Love a great Christmas romance, but pressed for time? Pick up a holiday novella to satisfy your craving for a great happy-ever-after. This season contemporary authors Jill Shalvis, Jessica Scott, and Nadia Lee are all releasing Christmas reads. Today these authors stop by to spread the holiday cheer and give tips for buying your significant other a Christmas present. Take it away ladies!
Jill Shalvis author of Merry Christmas, Baby
First of all, this gift should have absolutely no practical value around the house — unless it’s a chef, cleaning service, or nanny so that you can whisk her away for the holidays! Second of all, it shouldn’t be a gift card unless it’s for a plane to ticket to somewhere warm with a beach. And third, this present should say that you know and love this person, and gave the gift a lot of thought. Bonus points for making them laugh and/or cry when they open the wrappings. 🙂
Jessica Scott author of All I Want For Christmas Is You
Does it involve fishing? Because fishing is my spousal unit’s passion. He loves spending time on the water and I have to admit, I do to. He’d pretty easy to shop for: fishing lures, tackle. Anything involving bass fishing and he’s a happy man.
Nadia Lee author of The Billionaire’s Holiday Obsession
See what he (or she!) keeps browsing for on Amazon or other stores. Check out his wishlist. If neither results in a decent list of possible gifts, then go for the nuclear option: a gift card. (I personally prefer to receive cash, but my husband won’t go that route.)
Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis – 4 stars
Wild child Chloe Thompson can’t believe how much things have changed. She still can’t get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.
Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.
Another heart-warming story from Jill Shalvis from her Lucky Harbor series that has us visiting Chloe and Sheriff Sawyer, two of my all-time favorite characters from the series. It was great seeing these two again and even better seeing them add a new family member to their group.
I remember how much fun it was to read Chloe and Sawyer’s story in Head Over Hells and I was glad I got to have the chance to revisit them in this novella. Their story was fun and frustrating at the same time and I was glad to see that these two continue to be as stubborn as always but still deeply in love with each other.
If you’re a fan of the Lucky Harbor series you don’t want to miss this novella–it was fun and emotional and everything you’d expect from Jill Shalvis.
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Jessica Scott – 5 stars
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left – and she doesn’t know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what’s coming for them. It’s going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
What I’ve come to admire about Jessica Scott’s writing is the ‘realness’ of her stories. Each man and woman who star in one of her stories carries much more on their shoulders than any civilian would, but the author brings this to the page in a way that readers–especially those who have not experienced the same situations as those of the main characters–become emotionally invested in these characters’ stories.
This is the case in All I Want for Christmas is You too. At a 100+ pages of content Jessica Scott brings to the page a second chance story where a woman comes back from the war affected, confused and unable to cope.
I loved Patrick. He was loyal, loving and supportive. Due to his own experience after his deployments, he was able to relate to some of the issues Sam struggled with. His commitment to his family shined through as did his humor and caring personality. Sam was a great characters also. I couldn’t help but to want to comfort her. She felt so deeply and was so torn as to how to proceed in her healing that she did the only thing she thought was right. Thankfully, her daughter took the initiative and called Patrick for help and what ensued was a sweet, lovely story packed-full of emotions.
For me, as a reader of some of the other books in the series, it was a treat to see the same quality of writing, character development and range in emotions as with the other books I had read. And the fact that it was Sam’s issues that drove the story made it even more especial. I’m a sucker for holiday stories, so that was another plus for me as a reader. 😉
Keep in mind that although this novella is part of the Coming Home series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone. However, I do recommend that you read some of the other books in the series. I’ve read some and loved each one of them.
All in all, a fantastic holiday read!
The Billionaire’s Holiday Obsession by Nadia Lee
Deep in debt and stalked by a deadly conman, Jane Connolly needs a job and a safe place to stay. With no one to turn to in an unfamiliar city, she can’t refuse the kindness of a magnetic stranger.
A former mixed martial arts fighter, billionaire Iain Pryce couldn’t walk away from a small town girl in a big city, especially when it’s obvious she’s in trouble. But her sweet spirit threatens the single principle he’s been living under for the past thirteen years: don’t lose control…