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Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house, things are definitely stirring. . .because if you're going to wait up for Santa, you might as well have some very sexy company. . .

The Night Before Christmas

White Knight Christmas By New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Officer Parker Ross hates Christmas; Lily Donaldson lives for it. She's determined to introduce him to the pleasures of the season, and he's looking forward to being deliciously converted. . .

Snowed Under By Erin McCarthy

Justin Fairbanks has always been attracted to Claire Robbins. When she gets soaked by a snowplow and asks him to help remove her wet clothes, well, what sane man could possibly say no?

Ms. Humbug By Jill Shalvis

Wild, daring, a complete rebel, Matt is the man no woman can tame--until he kisses his nemesis, Cami, at the office holiday party, and suddenly, all bets are off. . .and running. . .

I'll Be Home For Christmas By Kathy Love

Seven years ago, Rob Marsten chose work over the love of his life, Erica. Now, a snowstorm and a car rental mix-up leads to a reunion, and this time, Rob will show Erica exactly how much he wants her. . .

Seducing Scrooge By Katherine Garbera

It's Christmas Eve, and workaholic Jackson Peters is annoyed that his staff has left early. Only Krista Miller is still there, but from the look on her face, she doesn't seem to have work on her mind. . .

The Good Girl's Guide To A Very Bad Christmas By Kylie Adams

Peri Knight has had it with being good. She's made a list of her top five sexiest fantasies, and in the week before Christmas, she's going to live out every singleone. . .

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All good girls get the very good Christmas they deserve in this anthology of six sexy holiday stories from Lori Foster, Erin McCathy, Jill Shalvis, Kathy Love, Katherine Garbera, and Kylie Adams. Take for example, Lily Donaldson in Lori Foster's "White Knight Christmas." She has been waiting for her neighbor, Detective Parker Ross, to notice her, but all he notices is that she doesn't keep regular hours, has strange men hanging around at odd hours, and seems to enjoy the holidays. It's going to take more than a little holiday magic to turn him around. An equally stubborn man is Justin Fairbanks in Erin McCarthy's "Snowed Under." To him, young Claire Robbins has always been firmly off limits -- she's his best friend's sister and nine years younger. But a Zamboni shot of Chicago sleet and slush set in motion an unusual holiday opportunity for Justin and Claire to reconsider. In all six stories, you can count on this: There's someone tall and good-looking under the Christmas tree. Ginger Curwen
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  • ISBN-13: 9780758212146
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Shalvis is the author of several popular series including the Lucky Harbor Series (It Had to Be You; Always on My Mind; Forever and a Day); the Animal Magnetism series (Rescue My Heart; Animal Attraction; Animal Magnetism), the Wilders series (Instant Attraction; Instant Temptation; Instant Gratification), and the Sky High series (Strong and Sexy; Superb and Sexy; Smart and Sexy). Her baseball-themed romances include Slow Heat and Double Play, and she also appears in anthologies such as He's The One.

Erin McCarthy, the author of A Date with the Other Side, Bad Boys Online, Smart Mouth, Houston, We Have a Problem, and Mouth to Mouth.

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The Night Before Christmas

By Lori Foster Erin McCarthy Jill Shalvis Kathy Love Katherine Garbera Kylie Adams


Copyright © 2005 Kensington Publishing Corp.
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ISBN: 0-7582-1215-1

Chapter One

With the sluggish winter sun hanging low in the gray sky, Detective Parker Ross dragged himself out of his salt-and-slush-covered car. Howling wind shoved against him, jerking the car door from his hand to slam it shut. His dress shoes slipped on the icy blacktop and he almost lost his footing. The frozen parking lot echoed his muttered curse.

Cautiously, he started forward, taking in the depressing sight of his apartment building. The landlord's attempts at decorating had left bedraggled strands of colored lights haphazardly tossed over the barren, neglected bushes that served as landscaping. Some of the bulbs had blown, while others blinked in a drunken hiccup.

On the ground near the walkway, a dented plastic snowman lay on its side, half-covered in brownish slush, cigarette butts, and scraps of garbage.

Damn, but he'd be glad when the holidays passed and life returned to normal.

Slinging his soiled suit coat over his shoulder, his head down in exhaustion, Parker trudged along the treacherous, icy walkway. He didn't have an overcoat with him because the last perp he'd tangled with had destroyed it. Weariness and disgust kept him from noting the frozen snowflakes thatgathered on the back of his neck; after such a bitch of a day, even the frigid December weather couldn't revive him.

A hot shower, some nuked food, and sleep-that's all he needed, in that exact order. Once he hit the sheets, he intended to stay there for a good ten hours. He had the next week off, and he didn't want to do anything more involved than camping on his couch and watching football.

