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Red Hot Holiday

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
I’ll be home for Christmas…to fulfill all your dreams.

This holiday, a Mountie is determined to get her man. A widow finds a fireman who ignites her passions again. And two men unsure of their commitment discover a happily ever after—and a blindfold—under their tree. No matter your desires, this collection of three shorts is bound to treat you to all the joys of the season.
ebook, 262 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Carina Press
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

Wish List by K.A. Mitchell - 4 STARS

I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel - 2 STARS

Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun - 5 STARS

*ARC courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Cover & Title - 4 out of 5.

I just want to admit right off the bat, i did not read the first story in the book. Apologies but i am not into M/M romances so i skipped it.

I Need You For Christmas
This is a short story that contains a hell of a lot of steamy BDSM sex scenes, some serious pantie melters! It was also really sweet, i liked the characters and i felt their chemistry straight away. It was a really nice & easy read, i would really recommend it & I would read more by this auth
Wish List by KA Mitchell

Blindfolds. Handcuffs. Submission.

There's so much Jonah Kendrick hasn't tried, and so much he wants to explore. But just before Christmas he finds a ring box in his boyfriend's desk. Jonah panics. He loves Evan and their sex is hot, but how can Jonah be ready for forever, when there are so many items on his Naughty Bucket List? Desires that might drive Evan away.

Evan's noticed Jonah has been distant. His usually talkative and cheerful boyfriend is preoccupied. The seemin
Bookhooking (Tanya Childress)
Three short, sexy stories in this anthology. I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel, Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun and Wish List by K.A. Mitchell. My personal favorite was Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun.

The first story I did not read because it is about a M/M relationship and that is just not something of interest to me. The other two stories were very good with HEA'S.

I Need you for Christmas was a short story about a female Mountie and an artist. The story contained some BDSM and was ver

Dec 04, 2012 KatLynne rated it really liked it
Red Hot Holiday is a collection of three contemporary erotic novellas, all centered around Christmas. Each one offers the reader a different story and I have reviewed them all separately.

Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun --- 4 stars

Steeped in sensual delights, amazingly HOT, a beautiful love story, and a hero who is utterly divine!! There is nothing I didn't like about firefighter Ronan O'Rourke; Beautiful, sexy thing that he is!

The heroine, Thea Moretti, is trapped in the darkness of grief and
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

Wish List
K.A. Mitchell 4.5 stars

K.A. Mitchell is one of my favourite M/M authors. She is so readily able to encompass all that I love in a romance – authentic characters, believable conflict and a heavy dose of sexiness!

In WISH LIST, Jonah and Evan are discovering that there are more to each other than they first knew. Jonah has been feeling a sense of emptiness and unfulfillment in their relationship, though it’s not really from Evan’s lack of trying. Jonah has certain
Nov 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Wow! So Hot it's Like Christmas on the Sun!

Wish List\I Need You for Christmas\Breath on Embers
K.A. Mitchell, Leah Braemel, Anne Calhoun
December 3, 2012
Carina Press (e-formats only)
E-Galley loaned by Publisher via No Remuneration was exchanged and all opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

I'll be home for Christmas…to fulfill all your dreams.
This holiday, a Mountie is determined to get he
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Dec 23, 2012 Gitte TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I really loved this contemporary erotic Anthology!! It was HOT……Sexy and kind of Sweet too! Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun was definitely my favourite in this one…it was pretty full on HOTNESS, though I enjoyed them all! I loved the overall message of keeping the one you love and I really thought all the stories had really well developed characters and the storylines were well executed. This Anthology covers m/m and m/f with some kinkiness. It had angst, humour and a lot of yumminess.
~ Becs ~
3.5 sexy seasonal anthology

Full review can be found at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Dec 23, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

All the stories in this holiday collection contain extra-spicy sex, but that wasn't necessarily the point. Or at least it wasn't for this reader.

I found it interesting that all three stories were about established relationships. There was no porn-without-plot here. Yes, there was a little kink, but it was really about love, and what worked for these relationships, these people.

Breath on Embers wasn't merely my favorite story in this collection, it nearly br
Nov 12, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Red Hot Holiday is an erotic Christmas based anthology containing three stories with a touch of BDSM.

