When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country, three couples find once off-limits love just in time for Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and Lia Riley.
Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan
At sixteen, Abigail gave Dex the gift of a lifetime, but the cost of it was more than he ever knew. Now she s back in town with a secret that has been ten years in the making and this time it s Dex s turn to make the ultimate sacrifice or risk losing her forever.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates
Mia Landry has always had it bad for brooding cowboy Devlin Grayson. Too bad he s her best friend s older brother. But when they find themselves snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge, Mia finally has the chance to tell the man of her dreams exactly what she wants him.
Hot Winter s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley
While Brightwater is being covered in snow, Goldie Flint is stuck in her flower shop. She never expected her hero to be Kit Kane, the former love of her life. Kit knows that what he had with Goldie isn t just in the past and with the help of a little bet, an ornery grandmother, and a lot of snow, he s ready to show her that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance.
Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Three Christmas novellas, by three different authors, all three extremely enjoyable reads.
This compilation for me was the epitome of what I want from my Christmas reading; sweet, seasonal, emotive, with low drama, likeable characters and really easy to get along with writing.
"Santa sent me a snowstorm."
But what mainly drew me to it, was the fact that all three authors are ones I have heard a lot about but never actually read before, so it was a great way to dip my toe in with each one and see whether their writing styles agreed with my tastes, and I have to say all three authors are now ones I will be looking to read more from in the future.
"We’re family. One hurts we all bleed."
The offerings are as follows –
Close to Perfect ~ Jennifer Ryan. Snowed in at Copper Ridge ~ Maisey Yates. How Winters Night ~ Lia Riley
The other positive is that all three of these novellas are offered up, as installments in currently running series that the authors have published, and you can tell from the descriptions that they have been running for a while with the well developed locations and secondary characters included in each story, and the added depth their input gives to them.
"You missed me too… I can feel it.
Second chance and best friends older brother, are the main tropes used across the three stories, and I have to reiterate that each and every one of them was as enjoyable as its predecessor. I usually find with compilations like this that there is usually one story that doesn’t quite hit the spot, but not on this occasion, absolute reading bliss.
"It’s you… It’s always been you."
Whether you are looking for a little something to fit in for a few chapters here or there over the busy Christmas period, you are thinking about trying out some new authors, or you are literally just looking for some well written Christmas themed romances, then this selection really is a offering that would tick any or all of those requirements, and I will certainly look to read more from each of the authors involved in the future off of the strength of their inclusions to Snowbound at Christmas.
ARC generously provided by the publisher, via Tasty Book Tours, in exchange for the above honest review.
I do love Maisey Yates, so I immediately requested this on her name alone.
I have a love hate relationship with novellas. It's never quite enough for me. I enjoyed the banter and chemistry of all of the stories in this collection. And I easily could have read full books from all of them. It was especially sweet to be back in the Brightwater world and see this couples again.
Overall, a quick read with a balance of fluff and angsty times.
**Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
Read/Listened to two of the three novellas: Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan Didn't think it was possible for an author to make me understand but I totally got it and sympathized! Loved how it all worked out. Snowed In by Maisey Yates Unrequited loved is one of my favorite troupes. I love the idea of being snowed in and forced to confront the simmering attraction always kept buttoned down.
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Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge by Maisey Yates 4 stars
Yates packed lot of feels into this novella! The sparks between Mia and Devlin were electrifying and I loved how their attraction exposed the emotional bonds that tied them together over the years. It made for some sweet, sexy, and very eye opening conversations. I also loved the banter! The sandwich-as-sex metaphor conversation...I was cracking up!
Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan 3.5 stars
While Dex wasn’t expecting the news of a 9 year old daughter, Kelly was a happy surprise. The circumstances weren’t at all what he was expecting either, however Dex jumped headfirst and had me swooning with his determination to win Abby’s heart back. I loved how Kelly’s exuberant personality was a ray of sunshine for her parents reunion.
Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley 3 stars
Kit and Goldie had years of pent-up and hurt feelings with each other. I liked Kit and understood his logic over leaving like he did. However, I didn’t warm up to Goldie as easily. She started out too OTT, but eventually settled in. Their love/hate relationship never had a dull moment.
Dex and Abby found real love with each other when they were still in their teens. Unfortunately something awful happened and Abby was forced to leave. Dex never stopped missing her. When after ten years Abby returns he finds out she kept a secret, something that will change his life completely. Will Dex be able to forgive her?
Abby and Dex are both sweethearts and I instantly liked them. They have good hearts and had plenty of undeserved back luck in their lives. They could certainly use a happy Christmas. When Abby returns after many years of absence Dex has the opportunity to get to know her again. The surprise she has for him is adorable, but it's also a lot to take in for him. I kept hoping their childhood love would still be there as the main characters of this novella deserve another chance. They are incredibly brave and their personalities are truly amazing.
