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Saturday, November 21, 2015

3/5 Review: On the Naughty List by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, Sugar Jamison

The most wonderful time of the year is back with On The Naughty List, bringing perennial favorite holiday stories from Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, along with two Christmas stories that delighted readers a year ago. This sexy anthology will make you want to give your heart to Christmas again and again…
Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus
Carly Phillips explores a "mistletoe moment" when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead--and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.
In Sugar Jamison's Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can't help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?
Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don't seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as "just friends"? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.

So this book has 4 novellas in it, and I feel as if I should rate them separately so I accurately review the entire book. So here goes!
Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster 5/5
Lori is just amazing,  what can I say, she takes two characters and can tell you a short story that makes you beg for more! The story was well written, believable and very enjoyable for me. And of course the sex scenes are just the right amount of steamy for a romance novel. Definitely a must read for any Lori Foster fan!

Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips 2/5
I was excited to read this novella cause I've heard Carly's name come up in a list of favorites from my friends. Sadly Im afraid this story fell flat for me. It had potential in the beginning as a cute fling type of story. But as the story progressed I felt like she was trying to cram weeks or months for dating/getting to know you feelings into one night. The sex scenes were also lacking and hard to imagine, they just seemed too fake to me. She also made a few mistakes and some things just didn't make sense. And worst of all... the word Love was thrown around less than 12 hours (you read that right) of meeting each other. 

Some Kind of Wonderful by Beth Coiotta 4/5
This story was written very well, and had me anticipating what was going to happen next. The main characters made me laugh and I enjoyed the sexual tension between them, the reason I only gave this one a 4 is because there was absolutely no sex scenes. Like none... one minute he's taking off her shirt, the next she's waking up.... what!? This is supposed to be a sexy romance novel! It needs those scenes! 
Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas by Sugar Jamison 5/5
This story had big potential for me being a single curvy mom myself, and I wasn't let down! Both characters were written well and while both had "flaws" neither were overly dramatic about them. The relationship flowed very well and I found myself hoping everything would work out exactly how I pictured it in my head! All aspects of this story were written well, yes, including the sex scenes! 


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