Heating Up The Holidays (E–pub/Kindle) ´ Jill Shalvis


Stories of firefighters chasing women around christmas apparently with an affinity for the same florist WINTER S COMING SO WARM IT UP WITH5 LOGS ON THE FIRE forHEATING UP THE HOLIDAYSLisa Renee JonesMary Ann RiversSerena BellPLAY WITH MELisa Renee JonesOkay so I ll admit to it up frontI m a HUGE Lisa fan And I mean HUGE So imagine my delight in her sexy naughty addition to this fabulous anthology I will try not to be biased but I have to be honest even before the first word was read I was suealing with gleeKali Miller takes a chance at finding herself and some much deserved happiness and takes a job in the land of sinLas Vegas only when she arrives said job disappears like a coin in a slot machine She has left everything behind and needs a job needs to feel empowered and in charge of her life again This drive pushes her into Damion Ward s world A world that she s been immersed in before so it leaves her leery at firstI m bruised not brokenHigh stakes overload of power and a man that asks no uestions only demands that everyone fall in line has Kali uestioning every moment they spend together As she tries to examine Damion s actions and the ever present ever undeniable lust that flows between them she also is trying her best to eep her head above water and do the job to the best of her ability the scent of him seems to chase me It s spicy and wintery stirring the oddest memory of a candle my mom used to burn during the holidaysThese two are combustible The heat and lust is a living breathing character within the story Lisa s incredible talent to make you feel every nuance and desire makes this a decadent holiday treat Kali is not a broken woman and she stands up to Damion at every turn forcing him to take down the walls he s built up in his life The only problem with that is that this spunky reporter is pulled in much deeper much faster than she could imagine She definitely bites off than she thinks she can chew Damion pushes and Kali pushes right back each what the other never new they needed most in life I would have liked that but the staff gave me the impression they thought I was the newest chick chasing the millionaire CEOI loved this story Loved that Lisa gives us a woman who needs a man to support her and not make her I love that this wonderful sexy and intelligent man is a broken boy at heart What I did not love was the endingor lack of it Yes I m a greedy girl and I want I want to now what happens next I want to Imaginary Runner know that the secrets they share do not break them Mostly I want to see their Christmas Thank You Lisa and NetGalley once again it is FABULOUSSNOWFALLMary Ann RiversOMG Why have I never heard of this woman before Where has she been hiding and how can I make her my new BF I am speechlesscompletely and utterly speechless Yes that is how good this short story is I am a mom of an onlyand I felt the love flow with each word I read this over a week ago and am still surrounded by the love and fear that I felt within these pages We share the same philosophy which is that whatever it is you re doing you do for love Your work the friendships you extend the person you fall for and hope is the one start with loveYes Inowand that little gem is only page 5 It is a beautifully written heart filled story of love and hope Jenny super smart undeniably beautiful even if she s clueless about itespecially since she s clueless and in the fight of her life Hundreds of miles from home from her anchor and alone in dealing with a life changing ordeal Or so she thinks having moved far from home to research at the lab of her dreams Jenny hasn t let anyone in Her fear takes control of her life and makes everything else even worseMy mom is connected like that she wants to understand why people do what they do and love what they loveShe shuts out the world as hers narrows even further and finds a connection of sorts on line It starts out innocently and builds into something steamy and yet empty Still she shuts everyone out I hate spoilers and with this story especially I refuse to deny anyone the joy of hate spoilers and with this story especially I refuse to deny anyone the joy of this masterpiece So it s fair to say that a relationship that only exists within the blinking cursor of a cold laptop I no "relationship at allFear not because even when you shut yourself out there are still people waiting for you to "at allFear not because even when you shut yourself out there are still people waiting for you to them and when you do it makes life worth living again Evan does that he pushes and challenges Jenny to be what he sees in her He is loveable and awkward and just wonderful My God he loves her mind Like is totally hot for her brilliance I love him Evan s confidence and lack there of on occasion was sweet and real Don t get me wrong I love an Alpha but its also nice to have a guy who s just head over heels stupid with loveI feel like it was like this aperture Like you couldn t at first handle too much light you d be exposed Lincoln was a way to let in just enough and then maybe I Hope Maybe You Can Take maybe you can take light and be Jenny with me who was always Evan It was always me And my amazement is so connected to all of it to all these tiny moving parts that added upThis is an intelligent heart filled story about life About the things and people that anchor