Jennifer Ryan's writing style flows easily and I enjoyed the way she describes her settings. She writes in a vivid way that makes her stories come to life very well. I immediately fell in love with this series and will definitely come back for more.
-Hot Winter’s Night-
Brightwater's residents have to prepare for heavy snow. Goldie has recently opened a flower shop and remains at work while she should have gone home and gets stuck. Kit helps her out. They aren't on speaking terms any longer, but when Goldie can't go back to her house he takes her to his family instead. Kit and Goldie used to be the one for each other, but something came between them. Will they get a second chance?
Goldie is driven and kind. She wants to make a success of her shop as it makes her happy to be there. I loved that she is so passionate. Kit made her angry and broke her heart, but fortunately Christmas is the perfect time for forgiveness, so I hoped he could still make things right. Kit didn't have many good prospects when he was younger and he left Brightwater. He gave up everything he loved for it, which also included Goldie. It's obvious he missed her and his happiness about finally being on speaking terms again made me smile. Kit didn't come out of his years before his return to Brightwater unscathed and I liked how that brought him and Goldie closer together. I loved the tension between them and it's clear from the start they are still attracted to one another on many different levels.
I love Lia Riley's Brightwater series and was happy to be able to read about this wonderful place again. I really enjoyed reading more about Kit. He's from a close family and it was fun to read about them from a different perspective. I liked this warm winter novella a lot and think it's a great addition to the series.
-Snowed in at Copper Ridge-
Mia has secretly been in love with Devlin, her best friend's brother, for years. Mia always celebrates the holidays with his family and this year isn't any different. They've rented a lodge and Mia and Devlin are the first ones to arrive. Because of heavy snowfall the roads are being closed and they can't go anywhere while the rest of the family is still at home. For Mia Devlin is it and a night alone with him might be the best opportunity she's ever been given.
Mia isn't experienced when it comes to love. She doesn't feel comfortable around men, but with Devlin she can be herself. She's smart and creative and I liked her quirky and honest personality. Devlin is insecure, he knows what he wants, but he thinks he isn't good enough for the people he loves. My heart ached for him. Mia brings out the best in him and they're endearing together. A night without anyone else to disturb them is a lovely gift and I enjoyed reading about the feelings the main characters have for each other.
Maisy Yates writes about family in a warm and sympathetic way and I immediately liked that about Snowed in at Copper Ridge. There's so much love and understanding between all members of the family. Being stranded is an interesting theme for a story and there's a large amount of fabulous tenderness and yearning. This cute winter novella really made my heart melt.
That's the easiest and most accurate way to describe this trio of holiday stories by three gifted authors. Below, I'll give you a short review of each individual installment, but as a whole, this anthology was constructed exactly right.
Snowbound at Christmas followed a theme that tied the novellas together, without them being associated directly. All can be read standalone—but all are also from series that are as charming, addictive and engaging as these morsels would make you believe. You don't have to read all three, but why wouldn't you?
Together, Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley and Maisey Yates served up all the feels. Their stories are high on life and lust and love, and have the ability to break your heart before carefully, sweetly putting it back together. And whether you read them back-to-back or with a break in between (which I did), they're sure to leave you feeling a lot like like all your Christmases came at once—in one perfect holiday anthology.
Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan
"I fell in love with you ten years ago. I love you still. I love you forever."
Second chance romances = *heart eyes*, especially when they come from Jennifer Ryan, my go-to author for swoony, sexy cowboys. I adored reading about Dex and Abby, and even though my heart hurt for them, and all they missed over a decade, I loved their apparent chemistry, their need for each and the way they moved forward, not backward. And the holiday theme just added to that—giving more meaning to this couple's second chance at true love.
Well-written and well paced, and completely lovely, Close to Perfect was the PERFECT way to kick off this anthology of Christmas stories.
Hot Winter's Night by Lia Riley
"I needed you. I needed you like I've never needed anyone and you were gone without a word."
Ooh, my heart. Lia Riley has proven time and again that she knows how to make it hurt so good, and she did it once again, with Kit and Goldie's heart wrenching story.
I felt SO MUCH in so few pages here—Hot Winter's Night might be short on words, but it's long on story, and it managed to hit every single one of my soft spots along the way.
These two... Their history was bitter, but their love? So sweet. So hot. So damn good. And their family? On point. I frowned and bloody near cried as the Kane clan weathered the storm, and yet, when all was said and done, I beamed. So big.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge by Maisey Yates
She was very afraid that she had given her heart to Devlin Grayson. And she didn't know if she would ever get it back.