God knew he deserved a rest. The past month of holiday-evoked lunacy and criminal desperation had left him little time for relaxation.

Parker saw Christmas as lavish, loud, and downright depressing. With his planned time off, he intended to hide out and avoid the nonsense.

Now, if he could just slip into his apartment without Lily Donaldson catching him ...

Thinking of Lily sent a flood of warmth through his system, rejuvenating him in a way the frozen weather couldn't. He was old enough to know better, but no matter how he tried, Lily tempted him. She also infuriated him.

She aroused his curiosity, and his tenderness.

She made him think, and she made him hot.

She had trouble written all over her. He wanted to be all over her.

In the ten months he'd known her, Lily had influenced his life far too often. Smart, kind, gentle. She carried food to Mrs. Harbinger when the old lady fell ill. She argued sound politics with fanatical Mr. Pitnosky. Both intelligent and astute, Lily smiled at everyone, never gossiped, and had a generous heart.

She loved Christmas, which rubbed him raw.

And she had a terrible case of hero worship. That was the hardest thing to deal with. Parker knew he didn't possess a single ounce of heroism. If he did, then resisting her wouldn't be so damn difficult.

In a hundred different ways, Lily made it clear she wanted to be more than friends. But her age made him wary, her enthusiasm scared him to death, and her love of a holiday he scorned showed they had little in common.

On top of all that, he had serious doubts about her occupation.

Yep, a conundrum for sure. Parker hated to think about it, yet he thought about it far too often. Not once had he ever noticed any work routine for Lily. Sure, she left her apartment, but not dressed for anything other than a real good time. Always made up. Always decked out, dressed for seduction.

Sometimes she left early, sometimes late.

Sometimes she stayed gone for days, and some days she never left the apartment at all. But that didn't stop a steady stream of admirers from calling on her. The only reason Parker could tolerate that situation was because the guys seldom lasted more than a few hours, never more than a day.

Whatever Lily did to support herself, she sure as hell didn't punch a time clock.

He'd tried asking her about her job a couple of times, but she always turned evasive and changed the subject, leaving Parker with few conclusions to draw.

He was a selfish bastard who refused to share, so even if the other roadblocks didn't exist, no way could he let their friendship grow into intimacy.

That didn't mean he could keep his mind off her. Throughout the awful day-hell, the awful month-thoughts of Lily made the hours more bearable. He imagined her sweet smile, the special one she saved for him. He imagined that deep admiration in her eyes whenever she looked at him.

He imagined her lush bod, minus the sexy clothes she wore.

Seeing her now would shove him right over the edge. Avoiding her was the smart thing to do.

He planned to duck inside as fast as his drained body would allow. If she knocked, and he knew she would, he'd pretend he wasn't home.

After rubbing his bloodshot eyes, he opened the entrance door to the apartment building and stepped inside. Whistling wind followed in his wake-and still he heard her husky voice, raised in ire.

Shit. With no way to reach his front door, Parker paused by the mailboxes and listened. Lily's usually sweet voice held a sharp edge of annoyance. She probably had another smitten swain who didn't want to take no for an answer.

Peering out the glass entrance doors, Parker considered a strategic retreat. Maybe he could drop by a bar and get a beer. Or visit his mother-no, scratch that. His mom would start trying to rope him in for a big family get-together, caroling, or God-knew-what-other holiday function.

Maybe he could ...

Lily's voice grew more insistent, and Parker's protective instincts kicked in. Damn it, even if it fed her goofy misconceptions about him being heroic, he couldn't let some bozo hassle her. Giving up on the idea of escape, Parker trod the steps to the second floor. Halfway up he saw her, and he forgot to breathe.

A soft white sweater hugged her breasts. Dangling, beaded earrings in a snowflake design brushed her shoulders. Soft jeans accentuated a deliciously rounded ass.

Previously spent body parts perked up in attention. Nothing new there. No matter what Parker's brain tried to insist, his dick refused to pay attention.

Lily's pale blonde hair, pinned up but with long tendrils teasing her nape and cheeks, gave the illusion that a lover had just finished with her. Heavily lashed brown eyes defied any innocence.

And her bare feet somehow made her look half-naked.

His heart picked up speed, sending needed blood flow into his lethargic muscles. Predictably enough, he went from exhausted to horny in a nanosecond.

Vibrating with annoyance, Lily stood just outside her apartment. A fresh, decorated wreath hung from her door, serving as a festive backdrop.

Lily loved the holiday. And he loathed it.

But for now, he couldn't let that matter. Lily had a problem. She had a dispute.

