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Holiday Fakeout: 22 Fake Holiday Dates to Heat Up the Season

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Need a date for the holidays? Oh joy…We've got you covered with 22 fake holidates to heat up your season!

Travel from small towns to cosmopolitan cities, snow covered mountains to gorgeous mansions. You'll meet sexy billionaires, brainy tech gods, buff journalists, sinfully cocky athletes, and sizzling hot chefs. They're naughty and nice (and everything in between) and they're enough to fulfill any romantic fantasies.

These 22 swoon-worthy heroes are ready to be your *fake* plus-one at holiday events, from Christmas weddings to Chanukah and Kwanza celebrations. Each starts out as a charade, and though they might lie to family, friends, or co-workers, they won't be able to fool themselves when a very real romance develops.

Escape into addictive takes of second chances, sweet new beginnings, secret crushes, friends to lovers, love triangles, and forbidden rendezvous. Throw in a mix of suspense, laughs, passion, and temptation, and your holidays are set.

Download HOLIDAY FAKEOUT now to get the season started. The tingles, butterflies, and swoons brought on by these sweet and scorching stories will have you wondering which book boyfriend you should bring home for the holidays.

2228 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 19, 2021

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Heather Graham

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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows, and for Harlequin's mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children's charity.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards frorn Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.

Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certitified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

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4,310 reviews83 followers
October 17, 2021
If you are looking for a fun, entertaining read to put you in the mood for Christmas look no further than this Anthology of Holiday Themed Stories. 22 Fake Holiday Dates that are sure to put the magic and the spice into the holiday season.

Mistletoe Man by Michele de Winton
This is part of the Big City Billionaire Series and it’s about two complete opposites who aren’t looking for a relationship, finding love when they least expected it. Mark Dalton is all about numbers and organisation, he dabbles with photography and that’s where he meets Kati Kanakaris a sassy, totally unorganised but very creative woman. Both have been burnt in the past and have built walls to protect themselves so will Christmas work it’s magic and show them what the future could bring…

This is a great way to find new authors as well as catching up with favourite authors we already know, it’s a wonderful read that’s full of Christmas cheer, love, passion, romance and HEA’s. The characters are easy to connect with, the banter is witty, the chemistry is sizzling but more importantly this is a truly magical read. This anthology has something for everyone and I highly recommend you one click this gem of a read.

27 reviews1 follower
August 31, 2021
Oh I just had an absolute blast reading the arc I received!! Im all about Holiday themes and these stories ticked every box on my list!! Highly highly highly recommended!!
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1,071 reviews5 followers
October 19, 2021
Book 1
Bad Santa by Carmen Falcone

Cute Christmas Story!

Julie and Paxton are so adorable! The sparks when they first meet simply sizzle as they find their way around each other. A fake date for Christmas seems to be the answer until they both get a touch of the holiday season and feel how right they are together. So sweet!

Book 2
The Holidare by Laurel Greer and Dee J Holmes

RGF and the Manic Christmas Pixie

A grinchy hockey player. A bubbly holiday loving curvy woman. And a competitive holiday dare involving two people who are total opposites in every way. This story is so adorable! It gives you all the feels from family drama to the first sparks of love bursting between Beck and Gwen. The more they spend time together during the festive holiday events, the more fun they have just by being together no matter where they are or what they’re doing. A must read for a sweet instalove story!

Book 3
Marry Christmas by Kat Baxter

The Magic of Christmas

Love this sweet, romantic second chances Christmas story! Brooks takes to rejecting his beloved Maggie for her own protection, severing their budding bond. Now, years later, and with Maggie actively hating him, they’re being tossed together into a fake marriage thanks to his rich grandmother’s edict. Can the magic of Christmas and truths brought to light give them their very own HEA? A must read!

Book 4
Mr. Right Under the Mistletoe by Kara Kendrick

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

The sweetness of a second chance romance intertwined with the magic of Christmas and a fake date that turns into forever? Sign me up! Spending the festivities of the holiday together in Starlight Bay has them both reconnecting and letting their love lead the way. Nick and Sydney are so sweet and steamy together, they’re simply meant to be!

