Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection by Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, and Alison Kent

Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection
by Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon,
and Alison Kent
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication: December 5th 2011

Review courtesy of netGalley

Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.
This Time Next Year by Alison Kent

Brenna Keating is on her way to spend Christmas with her grandmother when treacherous roads and a skittish deer put her car in a ditch. Riding to the rescue-literally-is Dillon Craig, a reclusive doctor who insists she weather the storm in his cabin.

Since returning from Afghanistan where he treated wounded soldiers on the front lines, Dillon's made it a point to avoid any emotional involvement. But his unexpected guest has him dangerously close to breaking his own rules.

Brenna has a plan for her life-until she's stranded for three days with Dillon. Soon, the chemistry sizzling between them forces her to reexamine her priorities. The man is gorgeous, if taciturn, and a true hero in every sense of the word. No woman in her right mind could resist him, and so Brenna doesn't-even though she can't stay...

A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

With a disastrous marriage behind him, Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman, let alone his ex-wife's younger sister. But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center, Wyatt can't help but notice she's a desirable woman, as warm and funny as his ex was cold and aloof.

Calliope fell hard for Wyatt the first time he walked through the door of her family's home, and can't believe her sister let him get away. He's still the star of all her fantasies, and she's determined to prove to him she's nothing like his manipulative ex. Wyatt may be all business, but Calliope sees the way he looks at her when he's supposed to be working...

It's not long before Wyatt and Calliope are keeping each other warm on cold December nights. But it's going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time.
It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon

Carrie Anders officially broke up with Austin Thomas when she accepted a dream job in the city. Unofficially, she misses him and is tempted to sneak back to her West Virginia hometown to see him. That's why this year, she's not going home for the holidays. Her heart can't take any more mornings-after where nothing has changed-and Austin has made it clear he's not interested in relocating.
Austin's been waiting for Carrie to realize she can't live without him. But when he hears she's not coming home for Christmas, he decides to take action. If Carrie won't come to the country, he's going to bring a piece of the country to Carrie-in the form of a Christmas tree lot just minutes from her apartment. He's certain daily meetings will entice her to come home with him, this time for good.
Their attraction is as hot as ever, but with such contrary Christmas wishes, can either of them get what they really want this year?

Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.
Justin McCormick has loved Claire since the moment he first saw her, but his best friend got there first. Now that Claire is ready to move on with her life, Justin is finding it harder than ever to hide his true feelings. And when they both get caught up in the holiday spirits at a party, their simmering mutual attraction boils over into a night neither of them can forget...
My Thoughts:

This was a great mix of holiday stories, sometimes there is maybe one or two books that can carry an anthology with the others not holding my attention or have a lack of a story line that holds my attention. I was presently surprised that each book had a strong enough storyline to hold my attention.

Each book is a stand alone book being reissued into one. Some stood out more for me but I enjoyed reading each one. I wasn’t as familiar with some of the authors, having only read Alison Kent and Jaci Burton prior.

Alison Kent’s story- emotional story of a solider coming back with a haunted soul unable to save all those wounded in the war. I can’t imagine the nightmares that face our medical soldiers who have to make the choice of who will survive the injuries or who won’t, especially if the injured is the terrorist. On a chance meeting, he found the one person who could help him deal with these memories and remind him that he is a hero. It doesn’t matter if you are in a combat zone or in the ER, dealing with trauma and life and death decisions are part of the same.

Jaci Burton's book- I liked everything about this book, the storyline and  the characters. Sometimes the only obstacle in falling in love is you. This was cute. I plan on finding the first book.

It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon, this one I wasn’t too sure but I am glad I read it until the end, sometimes what you think you are searching for is right in front of your eyes.

The last story in the book is Shannon Stacy's story, this was a sweet love story. He loved her from afar, but she was married to his best friend. Tragedy brings them together and from there they form an unbreakable bond. Can mistletoe bring these two finally to admit their love for one another?

A wonderful collection of Christmas theme stories to get you in the holiday spirit.  I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Great review..i really enjoyed this book, its so nice to hear you did too :)

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