Pure over-ripe fruit sweetness here with no h/h storyline development and fade to black only scenes when it comes to the few pages of romance. Very ChPure over-ripe fruit sweetness here with no h/h storyline development and fade to black only scenes when it comes to the few pages of romance. Very Christmassy but a dumbdowned story. Schmaltz and molasses 100%, yuck :-/...more
Nothing too exciting here. All have the heroine meeting a stranger of sorts in and around Christmas. Feather’s story I found boring and tedious to reaNothing too exciting here. All have the heroine meeting a stranger of sorts in and around Christmas. Feather’s story I found boring and tedious to read so it’s a 2 star, Jeffries’ story was modestly better especially in terms of the holiday season so it’s a 3 and London’s was a good take on the beauty and the beast theme so it just makes a 4 even though the focus of the ending made no sense but I think it must tie in with some new book she’s putting out.
Both Feather’s and Jeffries’ stories have appeal but they felt rushed and unlikely when it came to the romance and there was nothing all that interesting in the writing. I just wanted to hurry up and finish them –this didn’t bode well then for the last story but surprise, surprise….
London’s story “Snowy Night with a Highlander” was the one I liked the best because it was well-paced and you could “see” everything happening. For a short story it did a good job of building sexual tension. The heroine is not annoying or dumb and the hero, who is horribly scarred from a fire, is not pathetic which sometimes happens with these beauty and the beast stories. The author makes the reader believe that this could really happen, it all makes sense.
Christmas is the backdrop for all 3 stories which you feel most in the second story by Jeffries—but it’s hardly a good story. If you’re looking for a lot of Christmas cheer (which was why I wanted to read it) I’d say pass on this book. They could’ve easily put it out at any other time of year and it’d have had the same feel. ...more
1.5 stars for this tedious and annoying read. What a bad book, a complete waste of money and the time it took to get through it.
This so-called histor1.5 stars for this tedious and annoying read. What a bad book, a complete waste of money and the time it took to get through it.
This so-called historical is written more in a contemporary language style than in a historical one. You’d think that the author would have done some research into the language of the time before writing. It’s extremely repetitious and in need of some good editing especially when French is used. The characters are superficial and the story doesn’t flow. Every stereotypical romance cliché under the sun is stuffed in whenever possible and they all get the gag reflex going. There’s virtually no steam until the end and all this “love” is too little too late making the “profound relationship” between the h/h totally unbelievable. The h/h are barely together in a romantic way apart from “sensing” that they are destined for each other. The heroine is such a "good" woman you want to slap her. The hero is supposed to be so "feared" but everyone walks all over him. The paranormal element is dumb and just adds to the overall eye rolling “whatever” of the story. The Christmas part is an afterthought and just thrown in to no doubt help sell the book.
How this weak story could have ever been published is beyond me. It’s not a Christmas story, though it tries to dupe the reader into believing otherwise, and it’s an exceptionally poor romance that’s barely worth a skim read. ...more
I think this is one of the fastest books I've ever read! You’re turning the pages so quickly that suddenly it’s the end and you wish it would have conI think this is one of the fastest books I've ever read! You’re turning the pages so quickly that suddenly it’s the end and you wish it would have continued after the epilogue –which was very sweet.
It was a good story overall, nice to see the Wallflowers again, but I'd have liked to have seen more of them. Each Wallflower has about two pages or so just for her and her hubby and you get that warm nostalgic feel for the previous books in the series. Personally I loved St Vincent and Evie and Lillian and Marcus’ parts ;)
The hero, Rafe, is excellent. He’s this brash American who doesn’t mince words and does the things the way he wants including grabbing and kissing unsuspecting women all the while saying stuff like “that’s how we do it in America” (lol!). It would have been better if there was more tension between him and Hannah, but what little there was was well-done.
The book is unfortunately too short and some important things seemed rushed, but it was still a good read overall. Lots of smiles all around, some good banter between the h/h, funny Wallflower scheming and basically a nice story to get you into the Christmas spirit. ...more
This book has NOTHING to do with Christmas apart from a small mention about the season. It's boring. Everything happens within the first few chaptersThis book has NOTHING to do with Christmas apart from a small mention about the season. It's boring. Everything happens within the first few chapters and then suddenly it's filler. ...more
Non-stop ghetto talk got on my nerves and didn't match the characters. I didn't like the hero. Too much of a take it or leave it attitude that detractNon-stop ghetto talk got on my nerves and didn't match the characters. I didn't like the hero. Too much of a take it or leave it attitude that detracted from building up the tension between the two characters....more
2.5 stars and such a disappointment. Having read her mercenary trilogy I was at least expecting a good story but it was just a round and round turn of2.5 stars and such a disappointment. Having read her mercenary trilogy I was at least expecting a good story but it was just a round and round turn of overblown silly misunderstandings. This is also another book billed as a Christmas themed story but Christmas is mentioned only once and that’s it. No warm holiday cheer here so if that’s what you’re looking for then pass on this one.
Several times I was wondering if I was reading a historical what with all the moral preachiness about sex before marriage, town gossipists going on about two people living together to the point where the heroine's boss tells her that she should stop seeing the hero for the good of the school she works at (what the????). You expect that in a historical but not in a contemporary unless it’s one of those “inspirational” books. The heroine is not the most believable of characters either. She lives in an apartment with nearly every possible pet known to man from a huge dog, some cats, parrots, hamsters to a goat! In an apartment??!! Dumb. Then you have the hero who’s trying to be “noble” to protect her from himself –Dumb again.
The writing itself reads like a quickie first draft with too much stilted language. Suddenly there are no contractions in the dialog so it sounds very formal and out of character. The Spanish terms of endearment rang false also.
The ending had a rushed “awww-shucks” gooeyness to it. There were the beginnings of some good Monroe steamy-scenes like her other books but they just never really made it. The steam itself doesn’t even happen until you’re practically at the end of the book. One irritating tease after another with an unexpected friend walking in, the phone ringing, she changes her mind, he changes his mind and all the other predictable things. The story had potential but needed some major tweaking.
I think I’ll be sticking with her hotter and better written Brava contemporaries instead of her wishy washy seen-it-all-a-hundred-times Harlequins. ...more