CHRISTMAS BONUS by Lori Foster
CHRISTMAS BONUS has Eric and Maggie and the company she now runs after her father's death, front and center. Eric now works for Maggie, but he always thought he'd be the one running it since he thought he was heir apparent. They are each fighting their attraction since they have to work together. But their feelings get the best of them. It was interesting to watch their one-step-forward and two-steps-back approach, yet they were each what the other needed. Seeing them work through their issues and get where they want to be took a lot of doing but ultimately seems right. There is also quite a bit of naughtiness that worked well in the story. Foster ended the story with the requisite happily ever after and a nice twist.
NAUGHTY UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Carly Phillips
NAUGHTY UNDER THE MISTLETOE has Toni and Max meeting unexpectedly with a case of mistaken identity. She thought he was his twin, Stephan, whom she was fighting an attraction to, and decided to have a one night fling with. Boy do things go wrong--or do they go right? Toni and Max have instant chemistry, but through miscommunication they seem to be always taking a step back even when neither one wanted to. There was a lot of loving and some mistletoe that played a part. The happily ever after satisfied me, though I felt the story ended too quickly.
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL by Beth Ciotta
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL is part of the CUPCAKE LOVERS SERIES. I have read some of the books in the series as well as this one previously. It was nice to reconnect with characters we've met before, but it was heartbreaking to see Maya and Zach handling each other so carefully since they had been childhood best friends. Maya was trying to get her business partner, Giselle, and Zach interested in each other by having them become pen pals while he's still stationed overseas (as a sniper with the Marines.) The plan backfires for so many reasons, especially when they unexpectedly meet in person. It was sad to watch Maya's emotions get the best of her while Zach is trying to put the pieces together. Some of the story was based on the movie, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The story ended with a happily ever after but ended too fast for me.
HAVE YOURSELF A CURVY LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Sugar Jamison
HAVE YOURSELF A CURVY LITTLE CHRISTMAS has single mom, Dina, and her baby boy, Dash, at its core. She's been unlucky in love and when she decides to confront the baby's daddy, she's in for one heck of a surprise. His brother Ben turns out to be not what she had expected at all after meeting him previously. There are twists and turns to the story as they get more deeply involved. It ended perfectly, and since this is book 1.5 in her PERFECT FIT series, I hope to meet up with the couple again.