Monday, October 21, 2013

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle (Play with Me, Snowfall, and After Midnight) by Lisa Renee Jones, Serena Bell, & Mary Ann Rivers


PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones (Thanksgiving)

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers (Christmas)

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.

AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell (New Year)

The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.

I was expecting your regular holiday anthology where folks find love and the spirit of giving or the like.  Not so much in this. 

In PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones the only thing holiday related is the time of year this story takes place.  If you like Lisa Renee Jones you will enjoy this first person story of a young woman trying to make it on her own.  She doesn’t always make the best decisions but that doesn’t keep her billionaire boss from falling for her.
SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers was a total surprise to me.  I’ve not read anything by Ms. Rivers but can guarantee that I shall be on the lookout for her work from now on.  This story about ripped my heart out.  This smart, self-aware young woman having to come to grips with a life altering disease with poise and humor just tore me up.  This was the best story in the anthology for me.
AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell is a love story about two individuals with major trust issues and the way that they each deal with those issues and whether or not they can meet in the middle.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

This book goes on sale on October 28th.

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