But why would she want to? He's a gruff cowboy, with tattoos, a soft, bruised heart and a wicked sense of humor—and he sure is a great person to spend a hour or two with. Or a snowed in night on a mountain, come to that.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge is high on all the good feels. A heated connection—enough to melt the snow that was keeping Mia and Devlin inside—was balanced by a tension that kept this sexy novella engaging. I loved watching Mia and Devlin learn each other, teach each other and, ultimately, love each other. With a little less ache and a bit more happiness than the previous two books in this anthology, Maisey Yates' story was the ideal way to close out this fun, hopeful and spirited Christmas anthology. And get me ready to head back to the Copper Ridge series ASAP.
A holiday romance collection, where all three stories are based around a couple that ends up stuck in a snow storm? So my kinda thing. I love snowy romances. That's no secret. But I have to confess: I really like holiday novellas. Don't ask me why, I just really do. The setting is just swoony and perfect and maybe its because I met my husband around then? Color me nostalgic, but it works for me. Especially if it's a novella. Snowbound at Christmas feature three stories. They all part of a cowboy series, but all work as a standalone:
Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan
I haven't read a book by Ryan before so this is my first of her and the series. I liked the writing style. The plot was sweet. A tad too sweet for me at times. But also too dramatic. But all in all I enjoyed it The character building left me divided. I liked the MCs. Love Dex. But to be frank the entire female cast was a bit too over the top. Too bitchy, too sweet you name it, it's all there. Frankly I didn't mind so much with Abby, but Libby... meh. Couple the female over the top characters with the plot then it's just simply too much for me. 2.5 Stars ------------------------------------------------
Hot Winter's Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley
So honestly the reason I requested this ARC? Lia Riley. I would read anything she puts her name on. And then there is the whole winter/snowy romance thing, I am a sucker for that. But I would have requested anything.... I was happily grinning, all swoony after reading Hot Winter's Night. It is exactly what I want in a snowy cute & fluffy. Kit is a hotilicous, caring go getter and I really like Goldie as well. Her feistines, her want to success and overcome. Both of them are fighters, yet couldn't find what their way to each other. Starcrossed lovers, perfectly done. The twist a the end? Just bloody brilliant. Because I guessed a few things, but not THAT. Great characters, swoony setting and fun storyline make this a perfect holiday novella. Short and sweet, maybe too short? I was left wanting more Breakwater goodness, which makes me think, I haven't read them all have I? *runs to check her GR account* 4.5Stars ------------------------------------------------
Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates
Another first for me. But definitely will be reading more by Yates. This was just swoony hotilcious holidays cute & fluffy. I totally adore all the characters, love the way the story was told and honestly can't wait to get my hands on more stories about them. There will be more about them, right? I mean I fell in love with the Graysons... 4 Stars ------------------------------------------------
While the first didn't really work for me. I did enjoy reading the book. Which is why I am going to round it up to 4 Stars. It's a lovely collection of cute&fluffies and just was what I wanted from this.
A must read for lovers of the genres and a great introduction to the authors and series.
4 star review of Snowbound At Christmas By ((Montana Men #5.5) by Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates and Lia Riley What's not to love? It's the most magical time of the year and also happens to be my most favourite holiday. I love any story that is centred on Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together. This anthology holds three stories, each written by a different author with a different theme, all cantered around the magic of Christmas. All three of these authors were new to me any I really enjoyed their stories. Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan This is a second chance at love story. Ripped apart by circumstances beyond their control Dex Manning and Abigail Swain have always wondered “what if”? Abigail went against her strict parents and helped Dex when he needed it the most, for that she was banished from her family and friends. Dex, determined that her sacrifice not be in vain was determined to make a name for himself and give back to the community. Fast forward ten years and Abigail is finally free to return home, bringing with her a surprise which will rock the foundation of Dex’s life. Finally re united, will they be able to build a future together or will the anger and pain of the past get in the way? Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates What’s not to love about a Cowboy? Mia Landry has been fixated on Devlin Grayson for a very long time, only problem is that he is her best friend’s older brother. When they are snowed in Mia seizes the opportunity to put her feelings for Dev out there, what’s she have to lose? I loved the vulnerability that Dev showed, although thought of as a player, he is in cares deeply for the innocent Mia but does not want to act on his feelings. Initially scared to pursue Dev, Mia soon finds herself out of her comfort zone and going after what she wants. Hot Winter’s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley A second chance at love story which I really enjoyed. Kit Kane was the love of Goldie Flint’s life but circumstances separated them. When she is stuck in her flower shop due to heavy snow, it is Kit who comes to her rescue. This book was filled with humour and was well written. When Kit returns to town, Goldie is unhappy, after all he left her to join the military when she was going through a particularly difficult time in her life and she has never forgiven him. Goldie is a feisty character that I am sure I could and would be friends with, she refused to lay down for Kit and that was great. Kit and Goldie were meant to be and it was intriguing to watch these two finally come back together. I enjoyed all three of these stories and will be checking out other books written by the authors. I received a copy of this book through the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
There is nothing I love more then holiday stories. They seem to get me in the mood for the upcoming holidays. So far this holiday season Snowbound at Christmas is one of my favorites. Of course that might have to do with the fact that I love Jennifer Ryan's books and loved Lia Riley's Bridgewater series and enjoy Maisey Yates Copper Ridge series.
