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Holiday Heat by Lynn LaFleur
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Mar 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: erotic-romance, anthologies-novellas, elloras-cave, 2009_reads, christmas-theme
Recommended for: Fans of erotic anthologies with a holiday theme

Pretty darn steamy, and a pretty good book as far as anthologies go. I’m not the biggest fan of anthologies due to often the lack of character and plot development, not to mention the unbelievably factor of the H/h getting together in record time, but if those things don’t bother you and you’re looking for some very erotic quick reads, then Holiday Heat might just get you in the holiday spirit.

The book is about three sisters, and the magical Christmas candle lights (that manage to foretell their futures) they inherited from their beloved Gram. Oldest sister Lindsey is the keeper of the lights, and it is she who sees visions of the future for her sisters (and eventually, herself) whenever a light burns particularly bright before it burns itself out.

In A Wish Granted by Lynn LaFleur, curvy hair salon owner Crista is a young widow whose car mysteriously breaks down in a snowstorm while she’s reminiscing one last time about her late husband at their favorite Seattle vacation spot. She gets help from a kindly, Santa Claus look-alike tow truck driver (coincidentally named S.C.), who deposits her (and then vanishes) at a nearby cabin occupied by 30 year old Robert Redford look-alike (as the Sundance Kid), marriage-minded, rich, business owner Jeff, who wants to be alone after breaking up with his girlfriend. Jeff offers to drive her home, but strangely enough his car won’t start either and his phone doesn’t work. Meanwhile, the snow is falling fast and furious…what will Crista and Jeff do to pass the time?

If you have a problem with “love at first sight” books, then maybe this one won’t work for you, but I found it very charming, the characters hugely likable, and the love scenes scorchingly hot. Yes, there was a little Christmas ‘miracle’ ending, with a little manipulating done by “S.C.”--but hey, it’s the holidays, and I bought it. 4 ½ stars

In Kidnap Fantasies by Jan Springer, Jade Hart is a rich, 28 year old professional downhill skier, recovering from a recent skiing accident that left her with hip and leg injuries and walking with a limp. Her former gold-digging fiancee/manager dumped her after the accident, and now Jade is alone on her luxury yacht wary of any man’s interest in her--do they want her or do they want her money?

Jade’s ready for some down and dirty sex without the bother of a “relationship”, and her sisters Crista and Lindsey want to help. They want her to contact “Kidnap Fantasies” (a sort of exclusive, secret “escort service”) so she can have some fun with a well-hung man who she’ll never have to worry about seeing again. Jade fills out the form for KF, listing all her likes and dislikes and secret fantasies, but doesn’t have the nerve to send it in…

Enter handyman Caydon Minnelli, super stud and sweet guy who fulfills all her fantasies (and then some) while working on her yacht’s engines. Is he the answer to her dreams or just a stud-for-hire? Can Jade afford to trust her heart, or will her head overrule? Could her feelings for Caydon be real?

Super hot story, but maybe a bit too graphic in language for my tastes and the so-called “shy" and largely inexperienced Jade is so single-minded about her obsession with Caydon’s huge “manly parts” that she was starting to annoy me. Plenty of unusual sexual encounters in this one, lots of usage of different sex toys (and vegetables) and a tad too many sex scenes had my mind wandering just a bit, anxious to get back to the “story”. Maybe not quite as likable a couple as Crista and Jeff, but Jade and Caydon could certainly turn up the heat with the best of ‘em! 4 stars

And finally, The Last Candle by Katherine Kingston is sister Lindsey’s story. Lindsey’s down to the last Christmas candle, and after her two sister’s HEAs, she’s hoping for one of her own. Will this be the year that she sees a vision of her own future in the candle?

On Christmas Eve, tax attorney Lindsey finally gets what she’s waiting for--a vision of a sexy, rough, but rather unkempt looking man sporting a couple of days worth of stubble. But what’s this he’s wearing--is that a prison jumpsuit? Oh crap.