**I received a complimentary copy of four stories in this anthology from the authors for an honest opinion.** Happy Reading!
2,100 reviews106 followers
September 13, 2021
THE HOLIDARE by Laurel Greer and Dee J Holmes ////.
Noel Beckett and Gwen Darling have a bet going on, involving spending their time at social events for the season together. Of course this causes some very real feelings to grow out of what may have been a “let’s pretend” situation, until all they really want for Christmas is…each other.

Laurel Greer and Dee J Holmes story is told from alternating first person perspective, and is a warm and delightful holiday read!

BAD SANTA by Carmen Falcone ///.
Bad Girls Club series
Julie Campbell and Paxton Thurman meet as an elf and Santa working the mall’s Christmas photo booth.

Can they survive starting off with a lie or two? Maybe in the interest of a good holiday romance!

Gina Ricci rescues a friend from a mugging, and impulsively declares herself his fiancée so she can accompany him to the hospital.

Ralph Norouzi returns to his hometown to declare his intentions to the girl he’s always loved, only to discover she’s apparently his brother’s betrothed…

Victoria Pinder’s take on While You Were Sleeping is cute, and Ralph and Gina find that catching up is all too easy except when it comes to telling the truth…

SPY BENEATH THE MISTLETOE by Christine Glover ////
C.R.U.S.H. series novella
Agent Rich Knight and his faithful assistant Holly Martin team up to convince his mother they’re a happy couple and she can cease her matchmaking. Only maybe the ones who really get convinced might be the ones playing the game.

Christine Glover’s story is a fun addition to the C.R.U.S.H. universe, but stands well alone.


Holly Hennessey and Zane Alexander have to convince the world that they’re a happy couple. At Holly’s ex’s engagement party, no less…

Zane is an absolute sweetheart, and Holly’s zany family will win hearts too.

Sydney Porter agrees to spend the holidays with her ex, Nick Milton. Only he hadn’t gotten around to letting his family know that they’re not an item any longer. Oops.

Kara Kendrick’s novella is a sweet, fun foray into a small-town Christmas, complete with an ugly Christmas sweater party.

MARRY CHRISTMAS by Kat Baxter ///.
Maggie and Brooks were BFFs heading toward more when Brooks’ vile father intervened. More than a decade later, Brooks’ grandmother’s fondest wish is for these two to reconcile in matrimonial bliss.

Kat Baxter’s second chance, friends to enemies to lovers/marriage of convenience story is a fun holiday take!

MISTLETOE MAN by Michele de Winton ///
Big City Billionaires series
Kati Kanakaris and Mark Dalton are total opposites. She’s a fiery creative powerhouse. He’s an ultra organized finance guy with a knack for photography. They both have reasons to guard their hearts but sometimes logic doesn’t prevail.
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591 reviews9 followers
October 24, 2021
Carmen Falconer's - Bad Santa - Have you heard the one about the Elf and Santa? No, well here's your chance. The Elf wants to try and show her business proposal to her wealthy boss, she just needs a chance to talk to him. Santa is loaded and unknown to the Elf is related to her boss. By chance, the boss checks in on his nephew, who's playing Santa at his store, thinks they're together, and invites them to his Xmas party. We have an undeniable attraction, misunderstandings, former betrayals, unscrupulous dealings by the boss. That's all I'm saying, otherwise, I'll say too much and I hate spoilers. Let me just say you don't want to miss this sexy, sizzling, will make you drool story.

Jodi Linton's - The Great Holi-Fake - One kiss and he fell in love; the only thing is it was a year ago and she says she doesn't feel the same. It looks like it will never be as they work together and the rules say no relationships between co-workers. He blows up at work and they're on the verge of being fired. One of them is doing all they can to keep that from happening. Read this delightful, second chance Xmas time story and find out if fake can become real, even after hurtful secrets come out.

Christine Glover - Spy Beneath The Mistletoe - Whether a man is a bank teller or a spy in the cold, they must let go of a hurtful past that wasn't of their making; such a life can lead a person in the wrong direction. But, one can be saved by true friendship, one that could be so much more if only the heart were open to possibilities. In this story, those possibilities come to light underneath a Christmas mistletoe, and just because your a smart, charming, seducing spy it doesn't mean you can't change your stripes and be a smart, charming spy in your own backyard (not figuratively speaking of course). Be sure to read this Christmas nugget, for an eye-opening and utterly sexy story.

