Red Hot Holiday – Anne Calhoun/K.A. Mitchell/Lean Braemel – 4 stars

December 3, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

Red Hot Holiday

 

Another winning anthology from Carina Press edited by the wonderful Angela James.  Have I said I love this year’s Christmas selections??  🙂

 

I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel

Megan is surprised at the airport by her long-distance boyfriend.  What follows is a sweet story of being willing to make sacrifices in order to be with the ones you love.  She’s always had a dream of being a Mountie and while Ryan supports her it hasn’t been easy since he has stayed back at home while she works a post out in the wilderness.  It has been hard on the two of them but she’s ready to be with him and if that means giving up her dream job to have the man she loves with all her heart/soul then so be it.  She’s made arrangements to join the provincial police force in town so she can be with him full-time.

Ryan is a sculptor that put his life and dreams on hold to raise his siblings.  He’s a great man and has decided that as much as he loves his family he wants to start his own life with the woman he loves.  He’s made arrangements to move North to be with Megan…  I would have loved more of these two as they burned up the pages when they were together and the support both of them have from his family was sweet to see.

Breath on Embers by Annie Calhoun

This was my absolute favorite of the 3…  Such heat and amazing angst…  Loved loved loved this one.  Check back here on December 19th for more about this title and Annie Calhoun.  😉

Thea has moved to New York to bury herself in noise so she doesn’t have to deal with her grief over the loss of her husband.  She’s alive but not truly living.  She buries herself in sex and her blaring iPod rather than dealing with life.  She’s had a purely sexual thing going with an incredibly sexy firefighter but when he tries to change the rules on her she panics.  I understood where she was coming from but it made me sad to see how many walls she put up just to avoid feeling.  She’s very lucky the man who roars in to her life is understanding enough to want to make it work but I also understood when he stepped back.  He loved her but he couldn’t force her to let go and live again.

Ronan was incredibly sexy and has items in his past he has had to deal with so he understood where she was coming from.  He pushed her boundaries but also stepped back when he knew he was pushing too hard.  I loved him and man oh man I’d take him in a heartbeat if he was real.  The menage scene was amazingly erotic but the thing that made me start to weep was when her walls fell and she finally admitted what she felt.

I cannot stress this enough…  if anything go grab just this story (it is available on its own) because it is so worth every second of time it takes to read it.  This is a woman who is fundamentally broken and yet with love/patience opens back up and lives again…  🙂

Wish List by K.A. Mitchell

What happens when you hit that point in your life where you don’t know if you are truly done experimenting and are ready to settle down?  In this case what happens is two men who mean everything to one another have to open up and confront what they want/need is just each other…

Jonah and Evan have been together for two years and when Jonah discovers wedding rings in Evan’s desk he freaks out a bit.  I mean what if there are things out there that he hasn’t tried but are what he needs to be completely happy…  I mean like being dominated, at the mercy of your lover, being taken..  he’s just not sure he’s ready to commit to that level.  He loves Evan but…  He decides to write a list of what he fantasizes about but is afraid to vocalize to his partner.  Evan has been keeping his own secrets…  you see he is a closet Dom who has kept this side hidden because he isn’t sure he can control it once he lets it out.  When he finds Jonah’s list he decides to push the relationship a bit without letting Jonah know that he’s seen the fantasies.  This wasn’t my favorite of the anthology but it was a good read.  I just felt at times like screaming “WILL YOU JUST FREAKIN TALK TO EACH OTHER!!!!”  I mean that happens a lot in romance novels but in this case it was a bit frustrating.

 

 

All in all a nice hot anthology which I would recommend just for the Anne Calhoun story.  Trust me on this one..  read it..  such a nice weepy story with an ending that will make you sigh.  As always with Carina Press titles you can click the link in my sidebar to go pick them up.

 

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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