Review: Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Christie Barth

We wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!
A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. ‘Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

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Title: Romancing the Holiday
Author: Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon and Christie Barth
Series: Holloway, Kent Brothers
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 1426894708
Genre: Romance, Christmas, Anthology
Release date: December 3rd 2012
Number of pages: 272

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We’ll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.
Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.
Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her "faulty" memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

We'll Be Home for ChristmasThis is my first book in this series, but I didn’t felt lost and it can be read as a simply holiday novella without any problem, because the story is focused on Lila and Spencer love story and holiday affair.

These two have met before but neither thought they would actually see each other again, especially since Spencer lied and told her a different name, his brother name, so it was a very fun misunderstanding in the first chapter and them we have Spencer kinda groveling for Lila’s attention and forgiveness.

It was a fun and sweet story.

 

The Best Thing by Jaci Burton

Tori Lewis had a perfect working relationship with Brody Kent, until a year ago, when a flaming hot kiss changed everything between them. With passion dancing a wicked tease around them, they have to decide which direction their relationship is going. But Tori doesn’t want to risk losing her job and the only family she knows, while Brody wants to shake things up and make Tori his. Can he convince her he’s worth the plunge into the unknown?

The Best Thing (Kent Brothers, #3)

Again, I missed the other stories in this series, but it was a fun and very hot novella. I liked Tori trying to work with three hot males and pretending to not being acted. Ha, as if! It was fun to see that friends can jump to a relationship without all the crazy thinking.

But it was even better to see Brody struggling with his feelings and what he was supposed to do. Since he doesn’t do relationships it was really nice watching him change for the perfect women.

 

 

Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.
A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.
This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him…for good.

Ask Her at ChristmasI actually love a romance when friends discover they were perfect together and live HEA. So this story made everything really perfect for the holidays, the settings with Christmas tree and skiing on Chicago.

Kyle is a geek and not very good at feelings and what is right in front of him, but I understand Caitlin better because she’s afraid of what will became of their friendship if he doesn’t love her as she loves him.

It was fun to see Kyle’s almost fiancé trying to break them apart and how this actually helped with moving them together.

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Review: Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton

Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)Title: Taking a Shot
Author:  Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play
Publisher:  Berkley Heat
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0425245527
Genre: Romance
Release date: March 6th 2012
Number of pages: 309

If you want to score, you have to get in the game…

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock-even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty…


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Okay this story was a well done romance, but at the end I felt like something was missing and it made me realize that Jenna was running from something but she didn’t had a reason to. Just weird to me, since both her brothers play sports and neither are bad guys.
 
I love Jenna attitude since the other books in this series and how she managed to work with this guys and still has her freedom. Both her brothers are athletes and she manages her family sports bar, but se also runs from anything related with a relationship and a athlete, which is weird to me, since the only people she knows are the ones on the bar and they all think off sports as a divinity.
 
But I loved this relation and how Ty managed to overcome her plans and strike at her heart was genius. He’s a very dangerous and smart guy, but still manages to be sweet and family orientated. I loved him and how much his in love with Jenna.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – The Perfect Play
#2 – Changing the Game

#3 – Taking a Shot
#4 – Playing to Win
#5 – Thrown by a Curve
#6 – One Sweet Ride

Review: Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2)Title: Changing the Game
Author:  Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0425242404
Genre:

Romance


Release date: August 2nd 2011

Number of pages: 299

Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren’t most people….

Win at any cost. That’s always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she’ll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She’s had a thing for this player’s moves since she first laid eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad.

Gavin’s more than ready—especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. And as much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz’s way to see just how far she’s truly willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of them all.


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I loved The Perfect Play and it’s been so long since I read and unfortunely I did not write a review, so most of the story slipped from my mind and I regret not re-reading before continuing the series.
 
Changing the Game is the second book and most of the characters were introduced on the first book. We met Gavin and Liz while following Mick and his romance with Tara. But Liz made a mistake and tried to break up the couple that destroyed her professional relationship with the football superstar. Gavin is Mick’s younger brother but also a player, but his specialty is baseball and he continued working with Liz.
 
One weekend Gavin and Liz relationship changed, but Mick and the family had a little too much to say about it.
 
I liked this book, but not as much as the first one, maybe because Gavin was supposed to be a womanizer and he demonstrated this in the bedroom really good, but his relationship with Liz had it’s ups and downs several times. I expected him to better with the words an woo her into bed and into a big future together.
 
But the sexual scenes were very steamy and I liked how Liz tried to stick with reality and pretend she had all under control. Gavin was also really good with his family and friends, not thinking his career was everything in life.
 
Overall the book was a good romance but not the best in this series.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – The Perfect Play
#2 – Changing the Game

#3 – Taking a Shot
#4 – Playing to Win
#5 – Thrown by a Curve
#6 – One Sweet Ride

Top off Tuesday #3

What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!

Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading, and Felicia from Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog want to see the covers that made you swoon!  Feel free to play along and show us your favorite covers. Button made by Missie.

 I picked Taking a shot by Jaci Burton (Play by Play #3)
If you want to score, you have to get in the game…

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…

See ya next post!