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BOOK REVIEW: The One Night Stand Before Christmas (Reindeer Falls #3) by Jana Aston

BOOK REVIEW: The One Night Stand Before Christmas (Reindeer Falls #3) by Jana AstonThe One Night Stand Before Christmas (Reindeer Falls #3)
by Jana Aston
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Synopsis:

Dear Santa,

Please stop by my house and pick up your suit. If you thought I was going to run it to the dry cleaners for you after you left it on my bedroom floor, you’ve got another think coming.

Best,
Noel Winter

Warning:
Reindeer Falls is more naughty than nice. They’re over-the-top Christmas with merrily-ever-afters guaranteed. These stories are novella length for quick holiday binging. Enjoy!

Review:

“Sometimes I secretly pretend I still believe in Santa.”
“Pfft.” He smiles softly. “Who doesn’t?”

With snow falling, Christmas music, hot cocoa, and Santa, The One Night Stand Before Christmas had everything I love in a holiday book. The characters pulled me in, the story line was addictive and the heat was absolutely sizzling!  Plus I loved how much I laughed.  This was the perfect ending to the Reindeer Falls trilogy and I can’t recommend these books enough!

All I had was an overabundance of hot cocoa.
And Santa. I had him too.
Yup.
I just had a one-night stand with Santa Claus.
That’s one hell of a way to get on the naughty list.

Noel’s co-worker, Jillian, left her to oversee pictures with Santa.  Santa was to be Jillian’s brother and Noel had been warned that he was a huge flirt.  So when Noel met Teddy, their meeting felt a little bit different, but there was instant chemistry.  And after one thing lead to another, Noel slept with Santa.  What’s a girl to do.

“We’ll have to bring the Santa costume,” I say in place of yes.
“Kinky.” He winks, but playfully. Smiling as he steps through the office door and starts unbuttoning the Santa jacket.

I loved Noel.  She was determined, kind and absolutely hilarious!  Hearing the story unfold from her point of view cracked me up.  And watching her interact with Teddy, had me falling so hard for him.  Teddy was a fabulous book boyfriend!  He rolled with the punches, was beyond intoxicating and I loved how thoughtful he could be.  I’d gladly accept cookies from him too, ha!

“That’s quite the package you’ve got there, Santa.” I roll my hips against him, hoping we can move this into my bedroom. Or we can just stay here and take off our pants. I’m not picky.
“Did you really just make a dirty Santa joke?” His tone is incredulous but he’s laughing.

From the moment they met each other, their chemistry was off the charts hot.  Who knew I’d be melting into a pile of goo while Noel was putting on Santa’s beard?!  Um yeah, I didn’t think that was possible until this book lol.  And on top of that, their banter was irresistible.  I would easily go from squealing to sighing out loud.  It was so effortless to fall madly in love with them.

“You’re so beautiful,” he tells me when his lips have moved back to mine.

With charm, humor and romance, The One Night Stand Before Christmas became an instant favorite.  And while I guessed how something was going to play out, it definitely didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this story. I just loved it so much!  And those who love epilogues will be oh so happy.  We got to jump one year into the future, and see where Noel, Holly and Ginger are in their lives.  It was incredible!  So if you love happily ever afters and Christmas stories then definitely give this trilogy a try!

BOOK REVIEW: If You Give A Jerk A Gingerbread (Reindeer Falls #2) by Jana Aston

BOOK REVIEW: If You Give A Jerk A Gingerbread (Reindeer Falls #2) by Jana AstonIf You Give A Jerk A Gingerbread (Reindeer Falls #2)
by Jana Aston
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Synopsis:

Dear Santa,

I do not want Keller James for Christmas.

I will not fall for him, no matter how charming or irresistible or famous he is. I will not be swayed by his skills in the kitchen or by his British accent. I’m going to win the Great Gingerbread Bake Off and no one is going to stand in my way. Not even Keller.

All kisses are off. I mean all bets. All bets are off. And all his clothes.

Grr, never mind. I’ll figure this out myself.