The part I most like about this book is that two characters I really liked and wanted to know more about got their own stories. Happy dance for that. Both of the stories are Ryan's and Riley's.
In Ryan's Close to Perfect you have Dex's story. You meet him in Her Renegade Rancher. I really needed his story and here it is. It's not even close to what I thought it would be like. I really loved it!
So many emotions are packed into this short novella. I'm not sure how Ryan does it. It was a roller coaster of a ride that I didn't want to get off. Your heart hurts for him and Abigail's. What these two have lost because of others is so wrong.
Many a time I wish I was in the book so I could have punched someone. I'm so not joking about that. The only issue I have is I wish I had more about them. A longer story would have been nice. The author did a great job of making the story feel complete, I'm just being selfish.
Next I read, Hot Winter Nights by Riley. Finally I got Kit's story. I really wanted to know more about him from past stories. I'm so glad the wait is over. It also gave us a little more insight to why Goldie is the was she his. Sometimes it is better to be a bitch then to be hurt.
Reading about Kit and Goldie was both fun and heartbreaking. They have so much crap in their pasts that they both need to let go and start over. Easier said then done. I also enjoyed the visit with Kit's family. Love them! This is the perfect story. I shed a tear or two and laughed often.
The last story I read was Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Yates. To be honest I've only read a couple of her books in this series so I didn't have the emotional attachment I did with the others. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it but there wasn't as much of a connection.
I do like her writing so the story was easy to get into. A plus during the busy holiday. A good story with likeable characters. I will someday read all the stories in her Copper Ridge series.
Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley and Maisey Yates team up in this Christmas anthology that has a storm raging the western US..
In Close to Perfect, book 5.5 of the Montana Men series by Jennifer Ryan, Dex had everything going for him his senior year in high school. Star of the baseball team, college scholarship, and a girl he's fallen hard for. When an ex tries to frame him for a crime he didn't commit, his girlfriend Abby provides an alibi.. and pays for it by getting sent away by her parents. Ten years later her parents have died, and Abby is back in town, and the sparks fly between them instantly. Watching Dex and Abby rebuild their friendship and learn of each others past is sweet. There were so many raw emotions and tender moments - it left me wanting more of the Montana Men.
Hot Winter's Night by Lia Riley is book 3.5 in her Brightwater series. When Kit Kane returned from his military service and joined the sherifs department, he didn't expect his high school sweetheart to refuse to speak to him. When he left, he took Goldie's heart with him, and she built an impenetrable wall around it. So getting snowed in with Kit and his entire family is far from ideal. When their forced to be in close proximity they both find their emotions rising to the surface. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to deny their attraction. The banter in Hot Winter's Night is witty and snarky - and I was rooting for Kit and Goldie from the get-go.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates - Mia has spent all of her holiday's with her best friend and her family since she was a kid, and has always felt like a part of the family - except with Devlin - who she had a young girls crush on that never went away. Devlin has always been interested in Mia, but has kept her at arms distance. When the rest of the family can't make it to the cabin sparks start to fly. Isolated together for an entire night, it's impossible for them to ignore whatever it is that's between them. They both know so much of each other's personal history, that the foundation of a relationship is already there - if they can both trust that they can make it last.
All three stories were sweet and romantic, I thoroughly enjoyed the anthology - a great book to snuggle up next to the fireplace and binge read!
Great love story but it was sooo sad at times I couldn’t believe it. Abby’s parents were so evil for so long. What they did to her for ten years was unbelievable. At 16 years old Abby and Dex really loved each other but when she told the truth to keep him from going to jail for something he didn’t do her life became a living hell. I was so happy when her parents died and she was able to come home again. It was a happy time and a sad time but it all worked out perfectly in the end.
