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Though the weather outside is frightful, the hunky men are SO delightful. And these three ladies are about to discover that Christmas is not only the most wonderful time of the year . . . but also the sexiest . . .

Do You Hear What I Hear, Lori Foster

The holiday season heats up when Sergeant Osbourne Decker is asked to watch over pet psychic Marci Churchill. Sure, the woman is nutty, but she?s also a ...

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Overview

Though the weather outside is frightful, the hunky men are SO delightful. And these three ladies are about to discover that Christmas is not only the most wonderful time of the year . . . but also the sexiest . . .

Do You Hear What I Hear, Lori Foster

The holiday season heats up when Sergeant Osbourne Decker is asked to watch over pet psychic Marci Churchill. Sure, the woman is nutty, but she’s also a knockout. And when she’s accused of stealing a donkey from the local nativity scene, he can’t stop thinking about frisking her . . .

Bah Humbug, Baby, Gemma Bruce

The last thing ad exec Allison Newberry wants this year is to spend the holidays with her former flame, the unreliable-but-sexier-than-hell photojournalist Lee Simonson. Hang stockings? She’d rather hang him. But when a blizzard hits their ski lodge, there seems to be only one way to keep warm . . .

By Firelight, Janice Maynard

Madison Tierney is feeling anything but merry this Christmas. But when she gets stranded with mountain man Grant Monroe in his secluded cabin, she feels her Christmas spirit -- and her temperature -- start to rise. Grant has a tantalizing secret, and what he asks Maddy to do by firelight sparks a Christmas adventure she’ll never forget . .

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  • ISBN-13: 9780758215413
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances.
Janice Maynard grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and later married her high school sweetheart. She taught kindergarten and second grade for fifteen years near Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. In the fall of 2002, she left the classroom to write full time.

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A Very Merry Christmas


By Lori Foster Gemma Bruce Janice Maynard

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ISBN: 978-0-7582-1541-3


Chapter One

Osbourne Decker had no sooner pulled his truck into the frozen, snow-covered parking lot to start his night shift than his pager went off. Typical SWAT team biz-a barricade with three subjects holding two hostages. He'd grabbed his gear, run into the station to change so he could respond directly to the scene, and from that point on, the night had been nonstop. Being SWAT meant when the pager went off, so did the team.

After a lot of hours in the blustery cold that stretched his patience thin, they resolved the hostage situation without a single casualty. And just in time for his shift to end. He couldn't wait to get home and grab some sleep.

He'd just changed back into his jeans, T-shirt, and flannel shirt when Lucius Ryder, a friend and sergeant with the team, strolled up to him. Osbourne saw the way Lucius eyed him, like a lamb for the slaughter, and he wanted to groan.

He fastened his duty firearm in a concealed holster, attached his pager and cell, grabbed his coat, and tried to slip away.

Lucius stopped him. "Got a minute, Ozzie?"

Shit, shit, shit. He already knew what was coming. Lucius would be on vacation for ten days-the longest vacation he'd ever taken. He'dbe back in time for Christmas, but laying low until then, soaking up some private time with his new wife in Gatlinburg. But the wife was concerned about her loony toons twin sister.

And that's where Lucius wanted to involve him.

"Actually," Ozzie said, hoping to escape, "I was just about to-"

"This won't take long."

Ozzie thought about making a run for it, but Lucius would probably just chase him down, so he gave up. He dropped his duffel bag and propped a shoulder on the wall. "Okay. Shoot."

"You think Marci is hot?"

Ozzie did a double take. "Is that a trick question?"

"No, I'm serious."

Serious, and apparently not thinking straight. Marci and Lucius's wife, Bethany, were identical twins. No way in hell would Ozzie comment on her appearance. Hell, if he admitted he thought Marci was beyond hot to the point of scorching, well, that'd be like admitting that Lucius's wife was scorching, and his friend sure as hell wouldn't like that.

If he said no, it'd be a direct cut to Bethany.

"She's a replica of your wife, Lucius, all the way down to her toes." Ozzie shook his head. "You really want to know what I think of her?"

Struck by that observance, Lucius said, "No. Hell no." He glared at Ozzie in accusation, then slashed a hand in the air. "Forget I asked. I already know you're attracted to her because you went out with her a few times."

"No way, Lucius."

Lucius warmed to his subject. "I thought you two had something going on for a while there."

"No."

"You were chasing her pretty hot and heavy-"

Ozzie forgot discretion. "She's a fruitcake. Totally nuts. Hell, Lucius, she stops to talk to every squirrel in the trees."

"She does not." But Lucius didn't look certain.

"She even chats with birds." Ozzie nodded his head to convince Lucius of what he'd seen. "She gives greetings to dogs as if they greet her back."

