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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Jill

~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Jill Shalvis + Christmas stories = Happiness!

That’s really all you have to know. MERRY AND BRIGHT is a Jill Shalvis orgy of her Christmas stories compiled together in one book. That being said, you may want t...
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Jill Shalvis + Christmas stories = Happiness!

That’s really all you have to know. MERRY AND BRIGHT is a Jill Shalvis orgy of her Christmas stories compiled together in one book. That being said, you may want to check and see if you’re already read these stories before since they are reprints of older titles. I haven’t read them and I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect since they are older works of my favourite author, but once I cracked into it, I realized that I had nothing to worry about. ALL the stories in this anthology are wonderfully written and sweet. I would definitely recommend this to Shalvis fans.

FINDING MR. RIGHT – 4 stars

Maggie Bell is a sweet and smart chemist who spews useless, but actually quite interesting information when she is nervous. When in the presence of a bad boy named Jacob, the normally composed brainiac suddenly turns into goo. It’s actually quite endearing and made me fall instantly in love with Maggie’s character. Jacob, the hero is a sinful bad boy who loves talking dirty. I can tell you I had absolutely no complaints about that!

In this short, but scorching story, Shalvis really displays her talents as a writer. I don’t know how she is able to create such chemistry in such a short amount of time, but she nails it in this first kick-off story to the anthology.

The only thing I would say is that it wraps up a little too quickly in the end, but the romance is fabulous!

BAH, HANDSOME! – 4 stars

Another sweet and sexy story by Shalvis takes a financially struggling B&B owner named Hope and her solicitor Danny and puts them together in a snow storm. With the help of Hope’s friend, Lori and her husband, Ben, they bring the two haters together until all there is is love!

I adored Lori’s presence in this story. She added so much life and fun moments to the story. Hope’s character was more on the anal, uptight side and I didn’t like how she constantly rejected Danny’s offers for help. In the end, this story had so many LOL moments and some wonderfully cute and sweet moments as well, making it a perfect read for the holidays!

MS. HUMBUG – 4 stars

What happens when you put a recently betrayed woman with a rebel in nice shoes? Explosive chemistry, that’s what! Shalvis does it again with this short story featuring Cami and Matt.

This story felt the shortest of them all, but it still packs quite the punch! The banter between Cami and Matt is so entertaining to read that I was smiling from ear-to-ear. There’s just so much heart in Shalvis’s stories that when you add the Christmas element to it all, it just makes for a delicious treat fit for the holidays!

*Review copy provided by publisher

posted by Under_The_Covers_BookBlog on November 7, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis Love that this book actually ha

Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis
Love that this book actually has three stories from Jill included.
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Finding Mr. Right
This book is about Maggie and she's a chemist and knows tons of random facts on any subject. She's given up on her social life to get to where she's a...
Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis
Love that this book actually has three stories from Jill included.
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Finding Mr. Right
This book is about Maggie and she's a chemist and knows tons of random facts on any subject. She's given up on her social life to get to where she's at. She meets the contractor on the job working on the companies renovations and realizes Jacob who was once in her chemistry class is the contractor.
Her sister wants a Christmas gift that Maggie will have sex with Mr. Wrong and Jacob hears their conversation and wants the job and before you know it, things get out of hand and her sister has her wish come true. Problem is someone was in the office at the time and she's not sure what's missing.
Hot steamy sex and trouble when she learns her tire is flat-Jacob tells her it's been slashed. They find more trouble at her house and notify the police. They can't keep their hands off one another...
Love hearing the technical side of her work and things she's uncovered.
Love the mystery and the lots of sex combination.
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Bah, Handsome!
Hope O'Brien runs the B&B outside of Denver, CO and business is not really good.
One stormy night a man appears-one of her girlfriends wishes her up a man with that knows how to use his sexual organs.
Her step brothers accountant Danny Shaw, and he's not there to give her an extension. She intends to send the money and reassures him of that.
For now he's stuck at the B&B and offers to help her-look over her financial records. She refuses and puts on a good face-til the water freezes up the next morning.
Ben and Lori who live the next place over could help but the pipes are just one thing that's gone wrong. The whole places needs a major uplift. Hot steamy sex scenes.
They get locked in the basement where the radiator is on and they start taking off layers of clothes...Ben and Lisa also come up with some ideas to get the two of them to spend time with one another.
Danny leaves the firm and loves the country and plans for the B&B and wants to help her out of a jam...
Misunderstandings get straightened out ...
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Ms. Humbug
City planner Cami Bennett is going to the Christmas party and all she can think about is O's, organization and order and of course organisms.
Before she leaves she heads to the ladies room and encounters a couple having sex in the stall. She thinks it's Matt the mayor because of the shoes. Later at the party she is upstairs going through files and she thinks it's Ned behind the mask and it appears as if it's not him at all.
Lots of miscommunications and they get to talk to learn why she thinks it's him that is spreading rumors. Hot steamy sex and they do team up to combat the culprit. They are taken unawares and a gun is pointed at them when they realize they have gone too far....
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I enjoy holiday reads but found the sex just a bit over the top and distracting from the story.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review.

posted by jbarr5 on November 8, 2013

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