Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Release Date: Nov 15, 2010
Source: I requested from NetGalley to read and review
TWAS THE NIGHT was co-written by three very successful and well-known romance authors: Sandra Hill, Trish Jensen and Kate Holmes. Collectively they have published dozens of novels and are brand names to a very large romance-reading audience.
This sexy, funny and fast-paced romance novel is perfect for light reading during the holidays. Three irresistible guys are trying to get home for Christmas across the snowbound northeast roads. The last chartered bus out of Philadelphia is full of rambunctious senior citizens who call themselves the Santa Brigade. Their fearless driver (a woman) is a retired NASCAR racer.
Our heroes hop a ride with the Brigade and immediately (Christmas magic?) they collide with three fellow hitchhikers who are women from their pasts: these gorgeous gals have not forgotten or forgiven old heartaches, and so it’s going to be a very long night on the bus . . .
Twas the Night is a book that I requested from NetGalley for the Christmas Reading Challenge I’m participating in and also because I’ve not read anything from these three authors before and I was curious.
As the blurb says, this story is about three men who are childhood friends trying to get back to the small town in which they grew up, so that they can attend the Christmas Eve wedding of their mentor George. For various reasons, they each need a method to get back to Snowden and the only way of getting through the snow storm is on the “Santa Bus”. Sam, a Blue Angel pilot arranges to parachute to the bus to impress Reba his old girlfriend, whom he has never forgotten. Kevin (or JD) is the private investigator who brings Callie-a woman whom he’s been hired to find and take into custody for failing to show at a criminal trial in NY-on the bus. Stan the injured pro football player, was asked by George to pick up Dana, whom he calls the forest ranger, and bring her to the wedding. When the roads are closed, Stan and Dana take her snowmobile to meet the bus so that they can get to the wedding on time. The Santa Brigade is on the bus and is a bunch of senior citizens who travel around the area bringing Christmas cheer to people in need.
Somewhere I read that this book is created by three authors each writing a chapter in turn. As you read through the book each chapter is labeled with either Sam, Kevin or Stan, but they follow an orderly progression of time from when Sam joins the bus to when they arrive at George’s wedding. Each chapter is told from one couple’s point of view. The other characters may be mentioned, but only as observed by the main character of the chapter. I don’t know for sure if what I read was true, but if it is, these three authors have created a very cohesive book! It certainly reads as if written by one person.
All three men come from disadvantaged backgrounds and most of the seniors on the bus were adults when the men were kids. They witnessed all the shenanigans that went on, and are proud of what them men have made of their lives. As the men work their way through their various issues and convince the women to fall in love with them, their feisty seniors add unwanted advice, and general hilarity! All of this is told with vivid clarity. One could just shut one’s eyes and picture the various seniors and what was going on on that bus!
This book is a feel-good heart-warming book for the Christmas season! A lovely book to curl up by a fire with!