Review: ON THE NAUGHTY LIST (Holiday Anthology)

 

on the naughty listTitle: On the Naughty List (Book Anthology)
Authors:
Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, Sugar Jamison
Release Date:
October 14, 2014
Source:
eARC from St. Martin’s Paperbacks (via Netgalley)
Pre-order Links
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The most wonderful time of the year is back with On The Naughty List, bringing perennial favorite holiday stories from Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, along with two Christmas stories that delighted readers a year ago. This sexy anthology will make you want to give your heart to Christmas again and again…

Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus.

Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead–and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.

In Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?

Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as “just friends”? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.

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My Review:

 

Why did I want to read this book?

It’s that time of that year again when reading holiday stories can brighten up one’s day. I wanted to get started on the festivities so to speak. Plus, great authors.

 

What worked for me?

A collection of short but incredibly sweet holiday stories? Count me in. I really liked that even though these are short stories, I can still totally picture each character. All of them were drawn really well and the unique plots really offer diversified entertainment.

Carly Phillips’s Naughty under the Mistletoe and its case of mistaken identity was really fun to read. It drives home the lesson that not everyone is who they seem to be and that there’s great joy to be had deciding to commit to somebody.

Beth Ciotta’s Some Kind of Wonderful and its friends to lovers story was very heartwarming. I always enjoy reading stories about friends taking that leap for something more. You just know they’re in for a treat because friendship is an awesome foundation to a lasting relationship. Who couldn’t imagine marrying a person you also consider as a best friend right?

Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas was a little heartbreaking at times because of what the main characters have gone through in their lives. But at the same time, it was so satisfying to watch them find each other and fall in love. You know Christmas has truly come to them when they find and rediscover love and family in each other’s arms.

My favorite out of the four would have to be Lori Foster’s Christmas Bonus. I’m always a sucker from unrequited love especially when it turns out that it’s not unrequited at all. These two people who’ve been in love with each other for a long time has finally decided that enough waiting has been done and it’s time to grab the moment by its horns so to speak. Their story was so sweet and sexy.

 

What did not work for me?

There were a couple of plot points that I would have wished to have been explored more but given the length of each story, I also understood the limitations the authors must have had with each one. And these aren’t deal breakers so despite these, I still really enjoyed reading these four stories.

 

My over-all take on it?

A great holiday anthology to get you started on your holiday readings. Short but sweet, you can read one at a time or binge-read through the whole collection.

 

My rating: 

 3-5 stars

 

 DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

 

About the Authors:

LoriFoster_06_1200px_300dpiLori Foster first published with Harlequin in January 1996. Her second book launched Temptation Blaze and her 25th book launched Temptation Heat. Since those early days, Lori has routinely had 6 to 10 releases a year. She’s a Waldenbooks, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author with over 50 titles published through a variety of houses, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martins, Harlequin and Silhouette.

Connect with Lori Foster:

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carly2_tnN.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and small town settings that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom to two daughters (16 and20!) and two crazy dogs (a 1 year old Havanese named Brady and a 4 year old wheaten terrier named Bailey). In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. Carly lives in Purchase, New York and would love for you to like and follow her on the ‘Net!

Connect with Carly Phillips:

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sugar jamisonSugar Jamison is a southern belle trapped in a New Yorker’s body. With a love of big hair and high heeled shoes, she spends her day at her very normal day job and night dreaming up sweet but sassy romances.

Connect with Sugar Jamison:

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Beth CiottaStorytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction.

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com.

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