Happy New Years everyone! For New Years Day, I thought I would do a summary post for my Christmas Reading challenge. I read a variety of books this past December, so let’s see what I ended up with.
I started the challenge reading Naughty and Nice by Lauren Dane, Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, & Megan Hart. This book was a great start to the reading challenge! Naughty and Nice is a collection of 4 short stories with a Christmas theme and as the title suggests, two are sweet romances and 2 are more spicy. This book got a 4 out of 5. If you’ve finished holiday reading for now, pick it up next year!
The second book I picked up to read was Twas the Night by a Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes and Trish Jensen. This Christmas themed book was about 3 childhood friends trying to get home for the Christmas Eve wedding of their mentor. As weather worsened, their only choice was the Santa Bus – a group of seniors from their hometown travelling around bringing cheer to those less fortunate. This book was a sweet Christmas story. The men going home pick up their future wives on the trip and the seniors add a whole bunch of comedy to the story. This book got a 3 out of 5 rating.
The third book I read for the challenges was Together by Christmas by Nicola Cornick, Catherine George and Louise Allen. I picked up this book as I had just finished a book by Nicola Cornick and was completely blown away by this new-to-me author! Although I felt that all the stories had merit, the publishers put two Regency romances together with a contemporary (but set in England) story. I didn’t feel that that combination flowed well. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 for the individual stories, but if I had to judge the book on the whole I’d give it maybe a 2 out of 5 because it didn’t really work together.
The fourth book I read for the challenges was What She Really Wants for Christmas by Debbie Rawlins. As you can see from the picture, this is a Harlequin Blaze. I’ve had it on my TBR pile for quite some time. This is the last book in a series that was put out by Blaze in 2007 about a woman who walks away from her dream job and then tries to claim a lottery prize that her former coworkers win after she leaves. I enjoyed the series when I read it, but worked up such an animosity for Liza – the woman that walked away that I’ve been avoiding this book. Seems that I had good reason to avoid this book. At 2 out of 5 it was probably the worst book I read as part of this challenge 🙁
A Man for all Seasons by Heather MacAllister was a wonderfully cute Christmas story! This book is about two childhood friends who end up sharing a house. Marlie was dumped by her fiancee just as they were about to take possession of a house they had built, and Tyler moves in to help Marlie make her mortgage. Since Marlie keeps interfering with his love life, he wins a series of Christmas dates for her (to get her out of the house!) This story is funny and very cute! A good quick read for my challenge. It rated a 4 out of 5.
A Highlander for Christmas by Sandy Blair was the last book I managed to read in the time period. I loved this time travel Christmas themed book. Sandy Blair was a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! In this book Claire brings Sir Cameron to the 21st century by opening a puzzle box she has inherited from a friend. I’ve read lots of time travel romances in the past and have often been left with the thought that there were too many holes in the story to be realistic. Although I’m aware I’m reading fiction, how would someone transport to the future really survive without Identification, for example. No driver’s license, no birth certificate, no passport. What would the person do to support themselves in their new time period? Details like this make or break a book for me, sadly. I’m happy to report that Sandy Blair has created a wonderful story with all the details logically taken care of 🙂 I gave this book a 4 out of 5. Well worth the read 🙂