There was graphic sex in this story but it was not erotic, thank God. No F-bomb in this at all. 4 STARS
HOT WINTER’S NIGHT by LIA RILEY
This was an ok read. I really liked Kit but I had a hard time liking Goldie. She was pissed when Kit left and joined the military and held a grudge for the next 10 years. She was hateful and nasty to him until she saw the wound on his stomach and suddenly she loved him because he’d gotten hurt? Yeah, I couldn’t believe that.
There was very explicit sex in this story and the F-bomb was used 22 times in the last 2 stories. 2 STARS
SNOWED IN AT COPPER RIDGE by MAISEY YATES
Another barely OK read. It went from skipping page after page of boring filler to page after page when someone would answer what someone else said. I just hate that. However, it does tell me that I won’t be reading anything else by Ms. Yates. Not enough dialogue. Twenty or twenty-five pages of no one saying anything at all is too much for me. AND when Devlin and Mia did talk they sounded like teenagers. She wanted Devlin to take her virginity and the manwhore didn’t have a problem with that at all. Then there were pages and pages and pages of sex to wade through with this novella. I was glad when the story was over with.
Not in either of these stories was there a smidgen of wanting or desire or lust but there was plenty of explicit sex in each story. 1 STAR
This is a short story collection from a few authors that centers around romance in the snow around Christmas time. All have stories centered around the weather more than anything, but all of them are technically happening around Christmas. I struggled to enjoy these because you can tell they’re basically novellas for other series these authors have written. There was nothing there to really warn about that when I picked this up for like a dollar the other day.
My favorite story was Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge by Maisey Yates. It’s about a girl coming to this lodge to spend the Christmas holiday with her best friend and her best friend’s family. However, she ends up snowed in at the lodge with her best friend’s brother, all alone. And a chemistry they’ve had for years comes bubbling to the surface. It was sweet. There were a lot more editing errors in this one than the other two stories, but I enjoyed the story more. I feel like the author does a better job than the other two with making this story make sense on its own.
I disliked Hot Winter’s Night by Lia Riley a whole lot. This is the one where an outside reader is going to be the most disoriented by this story. There were too many characters and too many subplots to keep up with without more context. Also, while I found the couples to be cute, I had trouble with the whole premise of the plot. The thing that has kept them apart was such a tiny detail that I found it hard to believe they lived in the same small town for years without getting to the bottom of it.
All of these have at least one sex scene so if you’re not here for that stay away. Also, if you don’t read books in these three series you should probably stay away anyway.
Ratings: Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge-- 3.25 stars. Close to Perfect-- 3.0 stars. Hot Winter’s Night-- 2.25 stars.
This was a great collection of Christmas stories! Usually novellas are frustrating, because they leave me wanting a lot more than what I get. Basically, things go too fast and end too soon. Not the case with these novellas! I'll go over each one in its own little paragraph, a smaller version of my usually long reviews.
Close to Perfect - Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Ryan is the only author of the three whom I have read before, so I had high expectations of her! She did not disappoint. The story highlights two characters, Abigail Swain and Dex Manning, who were childhood sweethearts ripped apart by Abigail's parents. Ten years later, they are reunited and a secret is revealed that is long overdue. The question will be this - can they heal their broken hearts and find love again? Jennifer did a great job of packing a lot of emotional turmoil into a short bundle of a story. While I did feel that things moved a tad too fast at times, considering all that both characters had been through, I greatly enjoyed seeing their love rekindle. The author also threw some more drama in there, because there wasn't enough already, with an old girlfriend who really takes the gold for holding a grudge. That really clinched the story for me, because in the end, Dex didn't let anyone put Abby down, not even herself. It was cute, charming, and absolutely heartwarming.
Hot Winter's Night - Lia Riley
Lia Riley is an amazing writer! If she talks like she writes, we would get along great. It was one joke, one pop culture reference, after another, and I was laughing the whole way through the book, even when laughter may not have been the emotion I should have had at the time. The story goes like this - Marigold Flint hates Kitredge Kane's guts. Ever since he left to join the military during the worst time of her life without a word of warning, she can't even smell cinnamon without remembering him and feeling the burn of betrayal. When she finds herself in need of rescue during a snowstorm, Kit arrives to be the hero, but Goldie wants none of it. It will take a Christmas miracle, and a snarky 80-year-old grandmother, to bring these two together again. I loved reading about these two! They were the cutest couple, and Goldie stood her ground, which I love! Too many times the guy gets let off the hook for being a jerk, and even though Kit had good intentions in what he did, I was still happy to see that he was held accountable for his mistakes. Goldie and Kit were a meant-to-be couple, one which we all wish we could aspire to be (perhaps without the ten year absence though). This author is definitely one to read again!
Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge - Maisey Yates
Another new writer for me and one that did not disappoint! I loved the realistic approach to a virgin heroine and an experienced hero - it immediately allowed me as a reader to connect with the characters and understand their challenges. Mia Landry has loved Devlin Grayson since she was 13 years old. But the eight-year age difference, and the fact that he is her best friend's older brother, has kept her from making her feelings known. When she drives up to a lodge to meet the Grayson family for Christmas, she finds herself snowbound with none other than Dev himself. Things quickly heat up and their feelings for each other come out to play, but Dev's insecurities may come between them and a happily ever after. I enjoyed reading about these two lovebirds. Dev comes across as such a player and, as Mia calls him, a "manwhore," but you find out that he truly does care for Mia and always has. She, being anxiety-ridden with zero experience whatsoever, comes across as a nervous wreck, but she soon finds her bearings and takes control of the situation. It was good to see her break out of her shell and help Dev see the light. It took him a bit too long for my taste...but he did eventually find it.
**I received a free copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**
Close To Perfect by Jennifer Ryan "Close to Perfect" by Jennifer Ryan is just that - close to perfection! It's a lovely tale of a second chance at love. Dex and Abigail found true love, even at such a young age. Abigail was always sheltered by her father, to an extreme. Despite that, she grows to be a strong and independent woman, although it has cost her much. Dex has worked hard to become the man he wants to be and can be proud of. I have enjoyed Ms. Ryan's works in the past (although not necessary to read to enjoy this one) and found that she didn't fail me here. Although it's a short story, I really would have liked it to be a bit longer, there is love, joy, angst and even a bit of danger. It's truly a holiday tale that warms the heart. (received copy of the anthology "Snowbound at Christmas" which "Close to Perfect" is a part of).
Snowed In At Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates "Snowed In at Copper Ridge" by Maisey Yates is a heartwarming tale of two people that try really, really hard to deny their attraction and the love brewing between them. Mia, searchinig for the love her own family doesn't seem to be able to give, has found a surrogate family with the Graysons. Of course, her best friend's big brother Devlin is all she ever wanted but is afraid to risk the family. Devlin fights the attraction since it's his sister's best friend but there's no denying love. I enjoy stories of denied feelings because when they are set free, there's usually sparks and flames and Ms. Yates didn't disappoint. This is a quick read that has a touch of angst and heartache on the road filled with the holiday spirit and joy. (received copy of the anthology "Snowbound at Christmas" which "Snowed In At Copper Ridge" is a part of). ★★★★
Hot Winter's Night by Lia Riley In "Hot Winter's Night" by Lia Riley tells the tale of Kit and Goldie. These two have a bit of a past and when a big snowstorm forces them together, will they combust from the sparks or from the anger? While I liked Goldie, I honestly didn't fully understand her. She is likable and kind, yet her need to stay at her shop perplexed me a bit. Kit was a big, tough guy but still carries a soft spot for her. I did feel it was a bit rushed as happens sometimes with short stories and found that the connection felt between Kit and Goldie was a bit forced. Despite that, it's is still a story that is a sweet holiday tale that encompasses that the season is about - joy and love and laughter. (received copy of the anthology "Snowbound at Christmas" which "Hot Winter's Night" is a part of). ★★★.5
Are you in need of some Christmas spirit? Look no further, Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley, and Maisey Yates are going to help you get into some Christmas cheer with there anthology Snowbound at Christmas. Each story is center in one of there series, and will definitely warm your heart.
In Jennifer Ryan's Close to Perfect we are heading back to Montana to see how Dex found his forever love. If you have read the Montana Men books you remember Dex is the young good looking lawyer. However, an event changed his life for the good and that included Abigail. Now Abigail was the mayor's daughter, who wasn't allowed to do anything. Yet, she was willing to sacrifice her freedom to save Dex.
Jump ahead 10 years and Dex can't seem to forget Abigail. Now he has a chance to reconnect with her. Heart warming, reuniting love story. However, the sherif's daughter is up to no good and still holds a grudge on Abigail. As I was reading this story I kept thinking of the Jason Mraz song I Won't Give Up, which sums up this story perfectly. Yep, feelies.
Next up is Lia Riley's Hot Winter's Night. Let me tell you that I'm super excited about this story. Seriously, I wanted Marigold Flint to have a happy ending. If you read Brightwater books you would remember Marigold as not so nice person. However, that's her armored. Now the armor is a loose since she has friends and she has come back from her adventures. She has had issues Kit Kane, because he kind of burned her in the past and she can't forgive him. This was a good story with some funny parts. Heart warming, fun, and they manage to fix the issues of the past. YES!
