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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455529933
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 78,466
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

You can learn more at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake.

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

You can learn more at:
KristenAshley.net
Twitter @KristenAshley68
Facebook.com/kristenashleybooks

Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.

You can learn more at:
MarilynPappano.com
Twitter, @MarilynPappano
Facebook.com/MarilynPappanoFanPage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Plot spoilers, we dont care that you got your book from the publisher, or from arc or wherever, please stop revealing the entire story in your review. You may have gotten your book for free, but we have to buy our book, and when you tell everything, you ruin the book for other readers. Please stop.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: REVIEW: A cute little feel-

    Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream:
    REVIEW: A cute little feel-good story. Although predictable, it still made me go all teary-eyed one moment and smile the next. I enjoyed this quick read with its steamy romance.
    Kristen Ashley, Every Year
    REVIEW: This lovely story was about 24 hours of a CHAOS family Christmas. For those who have read the books, it is Shy and Lan’s first happy family Christmas since they were children. The story was warm, heartfelt and still packed in some hot romance. I loved it.
    Hope Ramsay, Silent Night:
    REVIEW: This was a rather melancholy story with a happy hopeful ending. If you like stories about fate and destiny, then you will like reading how they found not only each other on Christmas Eve but that dreams do come true.
    Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas
    REVIEW: This was a cute little story showing how opposites do attract. I liked it but wish the characters were more developed.
    Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas:
    REVIEW: This was one of those little romances that make you go awww and leaves you smiling.
    NOTE: Each author also added an excerpt from their upcoming novels. They were a nice little peek into what is coming.
    ***ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

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    These were good and fun to read, but not great. I really enjoyed

    These were good and fun to read, but not great. I really enjoyed Kristen Ashley's part, but the others were just okay. It's always nice to catch up on your favorite people, though.:)

    +Copy provided via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Not worth it

    The stories were too short, this book is mostly to sell you on the authors next full lenght novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2014

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    Dream a Little Dream Mel just barely lives through a fire at her

    Dream a Little Dream
    Mel just barely lives through a fire at her apartment complex. Giving her a new determination to right the mistakes she’s made. But will the sexy firefighter who saved her be able to forgive her for past transgressions and make this a Christmas to remember?
    Review: So adorable! I loved this sweet little book, my only wish is that it hadn’t moved so quickly!

    Author: Jill Shalvis
    Grade: A
    Steam: Adult
    Series: Lucky Harbor, 8.5

    Every Year
    It’s their first Christmas together and it’s time to start replacing horrific memories with happy ones but Shy and Landon don’t do happy. Can the Allen’s give these boys a Christmas to remember?
    Review: I really didn’t enjoy this book. It was cute but didn’t seem to have a plot and the foul language was distracting.

    Author: Kristen Ashley
    Grade: D
    Steam: Lots of cursing and steam
    Series: Chaos, 2.5

    Silent Night
    Maryanne is homeless and running to the last place she has any happy memories – Last Chance. But when her car breaks down miles outside of town and the family homestead is in ashes she has no where left to go but to a handsome neighbor. And, he’s one of those do-gooders!
    Review: LOVED IT! This book was cute and sweet. Romantic and Christmassy. A perfect hour spent by the fire.

    Author: Hope Ramsay
    Grade: A
    Steam: YA
    Series: Last Chance, 6.5

    Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas
    Lincoln can’t believe his mother would do this! She hired a professional organizer to spruce up the place before coming home for the holidays! Maybe this adorable little elf will help him get back some of the Christmas Spirit Lincoln didn’t realize he’d lost.
    Review: Aww. I loved Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas! Just couldn’t put it down. The plot was new and different plus Dinah & Linc were just fun!

    Author: Molly Cannon
    Grade: A
    Steam: Adult (It’s there but not too descriptive)
    Series: Everson, Texas, .5

    A Family for Christmas
    Growing up with Dr Mom and Dr Dad specialists that make sure everyone knows their importance was ok, Jared didn’t know any better. But from the moment he sees Ilena the elf Jared starts questioning his prestigious big city upbringing and working in Tallgrass Oklahoma as a small time pediatrician becomes more than just rebellion.
    Review: A Family for Christmas was a cute ending to the “A Christmas to Remember” set. I enjoyed it but didn’t LOVE it. I don’t know why but I just never felt like I was part of the story.

