I just finished a marathon round with Christmas books. Not that I minded. I especially love this time of year for books. All my favorite genres come together with the common theme of Christmas and of course, happily ever after. And don’t we all really want that sigh at this time of year? That moment of contentment…Peace on Earth, Good will toward All. <sigh>
I couldn’t resist and started off with A Highlander for Christmas by Sandy Blair. Claire MacGregor runs an antique shop in Boston. Sir Cameron MacLeod is headed for the Culloden battle in 1745 Scotland. The two come face to face (or should I say face to nakedness) when Claire opens an antique box and Cam stands before her in all his glory.
This delightful time-travel is the stuff dreams are made of. Cam is the fish out of water in modern times and Claire is the woman who can stand up to his warrior ways. Their journey together is a fast, fun romp as they try to find Cam a way back to his own time.
I’m such a sucker for all things Highlander (ahhhh, Adrian Paul) and Sandy delivers my Christmas wish.
Next up was Holiday with a Vampire. Loved the title. Maureen Child‘s contribution, Christmas Cravings has vampire Grayson Stone returning to his human home every Christmas on the anniversary of his family’s murder and his own death. Tessa Franklin, with secrets of her own, is the current owner who finds an unconscious Grayson on her property. Together they work to heal the pain of their pasts while battling vampires and a mysterious assailant.
In Caridad Pineiro’s story Fate Calls, lawyer Connie Morales dresses up like Santa to ring a bell for charity. Hadrian Aurelius is a vampire with no use for humans. When he can’t stand the bell ringing any longer, Hadrian confronts Santa not realizing he’s a she.
While this is Maureen’s first step into the vampire world, Caridad has added on to her popular Calling series. These short stories can introduce readers to authors they haven’t yet experienced. A great way to "try on" a new author.
Then it was on to The Perfect Tree, a very sweet Christmas anthology. Roz Denny Fox‘s Noelle and the Wise Man. Noelle Hale runs the family tree farm in Oregon. Enter Camden Latimer, former cop, who inherits the tree farm next door to Noelle. When a property dispute threatens Noelle’s chances at having her tree picked for the White House, she needs to decide what is really important in life.
One Magic Christmas by Ann DeFee. Honey Campbell’s car breaks down in a snowstorm til she’s rescue by a man resembling Santa on a decorated snowmobile. He drops Honey off at the Magic Tree Farm owned by her ex-husband, Matt De Luca. Matt isn’t thrilled with seeing his ex for the first time in 15 years, but the blizzard keeps them in close quarters…along with 3 kids and a dog.
Tanner and Baum by Tanya Michaels. Tanner Waide returns to his home town of Mistletoe, Georgia in shame after his business partner’s embezzlement. Lilah Baum, the girl he left behind, is now a school teacher and not exactly thrilled that Tanner is back in town. It’s up to Tanner to convince her otherwise. (Ok, I admit I was a little slow to get play on words with the title…clever Tanya)
Three Christmas stories to warm even the coldest heart on these long winter nights.
Your turn…what have you been reading? Christmas tales? Love stories? Mysteries? Thrillers? How to books? It’s ok, you can tell us.
Bottom Line: Only 4 more days to read the books I bought as Christmas gifts before I have to wrap them…don’t worry, everyone knows I’ve been doing it for years.