Wish List by K.A. Mitchell

Jonah is heading to Evan’s family home for a holiday get together, when he comes across promise rings meant for a couple. He immediately panics, unsure the direction of his relationship/commitment with Evan. Jonah writes up a “wish list” of all the things he wants to try before he commits to another man. He includes being a submissive on his list. Evan finds Jonah’s list
Nov 12, 2012 Julie-anne rated it really liked it
I Need You For Christmas
Ryan and Megan are in a long distance relationship so Megan can follow her dream of being a mountie. Megan hands in her notice as a mountie and gets a job at Ryan's local PD & Ryan quits his job and arranges for all his belongings to be shipped to Alaska - but neither of them tell the other as they want it to be a christmas surprise
Breath on Embers
Thea's husband died and, in her grieving process, she didn't a new relationship she just wanted sex, so she chose sexy fir
Nov 17, 2012 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
Red Hot Holiday is a great anthology filled with some pretty steamy and romantic tales. All three stories were were well written and enjoyably

The first story, Wish List, was sweet story of misunderstanding. Jonah thinks his boyfriend is going to propose to him. In a panic, he makes a wish list of all the things he wishes he could do before he gets ready to commit. Evan is happy to find the list and realizes he can let his true self show through. Jonah and Evan were a great couple, but I was tro
Michele Realitybitesblog
Dec 03, 2012 Michele Realitybitesblog rated it really liked it

My Thoughts:

STEAMY—HOT—Christmas Tales! This book is divided into 3 shorter ones. I will review them as such.

I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel

Cute story with HEA ending. Hot scenes that were very descriptive. I felt more connected to Ryan that Meg. Not my favorite out of the three.

Breath on Embers by Annie Calhoun

I love love loved this short story. Annie was so descriptive and engaging in her writing. I was sucked into Thea’s heartache and grief. I
I have been loving the Christmas themed anthologies again this year and I think that Red Hot Holiday has to be my favourite. The main reason I wanted to read it was for Leah Braemel's story and that one definitely didn't disappoint but I've also found two new (to me) authors who I'm sure I'll be reading more from in the future. If you're looking for a selection of spicy holiday reads then you can't go wrong with this one and I'd highly recommend giving it a try.

Wish List by K.A. Mitchell - 3 Sta
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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**Wish List by K.A. Mitchell**

This is the first book by K.A Mitchell I've read and it's also the first M/M I've read. I have to say I'm looking forward to reading more of each. With that in mind, I will say the Dom/Sub aspect of the book was a little too much for me.

Since M/M is a new area for me, I didn’t know what to expect. After I got the guys right in my mind, it was an easy book to follow and understand. I love
Nov 10, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc
Blindfolds. Handcuffs. Submission.
There's so much Jonah Kendrick hasn't tried, and so much he wants to explore. But just before Christmas he finds a ring box in his boyfriend's desk. Jonah panics. He loves Evan and their sex is hot, but how can Jonah be ready for forever, when there are so many items on his Naughty Bucket List? Desires that might drive Evan away.
Evan's noticed Jonah has been distant. His usually talkative and cheerful boyfriend is preoccupied. The seemingly straitlaced Evan stum
Nov 23, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

The overall anthology was a great mix of stories. From the m/m story by Mitchell, to the emotional angst of the Calhoun novella to the fun and sexy, somewhat light-hearted read by Braemel, there is a little something for everyone. However, the stories are also so different that some people may not like one versus another. But for me, I thought it was a wonderful mixture of erotic holiday stories.
I give the Red Hot Holiday Ant
Nov 28, 2012 H.A. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who craves a kinky holiday story or three!
Recommended to H.A. by: NetGalley Review
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Stephanie Collins
Oct 21, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it really liked it
Another winning anthology from Carina Press edited by the wonderful Angela James. Have I said I love this year's Christmas selections?? :-)

I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel

Megan is surprised at the airport by her long-distance boyfriend. What follows is a sweet story of being willing to make sacrifices in order to be with the ones you love. She's always had a dream of being a Mountie and while Ryan supports her it hasn't been easy since he has stayed back at home while she works a post ou
Dec 06, 2012 Lexie rated it liked it
Saw this recommended over at Dear Author and it sounded to delish to pass up. Each story gets its own review and then overall impressions!

