“Christmas Proposals: Her Christmas Romeo / The Tycoon’s Christmas Engagement / A Bride for Christmas” by Carole Mortimer et. al.

Christmas Proposals: Her Christmas Romeo / The Tycoon's Christmas Engagement / A Bride for ChristmasChristmas Proposals: Her Christmas Romeo / The Tycoon’s Christmas Engagement / A Bride for Christmas by Carole Mortimer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Her Christmas Romeo” – really? seriously? okay…it was okay. A few too many fairy tales/tragic romances wrapped up in one book for my tates, but I did enjoy our hero letting the “evil stepsister” (I kid you knot!) have it in the end!

“The Tycoon’s Christmas Engagement” – uh…what the heck happened? I struggled with this one, folks. Too much going on. I almost wanted her with the stepbrother-at least he had some room for growth! Ok. Not really. Mitch is an okay hero, but he just…well, I think they need to date more. ๐Ÿ™‚

“A Bride for Christmas” – not to much into stories where one or the other has a kid; so, I’ll get back to that one later. OK. Read it. Seriously? It’s worth the WHOLE DARN BOOK just to read the description of Kaylie’s wedding theme. Sensual, playful and IN YOUR FACE, baby! As for the main characters in this story…um, wow, a LOT going on in this little story: real people who are living through the grief, hurt and pain; facing up to their demons and walking into the light of love. Egads, that was bad you just get some seriously good vibes reading parts of this little story. Enjoy!

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“Paris or Bust!: Romancing Roxanne?\Daddy Come Lately\Love Is in the Air” by Kate Hoffman et. al.

Paris or Bust!: Romancing Roxanne?\Daddy Come Lately\Love Is in the AirParis or Bust!: Romancing Roxanne?\Daddy Come Lately\Love Is in the Air by Kate Hoffmann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First review of 2013…ugh…Firstly, the whole premise of the book centers around a competition for “Mother of the Year” where our winner gets a trip to Paris and some other stuff…

First up, “Romancing Roaxanne” – Roxanne’s DH left her for a muscled, female wrestler (aka “The Velvet Hammer”). She finds herself crying, daily in the closet outside which her absolutely adorable “little man” (Danny-one of her four children who are all under 5!) waits for her. It’s gut-enchantingly cute, btw. What I liked best about this story was the strength of the heroine, Roxanne. If anyone deserved to curl into a ball and feel miserable, it was her, and she did but she didn’t let it run her life. She grieved, got angry and allowed herself to continue living. I also enjoyed the secondary characters especially her sister, Renee, the only one who wasn’t completely selfish by entering her sister in the competition. The others had their reasons, though. What of our hero, you ask? Oh, well he was simply too darn good to be true. Hot, single, a little jerky in the beginning and fell head over heels in love with Roxy AND her kidlets. What’s not to love? Truth be told, I kinda wish there was a follow-up story where the ex gets what’s coming him, but I’ll just play that out in my mind.

Next is “Daddy Come Lately” – This was my least favorite of the stories. Why? ‘Cause the heroine, Jody, was an idiot who kept secret the existence of the heroes twin sons, Benjamin and Jeremy (aka Ben and Jerry), for OVER FOUR YEARS. Ok. Sure. He was off to La La Land and all, but surely sometime in FOUR YEARS you coulda called the guy?? I know her folks died and all, but still…this is NOT one of those times when I can understand the keeping quiet about the kids. All of that aside, the author just seemed like she had a fully developed story that she was asked to cut to fit into this book. Maybe it’s just me. I will say that, again, the secondary characters were a hoot in this one. The kids made this story for me.

And finally, “Love is in the Air” – Our heroine is a tomboy pilot (Jody was a tomboy rancher, btw) with a mother and grandma who make the story work for me. I will say that Wade was my favorite of the heroes. She’s stubborn and in denial. He’s hot and in lust/love. They’re both pilots. It’s a win-win for me. It reminds me a lot of another series of books by Shalvis with pilots-I wonder if it’s at all related? This story is better developed than the other two and the characters are more likable to me.

All in all? It was a quick, fun read…but I am so glad I got it from my local public library.

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“Sweet as My Revenge” by Susan Napier

Sweet As My Revenge (Harlequin Presents #885)Sweet As My Revenge by Susan Napier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This dated little book packed a powerful, sensual punch! I admit that there were times when I simply didn’t get some of the undertones then I did a “decade check” and everything made more sense. Jeez!

I would have given this book more stars if I hadn’t found myself a little lost in the story at times-not that it was unclear (except for what is mentioned above) there was just SO MUCH going on, so much packed into a small number of pages.

Everything worked itself out in the end, of course, and unlike many I’ve read this one ended with the couple making love, marriage in the horizon, their unprotected sex unmentioned when they come back together at the end.

The times they have a changed.

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“The Ex Factor” by Anne Oliver

The Ex Factor The Ex Factor by Anne Oliver
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I just couldn’t get into this one: didn’t really care if the couple got together. I kinda just wanted it all to end. The heroine, former party girl, is now a work-a-holic nurse.

There is so very much I did not LIKE about the heroine that it really ruined the read for me.

Probably just need a re-read.

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