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Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle

(Burnside #2.5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  173 reviews
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As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers pres
ebook, 378 pages
Published October 28th 2013 by Loveswept
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Mandi Schreiner
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones

I DNF’d this story. Hero is this cold businessman. Heroine is hired as his assistant. I did not like at all. I wish this story wasn’t the first in the anthology. Oh well.

Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers.

Blurb: Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
4 Steamy Holiday Stars!!!
(ARC Provided by Netgalley)

Heating Up The Holidays was my first experience with a holiday themed book.
At first I was a little wary.
I didn't think there was anything sexy about CHRISTMAS...I was proven WRONG!!
The stories happen during the holiday season but don't really focus on it.
It's all about the couples and how they end up with each other, with a bunch of smoking hot sex scenes!!
I think I may have to read more holiday themed books!!!

These stories were HOT!!
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bundle up to read!! Preferably with a hot cup of cocoa ;) I think in my last review I mentioned my growing love for Loveswept. Well… it just grew a little more.
Play With Me – Lisa Renée Jones
This is my introduction to Lisa Renée Jones’ writing. And I loved it!
Kali was betrayed by her father and her fiancé and decided to start fresh in Sin City. At the temp agency she is assigned to be a high profile hotel and casino chain CEO’s assistant.
Damion is a young rising star who’s managing 3 hotels i
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

Last year I read my very first ever Christmas novellas and shocked myself at how much I enjoyed them. I mean I read a few duds, sure, but I read some real gems as well. And so a couple of weeks ago I found myself eagerly looking forward to rereading a couple of my favorites this holiday season as well as hopefully discovering a few new ones. Happily, the very first new one I read proved to be a home run. I kind of knew it would be, given how much I loved Mary
Kim Perry
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Play With Me - Lisa Renee Jones: 5 stars
I loved Play With Me! Kali is a strong, intelligent, and determined. She moves to Las Vegas to start over and winds up working for CEO Damion Ward. Damion is sexy, commanding, and confident. Kali is immediately attracted to Damion but tries to keep the relationship professional. As a reporter, Kali is interested in why Damion's previous personal assistant was fired and notices some strange behavior after starting her job. There's some mystery about Kali's
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
It's very hard to write something for this book because of the huge differences in how I feel for each story. The first, Play with Me by Lisa Renee Jones, I loved! The interaction and play between Damion and Kali was fun as well as sexy. It was nice to have a strong female character who could hold her own with an exciting Alpha male. They both had issues that they dealt with but it was nice that they were dealt with and they moved on to more exciting things! I would give it a 5 star rating witho ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These were three great short stories with a Christmas theme. Each had its own unique relationship theme but they were all three deeper in depth than most novellas I have read as well as some novels. I liked the fact that they weren't fluff, but each one dealt with a specific issue in a relationship. Personally, I thought the middle story by Mary Ann Rivers was the most interesting and the least predictable of the three. She dealt with an unusual "romance" topic and for that the entire story intr ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I only read Mary Ann Rivers' Snowfall from this group of three, and it was quite good. I found the narrator's struggle (she's losing her field of vision) very authentic feeling and she was also very intelligent in an authentic way as well. I kind of wish she'd figured out the twist when I did (rather than near the end of the story) because I would have liked more page-time of she and the guy (don't want to say who it is because of spoilers) to work out their conflict, etc. But, really, Mary Ann ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was a lovely holiday read, every story was different and enjoyable.

3.5 stars for PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones
This story was a good read, just wished it was a little longer as I felt it was a little rushed.

4 stars for SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers.
This was such an emotional read, I really enjoyed it.
Mary Ann Rivers is an amazing writer, looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

4 stars for AFTER MIDNIGHT by Serena Bell.
I really enjoyed this story, both Nora and Miles
Christy Tyler
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book. Finally a strong CEO who is not afraid to make his office romance known! It was a breath of fresh air. I think it could have been a bit longer adding more of a mystery suspense side to the security threats. I did not care for book 2 - I felt it was a tad wordie and the characters did not do it for me. They were not written to connect. Book 3 - Serena Bell has done it again. It was fun and a great story. The chemistry between Miles and Nora was HOT!
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I completely forgot I had this on my Kindle until I went to buy it and realized I already had. Needless to say, Mary Ann Rivers never disappoints. You'd think that her full-length novel would satiate me, but it had quite the opposite effect, forcing me to reach out and grab this other novella of hers. A perfect, quick read, especially with snow on the ground and an impending storm ahead.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was Great! Three short love stories. I loved how each one was a different holiday and a different kind of "love". Lisa Renee Jones is my absolute favorite author though...I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I need to write an epic review but in the meantime I can say this READ SNOWFALL SNOWFALL SNOWFALL!!! Like now!
Buddy read with Ange

I've been devouring Christmas anthologies in the run up to the holidays so I was really looking forward to starting this one. Heating up the Holidays includes three stories all set around Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years Eve which makes it perfect for this time of year. These novellas are all quite steamy so if you're looking for a naughty Christmas treat then I'm sure you'll enjoy this one.

Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones - 3 stars

Kali has spent years following her dre

Whenever I purchase any anthology, I assume there will most likely be a mix of varying quality books. Some may be very good and others only average. I’m happy to report that all three books in the Heating Up The Holidays 3-Story Bundle were great reads. All were well written, had plenty of steam, and showcased three great authors. While the title calls this a “Holiday” bundle, all of the books would be appropriate to read at any time of the year. I don’t consider any of these novellas as primari
As the title says, three story bundle.