Finally, Maisey Yates Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge. Now Mia Landry has had a crush on her best friend's brother forever. However, he's kind of a manwhore and has no plans of changing. Yet, the snow storm has different plans. Now Devlin Grayson doesn't believe he's good enough for Mia. Mia is willing to everything on the line, but is Devlin willing to sacrifice his manwhore card. Good question.
All these stories center around being trapped with the one that completes them. Each couple has issues to overcome. Yet, they will all give you the warm and fuzzy for a Christmas read. Now bundle up, because it's about to get chilly as these stories warm you up.
Close to Perfect: Dex and Abigail are high school sweethearts who were separated by a horrible set of circumstances. 10 years later Abigail is finally back in Dex's life and has a surprise he is not expecting. What Abigail had to endure is heartbreaking, but the power of love can conquer anything. As always Jennifer Ryan knows how to add just the right amount of angst to a sweet love story. I really enjoyed this story.
Hot Winter's Night: This is another second chance romance. Marigold and Kitridge have a history, and it's not a pretty one. Kitridge broke Marigold's heart long ago and she never quite recovered. And when Kitridge has to come to her rescue one stormy night they finally get a chance to talk about what happened between them and set things straight. Sweet and funny story with supporting characters that add a lot of warmth and humor to this story.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge: This is a star crossed lovers sort of story. Mia has always had a thing for her best friends older brother, Devlin. Devlin is the black sheep of his family who didn't follow in his siblings foot steps. He is a rancher who loves what he does even though his parents disapprove. Mia comes from a rich but cold family and the only time she ever got to enjoy a real family is when she stayed with the Graysons. Devlin thinks he's not good enough for Mia, but being stranded alone in a cozy lodge with her might be too much temptation for them both! This is a sexy and sweet story with a dash of angst thrown in for good measure.
I'm a big fan of Jennifer Ryan and she is the reason I wanted to read this book, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. And I will now be reading more from Maisey Yates and Lia Riley. This is a perfect Christmas time read that will put you in that yuletide mood and make you wish you lived somewhere with snow!
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review***
3 novellas of 2nd chance love 3 novellas of Christmas miracles
Hot Winter's Night by Lia Riley is about Marigold and Kittridge, two young lovers who clung to each other amidst their difficult and painful home life. They were childhood sweethearts, each other's first love, and as they will soon realize, their only (oopps, didn't mean to spill that :P).
I liked both Goldie and Kit. I can relate to Goldie's need to control everything around here, and not rely on anybody but herself. Plus, despite her lingering anger towards Kit, she was willing to help him when he needed her.
I liked Kit's protectiveness towards Goldie and his loyalty to his cousins and the rest of his family. I especially liked that Kit wasn't a man whore. He was not like most guys who professed to be in love with one woman yet have no problem having sex with a multitude of others. Grandma Kane was funny and the secondary characters were lovable as well.
I was only supposed to read and review Lia Riley's Hot Winter's Night but since there were two other stories in the set, why not read all of them? It's worth the read as all three are well written, sweet but with enough heat to warm up the cold winter nights.
Does a person ever get over the one that got away? Maisey Yates, Jennifer Ryan and Lia Riley, show the true meaning of love with their theme of second chances and sacrifices in Snowbound at Christmas. My favorite story by far was Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan. It embodies what the season is all about. Miracles, faith and forgiveness. Each contribution brings magic and hope to tempt readers this holiday or any time of year.
Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan - Abigail and Dex had discovered something special. Until spite and lies tore them apart. Can a surprise homecoming and a ten year secret, give them the a chance at something new?
Maisey Yates delivers the perfect winter fantasy. To be trapped in a snowstorm with the man of her dreams starts out awkward but ends of being just the gift Mia and Devlin need to set off sparks in Snowed in at Copper Ridge.
Hot Winter's Night by Lia Riley blends mischief and matchmaking with a whole lot of snow to create a scenario that will heat up any winter night.
**4.5 stars-audible edition** I loved this holiday anthology! I was definitely rooting for these couples and their HEA's. This was also my first introduction to Maisey Yates's writing. I'll definitely be reading more of her books!
