It Must Be Christmas

It Must Be Christmas

Book - 2016
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Previously published stories from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter, and Donna Alward, these hot romantic stories share the spirit of love this season. It's the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air--and desire reaches the boiling point...

Hot Toy
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie comes a hilarious, sexy story about a determined shopper who grabs the last action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the arms of a sexy secret agent. Mayhem under the mistletoe ensues. Business as usual this Christmas season...right?
Christmas with the Billionaire Rancher

Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money in Mandy Baxter's story set deep in the heart of Texas. But when gorgeous do-gooder Chloe Benson comes knocking at his door--in search of funds for her charity--Nate can't ignore the passion he feels for her. Maybe love is priceless after all?

Christmas at Seashell Cottage
'Tis the season in Jewell Cove when local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger and ex-SEAL Dave Ricker. Are these turn of events too good to be true? Or is Christmas working its magic--for real?

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Paperbacks,, 2016.
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks edition.
ISBN: 9781250106377
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 18 cm


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Oct 09, 2016

Hot Toy - 5 Stars

I had previously read Hot Toy a year ago and absolutely loved it. In fact, it's, by far, my favorite among the three novellas included in this book. It's a clean read with signature Jennifer Crusie humor. I found the single POV narration to be unusual for a Crusie story, but I loved it all the same. You may want to go into this one prepared to suspend some belief, but enjoy the ride anyway. Lighter on the romance, but heavy on the fun.

Christmas at Seashell Cottage - 3.75 Stars

This story is book 1.5 in Donna Alward's Jewell Cove series. It stands on its own and gives a nice glimpse into the series. This novella is the longer story of the three coming in at nearly 200 pages. On the rare occasions that I read a novellas, I prefer them on the longer side in order to give the story a bit more character and story development. I was pleased that it felt more like a full length book and that it didn't leave me wanting more. I did find the ending a bit rushed as far as how the romance progressed, but at the same time, it wasn't entirely implausible.

Christmas with the Billionaire Rancher - 4 Stars

This story revolved around Nate and Chloe. Nate's father has died and has left a vast fortune for Nate and his brothers. Chloe runs a non-profit that helps inner city kids. When she approaches Nate looking for a sizable donation, the beginning of a romantic entanglement begins instead. First, I want to say that I enjoyed the premise of this story and the writing was well done. My only struggle was the explicitness which made it an odd fit with the other two novellas in this collection. There was a vast gulf between the first two stories and this one and it came as a bit of a shock after reading the first two novellas.

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