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Naughty & Nice

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’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 ...more
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Published November 5th 2012 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jill

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
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willaful
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
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Lisa
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,
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenny E
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ending...love Ruthie Knox!
Pat
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Dabney
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this review was originally published at DearAuthor.com


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.
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Sometime
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
I only read "Room at the Inn" and my rating is for that short story alone.

"Room at the Inn" is a second chance love story and I am verrrry picky when it comes to that trope. First the good: great writing, love Ruthie Knox, the ending was sweet with an epilogue. Now the not so good: All this book did was make me mad. It had all those things that annoy me about 2nd chance romance. 16 year separation. That is about 12 years too long to put up with his crap. Well, technically he drifted into town
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Tina "IRead2Escape"
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,
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Marlene
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,
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

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
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Christy
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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iloveladyporn

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!!

CONTENT RATING

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
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Moran
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.

ROOM AT THE INN
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Katie_la_geek
For this review and more visit my blog

*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
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Kelly_Instalove
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
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Diana
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
Jonetta
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ridley
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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 ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
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.
Janga
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carrie
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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....
Book Reading Gals
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-romance
Title: Naughty & Nice

Series: Standalone Anthology

Author: Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe & Stefanie sloane

Genre: Romance erotica

’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
...more
Stephanie
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review on Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust 10/17/2012
Blow Off Some Holiday Steam!
NAUGHTY AND NICE Anthology


NAUGHTY AND NICE
Three Holiday Treats
Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe and Stefanie Sloane
On Sale: November 05, 2012
Pages: 210
ISBN: 978-0-345-54436-0
Published by : Loveswept/Random House

Synopsis
’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
...more
Liz F
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted on Kindles & Wine



Ruthie Knox’s A Room at the Inn



Julie is a homebody. She grew up in a wealthy family where she was simply ornamentation. She longed for something else, something more—a family, a sense of belonging, community. She found all of that and more in Potter Falls. I really like Julie. She’s this tough, I-can-handle-it-myself kind of girl and she has a little bit of an ice princess exterior. But on the inside, she’s not so pulled together and she’s pretty vulnerable.

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Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4 Stars

I’m a sucker for Christmas anthologies because they usually contain several short stories that I can read quickly during the rush of the season. It’s such a busy time of year and so having the luxury of sitting down and reading for long stretches of time isn’t possible, these anthologies indulge the reader in me yet give me time to do all the things necessary during the Christmas rush.

Room At The Inn by Ruthie Knox 4.5 stars
I
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Christi Snow
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Naughty and Nice
Author: Anthology
My Rating Overall: A


Genre: Holiday Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: anthology
Release Date: November 2012

ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Sexual Intensity: hot

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
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Brie
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Room at the Inn originally posted here

Dysfunctional relationships are a dime a dozen in Romance. They make the journey entertaining and the emotional payoff sweeter. Damaged characters mean internal conflict, so the story can focus on its characters and their path to the happily ever after. It’s certainly not the only type of relationship portrayed in the genre, but it is one of the most common. We usually see these people falling in love and finding emotional stability in each other.
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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 ...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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