Stranded with a Hero [NOOK Book]

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Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget. Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson
Mindy can’t believe she's stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a ...
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Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget. Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson
Mindy can’t believe she's stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time. White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan
Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi's relationship becomes eruptive. An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen
The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother's ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she'd stay forever. Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek
Frankie Sylva was determined to free the reindeer cruelly held for a holiday roadshow, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622663842
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Series: Entangled Bliss
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 36,957
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Karen Erickson lives in central California with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true.

To see what she's up to, please visit www.karenerickson.com

She's also known as New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult author Monica Murphy.

 

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is also the author of the YA novel All the Broken Pieces and the bestselling short romance Falling for Her Fiancé.

 

Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life -- and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn't writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.

Please visit www.coleenkwan.com for more information.

 

Roxanne Snopek is an award-winning Canadian writer and author, focusing on contemporary women's fiction and romance, usually with a dollop of crazy. Plus a dog or two.

Although Roxanne is a bit of a hermit in real life, you can learn more about her:
at her website: www.roxannesnopek.ca
on Twitter @RoxanneSnopek
and Facebook: RoxanneSnopekAuthor.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Excellent story. This is a novella for the Three River Ranch ser

    Excellent story. This is a novella for the Three River Ranch series and fit in as 3.5. As I have been reading the series (recommended but not necessary) I have come to feel more of a vested interest in the protection of the wildlife around us. I love it when I am able to learn something while I enjoy a good story. WTG Ms. Snopek.




    I highly recommend this sweet love story both set alone and the series as a whole.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson Knowing that I love Erickson's



    Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson

    Knowing that I love Erickson's work under the name Monica Murphy, I was excited to read Loving Mindy. This is a novella that is part of a on-going series, but I honestly didn't feel that I was lost or missing the details. Erickson did a solid job of giving just enough history, without dragging the current timeframe down.

    Having both a second-chance-romance and a friends-to-lovers theme, Loving Mindy is a beloved trope double-whammy. Mindy and Josh were both engaging characters, and I did become invested in their story in a very short amount of time. Bonus: this has me interested in reading the rest of Erickson's Lone Pine Lake series!

    Favorite Quote:

    "This is the best Christmas present I've ever received," she whispered. I'm so glad you almost hit my cat."
    He laughed, the warm, rich sound making her smile. "That is the strangest thing you've said yet, Min, but I gotta agree. I'm glad I almost hit your cat, too."


    White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan

    This was another really sweet, quick-paced holiday read. Set in Australia, White-Hot Holiday is the story of Aaron, who needs a break in the worst way, and Naomi, a woman who's been recently burned by love. This story had a good bit of angst, with Aaron and Naomi fighting their feelings. The angst is well-placed, though. Naomi is Aaron's best friend's niece, and he's been warned away from her. Naomi is dealing with a recent break-up with a man whom Aaron seems similar to. And there's also the pesky issue of the fact these two not only live on different continents, but almost an entire globe away. Naomi teaches Aaron to embrace the holiday spirit. Aaron convinces Naomi that she doesn't have to give up who she is for love again. The ending of this one was particularly good.

    Favorite Quote:

    "I'm very good at customer service. See these dimples here?" He pointed at his cheek. "They're my secret weapon. I've closed major deals with them."
    A smile tugged at the corners of her lips. "I see. So dimples are worth more than an MBA from Columbia?"
    "Used judiciously, yes. They don't teach you the proper use of dimples at Columbia. It comes from experience."


    An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen

    Cindi Madsen is a favorite of mine, and I love her Accidentally in Love series. Remember Wes from Falling for her Fiance? Nate is his cousin, so I think that is pretty much all I need to say to convince fans that An Officer and a Rebel is worth the read.

    As always, Madsen has created a story that made me laugh, and warmed my heart at the same time. Her heroine, Kelsey was a little bit crazy, a whole lot funny, and adorable. She's a little bit of a disaster, the good kind, so of course I loved her and her purple hair and potty mouth.

    This story has a nice little forbidden(-ish) romance, with Kelsey being the ex-girlfriend of Nate's younger brother. There is also the fact that Nate has always had a bit of a crush on Kelsey, but thought she could never go for him. Of course things work out, but in this story, the getting there was a whole lot of fun.

    Favorite Quote:

    His heart pounded in his chest, and he pushed his hand into her hair, desire flooding his veins once more. Addictive--that was the right word for being with Kelsey. Never enough, always wanting more.


    Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek

    Of the four author in the anthology, Snopek is the only one whose work I wasn't familiar with. Saving the Sheriff was fast-paced and fairly humorous story. I enjoyed the premise, with Frankie infiltrating a man who's endangering game, and she's determined to save them from the butcher. Red is the sheriff in need of rescuing, which, I think what needed to be saved was his surly attitude. (just kidding, he was fine)

    Frankie was fun and lively. Red was coping with his first Christmas since divorce, and was understandably a bit of a sad sack. I never really fell in love with the characters as much as I enjoyed the premise. What made this fun for me was the humor. I loved how these two teased one another. And the ending, it was another sweet and satisfying conclusion.


    Favorite Quote:

    "You look good in the morning." Red half-sat up against the couch, his arms crossed behind his head, a lazy grin on his face.
    "You could dial back the crazy a touch, though."

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

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    Four authors who know how to get you into the Christmas spirit.

    Reviewed by Kim
    for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

    A quote from Roxanne Snopek’s book, Saving the Sheriff sums up this anthology very well. “Life’s too short to say no when love shows up at your door.” Stranded with a Hero will give you four heroes and heroines you will root for and fall in love with. You will smile, laugh, and probably cry a little bit. Without a doubt, this book will put you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t read any of these authors before, this is a really great place to start. I simply love them all.

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Source: Publisher

    More detailed review on the individual stories can be found at Read Your Writes Book Reviews in December.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

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    In Stranded with a Hero, we have four authors that are showcasin

    In Stranded with a Hero, we have four authors that are showcasing a Christmas novella that coordinate with there Bliss series books. So, let get started.
    Loving Mindy
    Karen Erickson
    This novella is part of the A Lone Pine Lake stories. In the previous books you actually meet Mindy, and she's stuck in a pretty crappy marriage. By the time we get to Loving Mindy, Mindy is divorce from the douche bag Marty. Now she's spending Christmas alone, because Marty is too selfish to give Mindy the kids for Christmas.
    I really liked the story, because I felt bad for Mindy in the previous stories and I just wanted her happy. Now she gets her happy-ever-after in this story. I like Josh Powers, because he's always had a soft spot for Mindy and he was willing to take a chance even if he might get shot down again. So, getting stranded in a home can be a good thing. At least it worked for Josh and Mindy. I personally would like a part two to their story.
    White-Hot Holiday
    Coleen Kwan
    This story is part of Coleen's Real Men stories. Aaron Cade has a really crappy attitude towards Christmas, I would even say it borderlines Scrooge like qualities. Basically, he goes down to Australia for a few days before heading to his folks house. He ends delayed a little longer. In my opinion doesn't sound bad at all. While he's there he meets his friend's niece Naomi Spencer who has sworn off men. We all know how well this works in the end.
    Anyway, I really liked this story, because we watch Aaron rediscover that Christmas isn't all that bad and with the right girl you would do anything for her. I love how these two have chemistry, but try to stay away from each other. Honestly, I loved this novella, it had a conclusion. It was complete mini story. Yes, it was a quick read, but I believe Coleen tied it up real nicely and I don't have to wish for another story to see what happens next. So, this made me very happy.
    An Officer and a Rebel
    Cindi Madsen
    All right, I really enjoyed the story and thought this was super cute. Here's why: You have Nate Walsh a local sheriff who finds Kelsey Cooper and basically offers her a place to stay. Back in the day Kelsey dated Nate's younger brother, which marks her off limits. Of course, he kind of had feelings for her and he might still have feelings. Not that would be awkward or anything. However, they end up snowbound for a couple of days. Yes, an enjoyable read and pretty sweet story.
    Saving the Sheriff
    Roxanne Snopek
    This happens to be my favorite story out all of them. I have read all of Three River Ranch stories and I couldn't remember a Sheriff Red LeClair. I even went back to see if he was in the other stories, by the way he's not, so if you haven't read any of the other stories you would be fine just reading this story as a stand alone novella. So, Roxanne introduces a couple of new characters that develop a budding romance while stuck in a blizzard. First off, Red and Frankie's story had me cracking up. You have Red who is basically picking up the pieces from his divorce and he meets Frankie who is like the eternal optimist. She is bubbling over with happy vibes and she's not going to let any get her down even the grumpy sheriff. Plus, there are quite of bit one liners in the story that had me in a stitch. This story will leave with that warm fuzzy feeling.
    Overall, these ladies did a fantastic job with these novellas and they fit in well with their current series that coordinate. This would be a great way to sample each of their Bliss stories. As always, these stories  will leave you with that happy endings and warm fuzzy feelings. So, if you are looking for that heart warming holiday read, you might want to checkout Stranded with a Hero.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    Lots of good choices! I was really excited to read the Stranded

    Lots of good choices!