Originally purchased this little book for the Maisey Yates Copper Ridge story. While I enjoyed it, ironically it may have been my least favorite of the three stores. Could be just because I've been burning through the Copper Ridge series for the past few weeks and I needed to hear some different writer's voices? My favorite was the story of love refound with Abby, Kelly and Dex. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for seeing a little girl get her happily ever after? Corny as it really is Abby was a saint of a woman, nine year old Kelly was an angel and Dex the kind of man you'd want your daughter to marry. My only problem with this story was the constant implication that Dex had somehow let Abby down when it seemed to me he had no alternatives. But seriously this was just a sweet little story that will have you shedding both types of tears if you know what I mean. Marigold and Kit's story was a little more difficult for me to get in to. I think I just had to get comfortable with the author's writing style. But once Kit stepped into Goldie's flower shop it all started to flow and come together. I get the feeling this is a short novella to a series by the author. You didn't have to be familiar with the other slightly crazy characters to enjoy the story but I think it would have made it more enjoyable if I were. A special if not totally surprising HEA in this one made it even sweeter. Christmas at Copper Ridge was a typical Maisey Yates story which I always enjoy. Because it was so condensed it seemed to go from the "We can't ever do this even though we both secretly want to" to the "Lets get naked!" to the "I love you" and "no you can't" followed by the HEA in the blink of an eye. I'm pretty sure the supporting cast family will get their own series down the road but in this short format we really didn't get to know any of them other than Devlin very well and there wasn't any mention of any of the other Copper Ridge characters beside a brief appearance by Ace Thompson. The virginal (not for long) Mia was sweet and Devlin was suitably moody and full of self-loathing. I'm sure the ladies all found him swoon-worthy enough even if he didn't wear the prerequisite black tee shirt with his cowboy hat. Other than the brevity of the story making it feel rushed, I guess my only complaint is that Mia's best friend Faith is supposed to be a world famous architect whose work has made herself and her business partner brothers extremely wealthy in a very short period of time. If Faith is supposed to be the same age as Mia (23) I don't care how brilliant and gifted she is, it doesn't seem possible she could have achieved that level of professional success as an architect at that young age. But hey this is a modern romance Christmas story so reality doesn't come into play. Over all it was an enjoyable story.
Since I’ve been reading the Montana Men and Copper Ridge series I figured I would be missing out if I skipped this collection. Not only does it have stories from both series (two of my favorite authors!), but I get to try out a new-to-me author in the process. Here’s how it went.
Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan #5.5 Montana Men
A short addition to this series and it’s heartwarming. We’ve met Dex before, and it’s great to read his HEA. This is one of those stories that it will be a spoiler if I say too much, so I’m leaving this quite vague. I will say that I loved all of the main characters and really enjoyed this tale. ~ 4 stars (NC-17)
Hot Winter’s Night by Lia Riley #3.5 Brightwater
This is the new-to-me author in this bunch. Let me tell you, this short story did its job. I want to go back and read the Brightwater series from the beginning. Not only did I love the hero and heroine, Marigold and Kit, but I also loved the full cast of characters they end up with for the storm. I’d like to know how all the couple found their HEAs. This was a very short and quick read. ~ 4.5 stars (NC-17)
Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates #6.5 Copper Ridge
What a great story. You don’t have to read the other stories in the Copper Ridge series to enjoy this. In fact, you don’t have to read this one if you read the Copper Ridge series either. It’s cute and sweet and short. I feel as though the rest of Devlin’s family will come into play at some point, but we don’t really get to in-depth with them. ~ 4.5 stars (XXX)
Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan At sixteen, Abigail gave Dex the gift of a lifetime, but the cost of it was more than he ever knew. Now she s back in town with a secret that has been ten years in the making and this time it s Dex s turn to make the ultimate sacrifice or risk losing her forever.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates Mia Landry has always had it bad for brooding cowboy Devlin Grayson. Too bad he s her best friend s older brother. But when they find themselves snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge, Mia finally has the chance to tell the man of her dreams exactly what she wants him.
Hot Winter s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley While Brightwater is being covered in snow, Goldie Flint is stuck in her flower shop. She never expected her hero to be Kit Kane, the former love of her life. Kit knows that what he had with Goldie isn t just in the past and with the help of a little bet, an ornery grandmother, and a lot of snow, he s ready to show her that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance.
Heather's Notes I enjoyed all 3 of these stories. I will now be going back to see what I think of the series.
Probably 2.5 I love snowed in stories, but I didn't always love the characters.
Close to Perfect: I appreciated that Dex never blamed Abby for not reaching out during the ten years she was hiding from her parents, and that they were able to move on quickly to rebuilding trust and relationships. This would have been better if his ex-girlfriend hadn't been so over the top evil. Abby, Kelly and Dex were great, at least.
Snowed in at Copper Ridge: I liked the set up of this one best, snowed in at his family's cabin while the family is snowed out at home. I understood and appreciated Mia's anxieties, which were clear, but they sure seemed to disappear fast. Devlin's insecurities were the real things they had to fight, but I wasn't overly invested in either of them.
Hot Winter's Night: I couldn't really like either of these two much. I hated the way Kit just hauled her around like a sack of potatoes to make her follow directions (yes, okay, she was about to freeze in her flower shop with no electricity, but still, ugh, infantilizing), and they were both honestly kind of jerks to each other.