Michele de Winton - Mistletoe Man - This story made me feel happy, goofy, and lovely. Both the hero, Mark, and heroine, Kati are amazing characters and are so different that picturing them together seems an impossibility. Although they have both suffered through entirely different losses, their physical attraction to each other cannot be denied. Due to Katie's past, they hit a bad patch in their relationship, but fate will not be denied.

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330 reviews6 followers
September 20, 2021
Several authors come together to make up this anthology of Holiday cheer, steam, and romance.  This is a great way to get some short holiday stories from your favorite authors and to find new authors to love.

There are some great stories here with wonderful characters, lots of holiday cheer, witty dialog and of course a good bit of steam.  I like being able to sample other authors’s work before investing in more.

I received a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Author 5 books9 followers
September 17, 2021
Review for "Fake Date for Kate".

I loved this story. A nice holiday story. It had me laughing so hard at a couple of points I couldn't breathe. The romance is as sweet and spicy as a Christmas cookie. If you get the chance, I recommend reading, "Fake Date for Kate" by Cindy Redding, in the Holiday Fakeout Anthology.
239 reviews2 followers
August 31, 2021
Lots of really good stories to keep you entertained. Different scenarios, different people, different places, but all have hea. Very good and very steamy!
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2,607 reviews21 followers
October 24, 2021
I received an excerpt from this anthology from one of the authors, Laurel Greer. The excerpt was called HOLIDAY EVER AFTER, SCORCHING VERSION and has stories written by Carmen Falcone, Kat Baxter, Kara Kendrick and one written together by Laurel Greer and Dee J Holmes.

All four books are set at Christmas but at different locations and transported me there. Two of the books had extended epilogues that I could download and really wrapped up the stories nicely. The other two had epilogues that tied up the loose ends while giving me the happily ever after I look for. The main characters and love interests had a history in each of the stories and they have a nice conclusion to their relationships as well as their happily ever after.

There were all things Christmas and there were vivid descriptions of the decorations, the shops, the presents, the trees, the clothes, the food and drink and the parties that made me feel like I was there. There were lots of family and friends along with career choices, tears, sorrow, anger, hurt, happiness, laughter, romance, lots of steamy loving and love. The book was a quick read with a good flow and left me with a feel good feeling. I enjoyed all four of the stories.

All the authors are new to me except for Ms. Greer whose books I haven't read enough of. I've added books by all the authors to my TBR pile. I look forward to reading the rest of this book.
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457 reviews16 followers
November 30, 2021
I loved it! I was waiting for Maggie's story since I read War and Roses (Bethany's love story with her soldier pen pal".
Maggie and Brooks were best of friends as children, they loved blossoming into something more as they grew up to become teenagers. They shared one kiss but Brook's father's cruelty pulled them apart. Fast forward 8 years, Maggie is the proud owner of a flower shop meanwhile Brooks is a billionaire businessman. They are both called to his grandmother's home (Maggie's grandma and Brook's grandma were BFF) to complete her final and dying wish - have them marry each other so that Brook's father can't inherit their fortune.
They both agree so they think - why not make this marriage real? and they do! Some drama is thrown in there... but they manage to forgive each other and get their happily ever after.
1,247 reviews3 followers
October 19, 2021
This boxset is fantastic for every read to enjoy... every story is different in its own way and will keep the
reader entertained and fall in love with these characters. You will laugh and swoon, fall in love and prepare for Christmas holiday season.
All these stories were great and fantastic , but I do have to say the story Marry Christmas by Kat Baxter was my favorite, I did not want it to end and could not put it down.
These stories were a mixture of everything a reader looks for funny, witty, emotional, sad, forever love,
humorous, second chances, Christmas magic and miracles.
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1,331 reviews13 followers
October 22, 2021
22 Short stories from numerous authors, including Carmen Falcone with Bad Santa. The stories are easy to read and nice and steamy. Carmen's story includes an elf and a supers sexy Santa.
1,183 reviews2 followers
October 20, 2021
I received an ARC from the following authors from the Holiday Fakeout collection. I have to say that I absolutely loved all 5 authors so much!! This was such a great collection of authors and their works. You will not be disappointed if you decide to pick this book and give it a try. Below you will find a review of each of the 4 books provided in the ARC.

