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Includes stories Fever by Sandra Hill, Man With a Golden Bow by Nina Bangs, and Santa Reads Romance by Dara Joy.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Love Spell (first published September 30th 2008)
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Anne
Dec 25, 2008 Anne rated it it was ok
3 very mediocre stories that were actually published over 10 years ago, NOT in 2008. Definitely not worth the time spent reading it.
Britta
May 13, 2009 Britta rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Erin
Shelves: romance, fiction, 2009
I think I would have given this book 4 1/2 stars (if it were possible) except for the fact that one (of the three) stories was a reprint that I'd already read in a different book that another Sandra Hill short romance story had appeared in (the book was called Here Comes Santa Claus ... I think).

The other two short stories were fantastic though. Heart felt with the right touch of sexuality. I would recommend this book as a library find but not a purchase.
Andrea O'Brien
Aug 09, 2014 Andrea O'Brien rated it liked it
“The Man with the Golden Bow” by Nina Bangs
I like this story. It made me smile from start to finish.
The plot is simple but sweet. It was a lot of fun as Sloan, a dreamer and an extravert, does zany things to fulfill his clients’ wishes as Jenny, a detail oriented introvert, watches, disapproves and eventually takes part. Sloane’s ultimate goal, of course, being to get Jenny to loosen up and enjoy life again without an agenda. The way he goes about it through his wish fulfilment business is a lot
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Jessi
Three stories that are okay but not in the realm of my favorites.
Sandra Hill's "Fever" has an urban, greedy man who inherited a hotel falling in love with a simple country girl and her family. Lots of references to country songs.
"Man with a Golden Bow" by Nina Bangs has Jenny Saunders ready to have sex and needs a man to do the job. Her childhood friend, now an internet Santa, seems like the perfect man for the job. But maybe he wants a little more than just a fling...
"Santa reads Romance" by Da
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Janet
Jan 04, 2013 Janet added it
Shelves: 2013
After thinking about rating this book I just couldn't decide as it is an Anthology and all three stories weren't on the same level for me. My thoughts was that the first story,"Fever", by Sandra Hill was by the far the weakest. I would rate it 3-. "The Man with the Golden Bow" by Nina Bangs was better and felt more like a 3+. And lastly was "Santa Reads Romance" by Dara Joy which for me was definitely the best. I would give it a 4 and felt if it had been a longer romance so she had a chance to d ...more
Goge (BARRONS) le Moning Maniac,
I'm intrigued! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE Sandra Hill and Nina Bangs!!! A LOT!!! They are amazing fantastical writers! Dara Joy is a hit or miss for me but so far I love her "REJAR!!!!!!!!" book most (KYAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH then her "Mine to Take" (very nice, very good, loved<3). So I'm anticipating this read;)
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 10, 2011 Dawn ♥ romance rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, christmas
The authors do not shine in these short stories. Sandra Hill's humor works better when mixed with equal amount of reality. Nina Bangs read like a l-o-n-g story of foreplay. Dara Joy's caught in a snowstorm plot was best of the bunch.
Stacie
Jan 07, 2009 Stacie added it
This was a very quick read. The stories are short and the characters "fall" too easily. However, that is the nature of these short stories. The authors are Nina Bangs, Dara Joy, and Sandra Hill.
Marina
Jan 29, 2011 Marina rated it really liked it
Sandra Hill's "Fever" short story set in Memphis sounded like it was part of a series. Is there a story/book about Michael Arnett and Spencer Modine? It was a fun read as usual.
Susan
Mar 18, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
NB-not bad, too much inner dialogue but m/l & his job cool; DJ-pretty bad; SH-didn't like premise, didn't read
Pam
Feb 16, 2015 Pam rated it liked it
Shelves: romances
Three short stories with a Christmas theme. Romance novelettes. Quick reads.
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Talk about misspent youth. What did I do during those lazy summer days of childhood when I could’ve been honing my writing skills? Nothing. Okay, so I spent a lot of time dreaming I was a cowgirl with a trusty black stallion. Oh, and I read every Walter Farley horse novel. I was an only child so I relied on my imagination to supply the excitement in my life.

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