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Ressed as a cowboy having spent 3 months on "his ncle s ranch with cowboy wisdom she still says no her friend chides her again he returns a " uncle s ranch with cowboy wisdom she still says no her friend chides her again he returns a time as himself and she finally agrees to one dinner not a date Over the restaurant table he caresses her hand her wrist driving her crazy and she takes Fortinbras at the Fishhouses up by caressing his leg with her foot til he s crazy they get dinner to go and have one intense night of energizing passion She reluctantly goes on a few dates showp at his place in a raincoat and the thong she purchased with the the other gift card but then it is Christmas eve he invites her to his faily s for dessert she balks then her friend calls invites her to his faily s for dessert she balks then her friend calls a note for a big order that she forgot to enter in the book she takes it as a warning she s too involved with him and her business is going to suffer and she wants to avoid entanglements is miserable with family hears that two firefighters were injured panics that one was him realizes she loves him rushes to his side he was okayUp on the Housetop by Jamie SobratoDr Lorelei Gibson in high school she was the geek skipped two grades way too smart but not a smart dresser paired with Ryan on a science project at the local hot springs she clumsily gives him a kiss and invitation to sex in the hot springs he can t say no but is embarrassed and ignores her the next day and for the rest of the school year hurting her tremendously she goes on to become a doctor serves two years in the peace corp and becomes best friends with an elderly native with 3 wives who never steers her wrong and when it is time to go home he tellsher to track down the man who broke her heart sleep with and take back her power she returns to her hometown firefighter Ryan A Way Youll Never Be uinn tired of one night two longer term relationships one too clingy the other wanting him toit occasionally would wonder about Lorelei from High School bumped on head on duty and taken to ER where Lorelei treats him and he remembers her she of course remembers him he dances around his embarrassment of how he treated her in high schooland she walks away ignores his calls and then that night a storm her neglected cottage has a leaky roof she climbs Oracle Web Application Programming For Pl/Sql Developers up ladder to nail down tarp nails down her pant leg calls 911 and he is the one to rescue her both are attracted to the other he returns thenext day with a proper apology with flowers and a gift certificate to the hot springs and invites her on a date there fate and all they go he sings her the apology song he wrote she seduces him again in the hot springs with a lot sophistication and walks away ignoring his calls for the next few daysand she decides maybe and tracks him down and before she can knock on his door she hears him singing again a lonely sad song and knocks and into his arms and ahhh a year later back in Africa where her best friend insists she marry Ryan ahhh 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 tonderstand 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 worth keeping forever before he gets tired of waiting and leavesBased on the previous books I 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 t know who her father was and her mother wasn t exactly maternal but she d 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 give closure to Dustin and Christine s 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 s kept his distance because she told him she was already involved when he asked her out Wha. Wn Up Christmas List by Jacuie D'AlessandroToni Rizzo is done with obnoxious firefighters But flirtatious fireman Brad Griffin is managing to put himself at the top of her holiday list one steamy kiss at a time Up on the

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These were three short holiday novellas They are great for when you are pressed for time and still want a steamy read 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 t 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 worked together for ite some time they shared a night of super duper passion shared a night of super duper Dustin want a real relationship Cristina has a troubled past and a great fear of involvement She 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 I read this mainly for the Jill Shalvis story All He Wants For Christmas as it contained characters from the Firefighters series I thought it was ok and would have liked to see a longer story tied into the other two This was almost like an after thought that I really felt could have been a lot betterThe Jamie Sobrato title Up On The Housetop I am sorry but I didn t really get this story at all It was almost like a little page filler that really was a load of nonsense and I could ite happily forget that I ever read itThe best story of all three of them would definitely be the Jacuie D Allesandro story My Grown Up Christmas List I really liked this little story and wished it had been full length and published on its own as it had a lot of potential I really liked all three of the stories All He Wants for Christmas by Jill ShalvisEMT Dustin Mauer though excellent EMT always planned to go into construction with brother has worked alongside Cristina for years admiring her they finally have one fantastic night of sex but she ducks out in the morning wanting to keep things light but he wants Cristina Lewis tough firefighter tough childhood that taught her not to trust scared by feelings Dustin stimulates has gained respect and love of fellow fire fighters many who have found their lifemates though she keeps putting Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie up barriers Dustin keeps being there when she needs him even though it means sex and his expectations for As she realizes she might be able to openp he decides he needs to cut things off it hurts too much when she steps back then his last night before resigning they are both at a liuor store crazy guy and gun he steps in front of her to take the bullet in the shoulder she panics accompanies him to hospital wants to tell him she loves him but he checks out before she returns thenext day she tracks him to his parent s house Christmas Day and she presents herself as the fulfillment of his Christmas list she loves him and wants to give them a chance ahhhMy Grown Up Christmas List by Jacuie D AlessandroToni Rizzo tried to be a fire fighter against her Italian familynursery business family s advice hired by a small town department who never had a female fighter and is subject to all sorts of harassment when she realizes it s a dead end that they don t have her back in dangerous situations she leaves moves away from her well intentioned but loving family to our small town and opens The Possible Police up a flower shop she wants nothing to do with firemen Brad Griffin firefighter good natured 2 years ago Mr December in the charity calendar wearing and elf s hat hence nickname Elf 3 months ago went into the new flower shop and was flattened by his response to the Toni but she passively responds to his flirting by telling him she is involved with someone still weekly he comes in friendly like and buys a plant or flowers til his mother is worried she is dying and he doesn t want to tell her Until through the grapevine bartender privy to her talking with a friend who thenr tells one of the firemen Brad learns she is not dating anyone but that she wants nothing to do with a fireman he s going to change her mind he showsp at her shop and buys 2 gift envelopes money to charity one to a lingerie shop the other to a restaurant he sexily invites her take the lingerie one and asks her to dinner telling her he knows she isn t involved with anyone she says no too busy he says I know you don t like firemen she says no he asks if he was an accountant a cowboy a clown she says maybe so he returns an hour later dressed as a nerdy accountant high water pants belted high white shirt pocket protector hair combed over she still says no he graciously leaves her friendworker pushes her to accept his date he returns this time 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 sing his considerable bedside charm to convince her My Gro. 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