"She's not that bad," Lucius denied, but without much conviction.

"Not that bad? I've heard her carry on complete conversations with your dog!"

Lucius shook his head. "It's not like that. Hero doesn't talk back to her. She just ... She's an animal nut, okay? She's real empathetic to them, so she likes chatting with them."

"No shit. But she doesn't chat the way most of us do. She chats as if she knows exactly what they're saying, when anyone sane knows that they're not saying a damn thing."

Lucius paced away, but came right back. "It's an endearing trait, that's all."

Because Ozzie loved animals, he might have been inclined to agree. But crazy women turned into insane bitches when things didn't go their way, and he'd had enough of that to last him a lifetime. There was nothing more malicious, or more determined on destruction, than a woman who ignored logic. "No thanks."

"Okay, look, I'm not asking you to marry the girl."

"I'm not marrying anyone!" Just the sound of the "M" word struck terror in Ozzie's heart.

"That's what I said, damn it, and keep your voice down."

Ozzie glanced around and saw that the others were watching them, their ears perked with interest. Dicks. Oh, yeah, they all wanted to know more about Marci. None of them would hesitate to go chasing after her. In the three months that they'd all known her, more than one guy on the team had tried to get with her.

Course, none of them had yet discovered her whacky eccentricities. Then again, maybe none of them would mind.

In a more subdued tone, now infused with annoyance, Ozzie said, "Any one of them would be thrilled to do ... whatever it is you want me to do."

"Bullshit. This is my sister-in-law we're talking about. Any of them would be working hard to get in her pants."

True. And it pissed Ozzie off big time, but rather than say so, he pointed out the obvious. "And you think I wouldn't be?"

Lucius's eyes narrowed. "Not if you know what's good for you."

Ozzie threw up his hands. "Great. Just friggin' great. So what the hell am I supposed to do with her, if not enjoy her?"

Disgruntled, Lucius growled, "You talk about her like she's a pinball machine."

"Right." Ozzie rolled his eyes. "With a few lights missing."

Lucius drew a deep breath to regain his aplomb.

Ozzie watched him. He really didn't want to get on his buddy's bad side. Lucius stood six feet four inches tall, and though he was a good friend with a sense of style that leaned toward raunchy T-shirts, he also took anything that had anything to do with his wife very seriously.

"Nice shirt," Ozzie commented, hoping to help Lucius along in his efforts to be calm. The shirt read: "World's Greatest" and beneath that sat a proud-looking rooster.

"Forget the shirt." Lucius glanced at his watch. "I need to get going. Bethany's waiting for me. So do we have a deal or what?"

He had to be kidding.

On an exhalation, Lucius barked, "I only want you to keep an eye on her. There've been a few strange things happening-"

"Like her talking to turtles or something?"

"Your sarcasm isn't helping," Lucius warned him. "I meant something more threatening. Marci feels like someone's been following her. She's not a woman given to melodrama-"

"That's a joke, right?"

"So her concerns also concern me," Lucius finished through gritted teeth. "And they concern my wife, who won't be able to enjoy our belated honeymoon unless we both know someone is keeping an eye on Marci. Someone I can trust not to hurt her."

"I don't hurt women."

"Exactly." Lucius glanced away. "But I was talking about her feelings, actually."

Seeing no way out, Ozzie crossed his arms over his chest and conceded. "So what's in it for me?"

"What do you want?"

"I very recently inherited a farmhouse from my granny. It needs some work-"

"Done." Lucius stuck out his hand.

Whoa. That was way too easy. "Understand, Lucius. This is an old house. I don't want to just slap up drywall and cheap paint. I want to maintain the original design and-"

"Shake on it, damn it, so I can go."

Ozzie shook and, he had to admit, anticipation stirred within him. So he'd be seeing Marci again. Huh. He had very mixed feelings about that, but mostly he felt challenged.

Rather than release his hand, Lucius tugged him closer to whisper, "Put on your coat. You're advertising a stiffy. And, you know, I think maybe you should be wearing my shirt." Then the bastard walked away laughing.

Ozzie glanced down at the rise in his jeans. Cursing his overactive libido, especially where it concerned Marci Churchill, he turned his back so no one else in the room would notice.

He didn't have a full boner, but rather a semiboner. Though for a man of his endowments, it showed about the same.

And just because they'd discussed Marci.

How the hell was he supposed to watch over her, be close to her, and not touch her?

Working night shift meant that Ozzie seldom saw daylight during the winter. It was dark when he went to bed and dark when he got up. He missed the sunlight. But at least the bitter cold of December helped him keep a clear head while he pondered the ramifications of getting close to Marci again.

