ARC Review: Romancing the Holiday by Christi Barth, HelenKay Dimon and Jaci Burton

Posted December 7, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

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ARC Review: Romancing the Holiday by Christi Barth, HelenKay Dimon and Jaci Burton
Romancing the Holiday
by Christi Barth, HelenKay Dimon, Jaci Burton

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 3, 2012
Series: Holloway #3
Published by Carina Press
Pages: 272
 

 

 

“This book has the perfect holiday stories!” ~ Under the Covers

Ask Her At Christmas
by Christi Barth

This story was very sweet and it caught my interest from the beginning.  It’s about lifelong best friends who are in love with each other, but only one of them knows it.  Kyle is being manipulated by his dad to marry the daughter of a business associate because their marriage will be great for their businesses and the upcoming merger.  He feels that he has to go along with it to make his dad proud.  Caitlin, on the other hand, has always been there for Kyle and now is no different.  She’s trying to think up ways for him to propose.

So the main idea of the story was very sweet and cute, the writing was easy flowing, but I’m still left not completely satisfied with the story.

Kyle has been oblivious to the attraction between them since forever.  I thought there should’ve been a little bit more work on his part instead of just a quick light bulb going on in his head.  Some groveling and proving himself and his love would’ve been nice.  After all, Caitlin has basically waited for him her whole life.  I thought she deserved more.

We’ll Be Home For Christmas
by HelenKay Dimon
Holloway # 3

And we have a winner!  This is my favorite story from the Holloway series.  First of all, it starts out with the crazy scenario that Lila moves to Holloway to run her uncles’ campground (without knowing it’s in shambles) and first day in town she runs into the man she had a one-night (three day) stand.  Except she finds out that Austin is really not Austin, he gave her a different name and is now caught in the lie.

I adored Spencer, he’s the serious and intense type.  What he does and says is usually meaningful and that’s how he lives his life.  He loves his family and he loves his town but he doesn’t think he’s the family type himself.  A lot of that is because of his mom.  Yeah, we all love the damaged hero we can change his ways.  And Spence was that in spades.  Possessive, sexy and going for what he wanted.

The Best Thing
by Jaci Burton
Kent Brothers # 3

Tori has been working for the Kent Construction company for years, she keeps things running smoothly.  Except for the last year she’s been bitchy and grumpy.  And that has everything to do with the kiss at the Christmas party between her and Brody.

First of all, I remember that kiss!  I was hoping it would keep going!  Brody is more the love ’em and leave ’em type, which might’ve been why he had stayed away from Tori.  But now he decides it won’t affect their professional relationship and he wants to go for it.  He just has to get past her barriers.  She’s protected herself from being hurt by him because she’s always had a crush on him.

But there’s no way anyone could NOT fall for Brody.  So caring, and so big, so protective, and so big, so loving, and ….so big.  Just a bit rough around the edges, not perfect all the time.  But he is the perfect man.  I just loved everything about him, and the chemistry with Tori was amazing.  After reading the first two more tame books, I was pleasantly surprised that there was enough spicy mixed in with the sweet.  The Kent brothers always know how to show a girl a good time 😉

I am sad to see this mini series go.  It has been my go to series for the holidays for the past three years.   But it was a job well done.

*ARC provided via Netgalley

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Annette C.

Thanks for the review, looking for some light holiday reading, might check it out.

trish dechant
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I love and adore Jaci–haven’t read the other 2 ladies. But I love reading Christmas anthologies–it’s a great way to find great new-to-me authors.
And Francesca, LOL–the big comment makes it hard not to click that Amazon ‘buy me’ button.
Spencer sounds delish–I love a damaged hero.

I’m sold — lol– you know you have no problems twisting me arm when it comes to buying more books. 🙂

Maria D.
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Maria D.

Thanks for the review – I have a copy of this and can’t wait to read it – really looking forward to my holiday vacation:)

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erinf1

Thanks for the review! Sounds great!

Aly P
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Aly P

I love novellas that have Christmas themes. Thanks for the review, it’s very good as always 🙂

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review. The books sound great.

Timitra
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Timitra

I have We’ll Be Home For Christmas but I haven’t read it yet, I’m definitely more excited than I already was to read it-thanks Francesca!

Joanne B
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Joanne B

Thanks for the review. This sounds like some fantastic holiday stories.