#GuestReview: Holiday Temptation by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and KM Jackson (@sophiarose1816)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Dafina
Published:  9.27.16
Pages:  374
Rating: 4 Stars
Flames:  3.5
Format:  eARC
Source:  Net Galley
Sellers:  Amazon
+GoodReads (Blurb/Shelf It)

GoodReads Blurb: 
Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories…

Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…

A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…

Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

Sophia's Review
You probably guessed it by the cover or the blurb or hey, the giveaway title, but this is a holiday collection.  I didn’t let that stop me.  I’m one that can read a holiday story at any time of the year if the mood hits me.
 I spotted the Holiday Temptation anthology of holiday stories by all new to me authors so I was eager to give it a try.  Christmas holidays spent with a variety of characters, situations, and settings made this a treasure trove to delve into and enjoy.  I've decided since there are only three stories that I can separate out mini-review thoughts for each.

A Gift of Love by Donna Hill
A holiday in NYC for two people burdened by their pasts.  There is a little rub caused by both getting over issues from their pasts, but really it was a light and easy romance full of the holiday feels and some lovely moments with a big city Christmas setting.

Holiday Spice by Farrah Rochon
A chance meeting style romance is fun especially since she was working hard to avoid Christmas and emotions.  Fate was laughing at her it seemed.  It was fun to have the holiday abroad scene and then a Rocky Mountain Christmas.  A photographer and a brewer was a neat combo just as their personal troubles were just the right touch for character growth and a budding romance.

From Here to Serenity by KM Jackson
This was the hardest of the three for me to settle into, but it was still an engaging story.  I found his glam lifestyle and overblown work ethic up against her personality was a great natural conflict to the story.  Enjoyed the 'at sea' setting, the delicious foodie scenes, and the build of the relationship.  This pair had a great connection.  I wanted to get more of their story when the end came leaving it a little open-ended.

Alright, these were quick reads that had good development and all touched me which is just what I want in a holiday story.  Sometimes anthologies are a mixed bag, but I found all of these to be fantastic and engaging stories.  I’d definitely read more from each of these authors.  I can easily recommend this to others who enjoy slightly spicy holiday Contemporary Romance.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Many thanks to Sophia for stopping by BnB Reviews!
And for bringing a lil bit of Holiday love our way early 😄

Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.  Associate Reviewer for Delighted Reader blog

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  1. Christmas in March! LOL!

    Looks great. Thanks for letting me drop by with a review, Sharonda. :)

    1. lols!!! yes! no problem Sophia, thank you for the review ;)