#Review: Snow and Seduction: A Steamy Reverse Harem Winter Collection

Description

Warm up from that kiss of winter snow with seventeen steamy contemporary romance stories–reverse harem style. From international, USA Today, Amazon bestselling and debut authors alike, this collection features seventeen tales of love in winter.

And what could possibly keep a woman warm better than a heated holiday romance with the perfect guy? How about three or more perfect men in each story: from billionaires to snowboarders, rockstars, cowboys, and more. That’s right–each story has at least three male love interests and our heroine…she doesn’t have to choose.

She gets them all.

“Snow and Seduction” is the sexy reverse harem romance anthology you’ve been waiting for.

~This Anthology Includes Stories From The Following Seventeen Authors~

1. Tate James writing “Slopes of Sin”
2. Yumoyori Wilson writing “Visionary Christmas”
3. C.M. Stunich writing “Blizzards and Bastards”
4. G. Bailey writing “Triple Kisses”
5. Laura Greenwood writing “Sweet About Me”
6. Cece Rose writing “Snowflake”
7. Skye MacKinnon writing “Streets of Winter”
8. Arizona Tape writing “Mary F*cking Christmas”
9. Ripley Proserpina writing “Thief of Hearts”
10. K.B. Ladnier writing “The More the Merrier”
11. N.R. Spratlin writing “Their Little Helper”
12. Lucy Smoke writing “Study Break”
13. Amanda Rose writing “Frosted By My Billionaires”
14. Bea Paige writing “Avalanche of Desire”
15. CB Morrigan writing “Sugar Plum Fantasies”
16. Raya Love writing “Holly’s Jolly Christmas”
17. Tracy Dawn writing “A Long Winter’s Rest”

Review

I am not a fan of christmas/winter stories, too much snow, cold and christmas cheer for my grumpy liking. But a whole book filled with reverse harem goodness was too much of a temptation for me to turn down so I downloaded and dove in. Thinking these were short stories imagine my glee when I discovered this was actually an anthology filled with novellas making it an even better bargain for the price tag.

There are seventeen novellas in here, all reverse harem, but varying from contemporary to paranormal. The styles or writing vary, and the authors range from well-established to first timers. Some of the stories are hot and heavy while others are slow burn, sweet and kind. There is something for everyone in these novellas regardless what it is you enjoy.

I took a long time trying to decide how best to review this, reviewing all seventeen stories would make this a huge review so I decided to pick out a few of my favourite stories and highlight them, but I want to say that I did enjoy each and every one, there wasn’t a story that I skipped or skimmed which is quite unusual for me when I read an anthology.

Streets of Winter by Skye MacKinnon – this was outstanding, tackling homelessness, sexual assault and other very real subjects that as women we tackle every day. This really hit home for me and the reverse harem element was a beautiful aside to the realism of this story. I was deeply moved by this story and felt connected to Emily the main character in a way I can’t find words to describe. I would love to see so much more of the characters from this story.

Blizzards and Bastards by C.M. Stunich – Stunich introduce us to a new band, Inked Pages and Cyan a girl who is on her way home for Christmas. The rock chick in me just loves these stories with bands involved and I just need more of them…more I tell you!

Slopes of Sin by Tate James – I can easily say that Tate James is becoming one of my favourite authors, I love her easy style of writing and this novella was no exception. Mila works as an elf and meets four troublesome snowboarders from her past when they break her very expensive camera.

Frosted By My Millionaires by Amanda Rose – Amanda Rose is a new author on the block and if this story is anything to go by she is one to watch. Natalie agrees to a fake engagement with five billionaire brothers, of course she gets on wonderfully with some of them others not so much, making for some heated and interesting times.

Avalanche of Desire by Bea Paige – I loved this story about a chalet girl who has to take care of three handsome brothers in the Alps. Her history of looking after a parent with alcoholism really hit home with me and I felt really touched by her story as she progressed. This was another I really wanted more of and felt sad to see end.

Overall, this is an anthology that fans of reverse harem will love and new readers of the genre will find a great introduction, helping them find authors in the genre to delve into more fully. This is a hot and festive read.

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TitleSnow and Seduction
Series: N/A
AuthorC.M. Stunich | Tate James | Arizona Tape | Skye Mackinnon | Lucy Smoke | K.B. Ladnier | Amanda Rose | Laura Greenwood | Ripley Proserpina | Cece Rose | Yumoyori Wilson | N.R. Spratlin | Bea Paige | C.B. Morrigan | G. Bailey | Raya Love
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Paranormal Romance | Reverse Harem | Christmas | Anthology
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 1,825
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#BlogTour: and a Sixpence for Luck by Lilac Mills @LilacMills @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

It’s a pleasure to be kicking off the blog tour for and a Sixpence for Luck this is a wonderful festive RomCom that will warm you through as you read, check out my review below. Huge thanks to Lilac Mills and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me on the tour.