Carmen Falcone- Bad Santa
This book focuses on Paxton and Julie. Julie is the manager of an exclusive outdoor mall and has a proposal for the owner but has been unable to get him to hear out her proposal. When she sees Santa aka Paxton talking to her boss she tries to get him to sit down and talk about the proposal she has but ends up with a fake date with Paxton in order to get heard by her boss, who she doesn’t know is Paxton’s uncle or even who Paxton even is. Paxton was a successful software developer who had been done dirty by his ex the year before so he was not looking forward to having to face his family this holiday season. They decide on a mutually beneficial plan of a work party fake date for Julie and a fake girlfriend/meet the family day for him. When he had first met Julie he was immediately attracted to her and felt things he hadn’t ever felt before and he had no plans to let her go if he could help it. One fake date leads to way more than they both initially anticipated and I am totally here for it. This was such a great story!!

Laurel Greer and Dee. J. Holmes- The Holidare
This book focuses on Beck and Gwen. Beck is a grumpy hockey player who wants nothing to do with the holiday festivities. When he goes to his sister's holiday party with the intention of talking her into moving out of her current apartment into something safer but Autumn has no intention of moving and leaving her roommate Gwen. When she stubbornly digs her heels in the ground and refuses, Beck decides to throw out a wager for her to move. The initial wager offer did not go how he expected and ended up accepting a wager with Gwen that they will spend holiday functions together getting him into the holiday spirit and if Gwen fails to make him enjoy the holidays, her and Autumn agree to move to the apartment that opened up in his building. Beck and Gwen honestly could not be more different on paper but the more time they spend together, the more they end up realizing that there was so much more to each other than they initially realized. They both seamlessly fit into each other's lives and added fun and joy to each experience while at the same time falling for each other. This was a great story and I love Beck and Gwen together!

Kat Baxter- Marry Christmas
This book focuses on Brooks and Maggie. Brooks and Maggie had fallen in love as teens but Brooks had rejected and completely destroyed both their hearts after his awful father got in the way. A decade later and Maggie ‘hates’ Brooks and how he treated her that fateful night everything went down (let's be honest, she still loved him but was just incredibly hurt still). When a meddling grandmother comes up with a plan to get them together by having them get married (she was quite clever and such a great character), it is the beginning of the sweetest second chance between 2 people who never lost the connection or the love they shared all those years before. They just needed the big push and to begin healing the broken hearts. Excellent story!

Kara Kendrick- Mr. Right Under the Mistletoe
This book focuses on Nick and Sydney. Nick is a professional football player and Sydney works in PR with the team he is currently working for. The two of them had dated until he was traded to a team across the country and Sydney couldn’t take the distance and not being able to see each other at all. When Nick is traded back to the team Sydney now works for, he takes full advantage in order to win back the love of his life. He never told his family that they broke up and pretty much tricked her into spending a week with him and his family over Christmas. Nick has a week to change her mind and get her to take him back. I absolutely loved this story and the 2 of them together! It was such a great story!

I received a free copy of this book via the authors and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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184 reviews1 follower
October 20, 2021
The Great Holi-Fake Jodi Linton
The Great Holi-Fake is 5/5 stars for me. I devoured this particular book in the anthology. I was a little sad once I had finished it only because I didn’t want it to end. If you like cooking shows, you will love this book. Even if they aren’t your jam, you will be entertained.
I was hooked from the get go and could see the characters vividly. Jodi Linton has a knack for making the characters come to life. The chemistry is off the charts even if Odie doesn’t want to acknowledge it completely. I think one of my absolute favorite things about this story is the characters are older than one normally sees. It was nice to see these characters in their 40s navigate the thing called love.

