Sunday, November 18, 2012

Review: Red Hot Holiday (Anthology)

Authors: Anne Calhoun, K.A. Mitchell, Leah Braemel
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: December 3, 2012

I'll be home for Christmas…to fulfill all your dreams.

This holiday, a Mountie is determined to get her man. A widow finds a fireman who ignites her passions again. And two men unsure of their commitment discover a happily ever after—and a blindfold—under their tree. No matter your desires, this collection of three shorts is bound to treat you to all the joys of the season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:
I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel
Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun
Wish List by K.A. Mitchell

Red Hot Holiday is a great anthology filled with some pretty steamy and romantic tales.  All three stories were were well written and enjoyably 

The first story, Wish List, was sweet story of misunderstanding.  Jonah thinks his boyfriend is going to propose to him.  In a panic, he makes a wish list of all the things he wishes he could do before he gets ready to commit.  Evan is happy to find the list and realizes he can let his true self show through.  Jonah and Evan were a great couple, but I was troubled that they were together for so long, yet they weren't honest with each other about their needs.  Their HFN ending was satisfying though.

The middle story, Breath on Embers, was the least favorite of mine.  Thea has been having an affair with Ronan for a year.  She has managed to keep it to just sex, but Ronan wants more.  She lost her husband two years before, but she has yet to cry for him or really get heal over the loss of him.  Since Ronan and Thea spend much of their time having sex, I didn't really see where he would fall for her other than in lust.  But, maybe he saw the potential in her as a mate.  Who knows?

Of the three stories, I liked the last one, I Need You for Christmas, the best.  Ryan and Megan have been dating for 8 years, but have been living far apart because of their careers.  Megan has decided to move to be with Ryan, only he has plans of his own.  I loved this one because the couple are so obviously in love and deserve to be together. It was a very sweet story.

If you are looking for a great collection of Christmas tales with very steamy loves scenes, this book is for you!

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