    Author: Marilyn Pappano
    Grade: B+
    Steam: Adult-ish | It’s really non-specific and light
    Series: Tallgrass, 1.5

    Hott Review:

    What I liked: A Christmas to Remember is a great Christmas romance. I’ll definitely keep this on the shelf, two of these were absolutely re-readable!
    What I didn’t like: Actually, I didn’t enjoy the excerpts for the novels. For me, those were just wasted space since I won’t read excerpts. (I don’t like starting a book I Can’t finish right away.)

    More…

    Source: Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley (I think it’s been there a while…)
    Grade: B+
    Steam: Overall, Adult. If you don’t want more than that then skip Every Year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Great!

    I've only read the story about Chaos, but it was awesome!

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

    I love anthologies and novella collections!!  It's a great way

    I love anthologies and novella collections!!
     It's a great way to get a feel for an author's writing style and to meet the characters in ongoing series or series
     
    about families.  
     I enjoyed all the stories in this collection, most especially the Lucky Harbor short.
     
    Upon finishing the book, I bought the book that was excerpt "Once in a lifetime."
    Ebook provided by NetGalley for honest review.

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

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    I'm undecided on whether or not I really like anthologies.  Usua

    I'm undecided on whether or not I really like anthologies.  Usually there's an author whose books I'm familiar with, so they're the reason why I pick it up.  There's not always a guarantee I'm going to enjoy all of the stories, but more often than not I do, and find new authors to read in the process.




    From this anthology, I loved the wide range of stories.  I don't think it'd be fair to go through and rate each story individually, but I'd like to write a few lines about what I thought about each one.




    Jill Shalvis's Dream a Little Dream: I really liked how the story came full circle for Melissa and Ian, from being friends with benefits to nothing, to find each other again, but in a better way.  The story was very fast paced and I really enjoyed it.




    Kristen Ashley's Every Year: This story made me cry.  I'm familiar with Tack, Tyra, Shy, Tabby, and now a little with Landon.  I loved seeing the Christmas Day they had and seeing the guys all go out and put together a Christmas gift for the little ones.  I loved seeing the love in the family and knowing Shy and Landon would once again be part of a family.




    Hope Ramsay's Silent Night: My favorite thing about this story was the magic of a Christmas miracle.  My heart really went out to Maryanne and all she was struggling with.  I did think however the relationship moved too fast, but I tend to be a little skeptical like that.




    Molly Cannon's Have Yourself a Messy Christmas: I thought this story was adorable.  I liked seeing Lincoln come to realize change wasn't so bad.  It was cute and funny, and there was some steam too.




    Marilyn Pappano's A Family for Christmas: This was just so precious.  It's the first story I've read by Marilyn, but it quickly became apparent Ileana had been mentioned previously in other books.  I really enjoyed seeing the good doctor realize maybe not everything he wanted and needed was in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Dusk

    My past rps: <br>
    ~ Jaystorm of StoneClan<br>
    ~ Ivytalon of EverClan <br>
    ~ Coalflare and Eagleflight of LavaClan<br>
    ~ Kourra and Vorruna of several Star Wars rps<br>
    ~ Summer Dawn of 'ism'<br>
    ~ Dashwind of LightningClan<br>
    ~ Raptor (several places)<br>
    ~ others I can't remember<p>
    Current rps: <br>
    ~ Ashenheart of BirchClan<br>
    ~ Dusk Shadow of 'ism' and 'patb'<br>
    ~ Dusk (anywhere else)

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

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    I just love Christmas anthologies and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER wa

    I just love Christmas anthologies and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER was better than most. It starts off strong, sweet and romantic with Jill Shalvis's DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (Lucky Harbor novella) where broken-hearted firefighter Ian O'Mallery gets a second chance to prove their love is worth keeping to salon owner and commitment phobic Melissa Mann after a near fatal accident.

