Heating Up the Holidays Anthology

heating up the holidaysTitle: Heating Up the Holiday’s

  • Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers
  • After Midnight by Serena Bell

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday Romance

As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight,an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.
PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee JonesKali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.
SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.

The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.

Thoughts: As I’ve said earlier I love holiday romances, especially anthologies. My luck this season however has run to me liking 2 of the 3 books in the anthologies.

In Play With Me we meet Kali and her new boss Damion. I liked this story. It was different and fast paced and heart wrenching at times. Kali has the unfortunate timing of starting her new job just as some really bad stuff is going down internally and she gets caught up in the fall out, which doesn’t make her happy and she blames Damion. As they work through it and she gets to know this guy who intrigues her and wants her for herself she has to face some big fears. My only complaint with this book as it was told entirely in her pov but not in first person.

If I could go back and skip Snowfall I would. While I get that the heroine is going through something really traumatic, the I felt that all the medical jargon distracted me from the story. I also didn’t really feel the love story.

Of the three books in this anthology I loved After Midnight. It’s the story of what happens after the most amazing New Year’s story from a stranger, and the journey that one two people embark on as they search for the mystery person. It’s one of those stories that I could read over and over again.

Grade B




  1. Patoct

    Love holiday novellas. They all sound good and I like a bit of heartwrenching in my stories sometimes.

  2. Marcy Shuler

    I just finished this book and I was really impressed by the depth of the stories. They didn’t seem like novellas because the characters were so well developed. I highly recommend it!

  3. Gmapeony

    I love reading Christmas stories any time but this time of the year it is even better. Happy to hear that Marcy gave it a good review.


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