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review 2017-09-25 06:48
Funny
Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel - Jill Shalvis

This is book #4, in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of this fun series, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Colbie needs a break.  A fresh start to give her a chance to breathe before returning to her smothering life.  Where to go?  What to do?  Well... how about San Francisco?

 

Spence sort of helps a dog cause a tourist to fall into their fountain.  He feels bad.  Then he feels attracted.  Colbie is a beautiful, talented, funny, and amazing tourist he would like to get to know better.  Where is this coming from?  Even he doesn't know.

 

This is a laugh out loud funny story!  It can also be sexy and sweet  Typical for this author, however.  There is a reason she is a go-to favorite.  Her characters are real people.  We can all put ourselves in these circumstances and relate.  I found these characters so much fun to read.  And... re-visiting with some of the series favorites in here was great also.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Edelweiss and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-25 02:00
Historical Christmas Romance
Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (Highland Pleasures, #4.5) - Jennifer Ashley

Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift by Jennifer Ashley is a fairly short read, a good choice for those with limited time for reading.  If you are familiar with the Mackenzie Series, you won't have any trouble with this book.  If you aren't familiar, you may have trouble keeping the characters straight in the beginning of the book.  This is a Christmas story of the Mackenzie brothers and their wives and is an entertaining read.  There is plenty of drama, humor and spice to hold a reader's attention.  I enjoyed this holiday book and look forward to reading more from Jennifer Ashley in the future.  A Mackenzie Family Christmas is book 4.5 of the Mackenzie & McBrides Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from BookFunnel.

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review 2017-09-24 21:51
Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel - Jill Shalvis

4.25 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

 

You know those books that just make you smile when you read them? Chasing Christmas Eve is exactly that kind of story. Spence and Colbie’s romance is flirty and fun with a whole lot of warmth; it’s a holiday romance you can enjoy all year long.

I have a soft spot for nerdy heroes and Spence is a totally sigh-worthy one. He’s brilliant, sexy, generous, and kind – the perfect hero without ever becoming a cardboard character. He’s also quite wealthy and the way people have tried to use him for that wealth has made him wary and his friends protective. Spence was a pretty dreamy hero. He’s not without flaw – he has a huge problem with work/life balance – but I fell pretty fast and hard for him and was eager to see him get his happily ever after with Colbie. Colbie is a quirky, sweet heroine I adored. She’s also a bestselling author who is under so much pressure personally and professionally that she’s ready to crack. An accident involving rogue animals and a special fountain bring Spence and Colbie together and they click right away. Both of them are stressed out by their work, have been hurt in the past, and I liked that they understood one another so well. Colbie and Spence’s romance is both sweet and sensual and their slide into love had me sighing. Though they know from the outset their time together has an expiration date, I was rooting for them to take the leap, open their hearts, and find a way to make things work.

When Colbie flees New York for San Francisco to take a break from her life, she not only finds love, but a whole new group of friends. Colbie fits right in with the Heartbreaker Bay gang and the whole group made me go all warm and gushy. They’re the kind of characters you just wish were real so you could be friends with them. The Heartbreaker Bay cast is truly charming and helps make this story shine. Chasing Christmas Eve is classic Jill Shalvis in that it’s an excellent mix of humor and heart. I finished Colbie and Spence’s book a well-satisfied reader and I can’t wait for the next Heartbreaker Bay story!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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review 2017-09-24 15:44
A Christmas to Remember Anthology by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, Vivienne Lorret
A Christmas to Remember: An Anthology - Lisa Kleypas,Lorraine Heath,Megan Frampton,Vivienne Lorret

 

This is what dreams are made of.  Escapism, great storytelling and the creme de la creme in historical romantic fiction.  Alone Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret  take up more shelves on my ereader than even I can fathom.  When they come together it's like Christmas comes early for any historical romance addict.  From marriage of convenience, second chance love and mischievous maidens, love is in the air all year long with these holiday treasures.

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review 2017-09-23 19:16
Last Christmas in Paris
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I - Heather Webb,Hazel Gaynor

In 1969 Tom Harding makes a final trip to Paris for Christmas.   While he is there he re-reads all the letters sent between 1914 and 1918.  In 1914, Evie Elliot's brother, Will and best friend, Tom  leave for the Front.  Evie diligently writes to both of them. In their letters, the three divulge their greatest wishes, fears, and emotions.  Most of all, they all wish for the war to be over by Christmas so they may celebrate the holiday in Paris.  Little do they know how much the War will change all of them.  

An all at once heartwarming and heartbreaking story of love and loss during World War I.  Told almost entirely in letter exchanges between Evie and her loved ones, this book completely enveloped me as I devoured every word.  There was so much passion in the writing, especially the letters between Thomas and Evie, I felt as if these could be two real people.  I felt like I was immersed into their most intimate moments and my heart raced for when they would finally declare their love for one another.   Through the letters, I was able to see the impact of the war from all sides. Through Evie, I got a sense of how it felt to be left behind, the worry, dread and depression of fearing that your loved ones may not come home and the overwhelming urge to do something about it.  Through Tom, the gruesome depictions of the Front that the media wouldn't let anyone know of as well as the mental toll that war takes on the soldiers.  Also, through Evie's exchanges with her friend Alice, we learn of the many ways that women jumped in to help from delivering the mail, to nursing and driving ambulances to the Auxillary Corps and even writing newspaper articles.  What affected me most was Tom's re-reading of the letters and his opening of the final letter at the end.  Overall, a wonderfully written historical novel reminding me of the sacrifices made by our veterans. 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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