REVIEW – ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS – ANTHOLOGY

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SYNOPSIS:

From six of your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year!

MELT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton

Yuletide Spirits pub owner Ella McKinley doesn’t do holidays. Not after everything she lost on a cold, snowy night long ago. In fact, she’d be perfectly happy if the calendar jumped from November to January, bypassing December all together. Then rock’s latest “it” guy, Tate Kendrick, rolls into town, and though Ella tries to resist his wicked charm, the heat they once shared flares hotter than ever. When trouble linked to the rock star strikes at her pub, Ella suddenly starts to wonder if the return of her first love is a holiday miracle or nothing more than her nightmare before Christmas.

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Meg Anderson has returned to her home in Holly, North Carolina after she discovered her relationship with Dylan Cain was nothing more than a lie. The last thing she expects is for Dylan to be her new tenant. Or the realization that he might be the only thing standing between her and a killer…

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

Billionaire Back In Town: Gabriel Fox is a ruthless, heartless, soulless grinch. His only goal in coming to Holly, North Carolina is to ruin Carol Cardini’s Christmas. Like she ruined his—and his life—ten years ago. Now that her business is in trouble, he’s finally found the way. But the beautiful owner of Christmas Carol’s Shop and Crafts won’t allow her dream to be destroyed. Not by revenge, and certainly not by the sexiest man she’s ever known. She can, however offer an apology, and a chair at her holiday table. But can a grinch’s cold heart be warmed and healed by the love of a good woman—and the magic of Christmas spirit?

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan

NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than much needed family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough to win a woman deserving of forever?

*****Patty & Mel’s Joint Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review}
(BR with Mel)

MELT FOR ME by Elizabeth Naughton

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This anthology centers around 6 different couples and each story takes place in a small town called Holly in North Carolina. The little town is very big on Christmas and has a holiday theme all year round.

In the first novella, Melt For Me, we get a second-chance romance with a bit of suspense thrown in as well. Ella McKinley owns a pub called Yuletide Spirits, that belonged to her late husband. He was killed in car accident on Christmas Eve and Ella has felt so much guilt because she was driving that night. All she wants is to be able to sell the pub and move to the Florida Keys. To be away from this town that holds so many painful memories.

Now, a year later, Tate Kendrick, her first love from High School, and currently big time rock star, has shown up in her Pub. She has no idea that he has come to win back her heart, nine years after they said their goodbyes. They are each other’s ONE TRUE LOVE. In high school, Tate was on the baseball team. He had scholarships lined up for colleges and a sure fire path to the Major Leagues, but Ella knew his true talent was in music. She encouraged him to pursue his love of music and she thought the best thing for him would be to let him go. So Ella broke things off with Tate but her heart still belonged to him and Tate had always hoped she’d show up on his doorstep some day.

Ella is resistant at first, but Tate has no intention of losing her a second time. He ends up staying at her pub since a bad storm arrives and he has no other place to stay. Meanwhile someone seems to be out to harm Ella. Strange things have happened at her pub lately and Tate has come at the right time to save his girl from danger.

Will these two find their HEA??

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

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Meg Anderson owns a cute little flower/gift shop in the town of Holly. She inherited her late grandmother’s house and has been the victim of vandals recently. Her best friend, who lives in Vegas, and her uncle, who is a lawyer in Holly, ask Dylan Cain to come to Meg’s rescue. They fear for her safety because of the recent incidents at her home. Dylan is the man who recently broke Meg’s heart and the reason why she left Vegas to come back home to Holly.

Dylan Cain is an FBI agent who befriended Meg while undercover on a case to catch a serial killer. Her roommate in Vegas was the serial killer’s sister. What Dylan didn’t expect was to fall madly in love with Meg. But when his cover is blown, Meg thinks their entire relationship was a lie. Dylan has come back into her life to prove his love for her was real and to save her from whatever threats may be imminent. He’s going to have to pull out all the stops because Meg isn’t welcoming him with open arms.