She had ... a guy on his knees?

Parker blinked in surprise at that. Lily's confrontations always involved men. More specifically, they involved Lily rejecting men. But a begging guy?

That was a first.

Glued to his spot on the stairs, Parker stared, and listened.

"It was not a date, Clive. Not ever. No way. I made that clear."

"But we had lunch," Clive insisted, reaching out to grasp her knee. "Just the two of us."

While stepping back, out of reach, Lily exclaimed, "I picked up the bill!"

Clive crawled after her. "But I would have."

She slapped his hands away. "I didn't let you-because it was not a date."

"Lily," he moaned. "I thought we had something special."

"Tuna fish on rye is not special, Clive. Now get up."

At her surly reply, Parker bit back a smile. Lily excelled in brokenhearted boyfriends, and this guy looked very brokenhearted. Poor schmuck.

As Clive obediently climbed to his feet, Parker looked at Lily-and met her gaze. The surprise in her brown eyes softened to pleasure; she gave him a silly, relieved smile-expecting him to heroically save the day.

And Parker supposed he would.

He'd taken one step toward her when good old Clive threw his arms around her. "I love you!"

"Oh, puh-lease." Lily shoved against him, but Clive wouldn't let go.

"I do," he insisted. "Let me show you how much."

Glancing toward Parker, Lily said, "Don't be stupid, Clive. I know why you're here."

Parker knew why, too. Lily was sexy and sweet, and Clive wanted in her pants.

"You're after my money," Lily stated, causing Parker to do a double take.

"Lily, no!" Clive cried.

"You're broke, Clive. I know all about your business going under, the losses you've sustained."

"Temporary setbacks, I swear."

"Right. Temporary, because you figured I could shore you back up." She leaned away from Clive's hold.

"Noooo." Clive tugged her close again.

Straightening her arms to hold Clive off, Lily looked at Parker. "Well, don't just stand there."

Smirking, Parker took the remaining steps to the landing and caught Clive by the back of his coat. Because he was tired and annoyed-and damn it, he didn't like seeing other men slobbering on Lily-Parker rattled him.

"The lady said to leave." For good measure, he shook Clive again before setting him several feet away from Lily. "Now beat it."

Flustered, Clive straightened his coat with righteous anger. "Who the hell are you?"

"Just a neighbor."

"Then this doesn't concern you."

Given his height of six feet four, Parker had the advantage of looking down on most people, especially shorter people like Clive. "I'm a cop. I've had a shitty day." He leaned toward Clive, forcing him to back up. "I've dealt with a three-car pileup. Got knocked into a damn curb full of blackened slush by a mob of happy shoppers. Got jumped by a crazy woman stealing a bike for her kid. Had to break up a riot during a VCR sale. And wrestled with a goon robbing Santa of donations for the homeless. I am not in the mood to tell you twice."

Clive gulped. "I just need to explain to her ..."

"She's not interested in your explanations."

Lily moved to stand beside Parker. "No, I'm not." She curled her arms around one of his for no reason that Parker could find. She did that a lot. If she spoke to him, she touched him-almost as if she couldn't help herself.

And it drove him nuts.

"All right." Dejected, Clive fashioned a puppy-dog face. "But you're making a mistake, Lily. I do love you. With all my heart." He turned and slunk down the stairs like a man on the way to the gallows.

When the door closed behind Clive, Parker mustered up his good sense and peeled Lily's hands off his arm. "Good night, Lily." He headed for his door.

"Good night?" She hustled after him. "But ... what do you mean, 'good night'?"

"I'm beat. It's been a hell of a day." Parker refused to look at her. Just being near her made him twitchy in the pants. If he looked at her, he'd be a goner.

"Sounds like." She scuttled in front of him, blocking his way. "I never realized that detectives got into so many physical confrontations."

That damned admiring tone weakened his resolve. "It's the holidays." He couldn't help but look at her, and once he did, he couldn't look away. "It brings out the worst in everyone."

Gently, Lily said, "That's not true."

His day had been just bad enough to shatter his resolve. He wanted to vent. To Lily. Somehow, he knew she'd understand.

To disguise his level of emotion, Parker snorted. "The wreck I mentioned? It sent two innocent people to the hospital."

Concern clouded her beautiful eyes. "I'm so sorry to hear that."

"I got called in because the arresting officer found psilocybin mushrooms in the car of the idiot who caused the wreck. Enough to know he's a dealer."

"Hallucinogenic drugs," Lily breathed, surprising Parker. "How terrible. Will the victims be all right?"

