Romancing the Holiday includes novellas from HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth, and Jaci Burton. The publisher is Carina Press and the official release date was December 3, 2012. I was lucky enough to get a review copy thanks to the publisher through NetGalley.
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...
I love the Holloway Series and was super excited to get Spence’s story. I loved Lila and Spence together. While the got off to a rocky start, since Spence used his brother Austin’s name when they first met, you could feel the connection between them and it only grew stronger the longer they were near one another. I loved how Spence wanted to take care of Lila, even though she is such a strong person. The chemistry between Spence and Lila is smoking hot and I loved how passionate they were together. Another winning story from HelenKay Dimon.
Ask Her for 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 for Christmas is the first book I’ve read from Christi Barth. I loved the friendship between Kyle and Caitlin and could tell from early in they would be perfect for one another. The fact Kyle’s dad is trying to marry him off to another woman doesn’t lessen any connection they have. I loved the friends to lovers theme, and think Barth rocked it with Caitlin and Kyle. I really enjoyed Christi Barth’s voice and look forward to reading more books from her in the future.
The Best Thing by Jaci Burton
A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can't let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he's got a reputation for loving and leaving. She'll have to keep her heart--and her libido--in check.
Brody can't get the time of day from Tori--ever since that impulsive kiss, she's avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family's construction company office. The company can't afford to lose her, and Brody's come to realize that he can't live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he's a changed man?
It just might take a Christmas miracle.
I’ve been waiting for Brody and Tori to get together since the very first Kent Brothers book. They have been attracted to one another forever and one kiss at the Christmas party changes everything. Tori has loved Brody since she was a teenager, but because of his reputation with women and her job with this company, she has never tried to be with him. Following their kiss, Brody finally sees Tori in a different light. He wants her to talk about what happened with the kiss and also give him a chance. Brody and Tori have the best chemistry together and have some of the hottest love scenes. I loved that for the first time in Brody’s life, he wanted to have a woman in his life daily. Of course, he had to have a little bit of a freak out and screw up royally before we get the happily ever after. Brody knows how to announce his love publicly like no other.
I really loved all 3 stories in the novella. Romancing the Holiday can be purchased at your favorite online bookstore.