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden

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Jemma White is a 26 yr. old woman living in a small town in Holly, North Carolina. She owns a chocolate shop called Holly Jolly Chocolatier. One evening a gorgeous stranger comes in her shop, & she can’t take her eyes off of him. Jemma hasn’t had good experiences with men in the past, so she hasn’t been with a man in a while. This man excites her & makes her want to be more spontaneous. She’s a loner & doesn’t have a social life other than work. This beautiful man is former CIA spy Grayson Cole. He’s in town for a few days to visit an old friend & get some rest. He hopes to escape from his stressful life & recharge. He gets a welcome surprise when he crosses paths with the stunning Jemma White. He wants her from the moment he see’s her. Constantly always living where he has to change his identity, Gray suddenly just wants to be himself & explore what could be with Jemma, but danger seems to follow Gray wherever he goes.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY by Katie Reus

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Nora Cassidy moved to Holly, NC after she inherited a bookstore/coffee shop. She stays busy running the bookstore & raising her younger sister. She doesn’t have much time for dating, but becomes friends with a former SEAL named Jackson O’Connor. They share a real connection, so when he asks her on a date she accepts. They share one of the hottest nights she’s ever experienced & then he says he will call her. When Nora doesn’t hear from him for three weeks, she is crushed. When he turns up at her bookstore wanting another chance she is still angry & hurt. Jackson is scared of how intense & real his feelings are for Nora, but now after almost losing her, he decides he will do anything for a second chance with her.

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

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Carol Cardini grew up in a small town in North Carolina. She had wonderful parents & a great life. Now she owns a craft store in town. When her business is in trouble, a man she knew from her past decides he wants to use her misfortune to get revenge against her because he feels she wronged him ten years ago. Gabriel Fox is a former foster kid who had a bad childhood. He’s now a billionaire & he’s back in town to cause trouble for Carol. He’s an angry person & a bit of a Grinch. Can kindness & love make him change his ways?

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan (Patty’s Review)

“I’m yours right here, right now,” he said, breathing hard from the restraint he used to remain still. “Own me, Faith.”

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This was my FAVE out of the anthology. I knew it would be because out of all the authors, I have only read Skye’s books and loved them. PLUS this one was about a HOT Hockey Player, ONE OF MY FAVE TYPES OF BOOK BOYFRIENDS!!!

Meier Grant is a professional hockey player for the New York Rangers. He has been out of commission for a little while due to a shoulder injury. He’s come home during the Christmas holiday to the town of Holly to spend some time with his family. He’s not very close with them but was guilted into coming home by his mother.

During his first night back, he runs into the beautiful hardware shop owner, Faith Nicholas. He remembers her from High School but at the time he was not considered one of the popular kids and she was dating the HS quarterback. What he doesn’t know is that she ended up dropping out of college after her first year because her father became ill and her boyfriend quickly dumped her after that. It’s been about a year since her father passed away and she’s been running the family hardware store.

Meier tries to put the moves on her but Faith is not biting. This throws him for a loop. He’s used to getting his way and any woman he wants. He finds Faith intoxicating and refreshing. Meier pursues Faith relentlessly. Will she be able to resist or will she fall into a puddle of goo over this Hottie? Can Faith get the Playboy to change his ways??

You’ll just have to pick this one up to find out!!
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HOME ADVANTAGE by: Skye Jordan  (Mel’s Review)

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Meier Grant lives in New York & plays hockey for the NHL for the New York Rangers. He grew up in a small town called Holly in North Carolina. After he injures his shoulder & is put on medical leave, he decides to go home for the holidays. When his mom sends him out for a Christmas tree he crosses paths with a girl he went to high school with named Faith Nicholas. Faith was always the beautiful, blonde girl next door type, but she is now even more breathtaking. Since her dad passed away she has taken over the family hardware store. Meier gives it his all flirting with Faith, & his usual charm doesn’t seem to work. Faith could care less about his celebrity status, but eventually she can’t resist him anymore & things heat up between them. They both start to have feelings for one another but live such different lives. She’s a small town girl, & he’s a high profile guy, but when you find love you will do anything to hold onto it!

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