Review: Romancing the Holidays by HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth & Jaci Burton

Book info:

Title: Romancing the Holiday (We’ll Be Home for Christmas\Ask Her at Christmas\The Best Thing)
Author: HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, Jaci Burton (listed in order of how their stories appeared in the book)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: December 3, 2012
Book Received by NetGalley

Official Description:

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after!

A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. ‘Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

We’ll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.

Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her “faulty” memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable

Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.

A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.

This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him for good.

The Best Thing by Jaci Burton

A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. She’ll have to keep her heart—and her libido—in check.

Brody can’t get the time of day from Tori—ever since that impulsive kiss, she’s avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family’s construction company office. The company can’t afford to lose her, and Brody’s come to realize that he can’t live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he’s a changed man?

It just might take a Christmas miracle.

Stories also available for purchase separately.

My Thoughts:

After reading this anthology I have found three more authors to add to my must read list! I enjoyed all of these contemporary romance stories. They were all so sweet and different. These authors are relatively new to me but have heard there names many times and am a big fan of Carina Press books so I thought I would give this book a try. All of the stories were well written and moved along well. Sometimes in novellas, the shorter length makes it hard to develop characters and the plot to make it a believable story. These stories were all very good and were hard to put down.

We’ll Be Home for Christmas

This is the third book in the Holloway series by HelenKay Dimon and I adored it. I read the first two books in the Holloway series recently and was excited to get to read Spencer’s story since he is the wild womanizer of the bunch. Always fun to see how a woman tames that. Spencer and Lila met up at a hotel for a 3-night stand months ago. They both were in a bad situation and a little down on their luck. They never thought they would see each other again but the memory of those days they shared with each other continued to haunt them. Now Lila is back in the area and Spencer sees her for the first time. Boy are they both caught off guard. It takes a little while but they both realize that the reason they haven’t forgotten the days they spent together in the past are because they shared more than a physical connection. I am beginning to love HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary romance books. Ms. Dimon writes very fun, romantic, witty stories. I love the small town gossip mill that goes on in Holloway as another obstacle the characters have to overcome. In this story, I loved watching Travis, a friend and employee of Spencer, give advice on how to handle women. Most of the time in books none of the guys quite get women, but Travis sure seems to understand. I am looking forward to this story next.

Ask Her at Christmas

This was my first book by Christi Barth. I have a soft spot for the best friends falling in love stories because we don’t see a lot of that. This one was interesting because Kyle was planning to marry someone (Monica) as part of a business deal and needed his friend Caitlin to help him propose and seal the deal. Caitlin has been in love with Kyle for years but never ever acted on her feelings. She has always been there as his best friend and biggest cheerleader. Kyle also has had feelings for Caitlin but never wanted to mess up their friendship if she didn’t feel the same way. Unfortunately he is forced to marry Monica to gain his Father’s confidence in him again. He has been a disappointment to his father and wants his father’s acceptance more than anything. While Caitlin tries to talk him out of this, she still supports him even if she doesn’t agree. She doesn’t want to lose Kyle over it. I really enjoyed this sweet romance and the love that Kyle and Caitlin have for one another as friends. I did not like Monica at all and couldn’t believe she demanded Caitlin remove herself from Kyle’s life. Ms. Barth ended the story perfectly and I plan to check out her other books since this one was so fun to read.

The Best Thing

This was my first story by Jaci Burton, but I have heard her name so much and had been meaning to check out her books. This is the third book in the Kent series. After reading The Best Thing I am definitely going to go buy her other Kent Family books and read them this season. In this book, Brody and Tori have been working together for a long time. They share a passionate kiss at a company Christmas party last year but that was it. Brody tries to talk things out with Tori, but she just doesn’t want to go there. The Kent’s are her family and she worries if she acts on her feelings towards Brody and things go bad, she will lose it all. Slowly, Brody and Tori reconnect and made this a fun read. They have a light, fun relationship with each other. The intimate scenes were well written and so sweet. It was so awesome how much Brody adored Tori and how he treated her. I can’t wait to read more books by Jaci Burton.

Reviewed by: Amy R

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