Saturday, December 7, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Christmas to Remember"

Christmas to Remember by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, + Marilyn Pappano
Publisher: Forever Yours (December 3, 2013) 
Genre: Contemporary Romance (holiday)

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?

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Kame's Review:

This was a great anthology, a good group of Christmas themed novellas all with a nice heartwarming story.

“Dream a Little Dream” by Jill Shalvis
A Christmas installment in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. Ian and Melissa were friends with benefits a few months ago. Ian had hoped the relationship with move to serious but Melissa had other ideas. A major event brings them together again. Even in this short format I was pull into the small town. My heart raced with the anxious moments and sang with the happy ones. I haven’t read many Lucky Harbor books but this novella made me intent on reading more in this series.

“Every Year” by Kristen Ashley
I will admit this is the reason I got this anthology. I love Kristen Ashley’s Chaos series and Shy and Tabby are some of my favorite characters. This novella is different from the others in that this couple has already found love, it is a continuation of their story; it is a look at Shy and Tabby’s first Christmas together. It is a scene that might bring a tear to the eyes of fans of the series. This first Christmas is so important as for Shy it is the first one in a long time that was filled with love.

“Silent Night” by Hope Ramsay
This is an installment in the Last Chance series. Daniel has come to his family home to finish boxing up things so he could put it up for sale. He thought he would be alone, but was surprised to find Maryanne and her baby in the barn. I have not read a book in this series before and the little glimpse has peaked my interest.  I want to read more and see more of Daniel and Maryanne’s HEA.

“Have Yourself A Messy Little Christmas” by Molly Cannon
Lincoln is a workaholic and his mother wants to make sure the house is ready for Christmas, so she hires Dinah to come organize the house. At first Lincoln is irked with the invasion, but the more time Dinah spends time in the house the more his heart warms, to the point he misses her when she isn’t there. This was a unique plot and I enjoyed every word.

“A Family for Christmas” by Marilyn Pappano
A novella set in the Tallgrass series by Marily Pappano introduces us to Jared and Ilena. Jared has come to Tallgrass to be the new pediatrician.  He was motivated more by getting away from his over achieving family than the draw of a small town. Ilena considers Tallgrass a city compared to where she came from in Texas. She has built a family of friends, deciding to stay on in the town after her husband was killed during his deployment. It has become home. They do share a spark, but Jared’s family is unwavering in their attempt to lure him back to NYC. This novella had the sweetest ending and I will definitely be checking out this series.

This is a fantastic anthology to purchase for a few moments of Christmas spirit during the bustle of the holiday season. A Christmas to Remember is a great way to spend a short time relaxing near your Christmas tree or a roaring fire. All the novellas can be read in about one hour. This is one anthology I will keep to read again!

      4 1/2 STARS!

Kame received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) What a wonderful holiday collection!

Which of these lovely authors have you read before? Do you enjoy holiday anthologies, or full-length holiday romances?

Oh, and this anthology is only $1.99


Until Next Time,


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Thanks Kame , great review. I've been wondering about this anthology.

Kame said...

Pat - you need to get it for will warm your heart!