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review Heating Up the Holidays × eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ This edition is out of printAs 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 powerS 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 fo. Originally reviewed here AngievilleLast year I read my very first ever Christmas novellas and shocked myself at how much I enjoyed them I mean I read a few duds sure but I read some real gems as well And so a couple of weeks ago I found myself eagerly looking forward to rereading a couple of my favorites this holiday season as well as hopefully discovering a few new ones Happily the very first new one I read proved to be a home run I kind of knew it would be given how much I loved Mary Ann Rivers' debut novella The Story Guy earlier this year When I heard her next book was a Christmas novella in the HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS anthology I snatched it up the day it released and snuggled up with my Nook for a little pre holiday reading I hadn't read any works by the other two authors in the collection I actually still haven't read their contributions though I plan on it at some point but I can tell you the ebook bundle is utterly worth it for Rivers' story aloneJenny Wright was diagnosed right at the most inopportune of times right after she uprooted her life entirely moved halfway across the country and started a new job in a new place And even after being diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease she chose to stay in her new life Even though her mother begged her to come back home where she could look after her Even though her colleagues walked a little cautiously around her And even as the days grew shorter and the darkness crept in The one bright point in those days is the time after she gets home from work and settles in on the couch with her computer That's when she gets to chat with C Though they've never actually met he used to live in the house she currently rents And when she forwarded a piece of mail on to him they struck up an online relationship C is a macro photographer Most days the two of them talk about his pictures her thoughts anything they like Though their interactions grow intimate Jenny knows she can't handle She has enough on her plate navigating her work her occupational therapy and just getting through each day intact When her worlds collide she is wholly unprepared for the falloutI think my best bet is to keep still and let the snow fall let the days get long again the light return its hours to me a few chances a day to figure out what it is I can comfortably keep in front of me and seeFor me there isn't some miracle cure this is my life or my disease will progress and my life will change focus again and I'll have another new lifeI need C to stay right where he is now because for now I don't know enough to move from where I amMy hypothesis is that the light will come back both outside and inside meI'm afraid and angry but the light is a theory I want to proveUntil then I just have to keep the experiment going with as many controls as possibleOne bus back and forthOne storeOne man his words under glassYes I just knew Ms Rivers would bring her words And how beautifully they were voiced through Jenny I really loved her you guys My throat constricted on her behalf from moment to moment And though I cannot fathom the terror she lived with each day I know enough of fear to swallow hard at every one of her ruminations on the encroaching darkness What I love most about Mary Ann Rivers' stories is how with one hand she keeps a ruthless stranglehold on false hope and with the other she offers the most delicate of joys I feel both rational and enchanted when I read them Her writing does not reuire that I sacrifice either And so I love it Which is good because she brings the sadness and no mistake Because Jenny's condition is not sugar coated I worried about getting my hopes up for her future in general terms as well as with the man in her life I worried a lot for a single novella But I loved every page And there were as there should be lovely startling flares of humor as wellI wonder if he practices making awkward and nerdy look sort of cool Like he fills his house with furniture that is the wrong scale for his tall body and buys plaid shirts in bulk and tells his barber to leave crazy too long pieces of hair mixed in with the regularly cut hair so everything always looks messyThen he runs his hands through his hair and puts on his plaid shirts and uses mirrors to watch himself sit in uncomfortable furniture until comfortable furniture looks like it's the one with the problemI loved him in the same way Jenny did Uncertainly Desperately In awkward pieces and with a number of reservations Neither of them faced easy choices and the untenable nature of their situation gave me pause than once But as the snow fell how my love grew When I think about reading SNOWFALL I picture it in soft black and white with the occasional flash of color in the threads of his plaid shirt in the string of Christmas lights hung with the fierceness of hope for light in the coming year

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This edition is out of printAs 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 height. Bundle up to read Preferably with a hot cup of cocoa ; I think in my last review I mentioned my growing love for Loveswept Well it just grew a little  Play With Me – Lisa Renée Jones This is my introduction to Lisa Renée Jones’ writing And I loved itKali was betrayed by her father and her fiancé and decided to start fresh in Sin City At the temp agency she is assigned to be a high profile hotel and casino chain CEO’s assistant Damion is a young rising star who’s managing 3 hotels in Vegas He’s gorgeous intimidating and demanding and is completely smitten with Kali upon meeting her Amidst a security issue at the firm they get to know each other professionally and intimately and yes – it’s steamy Very I liked Kali’s attitude towards starting fresh She isn’t hindered by the past and when facing a problem she solves it shakes herself up and looks forward She also believes in herself and her professional capabilities and won’t back down when faced with a challenge from Damion I’ll admit I don’t believe this situation can happen in real life but as far as stretching reality LRJ did a great job with two strong MCs and several appealing supporting characters I really liked Terrance too He deserves a spinoff js My rating   Snowfall – Mary Ann Rivers I cannot begin to express how much I love Mary Ann Rivers’ writing When you’re hit with a story that is so uniue in its concept AND its writing – bells sound The protagonist is a PhD microbiologist who absolutely loves the very basics of science I have a science degree in biotechnology myself so I’m familiar with the terms and that raw passion for all things nerdy This might be why or part of why I felt so emotionally attached to this story but either way Jenny made me feel everything I’m sure Mary Ann Rivers was aiming for Jenny Write is diagnosed with a healthy problem that gradually handicaps her and with the help of her occupational therapist is slowly and after much resistance starts to make progress adapt and adjust to everyday life again She is also developing an online relationship with the previous tenant to occupy her current apartment Rivers uses clever analogies I’m positive some if not most are intentional but I have the feeling that when she writes her whole being is immersed in the subject matter in the world she’s creating that some analogies just flow into the story Snowfall being the 2nd story I’ve read of Mary Ann’s The Story Guy was the first and is a must read I almost expect her next book to be heartbreaking and hopeful Snowfall made me tear up a lot it’s made me giggle and swoon and feel so sad for Jenny Addressing this difficult possibly not so uncommon yet unexplored and undereducated publicly in a form of a romance is amazing And as I’ve stated before it’s amazingly written At this point I have yet to read Serena Bell’s novella in this bundle but if only for Rivers’ novella – this bundle needs to be bought and read My rating   After Midnight – Serena Bell OMG My love for Serena Bell only grows from story to story of hers I’m readingWho doesn’t have a lovehate relationship with NYE I sure do And when something life changing personally and not for the better happens shortly before Yuck That’s what happened to Miles and Nora Each of them suffered a sort of betrayal and each of them chose to deal with it completely differently In a chance meeting they hit it off For 15 minutes And then Nora and Miles both go through a growing process as characters through dealing with their own personal challenge and while it takes a long time it’s genuine and realBell’s writing is so relaxed and real and I love the emotions she manages to carry forward through the characters Oh also – and this was verified with Serena Bell herself – Miles and Nora are pure coincidence that’s completely unrelated to NBC’s Revolution She doesn’t even watch it LOL My rating  Thank you Loveswept and NetGalley for providing this early copy in exchange for an honest review The review is also available on The Book Hammock  

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Heating Up the HolidaysRthright 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. 4 starsThis was a lovely holiday read every story was different and enjoyable35 stars for PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee JonesThis story was a good read just wished it was a little longer as I felt it was a little rushed 4 stars for SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers This was such an emotional read I really enjoyed itMary Ann Rivers is an amazing writer looking forward to reading from her in the future4 stars for AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell I really enjoyed this story both Nora and Miles are likeable and they have amazing chemistry I really enjoy Serena Bells writing she manages to give her reader enough detail to be left satisfied Thank you Netgalley and Random House Loveswept for the ARC in exchange for my honest review