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Review: Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle by Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers, and Serena Bell

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Heating Up The Holidays

 

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As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.


Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones


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


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


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.

 

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Overall Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

I rated each novella individually and then averaged them out to get the overall rating.

 

Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones

4 stars

I really liked this story. There was a nice introduction and I got a good since of who the characters were. Kali and Damion have a major attraction to one another and great chemistry – I thought they were a good match. I like that Kali was strong and didn't put up with a bunch of crap. Damion is so sweet and carrying. I thought everything unfolded nicely. There was just the right mix of intrigue, heat and drama. I love how everything played out, really nice ending.

 

Snow Fall by Mary Ann Rivers

2 stars

I’m torn about this one. Overall I thought it was a decent story but it was just okay for me, I never really connected with it. There was a decent mix of sweetness and emotion. I did think the main characters had an interesting first meeting and I liked the who is C? aspect. I thought the first half was slow and I considered not finishing but was curious enough that I read on. I liked the overall conclusion but it was still kind of sad. This was a nice, hope filled story with some sexy times mixed in but it just wasn’t for me.

 

After Midnight by Serena Bell

5 stars

I loved this story! I thought Nora and Miles were great characters and had an awesome first meeting. They had serious chemistry and there were lots of hot moments. I liked their conversations and thought this was an fun, lighthearted read with the perfect mix of drama added in. I thought everything unfolded nicely, there was a great pace, and the ending was perfect. I couldn’t this one down! Totally captivating and sexy story that had me smiling!

 

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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