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FOREVER LOVE by Leanne Burrough
Hank Beaumont can’t help his attraction to the lovely young woman he rescues after her stagecoach is robbed and the men aboard murdered. He assumes that Jessica had been traveling with her husband, a man to whom Hank had agreed to sell his hotel.
Hank is no stranger to the harsh realities of the West. He doesn’t believe that Jessia will really stay but that doesn’t stop him from constantly hoping she will. Will he be able to resist her allure and how will he feel when he learns that she isn’t a widow after all?
Leanne Burrough brings this story to life on so many levels and gives readers a true sense of pleasure in the fortitude of the characters. I loved being privy to Hank and Jessica’s frustration with each other and the underlying sexual tension, but also adored the impact that the secondary characters have throughout this story.
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE MISTLETOE by Judith Leigh
Kacey Michaels’s ex-husband’s callous attitude has her making a radical decision. After viewing a travel magazine she packs up and moves to Mistletoe, Tennessee, hoping for a new lease on life.
Once in Mistletoe, Kacey takes a delightful job at a toy store working for Nick Klaus. It’s just too perfect and after meeting Nick and his children she’s convinced that this is exactly where she wants to be, but can she learn to trust her heart and believe that magic and dreams truly can come true - even for her?
What a delightfully fun tale. Judith Leigh brings a great deal of sensitivity into this storyline and really captures Kacey’s emotional upheaval over her inability to have children - fortunately Nick has lots of kids and he’d be more than happy to share.
GINGERBREAD AND MISTLETOE by Amy Blizzard
Matt Watson’s dreams of winning the annual gingerbread house contest have just met with disaster. His only hope of being able to enter and win lie in the hands of his eternally optimistic artist neighbor.
Matt has a purely practical outlook on the whole project, while Riley sees the beauty behind of it and relishes the challenge. Through her Matt will begin to see the world through less cynical eyes and even view Christmas as a magical time - especially when he’s got such a warmhearted giving woman at his side.
Amy Blizzard won me over with this charming tale. There’s no doubt Matt is a scrooge but Riley is free spirited and lighthearted enough for both of them. I loved the mixture of seriousness and joy throughout this tale and found myself crossing my fingers as I waited for the outcome of the competition.
CALLING HAILEY’S BLUFF by Billie Warren Chai
Hailey is determined to fix the problem with the lunar rover and leave Houston before Lt. Col. Todd Coppersmith returns from Cape Canaveral. She’s a professional poker player and while she’s still in love with Todd, she doesn’t want him knowing that she’s carrying his child because trapping him is the last thing she wants to do.
Todd returns to Houston earlier than expected. Previously unaware of Hailey’s pregnancy he’s convinced that she’s lying about the due date and believes that baby is his... it’s just a matter of CALLING HAILEY’S BLUFF.
I absolutely love this story. Billie Warren Chai makes the battle between Hailey and Todd humorous while at the same time poignantly sweet. Hailey’s poker face comes into play more than once but Todd doesn’t give up easily. I eagerly anticipated the moment that she’d admit the baby is his, but also when they’d admit to their feelings for each other.
A CHORUS SINGING LOVE by Gerri Bowen
Melody’s been invited to spend the Christmas holiday with Spode Hall - which means that she’d be spending a great deal of time in Trevor’s presence. She knows that he still hasn’t forgiven her for the Unfortunate Incident, which ultimately resulted in the loss of his concentration and his leg during battle.
Melody’s been in love with Trevor for many years and she’s determined to pursue him. If she fails to snag him then her brother intends to marry her off to a match he has in mind. Melody’s whole future is riding on her ability to make Trevor see reason before the holiday is over.
Gerri Bowen infuses a great deal of humor into this charming tale filled with determined characters, witty dialogue and a very curious reference to a Unfortunate Incident, which has the reader wondering what could have possibly been so bad to have Trevor furious with Melody for years?
A VERY SPECIAL MAN by Deborah MacGillivray
Simon is much more than Dezzy’s very large cat, he’s a man who’s been in the feline form so long that he’s forgotten what it’s like to be human or what he has to do to reverse the cause of his infliction. To complicate matters, he’s in love with his ‘owner.’
Dezzy’s lonely and while she loves Simon, he’s a cat and doesn’t stop her from longing for a man in her life. Simon’s determined to be the one to fulfill Dezzy’s wishes - all she has to do is make her wish and then kiss his nose but how can he convey this to her... and more importantly how is she going to react when her beloved cat disappears and the man of her dreams takes his place?
Deborah MacGillivray brings this humorous story to life by telling it through Simon’s eyes. You get a cat’s eye view of people, TV, cat toys and human food all while he wins you over with his feelings for Dezzy. This is a story that is sure to win readers hearts and have you viewing cat products in a whole new light.
LOVE UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a fun anthology that infuses the beauty of the season with fun characters and unforgettable situations. This is one of those books that you can read year round and still derive great pleasure from each of the charming stories.
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