28 October 2013

Five stars for Heating Up the Holidays, a collection by Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers, & Serena Bell

When I received Heating Up the Holidays, a collection of three novels by Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers, Serena Bell, I think I was expecting some hot holiday romances. Well I received those, plus a lot more. For me, these stories weren't really holiday-themed, but themed about the deeper meaning of love - which I guess is the true message of the holidays, right?

Very rarely do I find myself having to stop reading a book as it's so difficult for me to process the emotions that have been raised by the story, but Mary Ann Rivers' beautiful and haunting Snowfall achieved that. The story is beautifully written, but it's hard to convey the depth of feeling that left me in tears at the end. I will be on the lookout for more of Ms. Rivers' titles because she is one talented and amazing author.

I love reading Lisa Renee Jones' books as they're usually hot, have fabulous characters, and the story rocks. Well, Play with Me has all those qualities and again, was a tear jerker. I loved to love this and it was the perfect story to put at the front of this collection as once you read it, you knew this wasn't your traditional holiday collection, but something a little more.

The collection concludes with Serena Bell's After Midnight and, may I say, that this collection makes women scientists and science teachers amazingly sexy. Look out Larry Summers as Hot for the Holidays should inspire more women to enter the science field. Meeting at a New Years Eve party our hero and heroine kiss at midnight and then like Cinderella, Miles disappears. Eventually thanks to some social media intervention, they find one another again, but all is not smooth sailing. Again, the emotions that Bell conveys are powerful and beautiful.

I highly, highly recommend this book, not just for the holidays, but for permanent placement on your bookshelf. I know I'll be pulling it out again to re-read when I truly desire some powerful emotional support - as that is what those stories provided for me. Five stars atop the tree for this hot, sexy, and moving collection by three absolutely talented authors.

From the Publisher

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle (Play with Me, Snowfall, and After Midnight), A Loveswept Contemporary Romance
By Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers, Serena Bell
Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
ISBN 9780804178402
Price $2.99

As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.


The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.