Oh, he saw her often enough. Bethany dragged her around all the time, and Bethany and Lucius were nauseating in their marital ecstasy. That meant whenever the team got together after work, the twins were there.

And given what the twins looked like, no doubt more than one fantasy took place in their honor. But for Ozzie, he only fantasized over one twin: the cracked one.

He saw her at picnics, at a local bar where they all hung out, at parties, and sometimes in the station, waiting for Lucius to get off work.

Marci fit right in, laughing with the men, joking, and turning down offers. Sometimes she watched him, and sometimes she pretended he wasn't in the room.

But no matter what she did, the chemistry between them was enough to choke a bear.

As Ozzie's truck cut through the snow and sludge clogging the streets, he absently took in the multitude of lights decorating houses and businesses. He liked this time of year. It was pretty. But this would be his first Christmas without Granny Decker and he already missed her so much it was nearly unbearable.

He was thinking of warm Christmas cookies, songs on the piano, and strings of popcorn, when he spotted the confusion in front of the funeral home. Lights from a police car flashed blue and red and an elderly couple, bundled in coats over pajamas, gestured with excitement.

Ozzie pulled up behind the cruiser and parked. It took him only moments to identify himself to the officer and to find out that someone had stolen a donkey from the Nativity scene erected on the funeral home's lawn.

Marci. Somehow, he just knew she was behind this. She'd probably claim the damned donkey was shy, or that he didn't like the colored lights, or God-knew-what. But Ozzie's instincts screamed, and so with a few more words to the officer, he gave up on the idea of sleep and instead headed to Marci's apartment.

Lucius used to live in the apartment across from Marci but, thankfully, he'd recently moved out-so Ozzie didn't have to worry about Lucius finding him at Marci's door. He and Bethany had purchased a home of their own. Lucius still owned the apartment building, but he left Marci in charge of it.

Not a good idea, in Ozzie's opinion, given that Marci was a kook. But far be it for him to tell Lucius how to run his business.

When he parked out front of the building, Ozzie looked toward Marci's porch window and, sure enough, her inside lights were on. Okay, so it was seven-thirty and she was maybe getting ready for work.

Or hiding a donkey.

Ozzie slammed his truck door, trudged through the crunchy snow and ice, and went up the walk, inside, and up to Marci's door. He knocked twice.

Breathless, Marci yelled, "Just a moment!"

His body twitched. More specifically, his cock sat up and took notice of her proximity. Damn it.

A full minute later, Marci opened the door. A look of pleasure replaced her formal politeness. "Osbourne. What a surprise."

He stared down at her and thought, if she'd just not talk about animals, if she'd just smile at him like that, he'd be happy to ravish her for, oh ... a few hours maybe.

When he said nothing, her smile widened, affecting him like a hot lick. She wore a soft pink chenille robe, belted tight around her tiny waist. Her small feet were bare, crossed one over the other to ward off the chill. Her baby-fine, straight brown hair had the mussed look of a woman fresh out of bed-or fresh inside from the blustery outdoors.

Shaking out of his stupor, Ozzie looked beyond her. He saw nothing out of the ordinary in her tiny apartment, but that didn't clear her.

She took a step closer to him, staring up in what seemed like provocation to him, a heated come-on, a ...

She tilted her head and said, "Osbourne?"

Lust tied knots in his muscles. He cleared his throat. "Busy?"

Big blue eyes blinked at him, eyes so soft, and with such thick, long lashes she didn't need makeup. "I just got out of the shower, actually." She patted back a delicate yawn. "It's early. Would you like some coffee?"

He'd like her.

Flat on her back.

Buck-naked.

His nostrils flared, but not from the scent of brewing coffee. "All right." Yet he stood there. He knew that once he stepped over the threshold, he wouldn't be able to keep his hands off her. Damn Lucius for putting him in this torturous position. And damn his weakness for wanting her. He knew, absolutely knew, that off-kilter broads not based in reality were a complete and total pain in the ass.

Yet he trembled with the need to gather her near and devour her. Marci got to him in a big way and he hated it. With most women, he enjoyed himself, and he made sure they got enjoyment, too. Mutual enjoyment, yeah, that's what he liked.

Not this insane torment and out-of-control craving. Not this trembling lust and gut-twisting need.

Fuck it.

He stepped in and demanded, "Where's the donkey?"

She twittered a laugh. "Donkey?" Giving him her back, she sashayed into the tiny kitchenette and got out two mugs.

Spellbound, Ozzie stared at her ass. Through the chenille, he could see the perfect heart shape of that fine behind, the softness of it, the slightest jiggle. When Marci wasn't tormenting him or conversing with critters, she taught an aerobics class, and it showed in the graceful muscle tone, the feminine strength of her willowy ...