    Next in EVERY YEAR (A Chaos novella) by Kristen Ashley we're given a great story about the happy, healing power of the Christmas spirit and the love of family as the Allen's share their Christmas traditions with Shy and Landon Cage.

    Then in SILENT NIGHT (Last Chance novella) by Hope Ramsay she offers a sweet story of two people, Maryanne Carpenter,a young homeless mother and attorney, Daniel Jessup, who has lost everyone he loves, alone and lost in the world. The miracle of them finding each other is well-written and very touching.

    Then in Molly Cannon's HAVE YOURSELF A MESSY LITTLE CHRISTMAS (Everson, TX novella) was a cute story about bachelor Lincoln Jones. An accountant with a sharp eye for books but scattered house in need of professional organizer, Dinah Mason. This one was a little rushed at the end, but sweet.

    Lastly in A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS(Tallgrass novella) by Marilyn Pappano gives a story about cute little Christmas elf and war widow, Ilena Gomez who expects to spend Christmas alone with her infant son. But when handsome new pediatrician, Jared Connors moves to town he is immediately smitten and despite his parents plans for his future, he has other plans in mind with her and her son.

    ~ I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    A little disappointing

    I purchased this book for the Kristen Ashley story and was a little disappointed. I realize it was a short story, but it lacked the depth that makes Kristen Ashley's stories so great. I read a couple of the other stories and had no problem switching to another book. Luckily it wasn't very expensive.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Dream a Little Dream (Lucky Harbor #8.5) by Jill Shalvis ~ 5 st

    Dream a Little Dream (Lucky Harbor #8.5) by Jill Shalvis ~ 5 stars
    I loved, LOVED this story!!! Then again I'm a fan of Jill Shalvis and especially her Lucky Harbor books.

    Melissa is not one to commit and even though, or maybe especially because, she has developed some feelings for Ian she wants to keep her distance from him. Fate had other plans, unfortunately. After a rather dangerous turn of events Melissa admits she needs Ian in her life. Now the problem was in trying to convince him of getting together with her after she rejected him.

    Through funny moments, entertaining dialogue and inner musings, Jill Shalvis brought Ian and Melissa's connection to the page. They already had the basis of it, they just had to admit to what they were feeling and let it bloom. And bloom they did! Their chemistry jumped off the page and when they finally, FINALLY got together it was as wonderful as all the other events that took place throughout the story.

    Short, but sweet with all the elements I've come to expect of her stories, Dream a Little Dream was my favorite of the set of stories.

    Every Year (Chaos #2.5) by Kristen Ashley ~ 5 stars
    I enjoyed visiting Shy and Tabby and the Chaos family, including Shy's brother, Landon. It was good to see Shy and Tabby moving forward in their relationship, but I mostly enjoyed knowing more about Shy and Landon.

    As told in Own the Wind , Shy and Landon didn't have the greatest moments after their parents' murder. It was touching to see how deeply their hurt was, especially over the holidays. I was especially glad to see how they made the effort to let go of the past and enjoy the moment they shared with their new-found family.

    All in all, a great addition to the Chaos series with sweet, tender moments and of course some funny and lustful one's too!

    Silent Night by Hope Ramsay ~ 2 stars
    I had a hard time getting through this story. Maybe is was the insta-love concept, the setting or the characters, I can't put my finger on it. On the one hand it was sweet and 'holiday-ish' with its barn and the baby and Mary, which set the mood. But on the other there was the conflicting emotions of two characters that spent most of their time thinking for themselves and not communicating with each other. And if they did, it was implied which kind of turned me off the story because I had nothing to hold on to when I was looking to connect to them.

    Although the story was not for me, Silent Night was still a sweet story about a man and a woman finding a chance to start anew together.

    Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas by Molly Cannon ~ 3 stars
    This was a fun story. I enjoyed the heroine's humor and watching Lincoln all flustered over his attraction to her and having his stuff organized. I wish I had seem them interact a bit more, but at least their chemistry was great. Although I didn't connect to them fully, their banter was entertaining and enough to keep me interested in the outcome of their story.