you when the world is dark Ms Rivers brings to point that its the people and moments that fill up and illuminate your world So I m going to hang my lights tons of them way up high for all to see Because I m here and I m okay and I love my life Thank you Mary Ann for the best early holiday gift I ve ever hadAFTER MIDNIGHTSerena BellIt s New Year s Eve and you d rather be anywhere but here We ve all been there running away from problems only to be confronted with how much worse it could be Miles life is falling apart his job and reputation are in danger and his heart still aches from the stomping it was given Nora is trying to prove a point to herself to the worldwho cares all that matters is that he did not break her So together they are trying to hide their pain and melt into the crowd unscathed until midnight But what do you do when the attraction is undeniable and inescapableThey probably put some crazy pheromones in that stuff grizzly bear sex gland extract or somethingThis is a hilarious read Between the serious hurt Miles and the impulsive beavis and butthead musings of Nora I laughed my way through a wonderful love story These two are the example of animal magnetism but never take it too seriously It so worked for them neither wants to be too heavy even if they both want nothing than to lay themselves bare for the other It was heartbreaking to move from his to her point of view It s possible midnight will never comeIt s possible we ll be stuck here like this foreverAll that s left unsaid and unexpressed I yelled and shook my e reader in frustration Always the sign of a good read in my opinion Nora is life in Technicolor and Miles needs that in his life badly I read on with frustration and desperation Why wouldn t he answer his phone Why didn t she just tell the truth Why the hell would anyone screw either of them But and I don t like spoilersI loved it Every frustratingly steamy funny word I m looking forward to some fun unavoidable love from a wonderful author Serena thank you so much for a New Year s Eve worth staying up for Heating Up The Holidays was a collection of 3 holiday stories by authors Jill Shalvis Jacuie D Alessandro and Jamie Sobrato I loved Shalvis s All He Wants for Christmas American Heroes The Firefighters 3 Shalvis delivers lovely characters with wonderful chemistry I especially loved the push and pull between them 5 starsD Alessandro s My Grown Up Christmas List was eually good I thought D Alessandro s writing style and storytelling fit perfectly with Shalvis s story Firefighter Brad falls for flower All He Wants for Christmas by Jill ShalvisEMT Dustin Mauer has one Christmas wish to make tough firefighter Cristina Lewis realize she's in love with him And he's using his considerable bedside charm to convince her My Gro. ,


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Tore owner Toni the first time he sees her but she won t give him the time of day After his buddy overhears why she might be giving Brad the cold shoulder Brad does a full court press to try and win Toni s heart I adored both of them I honestly don t From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 know how Toni resisted Brad for as long as she did This guy is romantic and charming on top of being drop dead gorgeous Toni is definitely stubborn but I actually liked how independent she was 5 starsSobrato s Up On The Housetop was cute but not as good as the first two Lorelei had her heart broken as a teen and decides to return to her home town to face down her demon namely firefighter Ryan uinn Ryannows he was a jerk when he was younger and he wants forgiveness and a chance to make it up to her I don t love revenge plots in romance but as they go this one was decently done It helped that Lorelei s behaviour provided some laughs But the cheese was turned way up on this for me view spoilerI m sure I was supposed to find the song Ryan wrote for Lorelei romantic but it didn t feel that way to me just Fresh Water kind of juvenile for 2 people in their 30s hide spoiler This anthology contains 3 short stories that take place around Christmas time but to be honest I didn t get much of a Christmas feeling out of them The stories aren t particularly connected to each other aside from the fact that the Hh in these stories live in the same city Santa Rey CA or in the vicinity and the heroine in the 2nd story is the owner of the florist shop where the heroine in the 1st story and the hero in the 3rd story buy some flowers and a Christmas charity card somewhere down the road Confusing Not really as each story stands on its own and you can read them separately All He Wants for Christmas by Jill Shalvis 3 starsThis story is the seuel to Flashpoint and Flashback but you don t have to read those books to understand it Dustin and Christine work together at the Fire Station 34 he s an EMT and she s a firefighter and one could say their relationship is complicated They had a one night stand a few months ago but things got stalled after that she s than willing to have a friends with benefits relationship with him but he wants and won t settle for a casual affair with her So where does that leave them Will she come to her senses and realize he s wortheeping forever before he gets tired of waiting and leavesBased on the previous books I French Daguerreotypes knew I d have a hard time with Christina and sadly I was right She grated on my nerves