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Christmas in the City II

(The Beauty & The Thief 0.5)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Eleven newly written stories by Authors in the City authors.
This anthology will benefit Caring Community Foundation, located in Raleigh, NC where the 2017 Authors in the City book signing will be held.
Authors in the City is hosted by:
Stephanie's Book Reports

Christmas Once Again - Samantha Chase
Like Christmas - Ashlee Taylor
Ugly sweater - Elizabeth Hayes
A change of heart
Paperback, 558 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review for Rewrite by Stephanie Rose.

4 "Best Friends" Stars

I have a love affair with Stephanie Rose. Her characters. Her writing. Every time I open one of her books, I fall for the angst and the heartbreak knowing that I'm going to get to the sweet and happy ever after is so satisfying and her novella Rewrite was no different. This quick second chance/best-friend to lover romance ticked all the boxes I needed for a novella. I loved that emotion and the journey. I really hope she writes more of
Faith Andrews
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Rewrite by Stephanie Rose. I am so happy that the author will eventually be giving us more, as alluded to with her sneaky "The End...for now" because I absolutely adored this couple. In fact, this just might be my favorite couple Stephanie has brought to the page.

Josh is to die for and the angsty push and pull between Brianna and her long time crush are so heartwarming. Stephanie had me rooting for these two from page one of their past all the way
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC for an honest review.
Dancing Snowflakes is novella from Madison Street's Second Chances series and is Rob's story. Rob has always been there for his friends throughout the Second Chances series and I always hoped that he would get an HEA. I was so excited to hear he would get his chance and Madison did not disappoint! Rob and Bridgette have a chance meeting and were never looking to have a relationship of any kind, let alone a long distance friendship. It's true that absence make
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rewrite - 4.5 stars!!!

I'm so glad that I found Stephanie's work. I loved her other books, so when I found out she was part of a novella, I couldn't wait to read it. With Rewrite, we have a second chance love story, which are one of my favorites.

From the beginning my heart broke for Josh and Brianna. They were best friends since they were little and Josh was her protector. She was so in love with him when they got older, but things happened and he told her to move on and forget him. She's devasta
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, arc

Rewrite by Stephanie Rose is a terrific little Christmas story of childhood friends who finally get their chance at love. Josh and Brianna have been best friends forever but never more than that, much to Brianna’s dismay. Her heart broke when Josh left to join the military, with barely a good-bye. It’s years later and Josh has returned home, set on winning Brianna’s heart- the same heart he left battered and bruised all those year before.

Oh how I adored Josh. He’s all kinds of alpha, as he stak
Bette Hansen
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing collection of 11 stories from various authors. Some where old favorites of mine and some were new to me but all of them entertained me with stories that touched my heart and filled me with the hopeful nature of the season. Just a few of my favorites -

Christmas Once Again by Samantha Chase - a great second chance story. When high school loves Hunter Ashton and Lexi Hayes are reunited after eight year at a party being hosted by Hunter's mother. Hunter of course is the expected attendan
Heather Kallam
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my. Can I have a Josh for Christmas??
So, I had the lovely opportunity to read Rewrite by Stephanie Rose. First, I have to disclose that if you were to ask me if I liked short stories, my first instinct would be to tell you NO. I generally feel that they are too short and that you can't get enough out of them. Basically, I am always left wanting.
BUT I think that there are definite exceptions. And Rewrite is one of those (so is Always Us... but I digress). I loved this story. I loved Josh. I
Tricia Davis
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to receive an early copy of Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street for an honest review . This is Robs story! Rob the bachelor who can charm the pants off any chick.... finds himself on the streets of NY with a stranger. A stranger whom he gets to know in one night...... he has that magnetic pull and knows she's what he has been missing! They part ways and live in different time zones. Will fate bring Bridgette and Rob together? Can they rekindle one night .. one kiss.. ...more
Toni Myers
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for a Honest review.