    All in all, a fun holiday read.

    A Family for Christmas by Marilyn Pappano ~ 4 stars
    This was a nice story to read. I enjoyed learning Ilena's story and watching her open up to new possibilities with Jared, the new doctor in town. Their interactions were fun and entertaining and their connection although not completely explored, was developed enough for me to at least believe that they had a chance at something. I would have preferred to see them interact a bit more before emotions came into play, but other than that I wouldn't change anything about them coming together.

    All in all, a heartwarming story of new beginnings for two people who were not looking for a relationship.

    *I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    Actual book ratings are between 3 & 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Kim
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    Dream a Little Dream ~ REVIEW

    I will admit, I'm behind on reading the Lucky Harbor Series. But I must also admit that this was a really good read to return to Lucky Harbor with. I don't know if Melissa and Ian have been mentioned in the other books, but I immediately fell in love with them.

    Melissa and Ian share a history. In fact, up until six months ago, they were friends with benefits until Melissa broke things off out of fear of committing too much to Ian. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa starts to question her past and decisions that she has made. Now, she's on a mission to win the heart of the man she loves and knows will always be there for her. This Christmas, Melissa and Ian's hopes and dreams are about to come true.

    Every Year ~ REVIEW

    Every Year is the first book I’ve read from Kristen Ashley. I have to say, I like her writing style, but I’m not a fan of the story. While I found the story to be enjoyable, I think I would have liked it better if I would have been familiar with the characters, from reading the first book in the Chaos Series, Own the Wind.

    Told in first person by Tabitha (aka Tabby), Every Year is more of the story of Tabby and Parker’s (aka Shy) first Christmas together as a couple. I have a feeling that I’m missing a lot of background info, since these two have some sort of past that maybe they saved each other from. What I do get is that Shy and his brother Landon had a less than ideal childhood, after their parents were killed. As a result, Christmas wasn’t always good for them but they are slowly working on being happy and realizing that they have a right to be happy.

    Another thing that I’m sure of is that Tabby is extremely thankful and in love with Shy, just as he is she.

    Silent Night ~ REVIEW

    Taking a wrong turn is about to lead Maryanne Carpenter to the man of her dreams. Maryanne is a single mother who is more than down on her luck. She doesn’t have any money, she has a crappy old car and has just been kicked out of her apartment in Alabama. With no where else to go, Maryanne is making a Christmas Eve journey to Last Chance, South Carolina hoping that her cousin, whom she hasn’t seen in twenty years still remembers her and will allow her to stay with her.

    Daniel Jessup is a divorced lawyer living in Atlanta. Originally from Last Chance, Daniel is back on this Christmas Eve to just escape Christmas and the ghosts of his past. He’s also preparing to put his family’s farm on the market. All in all, Daniel is just a man who is more or less just surviving life instead of living it.

    After running out of gas, Maryanne ends up walking to what she believes is the Carpenter farm, only to find no one home. When the rain becomes heavy, Maryanne takes shelter in a cold drafty barn. Maryanne and Daniel’s paths cross when Daniel hears baby Joshua’s cries and goes to investigate. Upon seeing the strangers, Daniel invites the two into the house. By Christmas Day, these two strangers will realize that the other is just who and what they need for their lives to be happy and complete.

    While in the end Maryanne and Daniel don’t proclaim their love to each other, you do get the feeling that one day down the road once they’re lives are sorted out they will. And surprisingly for me, that’s good enough at the moment.

    Hope Ramsay’s Silent Night is a wonderful read. The story will tug at your heart, but in a good non-heartbreaking way.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

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    I am a sucker for Down and Out Christmas stories. I don't partic

    I am a sucker for Down and Out Christmas stories. I don't particularly like this holiday but I love HEA stories. These stories don't let me down. I am glad I read them because I found 2 new authors. Now to keep my eyes peeled for more books by these authors!

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    ***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest

    ***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***




    Dream a Little Dream by Jill Shalvis




    Mel and Ian were both likable characters who were good together, but they’d met at a time when they needed different things. But things change, and when their paths cross again six months later, Mel and Ian are given a second chance.