First story: PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones. Two stars.

Been there, read that, got the t-shirt years ago. Plucky down-on-her-luck heroine (PDOHLH) magically manages to land a job with hot hunky billionaire businessman (HHBB) despite having no relevant experience. PDOHLH insta-solves mega crisis that is crippling HHBB's corporate empire. PDOHLH and HHBB then have inappropriate sex (or at least, inappropriate according to every HR training seminar I've attend
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ NetGalley

Three contemporary romances revolving around the late year holidays. One each for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones ~ 3 bites and a nibble

Kali Miller ends up in Vegas starting her life over. But before she can begin, the job that she was heading towards disappears. So she ends up as an executive secretary to Damion Ward, CEO of a Vegas casino. Sparks fly from the getgo, but are either in a place to act on them?

Decently written
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Loveswept

Three very different short stories revolving around a different holiday. Three tales about finding love when you least expect it, where you least expect it, when everything else in life is not going according to plan.

Play with Me by Lisa Renee Jones: (4.5) This is the first story I have read by Jones and I liked it. I'm not used to her writing style or voice so it took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, it was very enjoyable. I didn't
Heating up the Holidays 3 story bundle is a Loveswept publication released in October 2013.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well, it's that time of year when we start breaking out the holiday stories. Many of the Christmas themed novels we read border on the syrupy sweet. There is no better time of year for heartwarming tales of romance. But...... Sometimes the holidays need a little spice. If spice is what you are in the mood for,
Michela Walters
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a nice little holiday read with three very different stories.

2 1/2 Stars for Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones

This story was the cliched story about a boss falling in love with his assistant. I found the story to be extremely rushed and the circumstances were just really predictable and almost felt like fan fiction for the way the plot moved. You know, down on her luck woman gets a job with the very difficult to work for hunky boss and they both have crazy chemistry right off the bat. Th
Renee Entress
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
My Review:
4.5 Star Review - Heating up the Holidays

I recommend this book.

I enjoyed this book. This book includes laughs, passion, betrayal and sexy lovers.


Kali Miller came to town to take a job as a reporter. But the job was eliminated before she started. She goes to a temp agency and takes a job as an executive secretary. While awaiting an appointment she hears about a firing of an employee that makes her believe that Damion is a horrible boss. She decides she will write a story a
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely Christmas gift to myself. I bought it mainly because I wanted to read more from Mary Ann Rivers, whose Story Guy (her debut novel) just blew me away. So this was like having a smorgasbord of stories with a holiday element and heat that does not come from the fireplace. :-)

I enjoyed Ms. Jones' story, the first of the trio. The holiday element was kind of thin, there because the main character Kali is charged with planning a Thanksgiving event for her rich and powerful new boss.
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Overall Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars

I rated each novella individually and then averaged them out to get the overall rating.

Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones - 4 stars

I really liked this story. There was a nice introduction and I got a good since of who the characters were. Kali and Damion have a major attraction to one another and great chemistry – I thought they were a good match. I like that Kali was strong and didn't put up with a bunch of crap. Damion is so sweet and carrying. I thought everyth
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very different stories overall. Even when they were about romance, the three stories ‘felt’ very unique and not just the same story retold.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

I really liked Kali and Damion and their chemistry. The only thing is that I felt the ending was a bit too rushed. I would’ve loved to have seen some closure in some situations, like Kali’s story with her Dad; and more on Damion’s past.

Still, overall, I enjoyed this short.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

What can I say about this sto
Claire Robinson
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, love-swept
4 Stars.

Heating up the Holidays, is the best kind of Christmas selection box in my opinion, naughty, decadent and 100% fat free!

I enjoyed play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones, Kali and Damion’s story had a little intrigue and suspense, and their sexy times were pretty hot.

We are then given a real treat with Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers, where you are given Jenny and Evans story, and if you only read one book from this selection then make it Snowfall. I have to say I was blown away by Mary Ann’s writi
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, rnff
Jones's "Thanksgiving" story is eminently skippable. 2

Rivers' debut novella, The Story Guy, was the recipient of much attention early this year. But I enjoyed her Christmas story, Snowfall, the middle offering in the Heating up the Holidays collection, even more. The story of a scientist struggling to adjust to a life-changing medical diagnosis while simultaneously trying to choose between the steamy phone-sex guy who allows her to forget about her physical problems or the quirky physical therap
Dawn Parker
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow..where do I begin?? These all were VERY different!!

I absolutely LOVED the first book! One can not go wrong with Lisa Renee Jones. I read through it and was totally fulfilled with the story!! :)

The second book..what a transition from the first!! The author speaks in technical and scientific terms so it was definitely hard for me to get into. I actually had to stop reading it at one point and jump to the last book. I did come back and force myself to finish. It ended up being ok.

The last sto
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Play with me which was an ARC for Lisa Renee Jones
Kali who leaves home after losing everything
Damion Ward someone who is mysterious and wants Kali ..
the question is will their passions ignite or fizzle out .... and will Kali's past come back to bite her on the butt ..
and who is trying to steal from Damion's business and is it a close friend or a employee who sees dollar signs .. and can they save the casino or will it fall .. find this and more out play with me is coming out on it's own or buy
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This compilation of holiday romance stories contains three unique novellas by three talented authors. All three were steamy, sexy, and well written. A great start to heating up the holidays. Of the three, After Midnight was my fave.

* I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
very good stories...enjoyed them all..of course Lisa Renee Jones never let's me down when I read her work.
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