XOXO,
Ginger Winter

Warning:
Reindeer Falls is more naughty than nice. They’re over-the-top Christmas with merrily-ever-afters guaranteed. These stories are novella length for quick holiday binging. Enjoy!

Review:

If You Give a Jerk a Gingerbread was sprinkled with delicious goodies, hilarious banter and a charming story line.  And just like the previous book, The Boss Who Stole Christmas, I couldn’t stop smiling.  If you love romance, Christmas and the Food Network Channel during the holidays, then definitely add this one to your list!

I don’t like him. I can’t like him.
Still, my heart is racing.

Ginger was chosen as a contestant on The Great Gingerbread Bake-Off for TV….think Food Network holiday bake offs. And after a meeting with celebrity chef, Keller James, she was rattled.  Keller was unbelievably sexy and she was going to be competing against him.  But Ginger wanted to be the one to win the grand prize of $10,000.  That way she could open up her own bake shop.  And she didn’t need Keller distracting her.  Except sometimes life has other plans in mind for you…..

Oh, sweet heavenly fruitcake, I’ve lost my mind.

I adored Ginger!  She was funny, quirky, and kind and her verbal and inner monologues were absolutely hilarious at times. She was so open with us and it made her easy to like. Plus I loved how motivated she was for winning the prize money.  We got to hear the whole story from her point of view and it was so effortless to feel what she felt.  But even I saw that there was no way she could avoid falling for Keller.  He seemed to be everywhere she was.

“This town, the people. You. It all reminds me of what’s really important. Of what I’m missing.”
“What are you missing, exactly?”
“Something real.”

Keller James was a sexy professional baker who knew what he wanted in life.  And it seemed like he set his sights on Ginger, while also tackling the bakeoff.  He could be oh so smooth and irresistible.  But would he really stick around after the bakeoff was done?  I kept my fingers crossed for their happily ever after, while watching him try to get Ginger to want him.

“It’s Christmas, Ginger, and anything is possible at Christmas. Have a little faith in the magic.”

If You Give a Jerk a Gingerbread was merry and bright and can easily be binged in one sitting.  I loved how adorably sweet the story was, but that there was also spice in the pages anytime Ginger and Keller were near each other.  And the use of Christmas words throughout the story, ohhhhh so cute!  So now I’m off to the last sister’s book, The One Night Stand Before Christmas, and I can’t wait!

BOOK REVIEW: The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1) by Jana Aston

I just re-read this book and loved it even more this time around! I laughed so much and it was just what I needed♥.

BOOK REVIEW: The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1) by Jana AstonThe Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1)
by Jana Aston
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Synopsis:

Dear Santa,

Please bring me a new boss for Christmas. Mine is the worst. The worst, hidden in a six foot tall package of male perfection. It’d be easier if he looked like an old Scrooge, wouldn’t it?

Nick Saint-Croix doesn’t look like an old scrooge. He’s hot as-

Um, never mind. Just bring me a new boss. Please.

Sincerely,
Holly Winter

Warning:
Reindeer Falls is more naughty than nice. They're over-the-top Christmas with merrily-ever-afters guaranteed. These stories are novella length for quick holiday binging. Enjoy!

Review:

The Boss Who Stole Christmas was laugh out loud funny, sigh inducing, and there was so much Christmas cheer I couldn’t stop smiling.  With characters that came alive and a story line that played out like a movie, this easily became my favorite Jana Aston book!  Just so you know, I loved this book so much that I’ve already read it twice (now three times lol)!  So if you adore romance and Christmas, then you definitely have to pick this one up!

I shouldn’t be thinking about doing things with him that would put me on top of Santa’s naughty list.
Yet I do. I think those things.
I’m feeling suffocated in this car. Suffocated by all the different versions of Nick dancing in my head.

Holly Winter, whose family obviously loved Christmas ha, worked at the Flying Reindeer Toy Company.  She loved her job and was such a hard worker, but there was one small problem.  Or maybe I should say one tall, gorgeous problem.  Nick Saint-Croix.  He took over his Uncle’s toy company and had been driving Holly crazy ever since.