    This was such a sweet read about how one moment can make you rethink the path your life has taken and what you could have done differently. Mel and Ian had obstacles in their personal life they needed to overcome. Ultimately, it was Ian’s patience with Mel and Mel helping Ian see that it’s not his job to save everyone that allow them to heal.




    This was my first Jill Shalvis book, and I’ve been wanting to try something of hers. I will definitely be delving into her back list!




    Every Year by Kristen Ashley




    And that’s how it’s done.




    I should have know that if anyone’s Christmas story was going to really move me, it would be Kristen Ashley’s.




    This may have been Shy and Tabby’s little story, but The Christmas Spirit really stole the show in this one. It was such a heart-warming story about restoring that feeling Christmas brings for people who’ve lost it, and in typical KA fashion, she’s done it flawlessly. And with steam! Lord knows how much I love my KA steam!




    KA fans aren’t going to want to miss out on this one, as she still brings that depth that’s in her longer stories to this one!




    Silent Night by Hope Ramsay




    While I enjoyed this story, I couldn’t help but think it was a bit of a missed opportunity.




    Both characters had pasts that were quite traumatic, and had they been given a longer story, I think I would have enjoyed it more. Maryanne was quite judgmental. I understand why, to a degree, given her past, but I needed more information in order for her character to become likable. I just never quite got there.




    I did appreciate the message in the story: no matter how bad you think things are, they could always be worse–and usually are–for someone else.




    Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas by Molly Cannon




    I thought the concept of this story was cute, but the heroine was too wishy-washy for me and the love scenes were more PG that I prefer. I don’t think there was much depth here, or rhyme or reason to why the her and heroine fell in love.




    A Family for Christmas by Marilyn Pappano




    I’m sorry to say this last story just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t feel a connection between the characters; it felt almost like anyone would do for Ilena, and Jared just happened to come along. There was no chemistry between the characters.




    I do, however, think Jared was very likable and had an interesting backstory.




    ***




    Overall, this was simply an OK read for me. The only standout in the bunch was Kristen Ashley’s story. I thought that one was a five star read. Jill Shalvis definitely got my attention with her short story, so I’ll definitely be checking more of hers out!

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Good Christmas Stories

    Highly recommended. Quick reads and sweet as can be.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

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    Title: A Christmas to Remember Authors: Kristen Ashley, Hope Ram

    Title: A Christmas to Remember
    Authors: Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsey, Marilyn Pappano, Jill Shalvis, &amp; Molly Cannon
    Publisher: Forever Yours
    Genre: Romance, Anthologies, Women Fiction, Chit Lit, Novellas
    Tags: + Anthologies / Collections, + Seasonal / Holiday
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Series: Chaos #2.5-Last Chance #6.5-Lucky Harbor #8.5-Everson, Texas #0.5-Tallgrass #1.5
    Rating: 4
    Review:

    &quot;A Christmas to Remember&quot; by four various authors was a short sweet Christmas anthologies that will really get you in mood for this holiday season. We are presented with five wonderful heartwarming Christmas reads as each of these authors will put you right into there unique stories. I found each character was very well developed, colorful with only one thing...a message for all.

    Here are the titles:

    Dream and Little Dream: Jill Shalvis...Will Melissa be able to get her sexy friend Ian back?

    Every year: Kristen Ashley...Will the Cage brothers finally get a gift of lifetime?

    Silent Night: Hope Ramsay...Will Maryanne be able to start over in &quot;Last Chance?&quot;

    Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas...Will Lincoln finally let the professional organizer do her job?

    A Family for Christmas: Marilyn Poppano...When the new doctor comes to town will Illena be able to get her secret Christmas wish?

    To get the answers to all of these question you must pick up the beautifully written stories to see how each author will present it to the readers.

    Be prepared for some wonderful stories that are so perfect for the Christmas holiday season and that I would definitely recommend to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Not worth the money

    This is just parts of books so if you want to pay for a forward of a book than pay for this. I wanted a book to read not parts of other books. Didn't even finish it.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    "A Christmas To Remember", an anthology of short holid

    &quot;A Christmas To Remember&quot;, an anthology of short holiday stories by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon and Marilyn Pappano.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this anthology via NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest reviews.