"I Need You for Christmas" by Leah Braemel

I enjoyed this story quite a bit. I wanted to smack a couple folk for their behavior (Ryan kind of included 'cause while Megan was making a big change in her life, so we he and his involved a heck of a lot of other people having to adjust whereas hers was really just her), but by in large I thought this was a cute sto
Originally posted on Nov 30 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:

Before we begin, let me confess that I have the absolute worst headache ever. It's like a pack of rhinos is having wild monkey smex on the top of my head. Now that I've enriched you with that visual, let's talk about this anthology.

I'll begin by saying this anthology is one of my absolute favorites because of its diversity, not only in couples but also in themes. We've got reinventing and reaffirming love, conquers-all sweet and spicy
Christi Snow
Nov 09, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
Rating: B+

This is a modern (and very erotic) twist on the Gift of the Magi story. Ryan and Megan have been dating for at least a couple of years, but because of their careers they live in completely different parts of Canada and only get to see each other a couple of times a year. They are both tired of it and want to be together. What they don't realize is that each of them have sacrificed their career to surprise the other at Christmas with the fact that
Dec 07, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
An interesting collection, though not quite even.

"Wish List" by a new-to-me K.A. Mitchell overall was a good story--three, possibly three and a half stars. I liked the two main characters, Jonah and Evan, though for some reason it took me longer than usual to be able to keep them straight in my head. (Maybe because I usually read M/F stories, which require less conscious thought to remember who is whom? Am I that blonde? Probably.) Once I did, though, I enjoyed their story. The only part I had i
Michela Walters
3 stars for the whole book, although mostly based on Breath on Embers, which I loved. Individual story ratings below.

Wish List
3 stars
This is the story about Jonah and Evan. Jonah accidentally finds a pair of ring boxes and thinks that Evan is about to propose to him. While they’ve been together for a long time, Jonah is suddenly thinking about all the kinky things he would miss out on trying if he married Evan. The pair travel down to Evan’s large family for the holidays, where all sorts of mis
Nov 15, 2012 Tabatha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-nook-books
Wish List 2 stars

I'm just branching more into reading m/m books, so maybe this was just a disappointment because I just got done reading a really good one. I really hated Jonah. I just can't abide cheating or thinking of cheating on characters, so this wasn't the book for me.

Breath on Embers 3 1/2 stars

I absolutely adored Ronan, and he completely stole the show for me. I liked Thea, but Ronan's character was just so easy to love. Now the sex (because she didn't want love) scenes were scorching h
Jenn Cunha
Dec 06, 2012 Jenn Cunha rated it liked it
I received a copy at NetGalley for a review. Three stories, so three reviews:

Wish List - 2 stars. This was my first M/M story and I'm not sure that it was the right one to wet my feet with. I felt that both characters were slightly annoying and the fact that they wouldn't just talk to each other really started to bother me. It was one of those relationships where I didn't care if they stayed together.

I Need You for Christmas - 3 stars. In all of the stories, the couples were already together, bu
Dec 10, 2012 Yazmin rated it really liked it
Red Hot Holiday is a very hot and sweet holiday read.

WARNING: If you don't like to read about BDSM, mild BDSM or M/M or threesomes don't read this story.

Now if you are reading this is because you might like to read about this type of stories.

I don't want to give too much away for these stories, so here is a brief breakdown of the stories. The first is very into BDSM and is M/M, the second story is mild BDSM and the third is about a threesome with very mild bonding. This way you can skip to the o
Nov 09, 2012 Katie_la_geek rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, ebook-arc
For this review and more visit my blog

Red Hot holiday is an anthology made up of three stories: I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel, Breath on Embers by Annie Calhoun and Wish List by K.A. Mitchell

This anthology was ok. Each story is written well and focuses on an already established couple (more or less.) My issue is that none of the stories really engaged me, I found them all a bit boring. I thought there would be more passion and steaminess (based on the cover) and didn’t like that each
Nov 12, 2012 Cindi rated it liked it
Three unique Christmas stories by three different authors.

Wish List by K.A. Mitchell - 1 star. DNF. I made it to the middle of Chapter 7 before I realized that I could not force myself to read anymore.

I Need You For Christmas by Leah Braemel - 3 stars.

Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoune - 4 stars.

Full review (of each story) can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.

This anthology was provided by Net Galley and Carina Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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