Description

Daisy Jones has hit rock bottom. Or so she believes.

A cheating boyfriend, trouble at work, having to move back in with her mother, and being forced to compare her brother’s loved-up, newly-wed status and brand-new shiny house with her own dire lack of prospects, isn’t what she imagined her life was going to be like at thirty. To top it all off, Christmas is just around the corner!

Daisy, bless her, thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, but when her ancient great-grandmother persuades her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck, Daisy is about to discover that they most definitely can.

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Review

Daisy thinks she has it all with Freddie, the job, the house, she’s waiting for the proposal then the kids. Except she finds out in the most unfortunate way that Freddie is cheating on her, then she loses her job and she ends up back with her family all on top of Christmas. When a series of unfortunate mishaps see her in A&E under the care of a rather good-looking Doctor Hartley she thinks things might be looking up.

This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while, but the comedy doesn’t detract from the wonderful tone of the story. As Daisy navigates the disaster of her life and tries to fix things. Her family who are a laugh a minute interfere, also known as trying to help, she works hard to find a new path for herself which will make her happy.

I loved reading about the journey Daisy makes through this story, how she discovers herself, finds new love and a future. As someone who shies away from festive reads, this was the perfect festive pick and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it.

Sending huge thanks to Lilac Mills and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lilac Mills

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Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

  

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Titleand a Sixpence for Luck
Series: N/A
Author: Lilac Mills
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | RomCom | Christmas
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 297
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#Review: Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR

Happy publication day to Lilly Bartlett, here is my review for this festive novella which will keep you warm and snuggly over Christmas.

Description

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

Review

When Lottie receives a call to say her Aunt has been in a terrible accident and is in the hospital it feels like deja vu, she lost her parents in a similar accident and the terror she feels that it could be happening again grips her. Rushing to Wales with her daughter she finds her Aunt in a medically induced coma, now she must look after the Guesthouse which has a reviewer coming for Christmas.

Lottie is a programmer and has never looked after a Guesthouse a day in her life, more to the point she has never even seen her Aunt’s Guesthouse and setting eyes on the property does her confidence no good as it’s a falling down building that should probably be condemned rather than accept guests. In a moment of panic, she convinces the taxi driver Danny to help her.

Over the next few days, Lottie and Danny fumble their way through the task of trying to impress the reviewer and his family while they get to know each other. And well, it’s a romantic Christmas story so you know…things happen that shouldn’t, funny things happen, and then the two main characters maybe figure out a way to like each other more than they did in the beginning.

Lottie is a great character, she gets herself into some really laughable situations. Danny is a great character although I would have liked to see a bit more of him and the development of his character, although I appreciate in a novella there is only so much page space.

The guests are a nightmare and add a fabulous flavour to the whole experience causing mayhem and mischief to what Lottie is trying to create as a wonderful Christmas experience for them.

This was a quick-read, funny, and gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. Definitely, one for you to put by for your Christmas reading.

Huge thanks to Lilly Bartlett and Notting HIll Press for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleChristmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
Series: N/A
Author: Lilly Bartlett 
Genre: Romance | Humour | Novella | Christmas
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 127
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for A Vicarage Christmas, you can catch my review below along with a guest post from Kate. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.

Description

Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

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The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite

A Vicarage Christmas is the start of a new series set in the Lake District, about four daughters of a vicar. As the wife of a (former) vicar with four daughters, and having lived in the Lake District, you might wonder if this is the case of art imitating life—and I suppose, to a small degree, it is.

The four Holley sisters are VERY loosely based on my four daughters, but really I think their characters come from their birth order, which is something that fascinates me. The oldest, Esther, is bossy and independent; the second oldest, Rachel, is the social butterfly and people pleaser. Anna, third oldest (or second youngest!) is the shy and quiet one, with hidden anxieties, and Miriam, the youngest, is the wild child baby of the family.

Of course, no person, real or fictional, is simply a product of their birth order, and all the sisters’ journeys involves them breaking out of their moulds, so to speak, and learning to embrace their full selves. It’s been fun to write about four sisters, as I observe my four daughters, currently ages 4, 9, 16, and 19, interacting. A Vicarage Christmas is Anna’s story, and the second book, A Vicarage Reunion, will be Esther’s.

What are your feelings about birth order affecting personality? Any truth to it, do you think?