The tone of his voice sounds like every filthy thought I’ve ever had coated in a candy-cane sugar glaze.

You guys, I loved Holly.  She made me laugh, was devious, quick witted and had no problem going toe to toe with her Grinchy boss.  Even when Holly saw little clues that maybe, just maybe, Nick wasn’t the Grinch she thought he was.  She tried her best to ignore it.  Along with her attraction to him too.  But the more time they spent together, the more that became impossible to do.

“If you could have anything you wanted for Christmas, what would you ask for?” I question while we’re waiting for the shopkeeper to bag up my collection of gingerbread. He’s silent and I’m not sure he heard me so I turn, one eyebrow raised in question.
“Nothing I can have,” he answers, and he seems uncomfortable, not looking directly at me.

I was obsessed with Nick.  He was charming, smart, sexy and took being in control in the most wonderful of ways.  Nick was also full of surprises and the definition of sigh worthy.  And any time that Nick and Holly were together, their moments felt erotic and hot.  They were like fire and gas, when they were near each other they burned so brightly.  I loved them together!

“Holly,” Ginger chastises. “Where is your seasonal spirit? Is there no room at the Vagina Inn for Nick?”
“Oh, my God, you did not just say that.” I shove chocolates behind the new doors and start to gather my things.

On top of this book being scorching hot, it was beyond hilarious!  I loved when Holly was with her sisters.  They made me laugh so hard and you could feel all of the love between them.  Like the creation of Dickmas.  Oh my gosh, I kept finding myself laughing so hard I couldn’t even catch my breath!   But Holly and Nick together made me laugh so much too.  This was the perfect feel good book and I loved every minute of it.

Kissing Nick is like finding out that Santa is coming twice this year. And he’s bringing things you didn’t even think about putting on your list.

The Boss Who Stole Christmas had everything I could want in a Christmas story.  There was so much emotion packed into the pages and the characters leaped from the story, this book sure didn’t feel like a novella.  Especially since I laughed from beginning to end.  And with Christmas sprinkled throughout the pages, this book was a ton of fun to read.  The Boss Who Stole Christmas was festive, smile inducing and oh so hot, I can’t recommend it enough!

PS Here are some of Holly’s Christmas thoughts I loved and I’ve been stealing her Oh my Santa! saying…

I’ve got the nervous energy of an elf who overindulged in candy canes.
Oh, my Santa Claus, please stop talking!
I stand a little straighter. Be brave like Rudolph, I remind myself.

BOOK REVIEW: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

BOOK REVIEW: In a Holidaze by Christina LaurenIn a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
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Synopsis:

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

Review:

In a Holidaze was brimming with Christmas cheer, family, laughter and love!  From that first chapter I felt like I was watching a movie.  It all played out so vividly in my head.  So I couldn’t help but gasp, laugh out loud and fall madly in love with this book.  If you’re looking for a fun Christmas story that has romance in the pages, then definitely add this one to your tbr!

What am I doing with my life? Please. I want…
I’m not even sure how to finish the sentence. I want to be happy, and I’m petrified that the path I’m on now is going to leave me bored and alone.
So I ask the universe, simply: Can you show me what will make me happy?

Every single Christmas, Mae’s family got together with her parent’s college best friends and their families.  They celebrated the holidays together in the mountains and were so close knit.  They loved each other deeply and had so many rituals and activities that they looked forward to each year.  Except this year…..Mae messed up big time. And with it looking like this would be their last time together, Mae’s heart was bleeding.  But then, her whole life got turned upside down and inside out.  With a touch of magic, that reminded me of Groundhogs Day, I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen next!

The display says that today is December 20. But this morning was December 26.
“Wow.” I lean back, looking around. Panic presses in at the edges of my vision, turning the world black and fuzzy.
Breathe, Mae.

I loved Maelyn Jones, aka Mae, right away.  She was resilient, caring, and followed her heart.  It was so easy to feel everything right along with her.  So when life got crazy, I more than understood why she lost it.  Seriously, what in the world was going on?!  How many times would she have to repeat certain moments?  And while I felt her anguish and suffering, I couldn’t help but laugh throughout this whole ordeal.  They were so many hilarious moments!