Parker eyed her. What the hell did Lily know about mushrooms? "I don't know," he grouched. "Last I heard, the woman was in surgery." She had two kids who'd be counting on her to be there Christmas morning. Parker hoped like hell she made it.

"The dealer?"

"Escaped without a scratch."

"But you'll see to him, I'm sure."

Parker ground his teeth together, pissed off all over again. Lily sounded so confident in his ability. "I'd already arrested him once on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, but he failed to appear in court. At least this should cinch a conviction."

Lily inched closer, her expression sympathetic, her mood nurturing. "Your job isn't often an easy one, is it?"

Damn, she looked sweet and soft, and far too appealing. Parker cleared his throat. "Look, Lily, I'm beat. I don't want to talk about work." He didn't want to tempt himself with her. "I need to get some shut-eye."

Her hand settled over his, her fingers warm and gentle. "At least let me explain about Clive."

Cocking a brow, Parker said, "It was pretty self-explanatory."

Leaning on the wall beside his door, her gaze somber, she studied him. "I had no idea Clive harbored an infatuation. He said he wanted to talk about business, my schedule was clear ..." She shut down on that real fast. "It was not an intimate lunch."

The nature of their business made Parker's stomach roil. "So you said."

"I guess you got an earful, huh?" She didn't sound all that embarrassed. "He lied to me, Parker, saying he wanted to help with a project of mine, telling me he wanted to be friends. Can you believe his nerve?"

"The world is full of creeps, Lily." What project? No, he didn't care. "Good night."

Lily's voice dropped. "It's barely six o'clock."

Sticking his key in the lock, Parker tried to ignore her nearness. An impossible task. "I've been up over twenty-four hours. I can't see straight anymore. Fast as I can get a shower and find some food, I'll be turning in." His door opened. He stepped inside ...

Lily followed. "Poor baby." She touched him again, this time on his right biceps.

Even through his shirt, Parker felt the tingling jolt that shot through his system and fired up his gonads. She might as well have grabbed his crotch for the way it affected him.

Unaware of his rioting libido, Lily said, "I feel terrible that you got pulled into the middle of my mess after all you've been through today."

Before he could censor himself, Parker said, "It's getting to be a habit."

Lily tilted her head and smiled. "I can think of worse habits than drawing your attention."

Please don't go there. "Sorry." Parker ran a hand over the knotted muscles in his neck. "I didn't mean that the way it sounded."

"I understand. I ... I do seem to have a bad track record with guys."

"Lily ..."

"I don't blame myself, though." Rather than explain, she brightened her smile and changed the subject. "Now that Clive's gone, why don't you let me thank you with dinner?"

Parker took a step back, then stopped to curse himself. Damn it, since when did women have him retreating like a green kid in middle school?

Since Lily had moved in-smelling, looking, probably tasting like sex.

His body flinched in excitement, and he quickly steered his thoughts in a new direction. "That's all right. I'll just grab a sandwich or something."

"I have plenty of fresh leftovers. Fixing you a plate of ham and potato salad won't take any longer than making a sandwich." Coy, Lily ducked her head, and one long blonde curl fell over her breast. "Besides, today is my birthday."

Ah, shit. "Yeah?" And he heard himself say, "So are you legal yet?" The second the words left his mouth, Parker clamped his lips shut. Too late.

"Actually," Lily said, gazing up at him in adoration, "I've been legal for a while. I'm twenty-four now."

So it wasn't as bad as he'd told himself. He still felt ancient. At thirty-eight, he was old enough to be her ... older brother.

"My folks are on vacation," Lily continued, and she took a tiny step forward, full of entreaty. "They won't get home till Christmas morning. My friends are all with their families. I don't have anyone to celebrate with-but now you're home."

Just the thought of spending the night with Lily had Parker's heart dropping to his stomach.

With anticipation.

"Really, Lily, I'm shot. I'd be lousy company."

"You don't have to entertain me."

Peculiar desperation clawed at him. If he ever had her, he wouldn't want to let her go. But the roadblocks all remained. "I need a hot shower."

Her gaze dipped over him with approval, lingering on his belt buckle, then the open collar of his shirt. Parker felt his nostrils flare at her interest, and knew he fought a losing battle.

"I think you look ... fine."

Coming from her mouth, fine sounded like the greatest flattery.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Great holiday fun!

