to be? Good question…stay tuned to find out.

The Best Thing by Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton gives us another wonderfully hot addition to the Kent Brother’s series. Now we get Tori and Brody’s story.

Brody, Middle son and the biggest reputation as a love them and leave them type of man, has finally met his match in their office manager Tori. She refuses to give-up but in Brody’s kinky mind it’s just foreplay. What will he do when the tables get turned?
Now Tori, I love…she had me cheering from the sidelines. Tough, family strong, and is smart enough to work what Mother Nature gave her. Brody, pull up your boots, and run. *grin*

Second level characters, were as always a pleasure, and helped add to the fun of the story.
Brody being the middle child, I enjoyed the brotherly antics in the backdrop.

HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, and Jaci Burton is what I look for in a sinfully sexy, downright devilish, heartwarming romance authors. If you have not given these authors a true, do so, just make sure you have a fan handy.

Cheers! Ladies for an smashing hit!

Rated 5 Stilettos and a Recommended Read) by Deb!

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