I want to capture this moment. I want to put it in a snow globe and be able to see it just like this, forever.

The romance in this story was slow and addictive.  And I found myself falling in love right along with them.  Well technically Mae already had loved Andrew forever, but you’ll see what I mean.  Andrew had been friends with Mae practically his whole life.  He always saw her as a friend, but with magic or was it fate intervening, I kept my fingers crossed he’d start to see her in another light.  You guys, Andrew was most definitely book boyfriend material!  He was sexy, patient, thoughtful, sweet and kind.  And I loved how he always paid attention to Mae.

His eyes sparkle, and sensation zips up my spine. I swear he’s never looked at me like this, like he’s seeing me for the first time.

With sledding, picking out a Christmas tree, making snow critters, mistletoe and more, I loved all of the Christmas festivities in the pages!   It added to the fun of how the story played out and I kept finding myself smiling and laughing out loud.  On top of Mae and Andrew, we had their families, another family and then Benny.  I loved, loved, loved Benny!  He was their parent’s best friend who gave me this Cheech and Chong mixed with Mr Rogers persona lol!  Bennie warmed my heart and made me feel like Mae was safe. He was someone she could trust and confide in during these crazy times thank goodness.

His breath comes out warm against my neck, voice shaking: “It never occurred to me that you might be mine.”

It was so easy to fall in love with these characters and their story!  And it ended with an epilogue that had all of my hopes and dreams swirled together. Seriously.  It was that fabulous!  So if you’re looking for a Christmas story, or a romance that will make you smile, laugh and fall in love then definitely pick this one up!  I’m so glad I did!

Going still, he breathes in uneven bursts against my neck. “I’ve loved you my whole life, but this new thing…” He sucks in a deep breath. “It’s amazing and scary.”

PS I actually went into this book with NO knowledge at all, besides my co-blogger Arielle saying it was a must read. The hold at my library was 13 weeks out and I was number 17 on the wait list lol. I was emotionally not in a great place at all, so when I got a notice that Chelsea, my other co-blogger, gifted me this book, I cried all the happy tears and started it right away! *All the Christmas hugs Chelsea‘s way, I love you!*

BOOK REVIEW: Holiday With You by Claudia Y. Burgoa & Grahame Claire

BOOK REVIEW: Holiday With You by Claudia Y. Burgoa &  Grahame Claire

I’m so happy I got to be included in this blog tour! I adore Christmas stories and this book had so much holiday charm! Check out my 4 Star Review below ♥.

BOOK REVIEW: Holiday With You by Claudia Y. Burgoa &  Grahame ClaireHoliday With You by Claudia Y. Burgoa, Grahame Claire
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Synopsis:

USA TODAY Bestselling authors Claudia Burgoa and Grahame Claire bring you an enchanting holiday romance that’s sweet and full of light.

Audrey’s boss gave her one objective—head to the small town of Winter Valley, and acquire that bed and breakfast the company has had their eye on forever. A big sale like this could change her career . . . and she’s the only one who could convince the owner to make the deal.

On her way, she crashes into the truck of sexy, unavailable, single Dad Colin Bradford. The repairs won’t be done until Christmas Eve, so she’s stuck in Winter Valley until her car is fixed.

There’s something magical about being in a small town at Christmas. Life is slower than her hectic job in the city. She finds herself falling for Winter Valley . . . and for Colin.

Though acquiring that bed and breakfast is much harder than she planned . . . Amidst all the hot chocolate, snowflakes, and silent nights, Audrey has a choice to make. Could Colin end up being her Christmas miracle?

Review:

Holiday With You was a Christmas story that was filled with romance, secrets, and a lot of fun.  With warmth and charm in the pages, this book was such an easy, quick read.  So if you’re looking for a Hallmark book to pick up, then you’ll want add this one to your tbr!

This is the nightmare before Christmas.
And I’m dressed like a unicorn.

