Christmas Awards 2011

Friday, 28 January 2011

The Naughty List

The Naughty List – Anthology

Publisher: Brava

October 2010

ISBN: 978-0-7582-5310-1

Pages: 325

Naughty but Nice by Donna Kauffman

Thomas Griffin Gallagher more commonly known as Griffin has come to the same town of Hamilton to make some changes hopefully for the better. Griffin has been busy building his empire and hasn’t had too much time for his personal life and up until now no interesting in anything but casual. That looks like it about to change. Griffin has found someone that he is starting to want something a lot more than casual but will his plans for the town ruin his chance for happiness before it even has a chance to start?

Melody Duncastle was once a lawyer but she got tired of the long hours and no life but work. She wanted to change that and has but now her life just might end up being something she has no interest in. Melody is very happy with her bakery and not at all happy with what she feels Griffin is about to do to her small town. Or is he? She just might be in for a surprise providing she is willing to give Griffin a chance.

The season of miracles is upon them and this year Griffin and Melody just might get a Christmas gift that they didn’t know they wanted let alone needed. Will they be able to have a happy ending or will Griffin’s empire plans destroy what just might be the best thing to ever happen to either of them.

All I Want for Christmas by Cynthia Eden

Christie Tate has always been a good girl who has a real knack for inventing great toys at her family’s toy company. Things are not going the way she had hoped this year in her personal life and she thinks it is time to shake things up. First she is going to have to grab her courage and tell Santa just what a bad girl she wants to be this year.

Jonas Kirk is usually a cop but this year he is doing the Tate family a favor since he has known them for years by dressing up as Santa. The last thing he expected was for Christie to show him her bad girl side but he isn’t about to let her down when she tells him her Christmas wish.

Christie has always had a crush on Jonas but she thought she would be able to have a little no-strings fun with him. Now she is wondering how to hang on to the one man she has always wanted when he has the reputation for being a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” man. If she wants the best Christmas of her life she is going to have to come up with a plan and quickly if she has any hope of keeping Jonas.

Tattoos and Mistletoe by Susan Fox

Charlie Coltrane left Whistler, British Columbia as soon as she was able with the intention of never returning as it had memories that she would have rather forgotten and left in the past. Only now that her aunt has left her a B&B she has no choice but to return if for no other reason than to see if she can sell it fast after the renovation that her aunt started are finished. One way to take care of that is to make sure that the renovator understands that it needs to be done as quickly as possible.

LJ – Lester Jacoby – had a thing for Charlie when they were younger and then she left town. LJ was nerdy growing up but now he is the town’s hottest bachelor. He realizes that this just might be his one chance to show Charlie that if she is willing to give him a chance that they just might be able to have something very special together. First though LJ is going to have to break through the wall Charlie has built up over the years and he doesn’t have a whole lot of time to convince her to stay now that she is bad.

Charlie is going to have to decide if she is going to let the past destroy her chance to have a happy future or if the past just is too hard to deal with and let the best thing to happen to her disappear. Maybe this Christmas season is the time to start on building some happy memories.

This is a great anthology that is sure to get the read in the mood for the season. The stories are by some wonderful authors that know how to tug on the reader’s heart strings. This is one book that is worth reading and is sure to become a favorite of many readers. It is also one that readers will want to read at any time of the year and not just at Christmas time. All three stories bring their own uniqueness to make this one a really great read.

I give this one 5 red roses

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