    I was really excited to read the Stranded with a Hero anthology. A handful of romantic, snow filled stories? Sounds perfect to this Minnesota gal! I will say that anthologies are a tricky thing. Most often I find that I’ll love one story, like one or two, and not be a fan of at least one and once again, I found that to be true.

    The first story of the anthology, Loving Mindy, was cute and sweet. Mindy in unexpectedly spending Christmas alone after her ex-husband sweeps their kids away for a surprise trip to Hawaii to celebrate with him and witness his marriage, even though it was technically Mindy’s year to have Christmas with the boys. Josh is driving past Mindy’s house when he swerves to avoid hitting her cat and ends up stuck in the ditch. Josh and Mindy have known each other since childhood and once upon a time were best friends. That all came to an end when Josh confessed his feelings for her in high school only for Mindy to reject him in favor of her now-ex-husband. Getting stranded together in a snowstorm for a few days gives them plenty of time to hash out the past and work toward rebuilding their friendship and building on those feelings that never quite went away. Josh and Mindy were sweet and once they made it out of the house, the supporting cast was fun and made me excited to read more about them in the authors other full length stories in the series.

    Next up was White-Hot Holiday, which pairs up workaholic, Scrooge-in-training Aaron with full-of-Christmas-Cheer, Naomi. When his boss orders him to take some vacation time, Aaron travels to Australia to visit old school chum, Luke for a couple weeks leading up to Christmas. While there, he meets Luke’s niece, Naomi, who’s bunking down with Luke and his family after a bad breakup. Aaron’s cynical about Christmas after some past bad experiences and feeling forced into family revelry every year with his family. Naomi loves Christmas and is determined not to let Aaron’s bad attitude get her down. This one started a little slow for me but by the end I was in love. I thought these two were really cute together and I absolutely loved how Aaron’s walls kept getting chipped away little by little as he started feeling the Christmas spirit. The last few chapters and the epilogue are so adorable and really make the whole story shine.

    The third story, An Officer and a Rebel, was by far my favorite. I’ve read a few things by Cindi Madsen at this point and really like her style and characterizations. I was a little apprehensive after reading the summary – wild girl with tattoos and purple streaks in her hair? Not necessarily a heroine I relate to. On a nostalgic impulse, Kelsey decides to drive through her teenage hometown of Marion, NC on her way to visit her mom for Christmas. Unfortunately her impulse gets her stuck in a snowbank in the middle of a snowstorm, only to be rescued by Nate, her teenage boyfriend’s older brother. Kelsey had never been one to fit in, and Nate had always been one to follow the rules. Kelsey always thought he disapproved of her, when in reality, Nate had always had a secret crush on her. Being the eternal “good guy”, he’d never act on it out of respect for his brother. But a few after a few days alone, Kelsey proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Nate is just about the sweetest guy ever and I loved how his serious nature gave way to a fun sense of humor. While Kelsey is impulsive and rebellious, she’s also kind hearted, sweet and is clearly yearning to settle down, just in her own way. I love how these two balance each other and bring out the best in each other. As short as the story was, it was so jam packed that I didn’t feel like it was a novella. A bag of chocolate chips might just be the most romantic gesture I’ve read in a while!

    I had a tough time with the final story, Saving the Sheriff. Red is housesitting his friend’s ranch over Christmas. While out feeding livestock before a major winter storm hits, he comes across a trespasser in Elves clothing. Frankie made it her mission to free the reindeer/elk/caribou from her seasonal Santa’s Helper job. After hijacking the trailer, she drove it out to Three River Ranch, after reading online that it was a reserve for wildlife. From very early on I just didn’t like Frankie. I know she was supposed to come across as a passionate crusader, but I found her flaky and annoying. I actually liked Red, but couldn’t appreciate him once Frankie entered the picture and overshadowed him. The way Frankie teased him came across less as flirtatious and more as condescending. Even when we learned that it was probably justified for Frankie to try and save the reindeer/elk/caribou, the way she went about it was so flawed that I couldn’t find anything good about her actions. The writing itself was fine and it’s very possible another reader will enjoy this one but I just couldn’t get past my distaste for the leading lady.

