Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: Naughty and Nice

Naughty and Nice
Authors: Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Megan Hart, Lauren Dane
Contemporary Romance (Burton/Stacey) Erotic -Light BDSM (Hart, Dane)
eBook - From Netgalley 40-80 pgs each
Release Date: 12/6/2010

'Tis the Season for Romance
A famous singer reunites with an old flame. A couple explores their desire to be truly bound together. Newlyweds heat things up when they're trapped indoors. And sparks fly when the lights go out. Whether you are naughty or nice, you can still get what you really want for Christmas in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes nice novellas:

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey
All She Wants for Christmas by Jaci Burton

And naughty novellas:

Unwrapped by Megan Hart
Believe by Lauren Dane

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey

House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out. Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there’s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.
Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes’ wiring for almost as long as he’s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn’t notice Scott back in high school, but she’s noticing him now, and soon they’re indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year’s.
But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other’s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

5- Alpah Howl
I just found a new author I love! I prefer my books a lot steamier, but this book was so sweet, romantic, and sexy that it completely hooked me! There were so many great moments in this book that I kept thinking about it well after I finished it.

All She Wants for Christmas by Jaci Burton

Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn't come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen-causing her to flee to Nashville-was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy awards to prove she doesn't need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can't help thinking of all she gave up by running away...

Ethan Kent knew Riley had the talent and the drive to make it as a singer. He also knew she wasn't going anywhere if she stayed in their nowhere town for him. Then one night and one huge mistake sent her running on the road to fame. Which doesn't mean he ever stopped loving her...

But with so much separating them, can Riley and Ethan find their way back together one magical country Christmas?

3 – One Good Howl
I am a fan of Burton, but I didn’t love this story. I felt too much time was spent on inconsequential issues, like the scenery, the biography, and his family. Since this is a short, it didn’t leave enough time to develop the characters or relationship thoroughly.

Unwrapped by Megan Hart

Newlyweds Leah and Brandon Long are finally taking a honeymoon. But just a few days into their Christmas-in-Vail vacation, Leah takes a tumble on the slopes, severely spraining her ankle. Being stuck indoors isn't so bad though: the luxurious chalet boasts a hot tub and cozy fireplace. Besides, sitting with her feet up while Brandon serves her in every way a man can serve a woman is exactly how both of them like to spend their time.

Leah would be in heaven, if only Brandon didn't insist on playing with the dynamic of their relationship. With kinky sex and deep conversation the only things on the agenda, Leah can't avoid the discussion of how things might change. Will she be ready to take their marriage to the next level in the New Year?

3-One Good Howl
4 Alarm Fire
This is the epilogue to "Taking Care of Business" and then “No Reservations”. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that, and it affected my enjoyment of the story. I think if you read the first two books, which I haven’t yet, then you will really enjoy having another look into Leah and Brandon’s lives. As a stand alone, it felt like it lacked any real emotion (shocking for a Hart story!).

Believe by Lauren Dane
I won’t post the summary of the story since it is a spoiler for Second Chances.
5-Alpha Howl
4 Alarm Fire

This story is an extended epilogue to Second Chances. I absolutely loved it! I enjoyed revisiting the characters and watching their relationship continue to develop. I also really enjoyed the dialogue, steamy scenes, and emotional connection. Although you could read this as a stand-alone, I would highly recommend reading it after Second Chances.

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