My Review is for Rewrite by Stephanie Rose

I love Brianna and Josh's story, they have known each other since kindergarden, and have been best friends ever since. Sometimes you have to move on with your life, but never really forget your first love, and when they come back to town it tends to stir up all kinds of emotions, that's when you have to decide whether you listen to your heart, or you stay in the relationship your in. Hard to forget about the boy yo
Paula Genereau
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to read a early copy of Rewrite by Stephanie Rose and let me tell you. I loved it. It was amazing. Josh oh my Josh. He's swoon worthy.

Such a great book. I love Stephanie's books. She's awesome

I also got the privilege to read a early copy of Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street. I loved it. It was amazing
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

As with other anotholgies here are some short reviews for all the novellas!

Christmas Once Again by Samantha Chase - ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Can I just say that I love this author? She always writes such fun, cute reads that I pretty much always enjoy. This story was no different. I was in a serious book funk when I started this one. I had just finished a really long, really boring book so I was a bit meh on reading. But I thought this would be a quick read s
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of wonderful holiday romances written by eleven different authors to raise money for a deserving charity. If you like contemporary romances of any type, you'll find something to enjoy in this collection. They are quick to read & tug at your heart & your emotions. I'll be going back & rereading several time & time again.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street. It is a short, quick, enjoyable read. How do you have a long distance relationship with a virtual stranger? And then how do you survive a promotion and even longer distance? This book is very nicely paced and covers a years time. See how strangers grow into friends and more....A sweet love story!
Kelly Kline
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dancing Snowflakes
This is the beautiful story of Rob and Bridgette. Neither Rob or Bridgette were looking for love but after a chance meeting they couldn't deny the pull they had towards each other. They might try to deny whats between them but love usually wins in the end. This was such a sweet love story. These two will make you smile and make you want to cry. I loved this novella of these two. Another beautiful love story from an amazing author!
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read the entire compilation yet, but have finished Rewrite by Stephanie Rose. Usually I am not a big fan of short stories or novellas that introduce new characters- I do love them when we catch up on characters from other stories- but these characters are easy to love! The story begins by introducing Brianna and Josh while in high school, but flashes forward 12 years to when they meet again and continues with them getting reacquainted.

I fell in love in with both characters and hope th
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read Rewrite by Stephanie Rose. This book is a first for me. I'm new to the author and absolutely loved this short story. I love that I think there will be more to this wonderful story. I love the characters and her writing style. You too will fall in love with this story. There is a push and pull with their relationship. With they finally be together after 12 years?
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be able to read Rewrite by Stephanie Rose. This novella was everything you want/need in a short story. It had two very like-able, genuine characters with the perfect amount of backstory, angst, heat, and heart! It begins with Brianna's best friend Josh leaving for boot camp because of some trouble. She was heartbroken when he told her to forget him and move on. Josh was her protector and best friend since kindergarten. How could she move on from the love of her life? Th ...more
Ashley Jasper
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good anthology and one that goes to a good cause- even better. Christmas in the City II was just the ticket to get me in the holiday spirit and I can't wait to get through the rest of the stories- especially if they're as good as Rewrite by Stephanie Rose (this is my review for that part of the set).

The opening just crushed me and I wanted to wrap Briana up and knock some sense into Josh!
Life happened to these two best friends, like it tends to do, and when they were put back in
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got the pleasure of receiving an early copy of Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street! She's one of my favorite "go to" authors and her part in this book was amazing!!

Rob was born and raised in NYC and loves living there as an adult. He's a twenty-seven year old attorney and enjoys his "flavor of the month" as far as women go. He's having the time of his life and in no rush for a relationship. But, he's sure when the right girl comes along he'll know it. He heads out to a bar with friends to pic
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street...

Rob, who is the forever self-proclaimed bachelor, finally meets his match in this sweet, fun, and quick holiday story. Bridgette is nothing like the girls he normally finds himself attracted to, and that's probably a good thing. The only problem is he lives in New York, she lives in Chicago. They meet by chance in New York, spend a fun evening together, parting ways for almost a year before Rob needs to make a trip to Chi
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this anthology in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Carla's Five Star Review

Joyful Temptations is awesome! This is a novella for Blackie and Lacey. It is Christmas, and all the members of the Satan's Knights MC are looking forward to the holidays. As always, things happen, and Lacey's "maker" makes an unwanted appearance. However, she soon gets some news that gives her hope for a better day. She and Blackie may just finally get their happily ever af
Crystal Wilke
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street.