    WHITE KNIGHT CHRISTMAS/LORI FOSTER Lily Donaldson and Detective Parker Ross live in the same apartment building. She loves Christmas, doing good deeds and is crazy about Parker. Parker on the other hand dislikes the holidays, thinks Lily is attractive, but believes he is too old for her. Lily wants one passion filled night to change Parker's mind. Once they spend that night together, Parker's Christmas wishes involve many more nights with Lily. Lori Foster's characters are always written from her great big heart, always with similarities to people we know Lily and Parker are no exception. SNOWED UNDER/ERIN MCCARTHY Claire Robbins is finishing her Christmas shopping when she is buried under by a giant wall of snow from a passing snowplow. She goes to her brother's nearby apartment to dry off and warm up, finding her brother's friend Justin Fairbanks staying there. Claire and Justin have always shared an unspoken attraction for each other. Once Justin has to helped Claire get her wet, frozen clothes off, it's inevitable that they will spend the night together, finally confessing their true feelings. Erin McCarthy once again delivers characters that are full of charm and puts them in the middle of satisfying, sensual story. MS. HUMBUG/JILL SHALVIS City Planner Cami Bennett is all business, intensely disliking Christmas. Her boss, Mayor Matt Tarino is attracted to Cami inspite of the office rumors that she is cold. After sharing a kiss neither can deny that the attraction is definitely mutual. Matt now has his work cut out for him in proving to Cami that he is not the womanizer that everyone thinks he is. Jill Shalvis makes these wonderful characters come to life with humor and a well-written office setting, wrapped in just the right amount of sensuousness. I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/KATHY LOVE Former lovers Rob Marsten and Erica Fetzer find themselves stranded at the airport in the midst of a raging snowstorm. After sharing a rental car and later a hotel room waiting for the storm to pass, they quickly rekindle old flames and spend a passion-filled night together, only to regret having to go their separate ways in the morning. They both are left to wonder if the other shares the same feelings. This is a fun story by Kathy Love with well-written characters and a sweet story. SEDUCING SCROOGE/KATHY GARBERA Jackson Peterson hates the holidays and everything they involve he's pretty sure that co-worker Kristin Miller feels the same since she tends to be a workaholic just like him. She decides to blackmail him into having dinner with her by withholding the work product he needs that she has done on the project they are working on. Kristin knows that deep down Jackson isn't the scrooge that he pretends to be, and after a hot, steamy night with Kristin, he just might be convinced of that himself. Kathy Garbera's contribution to this anthology is a satisfyingly fun read with a workplace setting that is a real pleasure. THE GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO A VERY BAD CHRISTMAS/KYLE ADAMS Peri Knight's recent broken engagement is a bitter pill to swallow. Actor Chase McCloud regularly visits the coffee shop where Peri works while waiting for her acting career to take off. A successful audition lands Peri a part on the same television show that made Chase famous and he agrees to help her practice her lines. After they go out for dinner to celebrate her success, their practice turns into much more, Peri gets a glimpse of what it's like to have it all. Ms. Adams offers up a humorous story with a sensual punch and a very amusing look at the television business. The six authors in this anthology have gifted their readers with sensuous holidays stories, each as sweet as sugar plums. This book is a must for fun holiday reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005


    This book is totally awesome. A definate must-have to warm you up this holiday season.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    six fabulous romances

    ¿White Knight Christmas¿ by Lori Foster. Detective Parker detests Christmas until he meets cheerful Lily. She wants him under her Christmas trees forever even if he initially thought she was a hooker. --- ¿Snowed Under¿ by Erin McCarthy. While Christmas shopping Claire is soaked by a snowplow. She heads to her brother¿s home to avoid pneumonia. However, instead of her sibling, Justin is there. Unable to resist, they exchange Christmas presents with no refund guarantees of love. --- ¿Ms. Humbug¿ by Jill Shalvis. Cami has reengineered her life so that everything is in perfect order that is everything except her boss, Matt, who she wants. He reciprocates, but she has trouble believing a hunk would want her. He plans to prove that the ghost of the past should not stop their future together. --- ¿I¿ll Be Home for Christmas¿ by Kathy Love. Rob thinks his life is perfect when he sees Erica, who he dumped years ago. He realizes he wants a second chance, but Erica still hurts from their last time together. Rob tosses a Hail Mary praying Christmas he regains what he threw away. --- ¿Seducing Scrooge¿ by Katherine Garbera. Jackson never stops working until Krista kidnaps him from the office to teach him the Christmas spirit of loving and sharing. --- ¿The Good Girl¿s Guide to a Very Bad Christmas¿ by Kylie Adams. Actor Chase meets Peri at the coffee shop she works at and gets her a job his TV show while insisting his motives are pristine because he wants her permanently in his bed. These six romances are fun to follow as the lead characters gift one another with the greatest Christmas present of all: love. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    Will warm your heart and bring you christmas cheer

