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review 2018-12-20 00:55
A Mate's Wish
A Mate's Wish: (BBW Holiday Paranormal Romance) - P. Jameson

Renner and Bethany first meet when Renner was taken in by her family as a child. Bethany was always kind to him, but there were many moments where he wasn't with her. Because, ya know Reasons.
When it was all said and done, I liked this one. I thought Renner's explanation and honesty once he reconnected with Bethany was important. If he hadn't been honest that would have ruined it for me. Interesting concept that cat shifter's, well the male ones, have multiple partners, but the chosen female is monogamous. That was one the the underlying themes; the whole it's in our nature vs it's totally a choice. Both main characters (and secondary ones) were likable and I wouldn't mind picking up more books in this series/by this author.

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review 2018-11-13 01:56
Review: Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Lady Regina Haversham has long been holding out for a love match. But as she nears thirty, her uncle is determined to see her wed. Regina knows she cannot put off her uncle’s chosen suitor forever, but she’s determined to at least have control over who she loses her virginity to. And there’s only one man she wants: famous Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf. Though he’s tempted, Daffin turns Regina down. That would be the end of it, except it seems that someone is targeting Regina. With her cousin out of town, Daffin is the one tasked with protecting her. Close quarters have a way of bringing down barriers, but given the difference in their stations, Regina and Daffin will need a Christmas miracle to get their happily ever after.

Kiss Me at Christmas is a warmhearted, sparkling holiday romance. Regina and Daffin absolutely charmed me; they’re both incredibly likeable and they have wonderful chemistry. Regina is open, curious, and kind while Daffin is protective and devilishly handsome. Physically, intellectually, and emotionally Regina and Daffin are a match and their romance builds from flirty and sweet to spicy. Yet while it’s clear they’re meant for each other, class differences aren’t always easy to overcome, even if Daffin is close friends with Regina’s cousin.

The romance in Kiss Me at Christmas makes the pages of the story fly by. But the romance is intertwined with the mystery of who is trying to kill Regina. At first, I enjoyed this subplot and had my theories about who was behind everything. Unfortunately, a mystery needs to have a satisfying – or at least logical – conclusion and this one was both unsatisfying and seemed to come out of left field. It felt manufactured for plot reasons, which was a pity because Daffin and Regina are such entertaining characters that you can’t help but feel they deserved better. This isn’t an insignificant quibble, but I still honestly enjoyed this book anyway. There’s a buoyancy to Valerie Bowman’s writing that just lifts me up whenever I read her books and Kiss Me at Christmas is no exception.


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

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-kiss-me-at-christmas-by-valerie.html
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review 2018-09-24 02:52
Review: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Hot Winter Nights - Jill Shalvis

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

It’s never a bad time for holiday cheer, especially when you’ve got a story like Hot Winter Nights to read. Lucas and Molly’s romance is funny, heartwarming, and sensual. It’s impossible not to be swept away by this sweet confection of a tale.

Molly is a fighter. She’s got grit, strength, and a spine of steel and I loved that about her. As the office manager at Hunt Investigations, she knows she’s invaluable to the team. Yet she also knows she can and wants to do more, only her boss, brother, and the other members of the team are overprotective of her, in part because of the permanent nerve damage she has in one leg. But Molly is nothing if not clever and resourceful, so when a bad Santa case comes her way, she’s determined to take it on. She knows it isn’t safe to work alone, so she talks Lucas into helping her, not knowing her boss has already ordered him to keep an eye on her. Lucas is a hero you can’t help but love. He sees and respects Molly’s skills, knowledge, and abilities and even though he’s as protective as the rest of the Hunt investigators, he supports her in her quest to become an investigator. When it comes to his attraction to her, well, the sister of his best friend is off-limits. Except close quarters make it impossible for either of them to deny the pull between them…

Both Molly and Lucas have scars – physical and mental – from their past that make them put up walls around their hearts. Though it’s obvious to readers that they’re a perfect match, their road to happily ever after isn’t an easy one because insecurities and old ghosts aren’t easily overcome. Jill Shalvis perfectly balances their internal struggles with their otherwise bright and sexy romance and I was rooting for Molly and Lucas every step of the way.

Family and friends bring additional warmth and good cheer to Hot Winter Nights and Heartbreaker Bay fans will be delighted to catch up with past heroes and heroines (though if this is your entry into this series, you won’t be lost). I adore this series with its quirky, welcoming characters and the friendships add some sparkle to the story without detracting from Molly and Lucas. The only downside to this book is that I finished it incredibly eager to read the next Heartbreaker Bay book, Playing for Keeps, and that’s not a bad problem to have.


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.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/09/review-hot-winter-nights-by-jill-shalvis.html
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review 2017-12-26 00:00
Chasing Christmas: (Sweet Holiday Western Romance) (Rodeo Romance Book 5)
Chasing Christmas: (Sweet Holiday Wester... Chasing Christmas: (Sweet Holiday Western Romance) (Rodeo Romance Book 5) - Shanna Hatfield I have to wait an entire year before the next book comes out?!?!

Oh well, I guess that just means I'll have to re-read the entire series next December so I'll be ready for book #6.
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review 2017-12-15 00:00
Eight Nights in December: Gay Holiday Romance
Eight Nights in December: Gay Holiday Ro... Eight Nights in December: Gay Holiday Romance - Keira Andrews Totally loved this sweet awesome love story. From the hot and heavy beginning of Nate and Lucas' romance on and through each of them realizing just how strong their connection was, it is a wonderful heartwarming Hanukkah love story! This is my 3rd Keira Andrews book and I have love every one! Will definitely be working my way through the rest!
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