Review: All He Wants for Christmas

cover-all he wantsTitle: All He Wants for Christmas
Authors: Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Laura Wright, Skye Jordan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Contains: 6 novellas
Available: Dec 1st

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From six of your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year!

MELT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton

Yuletide Spirits pub owner Ella McKinley doesn’t do holidays. Not after everything she lost on a cold, snowy night long ago. In fact, she’d be perfectly happy if the calendar jumped from November to January, bypassing December all together. Then rock’s latest “it” guy, Tate Kendrick, rolls into town, and though Ella tries to resist his wicked charm, the heat they once shared flares hotter than ever. When trouble linked to the rock star strikes at her pub, Ella suddenly starts to wonder if the return of her first love is a holiday miracle or nothing more than her nightmare before Christmas.

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Meg Anderson has returned to her home in Holly, North Carolina after she discovered her relationship with Dylan Cain was nothing more than a lie. The last thing she expects is for Dylan to be her new tenant. Or the realization that he might be the only thing standing between her and a killer…

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

Billionaire Back In Town: Gabriel Fox is a ruthless, heartless, soulless grinch. His only goal in coming to Holly, North Carolina is to ruin Carol Cardini’s Christmas. Like she ruined his—and his life—ten years ago. Now that her business is in trouble, he’s finally found the way. But the beautiful owner of Christmas Carol’s Shop and Crafts won’t allow her dream to be destroyed. Not by revenge, and certainly not by the sexiest man she’s ever known. She can, however offer an apology, and a chair at her holiday table. But can a grinch’s cold heart be warmed and healed by the love of a good woman—and the magic of Christmas spirit?

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan

NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than much needed family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough to win a woman deserving of forever?


Source: ARC from Skye Jordan/Indie Six via email

This collection of six Christmas romances are all set in the same town – Holly, North Carolina – where it might be Christmas 365 days a year, but this December brings an extra sprinkle of magic to six of the towns hardest working business women.

MELT FOR ME by Elisabeth Naughton is a cute second chance romance tale about a woman who hasn’t had much luck in recent years, and the sexy rock star she once let go from her life. Tate is sweet and gorgeous right from the beginning, while Ella is stressed and full of worries. Much as I enjoyed this tale, it was kind of spoilt by Ella’s habit of running away from everything. I kept expecting a big reason for why she sent Tate away all those years ago, but I didn’t get it. Overall this is nice, but Ella needed a good shake. (3.5 stars)

SWEET RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy is another second chance tale, this time pitching the nice local florist against the man who broke her heart six months before – with an added touch of stalker/crime plot. I enjoyed this one too, even if I think Meg forgave Dylan far too quickly. (3.5 stars)

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden was adorable with a side-order of danger. Jemma is sweet and nice, but extremely wary around men. Grayson is too sexy to resist. The pair of them are very sweet together and I liked how gentle Gray was with Jemma, without ever undermining her strength. The danger plot was okay, but given the short length of this book it did the best it could. (4 stars)

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus is a tale of two nice people getting together and finding happiness. It’s cute and fun and there isn’t really much else to say – except Jackson needed to grovel more after his foolish reaction to their first date. (4 stars)

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright was probably my least favourite of the whole bunch, because of Gabriel and his stupid revenge plot. It might have been nice to have actually found out what actually happened to him after he left Holly, because it never actually comes out. Carol is lovely and she deserves so much better than the way Gabriel treats her. It does have lots of sweet moments, but I never learned to like Gabriel. (3 stars)

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan was the whole reason why I picked up this collection, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. At first I wasn’t all that keen on Faith and her attitude, but I liked Meier and the way he wormed his way into her heart. The pair of them are adorable together and I loved how their romance unfolded. It’s cute and enjoyable and everything I’d expect from a Skye Jordan story. (4 stars)

The collection finished with a joint Epilogue that revisited each of the couples as they celebrate New Years Eve at the pub, rounding everything off with a lovely, feel-good touch.

So overall this was cute and Christmassy, sexy and sweet, with a few moments of suspense and danger to spice things up. The setting of Holly brought everything together really nicely (even if I was sad that the sheriff didn’t get his own tale – I kept hoping), and the whole thing was charming and enjoyable. A fine escape to help get you in the seasonal mood, complete with snow, sleighing and sinful chocolates. A real festive treat.


All He Wants for Christmas is out December 1st!
Visit Elisabeth NaughtonAlexandra IvyCynthia Eden,
Katie ReusLaura Wright or Skye Jordan for more details.

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