    The Night Before Christmas is a sizzling and sexy six-pack of stories that will warm your heart and touch your soul._____ Lori Foster¿s White Knight Christmas has Detective Parker Ross coming home tired and worn out from work. All he wants is to sleep and pretend Christmas has passed. Parker and Christmas have never gotten along. Figures his neighbor Lilly Donaldson is Santa¿s favorite elf. Lilly loves the holidays the more cheer the better. But Lilly has plans to bring more cheer into Parker¿s life. Starting with her as his present. Lilly and Parker each brings out the good in each other, they are delightful to watch. Their sparks just crackle with chemistry._____ Snowed Under by Erin McCarthy has Clair Robins freezing in the snow and decides to stop at her out of town brothers place. She is shocked to see her youthful crush Justin Fairbanks staying at Derek¿s place. Justin has always had a hand off policy regarding his former coworkers sister, but Claire is all grown up now. Once Claire decides all bets are off, Justin doesn¿t stand a chance. Justin and Claire really turn up the heat and find something really special. _____ Jill Shalvis¿s Ms. Humbug has uptight city planner Cami Bennett trying to get some holiday spirit. She thinks Ned her sometime date will finally make a move. But when she kisses her nemesis councilman Matt Tarino things really spark for them both. Matt maybe just what she needs but first they need to solve a city hall mystery. Cami and Matt set the offices of city hall on fire with their explosive chemistry. _______ I¿ll Be Home For Christmas By Kathy Love has former lovers meeting again years later. Both Rob Marsten and Erica Fetzer as fate would have it find themselves stuck in a Boston airport. The snow has closed all flights, so each secures a ride into the city. Fate strikes again they both have the same ride. Rob and Erica didn¿t part on the best of terms, Mark thought he had to go it alone to be successful. Now that he has a second chance to change their future. Get these two alone and they burn up the sheets but also repair their relationship._________ Seducing Scrooge by Katherine Garbera has a type A workaholic meeting his match. Jackson Peterson would work 24/7 even the holidays if he could. But his co-worker Krista Miller sets out to show Jackson life can be more then just work. Her plan sets off a weekend of pleasure that leads to so much more. _______ Kylie Adam¿s The Good Girl¿s Guide To A Very Bad Christmas has coffee girl/hopeful actress Peri Knight dumping her uptown boyfriend after a scandal. She has always had a crush on actor Chase McCloud who frequents her place of employment for his daily cup of Joe. When a chance to audition for a roll on Chase¿s TV show comes her way, Peri jumps at the chance to nab the role of the lifetime and the leading man as well. _______ The Night Before Christmas is a must have for any readers shelf. Each story excels at pulling the reader in and routing for a happy ending. All of the stories were exceptional in all aspects especially the all consuming tantalizing passion. This anthology will keep you warm during those long winter nights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Warm Up Your Christmas With This Anthology

    WHITE KNIGHT CHRISTMAS by Lori Foster is about Parker who has no holiday spirit and Lily who has more than enough to go around. Parker rescues Lily from her clinging date and in return gets all the holiday cheer he can handle. SNOWED UNDER by Erin McCarthy tells about Justin and Claire. Claire knows she wants Justin, and this Christmas, she makes sure to get what she wants. Lucky for her, Justin feels the same way but has just been hesitant to act on it. A very strong heroine who knows when to back off and let her man take charge. In Jill Shalvis' MS. HUMBUG, new Mayor Matt and City Planner Cami work together to find out who is trying to sabatoge their town. I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Kathy Love gives Rob and Erica a second chance at the love Rob misguidedly threw away years ago. Jackson gets holiday cheer and Krista in Katherine Garbera's SEDUCING SCROOGE. In Kylie Adams THE GOOD GIRLS GUIDE TO A VERY BAD CHRISTMAS Peri decides to take a change on her dreams and in the process hooks TV star Chase. Fulfilling two dreams in one - what more could a girl ask for? If you want some sizzling holiday cheer, you don't want to miss this anthology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    6 Ways to Stay Warm this Christmas!

