Bells Will Be Ringingby Monica Tillery, Carolynn Carey, Angelita Gill, Diana Jean
HER SECRET SANTA by Monica Tillery
Neighbors and coworkers at Morgan Confectioners, Rebecca Sinclair and/i>
’Tis the season…to fall in love! In this quartet of holiday tales, mistletoe magic sweeps from a Philadelphia candy company to the ballrooms of Regency England, across the shores of a Hawaiian island, and to a snow-struck cabin in Colorado.
HER SECRET SANTA by Monica Tillery
Neighbors and coworkers at Morgan Confectioners, Rebecca Sinclair and Ben Redding, have been best friends since grad school. Will they be able to get past their fears of ruining their friendship when their feelings turn more than friendly? A holiday gift exchange might just bring the best present of all—Christmas love.
MERRY’S WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS GIFT by Carolynn Carey
The winter holidays used to be Miss Merry Damonson’s favorite time of year . . . until her almost-fiancé Edward Everton abandoned her two days before Christmas. Now he’s returned to their country village, but is it too late to reignite old flames? A holiday ball might just offer these unlucky lovers a second chance.
HIS HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS by Diana Jean
Humbug in Hawaii? When Clara O’Fallen gets a promotion to paradise, she can’t help feeling homesick for her Wisconsin winters, complete with real snow, family traditions, and Christmas festivities. But smiling surfer Kai Schmitt might just show this scrooge how to hang loose and catch the spirit of the season—the aloha spirit!
GAVIN FEVER by Angelita Gill
A sudden snowstorm unexpectedly strands Julia Winthrop with her ex, reality TV star Gavin Beckett, at a cozy mountain cabin for the holidays. Trapped till the weather lets up, their attraction resurfaces. It’s not long before they realize their fling might’ve been the real thing, and this surprise reunion might just be a Christmas miracle.
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What a great collection of romantic short stories. There's something for everyone in Bells Will Be Ringing. My favorite of the four unique stories was Her Secret Santa by Monica Tillery. The story was romantic, exciting and an overall sweet tale of two friends turned lovers.
The best part of this book is the wide range of Christmas short stories! There's a little bit of everything for everyone. My two favorites were Her Secret Santa by Monica Tillery and Merry's Wonderful Christmas Gift. Of course, Christmas in Hawaii isn't a bad idea, either -- as His Hawaiian Christmas. Her Secret Santa is my fave because I'ma sucker for friends to lovers stories. When Rebecca and Ben finally realize their love for each other, it tugged my heart. What really got me was Ben's reaction to Rebecca whenever he saw her -- just looking at her warming his heart. This is a sweet sweet read that won't disappoint. Merry's Wonderful Christmas Gift was a surprisingly favorite story, too. I'm not usually a regency historical romance fan, but this was a story that nagged me immediately. Again, a love meant to be despite all odds. Merry thought her love was forgotten, but he was far from gone -- he just needed to get his life in order. Lovely read! Want a little bit of everything in romance centered around the holidays? Pick up Bells Will Be Ringing!
All the stories were good in their own right. Some had a little of the spice, some were funny but all were sweet. Perfectly suitable if you're in the mood for a quick, holiday romantic read. I mostly enjoyed Her Secret Santa by Monica Tillery. This was a sweet friends to lovers story with some emotional undertones. I enjoyed this one the best. Right after is Merry's Wonderful Christmas Gift by Carolynn Carey. I don't read Regency Romance and when I've done so I haven't enjoyed it much but this story was so sweet and heartwarming that I found myself liking it very much. Next is His Hawaiian Christmas by Diana Jean. Now this one was fun. I enjoyed Kai's personality and the way he related to Clara. Their story truly made for a fantastic read. Last but not least would be Gavin Fever by Angelita Gill. This was a hard one to get through but only because because I couldn't feel the connection between the characters. They had some chemistry but it wasn't enough for me to become invested in their relationship. One thing I found lacking in all of them was the fact that they were too short for me to form any kind of attachment to the couples. I wished I could have gotten to know more of the characters, maybe that would have improved my rating. Other than that, I enjoyed this set of holiday-themed stories. All in all, a set of short, sweet and romantic stories. *I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.
