Oct 29 2011 12:00pm

Fresh Meat: Jill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay, and Katie Lane’s Small Town Christmas (Nov. 1, 2011)

Small-Town Christmas by Jill ShalvisJill Shalvis, Hope Ramsay, and Katie Lane
Small Town Christmas
Forever, $2.99, Nov. 1, 2011

Three heartwarming holiday stories
to prove that love is the greatest gift of all

“Kissing Santa Claus”
NASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
After ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.

“O Little Town of Bramble”
All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams.

Christmas has to be the greatest time of the year for me. I adore the colorful and cheesy decorations, the songs that seem to float on the air, and the joy that radiates from every man, woman, and child you meet. Christmas is indeed an enchanted time and the romantic stories that evolve during this season have to be my all time greatest pleasure. I love reading about love lost and gained during a season that speaks of magic and second chances.

In the anthology Small Town Christmas, we are gifted with three sweet romantic love stories by three best selling romantic contemporary authors who indeed know the the true meaning of Christmas is love.

“Kissing Santa Claus,” by Jill Shalvis, is an offshoot of her best-selling Lucky Harbor series.

We first meet race car legend and playboy Logan Perrish in The Sweetest Thing. He’s come to Lucky Harbor to try and convince his ex-wife to give him another chance. His ex has found love with another man, however, and Logan finds himself at a loss. Then he meets Sandy Jansen, who helps him forget his ex-wife (and pretty much everything else) during a steamy week of passion. Logan has to leave to get back to the circuit, and Sandy lets him go reluctantly, persuading herself that is was just a one time thing and she was nothing more then a notch in his racing helmet. But Sandy was much more to Logan and soon she finds herself swept away when Logan returns to lay claim to her heart forever. Misconceptions and doubt are cleared up quickly as Logan and Sandy find their Christmas happily ever after.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Hope Ramsay, is based on her funny, nostalgic Last Chance series.

Army sergeant Matt Jasper listened to his friend tell him story after story about growing up his home town of Last Chance. So when Matt is discharged, he finds himself traveling to Last Chance to deliver one last Christmas gift for his buddy who was killed in action. Annie Roberts sees Matt, and offers him a place to stay until she can take him to deliver the package. Growing up, Matt had it hard, so when he is embraced by Annie and the residents of Last Chance, he realizes that he is getting a second chance at having the Christmas and home he never had. A heartwarming story about a soldier whose past friendship with a resident of Last Chance has him wanting to experience what his friend took for granted—a home for the holidays.

“O Little Town of Bramble” by Katie Lane is a lovely taste of her Deep in The Heart of Texas series. 

I’ll be honest, what called this one to me is we have a smexy nativity scene with not one but TWO virgins. Helllloooo??? Samantha Henderson and Ethan Miller were best friends growing up, but Ethan never looked at Sam the way she wanted, so when she left for college she figured he would be married with a family when she came home. Ethan Miller has always liked Sam, but his shyness held him back from letting her know his feelings. Ethan may be a little slow and laid back, but when Sam walks back in to Ethan’s life he notices real quick that she is all grown up. As the town’s residents watch these two circle around each other, they decide to take matters into their own hands. The whole town of Bramble, a live nativity scene, and a baby pig named Sherman combine to  get these two to see that they were made for one another.

Small Town Christmas is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit rolling with some small town humor, magic and romance.


Tori Benson, Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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