THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE / EVER AFTER
Samantha Chase – Release Date 10/06/15
An exciting reissue of both books in the beloved Christmas Cottage series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase, just in time for the holidays .
Legend has it that any couple who spends the night in the Christmas Cottage shall have love everlasting…
THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE
Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend does, and she’s the one getting married. It’s Lacey’s job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the best man, and she begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.
Ava Callahan wants desperately to believe in love everlasting. But when Brian McCabe walks back into her life and upsets her carefully organized world, her commitment to perfection makes it hard to accept the love that’s right in front of her. Will it take a night in the Christmas Cottage for Ava and Brian to find their happy ending?
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The Christmas Cottage – I adored Lacey. She is spunky, fun, quirky and has totally been in love with her best friend Ava’s brother since she was 15! Now getting ready as Maid of Honor to Ava, her job is to help prepare the Christmas Cottage, where Ava’s wedding night will take place. Ava thinks the cottage is full of magic – anyone who has ever stayed there on their wedding night has had a long and loving marriage. The only problem is that Lacey thinks Ava is getting married for all the wrong reasons and putting too much fate into the hands of a small cottage! But she goes along trying to make her best friend happy. Ava has a binder full of ideas of how to make the night the best night ever. The only problem is she’s suppose to get the cottage ready with the best man — Ava’s brother Ean. Lacey decides to head up to the cottage to get as much done before Ean can show up. The least amount of time she can spend with him, the better. What he wasn’t counting on was a blizzard and the man of her dreams being up at the family ranch, where the cottage is located, already.
Lacey and Ean’s story is a sweet romance. Nostalgic fun comes with the snow days. The only truly annoying part of this story was Ava. That girl!!! Jeez I wanted to smack her!
Now on to Ever After – This is Ava’s story and it was a little harder to swallow. Although I still liked the overall feel of the book – Ava was just a little bit too stubborn for me. Brian is a great guy and a SAINT I tell you for sticking around the wishy washy Ava.
The book is well worth The Christmas Cottage storyline and HEA for Lacey and Ean. The good news with Ever After is we get to see the two lovebirds from The Christmas Cottage again and Brian is the bright star in this story. Both books end with a HEA.
The Christmas Cottage – 5 Star
Ever After – 3.5 Stars
HOT HOLIDAY NIGHTS
Jaci Burton – Release Date 10/20/15
Victoria Baldwin is a successful sports agent who always puts work first—unless she’s on vacation. Then it’s all about play. On holiday in Hawaii over Christmas, she meets Alex McConnell, a successful young surfer on the islands for a surfing competition. She couldn’t think of a better vacation fling. But when she meets Ben Reynolds, Alex’s manager, she realizes she wants both men.
This could be her hottest holiday ever, and the vacation that changes her life.
Jaci is a go to author for me and this has to be the steamiest Play by Play book out there!
Victoria Baldwin is a super star sports agent. And she’s ready for a little bit of R&R for the holidays. What better place to lay low than beautiful Hawaii.
Her first day there she runs into a hot surfer – Alex, who is definitely on her wish list for the holidays! And to her surprise, he seems to be just as in to her as she is with him. Who cares if he’s a little younger than her? A little holiday fling seems to be the perfect remedy to some holiday fun. What she never expected was Alex’s friend Ben. Ben is Alex’s mentor and best friend. He’s older, sophisticated and there’s a little spark with him that she’s never had with an older man.
What’s a girl to do?
HOT HOT HOT is all I have to say. This one will definitely having you melting on the spot. The steam factor is through the roof!
*Warning this book is a M/F/M Menage book
A BAD BOY FOR CHRISTMAS
Jessica Lemmon – Release Date 09/29/15
‘Tis the Season to Be Naughty
Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that’s a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . .
With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they’ll have to decide if they’re ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.
Connor McCain has been barely living since returning home from Afghanistan to Evergreen Cove. Having left his hometown with a heart full of hurt, only returning with a head of nightmares. He’s getting by but not able to really enjoy life. That is until his friendship with Faith starts to become take on a little bit more.
Faith is cursed. At least that’s what her mom has told her. After catching her ex-fiancé with another woman, she knows that she’s doomed in the love compartment. But then there’s Connor McCain. The ex-military landscaper who pushes all the right buttons when she’s around him. Their flirting starts to turn into a little bit more. Connor steps up to help Faith when she thinks that someone is trying to break into her house. She doesn’t know what to think of the sexy man who all of a sudden is taking a bigger interest in her than just friends. He asks her to live in the now. But how can she when she knows its only going to end in disappointment and another broken heart.
Connor and Faith each have their own pasts to overcome. Can Connor help Faith when he has such a hard time getting over his own demons?
I LOVED Connor and Faith. They were flirty and fun, sexy and steam, sweet and tender. Everything you look for in the perfect romance novel. Even though this is book 3 in the Second Chance Series by Jessica Lemmon, it can totally be read as a standalone. This is the first novel I have read by Ms. Lemmon and I have gone and bought her whole library! Love her writing style and can’t wait to dive into the rest of the books in this series.