Romancing Christmas by Various Authors
Publication Date: November 3, 2014
USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors bring you 10 Love Stories to Spice Up the Holidays!
Do you like your Christmas nice…or a little naughty? Bring the season into your heart with love stories to match your mood. This boxed set from 10 of today’s hottest romance authors will warm your heart even on the coldest night.
Overall Romancing Christmas is a great set of romantic short stories. While there were one or two that I didn’t particularly care for, and even they were pretty good, the ones that I liked far outweighed the ones I didn’t. For a set of 10 stories, all by different authors, that’s pretty remarkable. Below you will find a review of my favorite short story in the set, my least favorite short story in the set and an extra story so that you can see a range of the stories in the book. If any of the three sound like something that you might like make sure to head over to Amazon where Romancing Christmas is currently only 99 cents!
“Christmas Hope” Synopsis
Becca has a problem…well she has three problems…she doesn’t have a boyfriend, she doesn’t have a job, oh and she’s pregnant. When Becca finds herself in even more trouble her neighbor, Sam, comes to her rescue. While Becca now fancies herself in love with Sam there’s more to Sam than meets the eye. He’s a war vet who is not only suffering from physical scars but mental ones as well. Will Becca get her “Happily Ever After”? Or are Sam’s scars to deep to overcome?
“Christmas Hope” Review
If I had to pick a story this would probably be my favorite. There’s just something about a guy who has vulnerabilities and a woman who pushes past them that tugs at my heart strings. Having a husband who battled severe depression (I’m not saying that’s anywhere near close to what Sam has gone through in the book) probably made this book a bit more tender for me.
Least Favorite Story
“A Season for Love” Synopsis
Tess, a NICU nurse, can’t stand pediatric doctor Dr. Dash. He on the other hand would do anything to get her. Will she fall for the doctor? Or will this Dr. be unlucky in love?
“A Season for Love” Review
This was not one of my favorite stories and I think part of that was because of the doctor’s name. I just couldn’t get over him being Dr. Dash, it just seemed so “sleezy soap operaish” to me. On top of that as I was reading it also read like a Grey’s Anatomy plot line. This one was just Meh for me.
“A Father for Christmas” Synopsis
Kelly has a four-year-old daughter whom she is extremely protective of. Tyler is a homeless man who Kelly’s daughter has taken a liking to. Tyler is a veteran of the Afghan war and with his PTSD Kelly isn’t quite sure she wants her four-year-old becoming attached to him. However, there is more to Tyler’s homelessness than meets the eye.
“A Father for Christmas” Review
This story was almost just as good as “Christmas Hope”. Finding out that Tyler wasn’t just homeless but the circumstances behind it brought a tear to my eye. Rachelle Ayala does a great job of not only writing the story between Kelly and Tyler but also of showing what veterans go through. I, obviously, can’t verify if everything that Tyler experiences is accurate but it is very heart-wrenching. This book could have very well have been a full sized novel.
Other stories in Romancing Christmas include Broken Protocols (part of a series but can standalone), Shades of Holly (kind of Sci-Fiish), A Christmas Miracle (a story of a widow who finds new love), Salty Carmel Christmas (story of childhood friends who may find more), Heating Up the Holidays (a CEO who missed out on a life with her high school sweetheart may have a second chance), Insanity Claus (a story about love-at-first-sight) and A Family for Christmas (a story that is both sad and happy at the same time).