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Naughty & Nice: Three Holiday Treats (Crooked Creek Ranch contains 2.5)

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  354 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Cra ...more
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Published November 5th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Second Chances Soulmate by Racheal LachmanUnwrap Me by J. KennerHeating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle by Lisa Renee JonesA Cowboy's Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnisNaughty & Nice by Ruthie Knox
Naughty and Nice
5th out of 23 books — 40 voters
Mischief Under the Mistletoe by Kristin MillerMistletoe Magic by Melissa McCloneAll Is Calm / All Is Bright by Colleen CobleTwelve Nights by Sharon StruthHome For Christmas by Melissa McClone
Christmas and Winter Novellas
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Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox
3 stars

Despite my delight in Ruthie Knox's previous two contemporaries I was a little underwhelmed with this Christmas story. It is written very well. The love scenes are sexy. But I've read the story any number of times of the hero who returns to his small hometown and finds the love of his life still waiting there for him.

Steam: 3

All I Want for Christmas Is You by Molly O’Keefe
3.5 stars

This is really just the Prologue to a full length novel. Yet despite the fa
This Christmas anthology is a bit of a hodgepodge, including one contemporary short story, one prequel to a full-length novel, and one historical story.

"Room at the Inn" by Ruthie Knox is just what I'd hope to find in a Christmas romance anthology, a cheerfully sentimental story but one that's far more lusty than sappy. A modern reimagining of "It's a Wonderful Life," it looks at what might have happened if George Bailey (here, Carson Vance) had managed to leave Bedford Falls, and leave the gir
I had wanted to read this anthology because I have been wanting to read some good contemporaries lately and I have heard good things about Ruthie Knox and Molly O'Keefe and have enjoyed Stefanie Sloane's historicals so I was very happy to win a print copy from Goodreads First Reads program! It gave me a great taste of each authors writing and I will be on the lookout for their full lengths now for sure!

Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox
Carson and Julie have a past and every time Carson returns home,
Nov 12, 2012 Bri rated it really liked it
4 stars to Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox

Yes, this was the one and only reason I bought this book. You slap Ruthie's name on something and I'm going to buy it. She is quickly climbing the ranks to be my favorite romance author, and with good reason. Her characters are strong, sassy and fun. Her plots are fresh and witty, without a formula or cliche in sight. And the sex? Whoa mama.

I'm also anxious for the tease we got of Along Came Trouble. Will be looking for that!

2 stars to All I Want for Chr
Jenny E
Dec 12, 2012 Jenny E rated it really liked it
Bought it for the Ruthie Knox... loved the Ruthie Knox story (and I usually hate second-chance-at-love stories!) fun Christmas read...loved the Ruthie Knox!
Dec 07, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it

I was thrilled when I won this book on Ms. Knox's blog! I've never reviewed an anthology before, why not start with a Christmas one!
Room at the Inn...... by Ruthie Knox
Carson Vance moved away from Potters Falls, N.Y. a number of years ago, and didn't look back. He is a Federal Contractor, building embassies all over the world. He wasn't even able to get home for his Mom's funeral six months ago. Recently he was notified of a bad fall his Dad had taken, and his need to return home , now! The pers
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Nov 10, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) marked it as to-read
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ROOM AT THE END by Ruthie Knox – 3.5 stars
The whole reason I got this anthology was because of Ruthie. I adore her books and her writing style. She is so readily able to craft fun, flirty and sexy contemporaries that stand out in your mind long after you finish the book. While I enjoyed this story, I cannot say that it is my favorite of Knox. A lot of the time I felt that there was a lot of telling instead of showing the past romance that Carson and Julie had. I would h
Room at the Inn = Grade: A

Mother of God, he had great hands.

I have a major Author Crush on Ruthie Knox because she knows *exactly* how to Push My Buttons.

All I Want for Christmas Is You = Grade: B-

"Any promise you make...half of the promise is commitment and the other half is faith. Faith that your commitment is enough."

This was my first by O'Keefe - I was disappointed in the story as an HFN prequel, but there was enough honest emotion and realistic angst to keep her Crooked Creek series in
Nov 14, 2012 iloveladyporn rated it liked it

Great story.
No hot raunchy sex but sex scenes nonetheless.
I just wanted to shake Carson and get him to wake up to all that he had in Potter Falls but he was leaving. My heart was racing when he finally realized his life was nothing without Julie and he had to get to her ..... which took a bit but not too long. There was even a Epilogue which if i have told you I LOVE Epilogues!!