"What donkey, Osbourne?"

Lost in fantasies, he stared at her, confused.

Her lips curved, and she prompted, "You asked me about a donkey?"

Oh, yeah. He took an aggressive stance. "There's a donkey missing from the funeral home's Nativity scene."

She raised her brows at him, then lowered them in thought. As she came back to him, carrying the coffee, she asked, "And you assume I stole him?"

"Did you?"

She offered him a mug, and he accepted. Their fingers touched, and it struck him like a jolt of red-hot electricity. The old John Henry jumped up with a hearty, "Hello!"

"Why would you think I did?"

The pounding of his heartbeat almost drowned out her question. "Did what?"

This time she laughed. As if speaking to a slow-witted fool, she repeated, "I'm curious, Osbourne. Why would you think I stole a donkey? I have no record for thievery. In fact, I have no criminal record at all."

He couldn't think while drowning in lust. He had to get a grip or run like a scared rabbit, and running had never appealed to him. He dragged his gaze from her and strode to the couch, seating himself in the middle.

Rather than look at her again-because that'd do him in-he sipped his coffee, then set the mug on the end table. "I think you took the donkey because you have some weird thing going on with animals."

"It's not weird."

He smelled her approach. Like a starving man, he inhaled the scent of woman, of sex, of pure, ripe temptation.

"It's a gift." Marci sat beside him, and the instant her hip brushed his, he bounded up as if she'd goosed him.

From several safer feet away, Ozzie turned on her. "Do you have the stubborn ass or not?"

Again, she seemed to ponder it. "What type of donkey are we talking about?"

"What type?" He frowned at her. "What the hell does that-"

Her eyes locked with his, she set aside her own coffee and rose from the sofa. As she stalked toward him, he went mute.

Horny and mute.

No one stalked like Marci Churchill, with that particular enticing gait.

"Marci," he warned, and he really, really meant it.

"Is it a miniature Mediterranean, a standard, large standard, or-"

"I have no friggin' idea. There really are different types?" He shook his head. "Who cares?" She drew nearer, and he felt himself sinking deep. "The important thing is that the donkey is missing."

"Donkeys aren't really stubborn, you know. They're just more laid-back and self-preserving in nature than many animals."

Self-preserving? Why did she always say the most peculiar things? "What does that mean?"

(Continues...)



Excerpted from A Very Merry Christmas by Lori Foster Gemma Bruce Janice Maynard Copyright © 2006 by Kensington Publishing Corp.. Excerpted by permission.
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Do You Hear What I Hear by Lori Foster....................7
Bah Humbug, Baby by Gemma Bruce....................117
By Firelight by Janice Maynard....................221
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    Not so good

    I am tired of boring books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    Steamy Reading Material

    what can I say? This novel brings Christmas earlier. It's not only sexy, sassy, and witty..., this novel is absolutely fun! There are three stories in this novel: Do You Hear What I hear?, Bah Humbug, Baby, and By Firelight. Do You Hear What I Hear--Lori Foster is really a romantic novel icon. Her writing is very sassy and I can't wait to open next page. bah Humbug, Baby-- it's kind of weird in the end, but overall the story is fun and sexy. Next day, I grab Gemma Bruce's another novel, Who Loves Ya, Baby? and wonder if it will be as steamy as this. Hee hee. And the last, By Firelight by Janice Maynard. OwhMyGawd, I read it while I was in a bus and... oops, my temperature was rising! I looked my face reflects on the mirror, just to make sure that I'm not blushed or what.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Great holiday fun!

    DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR by LORI FOSTER When Osbourne ¿Ozzie¿ Decker is asked by his friend and fellow SWAT officer, Lucius Ryder, to keep an eye on Marci Churchill, twin sister of Lucius¿s new wife, Bethany, he hesitates. His hesitation stems from the uncontrollable desire he has for her. Marci turns him inside out with just a look, who knows what spending several days in close contact with her will do to him. Someone seems to be following Marci, and Lucius and Bethany won¿t leave her alone to go on their honeymoon unless she is protected. Osbourne keeps Marci close by his side, and when it turns out that she is equally attracted to him, even the cold temps outside can¿t cool them off. Marci¿s ability to ¿hear¿ animals is a blessing and a curse. There is always someone who wants to talk to her or interview her she just wants to be left alone. Osbourne always thought that Marci, despite being totally hot, was a bit of a kook, but once he witnesses first-hand her very special gift, he finds himself falling in love with her. Osbourne and Marci are a perfectly sweet couple. Both are written to be caring and tender, typical of Lori Foster, who is incredibly talented at writing characters that feel like someone you know and love, comfortably common and just a little bit flawed.***** BAH HUMBUG, BABY by GEMMA BRUCE Allison Newberry excitedly takes her sister up on her offer of the use of a mountain chalet in the Colorado Rockies town of Good Cheer for the holidays she can¿t wait to spend some down time, all alone. No family, no work, no pressure, just her and maybe a ski hunk or two. Her plan is looking good until old flame Lee Simonson shows up at her door, when it suddenly becomes obvious that they have been duped into spending the week together by their meddlesome families. This is topped off by a huge snowstorm that has them completely snowed in. Despite a rocky start, these two take up where their relationship ended a year prior, but in the back of Allison¿s mind is Lee¿s dangerous job how he could take off on a photo shoot to some drug-infested part of the world, not knowing if he would make it back. When the two walk into town a couple of days later and meet some very quirky townsfolk, reminiscent of days, no, make that years, gone by, they are filled with a loving warmth that comes with a sense of belonging. After they return to California, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in the town of Good Cheer. This is my first read by Gemma Bruce, but it certainly won¿t be my last. Allison and Grant are sensual, fun and well-written.***** BY FIRELIGHT by JANICE MAYNARD Madison Tierney finds herself stranded in the woods in the middle of a raging snowstorm. Sure, she wanted to avoid going home and needed some time away, but this is just too much. She sees a light in the woods and follows it, exhausting herself fighting the wind and blowing snow, and collapsing in a heap when she finally reaches the doorstep. When Grant Monroe finds a beautiful woman on the ground at his door, the first thing he does is make sure she¿s ok and begin to warm her up. After that he has to fight the strongest attraction he¿s ever had for a woman. He finds himself wanting Madison so badly that he can hardly stand it, but insists on getting to know her before acting on the attraction. Once these two finally do get together, they practically combust, but as the storm lets up and they return to civilization, Madison¿s attitude cools considerably, confusing Grant, who realizes that he has fallen madly in love with her. Janice Maynard never fails to write characters that are passionate, caring, and always respectful, and Madison and Grant are no exception.***** This is a fun anthology by three very strong voices in women's fiction, you won't want to miss it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    ¿Do You Hear What I Hear¿ by Lori Foster. SWAT Police Sergeant Osbourne Decker and pet psychic Marci Churchill may love one another, but their relationship is in trouble. That is until they team up to rescue an abducted donkey stolen from a nativity scene with Marci as the suspect. --- ¿Bah Humbug, Baby¿ by Gemma Bruce. Marketing exec Allison Newberry takes time off for a week long skiing vacation in Good Cheer. She never expected to find her former boyfriend Lee Simpsonon to also be there. While she wants to avoid him as he has let her down too many times in the past, he wants a second chance with the woman he loves. --- ¿By Firelight¿ by Janice Maynard. Writer Madison Tierney is stranded and freezing when she fortunately finds the half buried mountainside cabin of reclusive artist Grant Monroe. Unable to resist the lure of first sight, they fall into each other¿s arms. However, both wonders whether morning sunlight will bring more lovemaking, doubts, or both. --- These three lighthearted yet sexually torrid romantic romps are fun to read as they leave the audience feeling that they have received an early merry Christmas. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    An excellent self christmas gift

    DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR By Lori Foster. Sergeant Osbourne Decker has had it bad for kooky pet psychic Marci Churchill for quite a while. Then her brother- in-law asks him to watch out for her..she is being stalked! He agrees but doesn't know how he will keep his hands to himself as he promised...well so much for the promise! Now throw a kidnapped donkey into the mix and what is a guy to do? Love her that's what and she can now be herself finally and let out her wild side that she shows only to Ozzie. When I got this I had been anticipating a funny, sexy and downright excellent story..I was NOT disappointed. It had me laughing throughout the book along with alot of sighing. Lori Foster has done it again with this great story! BAH HUMBUG, BABY by Gemma Bruce The last thing Allison Newberry wants or needs is to spend the Christmas holiday with ex-flame Lee Simonson. They broke up a year ago due to miscommunication on both sides but the heat and love is still there. Being pushed together by her sister and his brother at first infuriates these two but soon they are seeing just how right they are for each other. The surprise ending tickled me to no end. This was a wonderfully romantic and sexy story and I will definetly be reading more of Ms. Bruce's stories. BY FIRELIGHT by Janice Maynard Grant Monroe is a big, hunky, talented man. Seeking solitude in his mountain cabin around Christmas, when who should literally drop into his life but the almost frozen Madison Tierney. She has been walking for hours in a terrible snow storm being lead only by the light she see in Grants' window. The story that follows is full of teasing, humor and a very wicked game of scrabble. These two characters draw you into their story and make you fall in love with them as they do with each other. This was a great story. Again a new author for me to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Ho, Ho, Ho¿Christmas is Smokin¿!

