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Review: A Christmas to Remember

AChristmastoRememberPublisher: Forever
Authors: Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, & Marilyn Pappano
Genre: Romance, Anthologies
Review Source: NetGalley/Forever

★ ☆ – 2 Stars

Summary
Curl up with this heartwarming Christmas collection!
Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, ’tis the season for giving love a chance . . .

Kristen Ashley
, Every Year: Holidays don’t come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .

Hope Ramsay
, Silent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.

Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who’s set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .

Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn’t mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?

Plus: Excerpts from upcoming novels!

Review
There was only two in this bunch that I really liked, and I wish there was more to the short stories, because they all ended mostly abruptly. However, I did really enjoy Dream a Little Dream, it was my favorite out of them.
I also think this was a good idea for the authors to make the readers want to go out and buy their books, just give them enough to want more.. and that is exactly how I felt. I couldn’t even finish the last book due to knowing I was going to go through the thought of it ending so soon, and be left hanging in the dark. I have never tried a short story like this one, with five authors, and from reading this one, I don’t think I will pick up another book like it… UNLESS the books are full short stories, and not “excerpts”.
On a positive note, I loved the fact that the authors wrote letters to the readers, it was a nice touch to the abruptly endings.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Forever. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: Before We Fall

BeforeWeFallPublisher: Forever
Author: Courtney Cole
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Beautifully Broken #3
Review Source: NetGalley/Forever

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary
Sometimes, one dark moment is all it takes to turn your world black…
For 24-year old Dominic Kinkaide, that moment took place on the night of his high school graduation. One dark incident changed him forever. He’s a hardened actor now, famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured in his own. He doesn’t care about much of anything, except for losing himself in the roles that he plays.
23-year old Jacey Vincent doesn’t realize how much her father’s indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn’t one specific moment that wrecks a person, but rather it’s an absence of moments. She’s like a bird with a broken wing-strong yet fragile, as she tries to float through life, finding acceptance in the arms of random guys, one after the other… to fill the void that her father left in her.
Until she meets Dominic.
After jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, his secret and her issues create a dark and damaged energy that will soon turn their attraction to each other into an explosive storm.
Even though when the clouds have cleared and the dust has settled, both of them are almost obliterated… they’ve learned a priceless lesson.
Sometimes, before we fall… we fly.

Review
Oh, the pain, the tears… the words. painfully captivating

Wow!! Yep, this book is by far, the best one of the year. I could not put it down, and I wanted more even when I finished!
I am so sad our local libraries doesn’t even have Courtney Cole, much less the beginning of the series, because I totally would load up on the other 2 books!
Dominic is so dark, mysterious, but he has so many walls up. Jacey knows something is bothering Dominic before he even tells her. She can read him like a book, and she is so sweet.
Before We Fall had me in tears, and I was fighting for everything. The story had me on the edge of my seat, squeezing tissues, putting my book down to clear my eyes so I could continue reading. However, these were not bad tears. These tears was tears of happiness, watching walls being torn down, frustration, and watching emotions fly across the pages. There was even parts where I caught myself smiling.
Jacey’s a powerful person, her will to give, and her passion is something that we should all live for. Jacey continues to push through life through the number of odds that was set out against her. However, she still smiled, loved surprises, and wanted to help everyone she could.
When Dominic and Jacey get together it is like immediately attraction, you can feel the “spark” before you even take off through the rest of the book. That “spark” only gets better as Jacey and Dominic intertwine through their own emotions, and heartache.
I completely will tell you to give this book a try! I am going to find the rest of the series, and I bet you will be looking for those books too! Now go, go, and Happy Reading!

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About the Author
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.
Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Forever. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: All Fired Up

AllFiredUpPublisher: Forever
Author: Kate Meader
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hot in the Kitchen #2
Review Source: NetGalley/Forever

★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Summary:
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?
. . . Tastes so, so good
Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn’t know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn’t part of the plan, but melting Cara’s icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

My Review:
I heard so many good things about this book. Once I seen it on NetGalley I knew I wanted to give it a try, especially with a cover like that. However, it took me like 3 days to finally finish this book. I loved the book once I got 80% into it. Hey, don’t judge me. I just felt the story line was dragging. There was a lot of times I would doze off while trying to read.
One thing I found boring was dragging Cara’s disease out, or maybe I am not familiar with it, or been around it to understand it, but goodness me, I thought I was going to poke my eye out with my e-reader. If only things would have happened sooner I think it would have caught my attention better. I also think talking about the issues, rather if they are hard or not, would be more realistic instead of these “issues” that came about because someone couldn’t be honest with someone. So with the dragged out situations, that didn’t need to happen, then the ending was rushed. Sigh, I loved the ending though.
There is one scene that I thought was great. It was the moment Shane got Cara in the kitchen and wanted her to just be herself. It was charming, and very sexy. Maybe I can get my husband to get me in the kitchen.
On a good note: The guys in this series are yummy delicious and the sex scenes are hot!

About the Author:
Kate writes sexy contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. FEEL THE HEAT (Jack and Lili) and ALL FIRED UP (Shane and Cara), the first two books in her Hot in the Kitchen series from Forever/Grand Central are now available. The third book, HOT AND BOTHERED (Tad and Jules), will be out in 2014.
Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Forever. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.