Romance: 3 out of 5
Kink: 2 out of 5
Raunch: 1 out of 5
Overall Hotness: 3 out of 5

All I want for Christmas
Let me start by saying that when I pre ordered Naughty and Nice I did it because of Ruthie Knox's story Room at the Inn. I didn't even read anything about the other 2 stories in this anthology so I was very surprised how different they were from Ruthie's story.

I gave the book 4 stars because i really enjoyed Room at the Inn and I didn't think it was fair to give the book a low rating because I didn't like the other 2 stories one I bought the anthology in order to read her story.

Dec 22, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
4 stars, based solely on the Ruthie Knox story

Spoilers ahead
Ruthie Knox has become one of my favorite contemporary authors, so I was happy to see this collection with a Christmas story. I didn't explicitly make the It's a Wonderful Life connection until I read her author notes at the end, but it was there, tickling at my mind. I'm sure that on re-read I'll catch even more references.
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Tina "coffee and books"
Naughty and Nice is a compilation of 3 holiday Novellas written by 3 different entertaining and talented authors. As a whole I would give this book a strong rating of 4.5. I will individually rate and review each story below.

Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox is a short story that is nothing short of amazing! Definitely a rating of 5. I think it takes a huge talent to make a short story feel like a full length novel. Ruthie Knox accomplished this and then some.

Carson Vance has returned, temporarily
Nov 17, 2012 Katie_la_geek rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, ebook-arc
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*I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Naughty and Nice is an anthology made up of three stories. Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox, All I want for Christmas by Molly O’keefe and One perfect Christmas by Stephanie Sloane.

Room at the Inn is a cute little holiday romance that I quite liked. It had some hot scenes and a touch of sweetness which is just what I like. The only issue I had with it was that Carson was a little bit to
Dec 13, 2012 Dabney rated it liked it
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Dear Ms. Knox, Ms. O'Keefe, and Ms. Sloan:

I suspect a conspiracy. Every anthology I've read this year, composed of three novellas, contains one novella much weaker than the other two. I can't figure out if the point is to get the writer of the lesser work to be considered a writer on par with the other writers in the anthology, or if it's a way to get something purchased simply because it's connected to authors who write and thus sell well. N
Dec 04, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

'Tis also the season for Holiday anthologies, as Loveswept gets into the swing of the holidays with this trio of Christmas themed stories. Unlike the Carina Press holiday bundles, these stories are not available separately, so if you want one, you have to get them all.

I say that because, as with so many story bundles, one person's cuppa tea is another person's day-old coffee grounds. But this holiday treat is priced as a virtual stocking stuffer at $1.99, s
Nov 25, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it
This review is for All I Want for Christmas is You

Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are preparing to elope the day after Christmas. But, they first have to face her parents and that has both of them worried. She's barely 18, he's 20 and a 2nd round NHL draft pick and their futures look pretty rosy but they are both so young.

This is the backstory for Maddy and Billy's upcoming story in the Crooked Creek series and it is really effective as a teaser. In Can't Hurry Love, we discovered that they h
Nov 14, 2012 Ridley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ridley by: @RuthieKnox - via Twitter
I'm just going to stop after the Knox novella. I'm all set with teaser prequels that lack an HEA/ending, and fluffy historicals don't entice me.

I loved Room at the Inn a lot... until the ending. I think Grand Gestures are cheap and lazy as a rule, but this one felt even weaker tacked onto the end of such a thoughtful and emotional story. How does staging a humiliating, public scene in a church during Christmas Eve services strike anyone as romantic? How does a narcissistic, emotionally manipulat
Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox gets 4 stars. This story gave me the Christmas warm fuzzies. I really enjoy Knox's voice and I liked this story a lot. She's packed quite a bit of story into this novella and as an homage to It's a Wonderful Life it really hit my sweet spot. My only quibble is with the tired old inexplicably commitment-allergic male, but I did love his Grand Gesture which felt exactly right in the context of Christmas in an idealized snow-covered town. Schticky, but in a good way. ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
A Christmas trio of good stories. The first a guy who goes around the world only to find his destiny and his love back in his hometown. The second I didn't care for with a 20 year old hockey player newly drafted to the NHL and his girlfriend who turns 18 the day after Christmas whom he marries. The third is of a woman jilted at the altar, but her long-time friend and neighbor, and secret love, comes around for the holidays after being gone for years and falls for her and wonders why it took so l ...more
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Dec 23, 2012 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I thought this was a fab Christmas Anthology, really well written short stories. My favourite was definitely Room at The Inn by Ruthie Knox however, I enjoyed the others too and they were new Authors for me. Overall in this one we have everything you’d want from short yummy Christmas stories and I was pleasantly surprised how deep we managed to get with some of the characters. The heat factor stays pretty much at the simmering stage but there’s plenty of romance and heart-warming moments.
Dec 17, 2012 Janga rated it really liked it
Like most anthologies, this one was uneven. But I'm a big Molly O'Keefe fan, and I bought the book for her story, "All I Want for Christmas Is You." It's a prequel to her upcoming Crazy Thing Called Love, which was a five-star read for me. Reading the prequel after the novel was a bit strange because I knew what a small part of the story it was. But I still loved the characters and found the story bittersweet. I love a risk-taking writer, and O'Keefe definitely takes risks.
Ruthie Knox story only:

Room At The Inn

Great characters and a good story. I wasn't crazy about the church scene at the end, but it was more that it was unbelievable than anything else. The rest of the story seemed more grounded than the rom-com scene in the church. However, that's a minor quibble. This is a really great story from a very talented author.

Jill C.
Nov 08, 2012 Jill C. rated it liked it
Started out promising. These were the first stories from each of these authors. I would give the first story a 3.5 and a 2.5 for the others. Enjoyed Ms. Knox's story enough to pick up About Last Night, we shall see....
I don't really have a habit of reading holiday-themed romances, since more often than not they end up too sappy and saccharine for my tastes. However, all it took for me to check this anthology out was the cover with Ruthie Knox' name on it. Ms. Knox has become one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, thanks to her refreshing characters and clever use of tropes. Something about her writing simply works for me, and her story in this anthology was no exception. She managed to build a uniqu ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Marinella rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, romance, christmas
La cosa peggiore è la copertina. Se si riesce a ignorare quella, allora si apprezzano i tre racconti.
Per me la vera scoperta è stata Ruthie Knox. La storia che ha scritto - Room at the Inn - è interessante, delicata, coinvolgente, con personaggi e dialoghi vividi, vivaci, veri. Di solito le novelle mi lasciano un po' l'amaro in bocca, questa invece è un gioiellino fatto e finito. E poi...mi ci sono ritrovata, per certi aspetti. L'autrice dice di essersi esplicitamente ispirata al film "La vita
I won this book through goodreads first reads giveaways, and am ashamed to say it's taken me this long to read it. I was saving it to read at Christmas time, but that never happened. So instead I'm reading it for Valentines??? lol Just starting the first story.

Update: I'm finished!! Loved the first story "Room at the Inn" by Ruthie Knox ... Carson is smoking and totally irresistible. I have no idea how Julie manages to push him away for the majority of the story. Julie came off snotty and annoy
Aisha Oaktree
Originally Reviewed on The Bewitching Bibliophile

I gave the book an overall 3 stars. Cute stories, great for Christmas. I liked it, especially Molly's story. Really enjoying this so far. The stories were quick and

Story 1 Room At The Inn ( A Contemporary) 3 Stars
Julie moved to town even though her relationship with Carson had imploded, she created a profitable life for herself there. She waits for Carson who is the love of her life to wake up and realize his life is with her. Carson is on effing
Jan 22, 2013 Kaetrin rated it really liked it
Reading Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox.

Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox
Why I read it: I picked this up from NetGalley. I have only read the Ruthie Knox story.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox

Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a succ
The BookWhisperer
Dec 11, 2012 The BookWhisperer rated it liked it
Room at the Inn
Carson’s father, Martin, is not doing well after the death of his wife and Carson comes back for a little while to help him. While staying at his father’s house, Carson must sleep on the couch because Martin has piled all sorts of junk into the bedroom. When Carson complains, Martin suggests that he go and stay at the local inn; a in which Julie runs. And so starts all the feelings that Carson and Julie feel for each other and how they try to tame them until they can no longer hid
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I love to read anthologies for Christmas. I thought Naughty and Nice was going to be very hot, erotic and more, but it turned to be more sexy and sensual, without missing the sweet romance..

The first one, ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox, I think it's the longest and my favorite. Carson and Julie have a complicated relationship. Carson is always running and Julie is just tired of him. He's back to take care of his old father, but wasn't expecting to still find Julie attracted
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USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were f ...more
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“From the pocket of her robe she pulled out the ring he’d given her, she put it over her finger, sliding it back and forth over her knuckle.
“Can I tell you something?” Dad asked.
“Yes. Please.”
“Any promise you make, whether it’s to your school, or your family, or to Billy, half of the promise is commitment and the other half, is faith. Faith that your commitment is enough. There’s no answer, honey. None.”
She stared down at her ring, his words like bells ringing in her head.”
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