I will review the other 21 books as I read them. There are several new to me authors. If they are as good as this one, it won’t take long to finish the anthology!
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7,910 reviews16 followers
October 23, 2021
Holiday Fake-Out is a collection of steamy Holiday novellas. Here are a couple of the stories in this collection.
Bad Santa: By Carmen Falcone
Bad Santa is an entertaining story about a misunderstanding that almost ended a steamy relationship before it even started. Julie ends up in a fake relationship with Paxton in order to get closer to her boss so she could show him a business proposal. But when the fake date turns into something more things take a steamy turn. The writing is great, the characters are likable and the ending is good.
Marry Christmas: By Kat Baxter
Maggie and Brooks were in love when they were teenagers until Brooks let his family get in the way. Now it's years later and grandma decides they belong together and it's her job to make it happen. This is a sweet, second chance love story between two people who belonged together.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this story.
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9,143 reviews55 followers
October 23, 2021
Back when they were in college Melissa and her best friend Brian made a pact that if they weren’t married once they reached a certain point in their lives they would marry each other. So much has happened since then in both of their lives but when he suggests a trial run, she agrees.

Romance has always been a secondary priority in his life, and he believes that part of the reason is his feelings for Melissa. He plans to use the weekend to show her how they belong together, and it is finally their time.

Between their demanding careers and their pasts they must decide if the reward of being together is worth the risk. I have only had a chance to read Sweet December from Lyz Kelley so far, but I am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.
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6,997 reviews135 followers
October 21, 2021

Escape into your imagination in the most inviting of ways. Holiday Fake-Out is the greatest adventure of all. The type that speaks to the heart with witty, tempting and unforgettable finesse. Falling in love has never been so much fun.