I love Christmas stories and this is a fun collection that has wide appeal. It has both contemporary and regency novellas. Her Secret Santa by Monica Tillery is a sweet delicious Novella that is a friends to lovers story. Ben and Rebecca have been friends forever and even though they have an attraction they haven't wanted to take a chance and possibly ruin their friendship. I enjoyed this short story and it is the 2nd book of Tillery's I have read and I look forward to more. Merry's Wonderful Christmas Gift by Carolynn Carey is a reunion story regency style. Merry was abandoned by her almost fiancé Edward and when he returns she believes that he is engaged to someone else. I thought the Carey did a nice job of describing the countryside and felt like I was back in time. His Hawaiian Christmas By Diana Jean is kind of a take on the Scrooge story. Clara is away from home and trying to prove herself at a very busy resort in HA, and she has a hard time understanding Surfer Kai and his easy going attitude when there is so much to be done at the resort. I think that I would have liked it in a longer story. I felt that the chemistry was too rushed. Gavin Fever by Angelita Gill is another reunion story. Julia and Gavin had been in a reality show together and Gavin enlists his friends help to prove to Julia that they are meant to be together by getting her alone in a cabin. A little snowstorm helps him out as well. Overall I enjoyed the quick reads of this collection, but I did feel some of the stories were stronger and look forward to reading more full length books by the authors.
Four short stories, all very different. Something for anyone. Secret Santa by Monica Tillery This was a sweet story about love being right in front of you all the time. Rebecca Sinclair has had a crush on her boss, Richard Morgan, since working at Morgan Confectioners. But, she has a fear of being rejected and failing, so she never pursues it. Her best friend, Ben, has always been there for her. He's supported her through what ever she has needed and been there for advice. He's the one she hangs out with after work for fun. One crazy night leads to a bit more then the average friendship. But, can they risk the friendship they have created for love? Or, will this just be one more mistake on Rebecca's part? Merry's Wonderful Christmas Gift by Carolynn Carey I don't read a lot of period romances, but I really did enjoy this short story. Merry Damonson grew up in the estate next to Edward Everton. He spent most of his time away at school. But, on Christmas holidays, he would come home to visit. It was one of those holidays that him and Merry met at the big oak tree on their property borders. Both were out taking a walk. They would meet each day and and formed a very special friendship. They planned to marry. But, Edward was called away when his cousin Howard was killed. He was to take the title of Earl of Branford. A few years later he returns to Summerton with a pretty lady named Regina. Merry is heart broken, but won't let it show. What does Regina mean to Edward? Will the marry soon or can Merry make him remember what how much they were in love? His Hawaiian Christmas by Diana Jean Spending her first Christmas in Hawaii, Clara O'Fallen, is missing her family back in Wisconsin. She gets off work and decides to go to the beach to relax before heading home for the night. Only does she find a lone surfer out on the water in the middle of the night. He turns out to be the lifeguard at the Lareton Resort where they both work. Kai Schmitt always seems so egotistical acts immature. he gets on Clara's nerves. But this night, Clara gets to know the real man behind the hot body. He takes her on an adventure she never expected to find on a Hawaiian island. Gavin Fever by Angelita Gill Do second chances really work out? Julia met Gavin Beckett at a Halloween party and they hit it off pretty quick even though he had the reputation of being a ladies man. He was a former reality star that a lot of women would cling to. But, Julia couldn't handle all the gossip and rumors of him and his former girlfriend getting back together. So, Julia called it off. A year later, Julia plans to spend Christmas with her friends Ashley and Bruce at their Denver cabin. When she gets there only one person is there, Gavin. Not who she wanted to see at all. Was she set up and by whom? Can they work through their problems and pick up where they left off? Or, is it too late for them?