    Right off the bat, things heat up with Lori Foster¿s story, Do You Hear What I Hear, when Sergeant Osbourne (Ozzie) Decker is asked to watch over the slightly cracked, pet psychic Marci Churchill. A task that Ozzie isn¿t sure he can handle. He can deal just fine with hostage situations and even crazed lunatic reporters, but Marci turns him into a drooling wild man every time she¿s near. All she does is smile, and he¿s thinking of long nights of hot and steamy sex. But when a donkey goes missing from a local nativity scene, Ozzie knows just who¿s door to knock on. Somehow, she talks him into returning the animal to the rightful owners, and before he can think better of it, Ozzie finds himself inviting Marci to stay with him through the holidays. The problem isn¿t having Marci in his home, that part he rather enjoys, but the real problem is that she¿s talking to his dog! Stranger still, the dog seems to be communicating with her right back. It¿s enough to make a sane man feel like he¿s gone `round the bend. *** Oh, I love it! A passionate story, without taking the reader down the road of erotica. This story is chock-full of sexual tension, and the thrilling tug and pull between these characters never stops. Also, the gentle way Ozzie treats Marci had me wishing he were real. Besides being caught up in the Christmas spirit , I also caught myself laughing at Marci and her quirky behavior, and then the ornery part of me loved watching Ozzie attempt to resist his attraction to her. Note: Marci and Ozzie¿s story connects to ¿Bad Boys of Summer, which features Bethany, Marci¿s twin sister.______________________________In Bah Humbug, Baby, by Gemma Bruce, things get just a tad hotter. Sometimes, family can be a real pain in the neck. Especially when they decide to play matchmaker. The unfortunate victims? Advertising exec Allison Newberry and former flame Lee Simonson. Thinking she¿s doing a favor for her sister, Ally heads up to a ski resort that her sister has rented for the week. She thinks she¿s about to spend Christmas week alone in the Rockies. She figures if she gets too bored she could maybe snag herself a ski hunk to spend a few blissful hours with. No problem, right? Wrong. When she arrives at the ski lodge, she doesn¿t find it empty. Lee¿the only man she ever really loved¿is there. He¿s just as surprised to see her, too. Angry and bitter over the last Christmas they almost spent together, Lee gathers his things and storms out¿in a snow storm. Not too bright, as he ends up wrapping his SUV around a tree. Back to the chalet he goes, and right into bed with Ally. ***Poor Ally and Lee, two people too stubborn to see what¿s right in front of them. Thankfully, Christmas time can hold a bit of magic, and these two get their fair share of it. However, will it be enough to make them drop their guard and give love a second chance? Will they manage to see the mistakes they¿ve made in the past and overcome their own misunderstandings? You¿ll have to read it to see, I guess.______________________________Last, but by no means least, is By Firelight, by Janice Maynard. Mystery writer, Madison Tierney is feeling anything but merry this Christmas. But when she gets stranded with mountain man Grant Monroe in his secluded cabin, she feels her Christmas spirit¿and her temperature¿start to rise. Grant has a tantalizing secret, and what he asks Maddy to do by firelight sparks a Christmas adventure she¿ll never forget. ***Come on, who wouldn¿t swoon at the sight of a gorgeous dark-haired man? He¿s all alone in a cabin in the woods¿yum. Maddy knows a good thing when she sees it, too, and she¿s not some timid little ninny too afraid to go after the hunky mountain man. However, he¿s playing hard to get, which confuses Maddy horribly. She wants Grant and she knows he wants her, so, what¿s the problem? On the other hand, Grant wants more than a single night of passion with Maddy. He wants Maddy to drop the cynical attitude and give in to the love that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Tis the season to read this steamy romance

    DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR by Lori Foster. Osbourne Decker reluctantly agrees to keep an eye on Marci Churchill while her sister and his fellow SWAT team member go on their honeymoon. Part of Osbourne sizzles with delight at the thought of spending sometime with the gorgeous Marci, the other part dreads it. She is a pet psychic who spends her time conversating with animals, just a little too kooky for Osbouurnes taste. Part of him doesn't even believe she is in need of watching out for. Soon he finds out she is being followed and vows to keep her by his side. The more time the two spend together the more Ozzie realizes Marci isn't as kooky as he once believed. She begins to open his eyes in more ways than one. DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR is a classic Lori Foster masterpiece. Lori Foster always writes heroines I can connect with. I loved Marci. She was open, honest, and an all around great character. Her blunt attraction for Ozzie has him going crazy and I loved watching their story unfold. Osbourne was a sexy hero that we can all see ourselves falling in love with. A found myself laughing at the crazy situation Marci gets herself into. Lori Foster has penned a story that makes you laugh while keeping her signature sensuality. I have been waiting for Marci's story and I can tell you it was WELL worth the wait. BAH HUMBUG BABY by Gemma Bruce. Allison Newberry is loves her career. She sometimes struggles to make time for anything else. In her opinion, she isn't as bad as her ex Lee Simonson. The man makes her body react in ways no one else can but they just can't seem to make it work. Their respective siblings decided to throw the two together without their knowledge and hope for the best. Lee and Allison aren't happy when they find out they are at the same ski lodge. Especially when they get snowed in for the weekend. Why not make the best of it and explore their still hot mutual attraction for one another? Soon the spirit of christmas and a special little town show them what is really important in life. BAH HUMBUG, BABY was a steamy read with a surprising twist thrown in. I really enjoyed witnessing the two characters re-connect and fall in love. BY FIRELIGHT by Janice Maynard Madison Tierney is trying to cope with her first holiday since her parents split. They are too busy with their new lives to be with her. She takes a trek through the mountains and becomes lost. Soon she sees a light in the distance and fights with all she has to find it. Grant Monroe is spending christmas alone in his mountain cabin to re-think the direction of his life. When he hears something outside his cabin the last thing he expects to find is a beautiful, half-frozen woman. The attraction between the two is almost instantanious and extremely strong. Grant takes the time to get to know Madison before exploring their attraction completley. He finds the new direction he wants his life to go in is straight to Madison's heart. Each time you pick up a book by Janice Maynard you are in for a steamy read that is equally sweet. BY FIRELIGHT is not exception to that rule. Though her books are always packed with passion they always pull the heart strings as well. A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS was a joy to read all the way around. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    A hot and spicey Christmas anthology

    A Very Merry Christmas has three tantalizing tales to steam up your holidays. ________________________ Lori Foster¿s Do You Hear What I Hear has macho SWAT team member Osbourne Decker asked to keep an eye on his friend¿s sister in law Marci Churchill. Normally that would be no problem but Marci is a little quirky and she gets under Osbourne skin like no other woman. Marci and Osbourne though they are different types of people enjoy and embrace those differences. It was a joy to watch these two fall in love, they have a chemistry that burns up each page.. It takes a special man to except Marci and her talents. Marci has the biggest heart to show Osbourne what true love is all about. _____________________________ Bah Humbug Baby by Gemma Bruce has former lovers Allison Newberry and Lee Simonson tricked into spending the holidays together. At first they can¿t leave cause of a storm but once they decide to stay they go exploring the village. This place works magic on them and they realize that a love like theirs is rare. Though they fight their passion at first, its explosive when they give in. __________________________ Janice Maynard¿s story By Firelight tells the tale of strangers meeting during a winter storm. Grant Monroe and Maddy Tierney are majorly attracted to each other from the start. Watching them trying not to give in until they know each other better is as sweet as it is hot. Once they go give in you will need the ac back on to cool down. _________________________ A Very Merry Christmas is a perfect treat for the holiday season. Each story in this anthology will just move you and will get your blood pumping as well. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    a GREAT Christmas read

    Do you hear what I hear by Lori Foster: I swear that Lori Foster only gets better ¿ and hotter - the older that she gets. I loved LUSCIOUS with Bethany Churchill and Lucius Rhyder, but A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS was a hoot to read. While Bethany and Lucius are on an extended honeymoon Lucius has asked, Osbourne Decker, one of his SWAT team members to help keep an eye on her twin sister, Marci Churchill, because someone has been following her. Osbourne dated Marci a few months ago and knows that she is a bet 'kooky' and actually has doubts about someone following her. He soon discovers that someone IS following her and as soon as they return the donkey - you'll have to read to see about this one - the best thing to do it to offer her the best place to stay and that¿s with him. Bah, Humbug Baby by Gemma Bruce Allison Newberry and Lee Simpson have been in love for a while but things just never seem to work out for them. This year his brother and her sister are sending them both to a special place where they can get away from it all and hopefully things will work out for them. After, being snowed in for a few days with nothing to do but make love, then get caught up in the spirit of the season that town provides things are looking good. Until they get home and find out something very unusual about the town that they were in. You¿ll have to read it but it¿s give you goose bumps. g This is the first story that I¿ve read by Gemma but she just went on my auto list. By Firelight by Janice Maynard: Grant Monroe doesn¿t normally spend a Christmas at his isolated mountain cabin but this year he lucky he did or he normally would not have met the woman who arrived half frozen on his front porch. After watching her parent¿s marriage break up Madison Tierney took some time to just by herself and to spend Christmas alone. But a freak snowstorm lands her in Grant¿s home. Madison is immediately drawn to Grant but he is determined that get to actually know each other before just giving into the sexual pull that he feels pulling them together. Plus he has a secret that he needs to share with her about who he is. This story was a great read in all ways. Every story just added to the mix and I can¿t wait to see what each one of them up with in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Steamy Read