with her stubbornness and refusal to accept a true relationship with Dustin Okay she had some abandonment issues she didn tnow who her father was and her mother wasn t exactly maternal but she d From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read known Dustin for 5 years and should be able to trust him after all that time Anyway Christina aside this was an OK read for what it was worth to give closure to Dustin and Christine s story that started in Flashpoint and was left hanging in Flashback My Grown Up Christmas List by Jacuie D Alessandro 4 starsBrad Griffin has had his eye on Toni Rizzo since she opened her florist shop 3 months ago but he sept his distance because she told him she was already involved when he asked her out What she didn t tell him was that she was involved with her new business and not exactly with someone No Toni doesn t have a boyfriend but she needs to eep Brad at bay because she s got this rule against dating firefighters and Brad happens to be a firefighter Toni s cold shoulder works for a while until Brad finds out there s no boyfriend in the picture and sets out to get her But what does she have against firefighters Will Brad be able to make her ditch her no dating firefighters ruleThis was my favorite story in the anthology I loved Brad to pieces and I laughed like a fool at his antics to convince Toni to have dinner with him The man was a charmer As for Toni she was doing OK up until the moment her brain had a seizure and she took that stupid decision near the end of the story I can t say what she did because it would be a spoiler but it was like ALL HER BRAIN CELLS HAD LEFT her brain cells had left vacation Thankfully it was a short vacation LOL All things considered this was a very enjoyable read with only that minor glitch Up on the Housetop by Jamie Sobrato 3 starsLorelei Gibson gave her virginity to Ryan uinn when she was 16 only to have him broke her heart the next day She s left Ocean Harbor Beach as soon as she graduated from high school determined to leave Ryan and everything else behind Now 15 years later "She S A Grown Woman "s a grown woman a doctor but she s never managed to forget him So she returns to her hometown to find some closure even though she isn t sure what awaits her Naturally fate plays its hand and lands Ryan who s now a firefighter on her examining table at the Ocean Harbor Beach Hospital ER Out of the sudden Lorelei s suppressed anger over the way he treated her in high school surfaces and she decides it s payback time Her plan Seduce him have mind blowing sex with him and ditch him just like he ditched her years ago The problem is Ryan isn t a callous teenager any and really regrets the way he treated her back then Will Lorelei be able to get past her thirst for revenge and take a chance on this new and improved RyanThis story had an interesting premise but it was too short I now this was a short story I got that The point is I felt that things were a bit rushed between Ryan and Lorelei considering they haven t seen each other for 15 years and their last encounter had been less than satisfying I found it hard to believe how easily they fell in love with each other In spite of that I had fun reading this story and yowza the love scene at the hot springs definitely lived up to the title of this book Is it hot in here or is it just me So to sum things up This was a slightly better than average read overall not bad for a uick and fun Blaze fix And the cover isn t too shabby either drools This is only a review of the RITA finalist novella All He Wants for Christmas by Jill Shalvis It was a cute well written story with a bit of a twist the hero wants commitment and the heroine is reluctant EMT Dustin Mauer and firefighter Cristina Lewis have worked together for uite some time They shared a night of super duper passion and Dustin want a real relationship Cristina has a troubled past and a great fear of involvement She Doris Salcedo keeps everyone at arms length She likes the sex but is afraid of Dustin refused to settle for less Can they find their wayNicely done novella long enough for things to happen and feelings to grow I liked it a lot Every now and then you run into a multi author series with mixed results They run the gamut fromthey must have wrote these while on a holiday together through guess they shared a few notes via email to wellI think they re all set in the same communitymaybeI pondered if an editor pulled a handful of authors names out of a hat gave them the basic theme and didn t bother to put them in touch with each other Supposedly they re all centered around a florist shop located not too terribly far from a fire and rescue station I say supposedly because all three heroes purchase an envelope from said florist shop as a charitable donation One of the heroines was the owner of the shop You d think all these people would be tripping over each other Neither the owner nor her employee were mentioned by name in the other two stories and I thought initially there was a vague set up for the third one at the end of the second one but the timing was offEnough of that The novellas themselvesThe first one brings to mind the thought of not shitting in your sandbox The heroine apparently not only shit she did it in than one spot Even better if a H did what she did use someone else for sex then friend. 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