1,068 reviews4 followers
October 19, 2021
Fabulous collection

Having wait many months for this anthology I have enjoyed all that I have read so far! Well worth the price this gives many hours of fun reading with heat levels for all appetites and I have found a few new to me authors as well!
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1,751 reviews10 followers
November 23, 2022
Firstly a moan - if authors expect readers to pay for their books the least they can do is ensure there are no editing issues. This was not the case for this boxset and it really affected my enjoyment of some stories.
A Christmas Strange Exchange 3* by Heather Graham - a platonic plus one to a wedding morphs into something more. Didn’t really feel the connection between the characters and it was a shame that there were editing issues.
Bad Santa 4* by Carmen Falcone - it seemed strange that a guy who had already overheard that he was not her type wouldn’t take umbrage when several hours later, said girl takes advantage of his relationship to her boss and states that they are attending a party together. Afterwards one would have expected her to beg for his compliance but this was not the case, but other than how they got together this was quite a good story (apart that is from editing issues).
Wrong Brother for Christmas 5* by Victoria Pinder - Reminded me of the movie While You Were Sleeping. A waitress witnesses a mugging and in the desperate need to know the man is going to be okay, accepts the title of fiancée, meaning to confess at the hospital. However true to form matters go awry, made all the more awkward by the fact that she is in love with the man’s brother. Loved it!
Spy Beneath the Mistletoe 4* by Christine Glover - A playboy spy and a girl friday who has a makeover in order to be his fake girlfriend. Shame about the editing issues.
Holly’s Fake Date for Christmas 4* by Callie Love/Ann Omasta - Holly discovers she’s pregnant after a drunken one-night stand. She has no idea who the father is and now she ha a trip home where she will be expected to attend the engagement party of her ex-boyfriend. Luckily the man who caught her from hitting the floor when she fainted seems amenable to playing her fake baby-daddy but what will happen when she discovers he’s not a fake? Good story with the added bonus of an epilogue.
007th Day of Christmas 4* by K.L. Brady - Family and Spies. At 22 chapters this is more a full length book than the novellas that make up the majority of this anthology. The story focuses on Allie whose career goal has always been to get into the Agency and this year is her last chance. Her final evaluation coincides with the Spy Ball, a series of team challenges, a slimy ex, a best friend who has been lying to her for thirteen years, plus an undercover surveillance. This was enjoyable story though at times the typos made things a bit confusing.
Mistletoe Man 5* by Michele de Winton - I really enjoyed this opposites attract story. Widower Mark is a planner, whilst Kati is creative, impulsive and his total opposite. Their relationship has some ups and downs but in the end comes together with Mark’s big Times Square gesture! Read in the Holiday Fake Out anthology (no longer available to purchase or review).
Christmas Charade 4* by Kristin Wallace - An overbearing and competitive family, heartbreak and a passion for art leads Maggie to flee her hometown but now she needs to return for a wedding and a prideful lie means she needs a fake boyfriend, who better than her hot boss? I might have given this five stars but for the irritating typos.
Happiness Guaranteed 4* by Rossie Cortes - In a bid to avoid upsetting his elderly grandmother who doesn’t know he broke his engagement, Nick and colleague Chloe attend a family gathering pretending to be together. Loved the humour and the ending.
Unwrapping Archie 4* by EmKay Connor - Best friends Archie and Anabelle need a push from their parents and hometown to realise what everyone else already knows ie, they love each other.
The Great Holi-Fake 2.5* by Jodi Linton - I didn’t feel any chemistry between the H and h and personally I thought Odie was better off without him. The reader is several times told that Jaxom has been desperately in love with Odie for the past year and that he’s been the most patient man on the planet. However that does not extend to not dating other women and to quote from Chapter 2: “his bedroom antics were popular water cooler chitchat”. I therefore found it difficult to warm to Jaxom and his lies/secrets.
Billionaire in Disguise 5* by Melanie Rose Clarke - A man undercover agrees to be a fake boyfriend in the hope of getting insider information but finds himself falling for the girl, whilst knowing he is deceiving her. Enjoyable family drama.
Sweet December 4* by Lyz Kelley - A later life romance between old friends who made a drunk fuelled pact 30 years earlier. Both are career driven, one has no personal life whilst the other has short term relationships but it was obvious that they had feelings for each other, even with Melissa’s baggage from her father’s death, Would have enjoyed an epilogue to find out how this pair of workaholics managed their separate careers.
Kwanzaa ‘pon a Time 3.5* by Marcia King-Gamble - this was an ‘okay’ story but I found it a bit rough draftish, with repeated bits, errors and occasionally a bit staccato. Also included a pet hate; when two almost strangers have unsafe sex and don’t even mention it afterwards.
Fake Holi Date 4* by Brynn North - It is always a problem if you fall in love with your best friend, ie. will telling them your feelings ruin the friendship? In this story Declan and Hattie have been burying their true feelings for years but will the need for a fake date lead one or the other to come clean? At times amusing this was a sweet read, though I did feel it could have been tightened up and made shorter, so one didn’t feel like knocking the characters heads together.
A Fake Date for Kate 5* by Cindy Redding - I thought Kate was very brave, going home to her sister’s engagement events when she was marrying her cheating ex husband’s baby brother. Plus her sister was expecting her to make friends with the woman who stole her husband and is now pregnant. Unbelievable! No wonder she snapped at the chance to make a handsome stranger her fake date.
No Groom at the Inn 4* by Kathleen Lawless - Commitment phobe Meredith is horrified when her family turns up at the resort where she works expecting to meet her fiancé. Luckily her colleague Asher plays along with her story and helps to entertain her family and in so doing she sees him in another light, until that is everything falls apart.
The Holidare 4* by Laurel Greer & Dee J Holmes - An uptight hockey player and a Wiccan artist come together because of a dare but Beck throws it al away when he feels excluded. Can Gwen forgive him for breaking her heart?
Hoax for the Holidays 4* by Emma Lee Jayne - After the death of her mother, Lily goes to live with her distant father and in so doing meets his assistant Seb. The attraction between them is instantaneous but Seb is better at hiding his feelings, knowing that she is too vulnerable, too young and his boss’ daughter. Unfortunately by the time she is older they are estranged, until a chance meeting with a lecher gives Seb the excuse to agree to a fake relationship to protect her.
The Billionaire’s Naughty Thief 4* by Cara Carnes - An interesting story with secret convert organisations and I must admit at times I was a little lost as to exactly what was going on but I found myself invested in the story.
Marry Christmas 4* by Kat Baxter - Mags is marrying the man who broke her heart, in order to placate a dying woman but she is not happy about it. Can Brooks persuade her that he lied all those years ago and that he does in fact care for her?
Mr. Right Under the Mistletoe 4* by Kara Kendrick - A long distance relationship wasn’t working for Sydney but now Nick is back in town and her feelings for him haven’t gone away. As he hadn’t told his family about their breakup he persuades her to be his fake girlfriend for the holidays.
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1,864 reviews16 followers
October 25, 2021
Every one of these stories is worthy of 5 stars!
Here's a taste:
Bad Santa - Carmen Falcone

Seeing the mall Santa speaking with the Mall owner, Julie Campbell makes a move that will mean some fast talking on her part.