I felt the love and the happiness between Rob and Bridget. I smiled a lot reading their story. Bridget is in New York for a job and is meeting her co-workers but is lost. Rob is a lawyer and a Playboy and loves New York City. Rob sees Bridget lost and helps her. They get along and become great friends. Bridget lives in Chicago and Rob lives in New York. They are both stubborn about their feelings towards one another. Will living
Maree Repa
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Christmas Treats

Five twinkling stars:

I was absolutely just thrilled to see the new release of the second book of the complete adventures of Christmas in, Christmas in the City II. I thoroughly just adored the first book, making me so excited to read all these eleven different, insightful and most beautiful treasures of the holidays. It was such a blessing to enjoy all these wonderful, perfect romances. Well done Samantha Chase after your wonderful story, Christmas Once Again. All these most gorg
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is only for Dancing Snowflakes by Madison Street.

We have womanizer Rob's story from the Second Chances series. Rob enjoys women and prides himself in picking out one any night of the week to play with. As he is waiting on his choice for the night he finds himself helping a lost woman trying to meet up with her friends. He finds himself enjoying her company and not wanting the night to end much less say goodbye to her.

Bridgett is in New York on business from Chicago. She runs into a
Sarah Nickles
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to read Stephanie Rose's Rewrite early. I absolutely loved it. I can relate to Bri. My best friend in high school was a guy. We just clicked and I was absolutely head over heels in love with him. I treasured our friendship so I hid my feelings. Sometimes the looks between us or the interactions we shared made me think he felt the same way but I was too scared to say anything. If I wasn't dating someone he was but our significant others weren't happy about our friendsh ...more
Three Chicks
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review by Lisa Kane

Loved Stephanie Rose's Rewrite. Cute story about two childhood friends separated when Josh left Brianna and joined the service. Ten years later and Josh has returned to town. They have kept in touch by writing letters but have always avoided getting too personal. When he sees Brianna for the first time in a decade, he's thrilled, until he meets Scott her boyfriend.

Scott and Brianna have been together for years. He's just started his own accounting business and he's busy, too
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
So far I've read two of the novellas in this anthology.
Christmas Once Again by Samantha Chase: 5 STARS! A sweet holiday tale about Lexi, who struggles to make ends meet with two jobs, and Hunter, the guy who broke her heart in high school. As Hunter struggles to break free from his controlling mother, Lexi fights to keep her heart intact.
All I Want for Christmas by Savanna Grey: 4 STARS! A sweet story about finding meaning of love during the Christmas season. Mia was Noah's assistant, who helped
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is for Rewrite by Stephanie Rose. Christmas time and Stephanie's beautiful characters, what more could I ask for?!? Brianna and Josh grew up together and it's years later and Brianna has never once given up on Josh. There is no more admirable quality in a person than that. She's the sweetest! And Josh, don't even get me started on him! He's one of my favorite book boyfriends ever!!! Together these two will be unstoppable just given the chance! Stephanie just has a way of making these ...more
Vero Stro
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This anthology looks just fantastic. So far I have read Rewrite by Stephanie Rose and I have just loved this short story!

This is story of Brianna and Josh. Their friendship started in kindergarten and has lasted until today. But sometimes life interferes with true feelings and now after 1o years they meet again and they will need to find out if they can take a chance on each other. Brianna is not alone and things won't be easy. A beautiful second chance romance! Highly enjoyable!
Melissa Renee
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading Stephanie Rose's Rewrite contribution to this collaboration, and it was ah-mazing! I fell in love with these characters from the first scene. I see a lot of myself in Bri, who is a very relatable character. Oh, and who doesn't love a hunky lead bad-boy-turned-good-to-deserve-the-girl? I cannot wait to see more of these characters.

And, if you love this short story and Josh, check out Stephanie's other men: Lucas, Evan, and Owen....Evan is mine, though!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and ...more

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