    &quot;Dream A Little Dream&quot; by Jill Shalvis
    This short story is set in Lucky Harbor, WA. I am a fan of the Lucky Harbor series and I always enjoy visiting this little town. Melissa and Ian had a &quot;friends with benefits relationship until Mellissa called it off because she was scared to risk her heart by taking the relationship to the next level. I an is in love with her and regrets her breaking it off. There's a fire, a rescue, soul searching for both of them and a Christmas puppy to help them celebrate their love.
    &quot;Every Year&quot; by Kristen Ashley
    I found this story to be a little confusing as I haven't read any of the Chaos books before this story. The cast of characters is quite large and any backstory would have been too lengthy to get a reader up to speed. Also, I got tired of Tabby calling Shy &quot;my man&quot;. The best part of the story was that Tabby's family was able to give Shy and his brother, Landon, something they hadn't enjoyed for many years - a family Christmas.
    &quot;Silent Night&quot; by Hope Ramsay
    A sweet story that is set in South Carolina. Maryanne is a broke single mom who decides to take her son, Joshua, to visit her cousin Jennie in hopes of a fresh start. She hasn't visited Last Chance in years so she's not really sure where she is going. She runs out of gas and takes refuge in a barn that she thinks is her cousin's. Danile Jessup is visiting his family home for one last Christmas before he sells it. He is along and lonely with no to share Christmas. Two people who have been hurt find love and a miracle in this story.
    &quot;Have a Messly Little Christmas&quot; by Molly Cannon
    Accountant Lincoln Jones and Organizer/Decorator Dinah Mason don't hit it off at first. Linc lives in his mom and dad's family home. His mom hires Dinah to organize and decorate the house for Christmas before they come back for the holidays. Linc and Dinah spend a lot of time together while she is working in the house and the chemistry begins to build. Molly did a good job of developing the characters in a short time. This story was cute and funny; and I enjoyed reading it.
    &quot;A Family For Christmas&quot; by Marilyn Pappano
    Dr. Jared Conors and Ilena Gomez are total opposites but when they meet the chemistry between begins. Jared has been guided by his doctor parents; but did rebel a little when he pick pediatrics and a small town practice. Ilena is a widow with a six month old son. She is practical;; and though still mourning her husband, she knows that she needs to move on with life for both her and her son. They hit some bumps along the road to getting to know each other; but the story is a Christmas story that does lift the heart.
    Each of these stories was followed by the author adding a blurb about a new book that will soon be released or a previously written book in the series. This anthology is a great opportunity for avid readers to find new authors. Some of these stories I enjoyed more than others but it was well worth my time to spend Christmas in these small towns.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man a

    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 . . .
    My Thoughts:  I recently discovered Jill Shalvis and quickly became a fan, which is the main reason I wanted to read this Christmas collection.  Dream a Little Dream was probably my favorite story in the book.  It is short, sexy, romantic, and is quite a satisfying and complete story, despite its novella length.  I mean a hot sexy firefighter....um yes!
    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 . . .

    My Thoughts:  This little story was actually the first thing I've read by Kristen Ashely and I must say that I loved it.  I have been hearing about her - especially from one of my favorite bloggers - Andrea at The Bookish Babe - and I knew I wanted to read one of her books and this little novella was the perfect story to wet my appetite and make me want more.  I've already gotten Own the Wind because I couldn't wait to read more of Shy and Tabby's story.  Every Year is another little novella that packs a punch in a small space and definitely made this worth reading.
    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.

    My Thoughts:  This was a sweet story, even if a little cheesy, but I enjoy cheesy sometimes.  I did like the feel of the nativity story it had.
    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. . .

    My Thoughts:  This little story was a fun, cute, and entertaining little read.  The synopsis pretty much sums it up.
    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?

    My Thoughts:  This little story had the military angle with the war widow aspect.  It was okay.

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