Review

Anna Holley has avoided going home for years, going home reminds her of a tragedy that happened and brings out an awful anxiety. Her Father is the local vicar and being surrounded by pretty much the whole village is her worst nightmare. When she escapes to catch a breath and goes to the pub for a drink she meets Simon, a man she feels an instant pull towards and ends up spilling all her secrets to.

The next day she finds out Simon is her Father’s new curate and has to face the fact that he now knows everything about her, but Simon doesn’t want to back down and let Anna become a mouse again, he wants her to fly and face her secrets head on.

I loved Anna, I could relate to her anxieties and need to hide especially in social situations. Simon was such a wonderful character. His history made him wary but he also saw Anna for who she was at her heart, not who she portrayed to the world.

This is a short novella but a lot happens between the pages and the characters are beautifully portrayed, as always, by Kate Hewitt. This is a wonderful feel-good novel and will be a perfect Christmas Day read.

Sending huge thanks to Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk.

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TitleA Vicarage Christmas
SeriesThe Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #1
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction | Christmas | Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 12 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 121
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#Review: Christmas At Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin #Giveaway @hollymartin00 @BonnierZaffre @bookouture

In my last post before Christmas it seemed only right to review my final Christmas themed novel of the year…and as an extra little gift I am running a christmas giveaway for a Paperback copy of the book for one lucky reader, see the link at the end of the post!

I hope all of my readers have a very Happy Christmas and I will see you all on the other side.

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Description:
Snow is falling on White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air . . .

Penny Meadows loves her cosy cottage with its stunning views over the snow-topped town of White Cliff Bay, but not even the roaring log fire can keep her personal life from feeling frozen.

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#BookBlitz: The Elf by Max Dune feat. #Q&A & #Giveaway @authormaxdune @XpressoTours

Welcome to this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Today I have a festive fantasy fairy tale for you from author Max Dune, try saying that after a few mulled wines! I have a character Q&A with Zeb the star of The Elf on the blog today as well as an international giveaway so check out the goodies and I’ll see you at the end of the post!

Description:
This Christmas…it’s war.  Grab your weapon and join the fight in this modern Santa Claus retelling with a dark twist. Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar will be riveted by The Elf‘s action, humor and romance!

Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro. Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.

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Character Q&A:

Welcome, Zeb!
Thanks for having me. (Glances at cookies on table) Are those free?

Of course. Help yourself.
Just a nibble. (Grabs a handful and shoves an entire cookie into his mouth) It’s for my anxiety.

No worries. You’ve been through a lot recently, haven’t you?
So you’ve heard about my choir rejection? (inhales sharply) I’m still bitter about that. Very bitter. Our director is a moron. I can only assume that he is intimidated by my raw vocal powers. Either that or he doesn’t want me to outshine the rest of the choir. Which is understandable.

I was referring to the virus that’s killing elves in Santa’s Village.
I mean, that’s been difficult too.

Any idea who’s behind the virus?
We suspect it’s Jack Frost.

Why is that?
Well, he sort of bombed our village recently.

Wow. Safe to say it’s him then.
Yep.

 On the bright side, you have lots of guards protecting Santa’s Village.
You seen those Russians?

I did.
They’re pretty scary, huh?

 (Nods and chuckles nervously)
Santa hired those thugs. Ugh. It’s like watching The Godfather but with Russian dubbing. Us worker elves stay away from them. They’re not exactly social. But I guess that’s the kind of security we need to deal with a psychopath like Jack Frost.

How long have you worked here?
A couple of years. I couldn’t afford college and I didn’t get any scholarships so I applied for work here. Had I known what would happen…I might have stuck to flipping burgers. No elf-killing viruses at McDonald’s. And their chicken nuggets are dope.

And how’s your roommate doing? I understand he couldn’t make it today.
Yes, he sends his apologies. Lucian’s just been through a lot. Way more than me. He lost both his parents three months ago.

Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry to hear that. Was it due to the virus?
That’s right. All because of Jack Frost. But he’s not going to get away with this. We’re going to catch him, and when we do, he’s going to pay.

Let’s hope that day arrives soon. Well, thank you for spending time with us today, Zeb. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we end this interview?
Just one thing. Follow me on Twitter. @Zebdropsitlikeitshot

max-dune-author-imageAbout Max Dune:
Max Dune is a Southern writer who spent most his childhood watching TV, devouring comic books and weaving magical worlds in his head. In his mid-twenties, he decided to follow his true passion. He has since created a number of short stories, novels, screenplays and TV pilots. To be alerted to future books and giveaways, please sign up for his newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b5Is91

Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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TitleThe Elf
Series: N/A
Author: Max Dune
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Fairy Tales | Christmas
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 18 October 2016
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 293
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Review: Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin @hollymartin00 @bookouture

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Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

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