Saturday, December 24, 2011

Small Town Christmas (anthology)

Authors: Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsey, and Katie Lane
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date of Publication: November 2011

Three heartwarming holiday stories
to prove that love is the greatest gift of all

Kissing Santa Claus
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?

I'll Be Home for Christmas
After ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.

O Little Town of Bramble
All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams.

Small Town Christmas is a short, sweet anthology with stories to get you in the mood for Christmas.  Of the 3 stories, I liked Kissing Santa Claus the best.  It was the only one where I felt the couple really felt anything for each other. There was enough back story between the two to feel their HEA.  The other 2 stories were so-so. 

I'll Be Home for Christmas, was just a little unbelievable. Stranger shows up in the town and is invited to stay with the ex-girlfriend of his best friend who was killed in action. Instant love and a HEA? Nah didn't buy it. I felt it ended too soon and it needed more development between the characters.  I didn't like their HEA.   

The last one, O Little Town of Bramble, was just too fast.  I never felt the connection between the 2 characters.  There was discussion of a long time crush on both parts, but I never felt the connection between the 2 characters.  I also thought Ethan's parents were a bit cruel to their son toward the end.  

Anyway, it's a quick read, something to fill the time while you are waiting for Santa to arrive.

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