Monday, July 15, 2013

Christmas In July, Pt. Two

Hey Y'all,

Like hot cowboys and Christmas? Then this edition of the Christmas in July series is for you! Today's selection is A Texas Christmas featuring Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, & DeWanna Pace and then Holiday Hideout featuring Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, & Julie Kenner.

On to the review!

Description from GoodReads: 

In the Texas Panhandle, the winters are long, the storms fierce--and the Yuletide nights are sizzling. "New York Times" bestselling author Jodi Thomas along with Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace, bring you one tempting holiday delight. . .
On the eve before Christmas a blizzard arrived, transforming a small Texas town into a night to remember. Four ladies desperately in need of saving, four hard-ridin' cowboys who aim to please. . . When a lone farmer strides to a pretty store owner's rescue, their deepest wishes just might come true. . . A brave heiress can't believe a rugged angel is riding out of the night to save her and her fellow train passengers--until she gets him under the mistletoe. . . A quiet loner wants to help a stranded widow have a holiday to remember. . . And a female saloon owner tired of being scorned by respectable folk gets some very naughty help from a handsome greenhorn. . .
Review: If you are a fan of western romances, this is the perfect anthology. The men are hot, the women are strong and at about 100 pages a piece, the stories were short and sweet. This is a good but quick read, perfect for travel or just passing the time while on vacation.

4/5 Stars

Description from GoodReads:

"The Thanksgiving Fix" by Vicki Lewis ThompsonFinding Mr. Right is the furthest thing from Beth Davis's mind when the Reno professor takes Thanksgiving break at a colleague's Lake Tahoe cabin. Until Coinneach McFarland arrives to fix a suspicious leak. It looks like somebody's playing matchmaker for two people sworn to stay single. But as things heat up, Beth is astonished to find she has discovered her soul mate just as she'd given up looking.

"The Christmas Set-Up" by Jill Shalvis

Competing architects Zoe and Jason have two weeks to come up with the design to win a coveted new project. But when a snowstorm strands them together at a secluded cabin, Zoe sees her chance to show Jason how she really feels. With romance blooming under the mistletoe, can she get the gorgeous Scrooge into the true Christmas spirit?

"The New Year's Deal" by Julie Kenner

Five years ago, Cleo Daire and Josh Goodson said goodbye and went their separate ways. But first they made a promise to reunite. Now the ex-lovers are spending New Year's Eve in a romantic cabin, where passion takes them by surprise and long-wished-for dreams can sometimes come true.

Review: Okay, the premise for this anthology is that the cottage at which all of the couples wind up staying at, seems to give couples the push needed to revive a relationship or confess their feelings for one another. Normally I'd roll my eyes and move right on down the book aisle. But my logic takes a hike where Christmas is concerned and as they say: It's the most magical time of the year. So with that in mind, I gave Holiday Hideout a chance and was very pleased with how well the three stories actually worked out. It reminded me of a movie I saw, The Holiday ft. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, two women who switch houses at Christmas to get away from all of the drama in their regular lives and wind up falling in love. *girly sigh* Definitely would recommend!

4/5 Stars 

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