To All A Good Night – book review

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To All a Good Night
by Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis, HelenKay Dimon
Release Date:  September 1, 2008
Publisher:  Kensington Books
Standalone - Compilation
Number of pages:  318
Kindle Edition
Source: MCL
Contemporary Romance/Holiday  M/F
Rating: NC-17
Read 9/15/17 – 9/17/17

‘Tis the season for me to read Christmas-themed books I guess!

This book is another one I read to read through the Jill Shalvis library.  It’s a compilation of three short holiday stories by three different authors.  One a new-to-me author, one I’ve only had minimal exposure to, and one is a favorite of mine.

Unleashed
by Donna Kauffman
Pages: 110

I’m a whole bag of mixed thoughts on this one.  The only other time I read this author was another compilation with Jill Shalvis, Men of Courage.  I really enjoyed her story in that book.  While I love the concept of this story, there was something missing for me.  I think it may have been a case of telling and not showing.  Plus, we are told too many times how NOT extraordinary the heroine, Emma, is in her looks.  It got annoying.  I did like the characters as a whole so was disappointed I didn’t feel their heat.  ~ 2.5 stars

Finding Mr. Right
Jill Shalvis
Pages: 89

So, I initially picked up this book to read this particular story.  I thought the name sounded familiar but didn’t do my research. Turns out I’ve read this story in the compilation Merry and Bright a little more than a year ago.  I didn’t re-read it since I have so many books on loan right now I need to get to.  Just know that as soon as I started reading it I knew I had already done so and I remember really enjoying the tale.  Here’s my review from a year ago on this story:

I love, love, loved Maggie and her word vomit. She cracked me up. And Jacob was wonderful. Maggie might have felt awkward and nervous around him at first, but not because of anything he did. He found the quirks that bothered her about herself cute and endearing. The whole mystery/sci-fi aspect of her work has me a bit torn. It was interesting, but a somewhat over the top. Yet I feel like that’s what the author was going for here. ~ 4 stars

Can You Hand Me the Tape?
Helen Kay Dimon
Pages: 86

Goodness, this story had my stomach in a big whirl of warm-fuzzies.  I love how Spence and Natalie totally misjudged each other through the years they knew each other on a professional level.  Respected each other, yes.  But didn’t necessarily like each other.  Until they truly got to know each other and let go of all of their preconceived notions.  The author also did a wonderful job of portraying Natalie’s insecurities while giving the reader the true sense of the male perspective when it comes to women’s bodies.  Oh, I know a hot, tight, curvy body will turn their heads and even be the subject of fantasies.  But men don’t nitpick apart a woman’s body (in most cases) the way a woman will do to herself.  I really loved the chemistry and overall lesson in this story. ~ 5 stars

The average rating is 3.8 so I will round that up to 4 stars.  I’m thinking I need to look into Helen Kay Dimon as I thoroughly enjoyed her story in this compilation the most.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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