The Night Before Christmas is an anthology featuring six wonderful stories. There wasn't a single story in this book that I didn't enjoy. Truly a book that captures the magic of the Christmas season my single complaint has to be that the stories left me wanting more! Lori Foster's White Knight Christmas is the first story. For months, Police Detective Parker Ross has watched his neighbor Lily Donaldson, watched and wanted her. But Lily is everything he thinks he shouldn't have. She's too sweet, too optimistic, too young and too into Christmas. But Lily's not giving up on Parker and before long he finds himself falling head over heels. With a hunky hero and a spunky, determined heroine, White Knight Christmas is another wonderful treat from Lori Foster. Snowed Under by Erin McCarthy was my favorite tale in this anthology! When Claire Robbins is soaked by a passing snow plow she heads to her brothers place to try and dry out only to find that while her brother and his wife are out of town his best friend Justin Fairbanks is staying at his apartment. Claire has been attracted to Justin for years but never acted on it but now that she's got him trapped right where she wants him she's determined she's going to have him, if only for one night. For his part, Justin has wanted Claire for years also, but has always felt bad about it because she was in college when he first met her and the age difference made him feel just wrong. With Claire taking off her clothes in an attempt to get warm and letting him know in no uncertain terms that she wants him and has wanted him for years he doesn't stand a chance. But will they both realize that the feelings that they've had for each other for years may go beyond attraction and lust? When I first read Claire's brother Derek's story, Smart Mouth, I was hoping that Erin McCarthy would do a story for Claire and I certainly wasn't disappointed! Snowed Under is a hot little tale that is loaded with emotion. In Ms. Humbug by Jill Shalvis, Cami Bennett has never felt like she fit in. She used to be the ugly duckling in a family of swans before she went to college and although she lost weight and has become attractive she can't seem to see herself in any other light except the one she grew up under. In her job as City Planner this has given people the impression that she is cold. Mayor Matt Tarino has been attracted to Cami for awhile now but once they share a kiss he knows that he is going to have to prove to Cami that he is not the skirt chaser that everyone thinks he is. A sensual tale with just right touch of suspense Ms. Humbug is a welcome addition to this anthology!
Kathy Love gives us a story about second chances with I'll Be Home For Christmas. When he is stranded at the airport due to snow storm the last thing Rob Marsten expects to see is Erica Fetzer, the woman that he had dumped years ago but had never really forgotten, or that due the storm he would find himself sharing a hotel room with her. Rob had hurt Erica badly when he had left her to pursue money and success but she can't help but find herself still attracted to him. It doesn't take long for passion to rekindle between them but the next morning they say their goodbyes again and go their own ways. But Rob begins to wonder if money and success are worth it if you have no one to share it with. Can he convince Erica to give him another chance? Kathy Love has penned an outstanding short story of realizing what's really important in life. The final story in this book was The Good Girl's Guide To A Very Bad Christmas by Kylie Adams. Peri Knight breaks her engagement, much to her mother's displeasure, when a friend sends her an online link to a video "Bankers Gone Wild" featuring her fianc having sex with a stripper. However, she's far from heartbroken, she's been fantasying about actor Chase McCloud ever since he began regularly visiting the coffee shop where she works while waiting for her "big acting break". When Peri finally lands a part playing opposite Chase on the same television show it doesn't take long for things to heat up between them. A Good Girl's Guide To A Very Bad Christmas is a feel good story that I believe that all readers will enjoy for the happy ending!
All in all The Night Before Christmas is jam packed with great stories that you can't go wrong with and will leave you with a smile.
It's the "bad boys" making Christmas dreams come true!! Romance and passion are in abundance in this delightful book containing six short stories. My favorites were "White Knight Christmas" by Lori Foster, where a hunky detective finds out what the season is all about from his neighbor. And, "Snowed Under" by Erin McCarthy, where a gal makes an emergency stop to her older brother's apartment, only to find out that her childhood crush is already holed up there for the Christmas holiday.
The stories are cute, funny, entertaining and loaded with enough romance to get your holidays revved up and ready to go!! I gave it 4 stars.
Kathy Love does first love reunited. Hot and tender.
Lori Foster does grizzled cop seduced by determined sexpot. Gotta love an alpha male who meets his match.
Erin McCarthy has the best inner dialog voice, very funny and hot little sister finally gets to jump her brother's friend.
Jill Shalvis includes a little mystery to her uptight heroine and irresistible hero.
Katherine Garbera's story was clunky and even in erotic romance world - improbable. Neither of her characters had much to offer.
Kylie Adams wrote hers on her lunch hour, a little too too...
4 out of 6 is not bad!
White Knight Christmas by Lori Foster
Ms. Humbug by Jill Shalvis
Seducing Scrooge by Katherine Garbera
Snowed Under by Erin Mccarthy (I really liked this one.)
I'll Be Home For Christmas by Kathy Love (I really liked this one.)
The Good Girl's Guide to a Very Bad Christmas by Kylie Adams
If you're looking for a book of short stories that focus on sex (the one that got away, the one you've been dreaming about for years, etc.) this is the book for you. Christmas plays a very small part. The same can be said about any real storyline. These are stories about sex and all the details. Not my cup of tea, but I know there are a lot of readers who enjoy this type of thing.
This book contains 6 short stories: White Knight Christmas by Lori Foster, Snowed Under by Erin McCarthy, Ms. Humbug by Jill Shalvis, Seducing Scrooge by Katherine Garbera, I'll Be Home For Christmas by Kathy Love and The Good Girl's Guide To A Very Bad Christmas by Kylie Adams. A very entertaining and quick read.