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Monday, May 4, 2009

Heating Up the Holidays by Jill Shalvis, Jacquie D'Allessandro, and Jamie Sobrato

Heating Up the Holidays by Jill Shalvis, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Jamie Sobrato
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full (212 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

EMT Dustin Mauer has one Christmas wish—to make tough firefighter Cristina Lewis realize she's in love with him. And he's using his considerable bedside charm to convince her!

MY GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST by Jacquie D'Alessandro
Toni 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 HOUSETOP by Jamie Sobrato
When Dr. Lorelei Gibson gets stuck on her roof half-naked, she's mortified when she's rescued by hunky firefighter Ryan Quinn—her high school heartbreak! Until she learns he'd like to get naked with her…

Which is better at Christmas? Being nice or a little naughty or a combination of both? In this Harlequin anthology, Heating Up the Holidays, three women ponder that exact question and how it deals with the men in their lives.

Christmas romance novels, in my humble opinion, can be syrupy sweet. In the case of Heating Up the Holidays, this is not the case. I found that very refreshing. I enjoyed each journey and found myself rooting for each couple to find common ground. The heroes know when to take charge and when to back down. The love scenes sizzle and the heroines are like reading about my closest friends. The common thread of the Christmas tree trimmed in erotic gift cards on sale for charity is a great touch!

In Jill Shalvis’ "All He Wants for Christmas," EMT Dustin Mauer wants firefighter Cristina Lewis for more than a one-night romp. The problem? She’s afraid to lose control, especially with Dustin. Ms. Shalvis writes smart and sexy characters with human flaws we can all identify with. We want to be loved, but on our own terms. I liked that he didn’t give up when he pursued something.

In Jacquie D’Alessandro’s "My Grown Up Christmas List," hunky firefighter Brad Griffin sets out to prove to florist Toni Rizzo that all men, especially firefighters aren’t jerks. She wants a short-term fling and he, well, he wants a lot longer. I loved this story because of the hang-ups Toni had. I could identify with her fear that a certain type of man was bound to break her heart based on past experiences. We want our dreams and we want them in our unique ways. Who knows, the man or woman of our dreams just may be that one we don’t expect.

The last novella in this group is "Up on the Housetop" by Jamie Sobrato. Imagine losing your heart to your first love and having that person ignore you. Then imagine being told that you needed to make peace with that person fifteen years later. Such is the case for Dr. Lorelei Green. In high school, Ryan Quinn loved her and left her. Sometimes revenge isn’t sweet hot or cold. I liked that they came back to the spot where they made love that one afternoon fifteen years ago. The scene where he rescues her from the roof after she accidentally staples her pajama bottoms was hilarious. We may not all end up with pink pj bottoms stapled to the roof, but we all know how it feels to be embarrassed in front of the one person we want to impress the most.

If you want a sexy, steamy read for a long winter’s night, or just to curl up to in front of a warm fire, then Heating Up the Holidays is the anthology for you. I give this work 5 books.

Heating Up the Holidays

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