    White Knight Christmas by LF:Detective Parker Ross hates Christmas with a passion. The last thing he needs is his neighbor Lily Donaldson to convince him otherwise. Lily believes the holidays are a special time of year, thanks to people like Parker, who make the world a safer place. Despite his best intentions, Parker can't resist the tempting and willing Lily, who warms his heart and heats his blood. Lily is thrilled that Parker wants her, and is determined that with love and someone to share it with, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Parker is a growling, sexy guy with a soft heart who will make you sigh with longing, and Lily is a sweet, intelligent and optimistic woman who believes in all the good in the world. This story will bring a smile to your face.... Snowed Under by EM: Claire Robbins is braving the usual cold and snowy elements while doing her Christmas shopping when a snowplow with a blind spot covers her from head to toe with freezing wet slush. Seeking refuge and a hot shower, she hightails it over to her brother Derek's place, remembering his place is nearby and he's out of town for the holidays. Fortunately she has a key. Instead of an empty apartment, she find Derek's former co-worker and her eternal crush Justin Fairbanks camped out in front of the t.v. She is mortified to have him see her in such a state, but resolves to use the situation to her advantage by seducing him. She makes no secret of her intentions, and decides on the direct approach. Justin feels guilty over his attraction Claire but can't deny that he wants her. The holidays are all about giving, so how about they give each other? McCarthy has created a heroine who know whats she wants and isn't afraid to go after it, and her hero is smart enough to know when to give up the fight. Delightfully naughty and fun stuff.... Ms. Humbug by JS: City Planner Cami Bennett is the anal type, unable to relax until all the items on her to-do list are completed and checked off, while Mayor Matt Tarino was a rule breaker who didn't have time for lists. They've gone head to head over issues for years, always with the city's best interests at heart. It was just a matter of time before the simmering attraction between them reaches critical meltdown, and it does, with a hot kiss that surprises the both of them. This year, the spirit of Christmas brings together two passionate souls who bring out the best in each other and give each other something in return - the love of a lifetime.... I'll Be Home For Christmas by KL: Rob Marsten is on his way to his family's house for the holidays when his flight is canceled due to bad weather and he is forced to find alternate transportation. Already irritated that he agreed to the trip in the first place, he makes his way to the car rental place, intent on keeping to his tight schedule. While negotiating with someone for the last remaining rental, he hears a voice he has never forgotten, one that belongs to his first love, Erica Fetzer. Seeing her again is like stepping back in time - the strong feelings he once had for her rush to the surface until he can't remember why he let her go in the first place. But Erica hasn't forgotten. Rob had broken her heart, pursuing his career over a life together, and she was not about to let him back into her life so easily. Can the spirit of the holidays and the meaning of Christmas bring these two lonely souls back together? While I genuinely did like both Erica and Rob, I was a little put off by the harsh way he originally ended things, but ultimately I felt he learned his lesson - that success is not so important if love is missing.... Seducing Scrooge by KG: Krista Miller knew there was more to serious Jackson Peters than reports and numbers - all she had to do was convince him of that. Kidnapping him for an afternoon of holiday fun, Krista realizes that behind all that anti-Christmas spirit is a lonely and caring man

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Great Reads

    I loved this anthology! Each story is wonderful,filled with humor ,passion and charactersthat find love is the greatest gift to give and receive. Thank You ladies for a wonderful Christmas present!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    A Christmas Collection that'll bring out the romantic in all of us!

    In ¿White Knight Christmas¿, by Lori Foster, Detective Parker Ross is jaded from seeing too much of the ugly side of life. He¿s fed up with Christmas and all that comes with it. He sees the holidays as lavish, loud, and depressing. His answer? Time off from work, a cold beer, and a football game on the tube. What does he get? An entirely too joyful Lily Donaldson. Lily is the proverbial forbidden fruit as far as Parker can see. Initially, he steers clear because he misconstrues her for a woman of the night. When he learns he has her pegged all wrong, Parker has to work extra hard to keep his libido in check and her out of his life. Her perky, upbeat attitude grates on his last nerve, so why then does he find her so blasted appealing? Parker realizes pretty quickly that Lily is a determined woman. She¿s smart, sweet and tenacious as hell when she sees something she wants. And she wants Parker. He¿s a rough and tough detective who¿s seen too much of the gray dismal side of life. But between Lily¿s `come and get me¿ attitude and her smiles that can melt a man¿s heart at fifty paces, Parker simply doesn¿t stand a snowball¿s chance. When the big guy finally caves, it¿s sweet and steamy all at the same time. Well, it is a Lori Foster story, what else did you expect from the queen of romance? This story is the best way to start a Christmas anthology! In ¿Snowed Under¿ by Erin McCarthy, Claire Robbins is not having a very merry evening. After finding just the right gifts for her brother and his new wife, she gets bombed with snow by a passing snowplow, soaking her from head to toe in one cruel instant. Needing to get off the frozen street and out of her very wet clothes, Claire heads straight to her brother¿s apartment which is only a few blocks away. Of course her brother and his new bride aren¿t home, but someone else is. As she stumbles and shivers her way into the welcoming warmth she comes face to face with her secret crush, Justin Fairbanks. Claire sees this as the opportunity she¿s been waiting for. Justin sees it as yet one more torturous moment where he can look but not touch. Claire, being Claire, lets him know that what she wants for Christmas can¿t be bought in a store. Justin tries to resist, really he does, but who can resist a sopping wet, red nosed, shivering blonde Claire? He¿s not a saint after all. Mmm, a sinful desire finally quenched¿ how delicious is that! In ¿Ms. Humbug¿, by Jill Shalvis there¿s Cami Bennett, a woman who¿s life is a well ordered machine. There is a place for everything and everything is definitely in it¿s place. Except for her boss, councilman Matt Tarino. He was the one thing that never failed to make her heart race even while he¿s annoying her to no end. She¿s worked hard to become the woman she is today. As an overweight youngster, life hadn¿t been terribly kind to Cami. But, she¿s come a long way, lost a lot of weight, and now she is just as good as the next girl. But, then why do men still find it so easy to ignore her? Matt, on the other hand, seems determined to have her. At first she can¿t understand his attraction, later Cami decides that Matt is just too damned sexy to ignore. For once, she¿s tossing caution to the wind and just living in the moment. As a result Cami gets way more than she bargained for¿ Yum! In ¿I¿ll Be Home For Christmas¿, by Kathy Love, Rob Marsten has the life he¿s always wanted. Money, success, respect. But when a snowstorm and a cancelled flight lands him in the arms of the woman he let slip out of his life years earlier, he starts to finally understand that happiness is not something you can neatly schedule in. Knowing how badly he¿s screwed up with Erica, Rob, is wildly excited to be given a second chance with the only woman he has ever loved. But, can she find it in her heart to forgive him, or will she be the one to walk away from him this time? Can the spirit of Christmas heal hurts past and forge a future for Rob and Erica? This one will make