    The anthology as a whole was cute and got me in the mood for sitting by the fireplace with some cocoa while the snow falls outside…which is a good thing because I think I saw some flurries this morning! Happy (and warm) reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Loved it! My favorite was definitely White-Hot Holiday by Colee

    Loved it! My favorite was definitely White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. What wo

    I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.




    What would you do if you were stranded with a hero?




    With the holidays literally right around the corner, this Bliss anthology featuring short stories from four fabulous authors is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! This is just the kind of book to curl up by a warm fire with a nice cup of hot chocolate.




    Each of the four stories involves a couple stranded during the holidays and having to make the most of the situation they are in. The best part is, is that each author puts a different spin on their individual stories making the reader engaged in each and every one. I just loved these short stores and can’t pick just one as my favorite!




    Nothings worse than having to spend Christmas without your kids, like in Karen Erikson’s story, but her main character, Mindy makes the most of it when she finds herself stuck in a blizzard with Josh.
    At least she has someone to keep her warm. ;)




    Take a journey down under for the holidays in Coleen Kwan’s story! Who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays somewhere warm, especially if you live somewhere cold.




    Cindi Madsen introduces us to Kelsey who accidentally returns to Marion and finds herself in need of a rescue by none other than Nate who just so happens to be her ex-boyfriends older brother.
    Hmmmm….makes for an interesting story now does it? :)
    For me, this one definitely put a spin to a holiday story!




    Finally, Roxanne Snopek takes us back to one of my favorite places – Three Rivers Ranch! This quirky holiday story that involves the town Sheriff and an Elf (?!?) Tables turn for the Sheriff when he ends up being the one needing a rescue.




    This is just the book to get you in the holiday spirit and it sets the mood for a romantic holiday season.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    For Christmas romances in one book. Grab a cup of hot chocolate

    For Christmas romances in one book. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket and a roaring fire in the fireplace and you will have a perfect afternoon. This is four novellas with a person being stranded close to the Christmas holidays, with HEA. Each story will not disappoint you, each tied up with an epilogue. I now want to go back and read other stories by these authors.
    I received this book from the publisher for a honest review.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    Stranded with a Hero, a wonderful book of four Chistmas Short st

    Stranded with a Hero, a wonderful book of four Chistmas Short stories all by different authors that I've never read before but will surely add to 
    my future list.  Can I pick out  a favorite story out of the group, I couldn't they all where wonderful with their own stranded storyline, likable characters, 
    great dialogue.  I would recommend this book of holiday stories to anyone who enjoys a good holiday romance.

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    Posted November 12, 2013

      

      

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. I

    I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

    I know it is early in the season and I will read a ton more holiday books but I think this will definitely make my top 5 of the season!!F
    Four great authors, four wonderful stories, and a whole lot of snow.

    Karen Erickson takes us back to Lone Pine Lake where Mindy is having to face another Christmas without her kids but the holiday cheer flows when she is stuck with Josh through a blizzard. Hmmm.....

    Colleen Kwan gives us some holiday joy Australian style...no snow here. Just a hot guy, a volcano and lots of sparks between Aaron & Naomi.

    Cindi Madsen shows us sometimes we can go back. Teenage rebel Kelsey returned - well accidentally -to Marion. And who comes to her rescue? Well Nate of course. Older brother of Kelsey's ex boyfriend who has always secretly crushed on Kelsey.

    Roxanne Snopek has us returning to Three River Ranch were and Elf named Frankie is setting 5 rescued reindeer free. HUH?? Sheriff Red Le Clair is handling the holidays just fine all alone thank you very much then he finds himself stuck in a blizzard with Frankie the elf. HUH?? Who is cute, fun and just a little too tempting...oh and a felon.

    While all these stories have ties to other books in varies series they are completely stand alone. No need to have read the prior books to enjoy the fun these stories contain. Go now and get it!! Recommend it to everyone.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    This is a well written christmas anthology. I thoroughly enjoyed

    This is a well written christmas anthology. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the stories. Each story has a heroine who is trapped her hero, and each setting is different. All the storys were well written and have happy endings. My favorite was the story set in Australia, it built slowly and the hero Aaron goes from grinch to christmas enthusiast. I also loved reading about exotic setting and meeting Naomi's family. Josh's romance with Naomi was sweet, as was Nate and Kelsey's story. I reccomend this book to anyone who has followed these authors or is just looking a fun, romance filled break from the holiday rush.

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    Posted November 25, 2013

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