Audrey’s demanding boss sent her out of state, before the holidays, to acquire a B&B in the adorable town of Winter Valley.  Along with the message that she was not to return until she had acquired the B&B that wasn’t for sale.  Upon arriving to town, she crashed into Colin, a local single dad.  And with repairs on her vehicle not being completed until Christmas Eve, she was stuck there where she kept running into Colin and his delightful family during her stay.

“Welcome to the chaos.” He brushes his thumb across my cheek.
Briefly, I close my eyes , savoring every millisecond of his touch. It’s powerful. More so than it should be since we’re practically strangers.

I absolutely loved how Aubrey and Colin met!  You could tell that they were both attracted and interested in each other right away.  However they seemed to prioritize other things in their lives, as more important than love.  With Colin’s daughter and Aubrey’s job being their main focuses, I wondered how they could be pushed together.  But with a family and townspeople that couldn’t help but meddle, and a place that had all the Christmas charm in the world, it was a lot of fun watching them come together.

“Unicorn.” There’s so much emotion behind the word that it sounds as if it’s been yanked from his soul. I’m afraid to look too deep into the meaning. I’m terrified I won’t hear what I want to. That I won’t see what I want to see.

Colin was my favorite in this story!  He was kind, thoughtful, loved deeply and was the most amazing dad ever.  His four year old daughter, Perry, was so easy to love too.  Watching them interact was so sweet.  And the rest of his family was endearing too.  It seemed like there was a lot of potential for future books with his siblings *fingers crossed*.  But one of my favorite things about Colin was how he called Aubrey unicorn.  And each time he did, it made me smile so huge.

Maybe there’s more out there than I thought. Maybe I can have more.

Audrey was a determined person, with a kind heart, who loved her job.  While trying to figure out who owned the bed and breakfast, she kept finding reasons why this town made her happy.  Which was needed, since it seemed like Audrey was missing joy in her life.  And a lot of her newfound joy had to do with Colin.  I loved their chemistry and how it added a spark into her life!  And I cherished how Audrey, Colin and Perry fit so well together.  Their moments were so sweet and precious.  But Audrey was heading back home.  Her life was in California, not in Winter Valley.

I belong.
It’s a dangerous thought, one I should snuff out faster than I can say candle . . . but my heart grips onto it with everything it has.

So with snow, cookies, and lots of holiday charm, this book was so heartwarming.  I enjoyed how family played such a big roll and it was impossible not to love the quaint town this story took place in.  And if you adore epilogues, like I do, you’re in for a treat.  This one made my heart so happy.  If you’re looking for a holiday read or adore the Hallmark movie, Let it Snow with Candace Cameron Bure, then definitely add this one to your list!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

 

 

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Excerpt:

I hit a patch of ice.

The car skids and spins out of control.

This is it.

I knew it.

This is how it all ends. I’ll slide into a ditch where no one will find my body until this winter wonderland thaws.

When the car slams against something, I hold on to the wheel and scream until the airbags blow, pushing me back into the seat. My lungs contract with such force I’m afraid they might fold into themselves. The car has spun so many times that, when the door opens, I’m disoriented.

“Are you okay?” someone asks smoothly, the baritone of his voice reverberating through my bones. The low rumble is comforting, and I could listen to it all day.

When I look up, I understand why his silky words felt like a warm hug. I’m in heaven, and St. Peter is the most gorgeous angel I’ve ever come across. Not that I met any while I was among the living.

 

 

About Claudia Burgoa:

Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author.
She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breath away.

She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her youngest two children. She has a sweet Bichon, Macey, who thinks she’s the ruler of the house. She’s only partially right.

When Claudia is not writing, you can find her reading, knitting, or just hanging out with her family. At night, she likes to binge-watch shows with her equally geeky husband.

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About Grahame Claire:

 

Grahame Claire is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

A writer. A blogger. United by our love of stories and all things romance. There was definitely some insta-love. Hello? Books involved. A little courting. A lot of writing. The result…Grahame Claire.

Soulmates. Unashamed of our multiple book boyfriends. Especially the ones that rooted in our heads and wouldn’t leave us alone. Don’t worry. We’ll share.

Pleased to meet you.

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