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    An Early Christmas Present From Some Mega Talented Ladies!!!

    The anthology ¿The Night Before Christmas¿ is an early Christmas present to loyal fans from the contributing authors, and one that you¿ll want to pick up. Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Jill Shalvis, Kathy Love, Katherine Garbera, and Kylie Adams have all contributed fun, sexy, and romantic holiday short stories that will warm you on cold holiday nights and put you in a festive mood!!! Lori Fosters¿ ¿White Knight Christmas¿ is a sweet story of two neighbors that seem to have nothing in common. Lily is young and likes the holidays. Parker is a tired detective that has seen too much and can happily do without the Christmas headaches. Lily though is about to show him what Christmas is all about, and it¿s not the shopping and hassle of crowds. It¿s about finding the sweetest gift right in front of your eyes. Erin McCarthy entertains loyal fans with ¿Snowed Under.¿ When Claire is almost buried after a snowplow passes by she thinks a quick to trip to her brother¿s empty apartment is just the thing in order to thaw out. She has no idea that her warmest fantasy man Derek is staying there for the holidays. Derek is her brother¿s friend and her secret love. Will she be able to finally unwrap the Christmas gift she¿s always wanted¿Derek? Jill Shalvis¿ ¿Ms. Humbug¿ is a nice story of two co-workers that seem to be destined to irritate each other. That is until Cami realizes that she can unbend and have a good time, and that Matt is just the man for her. He understands her and doesn¿t care that she is just a tad anal when it comes to organization. Will they be able to finally spark the smoldering attraction that they have both been trying to avoid? Kathy Love brings together two soul mates in her romantic but funny story ¿I¿ll be Home For Christmas.¿ When a snowstorm ground the airlines, Rob unbeknownst to him is about to face his destiny, his high school sweetheart Erica. Will Rob make sure that this second chance doesn¿t get away from him this time and that Erica forgives him for the fool that he had once been? Katherine Garbera¿s story ¿Seducing Scrooge¿ is a creative take on ¿The Christmas Carol.¿ Krista Miller is going to prove to her boss Jackson that the holiday spirit lives in him if he would just give it a chance. She¿s also going to prove that the attraction between them is real. Will Jackson accept this holiday gift or will he let work become more important? Kylie Adams¿ ¿The Good Girl¿s Guide To A Very Bad Christmas¿ is a fun story where one strong but aspiring actress realizes that fantasy do come to true when one naughty list makes it into the ¿right¿ guys hands. Peri has no idea that her ¿wish list¿ of things she¿d like to do to television start Chase McCloud. The fact that this yummy man also wants Peri is just an added benefit. Will these two people finally find the right time and place to make their dreams come true? All six authors offer readers sexy, sweet holiday reads. Keep in mind that these are short stories but despite the word count, none of the contributing authors have skimped on the details, in other words, plenty of romance, and holiday spirit. This is just the read to put you in mind of sleigh bells, cozy fires, and holiday cheer!

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