Paxton doesn't call her out on it, but thinks of a way to make it work for him as well. First he needs to know exactly what she wants to pitch to Alan McCarthy.

His reaction to her plan is more than positive and he tells her what he wants in return for getting Alan to listen. Julie will be his pretend date at his family Christmas in Tahoe.

A few ups and downs, tears, giggles and a quite a bit of sizzle!

The Holidare - Laurel Greer and Dee Holmes

Hockey Star Noel 'Beck' Beckett hates the holiday season, he grumps through the whole time. However, he's not one to turn down a bet especially if winning means he gets his sister Autumn and her best friend Gwen into a more secure apartment in his building.

It's up to Gwen to convince him the holidays are fun and she's more than up to the task.

The first event on the list is a corporate charity event run by the Renagades, Noel's team. Gwen surprises him right off the bat and the rest of the evening goes off without a hitch and he has to admit he ended up having fun. Gwen does too, and realizes that it was really because of each other. She also recognizes she's falling for Beck.

Next up is Gwen's family's Yule celebration, that one is so much fun, lots of laughter and more!

With everything that is happening between them a hockey game before his family's Christmas provides even more fun and games.

A fun read with laughter, a few tears and sizzling heat.

Marry Christmas - Kat Baxter

Years ago Maggie and Brooks were best friends on the way to becoming more. Brooks' father put a stop to that and in the process two hearts were broken.

Now Brooks' grandmother has asked Maggie to visit, she has something to discuss with her. Maggie loves Gran almost as much as her own Nana, the two of them had been best friends. She always meant to visit more often but since her Nana died it's been difficult. One big surprise Brooks is there as well, and really Maggie doesn't want to stay, but she does to hear out Gran. Of course she wants the impossible, for her and Brooks to marry. She doesn't agree right away, having to think this whole thing through.

Not wanting to disappoint Gran, Maggie finally agrees.

Quite the tangled web here and lots of family drama. The thing is these two really do belong together.

A fun read with laughter, some tears, some anger and some sizzle.

Mr. Right Under The Mistletoe - Kara Kendrick

Nick Milton and Sidney Porter had once been a thing. When he was traded to Arizona, Sidney broke up with him and took a PR job with the team he left.

Sidney was in a meeting with the team's CMO and her boss when she hears Nick's voice. She doesn't want to see him or talk to him. Her feelings really are still raw. Yet when her boss asks about the Gala Nick gets her out of it.

Now he asks the favor he needs in order to survive Christmas with his family.

Now Sidney has to play the girlfriend he never left and he's out to win her back.

Another fun read, with laughter some confusion, and just the right amount of sizzle.

The Billionaire's Naughty Thief - Cara Carnes

As this novella opens we find Probus has a problem, some of their branches are getting out of control. It's Joy 'Diamond' Winniford who brings this to King's attention. That initial problem has now escalated a bit and it's time to bring in some outside help, especially since they're involved.

Joy isn't happy and doesn't think anyone could possibly be better than her hacker, Maze. She does agree to work with the King and the outsiders, but only if Maze verifies they are better.

A very interesting relationship that further develops as this story progresses.

This is a fun and suspenseful read with action, family, a reunion, romance and some sizzle.
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October 21, 2021
The Billionarie's Naughty Thief, Cara Carnes
A Arsnel world side story, set afer Lethal Echo, but could be read as a stand alone
King is the leader of Probus. An ruthless ancient shadow orginization, who usues it's power and influance to keep the world goverments in check and the economies going. Their mission is to sever the great good. They are untouchable.
The Queen of Diamods, Joy to her family and friends, is a high ranking membor of Probus, her family having served the greater good for centeries. Her speciality is thieft. Someone wants to hire her for a job aginst King. All her intel points to a faction in Knightwing, a power house intellegance gather shadow organization, who receiently went through an insurrection.
King and Diamond have a past, a unforgetable one night, that neither one has forgotten. King wants her to play his girlfriend. He has been invited to the current head of Nightwind's Christmas party. The information they need, is most likely housed at the facility the party will be held.
King had his own set of issues with his people. He is not sure who he can trust. He contacts the Arsnel, he private para military orginization that his childhood best friend calls home. With their help, King can put a stop to the power grab Knightwind is trying to orchestrate.
Fast paced, a little steamy. Great chemistery bewteen King and Joy. Some great secondary characters, who I hope will get their own story. Some faborites from the Arsenal series lend a hand.
Great addition to the Arsenal world. Not your typical Christmas story.

