Santa’s on His Way by Maisey Yates, Stacy Finz, Nicole Helm, Lisa Jackson Release Date: September 25, 2018 Publisher: Zebra Number of Pages: 320 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 9/14/18 to 9/18/18
What can be better than a book of Christmas tales from some of my favorite authors? Not much!
What the Cowboy Wants for Christmas
by Maisey Yates
This story has a lot of emotion packed into its pages. Meg and Noah grew up in and out of foster care so there is a lot of baggage. Maisey Yates handled their situations beautifully and really tugged at my heartstrings. If I wasn’t already a big fan of this author, this story would have me seeking more from her. ~4.5 stars
by Stacy Finz
A few years ago, I read the first couple of books in this author’s Nugget series. I really enjoyed them but somehow lost track of them along the way. This story reminded me of how much I enjoyed her writing. I’ll have to make a note to get back to that series. As for this story, a lot of depth was put into the back story of these characters. Sometimes that can bog down a story as short as this one, but the author did a great job. The tension that built between Rachel and Boden as the story progressed was palpable. ~4 stars
A Cowboy Wedding for Christmas
by Nicole Helm
Amazing chemistry! The heat between Lindsay and Cal is off the charts, even though they go through great pains to not even touch each other. This is a very touching story about a couple who find their way back to each other after going their own ways years before. The love and hurt between them twisted me up inside. I’ll say it again…amazing! ~4.5 stars
A Baby for Christmas
by Lisa Jackson
This story was kind of old school. It starts off in 1995, so I thought it was a bit of a flashback. Nope…the story takes place in the 90’s. People smoking cigarettes in restaurants, non-existent cell phones and all. While I enjoyed this story, some of the references threw me because of being dated. And sometimes the flow was a bit choppy. But the chemistry between Annie and Liam was explosive and it was, overall, a great story. I was curious and had to look this one up once I finished because, honestly, why would the author write this story to take place in the 90’s? That wasn’t a crucial plot point. Turns out, this story was included in another Christmas compilation called ‘Tis the Season back in 1997. It’s odd to me it was not only included in this modern compilation, but it’s also the “headliner” on the cover of the book. ~3.5 stars
I really enjoyed this collection of Christmas tales. While it doesn’t seem any of these stories is technically part of any of the authors series, they all have some sort of tie (usually by location) to some other work. A Cowboy Wedding for Christmas by Nicole Helm is definitely an offshoot of her Mile High series. I’m hoping to see these characters again, but I don’t think it’s necessary to read that series to understand and like this story.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**