Snowbound at Christmas Anthology

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Published by on November 15, 2016
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Pages: 384
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When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country, three couples find once off-limits love just in time for Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and Lia Riley.

Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan

At sixteen, Abigail gave Dex the gift of a lifetime, but the cost of it was more than he ever knew. Now she's back in town with a secret that has been ten years in the making and this time it s Dex s turn to make the ultimate sacrifice or risk losing her forever.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Mia Landry has always had it bad for brooding cowboy Devlin Grayson. Too bad he s her best friend s older brother. But when they find themselves snowed in at Copper Ridge Lodge, Mia finally has the chance to tell the man of her dreams exactly what she wants him.

Hot Winter s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley

While Brightwater is being covered in snow, Goldie Flint is stuck in her flower shop. She never expected her hero to be Kit Kane, the former love of her life. Kit knows that what he had with Goldie isn t just in the past and with the help of a little bet, an ornery grandmother, and a lot of snow, he s ready to show her that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance.

This anthology made me want to grab a hot chocolate and sit in front of a roaring fire. Alas, here in Las Vegas, it was only like 65 degrees. But it was still fun to get in the mood for winter and snow and Christmas.

 

Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan-3 stars

This story was well, close to perfect. Bad pun aside, it had a lot of elements that I liked. My problem was with the heroine. She was perfect. Abby had a hard life growing up. Dex recognized how awesome she was, and they fell in love. But something happened, and they never saw each other again…until now.

Abby has come back to her hometown, and Dex has never forgotten her. Dex wants to pick up where they left off, but it’s not that easy. Abby has secrets. But even with her secrets, I felt like she was perfect. Not in the good way, but in the wow, she’s way too perfect way. She overcame adversity, she got a great job, she has the perfect comebacks, she was forgiven very easily…it just seemed…too perfect. I don’t know, maybe it was just me.

I liked it, but it didn’t exactly make me love it. I have two other Jennifer Ryan books, and I’ll probably read them, but I’m not chomping at the bit.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates- 5 stars

I loved this story. We have a best friend’s brother trope here, and it works so well. It’s fun, sexy, and sassy. What could beat that? It also has a moment where you want to beat the hero upside the head, but don’t worry, he comes to his senses.

Hot Winter’s Night by Lia Riley-2 stars

There was too much going on for this to be a novella. Way too much. There’s a lot of back story and a lot of angst and anger and feelings, yet for a novella? just not enough.

I know how hard it is to have a limited word count and make a pair of characters fall in love. Trust me, I do. So I see the draw of giving your characters a history. But there was so much history and anger and hurt feelings that I feel this particular plot should have had a full length novel. This novella didn’t do it justice.

***ARC courtesy of Avon Books

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