Genre: Christmas

The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James

Posted November 17, 2015 by Kate in Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James

It’s very well known how much I love Christmas time, and I love a good feel good romance that takes place during Christmas. While this was a feel good Christmas love story, there was a heck of a lot of angst during the course of the book, and I liked it. I liked the push and pull between the characters. So when the book starts and we meet our heroine, Allison, she is having one of the worst days, her apartment burns to the ground basically, and she has no place to go. I don’t think Allison would have been so worried about being homeless if she wasn’t the guardian of her teenage sister. Since she doesn’t want to place a burden on the shelter she works at, she turns to a friend of hers, Ethan, who also seems to have a bit of thing for her. I appreciated Allison because she was such a good person, I mean she devotes her life to helping people get back on their feet, and she took in her sister because their mother is beyond not qualified to be a mother. But she also sometimes comes across as a bit naive, and she lets people take advantage of her kindness, particularly her younger sister. And I have to say I had a huge level of distain for her sister, I mean she is seriously a brat. I mean she spends Ethan’s money without any consideration to the fact her sister is going to […]

Her Christmas Guardian by Shirlee McCoy

Posted December 24, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Her Christmas Guardian by Shirlee McCoy

So the title of this book suggests a very Christmas themed thriller, but to be honest, there is not a lot about this book that feels like Christmas, other than it is winter time, it’s snowing, and there is something really important in a box marked Christmas. I do love a good suspense though, and this was very suspenseful, it reads like a fast past movie or tv show, I could easily see the images in my mind (way to go with descriptions). So the story starts and its clear that Scout is afraid of someone and it seems like she has taken a lot of time and effort into not being noticed by anyone, her and her toddler daughter, Lucy, largely keep to themselves. Almost right as the book starts, Scout is ambushed and her daughter is taken and she is left for dead in the woods. Thankfully Boone, an ex military with a heartbreaking past, sees all this and can’t help but him and the people he works with involved in the search for this kidnapped little girl. This book reads much more like a suspense than a romance, yes there is a connection between Boone and Scout, but let’s face it they are in the middle of an intense situation, Scout is seriously injured, and they are racing against the clock to find her little girl, so there isn’t really time for cute flirtations or anything like that. It really is heartbreaking to read, it’s one of […]

Coming Home for Christmas by Lindsay McKenna, Delores Fossen, Geri Krotow

Posted December 22, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Coming Home for Christmas by Lindsay McKenna, Delores Fossen, Geri Krotow

So this book is another collection of Christmas stories with a military twist, I seem to be on a short story Christmas kick the past few days. Christmas Angel: Lindsay McKenna was my favorite of the short stories out of the three. I really think the reason why it was easy for me to like this story more than the others is because the characters had a long term relationship before hand, so it was easy to see how a relationship could be rekindled in the very short amount of time the short story provided for. Kyle and Anna were childhood sweethearts, and when he joined the military he broke her heart. It’s really easy to read the pain between these two characters, but at the same time the love they have for each other is palpable from the beginning of the story. It was really easy to pull for these two to find a way to work it out, and I just really liked the characters in this one. Unexpected Gift: Delores Fossen was probably my least favorite, but it was more of a personal hang up then a problem with the writing. So Gabe comes home to find that Kelly, his best friends little sister, has had a baby girl, and the baby is his. Yeah, talk about a dramatic entrance. I really don’t like women who don’t tell the father of their child they are pregnant (unless there is some kind of legit reason, like they tried to […]

Tis the Season by Robyn Carr

Posted December 20, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Tis the Season by Robyn Carr

I haven’t heard of Robyn Carr prior to this book, but I have to say I’m surprised, because I seem to really be a fan of the whole small town romance. Honestly, I thought this book was one long story and not a collection of short stories, and as I think everyone who reads my reviews knows, I’m not the biggest fan of short stories. But since I didn’t realize going in it was short stories I went in with an open mind. Under the Christmas Tree was without a doubt my favorite, so I am glad it was first up in the book. I loved Annie. And frankly I liked Nate too, but Annie was just awesome for me. She owns her own business, is a good daughter, and takes care of an abandoned litter of puppies, who wouldn’t love Annie. Of course new born puppies need vet car, which is how Annie meets Nate. They spend several weeks getting to know each other and falling for each other. It’s a really sweet story, and I loved getting to know them. It’s a little sugary, and things do happen pretty quick (it is a short story after all), but over all I liked it for the Christmas theme. Midnight Confessions- I was very happy to see that Nate was on page one of this story, mainly because it’s about his niece Sunny. Sunny is in town kind of recovering from her broken engagement, which hey can be a tough […]