Lindsey makes her way to the local jail, introduces herself and bails out the big, aggressively male Greg MacIntyre, and finds out he’s been charged with embezzlement. Turns out that Greg has been framed by his ex-girlfriend (and boss’s daughter) in retaliation for breaking up with her. Now Greg’s in a heap of trouble, but Lindsey wants to help him--after all, he could be her destiny. At least that’s what the candle hinted at. When Lindsey takes Greg to his apartment only to find out it’s freezing cold (he forgot to pay the electric bill), she suggests he stay with her for a while. Greg doesn’t know what to make of Lindsey after she tells him about her Gram, the ornaments, and the visions, but he sure knows that he’s physically attracted to her. But as for letting her help him? He just doesn’t know if he’s ready to trust her yet. But when a snowstorm develops and effectively traps them together inside her apartment, they both learn a lot about trust…

Ah boy, this one was probably the kinkiest of the bunch. At first it didn’t seem like much was going to happen, because Greg kept putting Lindsey off and making her “wait”. Greg was all about role playing, sexual game playing (they played “strip Scrabble”), and acting out fantasies. And Lindsey was on board with all of that. Greg liked to dominate, liked his woman to be submissive, and was really, really into spanking (not my favorite thing to read about, especially when the hero leaves “welts”). But Lindsey seemed to want to experience all, so what can I say? The ending was a bit rushed, the conclusion a bit unbelievable (although they did a lot of talking and found out a lot about each other, I wasn’t totally sold on their romance) and Lindsey was happy to find a man who wasn’t intimidated by her intelligence or her personality. Not my favorite of the sister’s stories, but good enough to rate 3 ½ stars.

If you’re looking for a hot, erotic anthology, with plenty of naughty bedroom action and with just a touch of holiday magic, then you’ll like Holiday Heat. 4 stars.

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Reading Progress

March 16, 2008 – Shelved
March 16, 2008 – Shelved as: erotic-romance
April 23, 2008 – Shelved as: anthologies-novellas
February 28, 2009 – Shelved as: elloras-cave
November 29, 2009 –
page 113
December 1, 2009 –
page 239
60.35% "Good book, but getting a little tired of all the sexcapades..."
December 3, 2009 –
page 328
82.83% "Pretty good, should be done today..."
December 3, 2009 –
page 368
92.93% "Not bad for an erotic anthology. Review coming..."
Started Reading
December 4, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009_reads
December 4, 2009 – Finished Reading
December 5, 2009 – Shelved as: christmas-theme

Comments (showing 1-12 of 12) (12 new)

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message 1: by Miss Kim (new)

Miss Kim Every time I've seen this cover, it makes me cringe. I worry he's going to get burned.

Auntee Hard to believe, but no burning by candle wax in this one.:)

message 3: by Miss Kim (new)

Miss Kim That's good news (to me). Anthologies usually a miss more than hit for me.

message 4: by Dina (new)

Dina Great review, Auntee! These stories don't seem my "cuppa", so I'm going to pass on this book.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Welts. Ouch! Very nice review, Auntee.

Auntee Thanks guys.:)
Yeah, welts are a definite turn-off for me.:)

message 7: by Shawna (new) - added it

Shawna Great review Auntee! Sounds like a hot treat for the holidays! :)

message 8: by Tammy (new)

Tammy I had to laugh about strip Scrabble! Now that's an interesting way to spend Christmas. :P

message 9: by Ally72 (new)

Ally72 This was a terrific review Auntee! I tend not to read a lot of anthologies too, but this one sounds intriguing.

message 10: by Kathrynn (new)

Kathrynn A Wish Granted sounds like the only one of the bunch I'd like to read. Thanks for the neat review, Auntee. ;-)

Auntee Kathrynn wrote: "A Wish Granted sounds like the only one of the bunch I'd like to read. Thanks for the neat review, Auntee. ;-)"

Definitely the best of the bunch with the most relatable characters.

Thanks all!:)

KindleRomance Reviews Loved the LaFleur story! I'll pass on the others thanks to your review.

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