Will update review as I read the other books in this collection
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902 reviews
October 23, 2021
Cara Carnes’… The Billionaire’s Naughty Thief

This novella, while set within The Arsenal world (Cara’s paramilitary series), stands on its own very well. We met King, aka the ‘King Maker’, briefly in Lethal Echo when The Arsenal and Probus – King’s secretive organization, crossed paths.

Born and raised to rule, King’s life has been a solitary one – focused completely on Probus. His recent reconnection with Ramon, his long-lost childhood friend (now one of The Arsenal’s operatives), has him yearning for more – friendships, love, and family. But is any of that even possible for such a powerful man? Joy, aka ‘Diamond’ was born into a family of thieves, all of whom have worked for Probus. When King needs a master thief, he proposes that Joy play the part of his fake-girlfriend. How long will it be, until both are hoping for the real deal?

Cara has once again delivered a well written and often emotional tale. As expected, there’s some special ops action courtesy of The Arsenal, intrigue, and suspense along with some humour, intense chemistry and several explicit encounters. I’m looking forward to reading more stories in this holiday-themed collection.
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October 16, 2021
A magical collection of romantic stories to get you into the Holiday Spirit...

This review is for Sweet Christmas by Lyz Kelley

Making a big life change is pretty scary. Do you know what's even scarier? Regret.

Melissa Davenport was in a rut. You would think being the Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service Center, she would be in heaven with this dream job. Just when she is moping and feeling down, she gets a message from her best friend Brian Newburg. Her mouth is agape when he says their pact is going to expire shortly on their birthdays. Both of them turn 50 years old on the same day.

Melissa remembers their pact. If either of them is not married, the two of them will. He asks her to accompany him to a Company retreat. This gives them a chance to test the waters on how they feel about each other as more than "friends".

Their journey has obstacles and many bumps along the way. Have the tissues on hand as this is a touching and heartfelt story.
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470 reviews1 follower
October 20, 2021
I primarily bought this for The billionaire’s naughty thief by Cara Carnes as she always wows me with her books and she did it again for a short story an amazing story is told jam packed with so much emotion i adore King and really liked Joy! I loved seeing my favourite Arsenal characters! I also really enjoyed the other books in this holiday fake-out the great thing about having favourite authors and books like this is you discover other amazing authors! 😍🔥
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October 20, 2021
Wonderful collection of Holiday stories that were very enjoyable and entertaining!

My review is for:

"Sweet December" by Lyz Kelley
I was totally engaged with Melissa and Brian as their story effortlessly unfolded from page to page! The dynamic and chemistry between these two fascinating characters kept me totally captivated throughout the entire story!

As I read more stories in this collection I will update my review.
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October 19, 2021
Sweet December Review:
Melissa Davenport and Brian Newburg have been best friends for decades. Both are extremely career driven and aim to be the best in their given fields. Melissa is a jet fighter pilot and Brian is a high level engineer. I absolutely love the dynamics between these two and how their friendship leads to love! 5 star read!
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2,183 reviews
October 19, 2021
Loved this Anthology. I was happy to see some of my favourite authors getting together and doing spin offs or new stories .
I read all of them. Liked how it all happens during the holiday season. Each author spins a special Christmas tale that will grab your heart. Grab it before it disappears
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January 18, 2022
Great anthology!

I loved each story in this anthology! Each one was wonderful in it's own way. Some were funnier than others, some had more angst than others but all were well written. There were very few typos and those few didn't distract from the stories. I'd recommend this to anyone.
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