    This anthology has stories written by Lori Foster, Gemma Bruce and Janice Maynard. I found this book to be entertaining, all three stories a great read and unique in their own way, but never forgetting the Christmas spirit....................DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR by Lori Foster - We finally get the long awaited story of Marci Churchill, who is the twin sister of Bethany from Luscious in the Bad Boys of Summer. She is a pet psychic having the ability to converse with animals. Osbourne (Ozzie) Decker is a member of the SWAT team and thinks that Marci is hot but also she does things not based on reality. The chemistry between them is hot enough to start flash fires and the sexual lure is strong. Osbourne infuriates Marci in one way with his beliefs but also makes her frenzied with need and she figures he uses sarcasm and negativity to hide his true feelings from her. Osbourne has had a bad experience with a woman in the past and now keeps everyone at bay, the mention of the 'M' word strikes terror in his heart. Even though Marci has kept her gift a secret from most people, lived with ridicule and disbelief all her life, she is always the optimistic one. Where as Osbourne is a pessimist who has had a hard time to adjust to his grandmother's death feelings which he has never divulged to anyone. Being around Marci with her openness and trust towards him, and seeing her interact with his dog soon has him rethinking his beliefs. Lori has penned an witty, fun read with just the right amount of tensions and steamy parts to make you want to keep turning the pages to the end......Oh how the mighty can fall.....................BAH HUMBUG, BABY by Gemma Bruce - Allison Newberry is executive for Newberry Advertising while Lee Simonson is a photographer of Pulitzer Prize winning photos. Both are getting away to a ski chalet for the Christmas holidays, but unbeknown to them they have been set up by their respective meddling siblings. Allison and Lee had bad break-up the previous year, and although they are soul mates, and love one another, they just cannot commit. Sexual satisfaction had never been a problem for them, but it seemed in the long run that is all they had. Being snowed in and unable to run from each other they have no alternative but to share the chalet situated in a quaint little town. There are surprising turns of events that show them what is really important in life. But be prepared to have ice around when you read this story as they scorch the pages. This is a hot, steamy read that will have surprises in store for you....................BY FIRELIGHT by Janice Maynard - Grant Monroe and his dog Van Gogh were secluded in his cabin on a mountain during a blizzard. When a noise was heard at the door, thinking it might be an animal Grant was surprised when a snow covered, half frozen body fell through the door at his feet. Madison (Maddie) Tierney thought she was going to die out there in the blizzard, but she had kept going toward the light until she had arrived at the cabin. The sexual tension is evident from the time Maddie becomes aware of her rescuer. The heat that flairs up between them keeps getting in the way of Grant's best intentions. But he does the gentlemanly thing and tries not to take advantage of her. She finds men are so judgemental, while he finds women to be overly impulsive with no regard to their well being. Maddie as an writer and can always make her characters do as she wants, but Grant is an frustrating, infuriating person who does not react the way she would like. How these two sort through everything is an adventure of its own and gives the reader an entertaining, enjoyable, hot read....................All three writers have penned hot reads, and I recommend this anthology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Another Anthology that jingles!

    Super sexy SWAT member, Osbourne Decker thinks that Marci Churchill, pet psychic, yea right¿ isn¿t that a little nutty? Has a couple of loose wires. The problem is he is also having the hardest time to keep his hands off of her! When a donkey disappears he can¿t help but wonder if Marci has anything to do with it, and that is when everything gets complicated. When they are in the same room the heat generated is enough to keep you warm on a cold winters night! All that Lee Simonson and Allison Newberry have in common is that they broke up last Christmas. At least that what they both think, until they are tricked into going to a cabin in the middle of nowhere on a bad snowstorm. Turns out that they discover that their attraction is still there and pretty soon fate interferes with the magic of Christmas to give them a second chance. When Madison Tierney makes plans with her friend to go hiking on Christmas she never though she will be spending her days with handsome, sexy Grant Monroe. When her friends leave and she decides to brave the weather, a bad storm lands her on his door. He takes one look at her and feel the magic of Christmas. This is a tender and lovely story that packs enough heat to light the fireplace! Lori Foster, Gemma Bruce & Janice Maynard join their skills in an Anthology to give their readers a special gift. Three different stories, unique as their authors make this a fabulous Christmas Romance. There¿s a lot of ingredients that will make this stories the perfect companion during the holidays, they are funny sexy and so very hot! . This is another page turner you don¿t want to miss!

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