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

Posted December 18, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

Another veterinary romance, throw in some Christmas spirit, and cowboys and I’m sold. I don’t know why but I’m not normally a huge fan of the widow/widower storyline, but it worked for me in this one, I think because I really liked Daniel and his two young daughters. So Hayley is in town for a wedding, but normally she lives in the big city where she takes care of the world’s most pampered pets, which it turns out isn’t really her favorite clientele. Hayley meet Daniel, who is also a vet, but a rural country vet, the kind of vet Hayley wishes she could have been. The two of them have a connection decently quick, and it turns out Hayley is able to really help Daniel out, since he’s got a lot going on in his life. But she lives far away, and he’s in the middle of a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin girls. Needless to say they have some obstacles in their relationship. I really loved that Hayley takes so well to Daniel’s daughter. You could tell how much she wanted them to like her, and she tries so hard to make sure that they do like her and she does right by them. She’s just genuinely a nice girl. I loved some of the scenes she and Daniel have together with animals, when she’s helping him out. I thought that the two of them got some of there best get to know you talks […]

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Posted December 16, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

I like Susan Mallery, and this is by far not the first of her Fool’s Gold series I have read (although one of these days I am going to start from the beginning and read all of them, cause I really feel like I am missing out on some great backstory). Even though I have a tendency to read these books out of order, I never feel like I am missing out on something, Mallery does such a great job of pulling you into Fool’s Gold by the time you are done with the book you feel like you know is as well as your own town. I have to say I really liked this book, maybe it was because it’s the town I already know and love, and some of the characters I have totally enjoyed getting to know, plus add in some Christmas time (in the town that can’t say no to any holiday) and you have my idea of a good time. I really liked Noelle, first, I love her name, reminds me of a childhood best friend of mine who has that as her middle name (shout out to my girl, you know who you are!). But more than that I love Noelle’s attitude. Seriously, she is who I strive to be everyday. It’s my belief that you are only as happy as you choose to be, sure some days are bad, but if you want up determined to be unhappy you will be and vice […]

The Christmas Ranch by RaeAnne Thayne

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Christmas Ranch by RaeAnne Thayne

So first thing that came to mind when I read the synopsis of this book was that I want to live on a Christmas ranch. I mean seriously, I am a complete Christmas nut, I would love to live in some place where we set up outdoor displays and welcome guests from all over to celebrate the holiday, complete with animals. So the main characters, Rafe and Hope, have some back history together, although Rafe seems to be the only one of them who actually knows about their back history, which definitely makes from some interesting inner dialogue for Rafe. Hope comes home back home after being a nomad for most of her adult life, her sisters are back at home and they have experienced some deaths in their family, Hope’s uncle and brother in law, so Hope heads back home to help out her family. Hope’s family used to run the yearly attraction The Christmas Ranch on their property every year, but not this year, it seems Hope’s family is just not in the mood for it, nor do they have the time or energy needed to get everything together. But Hope is stubborn and completely unwilling to let that happen, even if she has to do it alone. Enter Rafe and his nephew. Rafe’s nephew Joey is messing around one day and breaks he window to Hope’s car, so he agrees to have Joey work off his mistake by helping Hope out at the ranch. I love the […]

A Texas Holiday Miracle by Linda Warren

Posted December 10, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
A Texas Holiday Miracle by Linda Warren

Another sad Christmas book, well sad with some happy upswing as well. Both the hero and heroine in this book have experience death in their lives, and its seriously impacting their lives and their holiday season. Gabe lost his son, and to say he has taken to being a hermit and a bit of a grouch, which frankly is more than understandable. Lacey has given up her life to become a guardian to her younger sister after her father’s death. It’s not an easy job, but Emma is a great kid, although not always the best listener. Its Christmas season, and Emma doesn’t really seem like she wants to celebrate the season. So Lacey makes it her mission in life to bring happiness to Emma and to make sure that she is experiencing Christmas the way every child should. The only thing that seems to be putting a damper on things is her grumpy neighbor who really doesn’t appreciate Emma coming into his backyard to pet the mans sick dog. Lacey and Gabe have some confrontations over the matter, but Lacey doesn’t give up, she stands up for her sister, and more than that she doesn’t let Gabe off the hook. Before you know it Gabe reluctantly starts letting these two girls into his life. There is a lot of pain going on for Gabe, and sometimes it is really hard to read. I mean his grief is all consuming and he just isn’t ready to deal with the loss. […]

The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Posted December 8, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Christmas in my home state, Texas, woo hoo. I grew up my whole life hearing the phrase “hill country” and I could easily see there being a resort in the hill country similar to the one in this book. For me it gave the whole setting a realistic feel for me, and made me feel like I was back at home. There are a lot of books that take place at Christmas, but really the story could have taken place during any time of the year, this is one of the books that I think wouldn’t work in any other time other than Christmas time. So catalyst for this whole book is that our heroine, Carina, is the part of the family that owns the Texas Hill Country Resort, which is known for having divorce free weddings during the first twenty-five days in December. It’s a huge draw for the hotel, So when Carina’s sister is suppose to be getting married during the whole promotional time, and then runs out on the ceremony, Carina does the only thing she can in order to keep PR up, she enters into a sham marriage with the hottest cowboy who works on the ranch, James. I’m not sure how I felt about the whole sham marriage thing, because I couldn’t believe how ready and willing Carina’s family was to go along with the whole thing, but once I understood more of the characters motives, it worked out for me. I really liked Carina, […]