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Once Upon a Holiday: Holiday Heat / Candy Christmas / Chocolate Truffles

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No matter what the thermostat says, the holidays can be the hottest time of year when you're curled up with these unforgettably sexy stories from three of romance's most sizzling talents….

Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins

For Eve Clark, winter usually means long cold nights spent alone, until she's persuaded to attend a masked ball. Abandoning her inhibitions, she shares a bl
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harlequin Kimani (first published September 17th 2010)
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Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar
3.5 stars

Read this for 12 Tasks of the Festive Season:
Task the Fifth: The Kwanzaa:
- Read a book written by an African-American author or set in an African country.

I was impressed that all three felt like complete stories, not rushed, which is usually my biggest complaint about novella/short stories. The first story Holiday Heat had a very believable compatible couple, the second Candy Christmas was the most sexual with plenty of dirty little scenes, and the third Chocolate Truffles was my favori
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Samantha
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Three romantic holiday stories full of cheer, laughter and love by three leading authors. Once Upon a Holiday will bring joy and warmth to readers' hearts during the holiday season.

Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins

Eve Clark is a ball-busting ATF agent, not one for letting her guard down and shaking loose. She finds herself in an unusual situation when she agrees to go to a holiday costume party and meets a man who turns her controlled world upside down. Throwing all caution to the wind, she ends u
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Michael
This is a collection of three romance novellas by African American women, all revolving around December holidays. Collections tend to be a mixed bag, and this was no exception. I rated one 4 stars and the other two 2 stars, so I give the collection an average of 3 stars.

All in all, I'm glad Holiday Heat was first, since I may try to read more by Beverly Jenkins. The other two were such disappointments that if it had been at the end, I probably wouldn't have gotten to it!

Holiday Heat by Beverly J
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Carla
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I bought this thinking I was gonna get some cute but romantic Holiday stories what I got instead was something far hotter.
First up, Beverly Jenkins appropriately titled Holiday Heat. Although her story actually centers around a Halloween masquerade ball the story was a great one. And since I detest spoilers I only gonna say I am glad to have my own centurion. Lol


Candy Christmas by Adrianne Byrd

HOTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!! so hot indeed I had to put it down for a minute to gather myself. I will only say
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Ronda  Tutt
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great Winter Holiday Read!

Here are three great stories that will surely bring a smile to your face and fulfill your minds hungry sexual appetite. I loved the women in each of these stories; they were very strong in their careers and let nothing stand in their way of success. They didn’t just sleep around with anyone, most of the time they were too busy to even have a social life but as the ole saying goes, when you aren’t looking for love, love will find you and that’s what makes these three sto
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Patriciaw
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I loved the stories by Beverly Jenkins and Adrienne Byrd. Sexy and fun, they were great reads.

Not so crazy about the last story by Kimberly Kaye Terry. I just don't find the connection between the heroine and hero believable. I'm done with this last story yet, so perhaps by the end, I'll feel differently.
Priscilla
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
APOOO Rating: 4
Amazon Rating: 4

Holiday Sizzle and Heat

Beverly Jenkins, Adrienne Byrd and Kimberly Kaye Terry have collaborated to bring readers three sexy holiday treats in Once Upon A Holiday. In Holiday Heat, by Beverly Jenkins, Eve Clark is a Federal ATF Agent stationed in Chicago. Eve loves her job and she has dedicated her life to her work. While visiting relatives, her cousin talks her into attending a masquerade ball where she meets a tall, sexy Centurion that heats her in more ways tha
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Donna
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Once Upon a Holiday

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

There is nothing like a super sexy story to heat up the days before Christmas. Once Upon a Holiday contains 3 sizzling stories to make your season merry…or so the tag line would have you believe.

Holiday Heat, Candy Christmas and Chocolate Truffles are cute and sexy reads. Candy Christmas turned out to be my favourite. I enjoyed every story, they were well written and the characters likeable, but I didn’t feel overwhelmingly festive when I’d finishe
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Pedro Fulk
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins made me wish something like that would happen to me.
Candy Christmas by Adrianne Byrd was a good addition to the book.
Chocalate Truffles by Kimberly Kaye Terry, never had an instructor like that.
Amy
Great stories (3) and just in time for the holidays.

The third story, "Chocolate Truffles" by Kimberly Kaye Terry mentions (briefly) Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, which we don't see in a lot of fiction period. Great story!
Rena Miller
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love how it wasn't your average romance novel. It was great to see strong and beautiful individuals passionate about their work and each other. A great read!!
Carmen
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Read one story in this book, you've read them all. Disappointed.
Hannah
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good steamy read.
Jenifer
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Normally I don't like these short Christmas stories...usually they are too sappy, but this one was pretty good. Pretty hot and steamy too...lol
Mikie
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A romance novel with 3 books. If you want to be taken away, this is it.
Chicki Brown
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I only read Beverly Jenkins story in this book. As far as I'm concerned the woman can't write a bad story!
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Renee Motley
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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It was entertaining. It was all right. I liked the first two stories. The third one by Kimberly Terry seemed a little rushed.
Annette
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holiday Heat & Candy Christmas are just average short stories....Chocolate Truffles is the best in this bunch!!!
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Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She and her family live in southeastern Michigan. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature.
Ms. Jenkins has written sixteen books to date and has received numerous awards for her works, including: the Detroit Free Pres
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